Ah, just when you thought we were done talking about kitchen design issues, we hit you with an all important color question.
Originally, we wanted this kitchen from Ikea. I love the visual texture of the wood and even though the whole look is minimalistic, it still feel warm and homey.
We still ended up with white counters but instead have shaker style cherry cabinets. We actually like the cabinets and have “moved” on from our original inspiration to something more like these (also from ikea).
We decided on cork floors and brushed stainless steel to finish out the look. You’d think we’d be done with the kitchen colors, but we’re not. We can’t or rather I (Catherine) can’t decide on the backsplash (area on the wall between upper and lower cabinets).
We really wanted some color like this (again, from Ikea)…
I found some AWESOME red glass tile on Overstock.com that we both love. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely cheaper and more hip than anything we’ve seen so far.
Pretty right? Done, right? No, here’s my problem; the cabinets are darker than our original inspiration and darker than the green tile picture cabinets. Won’t the red glass tile and cherry finish be too dark? Micah says no since the counter is white and we’ve got an open plan main floor. What does that mean? Well there are no walls between the living room, dining room and kitchen. So there will be plenty of light.
I did a mock up to try and visual the color. Warning ** I’m not a designer or computer whiz, so this are a ROUGH mock up.
I told you it was rough. The grey is the stainless steel appliances. The red is the tile and the white is the counter. Ignore the weird island thing. There will be an island but it won’t look like that. The kitchen doesn’t look too bad right? The cabinets will be a little redder than the cabinets in this drawing though.
I’m also concerned we’ve got A LOT going on. Red tile, white counters, red cherry floors, stainless steel and cork bamboo colored floors. Too much?
If we don’t do the red backsplash, I was thinking white. Micah is concerned that the white tile won’t match the white granite counters. I’m less concerned about that.
I found some white tile for our bathroom that I actually think will look good in the kitchen too. It’s also from Overstock.com
Here’s my ghetto mock up of the white kitchen.
It’s a little blah in the picture but there isn’t any texture in the image.
I did find an image of a kitchen with a red backsplash and darker than white cabinets.
OK, the last one doesn’t have red in it, but isn’t it pretty? It does have lots of color (grey counter, green tile, bamboo cabinets) but they all look great together.
So, it the red tile kitchen too dark? Would it close everything up? Is there too much going on? Remember, we don’t have any walls that close the kitchen in. Is the white too boring? ARH! Help!