Choosing your Custom Kitchen Finishes
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Deciding on the finishes for your custom kitchen remodel can be overwhelming and confusing at best — even when you are working with a kitchen designer. While your kitchen designer will work with you to determine you style preferences and gather options to choose from. But with so many options out there, how do you know which is truly the best for you? Your designer can gently guide you toward what would look best, but there should be some method to the madness of choosing your custom kitchen finishes. Here are some tips and what to expect from your meetings with your professional designer.
Start with countertops
Because your custom kitchen countertops cover such a large surface area in your space, they require some careful contemplation and are a great place to start. Because your countertop will be the biggest contribution to colour and texture in your kitchen, starting here will lead to the ability to choose the rest of your kitchen’s palette.
For functionality, choose a countertop that is durable and easy to clean, like granite or composite materials. If you are really looking to make a statement, you can consider stainless steel or natural wood. You are going to want to go with something light, smooth and reflective. If you like the look of tile or stone slabs, consider large-format to minimize grout lines and allowing an easy-to-clean surface. We recommend sticking with one countertop material, but if you want variation you can choose something slightly different for your island.
Considerations for custom cabinetry
Depending on your kitchen, you may start with choosing your custom cabinetry finishes before the countertops because they are right at eye level. But, if you choose countertops first, the cabinetry should be a close second.
We suggest keeping your material choices as simple and natural as possible, with either stained or painted wood. Stick to a small material palette here and keep it simple. You may want a different colour on your bottom cabinets than the top, or in your island — but that’s really the only variation you need. Light-coloured cabinetry will keep your space open and bright while darker materials will give you visual depth.
Let the details tie it together
This is where contrast can be the key. For example, if your counters and cabinets are rich and dark, go with a light backsplash. And while your floors are usually decided based on the surrounding rooms, you will also want to make sure the colours won’t clash with what is already in your kitchen.
From there, the other little things — lighting, fixtures and hardware — will tie the look of your kitchen together. Less is always more here — too many material and colours will require a lot of manipulation to make your space look just right. Talk to your custom kitchen designer and determine what will go best with the palette you decided upon and go from there.