Kitchen Design Ideas – Things to Consider Before Moving Forward

Apr 10, 2018 Category: Interior Design

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It is a place for gathering, eating, drinking, laughing, and activity. When considering a remodel, your kitchen design ideas should take into consideration the amount of use and traffic this room will see.

For example, do you entertain frequently? If so, chances are your guests will want to hang around while you are in the kitchen doing prep work. You want to have as much space as possible, and perhaps even bar stools on the other side of a counter.

Incorporating these kitchen design ideas also has much to do with the present shape and style of the kitchen. If you are going to change the positioning of current base cabinets, are there extra floor tiles to fill in any gaps? This is crucial to consider if you are not changing out your flooring. We call this keeping the same footprint. One solution is extending base cabinets or an island if a variance in design or shape will uncover original builder foundation or cement flooring.

Other things to keep in mind when planning a kitchen interior design include:

  • What will you discover when removing cabinets that will be replaced – this also goes back to changes in the footprint of the kitchen
  • If the flooring was never completed under the cabinets, you might need to have tile or concrete installed for an even surface under the new base cabinets
  • What changes in lighting are necessary or desired – moving an island or work surfaces could change the lighting patterns
  • Alterations in electrical wiring, outlets, and plumbing for new appliances


Remodeled Kitchen Design Ideas – Going from Dated to Sleek

In the original kitchen photos below, you will see how the cabinets sat low on the walls. There was quite a bit of space that the homeowner had filled with artificial plants to balance the stark white cabinets.

When contemplating remodeling kitchen design ideas where an island is in the picture, you do have to consider the footprint. In this room, the client wanted a long, sleek island rather than the odd shape of the one below. However, there were no extra floor tiles to fill in any gaps. To accommodate the change, we ensured that the island would be large enough to cover any original foundation. Builders install kitchens then lay flooring and cut out around base cabinets. This can be a headache when you are ready to renovate a kitchen years down the road.



Kitchen before
Kitchen before


In the “after” photos below, you will see how the cabinets were installed higher on the wall. The result was a roomier feel to the open space.

The sleek island features wide counter space – excellent for food preparation. We kept in the bi-level counter extending it out to accommodate four bar stools as seen in the kitchen pictures below.

Custom kitchen by HK Interiors
Custom Kitchen by HK Interiors

In the photo on the right above, you will see how we incorporated a pantry for large platters and food storage containers to the side of the refrigerator. This puts many supplies as well as food items within easy reach of all family members.

Custom Kitchen by HK Interiors
Custom Kitchen by HK Interiors

As you look at these remodeled kitchen design ideas, you are probably wondering what happened to the microwave. You can see that the customer desired a stainless-steel hood over the stovetop. The unique kitchen cabinet design incorporated glass doors on either side of the hood. The doors hide a small microwave and toaster oven out of sight.

Our final feature was to incorporate sleek pendant lighting features over the long counter. By comparing the before and after kitchen design pictures, you will also notice that we increased the recessed lighting in the ceiling.

All these changes transformed the kitchen from bland and dated to sleek and modern.

To discover what kitchen design ideas await you, please contact HK Interiors. Discover how our interior design services can help you create magic in your home. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.

Modern Ideas for Kitchen Design

Mar 23, 2018 Category: Uncategorized

You may have had a modern kitchen twenty years ago when you bought your home, but now it is dated. It is time for some modern ideas in kitchen design to heat things up in one of the busiest rooms of your home.

What features are important to you? If your kitchen is the family and friend gathering place, you may also want it roomy and open to facilitate inclusive entertaining.

Do you need more storage space, counter space, or both? If so, floor to ceiling cabinets and single level islands can provide what you need.

Your taste in color may have also changed. Perhaps you are tired of light colored kitchen cabinets and want to go darker. Or, maybe you want to take your dark kitchen cabinet design lighter.

You may not know what you want until you see a particular piece of granite, and that may change your kitchen design ideas. Choosing cabinet colors to augment colors in the granite can give your kitchen an exciting facelift.

Older kitchens often incorporated desks, bookshelves, and decorative shelving in their designs. With today’s exciting options for home offices, most people want to maximize their kitchen space.

You will see the incorporation of this space in the after photos of the new kitchen design.

Custom kitchen by HK Interiors


Adding Style and Flair to an Open Kitchen Design

The original builder’s kitchen design featured a smaller standard pantry with an ordinary slatted door next to the refrigerator. You will see this in the photo on the left. As you can see in the construction photo below right, we built an entirely new, larger cabinet for the pantry. To increase storage space, the kitchen cabinets now extend higher, up to the top of the walls.

The extra storage space in both the pantry and the kitchen cabinets was one of the requests of the client.

Molding at the top of the cabinets brings a sophisticated look to the kitchen design. As a result, the kitchen has a more finished and elegant feel.

In these next before and after kitchen pictures, you can see how the change in kitchen cabinet height impacts the design. You may also notice that the microwave is no longer hanging over the stove. Now, you will find it conveniently housed in a cabinet drawer. Sleek, modern cabinetry and door handles complement the new refrigerator. A stainless-steel chimney hood hangs over the stove.

Custom Kitchen by HK Interiors

The Right Kitchen Design Will Breathe New Life into Your Home

The original builder’s kitchen featured a two-tier island separating the kitchen from the family room. With the beautiful piece of granite that we found for this counter, we changed to a single level kitchen island design to optimize counter space for entertaining. Although the kitchen did have the original cabinets, recently installed new porcelain tile throughout the home was a positive feature because we would be able to match the tile. Due to the flooring cut outs around the original cabinets, extra porcelain tiles were added and concrete used to fill and create an even surface for the new kitchen installation.

Custom Kitchen by HK Interiors

Perhaps the most unique feature for many people to notice is the two-color kitchen. We were able to pull both the light and dark colors from the granite and use them in the cabinetry. The result was stylish sophistication and a beautiful kitchen for the family to enjoy for many years to come.

To discover new kitchen design ideas, contact HK Interiors for a consultation. Our interior design services can help you revitalize your home. Call 954-401-8542 today for all your interior design needs.


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