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Fresh Update - Please Help! - Home refresh

M Techr
2 months ago
last modified: last month

So, 15+ years after building, we have decided to update multiple areas in our home:

1) Kitchen refresh including countertops, backsplash, hardware, lighting and new appliances

2) Install hardwoods and removing carpets in all rooms

3) Update bathroom tile flooring, countertops, mirrors and lighting

4) New paint scheme, furniture and lighting in all areas

We want a bright and classic look throughout. In our kitchen, we have medium brown cabinets In the kitchen. as shown below (please pardon the mess).

I would love some thoughts and suggestions about how to maximize the transformation. We are planning to go darker with flooring and are deciding whether to refinish or replace existing - we have this in about about 70% downstairs areas. We are looking at white quartz countertops in a few styles [Lusso (too busy?), Eternal Glow] and a coordinating backsplash. We had considered replacing the island with a new, larger island perpendicular to the oven, but are now thinking either to replace the countertop as is or extending with support posts. We will be removing the desk area and incorporating a wine cooler and a beverage fridge. I would like a counter depth fridge and new wall ovens. We will be repainting, as well. Lot's of options - we could use different perspectives.

UPDATE 1: We have started the process with flooring which kicked off this whole chain of events. We specialists to help with what we needed done and I decided to keep my cabinets despite popular feedback.

The kitchen already looks better with the knee wall removed!

These are the floor choices that I have. I am leaning towards Jacobean on the right center. I ruled out heritage brown (top left) as too blue. Ebony (top right) too dark. Dark Walnut (center left) as too contrasty? I can really see a difference in the Jacobean/Ebony mix on the bottom. I'd love some thoughts.

Latest Update here- @beth thanks for the flooring advice - I now understand more after choosing Jacobean making my cabinets appear even more orange.

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