Remodeling your kitchen can be a surprisingly personal process. After all, the kitchen is the heart of your home — a gathering space where your friends and family come to chat, enjoy your latest culinary creations, and make memories together. To top it off, a remodel is an investment of money, time, and faith in a designer.
That’s why it’s important to work with the right team who can turn your dream kitchen into reality, and as Kim Williams, SVP of Retail Operations at Williams Lumber and Home Centers, says, “NAIL IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.”
Williams has been a go-to for home improvement in the Hudson Valley since 1946. The company’s seven convenient locations include two kitchen and bath showrooms in Pleasant Valley and Rhinebeck that feature over 20 kitchen design displays, ranging from traditional to ultra-modern from quality manufacturers like Omega, Schrock, and Crystal. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, here are a few tips from Williams that will help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams.
Starting The Design Process
No matter the size or scale of your remodel, it often can be difficult to know where to start. “We understand that most homeowners will design a new kitchen only once or twice in their lives,” Williams notes. “Our most important job is to educate consumers about the choices, so they can select what works for them both functionally and aesthetically.”
The Williams design team utilizes computer software to help individuals visualize what their final kitchen will look like; the same designer who works with you at the Williams showroom will also come to your home to assess the space. “Every individual and every situation is unique,” adds Williams. “Our designers know the important questions to ask, and when to listen.”
Functionality Is Key
Are you constantly staring at a kitchen table that’s never in use? “You might be better off adding a kitchen island or peninsula,” Williams advises. Both options can add functional counter space while still creating a natural gathering space.
If your counter is cluttered with bulky appliances, now is the time to give them a new home. Incorporating pull-out storage solutions into cabinetry is also a great way to increase accessibility.
Choosing Your Color Palette
Since the kitchen is the room in your home that usually has the most activity, the colors you choose will have a major impact. Your cabinets, countertops, appliances, and wall color should complement each other as well as your overall aesthetic vision for your home. Also consider that modern open-plan kitchens flow to and from other parts of the house. If that describes your home, your kitchen design choices should also work well with adjacent rooms.
“Think of color trends as a brainstorming aid, a prompt to help you imagine your space in a new way,” says Williams. “Trending colors are exciting for a lot of people, but many prefer to choose timeless colors. It’s totally up to the individual.”
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