23 May How to Pick The Right Finishes For Your New Kitchen
Deciding on finishes is one of the most challenging parts of a selecting a new kitchen design for your home. With so many different options & styles and with the rise of popularity of Pinterest & Instagram, your dream kitchen renovation can soon turn to feeling overwhelmed & unsure which type of finishes to select. With hundreds of thousands of kitchen design photos on the internet, it can feel like too many options to pick from and clients often spend weeks if not months doing their research.
What most of the photos & blogs are unable to capture however, is your own unique situation & your family’s needs.
Therefore before even starting to look at photos & designs online, take a few minutes to step back and consider the following.
What makes it even more complicated is that there’s no set rule to choosing materials and finishes.
Every project is different, however there are still some general guidelines that can help you make sense of your kitchen remodel.
Ready to select your perfect kitchen benchtop and cabinet finishes?
Respect The Style
Our number 1 tip is always to make sure you are paying respect to the style of the house and the overall look & feel. If you are getting a new kitchen for a Hampton or Colonial style house, then putting in a New York Penthouse style kitchen might not be the right way to go.
Keep within style & make sure that your new kitchen blends in with the rest of your house & furniture.
Start with your Kitchen Benchtops
Benchtops require careful consideration, especially for a large island, as this can be the biggest single item of color and texture.
This large surface area is a great place to start and can be the basis for the rest of your kitchen’s materials palette.
Choose a benchtop that’s durable and easy to clean. We recommends looking into stone, marble or concrete first. For a bigger statement, go for stainless steel or natural wood. Aim for light, smooth and reflective materials. Large-format tiles or slabs of stone will minimize grout lines and create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface.
We recommends sticking with a single benchtop material, with a slight variation at the pantry or island, for consistency and simplicity.
Selecting your Cabinetry Finishes
You can start with the cabinet as the beginning of the materials palette. This is what ends up being most “in your face”, as the wall cabinets are smack dab at eye level.
Always keeps the materials choices as simple and natural as possible. We recommends sticking to a small palette — one or two materials — to keep it simple. Look for light-colored cabinetry to keep the space open and bright, using other materials in small doses for visual depth and texture.
Consider additional finishes to make a real impact
Let contrast be the key.
If your benchtops are rich and dark, go with a lighter door panel. A monochromatic approach is great, but if the benchtop is visually active, calm it down on the door panel.
Choose a door panel color that visually contrasts with your benchtop. Floors are usually decided based on the surrounding rooms, but make sure the colors won’t clash with what’s in your kitchen.
The other little things — lighting, fixtures, bar stools and hardware — can tie the look of the kitchen together. Again, less is more here. Kitchens of multiple materials and colors require a lot of finesse.
Kitchen Designs That Never go out of Fashion
Keeping it classic. If in doubt, make it white.