Being a residential interior designer, who happens to work with clients on kitchen remodels as well as new home construction, I'm often asked to share some of my favorite kitchen features. It would make for a long read as I've got so many; however, I thought I might share some items I consider in creating beautiful kitchen transformations. These go beyond some of the larger items - like cabinets, appliances, and knocking out walls.
One of my favorite remodels still looks current with classic lines and beautiful elements. It's chock-full of examples on my list!
- A "wow" glass tile backsplash transforms the all-white cabinetry into a space with major personality. The client was such a delight and this fits her to a 'T' for her tile!
- Having a window over the sink fills the room with sunlight and being able to gaze out to experience a bit of nature does wonderful things for the soul when clean-up is the task at hand.
- The hidden beauty, in this picture, is the LED tape lighting. It showcases that stunning backsplash while also providing super illumination for the work surfaces. When needed, it dims for a soft ending to the day. It fits into the tightest of spaces, too. Getting rid of the undercabinet box lights is so liberating from dark corners.
Meaningful kitchen design is all in the details. I know you probably hear this a lot but it bears repeating, especially when we're speaking about a space where some of the decisions become part of what we often refer to as the "permanent selections". Of course, you can always make changes, after the fact, but swapping out a paint color isn't nearly as costly as taking out a counter selection gone awry or reworking a layout for better function.
Even the smaller items, such as cabinet hardware or light fixtures, can make a big impact on how you may appreciate the finished project. Basic cabinets can really sing with the right accents. Making access easier with some pull-outs or smart storage adds an ease to your day. Instant hot water dispensers are necessities for those who not only love to have a quick cup of tea but want to have piping hot water at the ready for different recipes.
The kitchen sink is another place I love to add color for the client who knows their palette preferences will remain true. 'Safe' isn't a word they embrace for design decisions and they want their kitchens to reflect their adventurous side. Potted herbs and plants are an absolute must for me! Not only do they add the most beautiful green to a space, (one of my favorites), but they add a freshness and fragrance to fulfill the senses. Herbs enhance so many dishes, too.
So there you have it, almost everything including the kitchen sink! If the world could be your oyster, what do you think some of your favorite kitchen elements might be? I'd love to hear from you!
All my best! ~ Wanda