According to the National Kitchen and Bath Organization, more than 10 million Americans spent nearly $50 billion renovating their kitchens in 2015.
That money was well invested. The kitchen is the most-used room in the home, and it is No. 1 on Southern Maryland homebuyers’ lists when they shop. If a kitchen renovation is in your future, it’s time to learn about the various kitchen design concepts so you can choose the best one to fit your lifestyle. You can never over-plan your new kitchen right?
From color schemes to layouts, windows to lighting, here are some great kitchen concepts from top designers.
The contemporary kitchen
Are you on the cutting-edge of technology? Do you love new gadgets? You may just be the type that would enjoy a contemporary kitchen.
What is a contemporary kitchen? Think “sleek” when you choose appliances, and anything you can have built-in, do it! Contemporary kitchens might have a “smart” refrigerator, and rather than a granite or quartz countertop, you’ll find concrete. Contemporary kitchen backsplashes are patterned and under- and inside-cabinet lighting is a must.
HGTV says that the best places to shop for contemporary kitchen items include West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn. They also offer a style guide for contemporary kitchens on their website.
Mediterranean kitchens are summed up in two words: Warm and cozy. You can throw in “romantic,” too, because the iconic rich colors of this style drop with amour.
Houzz’s Lisa Frederick suggests using “a blend of spicy red, bright yellow, terra cotta, and ocean blue” as your color scheme. Then, add dark cabinets and upholstery fabrics that connotes the sun and sea. Put ceramics anywhere you can, from accessories to backsplashes.
The cottage kitchen
Cottage-style design may seem more suited to a vintage home, but if you do it tight, it can work in your newer home, too. When you plan your cottage kitchen, think homey, cozy, utilitarian, and down-to-earth.
Color schemes are typically heavy on the white, but “pretty painted base cabinets in pastel blue make a room shine bright,” according to Kathy Barnes at Better Homes & Gardens.
When it comes to cabinets, forget the traditional and go for attractive, vintage-looking shelves instead. Then, throw in a farmhouse sink, hardwood floors, and pendant lights.
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