[or 'Help me, I lack inspiration and need to stop banging my head against the wall'].
We are about to renovate our hideous pale green cheap laminate kitchen.
Replacing it with another cheap laminate but hopefully not hideous kitchen. This is where you come in.
I need help with colours and finishes. I have a vague idea in my head that I want all natural finishes (ha, laminate being oh-so-natural ...) to go with this rustic au naturel house. The house is mudbrick so the walls are beige and muddy and uneven, the floors red brick, the cathedral ceiling exposed dark timber with stainless steel ceiling fan. The applicances will be stainless steel with the exception of the existing fridge and microwave which are white and refuse to die so must remain.
We know the layout - L-shaped with the sink in front of the window so I can gaze at the view while washing dishes, and a large island bench behind you (if you're standing at the sink which you do a lot with a family of five) with a big overhang on the far side at which children will eat breakfast while sitting on dark brown wicker stools.
I have a cobalt blue kettle, and several Le Creuset pots n pans in blue too.
We have been through a renovation before and Mr Soup (who thought we were moving to this house because it would never ever ever need anything doing to it hahahahahahahahhahaha oh hahahahahaha) is concentrating on exterior colours ("mud, beige or brown, dear?") and is giving me carte blanche to make the kitchen decisions.
Okay so far?
I've had a look at all the laminate samples and laminate has come a loooong way. (It's also all we can afford). I'm tending to a woodgrain finish for the cupboard doors which by the way must be flat with no profiles or grooves to catch icky kitchen grease and dust. I'm also leaning towards benchtops in a beautiful pale stone effect. Splashback tiles yet undecided, but again something in a neutral/natural finish. Or not. Maybe that's where colour will come in?
BUT, here is my particular challenge. I want the benchtop on the island bench to be a beautiful piece of timber. So that particular bench will differ from the remaining benches. Now, do I go for plain white doors/drawers beneath the island benchtop (because I don't want wood finish doors and a wooden top)? And if so, should all the doors and drawers around the rest of the kitchen be white too, or should I stick with the wood look for them? What kind of wood? Not too pale, as the stone effect bench tops will be pale, but not too dark as there will be overhead cupboards and the house is already quite brownish, as you can probably imagine. If you're still with me.
I am going to work for the next couple of days. And then to a wedding on a beach at dawn.
When I return on Sunday, I would like you to have [virtually] renovated my kitchen.