Designing your kitchen can often be a challenging task. The selection of cabinets, floors, lighting and everything in between can be overwhelming. We therefore give you a little advice to simplify the decision-making process.
With so many things to do, we start prioritizing. Note:
- Choose your style: The basic styles of kitchens are contemporary (also known as modern), temporary and traditional. The first thing you should do is examine the differences between these styles and decide which one you want to choose.
- Flooring. I like to start with the floor and then work my way up. So the second step is to examine what types of flooring are commonly used in the style you choose. Then you decide which one you like best. For the rest of this example, I will pretend that the style we have chosen is contemporary or “modern”. To explore kitchens in this style, you can visit a website like studiohausinc.com. After browsing through their website a bit, I noticed that almost all kitchens had wooden floors, the color of which contrasted with the cabinets. So I’m going to choose a light parquet floor to start with.
- cabinets: As already mentioned, cabinets should have a color contrast to the floors. Since I opted for light floors, I will choose black cabinets. And since I chose a modern kitchen, my cupboards have no handles and clear lines. Since I have children, I will choose high-gloss cabinets. High-gloss cabinets have more dirt than other types, but are also the easiest to clean.
- walls: Your walls should match your floors well. You can do this by perfectly matching them or choosing complementary colors. Since I chose a light wooden floor, I will choose white for my walls.
- Countertops: Worktops can be difficult. You can match, contrast or coordinate. It depends on personal taste and other aspects of your kitchen. In this example I choose marble slabs that are white with black stripes. Since I have black cabinets with white walls, this should go with everything.
- Backsplash: My favorite backsplashes are when using the same stone that is on the countertops. We will use this for these examples.
- lighting: Contemporary lighting has a variety of lights that can be used. Since everything else is there, you only need to find the ones you like the most.
In summary, I think the order in which you do these things doesn’t matter. However, if you choose an order, stick with it, and learn how and why different aspects of the kitchen interact, you can find out what you want. I still strongly recommend hiring an interior designer, but learning these things will make it easier for you to communicate with them and understand why they make certain decisions.