Custom Home Kitchen Design Ideas
How to create a kitchen palette
Keep the most prominent features in mind when you design your new kitchen.
Start with a single aspect and create around it - like an artist.
Here's where to start:
Pick a color scheme. Do you have a cabinet color in mind? (White touches are a fast-growng trend.)
Think about textures. Granite countertops remain popular and you can wrap your room around that as a central point.
Look at kitchens in new home videos, and check out places like Pinterest for an idea that sparks your overall theme.
Five key features affect kitchen design: cabinets, counter tops, back splashes, flooring, and appliances/fixtures. Take a look at how much influence they can have:
Idea for the kitchen #1: Neutral color palette
- cabinets in a light or medium wood tone
- cream colored porcelain tiles
- earth toned granite counter tops
- complementry light floor tiles
A neutral kitchen such as this example allows a lot of flexibility in the design - The stainless steel gas stove blends seamlessly with the flat black sink and faucet.
Idea for the kitchen #2: Cool color palette
A kitchen with a cool color palette can include:
- cabinets in a white or espresso color
- grey colored glass back splash tiles. (A vertical glass tile will draw the eye upward in a kitchen that is more long than wide.)
- white, black, or grey blended granite counter tops. (white granite counters that include garnets in a cranberry or light purple tone are becoming popular in 2013 new homes)
- stainless steel appliances and fixtures
The kitchen flooring style has a bit more flexibility in this color pallet. With white cabinets, a darker floor finish will look more appealing; with espresso cabinets, the flooring should trend on the lighter side. If two cabinet colors are incorporated, a hardwood with a light or grey stain can look great.
Idea for the kitchen #3: Warm color palette
- medium or dark brown cabinets
- earth toned back splash tiles (consider adding metalic accent tiles in a listello boarder or above the range.)
- brown granite counter tops (brown colors "bark" and "coffee" are popular.)
- medium or dark brown hardwood or tile flooring
This kitchen palette makes it easy to choose either stainless steel or black appliances and fixtures. If the granite counters incoproate flecks of black, consider black appliances.
To prevent warm browns from overwhelming the kitchen, make sure your design includes plenty of natural light, and keep the wall color a light cream or beige.