Designing a kitchen can be quite an endeavor to undertake, but when simplified, it can be boiled down to three main factors. The first thing to consider is how you will live in this space. Will you be cooking meals for the whole family on a daily basis, or is your kitchen intended to be more of a gathering center than an operational outlet? The second factor to consider your commitment to the renovation; are you looking to redecorate or do you see a total overhaul from top to bottom in your future? Last but not least, once you’ve decided on your next course of action, it’s time to identify which style and what type of patterns will work for your home’s new centerpiece.

If we can advise one thing it would be to stick to a single design aesthetic. Too many homeowners have a fear of commitment when it comes to style, resulting in a mismatched layout that lacks flow. We suggest going with a monochromatic that allows for versatility through accessorizing. Add personality and interest to any kitchen space with individual elements such as poignant kitchen faucets and unique sink configurations. For modern décor lovers, opt for black and white patterns across countertops to add graphic dimension. Those who prefer softer features may choose neutral shades like grays, ivories, and creams. Different still, others who enjoy making a statement may opt to add in pops of color with a bright lemon yellow, a bold turquoise blue, or even block coloring with hints of a rich grey or stark white. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that you not only love today but will enjoy for a lifetime.

While you may have plenty of ideas on how you want to outfit your new kitchen, it’s essential to keep in mind the logistics of your space. Kitchens short on counterspace might do well with hanging shelves on the walls to store frequently used appliances such as spatulas and whisks. Saving space doesn’t have to be a cluttered mess. To maximize storage even further, use wall to ceiling cabinetry. Also consider adding small matching end tables to the sides of countertops to extend the surface area. Just be sure to keep the color palette consistent throughout so as to not break up the room even further.

We could go on with tips, tricks, and suggestions, but one overarching theme that rings true for all home interior design is to simplify. Remove the nonessentials prior to a redesign and pare down to identify what you need and want most. Only then think beyond the primary functions of a kitchen and you’ll start to understand how it can integrate with other parts of your home. As a reminder, to create a balanced flow between the kitchen and other living areas, keep a consistent overall design aesthetic through similar color palettes and related materials. Before you know it, your renovated house will feel just like home.

For a look at some kitchens we love, see our inspiration below!