Kitchen Synergy: Five Keys to a Unified Kitchen Design

Kitchen Synergy: Five Keys to a Unified Kitchen Design
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    The kitchen is easily the largest investment in home design.

    In return, this room will add more value after it is remodeled.

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Understanding five keys to unifying the kitchen design will help further increase the value of the room.

1. Function

The function must be as important as how the room will look. Creativity and functionality must meet happily to create a perfectly synchronized kitchen design. Consider how you use the kitchen and how the kitchen can best serve you in this purpose. What type of cuisine do you favor when you cook? Do you can your own food? Do you use the kitchen as a meeting place over a place to create fine dishes? Make sure to write out a list of how you want the kitchen to work for you.

2. Unity

Consider the color schemes of the different components of your kitchen. Are the coverings of your appliances steel? White? A mixture of everything? Ask yourself what you want your main color contrasts to be, and then find ways to tie them together throughout the kitchen. Consistently colored casings on your appliances or a similar style of hardware on your cabinets and faucets are a great place to start.

3. Part of a Whole

The kitchen is only one part of a whole house. Consider how this room will go with the other rooms adjacent to it. Kitchens have turned from a separate entity to the centerpiece of the home. Symmetry in your kitchen design also means symmetry with the rest of your home.

4. Consider the Layout

Some people miss out on the symmetry of a sink, stove and fridge. These items need to be close to each other to aid in the use of the kitchen. A symmetric kitchen no longer has these items in a "triangle" – rather, they are no more than three meters from each other. Sometimes, they are lined up with each other to create a perfect food assembly line. Ensure that all doors can open fully, especially the refrigerator. Many times, poorly planned kitchens do not allow for the refrigerator to open fully, breaking the symmetry of the whole kitchen.

5. Money

You need to consider money in these scenarios, and be realistic. How much do you actually have to spend? There are cheaper alternatives available to give your new kitchen as much symmetry as the more expensive options. However, consider that any appliance purchases will be long term investments. If you want updated appliances but cannot afford them, wait a little longer and save more money before changing your kitchen. Plan on spending a fair amount of money to ensure you get the best kitchen possible.

6. Hire a Designer

After you’ve realized you want to change the kitchen, you’ve research the product and you’re ready to move forward, begin researching designers. Find one you like then tell him or her that you want to unify your kitchen. The cost of the designer is worth it to get the kitchen of your dreams, and to have a second set of eyes to help you make sure it is unified.

Invest your time, effort and money and you can create the kitchen you crave. Work to keep the styles of your appliances, cabinets and countertops consistent to produce a unified kitchen design.

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