Features to Consider in Kitchen Design

When remodeling your kitchen, there will be so many choices. To help you get started, we have compiled this list. Due to the plethora of options and features, it is a good idea to plan out your kitchen with different types of décor starting with your dream décor. You then make a budget to narrow your list that you still love but can afford. Use this guide to help in choosing some kitchen components:
Cabinets are heavily used and are distinctive features in a kitchen. Therefore, you should consider the style, layout, and size when choosing them. They need to be aesthetically pleasing, but still be functional. In kitchen design, cabinets are a huge focus. Therefore, many kitchen remodeling projects include refacing, refinishing, repainting, or replacing them.

There are 3 main categories of kitchen cabinets:
  • Custom cabinets
  • In stock Cabinets
  • Semi-Custom cabinets
You can choose from a wide variety of wood species:
  • Birch wood
  • oak wood
  • elm wood
  • ebony wood
  • maple wood
  • butternut wood
  • cherry wood
  • rosewood
  • Ash (light wood)
  • Pine wood
  • Teak wood
  • Chestnut wood
  • Beech (light wood)
  • Walnut wood
  • hickory wood

Depending on the base color of the cabinet wood, you can match any color scheme or color with different hardware, finishes, or stains.

Cabinet organization accessories that enhance their storage function:
  • Tray Dividers
  • Cookbook Rack Pull-Down
  • Lazy Susan
  • Tray Dividers
  • Drawer Partition Kit
  • Trash Can Pull out
  • Cutting Board Kit
  • Foil Box Rack
  • Knife Rack Pull Down
  • Spice Drawer Insert
  • Tilt Out Sink Tray
  • Tray Divider Roll-out
  • Under Sink Organizer
  • Towel Organizer
*Counter Tops:
Due to their utility and size, counter tops are a focus of the kitchen. By using updated materials for your kitchen counter tops, you can change the whole look of your kitchen. They come in many different styles and colors. They can also be fabricated from a number of different materials. Granite, block and butcher are the typically chosen materials. You would use terrazzo or glass if you wanted to go more high end.

Counter Top Materials:
  • Granite counter top
  • Natural Stone such as: Jerusalem stone, Marble, Soapstone
  • Concrete counter top
  • Wood (Butcher block) counter top
  • Tile counter top
  • Laminate counter top
  • Stainless Steel and Copper counter top
  • Quartz counter top
*Kitchen Flooring:
Keep in mind durability, cleaning, and appearance when going into a kitchen floor. Among good choices ( but are not limited to) include wood and ceramic tile.

  • Laminate
  • Tiles
  • Hardwood wood flooring: Birch, Oak, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Ash, Walnut, Pine, Fir
  • Ceramic (which includes unglazed porcelain, a type of ceramic)
  • Natural stone: Marble, Granite, Slate, Travertine
  • Porcelain
*Kitchen Sinks:
Durability Is the most important aspect when coming to a kitchen sink

Important factors to consider when selecting your sink:
  • Mounting – Solid Surface, Drop-In, Under mount, and Tile-In
  • Material – Stainless steel, cast iron, composite granite, solid surface, cast acrylic, fireclay and copper
  • Configuration – Number of bowls, bowl orientation, shape, size, and number of tappings
    • Specialty sink – Apron Front
    • Bar Sink
    • Single Bowl
    • Double Bowl
    • Triple Bowl
Different sink types:
  • Single Bowl
  • Double Bowl
  • Triple Bowl
  • Bar Sink
  • Specialty sink – Apron Front
*Kitchen Faucets:
There are many faucet styles and shapes to choose from. The faucet gets used many times per day and should be durable enough to provide years of service, but it should also be an aesthetic highpoint of the sink area.

Faucet Types:
  • Pull-Out Spray Kitchen Faucet
  • Single Handle Kitchen Faucet
  • Two Handle Kitchen Faucet
  • Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet
  • Wall Mount Kitchen Faucet
  • Bar Sink Faucet
  • Water Filtration Kitchen Faucet
*Lighting Styles:
lighting styles can include modern, vintage, rustic, extravagant, and minimalist.

The right lighting choice can add warmth, character and functionality to the kitchen:
  • Combination Lighting
  • Task Lighting
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Accent Lighting

Choose your light fixtures by function. They can serve to light a work surface, cooking area, or to shape the overall fell of the kitchen.

  • Kitchen Recessed Lighting
  • Kitchen Decorative Lighting
  • Kitchen Cabinet Lighting
  • Kitchen Track Lighting
  • Kitchen Ceiling Lighting
  • Kitchen Pendant Lighting
*Lighting Fixtures:
Lights have different purposes in the kitchen, from illuminating a work surface or cooking area to highlighting an aesthetic feature or shaping the ambiance. As is often the case, the form of the light fixture you select is to an extent dictated by function.

  • Kitchen Decorative Lighting
  • Kitchen Ceiling Lighting
  • Kitchen Pendant Lighting
  • Kitchen Cabinet Lighting
  • Kitchen Recessed Lighting
  • Kitchen Track Lighting
Appliances should be cohesive in sizing to match the size your kitchen and home. They come in so many different styles. Most appliances also include extra features to increase cooking style and workflow.

  • Visible Controls
  • Concealed Controls
  • Cook tops
  • Microwaves
  • Ovens
  • Ranges
  • Ventilation & Hoods
  • Freestanding
  • Built in