As we wait to get quotes back from the contractors – (1 down, 1 to go) – and to meet with the kitchen company, it feels like our reno has come to a screeching halt. Time to get an idea file going! I’ve been so focused on the practical considerations, that I really haven’t thought a lot about what I want the kitchen to LOOK like. In good design “form follows function”, but I don’t see why the kitchen can’t look great while working hard. I’m a bit of a magazine junkie (occupational hazard?) so the logical place to turn is my stack of design mags, but – alas – there is little inspiration to be found there. I have yet to see a magazine makeover that could translate into my home, so I have resorted to pulling bits and pieces from various sources, to compile an overall wish list.
In this post, I’m sharing images I pulled from www.bhg.com, the online home of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Why? Because, although I don’t subscribe to their magazine, I did recently purchase their “Beautiful Kitchens & Baths” special issue, as shown here. It was the cover photo that caught my eye. I love the combination of blue-gray cabinets with light countertops, as those are the colours I have in mind for my new kitchen.
Flipping through their well-organized slide shows, I’ve gathered snapshots of ideas I like. These are a definite ‘Yes’:
Here are a few of my “Maybe” items:
I only have one definite “No” at this time, at least as far as magazine photos are concerned:
Next, I’m off to the National Home Show, one of the largest in North America, for inspiration. I’ve been to the show for many years, but as an exhibitor, I’ve never had time to browse like a consumer. This year, it’s a must. Check back next time for my thoughts on what they have to offer.