EJ Sooley House, Heart's Delight NewfoundlandTraditional Kitchen
This coastal home was restored for CapeRace Cultural Adventures Eco-Culture Experience travel. Photo by Donna Griffith
What Houzz contributors are saying:
“Adding to the pressure, in this age of instant everything, it’s easy to think that you ought to have a perfectly appointed home within seconds of moving in.” — Alison HodgsonIn other words, give yourself a break. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your whole house won’t be decorated in one either. Hodgson, in her usual comforting way, helps us all take a deep breath, assess what needs to be done and figure out how that will happen — whether or not we have the energy, skills or desire to do it ourselves. She helps us decide what our budgets will allow and craft a master plan. Finally, I love her final tip — while tackling public spaces first is tempting, nothing really tops having a bedroom that’s a haven. Think about yourself first (if you have kids, apply the airplane-oxygen-mask rule). Full story: First Things First: How to Prioritize Home Projects
Look at your budget. This is where it can get discouraging. You may be brimming with plans and excitement but can’t even afford a can of paint, let alone a room full of furniture. When I was a new homeowner, I read a magazine article showing an incredible budget kitchen makeover for $871. The point was how little money was spent, but for me it may as well have been $100,000, because our renovation and decorating budget was $0. It can be disappointing to wait because of money, but accruing a lot of debt to do a house project will not feel good.What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel
Try a monochromatic palette. This light shade of turquoise is soft enough to use everywhere in this retro-inspired kitchen. My guess is that this kitchen is on the older side and was freshened up with this great shade. Tip: Turquoise looks great with citrus colors like chartreuse and yellow. For a similar shade of turquoise to what's shown here, try Turquoise Mist 695 by Benjamin Moore.
Wash your kitchen in soothing shades of a single hue. For a tranquil look, try working in several shades of the same cool color in different parts of the kitchen. Here, a pretty turquoise was used to repaint cabinets, while a paler, watered-down version of the same hue was used on the walls to great effect. More:Get ideas from more colorful kitchens
There's a reason spas use this watery turquoise in their designs — the color is calming. Here, the layers of watery turquoise blues have a vintage appeal. Tip: Using the same color on the walls and cabinets in a kitchen help the space look less busy.
Pool blue. Immerse yourself in a beautiful blue kitchen. Paint both the walls and cabinets with the same (or similar) blue and install a blue backsplash. You'll feel as if you're taking a dip in the pool.Paint pick: River's Edge 510C-3 by Behr