I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday celebrating with family and friends, or enjoying some quiet alone time (I know I’d like some of that right now). Moving about in my kitchen this holiday, cooking and mingling with friends and family, I was reminded how dysfunctional my kitchen really is. Back in December I talked about open shelving and cabinetry in modern kitchen designs, which is the perfect segue right into a kitchen makeover and a plea for design inspiration!
While searching through my usual online inspiration haunts – Houzz.com, Pinterest, and Coastal Living, I found lots of ideas that incorporated the open shelving design elements that I’m in love with. This image combines opening shelves, but also cabinets with glass doors so you can still show off your favorite glassware, but this keeps it dust-free.
Something else that just jumps out at me from this image is the natural wood moulding at the ceiling, windows, and baseboards against the contrast of the bright white ceiling and the blue walls. It’s striking and inviting. I’m not sure if I like the blue paint color here, but another shade of blue would look just as great. My family spends a lot of time in the kitchen – it often serves as my office, our eating place, and our meeting space. We use this room 80 percent of the time compared to the other rooms in our house so we want it to be light and airy with excellent traffic flow (something I realized this past holiday season that my kitchen lacks). I’m particularly drawn to the natural moulding paired with the light wood floors, which makes it seem larger. The moulding also ties in perfectly with the brown and taupe in the backsplash.
So even if I can’t tackle an entire kitchen makeover with the open shelves and glass cabinet doors all at once, I know the first place I can start for a refreshing update is decorative moulding. I already have baseboards in my kitchen, but in a weekend I can hit my local building supply stores – Lowe’s or Menards, and add the ceiling moulding and then update the door and window moulding in a matching color.
I figure I have a few months to make my kitchen a little more functional before the next family holiday feast, so please share with me your kitchen make over ideas. And feel free to check out the kitchen ideas I find and share on Pinterest.