The common question you have in mind when starting off with a home remodeling project is…where do I begin? This process can be over whelming and confusing at the same time. On the other hand, it can also be a fun process into creating a space that you love. Gathering ideas and inspirations on the space to enlighten you to creating a beautiful outcome. It is important that your kitchen reflects your sense of style and personality using the colors you choose to put into your kitchen. For a no-regret approach, a neutral scheme for the expensive pieces in your kitchen would be the best way to go. These are the foundation items like the cabinets, counter tops, flooring and appliances. While introducing color to the non-expensive aspects like the walls, back splash, window treatments, and lighting fixtures. With this trick, you can easily change the look of your kitchen as your style and trends change over the years.
Here are a few ideas on creating the perfect kitchen.
One of the most popular colors for kitchen cabinets in Los Angeles today is white. A combination of white and creams put together give you the look of it being simple, classy and creates an openness to the kitchen. When it comes to the cabinet selection, options are never limited. There are some people who have variations in the cabinet colors and styles which creates a different definition to the kitchen. Variations in style would be mixing together a slab faced drawer with a 5 piece cabinet style instead of choosing the same cabinet style throughout the kitchen. In terms of color, it is also an option to have the island cabinets in a different color. A relative shade or even a contrasting color depending on how different you want to be. Always think of how you will like your kitchen five years from today.
When choosing the countertops for your kitchen, keep in mind the traffic and stress that you let the counters undergo. Make sure that you choose the right materials that suit your lifestyle. When in a kitchen remodeling process, keep in mind the colors that you choose for your kitchen will shape how the overall turn out and feel is created when you walk into that room. With white kitchens being one of the most popular colors in the kitchen today, most people like to extend that simplicity by choosing a lightly colored countertop. A contrasting colored counter top however is another look that is popular. It gives the depth to the cabinets and creates a different look. In Los Angeles, granite is one of the top choices of home buyers today, however many people are opting for the quartz countertop for its durability, stain resistance and modern high-end look.
One of the most important aspects of your kitchen maybe the appliances. Deciding on how high-end you are wanting to go. If you are in love with the look of the professional grades, they do have them now available in low and mid-range levels that you can avail of in the market without being hurt with the professional price ranges. Before purchasing any appliances for your kitchen, its best to first check the layout and design of the kitchen. Making sure that there is enough room to fit the necessary appliances that you require as you prepare your daily meals. The basic appliances include the refrigerator, range, range hood, oven, and microwave oven. Variations and size will depend on which level you intend to use your kitchen and most importantly the space you have to be able to fit in the appropriate dimensions of each appliance. Stainless steel appliances are the most commonly used finishes today. Some may want to go bold and use brightly colored appliances which will create a character to the kitchen design.
The backsplash is a piece of your personality. This is where you get a chance to be creative and something that reflects who you are. This covers the space between your counter top and the base of your wall cabinets. And on the area of the cooktop it goes on the wall up to the ceiling. Whether you’re going subtle or bold, modern or traditional, always put in mind that you will be living with it for a while. Be creative and play with patterns and colors. This is the main focal point of the kitchen. With this in mind, always question yourself if that is something you will still want in the next five years. There are tons of materials in the market today to cater to every taste and style. Endless options from stainless steel, mosaic, tiles, glass and many more.
How do we select the best lighting for our kitchen? How we light the room affects the functionality of the space and how we feel when we’re spending time in the room. Often times in a kitchen remodeling project, people tend to just accept the lighting that was currently there and don’t give any thought to moving or improving the lighting aspect of the space. The effect on how the kitchen is illuminated makes a big difference on the look of the kitchen. In most kitchen remodeling projects today, we do recommend to add under cabinet lighting. This gives you added light when prepping for meals and cooking. On an aesthetic level, adding lights inside the cabinets that have a glass face creates that glam effect. The light shining through to showcase your beautiful pieces of dishware. Aside from adding these extra light features, it is very important to make sure that you have adequate general lighting in the kitchen as well. Make sure that you check with your general contractor on what is the appropriate number of recessed lights that you need for the size of your kitchen.
Hope these few tips would help you going in creating the absolute kitchen you would adore. Good luck!
As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew. You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance. General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.
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