Designing Your Custom Kitchen
Many clients approach us wanting to create their perfect kitchen. Online, at home shows, or on TV, they have seen many different elements of a kitchen that they love but may struggle to know how to put them together. We have found this simple formula helps clients focus and prioritize as they start making selections. Here are the steps to design your own custom kitchen that will look like a picture out of a magazine:
Know Your Style
Are you attracted to traditional design, modern lines, or a cozy rustic cottage? As obvious as it may seem to some, our experience has shown that many people are not quite sure what style they really want. Knowing the overall esthetic you’re working toward will help you stay focused and be able to describe your style to different professionals you may work with along the way. Do some research in this area and it will pay off exponentially throughout your remodeling project.
Pick a Focal Point
You may have fallen in love with the idea of a bold patterned backsplash, a big island with metallic quartz countertop, an industrial chimney style hood or funky glass pendant lights. Whatever it may be, make sure you are focused on the one thing that you love enough to make the rest of the room accentuate that piece. The focal point is really what creates a custom kitchen because it is a representation of your individual style.
Find a family of shapes and complementary colors for the room by using your focal point as inspiration. For instance, when designing the kitchen for our most recent project I fell in love with a classic white arabesque shape backsplash tile. I decided to use that as my inspiration for the room. To keep the space feeling cohesive, I decided on a neutral color palate of gray and white. I matched a gray and white quartz countertop with white cabinets on the exterior and a gray color for the cabinets of the island. I chose a simple pendant light with a similar rounded shape to the arabesque tile. Ultimately these items complete the room and allow the focal point to feel integrated throughout the design of space.
Make It Match
I follow a rule of thumb that within any room the fixtures attached to the floor should match and the fixtures attached to the ceiling should match. What I mean is if you have satin nickel finish hardware on your cabinets, you should also have a satin nickel finish for your faucet. Similarly, if you have black finish on your island pendant lights then the chandelier over your dining room table should have a black finish as well. In my opinion, having consistent finishes helps the room feel as if it was intentionally designed and not just pieced together.
Ask For Help
If you are unsure about your choices, pick someone who you know has great style and get a second opinion. This could be asking the opinion of your spouse, friend, or a family member. It could also mean asking your contractor or hiring a designer. Having a second pair of eyes can help affirm a decision or steer you in a better direction. I would warn not to seek too many opinions as that can have the opposite effect and actually hinder the decision making process.
I guarantee following these steps will help you create a gorgeous custom kitchen you will be proud to pin on Pinterest! Are you ready to start your kitchen remodel? Contact us!