3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Lost your way in the field of options for countertop and cabinet finishes? This advice will put your kitchen renovation back on track.
Deciding on kitchen finishes is one of the most challenging parts of a remodel — particularly a kitchen remodel. Of course, what makes it even more complicated is that there’s no set rule to choosing materials and finishes. There are as many rules as there are clients and designers, or even combinations of clients and designers, Every project is different. But there are still some general guidelines that can help you make sense of your kitchen remodel.
1. Start with your countertops
Countertops require careful contemplation, especially for a large island, as this can be the biggest single item of color and texture, This large surface area is a great place to start and can be the basis for the rest of your kitchen’s materials palette.
Choose a countertop that’s durable and easy to clean. Look into granite or composite materials like Caesarstone first. For a bigger statement, go for stainless steel, zinc or natural wood. Aim for light, smooth and reflective materials. Large-format tiles or slabs of stone will minimize grout lines and create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface.
2. Consider the cabinetry
Keep your material choices as simple and natural as possible. Slate, marble and wood are all common choices. He recommends sticking to a small palette — three or four materials — to keep it simple. Look for light-colored cabinetry to keep the space open and bright, using other materials in small doses for visual depth and texture.
3. Use additional finishes to pull the space together
Let the contrast be the key. If the counters are rich and dark, go with a lighter backsplash. A monochromatic approach is great, but if the countertop is visually active, calm it down on the backsplash. Choose a backsplash color that visually contrasts with your countertop and cabinetry. Floors are usually decided based on the surrounding rooms, but make sure the colors won’t clash with what’s in your kitchen.
The other little things — lighting, fixtures, bar stools and hardware — can tie the look of the kitchen together. Again, less is more here. Kitchens of multiple materials and colors require a lot of finesse.