One of the most difficult tasks facing clients is selecting the finishes in their kitchen, which has, after all, become the focus of our houses. Countertops, cabinets, hardware, backsplash, fixtures, floor, paint, and appliances – all of these elements need to be coordinated and most people don’t know where to begin. We want a kitchen that’s worth the money– without overpaying–but that won’t look dated in a few years. It should be tasteful but not gaudy. What should be the star: the countertops? The cabinets? Should the island match the rest, or stand apart as a special event?
I had the pleasure of accompanying a client to a kitchen & bath showroom today to guide her in her selections– a service I’m always glad to provide. We started off thinking that she wanted a white and grey kitchen; somewhat transitional in style– neither too traditional nor modern. We also assumed the island would be different than the counters. In a mere hour-and-a-half, with input from her two HGTV-trained opinionated young sons, we had a scheme that all were happy with: not white at all, and though the island base differs from the rest of the cabinets, we decided the countertops should all match after all so as not to be too busy. It just goes to show that Houzz is certainly valuable in the early stages, but there really is nothing like seeing things in person.
Perhaps the best moment was when Mom realized that the grey Silestone counter that Son #1 favored but did not work with the cabinets would be perfect in the boys’ bathroom.