When Designing a Kitchen, Where Do You Start?

If you have enough floor space to afford a kitchen island, it's a great option for more space to prepare food!

If you’re like most people, the kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you cook, eat, and entertain. So when it comes to designing a new kitchen, it’s important to get it right. But where do you start?

With so many choices to make, it can be overwhelming. But don’t worry; we’re here to help. So whether you’re starting a kitchen renovation from scratch or just looking for a few ideas to minimize wasted space, read on!

Discover and Define Your Dream Kitchen Style

Whether you are a purist looking for something classic and timeless or prefer a modern kitchen full of groundbreaking design ideas, the possibilities are endless. Defining your design style is the first step in creating a lasting impression that expresses your unique taste.

The design process is an integral part of this, but without an outside eye, it can be hard to make all the pieces work together cohesively. An interior designer can take your kitchen planning to the next level by ensuring your kitchen space’s value will only increase over time.

Choose a Kitchen Layout That Will Work for Your Home

Early in the design process, you want to make sure to choose the best layout for your needs. Would an open-concept kitchen work best, or would a separate space be ideal? Is a kitchen island a necessity or something you’d like to avoid?

When deciding what kitchen layout works best, consider your space, how many people generally cook, and how much entertainment is done in the kitchen. An open-concept floor plan with a multiuse kitchen island may work better for more social activities, whereas certain home structures should take advantage of closed-off kitchen layouts.

Clear Up Your Counter Space with Improved Storage Options

When planning kitchen storage, it is important to think not just about pots, pans, and dishes but also about all of the small appliances that streamline your cooking process. Even the most carefully planned kitchen with substantial countertops or tables may require extra storage space.

Tall kitchen cabinets are great for organizing all the items in a functioning kitchen. It’s helpful to invest in well-made cabinetry so that these can better hold up through daily use. Do your cabinets provide easy access to frequently used specialized cookware? Taking time to plan adequate storage space will help ensure your kitchen walls are maximized for present and future needs if items need to be added.

Consider the Details

Designing a kitchen involves considering numerous small details, from design elements to window treatments. While kitchen flooring is an obvious big choice to make, even the smallest details of cabinet hardware can have a major impact on the overall design of your kitchen.

Wall lights can add a personal touch and complete the design look you’re aiming for, along with providing good lighting for functionality and comfort. Considering all these design elements ensures your kitchen is tailored perfectly to your needs and style.

Choose Your Kitchen Color Scheme

Choosing the perfect kitchen color scheme can be a daunting task — after all, it sets the whole tone of the room. Start by considering your natural light since this will affect how the colors look in your home.

If you’re looking to create a light and airy atmosphere, opt for softer tones that complement natural wood veneer and create depth. For a bolder look, juxtapose brighter accent colors with a darker wall color — but don’t forget to hold up paint samples in all kitchen lighting when trying to decide. The slightest variation in shades can make all the difference!

Select Your Appliances

When choosing appliances for your kitchen, it can be difficult to decide what type to select.

Do you need to coordinate your appliances with natural stone or have a neutral palette to choose any appliance style? Are multiple fridge drawers a priority, or are tall units a priority? If you’re interested in a wine cooler, do you need one with freestanding elements, or does it need to fit in like a built-in?

Appliance choices add an extra dimension of style and functionality to your kitchen design. Research what other designs are available in order to determine the best fit for you and your kitchen needs.

Trust Rupp Family Builders to Be Your Kitchen Designer

From style to storage, deciding on the perfect setup is key for any happy and successful family kitchen. Consider the options for style, layout, color scheme, storage solutions, and appliances to create enough space to unite the whole family. Don’t forget about the smaller details either – from cabinet hardware to flooring material – as these will bring greater comfort and functionality to your kitchen design.

RUPP Family Builders has been creating dreams into reality for over 30 years. They fully understand just how important a great kitchen design is and can provide the expertise you need to create a beautiful space you and your family can enjoy together.

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