Tour this gorgeous new build and get tips on these kitchen design ideas inspired by a modern European look with furniture-inspired cabinets.
When we first decided to build, the kitchen was the FIRST thing I knew I had to figure out. Cabinets have to be decided on pretty early in the process and our kitchen is kind of the focal point of our entire floor plan. We are huge fans of open concept homes, mainly just because of our lifestyle. We both work from home and tag team so many things so I love the kitchen being at the center of everything! All of this played into our design decisions. Since our kitchen is in fact very noticeable from most areas of our home, I didn’t want it to scream “I’m a kitchen”. I was looking for it to feel cozy, like a part of our home, more like furniture and decor and less like cabinets and appliances. Every single thing was an important decision from the cabinet hardware we chose from Armac Martin to the Appliances, the color of our cabinets, countertops, and the lighting. Let’s take a look at how we chose to blend all of these things with these Kitchen Design Ideas for a New Build or Renovation!
Kitchen Cabinet Design Ideas for a New Build
I wish there was a simple list of the order in which you pick things for a kitchen, but the truth is so much of it depends on the overall design and individual decisions you make. But if I had to pick something I would say know your cabinets and hardware, because those will dictate all your other decisions!
I wanted something a little different for our cabinets. Definitely wanted it to feel like a modern, European vibe with some rustic elements. To accomplish this goal, along with my desire for it to feel cozy, I decided to treat the base cabinets more like furniture and go with a stained color. Then for the upper cabinets, we went with white to blend in with the wall and not stick out. For our built-in fridge, I approached this more like built-in storage cabinetry and used the stained wood all the way up to the ceiling.
The cabinet profiles were custom. I wanted a new spin on shaker style so I worked with the cabinet company to customize the size of our shaker profile. We also went with a frameless style cabinet which allowed us to get that space between the doors as tight as possible. A lot of people asked why we didn’t do inset. I’ve personally had inset, and while I absolutely LOVE the look… I found them to be more easily damaged when kids put away dishes. That exposed edge that sits right below the door continuously gets damaged. Just a personal preference for me.
Kitchen Cabinet Details
Cabinet Style: Frameless
Wood Species: Plain Sawn White Oak
Color: Custom (Below is a photo of the custom stain mix my cabinet builder used)
Shaker Profile size: 1 1/4″
White Cabinet Color: Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Glass Style: Reeded
Crown Moulding: Square edge
Island Size: 10’x4′
Kitchen Hardware Details
The hardware we used from Armac Martin was HUGE in determining the overall feel. We decided to go with a matte black finish. I didn’t want anything shiny in here. I wanted it all to flow seamlessly and by going with black it really pulled together our black windows and accents. I’ll be doing a whole separate post about choosing cabinet hardware sizes.
Countertop and Backsplash Details
Perimeter Countertops and Backsplash: Bianco Carrara Polished 3cm Marble
Stone Backsplash: Glen Gery Cashmere Limestone
Island Countertop: Honed Black Mist Granite
Marble Ledge Depth: 4″ (but my stone rests on top of that.
Backsplash Height: 22″
Lighting is another very important detail when it comes to the kitchen. We used recessed LED lights for our work lights. These are what we use while cooking in the kitchen to provide full light across our work surfaces! Then there’s the secondary lighting like our pendants and sconces. I went back and forth between using two larger pendants or three more medium-sized pendants. Ultimately I knew I wanted a wall since on either side of the hood vent, so 3 pendants would balance that out. Plus I’m a big fan of using odd numbered things. I’m not sure why it’s just what always feels right to me.
Pendants and Island Light Spacing
Pendants: My pendants are from West Elm, but they are being clearanced out. I’ve rounded up some similar options. I can’t express enough how important it is to double-check the size of your lighting! Draw it out if you need to.
- Pendant from center to center: 40″
- Space between the widest part of the shade: about 24″
- Distance from edge of the island to the widest part of fixture: 8″
- Diameter of Light Fixture: 18″
I always wanted sconces on either side of our vent hood that would shine light both up and down. And I absolutely LOVE the ones we have on our stone. They add a nice rounded edge amidst all the harsh straight lines and blend beautifully with the stone. A lot of people asked how we got these to sit flush on the stone. I talked to our mason about this on site. I didn’t want a block for them to sit on. So he purposefully chose the flattest stones so the light would sit flush, and for any discrepancies, he was able to fill the edges with mortar and you’d never know it!
Our Sconces: Black Updown Sconce
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Let’s talk about kitchen appliances. I knew we wanted it a 48″ range and that led me straight to Zline. You can read all about how we chose our appliances here, but I’ll link everything below for you! Having both our dishwasher and fridge/freezer all panel ready really helped the kitchen feel like a kitchen. It definitely feels more like furniture not seeing those appliances. Studio McGee actually talked about this in their 2022 interior design predicitions which made me so happy since I had been designing this space since the summer of 2021
New Build Kitchen Plumbing Design Ideas
The plumbing is another very important factor in your overall design aesthetic. Our faucets are polished nickel. Polished nickel has a little bit more of a warmer undertone than chrome so it blends beautifully with our warmer-toned cabinets. For our faucet, I wanted something that had a more organic shape to it, but still complimented the straight lines of the cabinets. This one worked perfectly and I love it!
That about sums up the details for our kitchen. If you have any additional questions please let me know and I’ll update the post for your reference.
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