Feng Shui @ 50 Why Not?
Hi All --
Been a year or more since I last posted...had just "downsized" from a Victorian to a country charmer set deep in the mid-Atlantic woods. Have very large kitchen w/adjoining sitting area w/fireplace that God willing will soon be GUTTED to begin kitchen overhaul. Sorry no pics as yet, but here are the particulars:
*We're breaking the rule "flooring last" and laying it first because the old linoleum is simply intolerable.
* 800 square feet of tile will be lain in kitchen, sitting area, hallway, and laundry room. It is a high-definition porcelain tile that looks like slate. We intend to lay the tile clear to the wall -- that is to say, no penny-pinching and stopping where cabinets will sit.
* Cabinets and countertops will be dumped and we will "make do" as we build cabinetry ourselves.
* Sink cabinet will be stainless steel w/ louvred doors for air flow purposes. (My insistence -- very damp here in the woods and dampness draws BUGS! EEEEEEKKKKKK!) So sink cabinet will be stainless steel and it will be installed soon after tile has been lain.
* Countertop will be solid slab soapstone and we're going to buy and store enough of the same lot from the salvage yard to do entire kitchen and install as we complete wood cabinetry.
* We'll be adding stovetop island underneath huge skylight in center of kitchen.
* Will remove window above sink and adjacent upper cabinetry to incorporate large bay window over sink and sink counterop area. (We have a spectacular view of the woods from kitchen window and I see no reason why we shouldn't see more. Plus I want a bay window for the plants that need to come in from screened porch during the winter.)
*Fireplace is full-wall limestone boulders. Sitting area around fireplace and hallway is lined with thick knotty pine paneling floor to ceiling. Knotty pine will stay.
* Hubby wants to use poplar for cabinets and paint them. I like the idea.
So ...given the slate-like flooring (black w/ hues of green, red, and grey) and given the blackness of the soapstone, given the necessity to "tie in" w/ the knotty pine walls and the limestone fireplace for paint color of cabinetry I'm thinking to go with Feng Shui brick red! And creamish-yellow trimwork or backsplash.
I figure we need some brightness and well, what better than red and yellow?
Nope -- I'm not going for white cabs. Everybody these days is goomg for white cabs. But I'm in the woods and I have two dogs and FLEAS are attracted to white. (Just sayin -- no white -- no way.) If it weren't for black in the floor and counterops, I might be talked into grey.
Truly... I'm feeling red and yellow. And red and yellow are Feng Shui.
And red and yellow cabs would be so contrary to my usual "safe" decisions that I'm thinking it's a fab idea for a 50-something couple with grandchildren.
What the heck...we only live once. Right?
But what's your reaction? Good idea? Bad idea? Crazy enough that it might work? Or not?
Don't be shy -- tell me what you REALLY think!