Excited to start designing your new kitchen, but don’t know where to start? These tips from kitchen remodeling experts in Atlanta and beyond may just give you the inspiration you need.
It all starts with the sink
The sink is the kitchen fixture you use the most, so the first thing to think about is where to place it. There has to be working space adjacent to it to maximize its function and improve the workflow around the area. Avoid putting it next to an appliance, which could limit its functionality.
Consider the depth, as well. Sinks get dirty and messy pretty fast, and a deeper sink can help conceal the disarray.
Consider how you plan to use the kitchen island
The kitchen island has become the heart of the home, where friends and family can gather for an informal meal, or some chit-chat over coffee or a glass of wine. If you want to get the most out of your kitchen island, make it as accessible as possible to the rest of the home—particularly the dining area.
The bigger the island, the more people it can accommodate. If you have a large family or have guests often, you might want to maximize your island space. If you plan to impress your audience with your cooking skills, you can design a cooking surface right on it.
Can your walls be removed?
You may need to expand your kitchen to accommodate new appliances or features. In addition, an open floor plan with a kitchen that seamlessly flows into the dining area has become all the rage. It also creates an illusion of more space.
Before doing anything, though, consider if you are ready to remove the walls that separate your kitchen from adjacent rooms? Are there features that may limit the amount of wall you can tear down? It helps to check these things first so you can design around any limitation.
Plan the storage
Do you need more storage space, and if so, just how much storage should you add? Would adding a pantry be a good idea?
In planning your storage, consider concealed shelving. They can make your kitchen appear less cluttered and add storage without taking up more space. Open shelving can also expose your cabinets’ interior to dirt and dust. Talk to your kitchen designer about options like island drawers, island cabinets, pull out pantries, or storage above the windows.
Look into options for surfaces
Natural materials like quartz and granite can certainly enhance the look of any kitchen. But if you’re after durability, consider using fabricated materials. The right ones can fit perfectly with your kitchen’s aesthetics, while ensuring longevity and better resistance to scratches, dirt, and damages.
In planning your new kitchen, get ideas from different sources, such as interior design magazines, kitchen showrooms, and even your friends’ homes. Gather everything that catches your fancy and sit down with a kitchen renovation expert to put all your inspirations into a cohesive plan.
How to Design Your Kitchen Like a Star Chef, ArchitecturalDigest.com
These 38 Kitchen Storage Ideas Are Serious Game-Changers for Any Size Kitchen, HouseBeautiful.com