Using Kitchen Showrooms as Design Inspiration
Are you redesigning your kitchen this summer? Whether you’re doing a redesign or a full kitchen renovation, careful planning can help you create a kitchen that will be beautiful as well as functional.
Your kitchen is a multi-functional space used for cooking, cleaning, eating, entertaining, and even as a home-schooling room. You should love spending time in this space, and a thoughtful design can make that happen.
Looking for inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Using the same principles that are used in kitchen showrooms will help you choose finishes and even lighting for your space that will wow all your friends and family.
- Be smart with organization! Think about how and where you typically use certain items. For example, keep your flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading clean dishes.
- Wide walkways are key. Make sure your floor plan includes enough room between the island (if it exists) and cabinets, and make sure aisles are wide enough. You want to be able to easily move through the space while you’re alone and when your family is also in the space.
- Consider traffic flow! For a kid-friendly kitchen design, make the refrigerator accessible to both people cooking and those who just want to sneak in for a snack. Also take care to keep the cooktop out of high traffic areas.
- Go for stainless steel accents. Besides appliances, consider other stainless accents like pendant lights, vent hoods, and drawer handles.
- Bright and white. To make the space feel open and fresh, keep the colors bright, and some surfaces like countertops and cabinets white. If you have large windows or a skylight, the light color will be especially amplified.
- Use stone and wood elements. If you splurge in one area, make it the countertop. A bold, stone counter paired with wood cabinets really make a statement, especially with a kitchen island.
Luxury is a treat that can be enjoyed at any scale! Whether you’re doing a full remodel or just upgrading your fixtures and appliances, you can create a kitchen that looks like it’s right off the pages of an architectural magazine.
A great kitchen begins with a great plan, and we have the knowledge and access to bring a world of exciting materials and fixtures to your door while helping you stick to a budget. Contact us today to get started!
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