Interior Inspiration: The Heart of the Home

According to research, people spend an average of 3-4 years in the kitchen.  I think that number goes up for families like ours who really love to cook.  So if you’re going to spend the equivalent of a few years in your kitchen, it’s worth making it as close to your dream kitchen as you can afford.  Plus, kitchens and baths are the areas in a home “where you can tell if money has been well spent or not,” says architect Steve Straughan.  (quote from an article on HGTV.com, more here)  However, before sinking all our budget into a glamorous kitchen remodel, we are taking care basics and figuring out based on that, what’s realistic for the kitchen.

In the meanwhile, it doesn’t hurt to dream.  I like my kitchens to be inviting and clean, so I am drawn to white kitchens filled with natural light.

via Chelsea Edmonston 

via Cameron Kimber Design

via Better Homes and Garden

via Houzz

 

But I’m also partial to grey.  Grey happens to be my favorite neutral.

via Houzz

via HGTV

via Greige Design

via Greige Design

 

Looking at these images together, I start to notice a pattern in my preferences:

1) Even with the grey kitchens, I prefer a light palette.

2) I like my cabinets to have minimal detail.  A Shaker profile is my ideal.

3) Cool pendant light fixtures are a must.

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