Kitchen Remodel Tips From Top Interior Designers

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Kitchen remodel tips

Use remodeling tips from interior designers to transform your kitchen. Image: Pickell Architecture

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It’s not hard to see why undertaking a kitchen remodel is one of the most discussed topics in interior design. These projects—while worth it in the end—can get to be a little costly and time-consuming. It goes without saying that, if you’re going to do it, you want to do it the right way. It’s not even just the interior of your house that you need to consider, you need to also think about the exterior as the windows will affect what the interior is like inside. This is why it might be worthwhile to check out someone like MWT Windows company to give you the design that you want.

With that in mind, we decided to take this topic to the experts. We asked interior designers to share their favorite kitchen remodel tips. Read on to see their no-holds-barred answers. With any luck, their experiences can help you redo your kitchen with ease.

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Know your kitchen

Pay close attention to how you use the space without making changes. Image: R.P. Morrison Builders, Inc.

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1. Know How You Use Your Kitchen

“The first step in remodeling is to know what is important to you when cooking. Are high-end appliances a requirement? Do you prefer gas or electric? Do you cook lots of curries or other items that use strong spices and want a hood for ventilation? Would you like your knives to be on your left or right while you cook? Do you bake a lot and need to keep that equipment close to the oven?” – Sara Chiarilli, owner of Artful Conceptions, an interior design firm in Tampa, FL
 Before starting the renovation, make sure you have a solid plan in place to ensure that your new kitchen will meet your needs. As you cook, walk yourself through your routine while asking questions like the ones Sara offered above. Make note of any favorite details or annoyances that you have about your current space and include any necessary changes into your design plan.

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Whenever possible, leave the existing layout. Images: Alinda Morris Interior Design LLC

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2. Consider Leaving the Layout As-Is

“Keep the appliances and plumbing where they are. A good rule of thumb is to add $5,000 each time you move a section of plumbing or any appliances. If my clients are on a tight budget, I tell them to work with the current layout whenever they can.” – Justin M. Riordan, LEED AP, the founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency, which has multiple locations in California and Washington

Home improvement show fans can attest to the fact that TV magic makes it seem like changing you kitchen layout is a breeze. In reality, that’s definitely not the case. Out of dozens of submissions for this article, this was the most frequently mentioned tip. Obviously, your budget will dictate how creative you can get with the layout, but if you’re trying to save, do not underestimate this cost. Make sure you meet with multiple designers such as www.hindleyandco.com.au and get quotes so that you can go into your remodel with a realistic idea of the final cost.

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Contrasting colors

Choose contrasting colors for a huge punch of visual interest. Image: Smith & Smith Kitchens

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3. Incorporate Contrasting Colors

“Using contrasting colors on walls, counters and floors helps with depth perception and provides a clear line of sight when navigating throughout the kitchen, especially in working areas.” – Wanda E. Gozdz, B.S., A.S., founder of Golden Age Living, LLC in Hutchinson Island, FL

Choosing contrasting colors—or at least tones, if you’re not into the monochromatic look—will help you add a huge amount of visual interest to the kitchen. When you’re putting together the color palette, go with either one neutral shade and one bold color or choose a warm and cool shade. Additionally, focus either on the contrast on a single item, such as an island, or allow an element to continue throughout the entire space.

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Let your backsplash make a statement. Image: Evelyn Eshun Interior Design

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4. Invest in Your Backsplash

“Take the backsplash tile to the ceiling, especially when they are only 8 feet. This is common in a lot of older homes. Taking the tile up creates visual height and an especially polished look because you don’t have a break where tile meets drywall (particularly around a window). It’s a great look for minimal cost compared to the whole project.” – Brad Little, of Case Design/Remodeling in Charlotte, NC

The second unspoken bonus for this tip? A dramatic backsplash will draw the eye with ease and make an excellent focal point. Consider this one if you’re searing for a way to truly make a dramatic impact.

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Fresh accessories can give the room a totally different look. Image: MGM Builders

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5. Sometimes Small Changes Matter Most

“Sometimes it’s not about doing a total remodel. I updated my own kitchen last year by simply swapping out breakfast bar stools and pendant lights, and replacing a cabinet with open shelving. I was inspired by the BoHo trend, so I gave my contemporary kitchen some organic touches that make it feel warmer and more alive.” – Natasha Jansz, founder of Natasha Jansz Design in Los Angeles, CA

If you’re debating whether you need to go ahead with a full remodel or if you can get away with a quick update, ask yourself this question: Am I concerned with function or aesthetics?

When function is the issue, a kitchen remodel is usually in the cards. However, if it’s just the look that needs a refresher, you can probably get away with swapping out a few design elements with trendier picks. As usual, look for things like accessories, textiles and wall art to revamp your style. These items will have a huge visual impact at a relatively low price point.

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Kitchen remodel tips

Keep these tips in mind when you tackle your remodel. Image: Keith Wing Custom Builders

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Every design aficionado knows the value of a well-done kitchen. The only issue is that it’s often challenging to pull off this project the right way. In an effort to give you all the tools you need to create the kitchen of your dreams, we asked interior designers to share their best kitchen remodel tips. Keep this post close at hand. Whether you’re starting tomorrow or won’t be ready for a couple years, you’ll want the benefit of their experience.

What do you think of these kitchen remodel tips? Do you have any of your own to share? Tell us in the comments below.

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For The Steampunk Lovers

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Industrial style has been inspiring artists, home decor and fashion designers for ages. Much like Rococo (the soft, pastel Marie Antoinette inspired fashion from 18th century France) Industrial seems to make a come back every couple of years from the runway to interior design. And for good reason! Industrial is a unique, complex genre that anyone would look twice at. In fact, a subculture sprouted from the popular look called Steampunk. And if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve definitely seen it. Steampunk for many can be a lifestyle, composed of industrial, Victorian fashion and gears, gears, gears!

One of my favorite things about Industrial style is it’s fairly “genderless” in it’s entirety! Surely no styles have a gender, but some men may not be too fond of a pastel pink bedroom and I know a few ladies who may not appreciate a superhero themed living quarter (although I’d LOVE a Captain American themed kitchen) but everyone can find beauty in the neutral colors and rustic quality of Industrial.

And best of all, though some industrial furniture and artwork can be pricey, there’s a great amount of DIY possibilities for you to make all on your own! Plywood and some rusty pipes can make an incredible steampunk inspired shelf. Clocks, gears, and old timey maps can give your home a seasoned traveler feel.

When I say Steampunk is a lifestyle, I mean it! From clothing to decor, your entire life could revolve around industrial if you wanted! Some of my favorite designers have had entire runway shows completely based on Steampunk-victorian style.

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Such interesting and unique designs and creations have come from Steampunk influence. Movies, Entertainment and even music can sometimes take an industrial twist. Movies like the Wild Wild West and bands like Steam Powered Giraffe use cool industrial inspired looked to add to their appeal. Here’s an awesome music video from one of the first Steampunk inspired bands I ever heard of! Watch how they move and talk like robots. Everything about Industrial is rustic, dark colored and old fashioned while still being captivating and new. Organic but inanimate! I was hooked on Steam Powered Giraffe after I first saw this video.

Clothes, movies, music. And of course home decor! Whether you’re a die hard Steampunk fan or just slightly intrigued by industrial style, taking your home to the next level could definitely mean taking a little Steampunk influence. Take some of these fun appliances for example! (I’ll post any sites I find that sell industrial decor under the photos, in case you’d rather not get your hands dirty)

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You can buy this great shelf/toilet paper holder here.

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Though the idea of a fully realized conceptional room completely based on steampunk decor is extravagant to me. Maybe an entire industrial home is a bit much for some, but even just one room out of your house will turn major heads. Take these for example.

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That bathroom is godly! I am obsessed with decorative pipes and gears. So you’ve just went all out on your new industrial style bathroom and that old shower drain is bringing down your Steampunk vibes. Well I’ve got just the decorative drain cover for you! Sprockets is a cool, rustic, gear designed drain that’s the perfect touch to your industrial bathroom or kitchen! And it comes in oil rubbed bronze~

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Making Waves

If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, and I know you have because you’re awesome, you know that our Oceanus Series is one of our most popular collections! Everyone loves the beach, and anything beach related. The seaside is one of the most relaxing places one can imagine. The smell of salt, the warm breeze, and my favorite, the waves crashing lightly against the coast. You can hear it right? I know i can!

Waves are beautiful, terrifying and majestic. They can bring a sense of serenity or utter chaos. Sometimes my goal is to become a human embodiment of a wave….but that’s just me. While I spend my time figuring out how to be the wave I deserve to be, let’s talk about you and your future wave themed home. All waves are beautiful, but I am absolutely obsessed with traditional Japanese nami wave art. We all know the ones.

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A lot of interior designers, fashion designers and artists are inspired by the beautiful works of traditional Japanese artists and for good reason! The serene-ness of the soft color palettes in contrast of harsh lines are one thing that makes these paintings so memorable. I’m seeing a lot of fashion inspired by Nami waves. Whether abstract or literal.

Alena Akhmadullina Russia Spring 2016 takes a literal adaptation of Nami waves, transforming models into walking tsunami paintings. So beautifully done.

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Or this great Japanese bomber jacket! Nami waves, cherry blossoms and a beautiful mix of hard and soft.

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While these are gorgeous, fashion isn’t the only avenue that implements waves. Home decor can easily take a seaside twist. Maybe you aren’t ambitious enough to go all out like some of these creative sea lovers.

 

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As gorgeous and extragagent as these designs are, some like go on the subtle side of things. Here’s a couple wave themed decorative pieces for any sized home.

 

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Whether you’re more on the subtle side of things, or go big or go home like I am, a beautiful “Oceanus Waves” wave inspired decorative drain will be the perfect touch for any bathroom, kitchen, boat or pool area. Our stainless steel drain covers come in all shapes, sizes and colors and will add the perfect touch to your home. Also, don’t forget to check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Packed with home decor ideas for every room of the house. Our Ocean Getaway board will be just the thing you need to keep inspired for your waved themed bathroom~!

B. Drake

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Geo Homes

There’s something so satisfying about straight lines and 90 degree angles, isn’t there? Any painters reading? We all know the paint tape trick to keep lines clean and smooth. But why not use your artsy DIY skills on your walls! Check out this super fun paint project from Scrapbooking.com~!

And here are some awesome ways you can put your new technique to use!

Awesome stuff right? Need more ideas? Check out our Geo Homes idea board on Pinterest!

Now that your hands and overalls are covered in paint, and you’re admiring your amazingly cool geometric paint job, know what’ll look great to match? A super chic geometric inspired designer drain, of course! Our Geometric Series is just the little accessory you’ll need to really add the cherry on top. Whether your interior space is colorful and playful or black, white and serious all over, a geo drain design will be the perfect touch! A little more inclined to a golden brass design? Don’t worry! We’ve got that too! I tend to be a silver girl myself, as far as jewelry goes, but maybe your shower wants to be bathed in gold! Either way, we’ve got just what you’re looking for. 97879c497dc32b9034a9d70947ecfda5 90e14485d9abb2cf02b895aba6eba107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous, right? Check out more from the collection~! All of these are available in Brass, silver, brushed, polished or oil rubbed bronze.

These and all of our drains from every series fit in your shower or sink drain and are incredibly easy to install. You’ll absolutely love your new designer drain!

~B.Drake

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Nature Walk

If you’re anything like me, you know there’s nothing more relaxing than a calming walk through nature…Maybe I’m lying, I’m not exactly the woodsy type. Not that I’m against a fun hike, or a camping trip, but bugs and critters just aren’t exactly my style. Unless it’s in home decor of course! Check out some of these beautiful nature inspired bathrooms and kitchens that even makes a city-girl like me want to pack up my bags and travel to the rain forest.

 

Craving a hike yet? Check out our awesome inspo board for nature themed homes on our Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/designerdrains/all-natural

When you’re working a 9 to 5, who has time to go on safari anymore? It’s a darn shame, I know, but imagine a jungle paradise right down the hall. Taking a shower or grabbing a midnight snack has never felt this adventurous, right? And you know exactly what would pull one of these beautiful vacation spots together! A perfectly crafted nature inspired designer drain.Nature_bubbles

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Our Nature Series is a beautiful, elegant, classy touch to a jungle themed home. Just a touch, not too much, a lovely finishing piece that’ll pull the room together with ease. These fun and far from garden-variety designs are earthy without being too kitschy. Imagine our lovely bubbles themed drain (Very Popular!) decorating a rock like tile floor as you bathe in water and warm sunlight? It’s almost too good to be true! But you can have all this, not only is it possible, it’s probable! Spend some time getting inspiration from our awesome All Natural board on Pinterest, then pick yourself up designer drain~!

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For The Art Connoisseur

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Any home decor enthusiast knows that with the right touch, your bathroom can be a work of art. A difficult concept for some, but not for you! You know that a well decorated and enjoyable (or otherwise) lavatory can make or break a home.

So maybe your tastes are a little more sophisticated than sea-life or geometrics.

You’re about to fall in love with our Art History Series! One of my absolute favorite series on our website is the Art History Series. Playing favorites, right? I try not to gush over one series compared to another but there’s something so lovely about our art-deco inspired drain jewelry. Whether your sink in the kitchen or in your shower, these pieces are a beautiful simple touch to really bring the room together. Especially if you’re a fan of hanging fine art. If you need a little inspo, check out our newest board on Pinterest all about homes with a sophisticated pallet!

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The way a nicely colored tie, or some sparkling new earrings can accentuate your eyes and dazzling smile, so can these beautiful little artsy gems for your lavatory! Spare no expense for your comfort and aesthetic, remember your bathing quarters! And don’t forget, we can dress your kitchen sink too! For the first time, when you go to the sink to wash the dishes you’ll smile! Scrubbing pots and pans is never fun, but imagine a beautiful little designer drain smiling up at you.

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Your choice of polished glossy stainless steel, or brushed textured, silver or brass or copper, these little drain covers will be the perfect finishing touch to your living space.

~B.Drake

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