Some say kitchens are the heart of the home; however, we say kitchens are the hub of the home.
Life happens in the kitchen, from rushed mornings where there is only time for coffee to lingering dinner parties where guest pore over charcuterie boards.
Senior Interior Designer Traci Cannon laughed when asked to give her top four design tips for kitchens as she does not cook. But do you need to be a chef to design a kitchen? In this case, no!
Here are her top four interior design tips for creating a timeless kitchen.
- Install panel-ready appliances for a streamlined, integrated appearance. Now, your refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher blend in with the rest of your cabinetry.
- Guests tend to linger in the kitchen when hosting gatherings, so make it inviting with a large one-level island with comfortable seating.
- Create clutter-free countertops by hiding small appliances and cooking items in a butler pantry or oversized walk-in pantry. Also, incorporate a morning bar in your kitchen to store breakfast essentials such as a toaster and coffeemaker.
- Continuing your countertop up through the backsplash creates a streamlined, modern appearance. Just keep in mind that some countertop and backsplash materials are more porous than others. If you choose a porous material, such as marble, make sure you understand how to care for your countertops.
I’m also noticing a design trend that is shifting toward cozier, inviting hues, as well as even darker woods and countertops with dramatic movement.
Here are some of our latest and greatest kitchens designed by our team of 20 senior interior designers.
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