Pulling together a great kitchen renovation is all in the details! We’re sharing how we combined turquoise, aqua, white and grey elements to pull together our dream kitchen!
Thank you to Blanco, Sherwin-Williams and Sunrise Kitchens, for sponsoring parts of our turquoise kitchen remodel. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Welcome to our fourth and final instalment of our kitchen renovation series! If you missed our previous posts you will want to check them out:
- In Turquoise Kitchen Renovation Part 1 we showed the before photos and why a kitchen renovation was so necessary.
- In Turquoise Kitchen Renovation Part 2 we discussed color, how I was craving having turquoise in our new space and how I ended up selecting a main color and accent colors.
- In Turquoise Kitchen Renovation Part 3 I talked about the process of designing the layout of the kitchen and shared the big reveal!
- And now in Turquoise Kitchen Renovation Part 4 I’m going to be talking about the finer details that really brings a cohesive look together in a space.
As I talked about in Part 3, we wanted our kitchen space to not only be beautiful, but also to be functional. I’m the mom of 2 kids ages 11 and 7, I love to cook, develop recipes and teach “kids in the kitchen” classes in my local community. Our kitchen is well used so it was very important to me that everything in our kitchen was really durable.
The first questions I asked myself as we picked each element of our kitchen were “Will it stand up to kids?” and “Will it be easy to keep clean?”
With those two thoughts in mind The Hubs and I headed to our local home improvement store to look at sinks. We stood in the kitchen sink aisle looking up at all of the different options and immediately one line of sinks popped out at me– The Blanco Silgranit Collection.
I’ve had stainless steel kitchen sinks my entire life and I wanted something that was not only aesthetically different, but also that didn’t get water spots like I found stainless steel sinks got.
Not only did I love the look of the Silgranit, I loved all of the different color options and shapes that they came in! I also knew that they would be really easy to keep clean.
The Hubs and I were both in agreement that we wanted a Blanco Silgranit sink so next it was time to narrow down which one we wanted. Our first step in doing this was to figure out what we wanted in a sink, faucet and accessories.
- Our sink is used for washing dishes and for food prep. We often don’t dry our dishes and leave them on a drying rack to dry so we knew we wanted a sink with two bowls.
- We weren’t 100% sure with our new kitchen layout if we’d be washing our dishes in the left side of the sink or the right side of the sink so we wanted to have both bowls of the sink be the same size.
- We really liked the clean look of an undermount sink so wanted to get a sink that had that option.
- My sister had told us that she loved the low divide sink in her new kitchen and that it made it extra easy to wash frying pans and large pots. That wasn’t something that we’d ever considered so we added it to our list.
- We also discussed that we hate either pulling the dish soap bottle out from under the sink or leaving it out on the counter so we knew we wanted to have a soap dispenser too.
- For our faucet we knew we wanted a pull down spout for making prep and cleanup easier.
- We also liked the idea of having Silgranit details on our faucet and soap dispenser to really tie the full look of the kitchen together.
The color palette for our kitchen is turquoise, white and grey/stainless steel, so we selected the Metallic Grey finish. The kitchen cabinets from Sunrise Kitchens are Chantilly White. The kitchen island is matched to the color Tantalizing Teal from Sherwin-Williams. I think that the Metallic Grey Sink from Blanco really helped to complete our color palette.
I was there for the installation, but remember how in part 3 I suggested that you are realistic about the jobs you can do, and hire out for the jobs you aren’t confident in doing? Well I left the sink installation to my dad, The Hubs and our plumber. They all said that the installation was a breeze, and since they are the experts I’ll take their word for it!
What I am an expert on? How pretty it looks in our kitchen and how functional it is. You guys… I love my Blanco Silgranit Sink!
It’s made everything from doing dishes…
To canning with my kids, feel like a pleasure instead of a chore!
It’s amazing how being surrounded by pretty things will make things more enjoyable/ The truth is though, that I don’t live in a Pinterest world. My kitchen and the things in it need to be ready to handle our every day life… being pretty is a bonus. At the end of the day if our kitchen wasn’t functional, it just wouldn’t work for us! I’m so glad that I was able to create a space that’s the perfect mix of pretty and functional.
When I was designing our kitchen I was worried about going overkill with the turquoise. I knew I loved it, but wanted to keep resale in mind and didn’t want it to be so turquoise that the other members of my family wouldn’t enjoy the space.
I realized quickly that a great way to incorporate our color palette into the kitchen were with some of the smaller details.
Pendant lighting was something that my husband and I went back and forth on forever! I fell in love with these lights early on, but at $300 each, and a budget that was quickly escalating, my husband wasn’t going for it. We ended up finding the ones we went with at Home Depot. They had a very similar look to the original ones I picked out, but for for $80 each they were a fraction of the price. I love them. If they get dusty I can take them down, throw them in the dishwasher and they are as clean as a whistle. I love the pop of color they give to the upper part of our kitchen.
Another way we’ve added aqua to our kitchen without going overboard is with smaller elements. Turquoise dinnerware, fruit bowls, sugar bowls, butter dishes, vases, sponge dishes, dish washing brushes and other glass pieces are all great ways to add a pop of color that you can easily switch out if you get tired of them. Our turquoise Fiestaware was given to us as a gift last Christmas, and I love not only how functional it is, but also how well it goes with our kitchen.
One last place where we added a turquoise detail was with our backsplash. We were on a budget for our kitchen renovation and were able to pick up white glass subway tile for 25 cents a tile at our local hardware store. I also wanted to add a strip of aqua to the backsplash. We found this aqua glass subway tile and for less than $60 were able to tile our kitchen with it.
I’m a tea drinker so my tea station is one of my favorite areas of my kitchen.
And there you have it! Our kitchen renovation series is complete! Let me know if you have any questions or if there is any area of the kitchen renovation process you’d like to know more about!
Tell me… What do you think of our turquoise kitchen renovation? Do you like the way we added smaller elements to help our color palette come together? Can you see yourself incorporating any of these ideas into your own home?
A big thank you to our sponsors for our turquoise kitchen renovation:
As with every article on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.