How to Design Your Kitchen Like a Professional

Kitchen Design Trends With Staying Power

This is a guest blog done by Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions. You can read an interview she had previously done with Design Build Planners here.

“The most important aspect for remodeling your home is to have the look and feel that works best for you.” – Kathi Fleck, Renovate, Remodel… Relax!

The modern home is always evolving. It’s easy to get inspiration, but most homeowners don’t know how to start. When I speak to LSPS clients, most want to incorporate trending designs into their remodel. However, once we start visiting showrooms for materials, they sway from one concept to another. It’s easy to do so with a variety of possibilities in front of you. I always advise them to have a design in mind, whether it be traditional, transitional or contemporary. From there, it’s easy to mix and match materials for your room. For example, a contemporary design often consists of clean lines, a traditional design often features ornate details and a transitional design combines both worlds.  With a design in mind, one can move forward with design trends, such as…

Two-tone kitchen cabinets. Keep upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel, then go crazy with the lower cabinets by playing with various wood tones and deeper colors to take your kitchen in two different style directions. This combination is often found in Transitional kitchen designs.

Kitchen-Remodel-and-Renconfiguration-in-Warren-NJ-14-Design-Build-ProsColored appliances. Colored appliances are making a splash, literally. Many homeowners are opting in for a white kitchen design with a minimalistic approach and adding a pop of color with refrigerators, ovens, cooktops and vents – just to name a few. This is usually seen in contemporary kitchen designs.

Barely there kitchens. As mentioned, the Contemporary kitchen often has a minimalistic approach. As kitchen layouts become more open, spatial identifiers like walls of cabinetry and full-size appliances fade away, leaving behind airy, fluid spaces that serve multiple functions while looking barely there.

Tile Backsplash Kitchen (4)Deep kitchen drawers. While deep drawers have been creeping up to replace lower kitchen cabinets for a while now, they’re only getting better — and more affordable. Dividers and inserts let you organize any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil under the sun, and there are even clever options for deep corner drawers, and drawers under range tops and kitchen sinks. These options are perfect for the chef of the family or organizer.

Surprising backsplash and countertop pairings. Looking for something a little more lively than white cabinets and granite countertops in your kitchen? Consider mixing several modern materials, finishes and colors. You could play it safe with white subway tile and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is so boring. Instead, consider a different combination, such as a brick backsplash with concrete countertops or yellow ceramic tile with butcher block. Pairings like these are often found in Transitional kitchen designs.

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