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Love warm light wood floors with white cabinetry.  Gold accents in lighting and hardware are big now.  The gold accents bring a modern element to kitchens and make them more appealing to look at.

Love warm light wood floors with white cabinetry.  Gold accents in lighting and hardware are big now.  The gold accents bring a modern element to kitchens and make them more appealing to look at.

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Kitchens are the heart of the home.  They can be the most beautiful and useful space to our family life.  But kitchens are complicated and how to achieve this look takes a lot of thought and planning.  

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Let me show you how to get the look of a classic white kitchen.  First you must know some of the ups and downs, pros and cons of how to select the right counter tops, cabinetry, lighting and hardware.

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I would highly recommend having a designer at least for a couple of consultations to guide you thru this design project.  Find a interior designer that you love their style of work to help you with this, as kitchens have a lot of detail in them.

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Start with photo inspiration of a kitchen that you have always dreamed about having for yourself.  Decide on a floor plan if it will stay the same or you are going to move appliances in different areas.  

Love the simplicity of this kitchen with the white carrera counter tops, black pendant lights and wood barstools.  A tip for more storage is to have cabinetry under the center counter in front of the bar seating.  This can either be hidden or shown with knobs like this photo.

Love the simplicity of this kitchen with the white carrera counter tops, black pendant lights and wood barstools.  A tip for more storage is to have cabinetry under the center counter in front of the bar seating.  This can either be hidden or shown with knobs like this photo.

Select your appliances, range, oven, hood, dishwasher, refrigerator, wine, microwave and built in coffee maker.

From there start with your floor and then work your way up with a cabinetry style and color.  Look at your inspiration photos of what you love and show it to your contractor or designer on the look you want to have for your kitchen cabinets.

 

Then select your counter tops.  I recommend something that is durable like Cesarstone.  You need to figure out what thickness for the edge detail and what sort of style you want.  Make sure to not have the stone seamed on the side and the it should be mitered.  This mitered edge when seemed together by a real professional that knows what they are doing should not be visible to your eye.  If you see seems with your slab/stone countertops, then you need to call it out to your contractor and have it redone.  Preferable bring this detail to light and put it in writing with your contractor as they are known for taking shortcuts with the stone fabricator and this can be very costly and a huge headache for you.  Most contractors know that, "after the fact" that most clients will not want to bother living with having to deal with the mess and headache of redoing this.  This is why I emphasize hiring an experienced interior designer, even for a review of your design to help you save ton's of money and avoid headaches from these mistakes most people make. 

Pick your back splash and decide how far you want to to up with your tile or slab.  I suggest all the way as this looks finished and makes your kitchen elegant.  Remember why homes only have tile up half way.  It is because the builder/contractor wanted to save costs by not putting the tile all they way up. This is not the right way in my design opinion!

Covering a refrigerator with millwork is one of my favorite design specifications.   I personally feel that too much steel in a room with all the other appliances will take away the beauty and warmth of a white kitchen.

Covering a refrigerator with millwork is one of my favorite design specifications.   I personally feel that too much steel in a room with all the other appliances will take away the beauty and warmth of a white kitchen.

Select all decorative and functional lighting: pendants, sconces, chandeliers. Under cabinet and shelving lighting.  

**My personal design opinion is that I am not a fan of toe kick lighting as this looks overdone in a kitchen and gives it a commercial feel!  

Let in as much natural light as you can, even if it means breaking open a wall and loosing some cabinets.  Be bold and you will be pleasantly surprised.  There will always be plenty of storage if your space plan is done right!

Let in as much natural light as you can, even if it means breaking open a wall and loosing some cabinets.  Be bold and you will be pleasantly surprised.  There will always be plenty of storage if your space plan is done right!

 

Next comes fixtures like the sink and faucet and and decorative knobs and handles.   

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I recommend that your designer shows you this in 3D as it is well worth the investment.

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As for costs, a small kitchen can start at 20,000 and go up from there, a medium size kitchen can start at 50,000 and a large kitchen can range from 80,000 to 150,000.  Appliances along with cabinetry are the bulk of the total costs.

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Following my steps along with patience, put a lot of thought into your kitchen design and this will produce excellent results for your new beautiful and amazing kitchen.  I hope my design  advise will help you achieve your dreams and bring great joy to you and your family!  Please join my newsletter where I try to share my design experiences with you all!

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