The kitchen is the heart of the home, which makes its design that much more important. A full kitchen remodel is also an important investment, so it’s important to plan carefully. But with a little research and help from the experts, your dream kitchen can become a reality.
If you’re designing your kitchen from the ground up or are doing a major renovation, you’ll want to consider the layout of your kitchen and how you plan to use the space. Open kitchens are ideal for entertaining, while eat-in kitchens are great for family meals. When planning the location of appliances, be sure you can move easily between the sink, stove, and fridge.
A popular rule of thumb is the work triangle. Imagine your sink, refrigerator, and stove are points on a triangle. Ideally, the sum of the three sides would not be greater than 26 feet, so you never have to carry heavy or hot pans a long distance to another prep area.
You’ll also want to make sure there’s plenty of light. Pendant lights or a chandelier can provide general ambient light, but you’ll also want task lighting installed under cabinets and over the kitchen island. Recessed ceiling lights can be added for additional accent lighting.
Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Cabinetry contributes to the overall look and functionality of the kitchen. Depending on your budget, there are a number of different options, from the most basic ready to assemble models to completely made-to-order custom cabinets. Don’t think you need to stick with one color of cabinetry. Mixing colors is a current kitchen design trend. Try white upper cabinetry paired with lower cabinets in black, gray or even a bright color.
Another popular kitchen design trend is open shelving, which gives the space a more airy feel and provides easy access to items. Open shelves are also great for displaying collections of china or glassware.
Choose a countertop surface that fits your lifestyle. There are pros and cons to every surface, but with a little research you can find your perfect match. Options include marble, granite, engineered quartz, tile, wood, concrete, laminate, soapstone, copper, and recycled countertops. You’ll also want to pick surfaces and materials that compliment the style of your kitchen. Wood adds warmth to country kitchens while quartz or Corian look sleek in modern spaces.
The kitchen backsplash is a great way to add color and personality into your design. Ceramic or glass tiles can be used to create an eye-catching pattern, mosaic, or area of solid color that will become the focal point of the room. Stone, metal, and wood are also great kitchen backsplash ideas, particularly if you want an industrial or rustic look.
Another important surface is the kitchen sink. Stainless steel sinks are durable, enamel sinks offer color options, solid surface sinks create a sleek look, and copper sinks look great with natural materials and develop a patina over time. You’ll also need to decide on the style (apron-front or farmhouse, undermount, or drop-in), and choose a complementary kitchen faucet.
Storage and Small Kitchen Ideas
There’s no such thing as too much storage in a kitchen. Always allow for more than you think you’ll need and don’t forget to plan for garbage and recycling bins. A kitchen island is a great solution for storage and can also provide additional counter space for cooking prep or a dining area. Storage is especially crucial in small kitchens. Free up counter and drawer space by using a magnetic wall-mounted knife holder and hang pots and pans from a ceiling or wall pot rack. Small kitchen designs can still be extremely functional—like a galley on a ship. Make sure the space you do have is used efficiently and ditch appliances that aren’t frequently utilized or invest in smaller versions or multi-use tools.
Creating a Dream Kitchen With Decor Aid
A kitchen renovation is a major undertaking, but it’s a great way to increase the value of your home. Renovation mistakes can be costly, so it’s worth it to enlist a professional in order to get the highest return on your investment and stay on budget. Decor Aid interior designers have years of design training and experience with kitchen renovations. The team of talented home decorators can help you make all the choices necessary to design a kitchen from top to bottom.
With Decor Aid there’s no need to spend hours trying to navigate all the options in a kitchen showroom or home improvement store. From cabinet makers to contractors, Decor Aid also can help find and manage the best craftsmen to help finish your job. Decor Aid can also assist with smaller kitchen refreshes. A new coat of paint, cabinet fronts, or hardware can give your kitchen an instant—and affordable—lift. Whether you’re doing a full remodel or a small update, Decor Aid can bring your dream kitchen to life.
Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets
Sage green cabinets, wood countertops, and a farmhouse sink complete this country kitchen. Via housetohome.co.uk
Classic White Kitchen
White subway tile, coffered ceilings, and custom cabinetry give this kitchen a traditional feel. Via bhg.com
Contemporary White Kitchen
Marble adds interest to this monochromatic, minimalist kitchen. Via Thedesignchaser.com
Black and White Kitchen
Herringbone floors and black and white cabinets make a big impact in this small kitchen. Via Elle.com
Contemporary Open Kitchen Design
A reclaimed-wood wall adds a rustic edge to a sleek modern kitchen in our Connecticut home remodel.