ELEMENTS OF “D.E.S.I.G.N”
Does the thought of “Kitchen Renovation” ring of
headache or holiday to you? Whether you are
contemplating a renovation of $5,000 or
$150,000, you can do it in comfort and with
style if you plan properly. Great kitchen design
ideas are easy to implement when they are
focused and planned. With proper planning, even
the most complex job can be fun.
The first order of business in planning is
reviewing your kitchen design. Whether you are a
“do-it-yourselfer” or working with a kitchen
design professional, make sure that the
following elements are included in your design
Give careful thought to the direction of objects
when placed in the kitchen. Window and door
locations, placement of cabinetry, i.e. setting
the island in the length or width of the
kitchen, will give the personality of the
kitchen a different outlook.
There should be one area or item in the kitchen
that stands out and draws one’s attention when
you enter. This is known as the “Focal point.”
This magnetic quality will provide excitement,
and solidify the direction that the space
Whether building from scratch or refurbishing a
kitchen space, acquaint yourself with the
historical or contemporary style of your choice
and follow that throughout the kitchen design
project. This will give the space a sense of
harmony and balance and will make your project a
winner. For example, heavily traditional
cabinetry would be incongruous with a
contemporary or modern structure.
Space is an entity in and of itself. Some empty
space supports the utility of the other areas –
hence the term “lebensraum.” Hallways, Dining,
family and sitting areas – in addition to
facilitating proper traffic flow - give us an
opportunity to pause, reflect and enjoy the
overall space. It is important to allow ample
room for these spaces.
A properly designed plan has an orderly
structure to it. When architectural elements
relate to each other in an organized fashion, a
sense of peace and stability is accomplished.
Well-designed kitchen space must conform to the
existing grid created by the architectural
elements of the room.
The design is in the details. It is these
nuances that transform the main concept into a
design statement. These details can be various
textures, materials, and accessories, etc.
You might use certain materials in a new and