One important element with any design project is the development of a "design path" (or "color path"), that creates a coherent, well-planned look for the entire space. Oftentimes this is called a "color board" and all the swatches, finishes and fabrics are laid out together to see the entire room (or entire home) and how all the design elements coordinate and work together.
One important element with any design project is creating a "design path", or "color path", that creates a coherent, well planned look for the entire space. Oftentimes this is called a "color board" where all the swatches, finishes and fabrics are laid out together to see the entire room (or entire home) and how all the design elements coordinate and work together.
Every year The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveys their members of kitchen and bath designers across the United States and Canada. Their responses provide insight into design trends that will take hold in the kitchen and bath market in 2015. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are the top 3 overall trends for kitchens and baths.
Nestled along the waterfront, this home near Puget Sound in Washington had a disjointed interior that did not take advantage of the beautiful and expansive views of the water. When the homeowners were ready to remodel, they contacted Vawn Greany of Collaborative Interiors (Mercer Island,WA).
Cabinets for corners in the kitchen are typically a diagonal, square (pie-cut) or blind. Is one better than another? That depends on several factors including the amount of space available, the functionality you prefer, and the overall look you are trying to achieve.
When empty nesters, Bill and Anne, decided it was time to downsize they became the new owners of an almost perfect condo oozing with vintage charm. The one exception in this beautiful space was the outdated, poorly laid out, small kitchen.
Originally a lumber and millwork warehouse overlooking the river in Oshkosh WI in the late 1800s, this historic building was converted to loft condos in the 1980s. By now, the finishes and materials were dated and with the existing small, tight galley kitchen, Dennis and Nancy were ready to remodel and create a kitchen that better suited the beautiful window views and their love of cooking and
A bold pop of color complements a contemporary loft design in Michigan.
"The original kitchen was SO expansive, the homeowner felt "lost" in her kitchen with too many cabinets and an inefficient layout that had her walking all over the kitchen to cook a meal. And the sad thing was, she loves to cook but did not enjoy spending time in her old kitchen," explained Tara Hutchens, CKD, CBD of Splash Kitchens and Baths in LaGrange, GA.
With the kitchen being considered the heart of the home, it's no surprise that one of the most requested items for a new kitchen is a place for family and friends to gather. Often times designers are asked to include a seating area incorporated into the kitchen island or peninsula. However, that is not the only option.
Some consider "warm and inviting contemporary" to be an oxymoron when in fact, sleek, modern contemporary design can be just that, warm and inviting.
Cabinet hardware, although a small part of the whole project, still requires some serious thought as to style, finish and placement on the cabinetry. Should it be a knob or a pull? Should the finish match the faucet or appliances or should it complement the cabinetry finish? Exactly where on the doors and drawers should they be located?
Light rail molding today is typically used under the wall cabinets to conceal the under cabinet lighting and/or to add a decorative element to the overall design. We offer two specific styles of under cabinet molding, Light Rail Classic and Light Rail Transitional, but there are multiple moldings that can be used creatively at the bottom of the wall cabinets to add that extra design detail.
This on-the-go family of four had very specific requests for their new kitchen. Dondi Szombatfalvy, CKD with Bella Domicile, in Madison Wisconsin, worked closely with the family to design a beautiful space that encompassed all of their organizational priorities.
When you are considering a kitchen remodel the first thing that I recommend to people is to go appliance shopping. Make your list of appliance must haves as well as the “that would be fun to have” list. The reason that this is a good first step is often times the appliances will drive the layout and design of the kitchen.
Many of today's appliances have decorative handles that protrude well beyond the front of the actual appliance. This has been true for a long time with ranges and refrigerators. These appliance handles can project out anywhere from 1 ½ inches to 3 1/4 inches.
Kitchen corner cabinets in both walls and bases can be divided into three distinct shapes, diagonal, square corner, and blind. They are often difficult to access completely although there are several internal accessory options that can make these cabinets more functional. Lazy susans or some type of swing out are the most commonly used.
After months of designing, planning and installation - my new Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen is finally complete! Overall the process of remodeling my kitchen has gone fairly smoothly.
With popularity of single hole faucets and larger undermount sinks for both the bathroom and the kitchen there are some design and functionality things to consider when determining the placement of the faucet.
Now that the old kitchen cabinets and countertops have been removed, the electrical and plumbing work has been completed, the flooring has been patched and repaired, and the new appliances and cabinetry have been delivered, it's time to begin the cabinet installation!
After months of dreaming about and planning for my new kitchen, we are finally ready for my favorite part of the process - DEMOLITION!
Now that the design and planning stage for my new kitchen is complete and the products are on order you might think I get to sit back and wait for the installation phase of the project to begin. Unfortunately, there are a few things that I as the homeowner am responsible for taking care of prior to beginning the installation phase.
Now that the design for my new kitchen is done, it's time to focus on the cabinet details and the color palette. I decided to create a Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen which would flow with the rest of the home's architecture, design and materials.
The design process begins by selecting which appliances I would be incorporating into my new space. As a designer, it's hard to design a space until you know what appliances will be used. For example, designing a space around a separate cooktop and oven is significantly different than designing for a freestanding or slide-in range.