The kitchen is the center of activity in the home. It tends to serve multiple functions and be a focal point for social gatherings. Kitchen designs must walk a fine line between style and function, and be the ultimate multi-tasking space. That is a lot to ask, but a kitchen design specialist can you help you find the perfect combination of work space, storage, seating, lighting, and more to achieve your goals.
Working with a designer is a partnership, where the kitchen specialist can help you realize your requirements in a beautiful, well-functioning space. You will ultimately live, work, and socialize in your new kitchen, so use the design process to make this space your own. There are many ways to add your personality to a kitchen renovation so the end product is more than the sum of its parts.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Open display shelving or glass front kitchen cabinets like those below can be incorporated throughout your design or in one area only, such as upper cabinets or in the kitchen island. Not only do they break up the appearance of standard cabinets they also offer an opportunity to display personal items such as your grandmother’s china or pottery you brought back from the trip of a lifetime.
A feature color offers a chance to include a favorite color in an otherwise relatively neutral landscape. White and grey are still the most popular colors for kitchens – for a good reason. A kitchen investment should last, so hard to replace items are typically neutral shades not likely to go out of style. Incorporate a feature color in something that can be replaced such as paint color or cushions for island barstools.
Custom tile can be incorporated in a number of ways, like including a feature with a special color or pattern. Incorporate a personal item into the tile design like the wine corks pictured below left, or use a bold tile that portrays your style like the southwestern backsplash below right.
Mix and match countertop materials or colors to highlight a favorite material in one section such as the wood countertop sections shown below. You could also allow space for a personal interest such as a piece of marble countertop reserved for pastry if you are an avid baker.
Lighting can be used to spotlight favorite items such as cabinet lights used to illuminate personal items in glass front cabinets. The lights can also make a statement on their own, particularly in the case of pendant lights or chandeliers that serve as a style focal point, like the ones pictured here.
Dining tables often feature in open plan kitchen/dining rooms and serve as a central place to gather for meals and more. A unique dining table is an excellent complement to the room, helping to showcase your style and personality, like those shown below.
Hardware is available in many materials, finishes, and styles, which can make selecting the perfect one a difficult task. Work with an experienced kitchen design specialist to navigate product ranges and find the perfect ones to bring out your personality. Hardware is more easily changed over time than cabinets, so this is an excellent way to add a unique flair to your design.
Cozy seating can be a window seat or even a comfy chair that creates a space for relaxation all your own, like those pictured below. Including a comfortable seat in the kitchen offers a place sit and read, search for recipes, or just take a pause in your busy day.
Artwork is not just for the living room! Including a unique piece of artwork such as a painting, sculpture, or pottery is an excellent way to bring in color, patterns, textures, and a glimpse into your personality.
Local materials are ideal to connect the design to your local community. Reclaimed wood, local stone, or other materials common in your surrounding area can elevate a design and give it an appearance that is unique to your area, like those picture here.