A new build or remodel can be incredibly daunting. If you don’t have any sort of direction when you enter the design portion of construction, you might be up for a difficult task when it comes to selecting finishes for your kitchen. Selecting the right colors and style for your kitchen is a long term decision that should not be taken lightly. Depending on where you buy your materials and if you have an interior designer, you may have the help you need. These people can provide a variety of design concepts and offer advice on what styles to choose, what textures and colors pair well together, and help create an overall vision for your space.
Whether help is there or not, visualizing all this can be tricky and confusing. To help ease this process, here are a few tips to help you match the three main focal points of your kitchen seamlessly: countertops, flooring, and cabinets.
Keep It Simple
Your kitchen is the heart of the home and sees the most traffic and gets the most daily use, so keeping the design simple is best. By selecting a simple color scheme, you can add in pops of color and interest in the rest of your design and decor. A simple background (your counters, cupboards, and floors) will give you timeless style, meaning years down the road you can change our your theme but won’t have to replace any of these big-ticket items. This also helps in resale — you want your buyers to picture their lives there. A simple canvas makes that easier to visualize. Just remember—simply doesn’t mean boring. You’ll see that even a white and black or white and grey color scheme can be beautiful.
Your Color Scheme
Try to come up with the desired color palette before you look at samples. Going into this appointment or portion of your design process with an idea or two of what you want, keeps you from getting too overwhelmed. Many designers suggest choosing two dominant colors and an accent color, just keep everything simple and complementary. Your third color can be where your personality and personal style shine. A popular timeless combo is made of lighter color cabinets (creamy or white), dark counters (some hue of grey or black), and flooring that has both lighter and darker shades.
Select Your Countertops First
Countertops tend to be the most difficult to select. Choosing countertop designs first and matching your cabinets and flooring to them makes the design process much easier. Granite, marble, and quartz counters can have lots of movement (depending on the style selected) and can be pretty busy. Matching cupboards and flooring to your busier countertop helps everything stay cohesive and complementary. Nothing is fighting against each other. Once you’ve selected your countertops, bring a sample along as you select your cabinets and flooring. Coordinating finishes will leave you with a unified look.
Personalize with Accessories
Once you have your base design decided, you can start thinking about your accent pieces. This is where your personality gets to shine. Bring in your favorite bold colors with paint, small kitchen appliances, or small decorative accessories that are pretty enough to “live” on the counters (vases, towels, soap dispensers, fruit bowl, etc). Things like light fixtures or kitchen hardware (knobs, handles, or pulls) can add personality without a crazy investment and can easily be swapped out.
Be sure to check out the selection of countertops at Granite 4 Less. We offer a huge selection of affordable and beautiful marbles, granites, and quartz at a great price. Contact Granite 4 Less today to discuss your ideas and turn your dream into reality.