Designs For Real Life: Do’s and Don’ts of a New Kitchen

Do go Straight to the Ceiling – An average 8’ ceiling has cabinets that go to 84”. By building to the ceiling you can now have 90” high cabinets + moldings providing more storage and it draws the eye up.  Plus, as an added bonus, no more painting or dusting above the cabinets.
Do a Full Depth Fridge Cabinet – Many of you live with a tiny fridge cabinet you cannot reach. That’s wasted space. It should be the full depth of your fridge (24” min) and easily accessible; a great spot for the big appliances.
Do Under Cabinet Lights – More light is always better. Under cabinet LED lights come in handy whether it’s a cloudy day or if your sneaking down for a late night snack.
Do Invest in a Good Sink – Don’t choose your sink and faucet based solely on price. A nice sink is a design feature and higher quality fixtures reduce your risk of water damage.
Do Add your Mark – Choose what you love and designers will help pull all your tastes together. A special glass to showcase Grandma’s china or a shelf for your cookbook collection. Make it yours.
Don’t Stick to One Metal – Since you will never be able to perfectly match your finishes anyway, mix finishes between your light fixtures, appliances and door hardware.  Choose from golds, blacks, brushed and stainless finishes; mis it up in a balanced way.
Don’t Think you Need Wall Cabinets – Plates can go in drawers for a cleaner look. You can also use floating shelves for cups.
Don’t Think you Won’t Need a Junk Drawer. Whether you plan for it or are in denial, you will still have one. We often add File cabinets in a kitchen to keep it organized.
Don’t Assume you Cannot Fit an Island – It might be small or it may be a peninsula that comes out from your cabinets. Either way the end goal to give you useable counter space and additional storage.
Don’t Worry about Budget – Be open and prepared to provide your budget to your designer. We can work within any budget. More importantly, do your research on the cabinet company prior to quoting. Over quoting will lead to confusion, time wasted and you truly not knowing what you’re getting. Look for the quality, years in business and customer service then request a quote. It is a close relationship for two or three months,  but you also need to be comfortable with the manufacturing company in case there are warranty issues in the future.