Whenever I am called in to redesign a kitchen, the projects tend to fall
into two categories.
Whichever category your project falls into there are common elements
that you will have to consider.
The options that are available to you will be determined by your budget. Shop wisely, decide on the features that are important to you, and then rank them by importance. Then use this as a guide on how to manipulate your budget.
If you can’t find what you want at prices you can afford, think about replacing expensive materials with a lower cost alternative. For example, painted cabinets are definitely less expensive than exotic woods. If custom granite is out of your budget, you can use prefabricated granite counters or granite tiles, which can offer a budget friendly option to custom cut slabs.
These may be one of your more costly components. To get the look you want, consider the following:
Look through magazines or online platforms and collect images of kitchens you like, this will help to identify which style and finishes you are attracted to.
Create variety by including a mix of solid cabinet doors, glass doors and open shelves. If you are not one for exposing your cabinet contents, then textured glass or translucent glass panels may be more to your liking.
Hang cabinets at different heights to create variety and interest. Introducing a kitchen island in a different style and finish from the perimeter cabinets gives the look of a kitchen that has evolved over time.
Consider having your upper cabinets in one color and lower cabinets in another. You can create the look of furniture by adding turned pieces and brackets under upper cabinets and “legs” tucked into toe kicks of lower cabinets.
There are a variety of counter top materials to choose from:
Lighting can make or break your space. When properly positioned, lighting can make your cabinets glow and your stainless appliances sparkle. Replace that ugly single central light fixture with track lighting. Make sure to get one with five to six bulbs so you can cast light around the room.
If it is in your budget, consider recessed lighting. Positioning the lights 12 inches from your cabinets and centered on the doors will illuminate the counter below and the interior of your cabinets. Include under mount cabinet lighting for your perimeter cabinets, as they add ambiance and can help when working in the kitchen.
Pendant lights can be positioned over islands and sinks and are a great way to add color and personality to your kitchen. Small lights placed in your cabinet toe kicks will give your kitchen an interesting glow and double as night-lights.
Remember to add dimmers to your lighting, enabling you to adjust the mood and focal points of your kitchen as desired.
You can quite easily spend a fortune on your appliances. Before you begin your kitchen plan, visit an appliance showroom and review what is available and at what price.
Many desirable features can be had at even relatively affordable price points, so prioritize what is important to you. It is critical to know what size appliances you will be including before designing the kitchen layout.
The last word
Thoughtful planning and attention to details are essential for arriving at a successful outcome. You can easily make changes to your wall coverings, accessories and hardware to reflect the latest trends. Think carefully when choosing cabinetry, appliances and counter tops, because you will be living with them for a long time.
Working with a design professional can help you to navigate the process and to avoid expensive pitfalls.