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Ideas to modernize the look of my kitchen

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kingwestlady

Hi all,I would like to know some suggestions to modernize the look of my kitchen and what colour should should I try to make it look clean, modernize and cozy.  I was thinking of painting out the cabinets and walls.  Any specific colours recommended for the cabinet and kitchen wall? (FYI, wall colour going up the stairs and foyer is BM Stonington and the kitchen is currently BM OC-08 Elephant tusk.  ImageImage

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Jay Mari's picture
Jay Mari

There are many kitchen renovation magazines and websites that showcase some of the best kitchen designs that they have but you should keep in mind that every house has different needs and space area and therefore your kitchen design should be unique as per your needs.

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kingwestlady

Oh wow, thank you Mrs Peacock!  The very first one is something I would consider to replace the two tracklights.  Base on the pictures I have update in my very first post; you can see exactly where the lights will be situated and the third light I was thinking something fancy because its closer to the living room.  The third power outlet is not shown in the picture but its at the end of the right tracklight and its closer to the living room too.  I was thinking maybe the light that look like leaves being put there :)  That will looks very nice.

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kingwestlady

Thank you :)  I love to do a DIY project around my condo but I am just the worst when it comes to creativity unfortunately.  Okay will try those too lights and see how it goes :)  Thanks again.

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kingwestlady

What did you think of these 2 lights?  Is that simple enough for the kitchen at least?  ImageImageImageImage

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kingwestlady

So I had two people coming in to take a look at my track lights and they both said it is going to be hard to drail through the concrete above to put two more holes for the potlights.  Are the recessed light mentioned require drailing through concrete?  Right now there are only three spots where there are power source coming out are the "bulbs" on the two track lights and one not being use (covered up with plate closer to the livingroom).  Can you recommend any other kind of light fixtures which looks contemporary and modern?  I've looked at Home Depot and found these one?  What do you think, haha.  I dont have really good taste picking out stuff but I do try. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Jay Mari

To be able to have a modern look kitchen you gonna have check what are the latest style and treading color. As you have those initial update you will know then what is your kitchen going to be look like.

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MarshB

You might wanna check new styles of Kitchen appliances or products that could help you make your kitchen neat and organized. www.valuepointdistribution.com

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kingwestlady

Hi Enrol,Thank you for all these ideas and contributions you made in my inquiry.  Okay I will think about painting the living room the same as the kitchen.  When I get it done I will post an update picture.  Its an 18 feet ceiling so I do have to wait for my brother to lend me his industrial ladder.  Will work on painting the stairs white when I get a chance.  I do have some pictures but I have to get more picture frames (probably black and white) for the stair wall. PS..my bunny is black and white so he blends in the living room for sure, lol. 

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kingwestlady

Yes I agree :)  I did had my brother to have a look at it but he is way too busy right now to help me out.  I am thinking of changing from track to pot lights but its a budget and time matter.  I will look into that later on for sure.

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kingwestlady

Hi AnrolThank you so much for the support :)  Ya I am so happy that I took that leap to paint my (stair wall and kitchen) the same colour - BM Revere Pewter.  But I am really scare to paint the rest the same colour in the living room :( I am not that daring but I know that as time goes on I will start to change but little step is just what I can take.  I get stress out when I don't see the result fast enough.  I was SO STRESS out with the cabinet painting already and thank God it turns out nice.  Here are pictures of the progression and final looks in the kitchen.  I know you mention that I should consider painting the spokes "white" same as the kitchen cupboard.  Don't worry, I am thinking...:)  Once I want to change it will be done! Actually what I really want to change is the wall behind the Ikea shelf (where the TV is).  I sort of grew out of the red and I find it a bit tacky (lol) with the contemporary look I have in my place now.  I want to change it to maybe a softer/light colour that will got with the rest of my living room or Revere pewter.  Can you suggest anything?  My living part is more of a black and white theme :)Image: DaytimeImage: DaytimeImage: with lightImage: with lightImageImage 

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kingwestlady

Hi I finally decided to painted all the same colour (its BM Revere Pewter :-) between the kitchen and the wall leading up the stairs.  I am not sure what your guys think.  The wall colour looks darkers going up the stairs vs what's on the kitchen walls.  I mentioned that I face north with two storey loft light shining in the living room/kitchen.  I also have 2 storeys lights coming in from the west eventhough the picture does not show it.Kitchen cupboards and the stairs are going to get done painted in "White Cloud" soon.  I am just not too sure about the colour difference during the day. Day time lookDay time lookNight time viewNight time view 

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joearmstrong

Hi, i think that you should go with the cool color scheme and some thing that goes with floor,then it will be great and even if it does not go with floor you can cover the floor with kitchen rugs.....

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kingwestlady

Revere pewter is a beautiful color but when I tried on the wall going up the stair which also a wall of the bedroom it was abit too dark and dull looking for me for some reason. Because my place is not that big I find Stonington recede and thus gives you abit if illusion that it's more spacey-er.

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kingwestlady

Hi Enrol,I will definitely paint out the cabinet.  But I am really scare about painting out the handrail.  It is so beautiful in its own.  Maybe when I am ready to move forward once I am done painting out the cabinet and the kitchen wall.  About painting the wall, the colour you recommend were intended for the kitchen only right?  I really do like th look of the BM Stonington Gray going up the stair.  It is so calming and peaceful with that being there.  It tooks me years to settled down with this colour because I have spend so much money trying out this and that paint and end up in the end paying one hour for interior consultation to get that wall color right.  With that said I am really trying to save up now on putting in the right stuff in the kitchen.  I like the Smoky taupe colour :) Okay I will work with the cabinet first (maybe with BM cloud white or BM calm) and submit new pictures later.  

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kingwestlady

Hey Anrol,Here is another shot stand at the kitchen facing the living.  I am not sure if that help for you or not.ImageImage

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kingwestlady

I did submitted to 'ask a designer column' but I have not heard back. 

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gmcauley

Hello kingwestlady,

Personally, I love white cupboards. How about Cloud White from Benjamin Moore? This would also be a great question for our Ask A Designer column. Submit your question with photos via email from this page:

http://houseandhome.com/design/design-decorating/ask-designer

Good luck with the kitchen!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at hhmedia.com)

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