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Nice kitchen, but help make it more modern/less warm!

6 years ago
last modified: 6 years ago

Purchased this house recently, and while the kitchen is a relatively newer remodeled, it is not exactly our style. We want something more modern, but not over the top contemporary.

I would like any and all suggestions on how to make this feel more "in style." I am sure the dreaded angled square/faux diamond tile should go. The cabinets are maple and quite nice, so not interested new cabinets. We are considering white paint vs white wash? Any ideas on how to keep them but acheive a more modern look?

How about a backsplash suggestion? Would white subway tile clash with the cozy classic style?

Smaller suggestions are appreciated to keep cost down while we are new homeowners for now (lighting-that overhead fluorescent light should it be replaced?, backsplash, blinds-thinking charcoal or natural roller blinds-would a natural wood blind clash with the cabinets?) but big picture is appreciated. We are in process of painting the walls Sherwin Williams Alabaster (warm white) and are thinking painting the wood trim white (should we do Alabaster in a higher gloss or bright white for more contrast?)

Any inspiration photos you would like to share would be so appreciated to give us some guidance-we don't know what we are doing :)


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