Designing Your Dream Kitchen: Tips and Tricks

Who doesn’t love a good kitchen? Kitchens are often considered the most important room in a home because it acts as a central space for activity, socializing, and preparing delicious meals! They also help tie a home together and can be a great communal space for entertaining and catching up with family and friends.

Designing the perfect kitchen is one of the most exciting interior projects a homeowner can take on because it opens the door to creativity where you’re able to transform your kitchen dreams into reality! But, when the time comes to actually design your kitchen, it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin.

We’re here to help you get started on designing your dream kitchen by sharing some tips & tricks to help make your project successful.

  1. Start by creating a wish list of all the features and elements you want in your dream kitchen, such as double ovens with a range hood, a large island or peninsula, a farmhouse sink, a wet bar, or a walk-in pantry with tons of storage space.
  2. Consider the layout and flow of the kitchen. Some popular layouts in today’s kitchen designs include Galley, Island, Peninsula, L-Shaped, G-Shaped, and U-Shaped layouts, and you will want to determine which layout best suits your needs. The kitchen triangle rule is another important factor when designing a functional kitchen. This is a concept that focuses on the distance between the stove, sink, and refrigerator, which are typically the three most used areas in a kitchen. You don’t want to be running back and forth around your kitchen if these areas are too far apart from each other, so by following this rule you can ensure that your kitchen is practical, comfortable, and efficient. To read more about the kitchen triangle rule, click here!
  3. Choose high-quality materials for your kitchen cabinets, countertops, and flooring. Consider durable options that are also easy to maintain. Quartz, soapstone, and granite are three high-quality stone countertops we like to work with that are durable and will last for years to come.
  4. Think about the lighting in your kitchen. If your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light, consider adding in large windows or skylights if possible. In addition, incorporate task lighting such as pendants or chandeliers and integrated lighting, such as under-cabinet lighting, to illuminate work areas. Mood lighting helps create a relaxing environment and this can be achieved by adding in small lamps in the corner of your kitchen or sconces. Ample lighting can really take your kitchen design to the next level!
  5. Don’t forget about storage! It is important to utilize every inch of space in your kitchen by incorporating pull-out drawers, corner pull-outs, skinny spice racks, lazy Susans, and other organizational features. Bench storage is another great solution which can be easily implemented into your kitchen if you choose to add a breakfast nook!
  6. Make sure you implement two types of upper cabinets: cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling to make your kitchen look larger and prevent dust collection, and cabinet top counters which go all the way from the ceiling and down to the countertop. These cabinets create more dimension to your kitchen design and are great for creating ‘cabinet garages’ where you can hide your coffee maker, toaster, blender and other everyday appliances.
  7. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and finishes to create a unique and personalized look for your dream kitchen. deVOL Kitchens is one of our go to brands that offer a lot of unique kitchen hardware ranging from aged verdigris brass, oxidized bronze, to antique silver finishes.
  8. Lastly, enjoy the process of designing your dream kitchen and don’t be afraid to get creative! It’s your space, so make it reflect your personality and lifestyle.

If you are unsure how to start and would like to consult with a professional architect and designer to help bring your vision to life, consider booking a free design consultation with Amy here!


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