Posted on | February 20, 2013 | 3 Comments
Not long after I graduated from college, I was invited to dinner at the home of a new friend. Sitting in her kitchen, I saw a cross stitch hanging on the wall that I have never forgotten. It read, “Sit Long. Talk Much.” The kitchen is the area of the home where people invariably gather during parties, the room where lasting family memories are made, and in my case, the place where I shock friends when I cook the occasional meal. Today, Winston-Salem interior designer June DeLugas, of June DeLugas Interiors, shares with us her thoughts on kitchen design.
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As an interior designer, I am most frequently asked about kitchen design. People who are considering remodeling their kitchen or building a new home know they are making important and expensive decisions when it comes to the room that is known as “the heart of the home.”
Today, many kitchen designs lean towards contemporary and sleek in order to blend with high tech appliances. A seamless look can be created when using popular color palettes in blue and gray hues. I normally start with the three main walls when designing an up-to-date kitchen – one for cooking, one for refrigeration, and one wall for clean-up. The ever popular kitchen island services all three areas. The cabinetry styles used to create a contemporary look have recessed and sleek panels, as well as glass or metal panels.
Traditional kitchens are second in popularity, but most clients want a modern effect combined with the traditional. I tend to mix up cabinet colors when designing a traditional kitchen. The most popular traditional colors for cabinetry are white or off-white and rich wood finishes. The cabinet style used to create a traditional look is almost always a raised panel. Glazed cabinets, although durable, are losing popularity. They have been around for 20 years and are being overshadowed by painted cabinetry.
Green kitchens and the environment continue to be on the minds of homeowners and builders. Some green improvements you may want to consider are: zones that allow you to highlight areas you use most, LED lighting whenever possible, low VOC paints which are healthier for humans, pets and the planet, and finally adding a water filtration system to your new kitchen to stop adding to the huge number of plastic bottles going to landfills every day.
What else is trending in kitchens in 2013? Beautiful lighting, large islands, open kitchen plans and and stainless steel appliances. The most important thing to remember is to make this room your own so that you enjoy the investment you are making in it.