Designing a kitchen, whether for the first time or a remodel, requires a lot of planning. Choosing the right appliances for your aesthetics, whether bold, modern or traditional can make heads turn and everyone feel right at home.
And let’s not forget that the right appliances are an investment. After all, it is probably the room your family spends the most time in, where you eat breakfast, prepare dinner, share family stories and entertain family and friends.
Based on their functionality and appearance, it’s a smart idea to choose the highest-quality appliances you can afford. These should last for years, and it’s vital that they work with your aesthetic and design. The color, size and style can define the entire room.
Of course, deciding on the best appliances can be overwhelming. To make the process as smooth as possible, here are a few tips.
1. It’s best to create a design plan and do your research before shopping. This can make the process easier and ensure you end up with a stylish and functional kitchen that meets your needs.
2. Your kitchen layout will determine your appliance choice. Consider flow and traffic patterns, along with architectural and structural restraints.
3. Your budget also influences your choices, so be realistic. But also remember some can be investments and splurging here and saving in other areas may be a wise choice.
4. Consider your family’s lifestyle, how often you entertain and how your family uses the kitchen daily. Think about your current kitchen: what do you love and what would you change? Will you be using this kitchen differently? If you will be entertaining more, consider adding a wine fridge, second oven or warming drawers.
5. Now it’s time for the important style decisions. Built-in appliances give a sleek finished look that can be customized for your design aesthetic. One new trend is the glass-door refrigerator, which gives a contemporary look. Models by True and Sub Zero look sleek and modern.
For a more flexible approach, look at freestanding appliances. Although they stand out rather than blend in, they can be a defining focal point. They also tend to be less expensive and easier to move.
Consider using a copper, circular or hand-painted hood over the stove to give a personal design element that is unique.
6. Color choice is sometimes the most difficult decision. Bold colors, traditional or neutral shades change the look dramatically. Whether you want what’s on trend, like pastels or bright primary colors, or appliances that disappear behind a panel, these decisions will define your aesthetic. Consider perhaps one appliance that becomes a central design element, like the hand-painted stove hood or a baby-blue dishwasher.
The perfect kitchen design for your personal style is out there. And with so many options, the best solution is to define your needs and style up front.
The appliances you choose and how you install them will make all the difference. Take your time, and consider working with a design-build professional who can educate you about options and help you meet your functional and aesthetic needs.