Thank you for your advice on my home. I would like to replace the stone floors and carpet that run through the whole downstairs of the house. Should I put in wood floors or another travertine stone?
How about limestone? Check out the examples I posted here for you- a limestone with a cool gray undertone to it would be great with your cabinets.
One more thing- my whole house is painted the color you said I should change. Should I change the whole house to a blue or green?
I do not like the current paint color with your cabinetry at all. If that natural maple is found in a room- leave that paint color out of it. Would I do the entire downstairs the same color? If your downstairs is under 1000 square feet- perhaps I would- but overall- it is hard to say without pictures...
or should I paint the cabinets?
Your cabinets appear to be such a nice quality- I am very hesitant to have you paint them- which would also be a solution to some of the decorating issues in your home. I would suggest you replace the backsplash - keep the cabinets. I posted some backsplash ideas also. Keep it simple- keep your floors simple. These are expensive long term items. Think solid colors- a pallet for you to decorate with. Add pattern elsewhere. Keep these two items simple.
Where do I start?
Start with the floor. Then go for the fabrics and rugs- then do the paint.
I feel overwhelmed.
Relax- it will all come together. I am really glad you are replacing the flooring. Yours was a hard combination. Start there. Start with getting some gray limestone samples and taking them home and seeing how they blend with your cabinets and other items that "stay." The gray limestone that has a combination of warm and cool will be easy to decorate with. Combine this will a simple glass backspalsh in a coordinating shade. If you have more questions- take more pictures and send them my way.