Kitchen choice and materials
This is the kitchen model we are thinking of taking. It is from Eggo, and they surprised us on the price, which was pleasantly lower than anticipated. The kitchens are actually a German brand, Nobilia. The model without handles is more esthetic, we feel, i.a. because with strong overhead lighting in a kitchen, handles cast marked shadows on the doors. It’s in factory-lacquered MDF with a door thickness of 22mm.
Here is a close-up of the materials we have selected. This model exists in only two colors, white and magnolia, and we think to go for the magnolia. The worktop is a yellow-pink granulite from India called Shivakashi. Although Sean also liked the black granite, in the end this one is warm and really fits nicely. The name and provenance also fit 🙂 As does the name of the kitchen model, Pura: read in Cyrillic, it says Riga, Olga’s home town.
Another image of the granite is this one from granitetile.info
Based on this choice, we are wondering about the floor. One choice, which would certainly keep everything harmonious, would be to put the same granite on the floor as on the worktop. I’m especially attracted to this idea because of the similarity in color of the doors and worktop. Given that the floor is a big space on which light falls directly, and the low level of natural light in the kitchen, it also needs to be light and the risk is that another shade would be unesthetic. However, another finish and material could maybe offset this concern, and I am concerned that shiny granite especially in the eating area which is contiguous might feel too like an airport (and I’m no fan of airports). So maybe one of these tiles would work? What do you think? Tell us in the comments!