Monday, 23 May 2011

Kitchen Ponderings


Well, hello there, petal.
Good weekend?


Look at this incredible Modern Country Kitchen.
The colour, the details...
You'd think it was right up my street, yes?
No.

Today, I want to talk about kitchens that look completely awesome in magazines but......really?
Can you have too much of a good thing?

I'm not sure what I think of
a whole, entire kitchen filled with,
more or less, the same colour
.....even if it does look utterly stunning in the photos.


Is it me or would this kitchen look
a little bit sombre in 'real life'?
A bit dark.
A little bit lifeless.

Perfect for a magazine shoot, but... would you live with it it?
Would ya? Could ya? Should ya?
Day in? Day out?

The moral of the story is to
find a look you love
not just for the
magazine-fairytale look-alike....

BUT....

for your every day life......
for the way you do things.


How to do that?

How to find a look that'll
suit you down to the ground?
Hmmmmm......

Swing by tomorrow and let's talk it over, shall we?




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37 comments :

Blondie's Journal said...

This kitchen definitely need something to give it a punch. I'm looking forward to your next post!

XO,
Jane

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

I don't know. It's peaceful, in a way. And I love the white accents. I could live with it. Maybe.

Then again, my kitchen is COMPLETELY different from this one--black island with a butcher block top, soapstone countertops, black hutch, black chairs. Lots of black. And warm wood tones.

Cindy said...

Hi there! Seems like forever since I have been here to visit you. I have been too busy lately.
I think you are right, Sarah, that is a dark, blah looking kitchen. It has some great elements, but they are lost due to lack of color and light, I am thinking.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Romi and Bob said...

Perhaps with some other colours it would be fine. In my life, it would need some colourful accessories, then it would perfick!

Brandi said...

I think I could live with it! I like the less is more approach! LOL!!! I really like the blue paint on the cabinets.

Anna at the Doll House said...

I love this kitchen: you can ship it off to me right away. However, I'll paint the walls white with a hint of grey and when the cabinets are fitted I'll paint them grey too.

Anna

lisaroyhandbags said...

It's a pretty kitchen but does feel a bit dull. I think the island would look great in another colour - even a cream just to lighten the space and make the other cabinetry sing. xo

Shelia said...

Hi Sarah! This is a pretty kitchen but for me it's missing color! I love lots of color, especially in a kitchen. I'd like to see this kitchen with some red poked around and some Roosters, some flowers! Then it would be a wow!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

MariCrea said...

But how big is this kitchen?
It is really huge!
Beautiful color
Good afternoon
Mari

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

No, I'd get bored with it. I feel it's too stark for me but I do like the color. Look forward to the conversation tomorrow!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It's beautiful... but a bit dark for me. Can't wait to see more tomorrow Sarah!

High Street Cottage said...

That is an interesting kitchen, the cabinets or Hutches are not defined by a different color. I don't think that is for me, as I love pretty painted furniture. It's too "hospital like" for my taste, although the room itself is amazing, and looks incredibly large, with lots of space to putter about.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I would so love that kitchen in white and pops of color.Not so much the way it looks now~Cheers Kim

Susan T said...

I wish I had a kitchen that size, however if I did I wouldn't want it all one colour. It looks drained of life - something a kitchen should never be.

Little Leslie said...

uh oh, this isn't your kitchen is it?

Lydia said...

I think the room would make a stunning garage):-

Lydia said...

I think the room would make a stunning garage):-

Dezeray Jule said...

I'm looking to re model my kitchen so I will be swinging by tomorrow for sure! :)

It's me said...

Wowwww...Sarah...that kitchen is so so great !!......come and see my post please...my first time .....yeah !!...love Ria...xxx...

Leah - The Inside Story said...

Hi Sarah, I personally love this kitchen. I think the colour scheme being all the same works. This Kitchen is for showroom purposes in these shots and if it was your own, you would add a lot more accessories - lots of white and flowers and cookbooks etc etc. and then it wouldn't look so plain and drab. Leahxx

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

For a minute I thought you were serious.......that kitchen is not for me!!
Too staged!

Holly said...

This kitchen has great bones, but it is a little dreary. This is obviously for staging purposes, but notice how the lemons on the island are the only shot of color. I think in real life it wouldn't look quite so sterile because it would have real life "stuff" in it.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Hi my sweet!

I am definitely not undecided on this one... too much blue gray. There are elements that I like though. Transom windows over the doors...hello :) Love! The hood over the stove and the overall size is good. If this kitchen were white with pops of red I might bite. Needs more personality. Okay, hope that wasn't too honest.

xxxxxxxxx~M

michelle said...

It is really beautiful but too much for me, maybe a lighter shade to brighten things up. Although it is alot cleaner than my kitchen. :)

Georgie said...

I'm sure I would go slowly bonkers in that kitchen... nothing a small brush and some white paint couldn't fix... the trimmings would be first. gxo

At The Picket Fence said...

Sarah, I would come over here just to hear you call me "petal" you were speaking just to me...weren't you? ;) I love this post and the last. Such good stuff! Do you have a pinterest account yet? I just started one and ADORE it! It's a virtual inspiration board. I've been pinning all of my favorite rooms and ideas to it and like you said if it doesn't sing to me and I don't give it a "10" I don't keep it for inspiration. Helps me keep focused. Yep, good stuff! Love ya sweets!

Heather

A Rosy Note said...

I don't even have to think about this one. That is just too much of one color for me. I think they need some white in there to highlight all the prettiness!

hugs ♥ tricia

Happy Homemaker UK said...

You are the sunshine missing from these kitchens :) XOL

CHRIS said...

Thank you for taking a look at my quilt at BQF and for your kind comment. Love your kitchen colours. Happy Days. Chris

Tamisha said...

Nope, I don't think this kitchen really looks great even in the photo shoot. It looks like a kitchen in a depression-era movie set trying to evoke a down and moody feeling. Kitchens are the gathering spot in a home, it should be warm, welcoming, and filled with good smells. I like the color on the lower cabinets but the uppers and walls are just depressing and boring. The layout and cabinets are lovely. I love the architecture, but the battleship grey is a bit much.

bj said...

I could live in it IF I could add MY touches. :)
It's an awesome kitchen.....

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Funny, I just spent half an hour on the phone with my mum talking kitchen as she's going to have hers remodeled. This kitchen has a gorgeous colour but as gorgeous as colour is, it can't live on its own... It needs good companionship. Like a little touch of "white tie"... I'm just saying!

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

not. for. me. monochromatic is totally cool, but too much of anything will give ya a tummy ache. ya know?

and texture. i need more of it in my own kitchen and i need another's eyes to get it right.

you are fun, m'lady.

michele

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Good advice, Sarah. I'm not digging the monochromatic scheme.

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Oh that kitchen just has SO MUCH POTENTIAL but it's screaming for a wee bit of contrast and light... so totally agree with you. Great bones though!

Audrey Pettit said...

Totally diggin' some parts of this kitchen. Love the color on the cabinets.....but it feels like too much on the walls and trim, as well. A bit tooooooo clinical. But love the styling. And I so want that row of cupboards with the numbered doors and the ladder which you can see through the doorway.
Where do I get that???? ;)

Amanda said...

I love the colour but it's too much of one thing, IMO x

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