Aug 5, 2014

Kitchen Design Ideas

 Whether you go for a sleek, modern space or a warm, transitional one, here are my picks for the best ideas for kitchens:

1) Mix it up.  Along with standard finishes like ceramic tile, granite, quartz and stone tile incorporate unique elements like a wooden counter, floor-to-ceiling glass, textured tiles and the like. Keep a sense of YOU in the space.

2) Hide it. Keeping appliances like the fridge and dishwasher makes the kitchen feel more finished. I find hidden storage for microwaves and small appliances so they're ready to use but don't clutter the counters.

3) Light it right. Energy efficient lighting isn't just good for the power company. It allows you to meet local codes, save money, and with the fabulous LED options, get better light while you help the environment.

4) Contrast it.  When selecting finishes for flooring, cabinets and other surfaces, try to add contrast. Deep toned cabinetry is gorgeous, but when paired with a light backsplash, stands out even more.  I love sleek exotic veneers for transitional kitchens, but paired with a textured glass backsplash, make a fabulous statement. New textured veneers make cabinetry dramatic when mixed with smooth stone or concrete counters. Islands in differing colors or finishes from the rest of the cabinetry helps define the overall kitchen style.

5) Scale it up.  When selecting the details for counter edging, beef it up.  Stone and quartz slabs are narrow. Don't limit your edge to the laminated bull nose or even a simple ogee. Add some thickness or weight to give a substantial looking edge that will wow you every time you use your kitchen.  

6) Vary the level.  Does every counter need to be at the same level? Can appliances be lower or higher than standard? You bet. For ease of use, visual interest, best function for universal design, and many other reasons, changing the heights at which you place cabinets, counters and appliances is essential.

7) Details matter. When creating a kitchen with lots of character, the details are key. For cabinets, turned legs, rope molding and hints of glaze make traditional kitchens perfect. Every dimension and surface in a minimalist kitchen needs to be just right or the overall appearance will be off..

8) Keep it smart.  Smart kitchens don't just give you a competitive edge when selling your home, they make life better.. Imaging walking in with groceries and not having to fumble with a light switch to see where you're going. Wake up to information and news. Having lighting, security and audio controls in a central location gives superior functionality.