Second guessing myself...
Hi all, first-time poster, long-time lurker here! I've browsed these forums for years getting ideas for my future dream house (when I win the lottery)! A few months ago my husband and I start looking for a house to buy (we're currently renting) and we realized that building our own custom house was actually a possibility (although scaled down from my dream house with two pools, movie theater, and professional kitchen…ha).
Anyway, our builder is breaking ground next week and while I thought I had made some major decisions…now I'm second-guessing myself and was hoping for some input from others.
Here's the quick version…my current rental is an older house with a lot of problems and aesthetically, it's HIDEOUS. The owner did a lot of "custom" work where he'd start projects, get halfway done, and then quit. So things aren't finished or half-painted throughout. And there are just really ugly colors of brown and beige throughout this house. Now, brown and beige are not my favorite colors to begin with, but living in this house for 5 years has made me absolutely detest them.
I am a cool colors girl…black, grey, silver, white, blues, purples, etc. And I love to cook. So my first house priority was the kitchen. I am determined to get away with a "cool palette" kitchen without a hint of brown wood color. I have my heart set on black shaker-style maple cabinets. And I mean actual black not dark dark brown. I've also picked out a pricier backsplash so I decided against granite and went with the 180fx Formica laminate. I've included a photo of the items I'm using. From the top left going clockwise that's the Formica 180fx Soapstone Sequoia laminate, the black cabinets, a white floor tile (can't remember the name) but it's textured with grey lines running through it, and the Sonoma Vihara glass tiles in Minka. I plan to grout the backsplash with a grey color to accent the laminate and I'm considering asking the builder if he could do the floor tiles with some of the backsplash tiles as found in this photo (http://pinyourhome.com/2013/02/08/lay-a-thin-strip-of-backsplash-tile-in-between-the-large-tiles-instead-of-just-using-grout/)
The kitchen itself is L-shaped 12x16 with a L shaped island on the opposite side. It's totally open to the dining room and living room. Basically the area is a large rectangle with the dining room (25%) and kitchen (25%) side-by-side and the living room (50%) on the other side. There is one window in the kitchen above the sink, one in the dining room, and two in the living room. It should get a decent amount of light but it won't be BRIGHT. I think we're going with a light grey carpet in the living room, the dining room will have the same tiles as the kitchen. I plan to use the shades of blue, grey, and purple that the tiles have for paint colors.
Basically, my questions are these: does this sound too dark or cold (my husband's worry) and is it possible to build a house with no brown wood color without it looking like a laboratory? And if you have ideas, I'd love to hear them!