Kitchen Design Ideas
Kitchens have so many design options that they are literally endless. Kitchen design ideas include features like cabinets, tiles, countertops, appliances, hardware, and accessories. Each feature alone has a multitude of design options and the possible combinations are endless. Two identical kitchens with just one different feature can look like very different kitchens when finished. Due to the large number of design options, do some research on what products are available on the market and get a pretty good idea of what you are looking for.
The main feature in any kitchen is the cabinets. Most of the time it is the first thing people notice in a kitchen. The design of the cabinets is unique to each kitchen. Measure the size of your kitchen and determine the types of cabinets and where you would like to place them. If you have a solid wall with no windows, doors, or appliances, opt for floor-to-ceiling cabinets filled with drawers for storage. Include a broom or cleaning cabinet in these cabinets. Glass fronts on corner cabinets are a popular design feature. Cabinets have a wide variety of door styles. There are recessed, flat-paneled and raised closet doors. Each of these options comes with various design options. Once you have chosen your cabinet design, you need to decide on the stain that will suit your kitchen space. Opt for lighter colored stains for smaller kitchens to make them feel open and spacious.
Countertops are also an important feature in a kitchen. They are also very visible. Countertops should be chosen for their durability as well as their appearance. Granite countertops are the most popular option today. You can also choose from engineered stone, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, and stainless steel. The material and color of the countertops should complement the cabinets, backslash, and tiles. If your kitchen is a large room but you don’t have a lot of counter space, you may want to consider adding an island for additional space. An island not only adds counter space, but also storage space.
Flooring is an integral feature of the kitchen. Most kitchens are made with ceramic tile floors, but wood and laminate floors are gaining popularity. Many kitchens have tile backsplashes. Make sure the tiles used in your backslash complement the flooring. In addition to the type of flooring you use, you should also choose a tile, wood or laminate color, as well as the texture. Very often, a kitchen with light-colored cabinets will look better with a slightly darker floor, and vice versa. The contrast between the cabinets and the floor, however small, creates the illusion of depth.
The kitchen design ideas listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. We haven’t even touched on cabinet hardware, light fixtures, sinks and faucets, paint colors, or appliances. Matching appliances are ideal in any kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are a favorite because they match almost any kitchen design. Families with young children may want to consider black appliances, as stainless steel shows fingerprints. Think both small and large functions. Something as simple as buying the wrong cabinet hardware can ruin the look of the finished project.