My kitchen is technically interior project #3 on the list this year (first the stairs/living room re-do, then the dining room, then the kitchen). So even though I’ve got a while to decide on what I really want to do in the room, I wanted to let you know what I’ve been thinking of lately.
The kitchen is just beyond the black and white staircase when you walk into the house, so basically, the cabinets are one of the first things you’re able to see from the entryway. So, I’ve been thinking that I might need to balance out the white/black contrast of the stairs with white upper cabinets and something dark on the lower half.
There are a ton of examples of two-tone kitchen cabinets on Pinterest. Some are stark contrast, like this white/black combo:
Some are much more subtle, like this white/light gray kitchen:
And some even incorporate color, like these navy lowers:
But overall, I think the one I like best is white uppers with dark gray lower cabinets. When I also consider the butcher block counter top that I’m planning to replace the existing painted ones, I think this combo is my favorite.
The window above the sink also needs a little punch to really stand out. So far, the window picture below is at the top of my list for inspiration. I figure it’s going to be the easiest solution to the narrow strips of wall on either side of the window. Instead of worrying about tile (or the more difficult decision – where the tile stops and the upper wall area begins), I’ll just beef up the molding around it. The white/black contrast will be played up here as well, just like it is in the picture (the window is already housed in black metal and I actually like the look, so I don’t plan to replace them).
I think this cottage-y feel will perfectly match the house’s overall feel. What do you think? Do you like two-tone kitchen cabinets?