Kitchens are tricky things to design. We talk about design a lot here, but with so many options, and weird lingo, the whole process is still extremely confusing.
What is even more difficult is that there are no set rules in design and which finishes are right and wrong. Without the set rules, there are a lot of ugly remodels out there and a lot of fabulous ones. (You’ll notice if you just scroll through “updated” homes on Zillow or check out any open houses in your area that a lot of remodeled homes are very hit or miss) There are some general guidelines that can help make sense out of all the crazy options out there, however.
Start with countertops
Countertops require a lot of thought, especially kitchens with a large island. Counter tops are the biggest item of a color and texture, so it is the most important. Choose a countertop that is durable and easy to clean.
Cabinetry is just as important as countertops, but can have a bit more flare. Do not choose too many colors when picking out your cabinets, as it can get too busy or start to be tacky. Keep in mind that if you choose a bold color, it won’t be as easily changed as the color of a wall, so choose wisely.
Use additional finishes to pull the space together
Let contrast be the focal point. Choose a backsplash to contrast well with coutertops and cabinetry. Floors are usually decided based on other rooms in the house, just make sure the colors won’t clash with what’s in your kitchen.
Try to keep materials natural and not have too many varying types. Wood, slate, stone, and marble are all common and safe choices when choosing finishes. Lighting, stools, hardware and appliances are all the finishes touches that make a whole space feel put together. Less is more!