Kitchen Design Guide 2020: Tips for Creating a Cohesive Kitchen

For many, the kitchen is often considered to be the heart of a home. By carrying so much importance, it’s understandable that many homeowners try to create an aesthetically pleasing kitchen that matches the personality of those who live there.


Creating a Timeless Kitchen: The key to creating a timeless kitchen is by not only choosing a simple design, but by also ensuring that your kitchen design is cohesive in its flooring, cabinets, countertops, and accents.


Choosing a Color Scheme

Choosing a Kitchen Color Scheme

Before even getting started, you can save yourself the stress of having overwhelming options by choosing the color scheme you want for your new kitchen. Many homeowners begin by picking a primary color and then choosing a couple of accent colors that complement the primary one. By doing so at the beginning, many of your decisions going forward will become much more manageable.

Picking out Kitchen Cabinets

Many designers will argue that the cabinets are the most prominent fixtures within a kitchen, and because of this, they should be decided upon first. There are several different styles of cabinets that can alter the mood of the entire room. Here are a few of the most popular types:

  • Modern/Contemporary: Kitchen cabinets in this category typically have clean lines and an emphasis on the cabinet’s hardware, which is usually un-ornamental and simple.
  • Classic/Traditional: The cabinets you’ll find in these types of kitchens will feature decorative hardware, a combination of curved and angular lines, as well as deep vibrant colors that center around wood grains and textures.
  • Transitional: Cabinets that fit this style tend to feature a mixture of both modern and classic styles, usually with painted wood, lines that are clean and angular, with a slight addition of some ornamentation.

Just like spending time on picking out your color pallet is helpful in the decision-making process, viewing the several different types of cabinet styles can help narrow down the vision you have for your kitchen.

Selecting Your Countertops

After you’ve decided on your color scheme and cabinetry, it’s time to pick out a countertop material that compliments your cabinetry while also working for your lifestyle. Depending on what type of material you select, there might be natural color variations and patterns that will make it easy to match your cabinets and floors to your countertops – instead of the other way around. If you want to have your countertops be a statement piece, then you’ll usually want to choose simpler cabinets and flooring. But if instead, you want your cabinets or flooring to be the statement piece, then choosing simpler countertops is typically recommended. Our Kitchen Countertop Trends can be a helpful resource for you to decide on the best countertop surface for your design.

Finishing Touches that are Complementary

When designing your new kitchen, your last step should be picking out accessories, but just because it’s last does not make it less important than any of the other decisions. The right accents can help bring the entire appearance and style of your kitchen together. Choosing your accessories will include things such as utensils, dishcloths, storage containers, cabinet knobs, lighting, and so much more. These may seem like insignificant details but choosing accents that complement the rest of your kitchen’s design will help create the cohesive look that you want.

Following these steps will help make the process of creating a visually appealing kitchen easier for everyone involved – as well as leaving you satisfied with the ending results.


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