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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Blamires

Kitchen Remodel-Step 2

Picking out your color palette and finishes is one of the most exciting phases of a home renovation project.

I like to use an App called PhotoWonder. Within the Art menu, you will see an option called Sketch. Upload a photo of your space. I love it because the sketch tool takes away the color and surface treatments and lets you get a very linear view of the space. Especially for those of us not trained in design, it is a fun way to view the space in very basic terms and allow our imagination to reimagine it with different finishes. The example below shows the same photo, with and without the App.



I decided to keep the countertops, so my next big decision was appliances, a hefty part of any kitchen remodel. I opted for Black Stainless Steel. It is very similar to regular stainless steel, but it is a shade darker, and is even more resistant to fingerprints and smudges. Since I wanted my color palette to include white, grey, and black, this has been a great option for me.



Who doesn't love searching for the best paint colors? I spent many Saturday afternoons just looking through the names of all of the different paint chips. I admit that I tried some just because of the name. I tried MANY different grey possibilities before seeing Sherwin Williams' Repose Gray at a friend's house. (Thanks, Demi!) Once I tried a sample, I knew it was the right color for me. Greys come in many different shades. I personally find that many tend toward taupe in direct sunlight, and I wanted something that would stay a true and delicate grey. Others are too drab and feel institutional. This color is beautiful at any time of the day or night.

The white that I selected for the cabinets and trim is also by Sherwin Williams. It is called Alabaster. It has the faintest pink cast to it, which keeps it bright and adds warmth to the room. Paint color is such a personal choice and is a way to express yourself without spending a lot of money. Keep in mind the accent color that you plan to use for soft good decoration when the room is complete. (For me, this includes some medium-dark wood tones and a sunny yellow.) Hold a couple pieces up to your swatch to make sure it is the feel you want. I went with flat sheen on the walls (not everyone's cup of tea), but I like to add texture elsewhere. I used a glossy finish on the cabinets to provide high contast to the flat wall sheen.



The tile I chose for the backsplash is a variation on the popular subway tile look. These bricks are much longer, and have been hand-glazed, which gives them an imperfection that adds character to the room. It was expensive, but I only needed a small quantity for the backsplash. Light really bounces off of this tile and brightens up the room.

The floor tile is a porcelain tile that holds up well in high traffic areas. I wanted something with a little movement to it, but that also didn't compete with the other surfaces.



The previous lighting included a few overly-large can lights (8 inches) and one track light. Since I was replacing the ceilings, I had the chance to add much smaller can lights (only 3 inches) as well as pendant lighting over the island and kitchen table. Truly, the options available online and at local retailers is astounding. I chose the pebbled glass pendant in the center of the photo below. Again, the texture of the surface plays with light in interesting ways. Using vintage-style bulbs also helped the room lean more toward that French Country feel.

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