Kitchen Design Ideas
Kitchen design ideas are as
numerous as kitchens themselves. There are many designs available but
your floor plan is the ultimate design limitation. The kitchen
layout is probably the most
important design consideration.
is to buy a book, or two, for the kitchen style you like, then to buy a
kitchen design software program. The books will give you the ideas you
need all in one place and can be read at your leisure.
kitchen design software will allow you to put all of those ideas into
practice. Many software
allow you to view your cabinets and layout in 3-D too! This is
especially useful if you have a less popular kitchen style, or if you
want to incorporate more than one style into the same kitchen design
You don't have to buy a top of
the line software program to design your kitchen layout, but the more
expensive ones will give you more options for designing a kitchen. If
you plan on using an NKBA certified designer, a simple program is all
you will need, and this is just to give you an idea of what you want
before sitting down with your designer.
Most designers charge by
so any time saved before your appointment will help you save money on
the total remodel. Although, some kitchen cabinet retailers will give
you a kitchen designed for free as long as you buy from them. Just make
sure beforehand if you don't buy from them what the charge will be, if
Both the books and software
cost less than $100 and will save you money by avoiding costly
mistakes. As well as having a clear picture when purchasing cabinets.
Being fully knowledgeable about your preferred style will give you a
clear vision when you sit down with your kitchen designer. This the
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of your preferred kitchen
will set you off in the right direction. Choosing your style can be an
immense challenge or the easiest part of your design. A clear mind on
your style will get you headed down the path to success.
Kitchen paint colors are sometimes difficult to choose. The color of your kitchen cabinets
will affect the overall style of your kitchen. Color also affects our
moods, an all white kitchen has a sterile feel while a colorful kitchen
can cheer us up and get us in the mood for some cookin'.
are a big design requirement. Man-made, natural, or a combination of
both. Man-made materials have the ability to be uniform in color and
texture, while natural materials can vary in colors immensely. The
textures of natural materials are not as uniform as man-made materials.
Your Cabinet Material:
wood you choose for your kitchen has design implications as well. A
dark wood has to be painted or stained to make it lighter which covers
up some or all of the wood's characteristics. This may be your desired
style, or a downfall of the design.
You Intend To Use Your Kitchen:
you intend the kitchen to only be a place for cooking then extra
seating may not be necessary. But if you would like the kitchen to be a
gathering area extra seating is a must, an island
accomplishes both of these needs.
is a big deal in kitchens. No matter how much cabinet space you have it
never seems to be enough. Or just adding better accessibility to the
cabinets and making the chores of cooking easier and less tedious.
In The Design:
Let's not forget about lighting.
Lighting has to be planned for in the early stages of the design. After
the kitchen layout is decided on lighting comes next. A lighting
designer can help with this but you can do it yourself as well if you
know what's available. Wiring has to be done in the earliest stages of
the whole construction process.
Style Of Decorating
style of decorating will have an impact on the design of your kitchen.
Sometimes more than you know. Decoration is a fun way to impart your
own personality into the design. Your own style is a place to start
when trying to decide on kitchen design ideas.
also have to be planned for in the early stages of the design for
obvious reasons. A double wall oven has to have special cabinetry, and
utility connections such as gas or electric hookups. The sizes of
appliances are becoming more numerous and the ability to have built-ins
have to be planned for in the earliest of stages of the design.
you can see there are many considerations when planning your kitchen.
The easiest and most cost effective way of implementing your kitchen
design ideas is to purchase kitchen design software. You can change and
experiment with the style, design, and placement of cabinets in the