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Hi, I'm Nadia Geller Interior Designer for Homestyler. And I'm going to help you choose
a kitchen design for your remodel.
It may seem overwhelming at first, but today we'll break it down to a few basic elements
you need to think about.
First off, consider the 4 basic kitchen designs: like this one with an island... there's also:
Galley, U-shaped and L-shaped.
This is your biggest decision right here, so you should make it first.
I always like to visualize my ideas using design software. There are some good ones
on the web now. This one, Homestyler, is a free, online program that lets you design
your kitchen in 2D and 3D so you can get a pretty good idea of what your kitchen will
look like. If you're stumped for ideas, start with one from the gallery of pre-made designs.
Now, to the appliances. I am going to experiment with different brands and finishes... and
play around with different combinations.
Consider your "work triangle" -- the space you cover when going from stove to sink to
refrigerator. What is most natural and efficient for you?
Use the program to explore where you want these appliances. It can really help erase
any indecision you may have!
Once you've decided on a layout and your appliances, it's a good time to visit a showroom. Be sure
to print out your designs and itemized product list directly from Homestyler and bring them
There you can touch and feel the appliances, surfaces and fixtures and see if they really
live up to your expectations. You may feel differently after you've seen the real thing.
Above all else, your kitchen should save you time and effort.
With that in mind, take inventory of your kitchen's appliances and tools.
Hanging pots and pans from above can be a great space saver, but if you're on the short
side and you cook a lot, this may not be a good solution.
Think of the things you use most and make sure they're easy to get to.
And storage: make sure you have a place for everything. Are you okay with the coffee maker
out on the counter all day, or do you want an appliance garage for it?
Once you've made your major decisions, you can print out your designs and make some notes
on them. That way you can remember why you liked or disliked a particular finish or appliance.
And remember to share your designs with friends for feedback.
Now you're on your way to a fabulous new kitchen that suits you and your family perfectly.
I'm Nadia Geller. To start designing your dream kitchen today, go to homestyler.com