Remodeling your kitchen can range from a few simple upgrades to a full on mission that revamps everything from the floors to the structural ceiling. Regardless of how small or big your project is, it’s important to guarantee the work you put in is relevant two, five, or even ten years down the line. With a timeless kitchen design you’ll not only transform one of the most popular spaces in your home into a gorgeous mecca for cooking, consuming, and connecting with loved ones, but you’ll ensure that your future self is still in love with the stylings you choose years or even decades prior.
So how do you modernize a kitchen so that it transcends trends? What elements of design are important and what techniques do the pros apply to stylize the space without compromising long term relevance? Homeowners have been asking these questions for centuries and our interior designers have dialed in the answers within this quick guide.
First and foremost when you’re updating your kitchen be aware of going too trendy with the major components, such as the layout, lighting, materials, and finishes. If you want to stylize the interiors with the most current crazed colors or trends then choose items that can be changed out for a minimal cost. Implement a pop of color with an accent wall or incorporate fun trendy bar stools versus installing custom flooring or cabinets that will be outdated in a few years. Although this may feel counterintuitive when you’re looking to modernize your space, we can guarantee it will make a huge difference in the long run.
One of the best ways to remodel your kitchen is to make sure the design matches the architectural style of your home. If you own a craftsmen home, stick to elements of that style such as traditional doors, a classic color palette, and hardwood floors. By selecting cohesive materials and finishes that seamlessly blend with the rest of your home you can help maintain its original character, while also allowing your upgrades to bring a fresh new feel to your space.
Within the featured project the designers installed Bentwood cherry wood flat mid-century style cabinet doors in a “Ginger” finish to simplify the space and maple flooring to eliminate patches of floor types as you move from room to room. The entire wall at the Wolf 30” stainless steel gas cooktop was tiled with Fireclay 2” x 8” field tile in “Silver Haze” to give the area a more unique and dramatic aesthetic, however the softer color elegantly unifies the space and ties in the remainder of the mid-century modern house.
A classic kitchen may feel simple and safe, but it is also sophisticated and tasteful in a way that helps improve your resale value. When you select a neutral color palette that is warm and inviting you create a solid foundation in which you can apply different textures and/or visual lines to further enhance an effect. Materials and finishes that stand the test of time include shaker style cabinetry, granite or marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, and elegant tile backsplashes. Extend the shelf life of your renovation with the allure of the basics.
Lighting matters and can make a huge difference in how people feel within your home. Opt to use ambient lighting within your kitchen as it provides luminescence from all directions in a warm and full fashion. It will give more depth to a room and when layered with task lighting it serves as a foundation for more playful light options. Enhance an area with a lamp or install a swing arm light source to help illuminate specific areas so you can cook, read, or do homework with more ease while stationed in the kitchen.
Functional flow is a necessity for any optimized kitchen and should never be overlooked. Make sure your kitchen provides enough space to move about and that your layout makes sense. A triangle design whereby the sink, oven, and refrigerator are within close proximity to each other will enhance your ability to flow effortlessly while cooking your favorite dishes. When redesigning your kitchen pay attention to how you’ll use it and note after the fact how pleased you are with the results each and every time you utilize the space.
Apply one or all of these tips to modernize your kitchen, while also ensuring that the redesign improves your resale value and is relevant for years to come. The results will not only look incredible, but they will offer you and your family a functional space to cook, consume healthy homemade meals, and connect with one another on a daily basis.
If you have more specific questions regarding products, styles, no-fuss design, or you’d like to set up a consultation to discuss your project please contact us at Custom Kitchens. We are an award-winning design/build company that has been in business since 1950 and we would love to help you remodel your home’s sweetest space, the kitchen.Back To All