5 Reasons To Use An Interior Designer For Your Custom Kitchen Renovation

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When designing your dream kitchen, it is important to give form and function equal consideration. If a great-looking kitchen doesn’t “work” well, it’s not a great kitchen! Because of all the nuances of kitchen design it’s a good idea to invest in hiring an interior design professional to help you make the right choices. Here are the top 5:

1. A Collaborative Approach

A good interior designer will work hand-in-hand with your architect—if you have one for the project—and your builder. In addition to ensuring the kitchen’s style is what you always wanted, an interior designer is the “cruise director” for your project—making sure everything is ordered on time (and arrives undamaged) and handling any issues that arise.

2. Mixing it Up

Once upon a time mixing metals was a big no-no. But, not anymore! Mixing metals can give a space a relaxed, eclectic feel, and an interior designer can help coordinate fixture finishes in the kitchen and surrounding areas so that they complement each other rather than clashing. Or, if you want a consistent look, your interior designer can create a look in which everything from your faucet to pendant lights match.

3. The Devil is in the Details

Working with an interior designer makes it easy to coordinate cabinetry details with existing trim work. For example, your trim package might reflect the overall kitchen design (e.g., picking a crown moulding for the upper cabinets that relates to the door and window casing). A good interior designer will help make sure these elements work together rather than just selecting a “builder grade” cove moulding from a catalog of parts that doesn’t relate to the style of the house.

4. It’s All in Who You Know

An experienced interior designer has many trade contacts that are not accessible to homeowners. These critical relationships make the process a lot smoother, and can even save you money. Whether you’re doing box cabinets from a nationwide manufacturer or a custom design from a local shop, an interior designer will review the proportions of the cabinetry, double check box sizes, and help answer the cabinetmaker’s nitty gritty layout questions. This leaves you free to focus on the important details, without having to sweat the small stuff.

5. The “Bermuda Triangle”

The kitchen triangle is a design format that has been used by designers and architects for decades. It provides for efficient work space and clear traffic lanes to the most-used appliances/work spaces—the sink, stove, and refrigerator. A knowledgeable interior designer makes sure your triangle provides maximum efficiency while still fitting in with your dream design and the size of the room.

Today’s kitchens include so much more than just the “Big 3” work spaces. Interior designers provide valuable recommendations on specialty appliances to fit your lifestyle. They can also present sophisticated layout options to accommodate features such as a separate wet bar, coffee station, or pantry with extra refrigeration. The possibilities are truly endless when you partner with an interior designer!

Chloë Rideout is an Associate and the Lead Interior Designer at Cummings Architects. She has been with the Firm since 2014.