The Art of Designing the Perfect Kitchen
by Lynn Sully
Anyone building a new home whether it be in Okanagan, Palm Beach, or Santa Fe knows that a significant amount of time will be spent planning the kitchen’s layout, features, and overall design. It’s the same for homeowners embarking on a major renovation.
There’s a reason that kitchens are at the top of the list when it comes to upgrading your home: these spaces are the heart of our daily lives, and we need them to be highly functional yet comfortable places to prepare food and gather with family and friends.
Cabinetry is another area that requires research and reflection, and there is no end of choice regarding materials, colors, and styles. Working with a custom kitchen cabinet designer enables you to get precisely the kitchen you want. They can also point you toward innovations you may not have thought of, from pull-out spice racks to clever corner systems that use every inch of available space.
Your kitchen designer can also help you choose countertop material and style. Quartz is always popular for its virtually unlimited color and design options. It’s also effortless to maintain and is durable and long-lasting. Other options include natural stones like granite and marble, with less common but exciting choices being concrete, zinc and bamboo.
Current kitchen trends favor a curated look that mixes finishes and textures. Think open shelving to display ceramics or glassware, juxtaposed with statement hoods in blackened steel or other eye-catching metals.
Minimal aesthetics are perennially popular, with pops of color an easy way to create visual interest and warmth. Similarly, glazed or metallic tile backsplashes can nicely balance out matte finishes elsewhere in the kitchen.
Regarding kitchen design, there are as many choices as there are ideas for dinner. Working with local designers and manufacturers can help you narrow your options – and introduce you to innovative ideas – with the added benefit that many of your kitchen components will be manufactured close to home.
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