Carefully selected finishes for the kitchen

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on April 21, 2016
Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

Welcome back!
Our kitchen transformation continues with a few new things.

I love a white farmhouse kitchen as much as the next HGTV-obsessed person, but when that didn’t work in our home, we had to think outside of the ‘white kitchen box’! Here’s how we embraced our dark wood cabinets and made a truly beautiful space that is both unique and functional.
Selecting finishes for a bold kitchen

Since my last kitchen post, we have installed our hardware (I may faint I love it so much), added a gorgeous crimson runner and two comfy stools to the breakfast bar. Take a look to see how we chose these items! I’d love to know if any of these ideas spark inspiration for your own kitchen. Share in the comments below–or share these ideas with your friends, on Pinterest or Facebook!

Selecting finishes for a bold kitchen

If you haven’t seen the making
of our breakfast bar–
check out all the details here.

Installing a Breakfast nook | Indigo & Honey

First came these fabulous charcoal upholstered bar stools from none other than TJ Maxx.

Selecting finishes for a bold kitchen

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

The charcoal color called to me first because it was the same rich tones as our new floor. I had planned on shopping for stools that were black metal. I thought it would be a nice contrast to all the wood that is already in this room. So I was hesitant when I found these because of the wooden legs, but I did appreciate how toned down the finish was.

Selecting finishes for a bold kitchen

How gorgeous are the details?? The fabric is soft and durable and the silver nail heads are the perfect industrial touch. I sat on them in the store, by myself, with people staring at me like I was a crazy person. They are so comfy! Win.

Make sure when shopping for stools, that you consider the height of the surface you’ll be using them at.

Do you need counter height, bar height, etc? Since I can’t link you to these exact stools here are a few other great options!
• Beautiful cream-colored stools with nail heads like mine.
• These rattan and wood stools are SUCH a steal at $50 for the pair!
• If you prefer a style with a back to them, these dark wood ones are quite stylish.

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

My ultimate goal was to find a pair of stools that would actually get used. I wanted to utilize the bar more often and of course they had to look good! (Our light is from Lowe’s for less than $40!)

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

I find the backless option has already worked out better than our previous stools because people can sit facing away from the counter very comfortably. They can sit with their cocktail while I finish prepping or cooking our meal. Love it! Before these stools, friends would settle into the living room area and we’d have to yell to each other. This is much better 😉

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

Next up would be our new hardware

They’re from Baldwin. You got a sneak peak of them here. Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

Well, now that they’re all in I can confidently tell you that I still LOVE these cabinet pulls. They shine and glimmer around the kitchen but they’re still subtle because the wood tones show through the clear handles. If brass isn’t you’re thing, you can also get them in brushed nickelwhich would look great with stainless appliances. Bonus: They feel great in your hand too.Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchenSelecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

[It wouldn’t be my post without a few plants thrown in]



Finally, our new red runner!

Did you guys catch the 80% off Sale at ? Right now it’s another really good offer at up to 75% off–their sales change almost daily. They have about a million rugs to choose from.. knock yourself out 😉

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

I knew I wanted an oriental style runner and thought red would compliment neutral family of colors we currently have. Red is a color that I have NEVER had in my house. It’s not a color I gravitate to. I love soft, airy tones and blues. So this was a major departure for me and I love it!

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen

To me, it’s unexpected and I really like that.  I could have gone with a jute textured rug or something tonal with the floors but I’m inspired by so many bold kitchens from other bloggers. I think it’s fun and makes me want to actually cook! (Shocking.)

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen


IMG_6116Here’s how it looks when you walk through our back door:

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I wasn’t sure how thick it would be, so I kept the length a little shorter than I would have liked. (The kitchen door needed to clear it.) Turns out, it’s quite a low pile and the door skims over it easily! But I’m pleased with its size because the scale of the room is quite small, it compliments it well. This rug is 2.7′ wide by 6.5′ long, for reference. Here are a few very similar options, in case you want to take advantage of their sale! [Almost identical to oursLarger and SO pretty, and a bit smaller and I’m drooling over it]

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen


A quick reminder of how this room looked when we bought the house and the breakfast bar when it was first installed, with the old stools.


(If you haven’t seen the before photos of the house, check them out here.)

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If you’re interested in the story behind the breakfast bar, click on the photo below!

Breakfast nook | Indigo & Honey


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I sincerely appreciate your interest and support.

Do you know anyone with dark kitchen cabinets? It can be hard to think outside of the ‘white kitchen box’ these days, so I’d love for you to share this with them or on Pinterest!

Love, Brittany

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  • carol

    I love the hardware on the cabinets, and love the red runner. I also have a red runner in my kitchen and it makes the space warm and cozy. Please keep on posting its a joy to share in your young old house renovations.

    April 25, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Why, thank you so much! Yes I’m loving the warmth it brings in there 🙂 You’re so sweet to comment and make my day.

      April 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Carol Tyrer

    Absolutely love the cabinet hardware! Brass and crystal!!

    April 25, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply
    • Brittany


      April 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • Shanna Rogers

    I love the bold rug! Makes everything pop. 🙂

    April 25, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • Stacey Keeling

    Your kitchen looks amazing and I love the rug choice! It’s a little bit unexpected and that’s what I like about it.

    May 2, 2016 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Stacey Keeling

    Your kitchen looks amazing and I love the rug choice! It’s a little bit unexpected and that’s what I like about it. Pinning.

    May 2, 2016 at 2:29 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Hi Stacey! Thank you so much for your sweet words–and for stopping by the blog!

      May 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I think if I were to get hardware like these I wouldn’t have to change the hinges too – BONUS!! May I ask what your paint colour is? It’s perfect with the wood tones.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I’m excited to move foward with the last room that needs updating!

    July 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Hi Cathy! I’m so glad you stopped by the blog–I know that white kitchens are everywhere right now and I’m thrilled to help you out with your wood cabinet kitchen 🙂 Makes me so happy! Here are all the details about our paint colors:

      July 11, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Jo

    very nice! I am also renovating my house. My dilemma was my windows. They are big with grills but made in wood with the whole window and trim finished in a clear varnish. As much as I love the look with white windows and trim, we decided to work with the wood windows and be different from the other houses with their gorgeous white windows and trim. Our floors are also in wood..7″ wide planks matching the windows as are our baseboards. Pictures with wood windows, trim and baseboards are hard to come by. I noticed in your living room, the kept your wood windows and trim but painted the baseboards. Looks good! What did you do to revive your wood finish windows and trim? Are the baseboards the same color as the walls?

    August 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Hi Jo! Thanks for your nice comments here–we love our wood floors and trim in our living room too. We were pleased to find the windows unpainted when we moved in. I just used dark english oil on those to spruce them up a bit. The baseboards were the same color as the window trim when we moved in, but I felt like they made the room appear a bit smaller so we ended up painting them. They’re in our trim color which is Atrium White by Benjamin Moore. The walls are a pale gray/taupe color called Pale Oak. So they’re not the same color, but both are quite light. Hope that helps! -Brittany

      August 31, 2016 at 11:48 am Reply

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