What do you think, too busy or just right?

This is not your neighbor's kitchen. Would this be an option for your house?
  27 answers
  • Norma L Norma L on Apr 22, 2015
    good option for my house.....
  • Judy Van Atta Judy Van Atta on Apr 22, 2015
    I love the countertops, but I would darken the cabinets so they don't blend in with the floor. :o)
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Apr 22, 2015
    @Atlantis Granite And Marble I really like the countertops. It is the wall colour that is not jiving with it. A colour in the taupe pallet would soften the marble and make it more cohesive. Also agree with changing the cupboards to a darker colour.
  • Shari Shari on Apr 22, 2015
    If an individual HomeTalk member had posted these pictures of her/his kitchen, I would keep my mouth shut, not say a thing and move along to the next post. However, since you appear to be a business, maybe looking for feedback on customers' likes/dislikes or what's trending in popularity, I will chime in and say...not my cup of tea. At all. Too much wood. Too much brown. Too dark and depressing. The countertops are a perfect example of everything I hate about the majority of the granite patterns I have seen--definitely way too busy for me. I need light and bright. If I were buying this house, I would be popping the lid off a can of white paint for the cabinets even before the ink dried on the sale contract (and the countertops would be changed to something different ASAP too). Personal preferences--we all have them. That's why choices are good. You know, after studying these pictures a little more, I think I could tolerate the wood tone of the cabinets if the countertops were a solid black and the wall color was something other than boring brown.
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    • @Shari ...I agree. LOL> TOO much wood. too much brown...too much, too much. I believe painting the cabinets would help, as would wall paint color. I DO NOT like granite counter tops...I prefer anything over that. I also prefer " light and bright'...I find this kitchen to be dark and depressing and I would not want to be in there. I do, however..like the angles of the kitchen. :) ..But i dont like that massive stove top thing in the middle of the room.
  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 22, 2015
    Too much for a real cook to live with. Stained glass above cupboards seems like a planned afterthought. Each component is nice( cupboards,floors, granite) but they make the kitchen seem too disjointed. If the granite must stay because of the expense, paint the cupboards ivory. Adding glass inserts to a few cupboard doors along with interior lighting might give it some life. Use the ivory color in the granite for the cupboard color. Pick another color out of the granite for the wall color. Everything appears to be a big box store catalog purchase for me to live with. Think about contrast and complimentary rather than matching wood tones. Good luck.
  • Charlotte Charlotte on Apr 22, 2015
    Where are the drawers to the cabinets?
  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Apr 22, 2015
    Agree with Shari completely...too too much busyness pattern in that countertop...it screams against all the other brown/tan/beige of the rest of the kitchen..also needs a backsplash to complete the look. No backsplash looks incomplete....
  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Apr 22, 2015
    It's way to busy, and makes me depressed just looking at it. A kitchen should be welcoming and give you the feeling that something good is cooking and good times are had in the home. This doesn't do it. I believe this would be a kitchen that when the house was bought, they'd rip it out and have a new kitchen built.
  • Upstater Upstater on Apr 22, 2015
    I think it's beautiful! Perhaps you could do without the stained glass above the cabinets and stay with black framed art, and have the carpet in the dining area be the same print as the one in front of the sink.
  • Jhmarie Jhmarie on Apr 22, 2015
    I wold pick a different countertop if this were my home. I also would break up the wood with a couple of glass doors and a decorative cabinet - plate rack, spice drawer or wine rack. Wood cabinets and floors have some movement because of the grain, so I would avoid a lot of movement in the countertops. I don't have any problem with wood floors and cabinets - it works in my home. I don't think this kitchen is wrong - I just would make different choices.
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Apr 23, 2015
    We have been stuck with oak cabinets and found that paint color was the answer- BM Boston brick warmed it up- would eliminate whatever those are over upper cabs...
  • Becky Greenwald Becky Greenwald on Apr 23, 2015
    The glass above the cabinets is too busy for me. Something more natural, a plant or two, simpler frames would tone down the busy-ness. Add a simple, not busy, backsplash to finish it off.
  • Lola Lola on Apr 23, 2015
    Too busy, however it is so much better than my laminate countertops. I also don't like the stove top on the island. In my old home, when I remodeled I had a cooktop put in my island, one of my biggest mistakes, wished I had left the stove top off and just had an island with tons of counter space.
  • Centrd Centrd on Apr 23, 2015
    Honestly? I feel bad saying it but this is my nightmare kitchen. Or at best, a bad dream. Don't like the wood tone, don't like the granite, don't like the wall color. I don't even like the hardware. And yes, for me that granite is waaaay too busy. And there's too much wood all in the same tone. The cabinet style is okay but they'd have to be redone, painted or at least stained another color for me to not feel depressed every time I walked into the kitchen. It would also look much richer if they'd lose the 4" back splash and add a different one that covers the entire space between lower and upper cabinets. As it is now, it looks very dated, imo. So I'm curious why you're asking? This has to be someone's kitchen, right? I really hope they don't read these comments. :(
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    • Centrd Centrd on Apr 29, 2015
      @CK yes, that's all that matters. And even though the experts say painted cabinets are still the most popular, there are definitely people who like wood and feel very excited by stone with lots of movement.
  • Susan burns Susan burns on Apr 23, 2015
    To much would get tired of after a while
  • Chris Sabol Chris Sabol on Apr 23, 2015
    I like the kitchen.
  • Darlene Clonts Darlene Clonts on Apr 24, 2015
    Ithink its beautiful but a little dark
  • Bill Foley Bill Foley on Apr 25, 2015
    to dark
  • Cindy Butler Dorthy Cindy Butler Dorthy on Apr 25, 2015
    The granite is too busy for me and I think a darker tone cabinet would be nice
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 26, 2015
    As stated above, the components are all nice. Think there is too much of the same colour of wood. Maybe stain the cupboards darker so there is contrast with the floor, and a more agreeable fit for the counter and cabinets.
  • I like the granite (i guess i'm the minority) but dislike everything else. The granite looks busy because it's competing with what's around it, or lack of what should be used. I would paint the island black, or even all of the lowers black or a gray shade that's in the granite. Or use an ebony stain and redo the wood. Wood and black look phenomenal together! For the hardware, go with either copper or I would get stainless steel bar pulls to match all of the stainless in the kitchen. Lose that stuff above the cabinets (why are they there??) Do a different color of paint. For a backsplash, something one color. If you want to run with the contemporary scheme, then maybe a stainless steel mosaic, or bars. Traditional? then tumbled marble in a neutral color, maybe set off with a row of black marble to pick up on the black. Or you could even do a white subway if you decide to do all the cabinets black. Let that granite be the star! In the right setting, it could be stunning. Or go in the other direction and paint the cabinets an off-white with a dark glazing. I've attached a pic of the same granite w/light colored cabinets. The other pic shows a busy granite with the black. Look at pics on houzz and get some ideas. Seriously, that kitchen and surrounding area could be killer!
  • CK CK on Apr 29, 2015
    Too busy for me personally but then I'm not really a fan of granite. Still, if the homeowners are happy, that's what counts.
  • Lotus-e Lotus-e on May 18, 2015
    Love the counter tops
  • Sandra Sandra on Oct 18, 2015
    Everyone has different taste. I agree with the majority of the comments that the counter top is too busy. I find that when you put in a counter top with this much pattern with natural wood, it begins to compete with the wood. It's best to go with a painted cabinet that has one of colors in the granite. Painting it either black, white, or grey would all be great option. But as they say if they are happy I'm ecstatic!
  • Dmg3224724 Dmg3224724 on Sep 26, 2016
    I like everything except the type of granite chosen. I think it looks too overpowering; something not so dark; not such a strong pattern. Maybe a softer, lighter look. The weirdest part is next to the stovetop: it looks like a huge wave is going to wash the burners away! Sorry, that is just my opinion. I love granite, and I love the cabinets; just not these together.
  • Connie Connie on Oct 23, 2016
    Too busy countertop should be lighter.
  • Ese8934807 Ese8934807 on Oct 31, 2016
    To busy for me I agree with Connie, looks as if two drawers are missing.