Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Inspirational Images: {Mostly} White Kitchens

A post full of images, and why we love them (a new weekly or bi-weekly series we're starting here at The NOC).  These images have helped us conceptualize the look we are going for in our own kitchen.

We are all about the crispness of white, and so have decided that nothing looks better than white, bright cabinets. But we love how the wood in this kitchen makes it look a bit more traditional and a bit less modern.  The contrast of the wood and the white is something we're hoping to achieve as well.

Back in my college days, one of the families I babysat for had a white porcelain farmhouse sink. It was the first time I ever saw one, and I loved washing dishes there because of the depth of the sink and the ease of doing things with large, normally-awkward dishes (i.e. scrubbing the pots and pans!). 

We love the stainless steel appliances and subway tile in this kitchen, and the contrast of the wood floors with the white kitchen and backsplash and black shaker-style furniture.  

Check out the window treatment above the kitchen sink.  We have a large window above our sink, and have been debating ever since we moved in about whether or not to add a window treatment or to leave the window nice and open.  This roman, bamboo shade is something we will definitely have to consider. 

We love how the designers in this kitchen painted the insides of the cabinet to bring some more interest and an accent color into the space! An easy way to make yourself smile as you're unloading the dishwasher, and a project that wouldn't take too much time or cost much at all.  We also like the look of the dark hardware - another nice contrasting accent.

And while we wouldn't consider our design style French-country, we love the blue hue that was included in this kitchen space!

Thanks for the inspiration, House Beautiful!

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