Kitchen Inspiration: Details that Make the Difference


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Now that I’m deep into designing our kitchen, I’m finding that I’m pinning the same details in different kitchens again and again. Now, I’m trying to prioritize my favorite things and find a way to make them all work together. To that end, I’m rounding up kitchen detail inspiration!


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  1. Paneled walls and backsplashes

We already have some horizontal paneled woodwork in our kitchen (and a lot more throughout our house). While I’m not a fan of bead board for this particular house, I love the thick vertical v-groove and tongue and groove paneling I see in kitchens and that exist throughout our house, and some of the uses I see of bead board provides lots of inspiration, too!

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I researched these paneled range backsplashes, since obviously it could be dangerous (and likely against building codes) to have a range this close to actual wood due to fire. It appears the designers used exterior grade Hardie board, which according to some sources has fire-resistant properties, but I have to admit it still worries me behind a range! There’s a scary amount of DIY bead board range backsplash instructions, and no one mentions fire risk. I mean, it’s painted wood right next to serious BTUs, so I have what I think are fair reservations about the concept …

  1. Slab backsplash/Perimeter

I love a slab backsplash, and as in the cover image, I also love stone that goes beyond the normal 4” or so high backsplash piece behind a counter, often going about 1/3 of the way up the wall.

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Very good looking and streamlined. This is frequently paired with a shelf, such that the shelf tops the stone. This looks good but I think I’d just accumulate a bunch of junk on there, or else forever be searching for art that was easily-cleanable or that I wouldn’t mind getting greasy.  And having a shelf behind my range is not appealing at all.  It just seems like it would accumulate dust and grease.


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  1. Two-tone Island Countertop

I really love an Island countertop that uses two different materials, generally wood and stone. It is practical when your stove is immediately opposite your island to have a stone surface for pots and pans, but a wood island looks so nice and earthy. A great idea to combine both surfaces!


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  1. Footed Cabinets

As I’ve previously gone into ad nauseaum, I love the look of ‘furniture style’ cabinetry, where the cabinets sit on feet with a recessed kick plate. Especially in an antique home like mine, I think this can add a lot of ‘been here forever’ feel.


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  1. Moody Colors.

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It’s no secret that I adore moody, mossy colors in a kitchen. These don’t have to be bold, but just a little muddy. Pretty much anything from Farrow & Ball, in other words!


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It’s crazy how often these details are paired together, or with other elements I’ve already chosen.  For example, there are an awful lot of ‘statement’ ranges in the photos above, even though that wasn’t what attracted me to the images.  Also up there are a couple slab backsplashes paired with vertical paneling and moody colors!  It’s a little disappointing in that I realize my taste is not unique, but also very reassuring to see these images and think, yes, I’m willing to invest the bajillion dollars my kitchen is going to cost if it comes out looking as good as any of these!

Now the question is what to use together and how in my own kitchen.  You know, the hard part …

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