Custom Kitchen Design: Four Tips For Selecting Finishes

Whether it's an old home or a new one, many homeowners opt to remodel the kitchen to transform it into something that is both functional and stylish. Deciding on the right cabinets, countertops, and flooring can be difficult—especially when faced with numerous options:

If you are struggling to choose the right finishes for your custom kitchen, do not fret—as you are surely not alone. Fortunately, you can make it easier by following these four tips:

1. Decide On a Color Scheme

You should start by deciding on a basic overall color scheme that incorporates every aspect of your kitchen, including the countertops and cabinets. The colors you choose should all match cohesively and they should work to create the overall mood you want. You should also make sure you add a few pieces of contrasting colors so that your kitchen doesn't all blend together—or look bland.

Black and white with pops of bright colors is a classic color scheme that never goes out of style. If you want something more modern, consider choosing lighter colors such as grey, white, and yellow. For something more traditional, shades of white and blue, work well.

2. Opt for Timeless Pieces

If you want to get the most bang for your buck, opt for timeless pieces with clean lines. After all, a custom kitchen renovation is expensive and you really do not want to have to upgrade your kitchen every five years to keep up with trends.

Clean cabinets with seamless lines (flat cabinets) work well. If you want something a bit more festive, you can use cabinets with small divots that surround the cabinets. Another classic option is open cabinets, which do not have cabinet doors at all—you can also use glass to mimic the effect.

Additionally, make sure you choose classic and timeless hardware. Sleek faucets, copper or black cabinet hardware, and stainless steel options are timeless and will stand up to the test of time.

3. Choose Durable Pieces

When choosing pieces of your kitchen that will be used frequently, opt for durability. Although want something beautiful, you also want to make sure it won't crack or break in the next five to ten years. Perhaps the most important area to focus on durability is the flooring and countertops.

For flooring, use something hearty such as hardwood flooring. It comes in many styles and can fit in any design you wish, both dark and light. For countertops, opt for concrete or quartz. Both can mimic the style of granite, but are much harder and will last for a longer time.

4. Achieve Harmony

Finally, lay out all of your design choices together to ensure they are cohesive. Use samples for everything and lay them side by side to look for anything that looks odd or out of place. If you do find something that doesn't quite match, take your samples with you to your hardware store—or to your designer—to find something else that will match.

There you have it: four tips for making your custom kitchen design easier. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to talk to your contractor or contact a company like MCK Kitchen & Bath to learn more,