Design Details That Make Your Kitchen Shine

A kitchen remodel is one of the most popular ways we transform our homes for a more livable, welcoming look and feel. Some decisions about this kind of remodel are substantial: Does the kitchen need to be in a different part of the home? Do we need to remove some walls and/or relocate major appliances? Other decisions seem smaller but can actually have a significant impact on the overall success of the remodel. Let’s take a look at a few of those details.

Layering Lighting
This contemporary kitchen creates a mood with artistic organic pendants over the large island, plus layers of lighting throughout. Lighting is one of those most important elements in how a space feels and functions, and that’s especially important in a kitchen which we tend to use for multiple purposes from cooking and baking to eating and entertaining, sometimes all at once. Task lighting, often located under upper cabinetry, is needed for prepping food on countertops. Accent lighting acts as a foundation for other layers of lighting – think recessed lighting that illuminates the island, countertops, and other distinct areas from above. Decorative lighting creates that inviting ambiance we all love for entertaining or quiet dinners at home; and finally, statement lighting gives us the opportunity to express ourselves with one big bold fixture. The key to lighting is the planning and balance – any of the types of lighting we just listed will not work as well alone as they do when layered together.

Mixing Materials & Textures
Just like a favorite recipe, a kitchen that feels timeless and personal starts with carefully selected, high quality ingredients. In this Spanish Coastal kitchen, the design blends intricate tile with natural wood trim and flooring, white cabinetry, and elements of black and gold. To create authentic surroundings, experiment with materials from different design eras such as crisp modern fixtures in a more traditional environment, or artistic handcrafted tile in a mostly modern space. Or, if you’re sticking with one era, perhaps Mid-Century or traditional, pay attention to the texture of the materials you’re selecting and find ways to balance handmade with sleek, soft with architectural, intricate with simple.

Creating a Dramatic Focal Point
In this Tuscan-inspired traditional kitchen, a meticulously created raised ceiling in a barrel design integrates the Old World look with a brick-like tile design. Your focal point could be a high-concept architectural hood, an overscale island, a colorful appliance, or a gorgeous custom backsplash. Whatever you choose, the essential idea is to pick just one or possibly two focal points – too many places for the eye to go creates confusion and distracts from the beauty of the design.

As the heart of your home and one of the spaces in which you will spend the most time, your kitchen deserves careful attention to detail. Working with a professional designer, you’ll discover how to create a vision for your kitchen and ways to arrive at a space that expresses your personal point of view.