When you remodel your kitchen, you not only want it to look different, you also want to show where the money was spent. Choosing materials and finishes is not an easy process, as you have to think about the way they look and how they will affect other parts of the kitchen. There are no set rules for doing this, but these tips should come in handy for anyone who is updating this space.
- Decide on a theme. From the start, you should have an idea of the kind of style you want for the space. Usually, it is the overall look of the home that is the biggest influence and the main starting point. For example, an ultra modern kitchen theme may seem out of place in a rustic, old world home. Focus not just on the textures and shapes, but also the way the palettes will work together.
- Start with the larger areas. The bigger items will dominate the space not just physically, but from a design standpoint as well. You can use them as guides for selecting other elements of the kitchen as well. These larger areas include the backsplash, countertop and the cabinets. Keep in mind that you are not just working with a few colors and textures. Instead, you will be finding the ones that complement each other well enough to create a cohesive theme.
- Dazzle with the backsplash. The backsplash is functional, but it is also an important element of the kitchen’s design. Currently, homeowners have many more material options. Choosing the right one will help with the visual flow between the countertop and the cabinets. With that in mind, the backsplash choice can help in selecting the countertop and even the cabinet colors. Material choices include wood, glass, ceramic tile and metal.
- Make the countertop stand out. With the kitchen countertop, you not only need durability, you will also need a material that says ‘luxury’. Stainless steel, marble and wood can give the space a lavish touch. It is usually a good idea to keep the countertop from being too colorful or pattern heavy. Reflective surfaces can give the space a sleek, clean look. One smooth surface also makes for easier cleaning.
- Add harmony with cabinets. Since they provide storage, cabinets can take up a lot of space. With the extensive range of textures and colors, you have to be careful about selections that do not blend with the theme you are creating. Style options for kitchen cabinets include full overlay and frameless. Nowadays it is not unusual for homeowners to choose simple designs, and adorn them with attractive hardware. Special glazes can add the right finishing touch to get the look you want.
With the major aspects out of the way, you can think about the finishing touches. Drapes, artwork and runners can help to complete the look of the kitchen.