Kitchens are dancing in my dreams for some reason. Maybe it’s because I am working on a couple of kitchens at work or maybe it’s because I’m even working on a kitchen for my Aunt, or maybe i’m just crazy. Ideas are just rattling around inside my mind like sugar-plum fairies.

well. maybe not like sugar-plum fairies.

but you know.

here are a couple of examples of pretty kitchens from Country Living. (so all these pictures are from Country Living’s website if you want to learn more!)

Things to note from this design:

  • open upper cabinets
  • wood counter tops! Wow!
  • beadboard bottom cabinets for a “country” look
  • it also looks like the cabinets were painted white with some type of glaze to give it more dimension.

Things to note from this design:

  • beautiful wood floors complement the dark wood cabinets
  • the two sinks aren’t overwhelming the space.
  • good storage for cookbooks! It’s important to remember that!
  • even though it’s a dark color, the effect is very light because of all the windows. the dark colors ground all the windows for a very nice effect!

Things to note from this design:

  • natural or “knotty” wood cabinets give this more modern design a softness
  • multiple types of surfaces and finishes (steel, wood, tile, white counter) complement each other
  • very clean & simple design!
  • notice the tile flooring with the wood cbts. It is sometimes easier to match wood cabinets with tile flooring instead of wood and wood, although i have seen a lot of examples that can make it work, it’s just not always as easy.

Things to note from this design:

  • the pantry & fridge make a feature wall by all matching.
  • this weathered look is beautiful and trendy right now. Look at Restoration Hardware’s latest line!
  • the fridge is set back into the wall to create a smooth look
  • again, the floor.

Things to note from this design:

  • a mix of painted and stained wood on the cabinets gives it balance. i like to see these kind of complementary finish choices a lot, it gives the kitchen more personalization and character.
  • the featured stove top is not overwhelming
  • the lights over the island are awesome!

Things to note from this design:

  • tin backsplash is totally different from tile: beautiful and country
  • there are two “features” on this wall: the farmhouse sink under the window & the range
  • the wood island complements the painted look
  • to make this more contemporary you could just change the backsplash to tile and it would instantly be a different kitchen.
  • the painted floor! i’ve seen this in stain and paint: very cool!

a close up on the tin backsplash :)

Things to note from this design:

  •  the multiple colors and wood cabinets. -i think this might be a little overboard, but if you have a very country house it can be very fun!
  • another tin backsplash. what?!
  • the flooring is gorgeous.
  • No upper cabinets, just shelves …could you live with that? I’m not sure I could.

Things to note from this design:

  •  this design is supposed to have a lot of green aspects to it
  • the cork flooring! it can be a very interesting choice of flooring, very cost-effective, soft on your feet, and of course a renewable resource

Things to note from this design:

  • no upper cabinets (at least from this view) makes it appear very light and open
  • the range is on the island
  • the painted cabinets with the wood floor.
  • this can be a contemporary or a traditional design, that’s why i love it.

note: I do look at other places for kitchen inspiration. i don’t want all my kitchens to look too country! :) but it’s a good start huh?

If you want to be inspired by beautiful cabinetry, check out Christopher Peacock.  Simply beautiful. I had no idea that so much beauty and thought could go into cabinets until I started working at a residential architecture firm! It’s crazy and so much fun!

There’s just so much that goes into kitchens!

Sinks! do you like undercounter, on-top of counter, or farmhouse? 

Countertops! – we have to talk about countertops sometime. These countertop ideas from Country Living and Pioneer Woman gives her comparison as well.

 Flooring is a hard choice as well.  Appliances, plumbing fixtures, tile, on-and-on-and-on! Oh! I feel like I’m Alice falling into the Wonderland tunnel! There are so many things to talk about just from my little daydreaming about kitchens.

Too bad I’m renting for the forseeable future and can only dream for others. But there’s a reason to love some of what I do for a living! :) I get to dream for you!

So, what about you, do any of these stand out to you? Which kitchens do you like or not? Anyone out there?

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