Kitchen Designer Notebook

Shown above: Design Craft cabinets which prices out for the moderate budget.

A kitchen with a combination of painted and stained cabinetry http://www.designcraftcabinets.com/estore/en/designcraft.

Do you need some kitchen design tips? Here are a few more for you to “collect” for your own notebook.

A) If you have a “dark” kitchen, a reasonable update would be to paint your walls in a neutral, and then splash the sink wall area with color by adding a fabric valance at the window and glass doors on all the wall cabinets. Call a qualified lighting designer (it’s worth the 40-80$ for an hour of their time!) to give you an effective kitchen lighting scheme. I would also consider replacing your countertops to a lighter color of quartz or high-def surface.

B) Consider new accessory inserts for your cabinet drawers to clean up the clutter on your countertops. Rev-A-Shelf has some custom fitted inserts that are very clever and do the trick. http://www.rev-a-shelf.com/

C) The kitchen sink is really important in a kitchen remodel. I am getting more homeowners asking for something other than stainless steel sinks (but remember, stainless is an extremely sanitary material!) Consider Blanco Silgranite II sinks, made of rock-hard granite.
Available in a palette of seven on-trend colors designed to coordinate with a range of warm and cool toned countertops, SILGRANIT II offers a great option for your kitchen renovation.http://www.blancoamerica.com/c3/blanco_usa/_www/en/pub/customer_service/silgranit_faq.cfm

D) On trend: Combining painted and stained cabinets for those homeowners who have stained woodwork casings and baseboards all over their house. There is always the question with my clients on how far to take the kitchen remodel since the rest of their house has 20 or 30 year-old trim throughout the house. An easy fix is painting all the woodwork white, but another option would be to actually “add” a header to the ceiling to break the kitchen from adjoining rooms visually. This option can let the paint/stain combination stand on its own in the kitchen.

More of my notes will arrive in a future blog. Happy remodeling!