101+ Kitchens Designs and Ideas

Magic happens in the kitchen. The kitchen is where delightful meals are prepared and sometimes, it is also where delightful meals are enjoyed. The kitchen stores food and drinks that awaits for your snack time. Here are some style and design ideas to make, arguably, the best room in your house inarguably the best room in your house.

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FAQs About How To Design A Kitchens

What sort of countertops should I install for my kitchen?

Quartz countertops are a beautiful option that require very little maintenance as they are heat, impact, scratch, acid, and stain resistant. They are a non-non-porous material and do not need to be sealed. There is also a variety of color options available.

Polished granite countertops are a long-time favorite. They offer a classy look that adds value you to your home. This option does need to be sealed regularly and all spills should be cleaned up immediately to prevent staining.

Laminate countertops are the most inexpensive option for a countertop. Laminate is a highly heat resistant option. They also offer a variety of color choices.

Wood countertops, if sealed properly, are a beautiful option that can be used functionally as well. Wood countertops give off a very cozy vibe in a kitchen.

Marble countertops are extremely attractive and they conceal any unattractive stains or wear and tear that have adhered to their surface. This countertop option does require routine maintenance of sealing regularly.

A stainless steel countertop belongs in an industrial, modern kitchen. This material is the easiest to clean and offers the most hygienic surface as it prevents against bacterial build up.

Soapstone countertops are very bacteria and stain resistant. This option is non-porous, so it does not require sealing, but it would be a good idea to regularly apply mineral oil to conceal any scratches.

Tile countertops are a good option if you are looking to be budget-friendly with little to know maintenance. Installation of this material is user friendly, so you could turn it into a DIY and save there too!

What sort of cabinets should I install in my kitchen?

When choosing cabinets, there are four types you can choose from.

A base cabinet is considered standard if it is 36 inches tall and 24 inches deep.

A wall cabinet is usually 12 inches deep.

A tall cabinet is usually 83.5 inches tall, offering space to store brooms or use as a pantry.

Specialty units are cabinets that include sink/cooktop fronts, hutches, bottle racks, and corner cabinets.

Which appliances does my kitchen need?

Each appliance has its own unique characteristics that you need to explore to figure out your preferences.

For your stovetop- do you prefer induction, gas, or electric? When deciding your preference, make sure to consider efficiency as well as your cooking style.

For an oven, you should consider what you will be using the oven for. If you are roasting dinner, look for a convection oven. Frequent bakers will prefer a more traditional oven.

A range hood is necessary for safety. For this appliance, consider how tolerate you are of having noise for your stovetop ventilation system. That will guide your selection.

When choosing your refrigerator, consider the quality of the compressor. For stronger compressors or double compressor units, your food will keep for longer. This is a good option if you have a high budget for groceries or shop for a whole family.

Microwaves have you choosing whether or not to build it into your cabinetry or leave it free standing.

Dishwashers should be selected to blend into your kitchen’s style, but work efficiently for your typical load size. Stainless steel dishwashers are still the most popular option.

What sort of flooring is best for my kitchen?

Sheet vinyl flooring is an inexpensive option that is both stain and waterproof. There is a wide variety of style and color options. This floor is relatively easy to maintain and clean as well.

Porcelain tile is an attractive, durable option. It is non-porous, making it a good kitchen floor selection to handle any accidents or spills.

Hardwood floors give off a cozy vibe in a kitchen. It is easy to clean, but is not as moisture resistant as previous options. Spills should be cleaned up immediately.

Cork floors are a tough, durable option that once they are sealed, they are waterproof as well. Cork floors also offer a little bit of slip resistance, too, which comes from the grain in the cork patterns. This floor type will need resealing.

Linoleum is a choice for those who want to consider the eco-friendly. It is made from a biodegradable cork powder and linseed oil, so you can rest assured they are no harmful VOCs. This style of flooring comes in a variety of colors, withstands foot traffic, and is moisture resistant. You just need to be careful as it can stain.

Tips

Floor plan- When deciding to remodel your kitchen, take a moment to sketch out a floor plan. You want to take into consideration where pipes already exist as well as everyday traffic patterns.

When organizing your kitchen, you should keep the same thing in mind- for instance, Tupperware should be kept together and near a work surface to wrap leftovers. Don’t make any wasted steps.

Walkways- Walkways should be wide and at least 36 inches. If you have too many chefs in the kitchen, you want them to be able to move around each other without disaster occurring and ruining a meal.

Kitchen island- A kitchen island is a beautiful option, but you need to understand that form follows function. If the purpose of the island is to eat, make sure it is an appropriate height. If the island is supposed to be an area for cooking, make sure cabinetry makes pots and pans easily accessible.

Kid Problems- When remodeling your kitchen, take into consideration your children as well as their height and plan from there. The microwave should be placed a level that is accessible to a child without threatening his or her safety.

Snacks, plates, bowls, and utensils should be kept in drawers and cabinets that a child can easily access. Anything that is for the adults (your wine rack, perhaps) can be placed out of reach.

Color- If your kitchen is smaller, make sure to use a light color scheme. A dark color palette will make a kitchen feel smaller, less inviting, and slightly smothering. Light colors reflect natural light to make the room seem bigger.

Lighting- Kitchens can serve multiple purposes, so it makes sense that your lighting may as well.

For your main source of light, use ambient lighting. You want to make sure a majority of the light is cast upwards towards the ceiling. You can accomplish this through recessed lighting, pendant lights, and chandeliers.

For meal preparation, you should have task lighting available, so you can see what you are doing or read your recipe better. Task lighting is usually a bright strip of lights. These are sometimes installed underneath shelves.

Accent lighting is a good option to have if you intend to also eat or entertain in the kitchen and for general use. These lighting options can be cabinetry lighting or toe kick lights.

Backsplash- A backsplash was originally designed to protect a wall from food and oil stains, but nowadays, take care not to neglect this style element of your kitchen design. When deciding on a backsplash, you need to consider the counters as their compliment. You should not choose a backsplash before choosing your counters.

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