Patti (whipartist) wrote,

Help me design my kitchen

One of the things that I've been planning to do with the cash I pulled out with my mortgage refinance is remodel the kitchen. The appliances are all OK, but it has cabinets that were ugly and crappy when they were installed 15 years ago, and time has not improved that situation any. The layout itself isn't too bad, though I think I want to add an island in the process.

This is the kitchen as it looked when I bought the place. Since then, the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher have all been replaced with mid-grade stainless appliances. The microwave lives in the left corner where the cookbook is sitting, and there's a magnetic knife bar over the sink.

The problem I'm running into is that I have no idea what color cabinets to put in there. The floor is polished concrete, and it has all sorts of interesting colors in it. Here's a close-up though the kitchen area seems to have a little bit more in the red and gold tones. My first thought is a white or light-colored wood with countertops that match the floor. Another thought is lighter-colored wood with matching countertops. Since it's a loft, and therefore a funky space, I could probably also get away with something like dark red.

There's a reasonable chance that I'll do this on the cheap and go with Ikea cabinets, but maybe not. I'm definitely not in the mode of paying a lot of money to a custom kitchen designer or anything of the sort.

If you were me, what would you do?
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