House Beautiful checked in with kitchen designers that have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here are a few of their the dos and don’ts of kitchen design.
Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative. For example, in the photo above, the unique stone installation behind the Capital Range top is very creative.
Don’t: Be boring.
“The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says.
Do: Know when to stop. The clean, simple design of the white kitchen above is lovely.
Don’t: Overdo it.
“It drives me crazy when a kitchen is over-designed. Knowing when to stop is the real challenge,” designer Christopher Peacock says.
Do: Make a small kitchen work for you. Like in the image shown above, where open shelving was created for more storage.
Don’t: Think bigger is always better.
“A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly,” designer Tish Key says.
Do: Leave some space to breathe. In the photo above, the openness above the sink makes the room seem bigger.
Don’t: Go overboard with storage and fill the walls with cabinets.
“There’s rarely a need to completely fill a room with cabinets. A good layout is a balancing act between storage, function, and aesthetics,” designer Robert Bakes says.
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