If you’re embarking on a kitchen remodel or just dreaming about one, there are several things to keep in mind as you spend hours scrolling through Pinterest. As an interior designer I’ve done lots of kitchen remodels and although style preferences may change throughout the years, these 10 additions are timeless.
If space isn't an issue, I always try to work an island into my kitchen projects. Their uses are endless: additional prep space, impromptu work station for kids, casual eating spot, added storage and buffet for parties.
Avoid lugging heavy pots of water to and from your sink by putting a pot filler faucet behind your range.
Breakfast nooks and built-in banquettes are very popular these days and for good reason - they maximize underutilized real estate and double as extra storage under the cushions.
An extra sink in an island with a garbage disposal is perfect when there are multiple people working in the kitchen at the same time.
Glass front cabinets create a bright, open feeling. Intersperse them with solid-door cabinetry for the perfect mix of display and hidden storage.
Of course function is foremost in a kitchen but there are many ways to put your personal stamp on the space like choosing a backsplash with personality or painting the insides of your cabinets or windows.
Make sure you have plenty of functional recessed lighting to illuminate your work space, but incorporate decorative fixtures over an island or dining area for ambiance.
This is more of a luxury item, but if you have pets and are able to incorporate them into your kitchen design by all means think about them as you plan. Corral pet food and water bowls in a custom cabinet, and convert a pullout drawer into a food storage bin.
Look for ways to maximize your space by thinking outside the box - add vertical separators to a cabinet above ovens so platters and trays can easily fit in side by side. If you are a baker, see if you can store your stand-up mixer and/or Cuisinart on a pull up shelf that stores in a cabinet. And if you are building a banquette, by all means use its "free" storage space.
Adding open shelving is a great way to keep a kitchen feeling light and bright without the bulk of cabinets. Incorporate open shelves above a stove or near the main sink. Note: They can collect dust and you can't hide unsightly dishes and mess so they aren't for everybody.