Renovations, The Buffalo BurrowPaint & Floor Pairings for Different Kitchen Styles January 17, 2020 This is a sponsored post by Lowe’s Home Improvement. All opinions are 100% my own. Before we even found the land for the new house, I knew I wanted to build a version of an old, European country house. I was so drawn to that style and realized my Pinterest boards had been filled for years with old European country homes. I loved the texture, patina, and character. I loved the eclectic layers that had obviously been collected over a lifetime. And I was so excited to try my hand at creating our own special home inspired by that ideal. I was thrilled to reveal our new brick kitchen floor last week! As I said in that post, we’ve been dreaming about a brick kitchen floor for a decade now. And when I settled on the style we were envisioning for this house, I knew that it was finally time for our brick floors! Every old European kitchen I’ve been inspired by has natural stone floors with so much dimension, often brick. Source: Montagu Country House Once the floors fell into place, the rest of our kitchen design came quickly. The dimension and coloring of the floors helped me nail down the cabinet color to provide contrast. It helped me choose the copper accents in lighting and the sink. It formed so much of the design! It truly is the backbone and foundation of our space. I get the most questions from readers about kitchen designs and thought it would be really fun to create some mood boards for you guys of different kitchen styles. Throughout my ten years of designing houses and trying to nail down my personal style, I’ve tried out so many different things. And now, I feel like my preference is such a mix of all the styles I went all-in on along the way. All four of these styles below now make an appearance in my rooms and have soft spots in my design-loving heart. In these kitchen mood boards, I’m focusing on my very favorite thing: color mixing and contrast. These will give you the main foundation of a space and the very first pieces I figure out when designing a kitchen. I focused on the cabinet color, which is always my main dose of color in a kitchen. I absolutely love Lowe’s HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams paint line, so I pulled some of my favorites that I’d love to use on cabinets one day! And as much as I love a classic white kitchen, you won’t find any white cabinets here today, friends. Say hello to color! I paired four different cabinet colors with contrasting floor tile, cabinet hardware, and lighting for four different design styles I really love. Each feels different and unique and now I want to design and see each of these kitchens unfold! NEUTRAL TRADITIONAL: SOURCES: Cabinet Color: HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Truly TaupeDELLA TORRE Annabelle Gray Patterned TileOil-rubbed Bronze Cabinet PullsDistressed White Lantern Pendant I used to be boho and eclectic all the way and as I’ve grown into my design style, I’ve gained such an appreciation and love for traditional style. While my rooms will always have some eclectic layers, there are so many traditional elements present now as well. I absolutely love this vision for a kitchen. Those lovely and rich taupe cabinets layered on top of the neutral, but statement-making pattern floor is so good. This tile packs such a punch, but has really traditional lines. Iif you’re interested in adding some pattern without going too bold or modern, this one is a great fit for you! And nothing says classic and traditional to me like oil-rubbed bronze. I love the old lines of this cabinet hardware. And I’m obsessed with this distressed lantern light. It feels like a hundred-year-old light fixture to me that is also so affordable! (I’m actually using this light somewhere at the Burrow I’ll share soon!) ECLECTIC CONTRAST: SOURCES:Cabinet Color: HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams Blue EndeavorElida Ceramica Blue & Gray Patterned TileCopper Cabinet KnobsCopper Rustic Bowl Pendant Light Here’s a moody and eclectic one for you! I’ve had this tile pinned for awhile. I love the pattern of it. It feels old and distressed, but I also love the color. I love the blue/gray pattern that gives you a hint of color, but still reads as fairly neutral and versatile. For cabinets, I love this dark navy gray. I love color and going bold in spaces, but I think my favorite way to do that is in a monochromatic way. I love that these cabinets are a darker shade of the floor tile. Going monochromatic with varying shades of the same color lets you be really bold without overwhelming. And y’all know I love contrast. I love mixing cool and warm tones in a space. This kitchen design has so much cool with all the blue and gray that I decided to pull my favorite warm metal for the details: COPPER! These cabinet pulls that are bright with slightly modern lines provide great contrast with the more intricate pattern of the tile. And I’ll always be a sucker for barn and nautical style lights. Would these not be so awesome hanging over a sink or island? ELEVATED FARMHOUSE: SOURCES:Cabinet Color: HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams Blue SlumberMosaic Travertine FloorUnfinished Wood Cabinet KnobsDistressed White Wood Chandelier Isn’t it funny how you swing between such different styles and go all in when you’re trying to figure out what you really love? Before I went all in boho, I was 100% farmhouse. Our first house was very country farmhouse if any of you were following back then! Now, I love that my style has become such a mix of all the things I love, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for farm roots. This design board made me so happy because it pulled the farmhouse touches I’ve always been sweet on, but presented it in a fresh way. I love the natural stone floor. It feels like it could’ve been the original floor in century-old farmhouse and provides such texture as the backdrop. For cabinets, I fell hard for this saturated country blue. I love how it has so much gray, but also so much color and isn’t it just great layered on that stone floor? For knobs, I loved the idea of doing painted wood knobs to match the cabinet color. So many old kitchens had matching wood knobs to the cabinets instead of metal knobs and I’m really thinking about doing that in our new kitchen! Imagine these wood knobs painted in this lovely blue to match the cabinets. But as I was putting this board together, I realized I also love them in the raw wood with this design! And a distressed, aged-looking chandelier for over the island because I absolutely love mixing in an elevated piece like this with rustic styles for contrast and a collected feel. MOODY MODERN SOURCES:Cabinet Color: HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams Chesterfield GreenOctagon Porcelain Marble Floor TileModern Brass Cabinet PullsBrass Geometric Pendant Light My style has grown less and less modern as we’ve done different projects, but you guys….I’m so HERE for this kitchen design. I’m using a lot of olive in our house and toyed with the idea of rich, saturated olive cabinets. I love the idea! For modern lines and a high-contrast touch, I love the idea of doing a white octagon marble floor. These are large octagons, so they’ll make a big impact. You just have to go brass with the olive and marble, in my opinion. These brass cabinet pulls with modern lines will really pop. And I absolutely love this light fixture! It’s more of a splurge than my other choices, but it’s just amazing. I love how it adds different lines and a little age with the clean modern lines in the rest of the design. What a statement-maker. This was so fun to put together, y’all! I always get asked for my opinion on other styles and different sources, but we’re always so busy working on our own projects. It seems like there is never enough time to share the progress with you guys. I don’t get to do posts like this often just to provide ideas and inspiration and it was a blast! Maybe I’ll work more of these into the blog going forward. Are there any specific ideas you guys would like to see a mood board for?