Hi! We recently moved into this house (our first home!) and estimate we'll be here for 5 years. We live in Wyoming. The previous owners did a bit of updating, but for resale value (and to make this home more "us"), we'd like to give this kitchen a facelift. The stools and window treatments were here when we moved in. Our style is contemporary.
Cabinets...we love white cabinets with clean, simple lines, but the current Birch cabinets are pretty new, and brown cabinets are not necessarily falling out favor in this area. It'll save us money to more or less keep the cabinets as they are.
What we want to change and where we need your help:
1.) Changing white appliances to stainless steel.
2.) Would white cabinets make the kitchen look much more spacious or can the brown work well here? Luckily, we have plenty of natural light, recessed lighting and some fluorescent lights under the cabinets.
3.) The laminate countertop has to go...but what direction should we go? Dark or light? Do you recommend quartz, granite...? We like the speckled look (like Eco by Consentino, Riverbed or Luna).
4.) The backsplash- we're not fans. Perhaps subway tiles would work? We like the look of glass.
5.) We're thinking of putting some brushed nickel modern hardware on the cabinets. Would that work with this "style" of cabinet?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and advice. :)