Hi friends! I hope you’re having a great day!  Today’s kitchen design board was inspired by some updates I’m planning for our kitchen.  This is a project I’ve been dreaming about for a very long time, so I’m really excited to start moving forward with it. 

Just to give you an idea of what we’re looking at, here’s a photo of our kitchen from a few months ago, with its cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stone backsplash, stainless steel sink, and brushed nickel hardware.  I’ve made a few updates since this photo was taken, but for the most part this is what it looks like now.


I realize there’s nothing wrong with this look.  We live in the Rocky Mountain region after all, where dark woods, earth tones and stone are the norm.  However, it just isn’t “me.” It feels heavy and dark when I walk into this space.  And, as you know, my style leans towards a lighter, brighter look.

The funny thing is, even though I’m always talking about how important it is for our homes to reflect and resonate with our personal style, sometimes I forget to take my own advice!  Even though our kitchen definitely isn’t my style, I’ve been putting this project on the “back burner” for a long time.

Since my husband isn’t a fan of painting finished wood (apparently this is a common thing with men) it just seemed easier to keep the peace and leave things as they are.  Thankfully, this week a friend on Instagram reminded me of how important it is to have a kitchen that makes me happy–especially since I do all the cooking. (Thank you, Julie!)

In other words, this project has now been moved to the front burner!  I’ve spent the past few days taking measurements, visiting home improvement stores, gathering inspiration, and putting together a kitchen design board–which I’m sharing with you today.  This kitchen design is mostly a way for me to gather my thoughts and ideas, so it might not be exactly what we end up with.  In future posts, I’ll share my specific choices, steps and progress with you.

Before I get into my kitchen design board, I wanted to share with you just a few kitchens that are inspiring me:

Kitchen Inspiration


Source: Jennifer Barron Interiors

ac31a33e7a4fa6830cc2c0214a6da8cb-2028481Source: Studio Surface Designs


Source: Andrea McQueen Design


Source: Studio McGee


Source: House of Jade Interiors


Source: Kelly Deck Design


Source:  Bright Bazaar

Since our cabinets are in good shape, and I like their style (shaker), we’ll probably have them painted — or perhaps paint them ourselves! 😬 I haven’t decided whether to go with all white cabinets or incorporate some blue or grey into the island and/or lower cabinets.  I’m definitely drawn to the two-toned look! Open shelving is another option I’m considering.

Some things I’ve included in my design board which are important to me:

  • comfortable bar stools for island seating (to keep the cook company)
  • A fabric Roman shade to help soften the hard edges
  • new lighting over the island (a final decision on what to use here is still up in the air!)
  • a pretty vintage Turkish runner
  • an updated faucet, perhaps in gold or brass
  • new hardware in gold/brass (I might just paint the drawer and door pulls we currently have)
  • elongated subway tile (as seen in the second inspo photo above)
  • quartz countertops for easy clean-up and care
  • a single-bowl sink to make washing large pots and pans easier
  • updates for our breakfast nook, including a new table, soft woven lighting and comfortable chairs
  • not shown in the design board, but part of my plan, is a new gas stove
  • new flooring–not sure if this will happen on this round of updates or later

All I’ll need to add is my coffee maker and I’ll be all set!

Bright and Breezy Kitchen Design

(Sources are linked below)

The countertop shown is Silestone Lyra Quartz.  The cabinets shown are KraftMaid shaker style.  The cabinet colors shown are Benjamin Moore White Dove, Farrow and Ball Parma Gray, and Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.  The flooring shown is koa, also called tiger wood, which is the type of flooring we already have in our main living areas.


Tile // Bar Stool // Roman Shade // White Lighting
Cabinet Pulls  // Wishbone Chair  //  Woven Lighting
Rug  //  Faucet  //  Sink  //  Table


January 2019 Update: Our kitchen updates are complete! (Other than updating the floors, which will come later.)  Head over here to read all about Our Kitchen Renovation Details with Sources and Costs.

For more kitchen ideas, here are a few recent posts sharing kitchen ideas and inspiration:

Beautiful kitchen backsplash ideas
Blue kitchens I love
Beautiful kitchen inspiration
Affordable Oushak Runners – Perfect for the Kitchen

Over on Pinterest, I have an entire board dedicated to beautiful kitchens, as well as boards for the dining roombedroom, bathroom, living room, home office, patio and more!

xo jane