Where To Find Kitchen Design Inspiration


Kitchen design inspiration can be found in many places. Chances are, if you are looking for ideas, you are probably building a new home or remodeling an existing one.

There are such a wide variety of options for flooring, cabinetry, countertops and appliances, that making a choice may feel like an overwhelming task. Just take your time exploring all of the different elements to ensure that you end up with a final result that you will love.

Let’s take a look at several places where you can find kitchen design inspiration:

Open Houses

One of the best ways to get ideas for your new kitchen is to walk through open houses.

You can easily find open house events through local real estate listings. Often, there will be signs advertising the open house, displayed outside of the home. If you happen to drive by one, stop and take a look. You never know if something inside will spark an idea for your own home.

Additionally, many new neighborhoods have models designed with the latest styles that you can walk through. It is nice to take tours of the different models that they have available. You can compare the layouts of the homes as well as the kitchens themselves.

Home Design Magazines

Pick up several copies of some magazines geared towards home design. You will find a plethora of ideas that you may want to implement into your own space.

Tear out the pages that have kitchens or elements of a kitchen that appeal to you. Place them all in a binder with page protectors for future reference. This is an excellent way to keep all of your ideas in one place and compare the different elements that you like, to make sure they all coordinate.

Online Kitchen Design Inspiration

The ideas that are available to you online are virtually unlimited. You can look up ideas such as: faucets, flooring, cabinets and furniture. You can view the options for furniture or island placement, as well as color scheme and overall style.

For example, you may enjoy the website for HGTV, which focuses on everything pertaining to interior design and beyond. You can better pinpoint the style you most prefer, so you can move forward in creating your new space.

Print out the items that you like and place them in your binder with your magazine pages. After you have your binder assembled, take some time to flip through it and really look at everything you put in it, then set it aside for a few days.

Go back and look again and see if you’ve changed your mind at all. Do this several times and weed out the things that don’t inspire you as much as you thought it did.

Professional Consultation

Now that you have assembled your binder, it is time to speak to an experienced, professional designer.

You will be able to discuss your vision for your new kitchen, as well as your budget and any other questions you may have. You can spare yourself the headache of learning the hard way and place the work in the hands of knowledgeable professionals.

Conclusion

Home renovations or designing a new home doesn’t have to be stressful. Just take your time and look around at the details around you for inspiration. You may get ideas from places you never thought of.

By taking the above points into consideration and following through with an experienced designer, you should be well on your way to creating the kitchen of your dreams.

For further reading, check out: 5 Strategies For Planning Your Kitchen Remodel and The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes People Make.

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Robin Slattery

Robin Slattery

Robin Slattery is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) with over 22 years in the Cabinetry Design Industry, and is a member of the NKBA for over 20 years.  Robin has owned Modern Kitchen Center since 1998.

Robin’s award winning designs have been recognized by several National and Regional design contests.

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