Annie and Matt decided the one splurge they weren’t willing to give up was white marble countertops, and they adjusted everything else around those. Vinyl flooring with the look of bleached elm has gray undertones that complement other kitchen materials.
Annie says the higher-end countertop material, sink, and faucet make the less expensive cabinets look more important and substantial. “It’s like pairing designer shoes with jeans from Gap and accessorizing with great jewelry.” The kitchen is Annie’s favorite room in the house. “We spend so much time in here,” she says, “and, most importantly, we have a lot of fun too.”