Dream Kitchen 101: Ultimate Guide To Creating Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. It is no longer just a room to cook and eat. It is now where everyone tends to hang out, where kids do their homework, and even a home office. It is where everyone tends to congregate, making the kitchen the new family room. 

Therefore, you should take the time to consider all of the aspects and design elements when creating your dream kitchen. The kitchen should be beautiful, but it also should be functional for your lifestyle. You want to create an area that you feel happy to be in, with a  comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

Here are some things to think about and consider before starting your kitchen project.

Style 

Does your personality call for soft, warm earth tones or a more streamlined, modern design? Are you drawn to minimalism or love a bold statement? Whatever kitchen design style you choose, keep in mind that there are no rules- your kitchen should reflect you rather than the latest design trend.

Color 

When working with colors, it’s best not to use too many colors with different hues because it will look chaotic. You can use just one color or combine several shades of one color to achieve a harmonious balance in the room. White, cream, gray, black, and brown are neutral colors that can be used together or in different combinations in your kitchen design.  

Appliances

Quality kitchen appliances are an excellent investment in your dream kitchen, adding value to your home. There are many kitchen appliances to consider, and the basics include the stovetop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave. For the “extra” in your design, there are warming drawers, double ovens, wine refrigerators, commercial cooktops, coffee stations, a large pantry, bar sinks, a dishwasher in a drawer, and more. Keep in mind that many kitchens now have technology incorporated into the room and appliances. 

Lighting

The right choice of lighting is important for your kitchen—highlighting some areas can brighten up the entire room, while dimming other areas will create an intimate ambiance. Task lighting may also help make sure that working areas have enough light when prepping and cooking, and above the sink for cleaning. Pendant lights or a unique chandelier above a kitchen island add a focal feature.

Functionality 

Functionality and aesthetics are equally important when updating a kitchen. Consider the amount of counter space you need for your small appliances and gadgets, meal prep, extra dining, and work area. Storage space is also a consideration so that everything is organized, has a place, and is easily within reach. 

Countertop Material

When designing your dream kitchen, you’ll need to think about the countertops. You need to consider your lifestyle, material, color preferences, and budget. Here are the top three countertop choices when it comes to beautiful and luxurious countertops.  

Granite

Granite is an excellent choice if you want to add elegance and sophistication to your kitchen. It’s a natural stone that is heat, stain, and scratch-resistant. Granite countertops are unique, with no two slabs exactly the same. You can choose from a wide range of colors, from simple colors and patterns to exotic granite slabs with dramatic designs. 

Quartz: 

Quartz countertops are often called “engineered,” but they are, in fact, made from crushed natural quartz, binding materials, and pigment. Quartz countertops are extremely durable, non-porous, and resistant to discoloration without ever needing to be sealed. Many choose quartz for its versatility and beautiful designs, colors, and patterns.

Marble

Marble is also an excellent choice for kitchen countertops. Marble is a natural stone that can add a classic, luxurious, and high-end look to any kitchen. With proper care and maintenance, marble countertops can last a lifetime. 

Creating your dream kitchen is exciting. Take the time to think about all of the aspects and design elements involved. The kitchen should be beautiful, but it also should be functional for your lifestyle. You want to create an area that you feel happy to be in, with a  comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.