Our kitchen is a big change from what we've had in the past. The two apartments and house that we rented previously all had small, galley-style kitchens with zero counter space. Now we have floor space, good appliances, a large window over the sink, and decent counter space. The dining room, sunroom, and laundry room are all off of the kitchen, so it's a major traffic area. The only issue we have with the kitchen is aesthetic, and that's the knotty pine. We aren't too big on the moose lodge look, and it's something we want to change.
Here's the kitchen right now:
What we want to do is paint the walls a neutral color + white trim, like the rest of the house. As for the cabinets, we'd been thinking white, but after reading about the polyurethane yellowing over time, we decided it might not be a good idea.
As I was browsing home decor sites for ideas, I came across a blog where the designer painted her knotty pine cabinets a dark green, and it looks great - check it out here. (I love her floor, so that's an idea for the future as well.)
I've followed The Lettered Cottage for a little while, and this is what they did with their kitchen:
So now we're wondering if black would work for the cabinets...it's a different idea, but looks very interesting. With the wall & trim colors we want to use, it might work. Going back to The Lettered Cottage, their living room was knotty pine, and looks awesome after painting:
This living room was done by My Sweet Savannah - same pine, new paint, looks great:
And Willow Decor painted her knotty pine rooms as well - it brightened up the entire place:
Anyway. Lots of ideas, but back to our kitchen...neutral walls, white trim, & black cabinets? I think it could brighten up the kitchen and make it feel less like a moose lodge. It'd be a huge project, and we have to save up enough money to do it, but it's an idea at least : )