How to Coordinate Your Kitchen
If you're planning to remodel your kitchen, choosing the right flooring, cabinets, and countertops can seem daunting. But it doesn't have to. Most people don't consider how all these elements work together in a room until years later when they want to sell their house or move into a new home. At that point, it's too late to go back and fix their mistake! So, let's talk about how you can plan ahead so that coordinating your kitchen flooring, cabinets, and countertops is easy when you're ready for them to work together perfectly.
Start with the Countertop
The countertop is the centerpiece of your kitchen, so it should be durable, easy to clean and maintain. If you plan to cook a lot in your kitchen, consider selecting a material that will stand up to frequent use. Your countertop should also match the other elements of your new kitchen design, so they create an overall cohesive look.
While there are many choices when it comes to choosing a countertop material, here are some tips on how to make sure you get one that’s right for you:
- Consider how much counter space you need—and don't forget about islands! You may want more than one peninsula or island if guests will be using them regularly during parties or family gatherings.
- Think about how much abuse your counters will take over time while also considering whether they'll be used by children as well as adults during all hours of day and night (some materials can withstand heat better than others).
- Picture how you would like your overall aesthetic and what kind of materials will achieve this goal along with your budget.
A few of our favorite countertop materials are marble, granite, travertine, soapstone, and wood!
Choose a Color Scheme
Choosing a color scheme can either be the easiest or most difficult decision. If you are anything like me, I had my dream kitchen picked out just about forever ago. Then again, the color scheme may depend on the structure of your home, the area you live in, and having to compromise with your spouse (who are we kidding the woman gets the last say in what goes, am I right?). Here are some things to consider when picking your color scheme:
- Choose three colors. It's hard to pick just one color when there are so many options, but you'll be able to create a great look by sticking with only three colors. If you're feeling inspired and want to add more than three shades, make sure they're related in hue or value. Something to keep in mind is that neutral colors are timeless and are great for resell value! You can always add your pop of color through wall art and home décor.
- Choose colors that work with your home's architecture and style. The style of your home should also play into this decision: if it's traditional or contemporary, consider which kind of mood those styles create before choosing your hues—you want them all to work together seamlessly!
- Another factor to consider is how much light enters your kitchen via windows or lighting fixtures. If your kitchen is naturally dark, stay away from darker colors and tones and vice versa.
Choosing a Floor
When choosing a flooring material, consider the kitchen's function. A kitchen is for cleaning, cooking, and entertaining. It can be a high-traffic area with lots of foot traffic and moisture. For this reason, it's important to choose a flooring material that resists stains and is easy to clean. A few great options for the kitchen are LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank), tile, and even hardwood!
You can’t go wrong with any of these options as they all are water resistant, scratch resistant, and long-lasting! We would suggest putting in tile or LVP since kitchens tend to be a high traffic area as well as a semi-high moisture area. LVP and tile are exceptionally durable options and provide a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to best fit the look of your kitchen. If you are looking to go the hardwood route, our blog on wood flooring for kitchens may help!
Picking Color for Cabinets
The right color coordination can help brighten up your space while creating an inviting atmosphere—but don't go overboard! Coordinating cabinets isn't just about aesthetics: it also helps make life easier if they're all working together in harmony. Cabinets are a wonderful way to add contrast between the floors and counter space. Contrast is a key element in design. It's the difference between two or more things, and it's what gives your space visual interest. Contrast can be added to your kitchen by choosing dark cabinets and light countertops, for example—or vice versa!
It's also important to keep in mind that contrast doesn't have to come from the same material; you want a balance of light and dark elements throughout the room. You could choose white flooring with grey cabinets or black flooring with white cabinets—a combination of both will still create an interesting contrast without being overwhelming.
Coordinating kitchen flooring, cabinets and countertops can be tricky but it’s worth the effort. By taking a thoughtful approach to the elements in your kitchen, you can create a beautiful space that improves your living situation and increases the home's value if you think through all the elements carefully.