HELP - I Want Old World European Kitchen
We are currently building a new house which I'd like to flavor as Old World European Country Casual. I'm shooting for a casual but elegant style which will work for my small horse farm.
I've been trying and trying to design a kitchen based on my inspiration kitchens, but nothing seems to be working out - even working with kitchen designers. But instead of helping me, they just draw up what I (think I) want, and it still doesn't seem right. I can't afford custom cabinets so have been looking at semi-custom. Everyone is getting frustrated with me, including myself!
Here's the house plan: http://www.eplans.com/french_country_house-plans/HWEPL11760.hwx
Scroll down to the Main Floor plan to see the kitchen layout.
You can double click on each photo, then click the "full size" button to get a better close up.
I'd like the kitchen to feel like a room for cooking rather than a wall full of cabinetry for storage. The open space next to the refrigerator seems a little odd. I can get pretty much any size refrig but was thinking around 48 inches, since it will soon be just my husband and myself living there (after a couple more years). I think I would prefer an induction cooktop in the island - don't want to use propane.
The floors will be medium dark wood, and I'd rather not pay for painted cabinets. I sorta selected a maple with a coffee glaze (to make it look weathered) for the wall cabinets, and a darker (mahogany color) for the island. I thought the shelves could be the mahogany also, but my husband is not too excited about the shelves. These could change. But to what?
Is there anyone out there who can offer a kitchen plan which will feel like a room with furniture rather than cabinets? I've tried finding furniture china cabinets but they are too flimsy for everyday use. (Sorry for the long post.) I'd appreciate any and all opinions and suggestions.