Home Decor // Navy + White High Contrast Kitchens

navy and white kitchen

I sit in my living room at the end of each day and look around and smile. I love my house. It makes me so happy and for some reason I still don’t feel like that in itself, is enough to stay in it. But it should be.

Why do I feel like I don’t deserve to stay in it because it’s too big for just one person…? I paid for it. All of it. I work hard. I deserve it, right?

I honestly don’t know why I’m making this so difficult on myself, really I don’t.

Anyway, the part of me that wants to keep my house simply wants to renovate the entire thing, but I’m not sure I have the time and I would need a lot of help in doing so and blah blah blah excuse excuse excuse.

So let’s just SAY I’m going to stay in my house and let’s just SAY I have the time and money to renovate it… I’d start in my kitchen…. (if you’re thinking that it seems like I’m looking for some type of exciting reason, motivation, inspiration to stay in my house, you’d be right)

I love my kitchen layout and the way it’s open and is part of the living room, but it’s SO BROWN EVERYWHERE and I would LOVE to brighten it up a bit… I’d also LOVE to swap out the black double oven for a stainless version… (see my kitchen below)

brown lake house kitchen

* this photo is a few years old, but basically, everything is the same give or take a few plants… it also somehow looks smaller in this photo than it feels in reality.

I can imagine if I just changed the countertops, backsplash, flooring and maybe painted the island wall that faces the living room, the heavy brown feeling on that side of the space would diminish and lighten a little, and look something similar to this photo below…

wood and white kitchen

… which I actually really like. It’s more modern than my kitchen, but you get the idea. Inspiration photos -to me- are just that: inspiration. I take what I like from them and put my own spin on them, making my space unique to me and a place I want to spend time in that I love… which is to say, I don’t love everything about this kitchen above, but you get the idea.

I know that simply changing the countertops, backsplash and flooring would probably work just fine, but I would also LOVE to paint the cupboards to really make a big impact since my kitchen is part of my living room in a way, it’s always in sight.

However, EVERYONE who knows anything about anything, has told me NOT to paint my cupboards because they’re beautiful custom cabinets and not only will the paint not look right, why on earth would you cover such gorgeous wood?

And I agree… to an extent. I mean, yes, if the paint is going to look crappy, then no, of course I should just leave them the way they are AND REALLY, they are beautiful, I’m just tired of seeing so much brown in my house… but it’s possible that a few changes would give me the result I’m looking for.

On the other hand, I’m LOVING these navy and white kitchens (though some are lighter than navy blue and some are darker -almost black). I don’t really love the trend of painting the lower cabinets and the upper cabinets a different color, but I see the visual functionality of it and I do love the rich navy cabinets and white marble tops and walls and the high contrast the kitchens below have. I also love how they’re somehow a mix of high and low, formal and informal, new and old… and I just think it would be refreshing to see in my house rather than all that brown.

navy cabinets+navy and white kitchen ideas

Stone-Textile_Kitchen_island - navy blue cabinets

navy kitchens

navy and white kitchen ideas

navy kitchen

* Photos via My Domain from Alyssa Rosenheck for Stone Textile // Stone Textile : kitchens // Jasmine Star for Domino // Mitch Allen Photography // Amber Interiors

What are your favorite kitchen trends at the moment?

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • MarlaD

    September 19, 2017 |

    I am a semi-expert on should you stay or should you go (especially after a relationship ends) and it is a very unique analysis for each person. I will say for certain though, that feeling like you don’t deserve it because it is too big for one person is NOT a criteria. Heck – all one person needs is a bed, a bathroom and maybe a space to cook, right?? See how silly that is? You’re not living in a 10,000sf house (I don’t think) so get the idea of too big for one right out of your head. Also, you might not always be one – you might be two…or three or more. You don’t know what the future holds…so all you can do is base your decision on what feels right to you right now and for the immediate foreseeable future. I would fall on the side of staying put for now, since you really seem to love your house and it feels (to me) like you’re trying to talk yourself into feeling like you should move. After a breakup, I had to sell a home I LOVED to be closer to my elderly mom (after I couldn’t get her to move closer to me) and I wish I could have stayed longer to see how life evolved. I have a house I love now, in a place I’m pretty happy in, but one thing for certain is that if I ever win the lottery, I will pay the new owners whatever they want to sell me my (4000sf) house back even if it is only for me, myself and I. If you’re not pressed for time, give it time. Just my two cents. I’ve been following you forever and I sure wish the best for you!

  • Maegan Tintari

    September 20, 2017 |

    Thank you SO MUCH! Yes, everything you said was spot on! And thank you again, lol. I hope you do with the lottery so you can buy your house back. I’m glad to hear your perspective on it, truly… it’s so helpful actually so thank you, AGAIN 🙂 lol xo

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