Those flawless kitchens you’ve seen in home décor magazines don’t come from home improvement stores. They’re precisely designed by top professionals like award-winning interior designer Charlotte Comer, ASID, RID and Helene Terry, founder of Helene’s Luxury Kitchens and 2017 Dallas ASID Industry Partner of the Year.
“I listen to the client and ask many questions,” said Comer. “The priorities are the client, the space and the finished look and feel.”
Comer sometimes brings Terry into a project to give her suggestions on the latest cabinetry, appliances and fixtures. “Clients want a clean, long-lined look,” said Terry, “Part of the design process is to use cabinet and appliance fronts to lengthen lines and avoid interruptions and disjointed seams.”
So how should you remodel your kitchen? Open it to the living area, with a large island with bar or banquette seating. Gone are cathedral cabinet fronts in favor of smooth surfaces that open with a touch instead of hardware. Modern appliances are matte and should include steam, convection and induction cooking, hands-free faucets and appliance drawers to reduce the institutional look and provide minimal reveals. Natural and engineered stone still rule, but put a waterfall side on the island and use large-scale tiles or planks on floors.
For your kitchen to wow buyers, hire an experienced team. Check references and ask to see pictures of previous installations. Tell your design team if you have time constraints. You should receive renderings and CAD drawings to eliminate surprises and to facilitate a smooth installation.