Although I do enjoy a simple kitchen design, I wanted to elevate our new space to something a little bit higher end than some of the more basic designs that you will see. These kitchen renovation ideas where actually inspired by the kitchens at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina where we visited last fall. I loved the timeless elegance of their kitchen and dining areas, especially the gorgeous unconventional countertops. Of course we could not get the specific material that they used there, but I thought that this gorgeous jade green granite was a pretty decent imitation. The beautifully colorful countertops pair so well with the white cabinets and would be the perfect look for a small kitchen design or a very spacious one like we have in our home.
I have always thought that simple kitchen design is the best type of kitchen style. This is absolutely why I feel so unsettled in our new house because, as you can see, the whole kitchen design is just cluttered and kind of awkwardly laid out. I would love it if we could just gut the entire space and start over from the bare bones up but, since we can't do that, I am trying to brainstorm ways that we can make do with what we have. Although I absolutely love a kitchen island, this stupid asymmetrical one that is plopped in the center of the room just needs to go. By doing so, I think that we really open up the layout and would then have way more options than the typical small kitchen ideas that I had been looking at thus far. Second, I believe that we really need to paint the cabinets white. That would brighten up the space and give it a much cleaner and less cluttered look.
Without a doubt, I truly believe that simple kitchen design is the best way to go because these tend to be such busy and cluttered rooms, not to mention the central meeting place of the home. Keeping kitchen interior design simple and clean helps decrease the "noise" so to speak and make this high traffic area an enjoyable and productive place to spend time. If I was going to be stuck with a single kitchen style for the rest of my life, I would definitely go with a crisp white kitchen just like this one. I think that the open concept layout and lovely neutral color palette keep everything looking bright and open. Even better, there are so many cabinets of all shapes and sizes that you are able to find a spot for everything so the countertops remain uncluttered. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than spoiling all of your beautiful new kitchen ideas with an unsightly blender or coffee maker on the countertop.
In my opinion, a simple kitchen design is always best because these spaces tended to be cluttered and busy so you want to keep everything as minimalistic as possible. When we were pulling together kitchen remodel ideas for our home, I had two specific things in mind that I knew that I wanted to incorporate. First I wanted large double islands that ran the length of the space. We have kind of an awkwardly long kitchen, so I thought that this would be the best way to maximize the space while preventing it from looking bare. The other thing that I wanted to do, was stick with a pretty much all white color palette. As you can see from the kitchen design gallery that I posted of our home, pretty much everything except the center islands and the floors are a crisp white shade that makes the whole space feel clean and cheerful.
It has taken me years to perfect our simple kitchen design, but my goodness I think that I have finally done it! When I set out on this journey to figure out exactly what the best kitchen designs would be for our home, I knew that I wanted to have a very open and airy layout with a large center island that could be used for both seating and for meal prep (I love cooking). Beyond that though, I was pretty open about decor, color schemes, and finishes. I enlisted the help of my best friend who does interior decor on the side to help me narrow down my favorite kitchen design ideas and plan out how to incorporate them all. She really is so talented because this is what she helped me to come up with. An all black and white space is perfect for the rest of my decor, and the traditional yet slightly rustic vibe of the space definitely reflects my personality.
When in doubt, I believe that a simple kitchen design is always the way to go because you can always add more things later to make the space feel more complex. I find that it is much harder to undo an over-styled kitchen remodel as opposed to just layering in more color and pattern later. This home is a great example of this evolving design concept. The space started out with lyme washed hardwood floors, all white cabinets (with the coordinating wood island) and simple black and white countertops. The entire backsplash and range area was done in a classic marble diamond pattern and there was not much else in the space. It looked fantastic, but there was not much as far as the owners personality in the space. They decided that they wanted to upgrade the space with a few kitchen ideas 2022 and ripped out the backsplash behind the range to replace it with this awesome eye catching black and white tile. Around the same time we installed these beautiful baroque style pendant lights over the island to tie the whole space together.