Top 5 tips from kitchen design professionals on kitchen design – 2017
So, you want to design the perfect kitchen, but where do you start? 2020 sat down with 5 kitchen design and bath professionals and asked them for their advice on “How to Design the Perfect Kitchen”.
Establish Your Kitchen Design Budget
While this seems like an obvious first step, we often find that customers don’t set a firm or realistic budget before they begin their kitchen design. With proper budgeting, you can design the kitchen you’ve always
“Determine your budget before you begin.” Kailee Helget (Inspiration Design Winner - Traditional Category), Drafting and Design Specialist at R. Henry Construction, Inc.
As you design your kitchen, don’t only plan ahead for today’s kitchen technology innovations, but include the necessary infrastructure for future kitchen amenities that have not yet been invented. This may sound difficult, but keep this in mind when designing a kitchen, from adequate electrical outlets, voice-activated appliances and kitchen gadgets, to built-ins and kitchen & dining furniture.
“With so many innovations in kitchen appliances, home security technology, audio and kitchen lighting, it’s important to educate yourself in the earliest stages of planning your kitchen design project so you can properly incorporate these elements into your plans.”Jennifer Lamariana (Inspiration Design Winner – Cloud Category), Signature Interiors Design
You don’t have to go overboard with out-of-the-box designs and/or accessories, but use Pinterest, Instagram, the 2020 Community of kitchen design experts or just basic google searches to see what other kitchen design professionals are doing. If you’re brave enough to incorporate vibrant colors, you should check out this article on “Extravagent Colorful Kitchen Designs,” from Architecture Art Designs. With the Sherwin Williams paint library in 2020 Design, you can try out a color in your rendering to see how you like it!
“Be fluent with your design ideas, avoid the norm and stereotypical kitchen design ideas. Read more, learn more, and explore more.” Anthony Johnson (Inspiration Design Winner - Expert's Choice), Kitchen and Bath Designer at Kitchenetal.
The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a home, so creating an effective kitchen layout to meet your needs is crucial. Think carefully about how the space will be used. For more tips, check out this helpful article from HGTV on “Developing a Functional Kitchen Floor Plan.”
“Laying out a functional kitchen design plan should always be a priority. While picking materials and finishes is fun, you need a functional space you can work in.” Jennifer Lamariana, Signature Interiors Design
Lighting is so important in your kitchen – from kitchen prep and cooking to creating an inviting atmosphere. Sally Storey, Director at John Cullen Lighting says as a rule of thumb, “Allow as much budget for your lighting as you would the flooring. Your choices will depend on the size of the space and whether your room has a high or low ceiling.”
“Use glass doors on cabinets and apply interior LED lighting for an added effect.” John Morgan, (2020 Design expert and owner of Morgan Pinnacle)