3 Important Principles of Great Kitchen Design to Follow

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Principles of Kitchen Design

As you begin the process of planning a new kitchen design, a lot of different aspects have to come together in order to create a unified whole. Each individual element of a kitchen – appliances, countertops, flooring, cabinetry, etc. – is itself comprised of several qualities that we refer to as design elements. These would be qualities such as color, finish, material, and others. So how do we take the limitless possibilities of a kitchen design and refine the vision to create beautiful spaces that homeowners swoon over? We use design principles to guide and influence our decision-making. While there are many principles of kitchen design, many of which correspond to particular philosophies or aesthetic styles, there are three important ones that every kitchen designer should follow.

1. Balance and Symmetry

A visually balanced room conveys a sense of security. In a way, that doesn’t really describe the full idea behind it – but most people are able to sense when a room just feels “off” in some way. Visual balance and symmetry are principles from psychology as well as classical understandings of what makes something “beautiful”. The way to do this in a kitchen design is to start with a center point and balance on both sides to create a harmonious whole.

2. Creating a Focal Point

A focal point is something that draws visual attention immediately within a room. They say that first impressions are everything and it’s no different with a kitchen design – the focal point will color an observer’s entire opinion of the room, whether for better (if implemented well) or for worse (if implemented poorly). The most common focal points in kitchens are appliances, kitchen islands, or even a centerpiece on a table. The specifics of how to create an effective focal point will vary depending on the design and the various elements surrounding it, but learning to recognize opportunities to create good focal points is a skill that can be developed with experience.

3. Scale and Proportion

Related to the principle of balance, scale and proportion dictates that all elements of the space need to be sized appropriately to the space a whole. You shouldn’t have any one element be too big or too small for the room. This can cause problems during the design phase, especially if your clients have big dreams about what they want their space to do, but not enough space to do it all. Working with them to develop solutions while still retaining a great sense of scale and proportion is the key to ensuring they are left with a space that they’ll love for years to come!


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