Designing a kitchen can be an overwhelming process. Not all of us can afford to hire an interior designer on top of paying for the kitchen itself. Fortunately, with some basic knowledge, anyone can design the kitchen of their dreams. You absolutely do not have to hire a professional in order to have a well-designed and beautiful kitchen This guide will help you get started.
Assess Your Needs, Your Wants and of Course, Your Budget
Before you begin checking out color combinations, browsing through tile or picking out new cabinets and faucets, you need to stop and think “what do I need out of this kitchen?” The kitchen is the hub for many families, so it’s important to incorporate all of your needs as well as your wants for a truly functional, enjoyable space. This of course, should also include a reality check as to what you can afford and how much space you have.
Beginning Stages of Designing a Kitchen
Once you’ve determined what you want out of your kitchen; for example: a bigger island for homework projects or making Christmas cookies,) you should aside aside a budget within a budget. You know how much you can spend as a whole, but you’ll need to dictate how much you can spend on each individual area of the kitchen. This includes setting up a budget that includes how much you can spend on kitchen cabinets, appliances, flooring, paint and paint supplies, door knobs, drawer pulls, cabinet handles, countertops, the sink and faucets and so forth.
Kitchen Design: Choose Your Style and Stick To It
With your budget in hand, you can start finding products both online and offline to fit your budget and your style. If you know what look you’re going for, you can start there. However, if you’re torn, consider browsing through some websites and picking out a few pieces so you can see what styles you’re really drawn to. Some styles that are popular include contemporary, shabby chic/cottage style and ultra-modern.
Of course, that isn’t to say that if you choose to go with an eclectic style, that it’s wrong. But if you commit to a style, follow through. Don’t dress your entire kitchen in ultra-modern, shiny cabinets and then pick out antique replicas of cabinet knobs, as it won’t look attractive. An eclectic style should encompass things you like without being ill-fitting or out of place. Eclectic styles work when they’re based off your likes and dislikes rather than what’s “hot, in and now.”