This is a Hot Mess (AKA How not to do a Kitchen)

This is a Hot Mess (AKA How not to do a Kitchen)

This is a hot mess.

Hot Mess Individually, the elements are all gorgeous. This is a high-end kitchen and the materials appear to be good quality. But they do not play nicely together! This is a perfect example of what can happen if you love All The Things. Sometimes tough choices need to be made. We’ve got 2 totally unrelated cabinet styles that don’t blend together at all.

Kitchen Space Before with different cabinet styles that don't blend together

A pantry door with a third style and a much lighter color than the cream cabinets right next to it.

Kitchen Space Before with different cabinet styles that don't blend together

A true white, cool-toned counter, which does not play nice with the pink beige back splash.

Kitchen Space Before with A true white, cool-toned counter, which does not play nice with the pink beige back splash

The floors are yellow beige, which would be fine, if the cabinets right next to it weren’t pink beige.

Kitchen Space Before with yellow beige flooring and pink beige cabinets

And the bar stools stick out like sore thumbs because the white is too bright on the chairs.

Kitchen Space Before with true white bar/counter stools and cream cabinetry

So how do we fix this? First, pick one cabinet style. If you love multiple furniture styles, by all means – mix furnishings. Embrace the eclectic! But keep your fixed elements cohesive and complimentary to the style of your house. You could go all wood.

Potential Cabinetry Option 1 Wooded Cabinets for Kitchen Transformation

Wooden Cabinetry Or all painted.

Potential Cabinetry Option 1 Painted Cabinets for Kitchen Transformation

Cream Cabinetry Next, choose ONE element to be the star – either the backsplash or the counters. The other should be pretty neutral, or it’ll end up looking like you counters and backsplash are in constant competition with one another. You could keep the ornate granite and replace the backsplash tile with a nice white subway tile.

White Subway Backsplash Tile with Granite Counters in Kitchen

White Subway Tile with Granite Counters (source: my former home) Or you could keep the pink beige stacked stone and do a lovely cream solid surface counter.

Stacked Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Stacked Stone is the Star (source) Lastly, make sure all your whites are within the same family. Those bright white, almost blue-white barstools just don’t work with the creamy, almost yellow cabinets. There’s a spectrum of whites – blue-white, true white, off white, and cream. Blue-white and cream just don’t mix. This is a simple fix, though – paint the barstools off white or cream and you’ll be good to go!

Kitchen Space Transitioning True White barstools to Cream

Cream Barstools

Any questions? Ask away!! I’d love to help.

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