How whole or graceful does your home feel? Bring in a color, flowers, or repair a non-functioning door to make you home more whole, and by doing so make yourself more whole.
Archives for December 2014
Windows and doors play a large part in the function of a kitchen and the brightness of a kitchen. When you are planning your kitchen renovation, I suggest re-evaluating how your current windows and doors function for you. Increasing a window size in a kitchen can dramatically make the space feel larger, brighter, and more open. Opening doorways can also make a room feel bigger, connect the space to dining and living rooms, as well as make it more accessible and functional. One thing that can get overlooked is minimizing doorways into a kitchen, or rather, focusing the traffic patterns/ way finding in a space. In my kitchen renovation, we have 4 entrance points into a small 9′x9′ space. In my problem solving of the floor plan, we found a way to reduce the number of openings, open one of the existing opening, and direct the traffic patterns with an island. This provides the space with more functioning zones, and a happier cook!
If you are not able to increase the size of a window, you can consider a different window configuration. A double hung could become a casement window, or an awning window like in my kitchen renovation. Since I could not make the window larger in size, I instead made it feel larger by removing the middle sash with an awning window. This has made a huge difference in the visual connection to the outside and the perceived view of a very large window in the kitchen. Removing the center obstruction creates more glass, more viewable space and again, happiness for the user in the kitchen.
Planning is key in a kitchen renovation in your home, and working with an expert designer to think through all the challenges and possibilities will guide you and safe you costly mistakes. They will also be there for you during the construction to keep you focused. Next week I will talk more about this. Until then, happy hammering.
When embarking on a kitchen renovation, a very important part of a beautiful and functioning kitchen is the lighting. Great lighting of a room is usually “never seen”, it just sets the stage for a great performance. Bad lighting however is very noticeable, leaving dark spots, shadows or glares for the cook and their guests to become frustrated. Good lighting has to be planned into the kitchen remodel from the beginning. The reason, all the wiring for the new lights has to be in place during the “rough” stage of a remodel. This is when the walls and ceiling are open for easy access to run new wires to the areas in the plan before the walls and ceiling are sealed with insulation and drywall.
There are three types of lighting you can add to a kitchen renovation.
- General lighting which provides overall lighting to an area
- Task lighting which provides specific lighting for the tasks and functions of the space
- Accent lighting which is focused light on a specific area or point, adding drama and excitement to an area.
All three types of lighting are important to have in a kitchen remodel because it provides flexibility and workability in a room. Flexibility in your lighting allows you to set the mood or ambiance of the kitchen, brightening it during a cloudy day, or softening it at night. Lighting will also enhance the features of the kitchen; tile backsplash, custom cabinets, unique countertops, and wall art, all important elements of your kitchen renovation. I would have to say lighting is the first ingredient to a successful kitchen renovation since there is no form, color, or texture without it.
At Inner View we have one of the best lighting experts on our team that will walk you through how you determine the best solutions for your space. An expert electrician working with your interior designer is a valuable relationship to have on your project. From these initial conversations before the demolition occurs, great planning will happen, money will be saved, and perfect function and execution of the lighting in your room will be implemented. Since each project is unique there is not one generic, text book solution for each kitchen. Your interior designer, general contractor and their team members are vital to a well performing, beautiful kitchen renovation.
This week’s Design Tip comes to you from Alaska. Take the things you love from your exterior environment and bring them into your interior.
Tile or Wood? What color should I paint? Cherry or Maple cabinets? These are common questions I hear when a potential client is looking to update or remodel their home. The answers however will vary depending on the space, the clients, the budget, and personal tastes. It would be easy if there was a text book reference for these solutions, making it easier for homeowners to implement. But the result would be just that, a text book solution- generic, plain, and Beige!
So how do you coordinate finishes for updating your home and avoid making costly or even ugly mistakes? Instead of focusing on the right cabinet or flooring decision first, step back and ask yourself what it is you want as the end result. The best question to ask is “How do I want to feel in this space?” By asking this question, your brain switches from right brain thinking to left brain thinking. Instead of processing the “right decision” and “what makes sense”, you start to visually describe the look and feel you want to be in. Asking “how do I want to feel” is a bit deeper question with the answers offering insight into material finish solutions. For every color, texture, shape, and material in combination with each other will create a look and a feel regardless if you think about it before hand. So why not start with the feeling first, and then choose finishes and colors to reflect that.
This preliminary design process starts to align us with what we love, and creates a foundation to build from. At Inner View, we provide our clients with a fun 15 minute exercise that provides this framework for making decisions. This process provides clarity, builds confidence, and assists with executing decisions. A Personalized Design Plan is a great investment before a project begins and will save you time and money during the implementation.