Cabinets: When it comes to the cabinetry choice of your Southwestern kitchen it is important to stay away from painted cabinets, and lean more towards stained cabinets. Either a light or dark stain will do but consider adding a rustic touch such as a distressed look or a natural knot look. For those of you who do not know what the natural knot look is, it is when you see the actual knots of wood through the stain so that it looks more earthy and natural. It will give off a really interesting, different appearance you will not find in most kitchen remodels.
Countertops: Choosing your countertops is where you can be a little adventurous, because like I mentioned before, the Southwestern style is all about color and vibrant touches. So granite would be a beautiful option for a Southwestern kitchen. A granite countertop that I would recommend (depending on your tile choice) would be Golden Persa, one of the best elements of Golden Persa is it is a Grade A stone at most granite yards, so it will be on the lower end of the budget, but it offers a lot of different brown, tan, and gold tones that mesh well with a Southwestern kitchen style.
Backsplash: Now for your backsplash, you really need to go with some sort of Talavera Tile, this will really embed the whole Southwestern vibe. Talavera Tile comes in many different shades, styles, and colors so I am sure you will find one that fits your style choices and preferences. If this tile is a little too much for you consider just doing an accent band of it around the kitchen, with some simpler subway tile to fill in the rest of the backsplash.
Flooring: You have multiple choices when it comes to the flooring in a Southwestern kitchen. If you did end up going with a Talavera Tile backsplash you may want to consider something a little simpler for the floor, maybe just some travertine or wood plank tiles. However, an option to consider if you really want to push the Southwestern vibe is Saltillo Flooring. In my opinion this flooring is absolutely beautiful and it will not have anyone questioning what style of kitchen you have decided for your remodel.
Hardware: You are going to want to stay away from the more modern hardware. Try something that looks almost a little antique, maybe something like this pull here. You do not have to get that antique if you do not want to, but that is just one example. You really want to stick with Copper or Oil-Rubbed Bronze rather than Polished Chrome or Satin Nickle when it comes to the color of the hardware.
I love the Southwestern style kitchen, and I would not mind remodeling my kitchen in a style such as this. But I would love to know what you think of this style trend, is it something you would consider doing for your next kitchen remodel?