Linda's Kitchen ideas
Maria Killam's kitchen - Cabinets are painted Artisan White by Cloverdale Paint. Wall colour is Rice Paper by Cloverdale Paint. Bar stools are from IKEA, Countertops are 6600 Nougat from Caesarstone. Fabrication and installation of my countertops were by Spectrum Stone. Island lights are from The Lighting Warehouse. MMB - too white
Jan said she installed this touchless Brizo faucet in the last 3 homes she has renovated and everyone loves it (below). It takes a little getting used to because every time you touch it, it turns on, but once you do, it’s fabulous apparently. MMB - NO If peeling carrots and you accidentally keep touching the faucet.... I love the goose neck faucet for kitchen sink.
cheaply made recessed lights can indeed be a terrible waste of energy. Fortunately, LEDs burn cooler than incandescent and that has made IC-rated fixtures far more affordable. If you purchase sealed, IC-rated downlights and have a knowledgeable contractor, the energy waste is no longer a deal breaker on most projects. Still, some ceilings are inaccessible (like concrete), and surface mounted fixtures may be the answer. MMB - either 3 pendants over island, or have 3 designated can-lighting (with own light switch) over island. So many different light bulbs available that don't give off heat and efficient.
From Maria Killam: So if a wood kitchen is your thing, natural unstained oak or maple is what I recommend, along with lots of fresh white and maybe some soapstone which I’ve been seeing a lot of lately; another trending classic. A word of caution however, look for a truly natural looking finish and beware of anything with a gray or taupe cast, or anything that looks overly rustic, these are part of the gray trend and will soon look dated. I also think that cerused wood could come off as dated in time just as the pickled oak of the 80s did. In other words, the more natural the better, keep it simple. MMB - I think you're on the right track with white cabinets.