The kitchen is the heart of the home. For many folks, it’s the place where we gather with friends and family, cook, enjoy meals together, and spend quality time. That’s why it’s important to make sure your kitchen is designed to reflect your personal style, and functions in a way that fits your overall needs and lifestyle. Whether you’re building new construction or remodeling an existing kitchen, it can be a daunting endeavor. Where do you start? Here are 8 things to consider when designing a kitchen that can help you prevent some headaches along the way. Using these expert insights will help you design your kitchen with confidence.
A new kitchen can be a big expense, which is why it’s important to establish your budget early in the process. When mapping out your budget for your kitchen design, take into consideration the scope of the entire project. Are you completely gutting your entire kitchen? Or are you merely refreshing the design by updating the existing fixtures, or hardware? Having a clear understanding of what exactly is being done will help you calculate your budget and plan accordingly. It’s important to be as comprehensive as possible. You don’t want to be halfway done with your kitchen remodel and realize you’ve hit your budget.
If you are completely altering the floor plan, tearing down walls, or adding new flooring, consider that there may be hidden costs associated with reconfiguring plumbing and electrical. It’s also important to do your research. For example, you may want to consider comparing quotes for construction labor, as well as the cost for products like tile, cabinetry, and surfaces, as these all can influence labor costs.
When designing your kitchen, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is, how will I use my kitchen? Do you tend to entertain and host parties often? Does your kitchen tend to be a hub for the hustle and bustle of busy mornings where you’re preparing quick breakfasts for the kids while packing their lunches? It’s important to think about how you will be using your kitchen to map out how your new kitchen will best suit you.
Think about what storage needs would be helpful, what type of cooking you typically do, and what features would benefit you so you can create a kitchen that facilitates a smooth workflow.
While it is important that your kitchen functions in a way that suits your specific needs, it is equally important that the design aesthetic brings you joy. What is your favorite design style? Modern? Rustic farmhouse? Industrial? Do you like more neutral tones, or color? If you’re unsure of what you like, visit a PIRCH showroom near you to see numerous lifestyle kitchen displays in various styles, designed by professional designers.
If you need additional assistance with designing your kitchen, you may want to consider working with an interior designer. Interior designers can be extremely helpful with taking your ideas and executing a design vision in a way that is cohesive and practical. They can help you create a culinary haven that balances aesthetics with functionality and assist greatly in selecting products and materials.
To learn more about what to expect when working with an interior designer, read HERE.
Keep in mind that you don’t always need to tear out your existing kitchen to make an impact on the design. Updating your light fixtures, adding new surfaces, or swapping out your hardware are some examples of minor changes that can make a big difference in the look and feel of the space.
To learn more about selecting the right hardware for your kitchen, read: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Cabinet Hardware.
Appliances are an extremely important part of a kitchen remodel; therefore, they should be carefully considered in your overall design. Appliances can also take up a large amount of space as well as a good chunk of your budget, so choose wisely.
When selecting appliances, consider the size, finishes, features, as well as the price to ensure it falls within your budget. If you long for a bigger range, consider the width, height, as well as the depth to ensure you choose something that fits. Ventilation is also an important factor to consider for ranges, cooktops, and ovens. Hoods come with specific installation requirements for specific duct vent sizes. You’ll want to make sure you choose a vent that is aesthetically beautiful but also functional, because an inefficient vent won’t filter smoke, smells, and hot air properly.
Consider that changing the placement of a dishwasher may require you to reconfigure plumbing, electrical, and cabinet height. Also, adding products like steam ovens, built in coffee makers, and wine fridges can be excellent upgrades for kitchens, especially if you entertain often.
At PIRCH, we offer the best selection of kitchen appliances from top kitchen brands. To learn more about kitchen appliances offered at PIRCH, visit: https://www.pirch.com/brand-categories/kitchen/
Cabinetry is the backbone of a kitchen; therefore, it is an important factor in a kitchen’s design. Every kitchen supports a unique family with different needs, so it is important to pay close attention to your specific household’s needs when planning for storage. Take inventory of what’s in your current kitchen and calculate your storage needs depending on the number of items you have. Assess how your kitchen is currently utilized and consider which storage areas are working well, as well as what improvements can be made.
Consider the placement of commonly used items to enhance efficiency and accessibility. With your current layout, are important items difficult to access when you need them? When planning your design, think about moving frequently used items to a more convenient location.
There are so many options for wonderful cabinetry brands on the market, and endless styles to choose from. Brands like Siematic offer unique kitchen designs that are refreshingly modern and delightfully minimalist, with clean designs that enhance the energy, flow, and functionality of the kitchen.
Drawers within base cabinets can make items much easier to access, and soft close drawers are a wonderful option. Touchless cabinetry is very convenient and has become widely popular for waste and recycling drawers. Also, push-to-open cabinetry has become widely popular because it not only offers a seamless, handle-free design, but has an effortless open and close system to maximize convenience.
Kitchen surfaces need to be carefully considered in a kitchen design. Because they are heavily used every day, they should be durable, practical, and aesthetically pleasing. The choice of countertop materials should align with how you use your kitchen, and your personal style.
There are many different materials to choose from for countertops, from granite, to quartz, to marble and more. Each material offers its own set of benefits, but cost, ease of installation, and maintenance requirements should all be taken into consideration when selecting your material.
Porcelain can be an incredible option for kitchen surfaces. Porcelain is extremely durable and easy to clean. It is non-porous, stain, scratch and heat resistant. It is also very versatile, offering a range of opportunities for different styles, colors, shades, and finishes. One of our favorite porcelain manufacturers is Moderno Porcelain Works. Moderno does only porcelain, so they are experts at crafting and installing this material to fit all your project needs. Moderno’s products feature carefully sourced materials that come in stunning color, quality, and texture, offering a range of designs that effortlessly meet preferences and spaces.
Lighting is a design element that can take a kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary. No matter what kind of kitchen you have, proper lighting starts with overhead lighting as it reinforces any natural light that already exists and provides ambiance.
In addition to the overhead lighting, make sure that your kitchen has multiple layers of intentional lighting as well. Using multiple layers of light, such as recessed lighting, LED under-cabinet lights, pendant fixtures, or a chandelier can greatly enhance the look and feel of the space and create a dramatic effect.
One of our favorite lighting brands is ET2 Lighting. We use ET2 Contemporary Lighting in many of our showroom displays because we love their unique, versatile designs, and the brilliant finishes they offer.
Prepare for the Interim
Living inside the home during a complete kitchen renovation can be very stressful, especially when you have kids, so consider whether you and your family can withstand this type of chaos for the duration of the project. If possible, set up a temporary kitchen space somewhere else in the home that includes the basics like a refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven so you have something to work with. You can also consider cooking on your outdoor grill during this time.
We hope this list of considerations helps you navigate the kitchen design process with confidence.
To learn more about kitchen design and to gain inspiration from our lifestyle kitchen displays, visit a PIRCH showroom near you. Our sales consultants are extremely knowledgeable about the brands and products available and can guide you through the product selection process.