In the Kitchen

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and we have to take care of our hearts so they keep us alive and well. That is why we have agreed that the kitchen is going to be a big project that will involve all of us to tackle.

kitchen-wall

Our kitchen right now is a very bright yellow, from ceiling to base board. Most people think that such a bright color would be cheerful and pleasant to walk into every morning. But really, it can give you a headache and it is definitely time for a change. I am not a fan of paint colors that shock or overwhelm a space. It can make a room not pleasant to spend time in. Needless to say, we don’t turn the lights on unless necessary. Natural light is the best way to go with such a bright color.

Behr Paint - Astronomical N450
Behr Paint – Astronomical N450

Ok, this may be a little dark, but I like this Behr Paint color, Astronomical, because it is grounding and would look nice with our natural light in the room. Also, using a clean and crisp color like Behr’s Night Blooming Jasmine on the ceiling and the trim will help to make the room more welcoming and inviting.

Behr Paint - Night Blooming Jasmine YL-W10
Behr Paint – Night Blooming Jasmine YL-W10

Playing around on the Behr website using the ColorSmart feature, I tried out the Astronomical color in a kitchen template. It wasn’t too bad with the Night Blooming Jasmine on the ceiling and trim. I also used the shade of white on the cabinets as well. I have a pantry and broom cabinet that I was contemplating painting a different color than the wall. I am still debating that theory though.

Behr Kitchen Sample
Behr Kitchen Sample

I kept looking for some different shades of gray, but there are tons of shades of gray. So I decided to try another color that was a little lighter just to see what it would look like in a kitchen.

Behr Legendary Gray Kitchen Sample
Behr Legendary Gray Kitchen Sample

The two colors look similar, but the latter is a little brighter. It is called Legendary Gray by Behr Paints as well, but I like this one paired with Pure White on the ceiling and trim. I also carried out the paint color on the cabinets as well.

kitchen-bamboo-floor
Kitchen Bamboo Floor

As far as the flooring goes, our dream floor is a slate bamboo flooring. It is very durable and lasts a long time. It can be a bit pricey, but would be worth the investment.

stainmaster-sheet-vinyl_kitchen-at-lowes

A little more cost effective option would be sheet vinyl. Now this isn’t your 80’s marbled look. Vinyl companies have upped their style and now provide more modern and updated looks. This Stainmaster option would go well with the Legendary Gray paint on the walls, and would look really nice with the Pure White trim. It is also affordable at about $1.39/sq. ft. sheet-vinyl-flooring_kitchen-at-lowes

This Armstrong option would go perfectly with the Astronomical paint color on the walls, and would definitely pop with the Night Blooming Jasmine on the trim. This is also affordable at $2.79/sq. ft. I like this option, but think I am leaning more toward the Stainmaster flooring. It would hide dirt better too! 🙂

Hunter Anslee Matte Silver Ceiling Fan
Hunter Anslee Matte Silver Ceiling Fan

The lighting in our kitchen is a little outdated, so an upgrade is definitely called for. I would like a ceiling fan to replace the one we have, but want something flush mounted and bright so to not weigh the room down. Our current fan is dark wood and very heavy. So this Hunter Anslee Matte Silver option would be a perfect replacement.

Moen Drop In Sink
Moen Drop In Sink

I also would love to update the sink to something a little more polished and modern, but still functional. This Moen Drop In sink would be a perfect upgrade.

Pfister Polished Chrome Faucet
Pfister Polished Chrome Faucet

Updating our faucet is a must as well. The washer is pretty much a goner, so this Pfister Polished Chrome faucet will definitely be a much needed change. This faucet with the handle pull-out feature is also modern and functional.

Coolaroo Almond Shade
Coolaroo Almond Shade

We currently have basic white blinds in the kitchen right now, but I would like to see something a little more modern and that can also be a little more streamlined, while not obstructing the natural light in the room. A shade can be pulled up or down to whatever height desired, but this Coolaroo Shade in almond is also light filtering. So even when closed light still can get into the room.

allen + roth Brushed Satin Nickel Cabinet Knobs
allen + roth Brushed Satin Nickel Cabinet Knobs

Can’t forget about the small details. Cabinet knobs are important as well, and can be pretty stylish too. This brushed satin nickel option from allen + roth is simple but still sleek. I really like how they are smooth and something pretty stunning to look at.

The kitchen is definitely going to take a little more work and time, but once finished I’m sure it will be the favorite room in the house.