My sister Kim is re-doing her kitchen. She is doing a semi-remodel of her kitchen. She kept the cabinets, which were wood, and painted them white. She is bringing blue into the room with her cobalt glass collection and also painting her island blue.
Her home was built in the 1800's and I wanted to make it blend in with the original portions of the home as much as possible. I went with a simple white supbway tile and wood counters. The tile started going in today.
I just love the wood counters. I suggest them to clients so frequently, and yet they are selected so infrequently. They add so much charm to the space, and keep it from looking too "modern", like some more shiny surfaces could do. I love to see wood counters when there isn't other wood in the room. No wood floors, the cabinets are painted... it's just asking for them. The age of the home in this case made it a particularly good candidate. Today Kim asked me what to do with the area above her refrigerator. It currently looks like this:
I have a few pieces of advice for Kim:
1. Add a crown moulding to the top of the cabinets. All of the cabinets need a larger crown.
2. Add lights in the space over the microwave as well as over the refrigerator. I'd have them on the same switch as the under cabinet lighting.
3. Add a false back to the area over the refrigerator. It is too deep. Have your family put a time capsule back there- how exciting for the next remodel in 40 years. ;-)
4. Keep the cobalt going. I like to see consistency in over-the-cabinet, or in this case, within the cabinet decor. It adds continuity, keeps the space from feeling disjointed. You don't need a lot, even two or three larger pieces, and you would be done. Notice the area over the refrigerator in the photo below. Two larger items, appropriately sized, works great. Start with the same kind of scale. If you want to add to your cobalt glass collection and add more smaller pieces, that would be great- but start with two or three larger pieces that fill the area nicely.
5. Add a few more bits of blue, but don't over-do it. A graphic rug from Garnet Hill, (it comes in a 2 x 3- get two and put one in front of the stove, one the sink)
and a new Kitchen Aid would be perfect.
If you have some open wall space somewhere in the room, I would do a blue and white plate collage. Even a small wall could hold a vertical row of plates hung on it.
I'll post more of Kim's kitchen as it comes. Her stove goes in tomorrow!