Thursday, July 17, 2008

Which One?

I just cannot make up my mind!

I am going to make some changes in my kitchen. I love the layout as it is, but it is time to do some updating. Below, are a couple of photos of my kitchen taken right after we moved in, which gives an idea of the layout.

I have been saving these two inspiration photos for ages. Could they be any different?

The windows in my kitchen provide plenty of light, even with the stained glass going into the transoms. More about that here. That means that the red, black & white with stainless appliances scheme would work without fear of creating a too dark room. The white with white scheme, sans the wallpaper though I do like the colors, using the appliances I have now, is just so bright & cheerful...more of a "country cottage" feel. We are in the country after all.

Which ever style I decide to follow, the cabinets will have bead board wallpaper applied into the insets and then be painted, either red with a darker glaze or white/off white. The wall color will be changing; the counters & floor will also be replaced. All of these choices depend on which style I choose. Aye, there's the rub!

I have always been drawn to very traditional decor. I'm a red, green & gold girl. But as I get older, I seem to be finding lighter, more neutral rooms, (still containing colorful accents of course) very appealing.

After knowing for several years that the red & black inspiration kitchen was what I wanted, I am now actually leaning more toward the white on white example. Were it just paint on walls and cabinets, I wouldn't be so cautious. Although it is work, paint is a "cheap" commodity in the redecorating arsenal, counters & flooring not so much!

I'm anxious to get started! I need to make a decision, somehow. Maybe I'll ask my husband what he thinks.

Good grief! Can you believe I even said that?! I need help... *Ü*



  1. Hi, I just love the photos and it would be hard for me to decide also. The red and black actually looks refined and romantic, and the white looks cottage country. What kind of kitchen items do you have that would match either theme? Not much help I'm afraid, but I can't wait on what you decide. Blessings, Kathleen

  2. Have you checked out the "look" of the kitchen in the movie, "Something's Got to Give?". It's being featured on a lot of decorating sites right now. It's very simple, country casual cabinetry. It's just really clean and lovely.

    I agree with the age thing. I have always been very traditional, but the Farmer and I are both now going for clean, more contemporary lines.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

  3. Wow, I really like BOTH of those looks, but you're right they're both very different. I can't wait to see what you decide. Will you go contemporary or country cottage?

  4. You have so much to work with because your kitchen space is beautiful. Both the looks you've chosen would be great. I'll be interested to see which you choose!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  5. Ummmm ... Could you have two kitchens? Then you could go to the stylish and deep one for those romantic dinners and still maintain the cheerful chicken-y look for a morning's cuppa tea. Wow! I guess I'm "chickening out" and voting for both. ; )

  6. I love both, I am a red girl. I do love the brightness of the yellow~


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