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Considerations For Great Kitchen Design

While there are countless ways to beautify a kitchen, to really make the most of the space, good design, functionality and layout are just as important as cosmetic fixes.

There are a number of factors to consider when designing a kitchen and what you want to accomplish will help determine your budget. Most experts agree that the kitchen should account for 10-20 percent of the fair market value of your home. But if your goal is to simply spruce up the space before putting your home on the market, you can get away with spending less.

Lifestyle is another important factor in kitchen design. Do you need something family friendly or a larger space that works better for entertaining? Would you rather have an upscale showpiece with the latest technology and gadgets, or something with a simple, cleaner aesthetic because you eat out more than in?

Layout is another factor to consider. Consider the “work triangle.” The work triangle is defined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. With all the major work stations close together, the triangle also is designed to minimize traffic and interruptions to the cook. This is especially useful to consider when dealing with a small kitchen.

Other factors to consider in kitchen design include: appliances, flooring and surface materials, and lighting options.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t overlook the ceiling. Often referred to as the “fifth wall,” you can add interest, variety and style to any room with paint treatments and different textures and shapes via the ceiling.

Ceiling options:

  • Modular wood ceiling systems, including lay-in wood ceiling coffer panels, provide a custom-crafted look at a low cost and are easy to install.
  • Decorative thermoplastic panels are an elegant yet cost-effective way to revitalize any interior, and with countless style and finish combinations available, including faux metal and faux wood, the possibilities for expressing your own unique style are endless.
  • Change the look of any suspended ceiling with lay-in ceiling tiles, which range from simple to elaborate. Or, choose glue-up ceiling tiles, which make changing the look of your room easy without the hassle of a suspended ceiling system.

Waterproof lay-in ceiling panels manufactured from PVC with a smooth or decorative, embossed surface texture solve the problems of water damage and mold or mildew that are traditionally experienced with fiber-based lay-in panels. They are ideal for use in moist or humid areas like kitchens.