New Ideas in Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the heart of the home.  If you have decided to give your kitchen a makeover or redesign your kitchen, there are so many new kitchen design ideas to choose from. Whether you are adding more space or redesigning the space you have, there are so many new kitchen design suggestions that can help you make the best decision for your new kitchen.

According to House, you should be careful however about following the latest trends when choosing a kitchen design. “Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.”  Following are some great kitchen design ideas that you may be interested in.

Choose Color Wisely

If you are remodeling the kitchen in your Long Island home, you want to make sure that you choose the right colors. White is extremely popular and versatile – it goes with most cabinet colors and appliance types.  If you do choose a color, neutrals and grays can also be paired with many other types of countertops, appliances and cabinets.  Think of a color that you will not get tired of and that can reflect natural light.

Kitchen Countertop Choices

There are so many countertop materials to choose from today.  From granite, to marble to cement – there are numerous natural and synthetic materials that work well in the kitchen. According to Consumers Reports, “Quartz is the toughest countertop material, which resists scratches, burns, and chips. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness. It’s easy to maintain, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.” While Quartz is indeed very strong, there are many other options for kitchen countertops if you are remodeling your kitchen.  Other choices include:

Granite – Each slab of this natural material is unique and it offers rare colors and it features natural veining.  It is durable against heat, cuts, and scratches. Polished and matte finishes also resist most stains when properly sealed.

Laminate – Laminate is inexpensive, easy to install, and available in many attractive colors and styles. It is resistant to most stains and heat. You cannot cut directly on laminate however, so use a cutting board.

Solid Surfacing – Solid surface countertops are available in a variety of colors and patterns, and solid surface can be used for the counters, sink, and backsplash, creating a seamless look because joints are almost invisible.  It is not resistant to cuts and scratches.

Butcher Block – The wooden finish of butcher block countertops add warmth and are easy to install and repair, but the finish makes a difference. Varnish can improved stain resistance however, nicks and scratches can easily happen, though they can be sanded out.

Soapstone – Soapstone is not as common as granite but it is great at resisting heat damage. Small scratches can be repaired by sanding finely and applying mineral oil.

Other types of countertops that can be used in any kitchen remodeling project may include:

  • Limestone
  • Marble
  • Recycled Glass

It all depends on your taste and the style of your home.  Many homeowners on Long Island and in NY depend on the expertise of a kitchen designer to help them make the best choices for their kitchen remodeling project.

Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen flooring has come a long way from laminate floors. If you are remodeling the kitchen in your Long Island home, and you are considering kitchen flooring ideas to upgrade your cooking area, it is important to consider function and durability. Most flooring today is designed to be low maintenance and durable.  The kitchen is a high traffic area and prone to spills of numerous types of liquids including water, oils and wine! Your kitchen design should include a low maintenance floor that accents your décor.  Some durable kitchen flooring options include:

  • Concrete
  • Rubber flooring
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Vinyl
  • Wood laminate

You may also want to consider ergonomic flooring that adds cushion and comfort to long periods of standing and walking, when you are cooking in your kitchen. Many Long Island homeowners have chosen some of the following ergonomic flooring for their kitchen designs:

  • Bamboo
  • Carpet tiles
  • Cork
  • Rubber flooring
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Wood laminate

Can you use carpet in a kitchen?

Carpet is often not a popular kitchen flooring option due to its difficulty in maintenance and cleaning, but the latest carpet tiles are a modern kitchen floor solution. Designed and tested to be industrial grade for high traffic areas, made of durable, easy to clean materials and easy to install, they may be the perfect kitchen flooring idea. The best part is that a carpet tile can be removed for cleaning or replacement. Carpet may be an option for your kitchen remodeling project after all!  Many homeowners on Long Island and throughout NY have used carpet successfully in their kitchen remodeling projects.

Whatever type of flooring you decide on, it should be durable, stain resistant and easy to clean.

Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets are a big decision for your kitchen remodeling project. Selecting new cabinets can be a big expense when remodeling and may account for as much as forty percent of your kitchen renovation budget. They set the design style for your kitchen and you will have them for years.

Beside the look of the cabinets, you want to consider storage space and practicality.  Cabinets come in different materials, shapes and sizes and can vary greatly in price.  Popular materials for kitchen cabinets include:

  • Solid wood including cherry, oak, hickory, birch, walnut, pine, ash and more
  • Decorative laminate veneer
  • Compound materials
  • Fiberboard
  • Plywood panels
  • Wood veneer
  • Aluminum
  • Polyethylene

Following is an overview (by budget) compiled by Consumer Reports  that compares different types of cabinets to consider for the kitchen remodel in your Long Island home.

Budget or Less Expensive Cabinets

Often called stock cabinets, these are inexpensive, off-the-shelf cabinets. Some are fully assembled while others will need to be assembled onsite. Many use frameless construction where the door has no lip or “reveal” around it.  These cabinets can be a money-saving choice if you aren’t too picky about style options or don’t demand a perfect fit. Some brands offer better drawer construction, solid-wood doors, and other once-pricey features.

Mid-Priced or Midlevel Cabinets

Midlevel cabinets are often semi-custom models and a good choice for most kitchens. Many use face-frame construction, where the solid-wood frame shows around the door and drawers. Mid-level models offer many made-to-order custom options, including size, materials, finish, elaborate crown moldings and other trim, and accessories such as range hood covers. That can make them the best-value option overall.

Premium Cabinets

These semi-custom models offer the most style and storage options. They generally come with plywood boxes and other premium materials and hardware.  While generally less expensive than fully made-to-order custom units, cabinets with the most features and highest quality can cost as much as some full-custom units.

Kitchen Lighting

Proper lighting is essential in any kitchen. Make sure that your kitchen design includes utilizing natural light as much as possible. In addition, use the opportunity to install energy efficient lighting wherever you can. You may also want to consider investing in LED lighting. LED rope or cove lights are gaining in popularity because they are extremely energy efficient and long lasting. They can be creatively installed throughout your kitchen and they emit virtually no heat, so you can keep them on forever without burning cabinets or walls.

North Shore Kitchens is a full service building and home renovation contractor on Long Island.  They are considered the kitchen design and bathroom remodeling experts. With a long history in the construction industry, they are experts in the kitchen remodeling industry on Long Island and throughout NY. Homeowners on Long Island trust North Shore Kitchens to redesign, remodel and build beautiful kitchens in their NY homes.

If you are interested in remodeling the kitchen in your Long Island home, contact North Shore Kitchens Inc.  They have years of experience designing and remodeling bathrooms, kitchens and various rooms in homes throughout Long Island and throughout NY state. Give them a call at 631-673-7575.