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Ultimate Custom Kitchen Design Guide, Part 2

Posted on: September 27, 2012

Kitchen Design Guide

Do you want the ultimate kitchen design? With the right designers, it’s as easy as ABC! In our last post, we covered A-H. Let’s continue with our ultimate kitchen design guide for great custom kitchens:

Islands – custom kitchen islands are great for any space. They can serve multiple functions, from increasing storage and counter space to acting as a breakfast bar or providing extra seating.  Custom kitchen islands can also be any shape – rectangular, U-shaped, L-shaped …you name it!

Jack Rosen – if you want a custom kitchen for your home in Maryland, Washington, DC or Northern Virginia, and are looking for kitchen designers in the area, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens is the only name you need to know! We’ll help you determine a design that works for you, and we also have a variety of custom cabinetry you can choose from.

Knife storage – this is not one of the major design aspects of a custom kitchen, such as the cabinets, island, appliances, etc., but it’s definitely worth thinking about. While many people prefer knife blocks that sit on the counter, you may want to consider a wall-mounted knife rack, which is a real space-saver. This is especially beneficial for small kitchens!

Lighting – lighting in a kitchen should be thoughtfully considered, as it can help enhance the overall design. Interested in a rustic kitchen? A wrought iron chandelier with red, green (or another earthy tone) lamp shades is a good option. Have a contemporary kitchen? Try uniquely shaped pendant lights. Whatever the case, have your lighting play up the design of the kitchen!

Millwork – custom kitchen millwork can include any woodmill-produced interior finish components, such as windows, crown moulding, etc. In traditional kitchens, moulding tends to be more ornate, but not as embellished in contemporary and other styles. As for the windows, it just depends on your preferences (and the overall design of your kitchen). Certain styles of windows complement historic, Old World kitchens. If your kitchen stays dim and doesn’t get enough light, for example, you may want to install a bay window.

Nook – a custom kitchen nook is becoming increasingly popular these days, especially in contemporary style kitchens. Breakfast nooks fit modern, on-the-go lifestyles – they are perfect for grabbing a quick bite on the way out the door.

Open floor plan – an open floor plan for your kitchen is ideal for modern setups, especially if you entertain frequently and like to socialize with your guests while you prepare the food. An open floor plan makes this easy, and it can also make your kitchen seem larger and more spacious!

Pantry – your kitchen pantry is an important part of your kitchen! You need to think about how you’ll be using it – for just food? Food and storing other things (utensils, guest china, etc.)? Does it need to have a lot of floor space for a trashcan, foot stool or anything else?

Quotes – most kitchen design companies will provide you with a quote after you meet with them and discuss your needs and goals of the project. Getting a custom kitchen quote can help you determine which company is the best fit for you.

Check back soon – part three of this ultimate kitchen design guide is coming next!

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