Now let me start by saying that everyone will have a different opinion on what the ideal/classic kitchen is. We all have different tastes, preferences, and styles. If you are choosing a kitchen I would say-- who cares what's popular or the latest trend-- if you don't love it, don't do it! Know what you like and find a way to pull it off without breaking the bank! And this leads me to my next point. As a mom with a couple of young (and exceptionally messy) kids I can understand then need to have a home that can withstand messes. BUT, I think you don't have to sacrifice style! If you love LOVE white kitchens don't choose dark wood cabinets and countertops just because it will hide dirt and kid's messes. The only thing worse than a dirty kitchen is a dirty and messy kitchen that you don't love! While you still need to make smart choices and select materials that YOU can maintain (know yourself and your level of commitment!) I think that if you truly love your home you will make it work!
Okay-- now I'm done ranting. Moving on-- we may not all agree on what a truly classic and timeless kitchen looks like, but can we all just agree that it's not this?
We've come a long long ways. Can't wait to renovate for reals...
Now that we've got that out of the way-- let's move on to the pretty pictures! As I've mentioned over and over and over again-- I'm spending way too much time on the couch these days. Over the weekend I ended up watching an older movie-- Something's Gotta Give-- and I was struck with the fact that the kitchen in the movie (a movie that's been out for 8 years already!) is probably the perfect example of a timeless, classic kitchen. Here's a picture:
Here are a few more kitchens-- while they're not all exactly the same-- they follow the same formula:
And about a year ago I saw an awesome house tour on the House and Home website. The kitchen in the tour is so similar to the SGG kitchen-- the entire house is beautiful. I couldn't find a picture-- but you can watch the house tour here.
Now, while I love these kitchens-- they are beautiful-- they are not exactly what I would personally choose. Over time I've figured out what I really like after looking at countless magazines and spending way too much time on pinterest. I really really love an all white kitchen-- simple white cabinets, a white or marble backsplash, and white or light countertops. I like classic mixed with a bit of contemporary. And I don't like match-y white-- I like layers of different whites. And I love little details. And fabulous lighting. And a mix of different styles and texture. And pops of color in small doses. So without further ado... in no particular order-- here are some of my (currently) favorite kitchen images. (all the following images can be found on my kitchen pinterest board).
Yeah, so apparently I don't have expensive taste at all :) And I really do like a little bit of everything-- and I really do like many many different styles-- but I think I'm starting to get a good idea of what I like.
Now, about kitchens with stained wood cabinets! Dark wood or white-- that always seems to be the dilemma-- what to choose?? There are many many kitchens with wood cabinets that I love. However, I think that choosing a timeless stained wood kitchen can be tricker than white because you have SO many stain color options-- plus you then have to consider how the stain will coordinate with the other wood tones in your house-- like flooring, your dining room table, and other pieces of furniture. It can be tricky. But, I think that a dark stained kitchen in chocolate or espresso tones (not too much red) can be a timeless and classic choice too. Chocolate/espresso wood tones are easier to match with other woods and give you that cool bistro, "I'm at Starbucks" feel. Here are a few of my favorites!!
I could keep going. I could move on to kitchens with not-white painted cabinets-- those are pretty trendy nowadays. But I'm feeling a little long winded. Maybe I'll save that for another day.
Let me conclude by saying-- in the end selecting something timeless and classic is great-- but choose what you love and something you can live with!