I am currently working on a kitchen redo and need some design help. Kitchen Details:
We have ordered cherry cabinets in a honey color (the style of the doors are Manhattan, flat front).
Our appliances are black.
The countertop I have chosen is a laminate slate color (this is not ordered yet, so can be changed).
We are thinking of going with cork flooring but are not sure what color or pattern.
We are replacing the railing around the stairs going into our basement (I am thinking a metal frame and glass panels (is this a good idea?).
We are installing 4 – 4 inch spotlights and are planning on putting 2 pendant lights over the island.
I need advice on colors, backsplash, flooring, railing ideas, window treatments, etc. I am trying to go for a modern look, using earth tones and metals. Can you give me any advice? Should I paint the kitchen, dining room, living room, back entrance and hallway the same color? Oh yeah, we are on a fairly tight budget.
They key to a beautiful modern look is oftentimes restraint. Keep your selections simple, not busy. For example the backsplash above is large glass tiles. You can get these in a number of different color tones. I also like using a juxtaposition of cool and warm tones, keeping the entire pallet pretty neutral.
For your banister/railings, use metal combined with wood. I like the interest in the design above- adding a cherry wood rail to the top would be fabulous. Your idea would also work well- but I would add wood- all metal is a pretty stark feel.
For your window treatments- keep it simple again. Go with a solar shade. They are available from Hunter Douglas and all of your major brands. Again- you can get them in a number of different colors from brown to gray to white and everything in between.