It’s needless to say that we are obsessed with kitchen design at our design studio; hence, I am not surprised to see this post turned into our longest one yet. I actually had to restrain myself from not adding more as there’s always more to state about the many design considerations that go into every kitchen, no matter if that kitchen is designed from the ground up or recreated as part of a home renovation.
Without further ado, please read on below. We hope you feel inspired for your project(s) and you can gain value from our examples and design tips. A kitchen remodel is no small feast and we hope to guide our clients through the process with client-centered design service. If you need help with your kitchen or home design (or bathroom design), please complete our contact form and we will get back to you as son as possible.
Last but not least, let’s point out those fluted brass island legs. I mean, they really blow me away! I love the added functionality of the island’s open shelf section towards the range as it allows for quick access for large pots etc. that oftentimes get hidden away in a pantry.
Zellige Tile has been one of my favorite choices over the last years. It’s subtle pearlescent appearance is well fitting for many interior styles and it pairs beautifully with many natural stones. The checkered pattern adds a playful yet sophisticated touch to this kitchen.
Low ceilings can be a common challenge to deal with in kitchen renovations. It may be very expensive or just downright impossible with a second story above. The marble cladding creates movement and visual interest without being obtrusive. Incorporating shelves in the same material as the walls is another way to make the space feel seamless. For some home owners, this might offer not enough kitchen storage but there are always other ways to explore storage. We love clients who will allow us to think outside the box so we can find unique solutions.
We also like to encourage home owners to retain little quirks of the home. It might be old, it might seem without use for the modern home but it might save special characteristics of the home – a gentle, maybe slightly nostalgic reminder that the home once belonged to a different era.
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Open shelves are implemented on this wall to allow for more opportunities to display kitchen decor and add more mood lighting. A pass-through window opening up to the outdoor entertaining area of the home is especially functional during summer gatherings and BBQ cook-outs. If storage is otherwise plentiful, I prefer adding some areas in a large kitchen that just celebrate the use of materials and open space. Don’t always feel the need to fill every single nook with “something”. Don’t forget to create moods – you will be spending more time in these spaces if they evoke a feeling within you.
The green and brass pendants paired with the cream sconces is a great way to add eye-catching interest, yet ground the space at the same time. Remember to blend your lighting selection – don’t just use all matchy-matchy collections within one lighting brand. Your lighting can define a space; the same vibe should flow throughout your whole house and yet offer interest, sometimes even an unexpected surprise moment. We recommend to layer each room with two to three lighting options to accommodate the function and mood desired at the given moment.
In summary, this is one GRAND kitchen. It’s meant for the entertaining enthusiasts among us. Imagine yourself hosting guests while still being right in the center of it all. Everyone is able to hang out around the large island. It’s an absolute dream kitchen. The materials in this space are beautifully juxtaposed between light and dark, warm and neutral, rustic and modern. With how expansive the space is, it could run the risk of losing some of its personality but the blend of materials is well balanced and functional.
This kitchen embodies a design style we’d call “industrial chic meets warm minimalism”. The large steel windows allow for an abundance of natural light, effectively dissolving the boundary between inside and outside. And, the repetition of very similar if not identical wood tones in the floors, cabinets, and even ceiling plays into a restrained neutral color palette that creates a sense of calm.
The flow of the open concept kitchen is both extremely functional and inviting. The large black marble island is a beautiful example of functional design. The asymmetrical seating at the end of the island allows guests to converse better than in the usual side-by-side bar seating arrangement. It also keeps the remaining kitchen space and clean-up work confined to the other area of the island – a great setup for both casual weeknight dinners and having friends and family over for larger gatherings . Having the prep sink offset from the range to allow for more than one chef makes the space more functional and further plays the concept of asymmetry.
Burgundy cabinets are trending in popularity in the kitchen design industry. This color can be beautifully paired with a variety of different countertop and backsplash materials. We love how Chused & Co combined high-gloss burgundy colored cabinets with Macaubas Quartzite, giving this kitchen a bold yet timeless appeal. If you’re considering countertop options for your kitchen renovation, this natural stone is highly resistant to scratches, etching, and staining, making it a great choice for kitchen countertops. Quartzite is also heat-resistant, so you can place hot pots and pans on it without worrying about any damage. Plus, the beautiful patterns and colors in this stone make it a popular choice for homeowners who want a unique look in their kitchen. The veining can be similar to marble but quartzite offers a higher resilience to scratches and stains.
We admire this kitchen in its entirety. From the detailed moulding to the Chevron floors, one can tell that no detail was overlooked. Thoughtful architectural detailing, along with an emphasis on natural light, extraordinary space planning, and unique design features make this kitchen a timeless masterpiece in its own right.
Prep sinks are often found at the kitchen island but Rob Diaz of Diaz + Alexander Studio shows us a stunning example of how installing a prep sink near the range is just sensible design. Having a sink placed in close proximity to the range creates a great flow when cooking meals. We find this to be more common in Europe but we’d love to see it incorporated into more kitchens here in the States.
For our New York City kitchens, this layout has definitely been always more common – we just incorporate a little more European design sensibility these days. Usually, this means more natural stones like marble and more open shelving.
Are you interested in making your all-white kitchen more interesting and stand out from the crowd? We recommend using a wood interior to upper cabinets to add depth and visual interest to your white kitchen. Remember, that details are always very important but they can become even more important when working with an all-white or neutral interior. Every well-appointed detail will pop, so choose wisely when it comes to your cabinet hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and the appliances. Most appliances can be paneled these days and as such hidden from plain sight but maybe a decorative range might help to make your kitchen extraordinary – see above examples on colorful ranges.
Another point to make about this kitchen design: choosing cabinets with a full overlay is a great way to achieve a modern look while keeping your design budget in check. Just remember the importance of design details, or your kitchen might end up looking contractor-grade level.
It’s needless to say that we are obsessed with kitchen design at our interior design agency in Sacramento, with remote projects in Los Angeles and New York City. There’s a plethora of design choices to make when renovating a kitchen or designing a kitchen as part of a full home remodel. We’ll discuss some of the most important design considerations and current kitchen trends.