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Kitchen Mood Board: Marble, Brass, & Dark Wood Cabinets

November 15, 2013

Here it is! All of my inspirations for the kitchen renovation laid out in one place.

kitchen mood board

  • 1. Carrera marble. I have read all about the pros and cons (staining, etching etc..) I am now fully informed, and still can’t get over the classic look this work surface provides. We plan to do our counters in a honed Carrera. Going with a honed vs. polished finish will help to cut down on the appearance of etching.
  • 2. Once I saw the brass and crystal cabinet knob combination – I decided to go with brass the whole way, pulls, sink etc… We have so many antiques in our house that have brass pulls or feet, it just made sense to use the same metal in the kitchen. Now that ‘brass is back’ there are so many great options for unlaquered brass or antiqued brass, so the 1980s polished brass look can be avoided.
  • 3. The kitchen has a weird layout and I want to avoid having the dishwasher and range right next to each other. It seemed natural to split the cooktop and the oven in to two appliances to avoid this problem. I love this 5 burner 30″ gas cooktop from Bosch.
  • 4. I like the look of the vintage or antique faucets. The trouble is finding one in my price range. Some of the ones I looked at go all the way up to $1500. This one by Danze for around $300 is a great look for a better price.
  • 5. It seems natural to paint the walls a grey color. The marble will have grey veining, the floor with be gray porcelain, and it’s a beautiful complement to dark wood. We plan on going with one of our favorite greys  – revere pewter by Benjamin Moore.
  • 6. We dreamed of a huge stand alone range hood, but without major alterations to the wall structure and cutting through brick etc… it wasn’t going to happen. Our budget is tight as it is, so we are going to install an under cabinet hood that recirculates air, but can be converted to exhaust outside, if and when we are able to make the change.
  • 7. We wanted to do a herringbone tile floor, but it was too much to tackle time-wise, with everything else going on in our lives. Instead we will have the herringbone on the wall in a marble backsplash that will match the counters.
  • 8. Since all of the original light fixtures were removed by the previous owners, I spent the last few weeks replacing what was here with period crystal chandeliers. Since I was on a crystal kick, these knobs seemed like a natural choice to carry the continuity through in to the kitchen.
  • 9. To keep with the crystal theme, the pendant over the island will be a crystal chandelier. All of the appliances will be stainless steel – a french door fridge with a pantry surround is in the plans too.
  • 10. We cook quite a bit and even though we plan to have cabinet storage for pots and pans, I would love to find an affordable brass pot rack we could use.
  • 11. We knew that dark cabinets were the way to go for us – we live in a 1930s Tudor revival that has dark woodwork throughout the house. We want the kitchen to feel like it’s part of the home, not like it dropped out of the sky. Shenandoah has the right style, door color and price for our project, and so, we went with the McKinley door in Cherry Bordeaux. We are going to have solid cherry cabinets in the kitchen! Can you tell I am excited?
  • 12. I think we have settled on a grey porcelain slate-look rectangular floor tile in a running bond pattern. Dark grey grout to match , and tight grout lines please! They have some affordable options at Home Depot and Lowes, but I’m still looking.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2013 10:28 AM

    Great picks! I like where this is going. Love the marbe blacksplash.

    • November 25, 2013 11:07 AM

      thank you 🙂 The cabinets and knobs came in last week. I’m so excited to share them with everyone soon.

  2. November 17, 2013 11:47 AM

    I really like the knobs and the chandelier idea! It’s going to be so pretty.

  3. November 15, 2013 11:33 AM

    So classy! Love it.

  4. November 15, 2013 11:03 AM

    Beautiful plan!! I’m specially a huge fan of the countertop, cabinet, and flooring choice. The brass is going to fit in so, so well.

    The kitchen in our new house is really high quality, but it’s unfortunately honey oak cabinetry and polished brass hardware. Boooo.

    • November 15, 2013 11:09 AM

      I was initially hesitant about the brass, but I ordered some sample hardware in the mail and now I’m sure.

      Are you able to paint or restain your cabinets? If not, it always like a crime ripping out something well done – but sometimes it’s necessary for the sake of design.


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