Where to start?
You might first get some ideas. The best places you can go are showrooms. Visit them, see what they have, talk to them, ask questions. Many showrooms have designers on staff that can help you draw up a floor plan and turn your dreams into a reality.
Lighter colors, such as natural maple, whites, creams, etc. provide a larger space feeling. Brown continues to be popular in a fashion sense. Depth of rich color, such as chocolate brows, blacks and other deep colors in hardwood will be an enduring trend.
What are the current trends?
There’s been an increased popularity of specialty visuals such as hand applied glazed finishes and colors particularly creamy whites/off whites and black. Current design trends include old world styling coupled with modern conveniences. Rich crown moldings, glazed finishes and high-style touches evoke a traditional, yet luxurious look for a kitchen. Consider cherry’s old world charm and handcrafted construction accented with hand-rubbed glazes.
Raised door panels and decorative glass inserts and decorative molding can make a dramatic difference. Glazed finishes, created with a tint that highlights recessed areas, but with a feeling of fine furniture, is a popular trend in cabinets, and also carried through to the flooring. The newest trend in cabinets is not just exterior looks, but personalized storage, including open shelves, roll out pantry drawers, built-in wine racks or china displays, adding to the overall general use of the kitchen as an all encompassing, central room. Walk-in pantries and islands are now considered an essential kitchen ingredient and not just “a nice to have.”
Refacing or brand new cabinets?
Get some quotes. Refacing is not always time saving or/and cost effective as compared with the brand new. Sometimes the prices will surprise you.