Tuesday, January 17, 2012

House Hunters | Kitchens

You might remember several months ago during one of my Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday posts, I did a “House Hunters” special. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out here and then come back :) In that post, I showed you a few different architecture styles that I would LOVE to have as my home someday. Well, now it’s time to start showing you what I’d like the inside of my house to look like as well. Every so often, I will be sharing inspirations from different rooms. Today, let’s get started with…

KITCHENS!

There are certain aspects I would love in a kitchen and certain things that just aren’t deal breakers for me. For example, I don’t NEED granite countertops. In fact, I’m not even sure I would want them. I think there are so many other options today that would be quality and still give a great vibe. I’ve learned that I’m a more practical kind of gal rather than a total “character” gal.  Let’s start off with this kitchen:

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The number one thing that attracts me to this kitchen is the light/openness.
Here we have skylights, multiple types of ceiling lighting, as well as built-in lighting underneath the hanging cabinets. The stainless steel appliances are a nice touch, although I’m not a stainless steel snob :) The dark hardwoods also add a rich, classy contrast to the light cabinets.

I could also see myself in a kitchen like this:

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Nothing crazy, right? White cabinets with darker counter tops. I’m loving the backsplash and again, the lighting under the hanging cabinets as well as the lighting in the glass cabinets. This kitchen isn’t quite as bright as the first but it still has a fresh, airy vibe to it.

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This kitchen is huge. I’m not sure I’ll be seeing a kitchen quite this big in my near future, however, I looove the openness. The open ceiling is super unique as is the grey island. I’m just now noticing the contrasting counter top colors which I’m not crazy about, but I love mostly everything else about this one.

While I love white cabinetry, I also love color. A lot. Too much white in a kitchen just seems to drown everything out. So, there are a couple other options. First, you can go with darker wood cabinetry. This has been popular for a while now and really provides that rich, traditional feel.

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Or, you can really add some fun with COLOR!

If I had nothing else holding me back, this is probably what my kitchen would look like:


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Seriously, if I walked into a home and saw this kitchen, I’d have to buy it. It’s as simple as that. I’d also wear a dress like that every time I was in the kitchen.

Moving on… here are some other colorful kitchens that I always wouldn’t mind having in my house:

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This kitchen incorporates everything I’ve discussed. The white cabinets, dark wood, and a little splash of color.

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I’ve never really been super into vintagey kitchens, but HOW could I resist this one? That fridge and the oven? Beautiful! Not to mention, the backsplash is a lot of fun too!

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I’m a total blue fanatic. I do think it’s kind of out-there to have cabinets that are a non-neutral color, but, they’re fun!

Who knows what kind of kitchen I’ll end up with when I buy a house? Maybe it will be a mixture of all three styles that I’m into. Perhaps my style will change in the next few years and I’ll go back to liking the super modern style again like I did when I was a teenager. We shall see. Until then, I’ll be enjoying all the beautiful kitchens and homes I can browse through on the Internet {and on House Hunters!} If you don’t already, follow me on Pinterest here to see some more of my inspirations :)

Now, tell me, friends – what does your dream kitchen look like?

11 comments:

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

Wow. Those are gorgeous. I want almost all of those. (The all-turquoise ones are a bit too bold for me.) I am getting serious kitchen envy as compared to my tiny German kitchen.

Cristie Young said...

Such great kitchen idea. You have great taste!

Cristie
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Carolyn said...

Oh I love all of these! I want to redo my kitchen so badly. And I've been incorporating blue into almost every room in our house. HAHA Apparently I'm a fan of blue too. :)

Raquel said...

Those are some amazing kitchens!!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

Oh gosh, I'm seriously loving the first 4!!

Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

I love #7. I would love to have a HUGE kitchen, especially one that is white, turquoise, and black!

Chelsea L said...

I love the skylights and the teal fridge!!

Dayna Leigh said...

I refuse to have anything less than a huge kitchen. I have hopes to build a home one day and I feel the kitchen will be the one room I spend most of my time designing.
If every other room is super small, I WILL have a large kitchen :)

Katie said...

ah! Vintage kitchen stuff makes my eyes light up. I love that stuff!

Summer-Raye said...

that aqua and white kitchen is amazing I LOVE IT

you should enter my delicious giveaway

Chantay said...

Having a skylight in the kitchen sounds wonderful! It makes the space warm, fresh and bright, which is very ideal for preparing sumptuous dishes. Anyway, I hope you'll pursue your dream kitchen, Chelsea!

- Chantay Smithingell