In the past, whenever renovating a kitchen space, Rebecca and I have always leaned towards modernizing- updating old spaces and engaging a contemporary, minimal aesthetic. With our cute little pre-war house reno we have really tried to find a balance between the old and the new.
The cabinets, a combination of 1920s face-frame with contemporary flush doors, panel-front KitchenAid appliances that blend in and traditional Oak flooring with a modern wash and width, all set the tone for our retro-minimal kitchen.
From here we move on to the little details, the finishing, and for Rebecca and I, the tricky part!
It can be overwhelming with thousands of choices to create the look you want and we mulled over a variety of possible styles when plotting out our compact kitchen design. Once again we have turned to our home ‘depot’ away from home.
TIP: Narrow down your favourites in store, then buy them all and bring them into your space to evaluate there. One of my favourite things about The Home Depot is their return policy which is the absolute best!
At the beginning of the process we were convinced we were using the clean, classic subway tile which is always a go-to timeless backsplash choice for kitchens. But because our space is small and our palette is clean, we decided to think outside the rectangle and have a little more fun.
We first considered using the subway tile in a herringbone pattern but brought home a few other options we found in store as well. When we held up this shell-shaped glass tile next to our cabinets, the colour of the glass tied in so well to the cabinet colour we didn’t even have to consider any other options.
KNOBS and PULLS
It may be easier to choose one knob for all drawers and cabinets creating a uniform look in the space, however, we like to consider our options. Different pulls on drawers compared to knobs on doors or different finishes on knobs compared to finishes on faucets and appliances, can be like wearing a silver watch and a gold ring- current and on trend. And you may happen upon a happy little accident like we did when we brought home a shiny chrome drawer pull, in spite of the only finish currently installed being stainless steel on the range and sink. This pull happens to be exactly the same shape as our glass tile. We were unsure of the option of a chrome finish on our Kohler faucet but with the two metals now represented in more than one place we’ve again found a nice balance in the space.
Third accessory, countertop appliances –
The final bit of accessorizing are those countertop appliances that get used daily and, in a small space, are likely to remain on display. Since we were already impressed with our KitchenAid major appliances we decided to start looking there. With a selection of eye popping reds, sleek black, bright white or stainless silver it wasn’t hard to find a score of options at The Home Depot. The pro-line series is our fave and a good fit for us since they’re too flashy to hide in a cupboard anyway!
Thank you to The Home Depot Canada for supporting our “evaluate all the options” style and KitchenAid for supporting our “centre-stage” style, you made this nit-picky part of our process so much easier!