Kitchen Renovation #2: Concept Prep


No man is an island; neither is your kitchen

Whether you are considering a total gut job or a little cosmetic fluffing and re-organizing, don’t forget that your kitchen is a central player in the overall design of your home.

The décor doesn’t have to shout “KITCHEN”. Depending on your preferences and circumstances, your stylish living room should flow into your stylish kitchen and bar area to mix a drink or two with panache.  Likewise, your kitchen could become one with the dining area for a great big hearted family affair.

Wide open spaces. The trend is to break down walls and open the space up to incorporate it into your lifestyle, be it family oriented or all about the next smashing entertainment event.

Start collecting pictures from magazines for inspiration. In a general way, kitchens reflect what is going on in home furnishings and are designed today with all sorts of pickling, enameling, marbling, and finishes painted on cabinets.  Kitchen cabinets are more like furniture than ever before.

Following the lead of the general style of the rest of your home, pin point your preferences. 

  • What would you like in terms of cabinet design?
  • Do you want sleek contemporary, natural wood or painted surfaces?
  • If painted, what color?
  • What materials and colors will you use for the back splashes, counters and floors?
  • What color would you like to see on walls and trim?

While you may not have a specific style in mind to flow into the kitchen area, it’s a good idea to at least reference the colors used in the adjoining rooms so you will have a cohesive look throughout.

Beauty is only skin deep. Carefully consider how much care and upkeep is acceptable too. For example granite and marble counter tops need to be sealed annually to help prevent stains,  but even with sealing, you can’t leave spills on the surface without risk.

This is also a great opportunity to furnish your kitchen in a more “whole house” inclusive way.  You could display your favorite collections of memorabilia here. It’s an outdated notion that the only acceptable home for your “memory totems” is the library or study.

Just add water. If your kitchen is large enough, you could put a comfy chair in a corner for cookbook reading.  Add a basket filled with magazines and other books on the side and presto, you have a nook that beckons you to sit down to rest your “tired dogs” with a cup of tea and a good read of anything that catches your fancy.

While style goes hand in hand with kitchen design, multi-tasking any room for comfort and use-ability is just a smart idea.

Next Time: Kitchen Renovation #3: How Much Wonderful Do You Need?

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(Kitchen Renovation Six Part Series)

Kitchen Renovation #1: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Kitchen Renovation #3: How Much Wonderful Do You Need?

Kitchen Renovation #4: Material Witness

Kitchen Renovation #5: Field Trip

Kitchen Renovation #6: Cabinets Or Not

Photo – Christopher Peacock Cabinetry – HomeandHarmonyblogspot archive

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  1. A consideration about small kitchen remodeling include space-saving built-in appliances whenever possible. Also consider appliances that not only save space, but increase convenience as well: a trash compactor, garbage disposal, and dishwasher, for instance.

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