Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
When D Magazine consulted me about kitchen design tips, I was only too happy to spill! Read about it here.
As the article noted, kitchens really do help sell houses, so it’s always wise to invest in your kitchen. But whether you’re selling or staying, you should spend your kitchen money wisely.
My #1 tip is taking time to think through how you’re going to use the space. I even learned some things from my own kitchen renovation about maximizing kitchen real estate.
Visualize and draw out your kitchen plan, even to the point of laying it out with masking tape on the floor. That will help you decide if it flows. Some ideas sound great, but they may not actually work in the space—a lesson I learned by trial and error.
For example, in a previous home of ours, we included a trash pull-out drawer close to the sink in the oversize island. Once it was built, however, we realized that area in the island was the natural cook prep space because, duh, it was close to the sink. Think about your cooking style, and your preferences. Try to imagine yourself in the space–and you can head off some expensive mistakes.
What about kitchen finishes? I think a simple cabinet and quartz countertops are classic, excellent choices. Quartz is gorgeous and easy to maintain. It can even mimic natural stone like marble. My client’s dark 80’s kitchen was a gut job–but, oh, it got a new lease on life with my light, bright design.
Not up for a whole kitchen reno? Just replacing a dated backsplash is an affordable option that can drastically change the look of the entire space.
Cabinets to the ceiling are very popular, and so are open shelves. If you like to hide your kitchenware, keep the uppers with doors, but think about incorporating just a few open display shelves. Where to splurge? Focus on your appliances! A built-in Miele coffee maker and integrated cabinet doors are also high-end and luxe. For a really custom experience, maybe a modular refrigerator!
What does your dream kitchen look like? Ready to visualize? Let’s talk!
Have some questions? No problem! I offer a complimentary, no-strings-attached phone call consultation.
Email me to book a call time–and let’s start making design fun!