Remodeling the house can be one of the most entertaining and rewarding activities but at the same time, it is a great effort and challenge. Some people have a natural talent for interior design and home remodeling, but not everyone has that talent.
If you are one of those unfortunate people who has a hard time knowing how to remodel the house and what to combine with what, this is a daunting task.
But if we have to designate one of the spaces in the house as the most challenging to remodel, the kitchen is definitely the most complicated. How to establish a color scheme? What to choose first? The kitchen floor, the countertop materials, or the cabinetry?
In this guide, we are going to give you practical advice on how to remodel your kitchen. What are the basic notions you must follow? We will delve into the materials you can use to achieve a perfect combination complementing good taste with practicality.
Define A Style
There are many styles for your kitchen, so it is necessary that you first sit down and think about the style that you want to give to your kitchen.
Many people choose to give the kitchen a totally different style from the rest of the house. While in recent years it has been decided to combine the different rooms of the house and present a homogeneous proposal.
For many, homogenizing the different rooms of the house may seem boring and unoriginal, so they prefer to treat each space with a unique personality.
But there are people who do not want to complicate their lives by thinking of a different style for each space and will opt for a single visual proposal. The good thing about this is that keeping a single style throughout the house will give the impression that your house is more spacious and not segmented by individual compartments.
Regardless of your decision, we can say that most of the styles in kitchen design are grouped into three:
- traditional kitchen
- modern kitchen
- artisan kitchen
Traditional kitchens are distinguished by having a lot of personalities and being very fun and playful. Designs abound here, as do bold colors and patterns.
You will have many options with this style and it is the best way to print your personality if that is the decoration goal for your kitchen.
Modern kitchens are characterized by being very minimalist, with solid colors, without patterns, or with very specific patterns, just to accentuate some places.
If you want a sleek, clean and spacious look, then this is your style. It is a perfect style for those who want their kitchens to look larger than they are.
With this style, you will also have a better chance of combining the kitchen with other spaces in the house. You don’t need more than two or three colors to make successful and tasteful combinations.
If interior design is difficult for you, this modern design may be your best option, since it does not require many elements. Here less is more.
This kitchen style focuses on natural materials. Counters made of solid wood, natural stone, concrete, marble countertop, or dark wood flooring.
It is a perfect style if you have a country-style house or want to give your decor a vintage touch. In this style, bright colors are not mixed, or you don’t combine them with materials like vinyl and modern appliances.
In this style, textures, warmth, and durable materials predominate.
Combining Floors And Countertops
After having chosen a specific style for your kitchen, the next step is to think about the most significant elements of your kitchen, and these are the countertops and the floors.
The kitchen cabinets are also important but they will play a secondary role, they will be like a good supporting actor whose function is to highlight and empower the protagonist of the film.
Countertops are the most noticeable object in the kitchen. It could be said that the countertops take center stage in the kitchen and if you think about it, it is very logical. It is the space where we will do most of the work in the kitchen.
That is why the material we choose is essential so that we not only have a good design but also durability, resistance, and easy maintenance.
You must remember that the kitchen is the space in the home that is most exposed to mistreatment and deterioration. It is the place that has the highest temperatures, grease, humidity, sharp objects, and therefore scratches and bumps.
That is why your countertop must be made of a material that combines your good taste with the durability and practicality that you need. Here are some frequently used materials:
- Stainless steel
The floors are the second protagonist of your kitchen. You usually have two options. Either you make your countertops the same color and similar materials as your floors or you make them differ and contrast.
If you decide that the countertops and the floor will have a main color and material, then the cabinets are going to play an important role as they will be the ones that bring the contrast.
And if you decide for contrasting colors and materials for your countertops and floors then you must make your cabinets match your floors and give them balance.
We recommend that you use no more than two color tones for countertops and floors. Sometimes you can venture for a third color, but you must be very careful so that you do not lose the balance of the design.
The most popular options for kitchen flooring are:
- Natural Stone
- Wooden floors
You must think about a practical design that at the same time combines with the proposal of your home. You must also take into account your lifestyle or the materials that you are going to use to decorate.
When combining your countertops with the floors, always try to find a balance between these two elements. If you decide that both your countertops and your floors will be in warm colors, then make a difference in the textures of the materials.
You can also make them differ completely but create around them, through the walls and cabinets, the ideal balance so that they can combine perfectly.
We hope this guide has given you a better idea of how to make your floors and countertops add visual interest to your design.