I absolutely love dark wood for everywhere else in a house, but I like my kitchens to be bright and open. I'd prefer a lightly stained oak to just about anything else, I think, but other blonde woods would be fine as well. I would *never* want lacquer. Wood is not only more functional, more historical, and supports responsible American industries---it's also so much prettier.
I'd aim for stainless steel appliances but it wouldn't be a huge priority. Most refrigerators function equally... but I really
want a Wolf range and oven.
Once I get a salary job, a Wolf oven will be my first major purchase. Even before getting a more reliable car. (I can always fix the one I've got, and bike if I'm in a hurry---but a beautiful functional oven like
Okay okay okay, I actually plan to get the thirty-six incher
, which has four burners and about half the flat-topped grate space in between and only one oven. But the sixty incher's quite the eye-catcher, isn't it?
Anyway, light oak. Two good knives on a stainless knife magnet, check. Stainless spice box, check. Stainless saute pan, check, stainless large pan, check, stainless stock pot, check, stainless rice-sized pot, check. Little sauce pan, check. Cast iron griddle, check, cast iron frying pan, check. Real baking stone instead of the Target brand pizza stone I've got for bread. Glass to hold most of my ingredients, check. Matching plates instead of the eclectic collection I have to hold fruits, vegetables, and aromatics. Real butcher's block. Wolf 36" gas range + oven set.
Some day. Some day.