Many times I’ve had clients who know they need a new kitchen but when I ask them what they want in it, they don’t know … yet.
There’s so much out there that looks great it can be hard to decide what’s best for you. If you find yourself boggled and bedazzled by the oh -so -many choices. The best place to start is with a qualified kitchen designer. A qualified kitchen designer will be able to help you sort through all your choices, narrowing them down into manageable decisions while keeping your budget and style choice on track.
Start at the beginning with the cabinet design. Tell your designer what you like and dislike about your existing kitchen. Let her know how well you work in your current layout and what your gripes are with it.
For instance, do you have an extra large stock pot that doesn’t fit in any of your cabinets? Or maybe there’s one place everyone in your home uses for a drop spot but it happens to be right next to your sink. Is your fridge in an inconvenient location? A good designer can sort through these issues and reconfigure your new layout to better accommodate you. I almost always give my clients more than one layout choice to look at and we discuss the advantages of each to narrow down to our final layout choice.
A kitchen isn’t one or two elements, it’s about six to ten that pull together to make a whole picture. When it comes to finish options, like cabinet color, backsplash tile and counter tops, I’ve developed a strategy that works to help homeowners who aren’t sure what to get decide what to go with.
Should you go with white enamel cabinetry or stained or maybe both? Your designer can explain the durability of different finishes and let you know what the current trends are. Start by picking two to four cabinet finish options that you like. Add a coordinating counter top choice for each and then add the tile choice that looks best with each. A good designer can explain to you how the ambience changes with each choice. It helps when you see how the initial cabinet finish choice develops and you will find you are drawn to one over the others based on the whole look it’s bringing you toward. That will be the one to go with. Lastly, don’t forget to check your color choices in your space as the lighting can be so different from place to place.