The first thing I do for a kitchen remodel is give clients my remodel form. It’s a document of about five pages that asks them questions like, "Are you right- or left-handed?" "What’s your food shopping pattern like?" "How many people are in the kitchen at a certain time?" "When during the day is the space used the most?" Their answers help me organize at the onset their priorities and criteria.
I think there’s a lot of opportunity to do things that are unique in the kitchen, even for a simple refresh. Paint is always going to be the least expensive way to make a big impact, but I’d also suggest wallpapering the ceiling. Think about the fixtures on your ceiling and add a paper that complements them in a fun and interesting way. I don’t really recommend that being a DIY thing, but some people take it on themselves quite successfully. Adding drapery to the windows of a breakfast nook or dining area is also a very simple way to bring texture and warmth to your space.
Often it’s hard for people to understand what the designer’s role is once construction is underway, but actually the most critical part of the whole process is that ongoing dialogue. I love it when clients say, "Please tell me you’re not going to just abandon us when construction starts." That tells me they’re invested.
Dwell's Picks: Texture and Flavor
Whether it’s an eye-catching pattern in low relief or a smooth and shiny surface, adding one or two tactile pieces adds depth to the kitchen.
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