Planning Your Kitchen Design
Planning Your Kitchen Design – Planning your kitchen should be one of the most exciting adventures, especially if spending time in your kitchen is a passion. Unfortunately, for most of us, it can seem extremely daunting especially if you have a limited budget and a big desire for a perfectly fitted dream kitchen design.
Most important for planning your kitchen design, and how you spend your budget, will be a prioritization of your basic requirements. This really boils down to how you will use your kitchen. Determining who and how your kitchen is used with help you plan for the features you most desire.
Whether starting from scratch in a new home, doing a complete kitchen makeover, or simply updating your existing space, it’s critical that your kitchen style fit to the overall style within your home. Kitchen design and planning takes into account the mood, as well as, the functionality of your kitchen design. Your kitchen style should fall into one of these four major categories:
Traditional kitchen style
1. Traditional kitchen style. A traditional style kitchen is a formal reflection of elegant European and American designs from the 18th and 19th centuries with ornate moldings and antique fixtures. Traditional cabinetry, meticulously crafted and seen in perfect symmetry and balance, is usually finished in cherry or mahogany stain, although painted white cabinetry is also very popular. Trim for traditional cabinets would include fluted panels, corner blocks, beaded trim, rosettes, finished with dentil crown molding. Countertops would be along the lines of marble or granite.
2. Modern kitchen style. Clean and simple architectural lines most describes a modern style kitchen. Influenced by European design, modern kitchens are notable for their spacious and efficient use of space and monochromatic color schemes. Often void of any personal touches and decorative elements, a modern kitchen style is typically reflected with use of chrome, glass, and stone and use of the latest in technology. Although a slick look, wood is not out but often combined with metal like stainless steel, copper, brass, pewter on surfaces like countertops, cabinet doors, and floors.
Country kitchen style
3. Country kitchen style. There are several different takes on a country kitchen style all of which should be nostalgic, pleasant and simple. Whether a reflection of English, French, Italian, or American, etc., this comfortable style has implications of rustic outdoors. Maple stain with distress elements and a crackled or pickled finish are most associated with the country or cottage style. Use of color, mix and match finishes, furniture pieces, and potted plants help make this one of the easiest styles to use for your country kitchen. The key to country is to keep it simple.
Transitional kitchen style
4. Transitional kitchen style. If you are looking for a style which is open to interpretation, transitional is an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary. Transitional is a popular choice for a remodel especially when you want to ignore the rules and just like what you like. Harder to define than traditional, contemporary, or country, transitional is more a blending of modern innovation with classic design and can be dressed out in any way you prefer. An example might be to design an all-white kitchen but mix the finishes and details. Another example might be mixing components, such as hardware, moldings, cabinet doors, etc., from different eras. Think of transitional as a more playful blending of old and new design. Here’s an idea, replace the sticky notes on your refrigerator door with a chalkboard wall.