Oh my ~ a kitchen redo is such a daunting task. It is the heart of any home, and it has to be done right in order for it to be functional AND beautiful. Over the years we have learned some important lessons in terms of kitchens design. We are willing to share these nuggets of knowledge so that you don’t make mistakes when remodeling the most important room in your home.
First, you have to create a functional plan-o-gram so that that the proper placement of appliances is achieved. Try to keep all of your major appliances just a few steps from each other. A triangular walking pattern between refrigerator, sink and stove/oven works very well. Also, make sure that your dishwasher is located in a spot where unloading it will not have you traveling all over your room to put things away.
Second, the cabinetry should be like fine pieces of furniture. You can use basic wood or the finest of woods, but you achieve the furniture look by adding carvings, fret work, fluting, inlays and corbels in strategic places. Also, if you keep your wood tones in a medium color, your cabinetry will never look dated.
Thirdly, surfaces such as countertops and backsplash are integral parts of the design. Granite or solid surfaces are wonderful countertops. The key to choosing the color of the solid surface is to choose one that has SUBTLE veining or flecking. The backsplash can then become your area where you can express creativity. Use decorative profiles and borders. For example, you can incorporate a decorative tile border with a tumbled marble profile above and below it. Also, try turning the tile on a 45 degree angle for a great look. Be creative and mix your medias together on your backsplash ~ this variety keeps it wonderful and interesting.
Finally ~ and most importantly ~ don’t be afraid to call on professionals for help. You want your kitchen done right the first time, and having experienced designers, carpenters, tile workers and cabinetmakers can make all the difference in your kitchen remodel. It is better to pay a little more up front for professional help than to pay huge amounts later to fix mistakes that could have been avoided. Believe us ~ doing it right the first time is the best way to save money!