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How I Designed My Kitchen

When my husband and I started planning our home remodel, I was so excited about the prospect of a kitchen transformation. We put weighted importance on the kitchen since our family loves to cook and gather in that space. It was a focal point in our search. However, we were a bit deflated when we couldn’t find anything that was both practical and within our price range.  Once we had settled on a home to renovate, we decided to plan the entire scheme of our renovation around bringing my dream kitchen to life.

All the Research

The first thing I did was research.  I’m not an interior designer by trade, so I relied heavily upon my research to create a kitchen.  My goal was to create something that suited our family and add value if we resell the home.

I made mood boards with collections of my favorite color schemes, textile patterns, and design elements. Creating a portfolio of my favorite kitchen designs composed of key elements that were the same in all the kitchens proved helpful in planning the design. For example, I didn’t realize how big of a difference a slide-in range made in terms of the design. I loved the seamless look of these ranges alongside counter-top depth refrigerators.  These are things I wouldn’t have known to look for had I not taken the time to really research kitchen design.

I also pinpointed my top interior designers.  I read their blogs and watched their videos for tips and tricks of the trade. One of my favorite designers, Studio McGee, offers a great web series I found especially helpful.

But is it practical?

After I knew what I loved, I translated those elements into my own space. That meant not getting everything I wanted. For example, I love the look of exposed shelves.  I also love how clean a kitchen looks when you replace uppers with exposed organizers. However, our space didn’t allow for a pantry so that meant maximizing the storage space we could. So as much as I would have loved styling open shelves and hanging pot racks, it just wasn’t feasible here.

We also had to think practically in terms of our budget. This meant prioritizing. I knew I wanted a bright kitchen with character and I love the look of white cabinetry with a fun, patterned tile. However, both of those things can be pretty pricey. Wanting to stay within a pretty strict budget, I had to weight all the pricier items and choose which items were worth the expense and which items I could replace and love just as much. For me, this meant going with white cabinets and then choosing a cheaper tile option I still loved and fit my vision.

Ambiance

Once our budget was in place, I compiled all my research to bring my dream space to life. I dreamt of a bright and inviting space, a space where people feel comfortable being who they are. I also wanted a kitchen with some fun character: an accent island, mixed metals, and a bright bohemian-styled runner.  To do this, I was extremely intentional with each piece I picked out. After it passed the test of “Is it practical?” and “Does it fit the budget?”, I was able to scout the hardware and accents I felt would give this space the character it needed to be more than a kitchen and become a heart of the home.

For more on how I planned to create the perfect ambiance, check out The Vision for Our Home.

And, as always, please reach out with any questions or comments!

Nikki is a wife, a mama, a blogger and a working professional. Her trick to balancing life is to always incorporate things that bring her joy. For Nikki, joy isn’t only in the big adventures, but also in those little every day moments.

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