When designing a kitchen, there is no one-size-fits all solution. This is because everybody has different lifestyles that will determine how they use their kitchen. While a family of four might want to focus on in-kitchen seating and child-friendly base cabinets, somebody in their early 20s might want a setup that is better suited to entertaining.
Getting the right design in the early stages of the planning stages is absolutely essential. But what exactly does getting the right design involve? It’s easy to get caught up in researching exciting new appliances or to fall in love with one particular design element and lose sight of the big picture. When planning your kitchen, stick to the tips below to make sure you account for all the major points that go into a kitchen that is just as stunning as it is functional.
This is the part of the process that involves thinking about the elements that make up your dream kitchen. Maybe you’re an aspiring chef and you want a butcher block countertop and Smeg kitchen to step up your cooking game. Or perhaps you’re a wine connoisseur who would like to set up a wine fridge and wine rack cabinet. Sites like Houzz provide countless interior design examples that you can refer to for inspiration. At the same time, write down what it is about your current setup that isn’t working for you in order to come up with solutions that will make your kitchen really work for you.
Measure your space
Now’s the time to see what potential your kitchen has, in terms of space, for including all the elements you came up with in the first step. At this stage, it’s possible you might have to make some compromises, let things go, or even make some drastic changes, like getting rid of a wall or even adding one, if you already have an open design kitchen.
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The layout you decide on will be determined, in part, by how the space is already configured. If there’s just one window, that’s probably where you’ll want to put the sink, for example. You can read up on the different types of kitchen layouts, which all have one thing in common: they account for the “kitchen triangle,” or the relationship between the refrigerator, stove, and sink. Though your kitchen’s measurements play a vital role in what layouts will work for you, it’s also important to keep in mind what intentions you have for using the kitchen.
Set up your spending limits early on to avoid any unexpected costs down the road. Use this handy budget calculator to make sure you factor in all the potential costs and determine what you can actually afford to spend on your kitchen remodel.
Select your cabinets
Cabinets are the focal point of any kitchen and not only set the tone in terms of style, but also play a major role in the overall flow of the space. Take a look at more examples of kitchen designs online, like this gallery, to determine what kinds of cabinets you want. This isn’t just a question of brand and style, but also the cabinet type. For base cabinets, do you want a single-door cabinet, double-door cabinet, or a set of drawers? Are you going to want a microwave cabinet?
Now that you’ve come up with a general sketch of what your kitchen will look like, it’s time to add some color. Perhaps you’ve already got a style in mind. If so, be sure to explore how to work within your budget to get the look that you want. At this stage, you might find that some of the design elements you were excited about actually don’t fit in with the overall look, after all. And if you’re looking for a timeless style, a good rule of thumb is to stick to neutrals such as white and gray for the main elements like the cabinetry while adding pops of color in the accents. Rather than committing to a color scheme that you might get tired of down the line, opting for neutrals allows for greater flexibility over time.
Bringing it all together
Now it’s time to bring it all together with an online 3d design tool like this one from Nelson Cabinetry. Just upload your photos, blueprints, layout plan, or any other media and get a 3d view of your future kitchen.
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