Before we bought our new house in September, we had one deterrent. The kitchen wasn't my style AT ALL. But ultimately, I don't feel like it's realistic to be able to easily purchase a house in your budget, not having to wait to build, and have it be exactly what you want with every finish. And I'm okay with that. I want to live in an all white world, so our dark cabinets were a surprise to us. But we knew that this house was for us. It was an interesting combination to me, the bright white walls with the dark cabinets and gray granite, but whatever. We knew this house was meant to be ours. We don't plan on being here for more than a few years, but who knows what the future holds, and we want to really enjoy living here while we do. Originally we had planned to budget to paint the cabinets and change the backsplash right away. But when we moved in, I slowed my roll. I wanted to live with it. I don't think it makes sense to paint the cabinets at this point, especially when we probably won't be here forever. Honestly the little bit of dirt coverage on cabinets is nice. The gray granite isn't my favorite for the opposite reason, it's pretty speckled, so it hides too much dirt. It will be interesting to see what we choose for our family long term. The backsplash though, is honestly terrible. I'm sorry if that's offensive to someone who has something similar or likes it, but it just isn't our style at all, and honestly I don't think it really matches the other elements.
These two photos are from before we even moved in, hence the construction dust. The gray granite is a random choice with the cabinets and backsplash, I feel like they should have gone with something brown, but ultimately I like gray better and backsplash is easier to change. I'm rambling at this point, but I was at a loss to choose something more my style that would unite the dark cabinets with the gray granite. I searched a lot for inspiration, and ultimately decided that white subway tile with a gray grout to bring in the granite, would be a good option. None of it is a perfect option, but I think this is a really good solution. I found a few photos that confirmed my thoughts.
The last photo is really the one that convinces me that this will look good, even though the granite is a lot lighter than ours. We actually had the backsplash redone yesterday and I can't wait to share all the after photos! Cliffhanger! Haha! :)