Kitchen Remodel Tips From Our Senior DesignersDesign Guides
The kitchen is a cornerstone of the home. It’s where we cook weeknight dinners, and where we gather our families for the holidays. So if you’re feeling a little underwhelmed by your current kitchen space, then consider a kitchen remodel. But don’t go it alone. Our senior designers have these tips for getting the most out of your kitchen remodel.
If you have the space for it, then you should definitely consider installing a kitchen island. It’ll give you some extra counter and storage space. But more importantly, it can work as a buffer when you have guests over. Pull up a couple of barstools to your kitchen island, so guests will have a place to sit, without being in your way. Check out the kitchen island we installed in this South Orange, New Jersey home.
And when sourcing barstools, go for a comfortable low-back option. In this dynamic Westchester family home, the kitchen flows seamlessly into the living room. So we pulled up four low-back barstools, to not disrupt sight lines between the kitchen and living room.
One of our favorite kitchen additions is under-cabinet lighting. It’s great for highlighting beautiful materials, and will also give you some additional lighting for food prep. We installed under-cabinet lighting in this Upper East Side home, to give our clients a bit of extra working light, and to highlight the walnut wood and Carrara marble.
White Tile Backsplash
While there are certainly exceptions to this rule, we almost always pick out a white-tile backsplash for the kitchens that we are designing. Whether you’re going for a classic, traditional, or transitional look, white tile will look great in your kitchen. The kitchen in this dark, drab co-op lacked natural light. A white tile backsplash, along with some new paint, dramatically brightened the space. White tile is also easy to clean, which is of utmost importance in the kitchen.
Like any other space in the home, your kitchen should have a balance of lights, darks, and color. No matter what materials you go with in your kitchen remodel, make sure you’re creating a high-contrast look. It’ll give your space a sleek neutral vibe, without feeling boring. So if you want white countertops, then go for black or wood cabinets, and vise versa. In this Hoboken family home, we installed back cabinets, to balance out the white countertops and white tile backsplash.
Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen remodel, but don’t forget that this is a functional space as well. And having a functional kitchen does mean getting an iron chef level range. Plenty of counter space should be your first consideration, but don’t forget storage space as well. A mix of open and closed storage solutions is a great way to show off your more decorative wares, while keep a place to stash away blenders and other appliances.