Several weeks ago, we had a very long appointment (5+ hours) with CTI Designs. Our design consultant, Terry, worked with us on our budget and helped us to design various areas of the house, including the kitchen.
The first decision we made was to bring hardwood into the kitchen and breakfast area. Since the main foyer entrance flows into the kitchen, the hardwood will extend down the main hall and into the kitchen area. We've selected Bruce Manchester cherry hardwood for the flooring. We love the look of the dark rich wood.
|Manchester cherry hardwood|
|Aristokraft Cabinet - Landen Rouge|
We also decided to keep the granite dark and selected the option of angola black. At least we were told that it was called angola black, but it also seems to go by zimbabwe black too!
|Manchester cherry hardwood with angola/zimbabwe black granite|
One change we made in the kitchen is that we’ve rotated the island 90 degrees, so that it is facing the family room instead of the foyer. Yes, one of my main reasons was that I could watch tv and cook at the same time! We also increased the size of the island by adding an additional cabinet and adding a granite overhang, so that we can have stools at the island. I think this will definitely end up a focal point when entertaining. Everyone always seems to end up in the kitchen, right?!? Here's an example of a kitchen that rotated and extended the island.
|Rotated island in Newbury|
|Rotated and expanded island|
One of the hardest decisions involved our new backsplash. We finally decided to go with the Interceramic garden shimmer blend glass mosaic tiles. I was able to get a sample from a local kitchen remodeling store (our backsplash will be 2x1 mosaic tiles instead of the 1x1 shown here). We love the mix of the blues, greens and tans and hope this really brightens up the kitchen area, as well as provides us with a start in terms of color and decorating scheme for this area.
And finally, we also decided to add under cabinet lighting to the area. We hope that the backsplash selection and the under cabinet lighting will really help to brighten the area with the dark granite and cabinet choices that we made.
|Picture courtesy of http://www.tmohio.com/|