Task Lighting: Under-cabinet lighting should be on your must-do list, since cabinets create such dark work areas. And since you’re remodeling, there won’t be a better time to hard-wire your lights. (Here’s more about under-cabinet lights.) Plan for at least two fixtures per task area to eliminate shadows. Pendant lights are good for islands and other counters without low cabinets. Recessed lights and track lights work well over sinks and general prep areas with no cabinets overhead.
Don't place limitations on your color palette. While natural earth tones work well in some homes, playful pastels pair elegantly with other spaces.Homeowners Curtis and Jennie Hemmert began their kitchen remodel with a foundation of chestnut-hued wooden cabinets that begged for a coat of color. Semigloss seafoam-hued paint lends the Hemmerts' homey kitchen more whimsy and visually opens the space. 
If natural elements improve your mood (and science says they do), bring the outdoors inside with lush tropical plants, rough-hewn wooden furniture, and eco-friendly accents.Choose cabinets made of reclaimed wood, expand your windows to encourage greater plant growth, and invest in a lighting fixture that merely supplements the sun's rays as opposed to overshadowing them. 
If you want to use your kitchen as an office, make it part of the remodel. You don’t need a lot of space. A small seating area with a computer station is often adequate. During the remodel, add Internet access and outlets for plugging in your computer equipment (visit familyhandyman.com and search for “add outlets”). Also add storage space like shelving or a recessed wall cabinet so your paperwork won’t get lost or create a mess.
A small kitchen requires design accents that serve multiple functions simultaneously while occupying minimal space. A master multitasker, the average kitchen island can provide additional dining space, a platform for food preparation, and significant storage in compact quarters.To ensure optimal utility, allow three to four feet of vacant space between each of an island's sides and neighboring surfaces. 
If you’re getting new cabinets but want to keep your old refrigerator, leave enough space between cabinets so you can replace your fridge with a wider model later. (Most refrigerators are 32 to 36 in. wide.) Install filler strips or panels to fill up the extra space. You can install shelving between the panels over the top of the fridge or install top cabinets. Order the filler strips and panels with your cabinets so they match.
There's a lot to love about this kitchen designed by Arent & Pyke, but we're particularly impressed by the careful, asymmetrical balance happening here. The hood leans to the right of the room, as do the bar stools, which is subtlety reflected in the cream lumbar pillow camouflaging into the sofa. Meanwhile, the linear floating shelf in line with the hood as well as the light fixture, island counter, and sofa form a soothing sense of symmetry.
Recirculating fans are little more than pricey white-noise machines. To effectively exhaust steam, smoke, odors—and, if you cook with gas, carbon monoxide—you must vent outdoors. You've also got to match the hood to the range, both in terms of dimensions (a 30-inch range needs a 30-inch hood) and of air flow, as expressed by cubic feet per minute (CFM), to firepower, or BTUs. Factor the latter using this calculation: BTU/100=CFM
During a kitchen remodel, you can also decide whether it makes sense to hide small appliances in cabinets or display them on the countertop. Another storage option is a new pantry, which can help you and your family stay organized. You may also want to consider having a kitchen island, with its own set of storage cabinets or shelves. Islands can also provide additional countertop and seating space.
Before you start planning, consider the market and decide whether a low-, medium-, or high-end kitchen remodel makes the most sense. Costs can run the gamut from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 if you’re installing expensive countertops and luxury appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help keep from overspending – you may not get your investment back installing travertine in your tiny starter – or worse, underspending. Let’s face it, you’ll never see Formica in a high-end home, and in fact, it may become a barrier to your sale.
Make your kitchen as safe and family-friendly as possible by planning for good visibility to backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area, suggests Dorothy Bell, a home safety expert. Also consider such safety-conscious elements as rounded countertops, slip-resistant flooring and ovens located at adult height to minimize the chances of accidental burns. (For more tips, visit usa.safekids.org.)
Recirculating fans are little more than pricey white-noise machines. To effectively exhaust steam, smoke, odors—and, if you cook with gas, carbon monoxide—you must vent outdoors. You've also got to match the hood to the range, both in terms of dimensions (a 30-inch range needs a 30-inch hood) and of air flow, as expressed by cubic feet per minute (CFM), to firepower, or BTUs. Factor the latter using this calculation: BTU/100=CFM
Pull-down racks give you instant access to kitchen essentials without the clutter of spice racks or knife holders. When the cooking is done, the rack swings up against the underside of the cabinet. You can buy ready-made racks or buy a pair of hinges and make your own wooden rack to hold knives, spices or other small items that take up counter space. You’ll find a variety of racks and hardware at ikea.com, wwhardware.com and other online retailers.

Kitchen Design Concepts is a kitchen design and remodeling company that helps clients personalize and optimize the most important room in their home – the kitchen.  Our award-winning kitchen designers will guide you through every step of the kitchen remodel process, whether you are interested in a traditional kitchen design, a modern kitchen concept or something in between. Our process starts with our kitchen remodel planner, a lifestyle assessment that helps us evaluate how you use your space so that we can make your kitchen not only beautiful but functional as well.


Amanda Seyfried's Catskills retreat, designed by General Assembly, is a stylish (and slightly quieter) alternative to Hamptons living. Inside the kitchen, perfect for entertaining despite the limited square-footage, the range and hood are by Wolf, the Whitehaus sink is fitted with a Kallista faucet, and the backsplash is of tiles by Heath Ceramics. The island has a countertop of Caesarstone, the pairs of pendant lights are by Tom Dixon, and the cabinets are painted in Aganthus Green by Benjamin Moore.

One of the most brilliant ways to combine convenience with beauty for a kitchen remodel is to be creative (and smart!) with your kitchen lights. It is one of the most cost-effective tricks when it comes to kitchen remodeling ideas. The desired effect can be achieved by mixing-and-matching different fixtures in different spots in the kitchen. Depending on whether you are looking for ambient lighting or task lighting, you could plan the layout and the budget. There are countless kitchen lighting ideas.

If you want more counter and storage space, then adding a center island may be worth the cost. But an island can limit the number of people working in the kitchen, reduce traffic flow to one-way with no passing, and make for cramped quarters. Try out an island before committing to one. Slap together a full-scale model out of cardboard or plywood and live with it for a few days. Make sure you can open your stove and refrigerator doors. No space for an island? Consider a kitchen trolley instead.

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