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Revealing Kitchen Design Secrets from our Vault

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What do industry insiders know that you don’t? A lot, as it turns out. We recently unsealed our well-guarded archives in order to create what we believe is an indispensable document that reveals invaluable kitchen design secrets.

Few kitchens come without design challenges. A cramped kitchen is no different than a palatial-sized kitchen; both come with pitfalls that you need to be aware of and able to overcome. By applying these guiding design principles — which have been amassed over the years from expert industry insights — you’ll be able to conquer your space instead of letting it conquer you.

No. 1: Storage can be functional and act as a design feature

Open Kitchen with Ample Storage
Exploiting every nook and cranny of your kitchen for the sole purpose of adding storage in every crevice isn’t just clinically efficient; it can help you fully recognize the design potential of your space. Using storage as a design element is simple. Case in point, a built-in fridge eliminates the empty space that would otherwise surround the unsightly appliance, and instead, repurposes it for your storage needs. The surrounding area can now be filled with trinkets, collectables and other showpieces of your choosing — it’s a personal canvas that wouldn’t exist had the space surrounding your fridge not been converted into storage.

These same principles apply to cabinetry. Ceiling-high cabinets allow you to not waste a vertical inch in your kitchen. Best of all, this type of storage affords you the luxury of not having to worry about the tidiness of what’s housed behind those cabinet doors — unless they’re glass doors, that is.

No. 2: White makes even small spaces bright

Bright White Kitchen
Working with white is an opportunity that many amateur interior designers unfortunately miss. For many, the draw of bold colors is too strong, while the subtle qualities whites possess are marginalized.

White tones can generally be lumped into two groups: warm whites with hints of yellow or red, and cool whites with blue or black tones. Warm whites are comforting and have a particular softness to them, while the other group is more emblematic of modern design because it imparts a pronounced sense of calmness and minimalism.

Traditional kitchens once tended to contain a greater number of warm whites rather than cooler ones, but this ratio has started to flip-flop as of late thanks to a heightened demand for European-inspired design (chiefly Scandinavian, but others as well).

No 3. Alternate materials to create design depth and magnetizing presentation

Model Kitchen and Materials
The last lesson from our vault speaks to the secret life of materials. From the warmth of wood to the cold austerity of metal, each has its own underlying qualities. This is the exact reason that your use of materials should be carefully considered, and more importantly, applied with a strategy in mind. The surest way to create a characterless space that has a monotone theme is to stick to a single material throughout your design.

Striking a balance with your materials (which should continue with your hardware) starts with an understanding of the materials themselves. A diverse list of materials not only creates visual variety, but each material has specific benefits that may include durability, ease-of-cleaning, portability (consider a lightweight metal island on casters) and more.

Whether man-made or natural, each material should be applied in congruence with your tastes. You have the power to create a space that’s wholly suited to you, so take time to exercise your creativity and you’re certain to be rewarded.

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