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5 Kitchen Design Tips

Your kitchen design helps to set the tone for the rest of your home’s style and feel. You want it to be inviting and spacious while tying in your home’s overall theme.

The kitchen also, now more than ever, is truly the heart of the home, so you need the design to be extremely functional as well. Layout, storage, and efficiency are all things to consider when finalizing the kitchen design.  If you’re looking to remodel, the kitchen is a great place to start because of its impact on your home’s appearance and value. 

5 Kitchen Design Tips

Before locking down the remodel design with your design-build team, check out these design tips to take your kitchen to the next level!

1. Install an Island Prep Sink

If cooking makes up the largest part of your life, then you deserve the indulgence of a professional-grade kitchen. Whether as the clan’s designated party host or simply feeding a large brood, you need to transform your command center into a food artist’s haven.

The kitchen is the busiest zone of any home, even under ordinary circumstances. You must therefore allow as much space as you can to this addition. Make room for storage, food prep, plating, presentation, and clean up with two islands, a walk-in pantry, and at least two sinks.


For both aesthetics and function, house your appliances in custom-built cabinets of heavy-duty hardwood or stainless steel, depending on your taste. Think about adding top-of-the-line pieces as well: a multifunction range, double oven, convection microwave, and warming drawer. And upgrade your dishwasher, why not?

Use high-quality materials, such as quartz for countertops, a backsplash made of stone, and multi-layer engineered wood flooring.

Enhance convenience and efficiency with toe spaces under cabinets and plenty of lighting. In addition to stylish chandeliers, install task lights over each work area. Illuminate above and below with lighting fixtures on top of cabinets and below toe kicks.

2. Create a Neutral and Colorful Cabinetry Blend

Blend kitchen design styles by adding classic white upper cabinetry, and colorful trendy lower cabinetry. Tie in your kitchen island to the lower cabinetry and add a white quartz countertop. 

Create balance with the color in the kitchen by adding a white backsplash. Then finish by adding colorful vases, pottery pieces, and bottles to accessorize your neutral kitchen countertops. 

3. Hide your appliances in cabinetry kitchen design

Add luxury to your kitchen by creating a seamless design and integrating your appliances into the cabinetry. Add matching fitted doors and hardware to the front of appliances like the fridge and dishwasher. These appliances can camouflage themselves with your existing cabinetry and go undetected until needed.  

Integrated appliances create clean lines and cohesiveness that is otherwise unattainable in your kitchen design.

Talk with your design-build team about the possibility of custom cabinetry to make sure that the depth of your appliances matches.

4. Create a Walk-In Pantry

If you have the budget to change the existing layout in your kitchen, consider adding a walk-in pantry to your design. Walk-in pantries not only add tons of storage space but can be used as a second-kitchen area as well. 

Maximize space by adding vertical shelving to the walls along with tiered lazy susans to the corner spaces. If you have the additional vertical space, add a u-shaped countertop below the shelving with cabinetry below for extra appliances. An optional design tip is to integrate your walk-in pantry door into the existing cabinetry design. Or you can use unique doors like barn doors or ones with frosted glass.

5. Add Greenery to your Kitchen Design

Greenery can liven up a space with color and be incredibly functional at the same time. Many plants can help to freshen up your kitchen by naturally purifying the air. You can even create a small micro garden for herbs to use in your favorite recipes. Who doesn’t love sniping fresh mint for their mojitos on a Friday night?

Don’t worry if you have a small kitchen! Hanging plants are an easy way to incorporate greenery into your design without taking up counter space. 

When adding greenery to your kitchen design, it’s important that you make sure to only have plants that are safe for your furry friends. Here are some of our favorite pet-friendly houseplant options.

Kitchen Remodeling Contractors

There are so many ways to design your kitchen design and a quality remodeling contractor can show you the pros and cons of each kitchen remodeling idea.  No matter what your design style, a kitchen remodeling contractor can get the project done right, on budget, and in a way that exceeds your expectations.

Nick Kornea, President / Designer at Luxury Bath and Kitchens

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