Things You May Not Think About When Designing Your Kitchen...But Should

Posted on Monday Jan 08, 2018 at 08:56AM in General

The number of details you have to consider when designing a kitchen can seem almost endless. Here are some things to keep in mind next time you’re remodeling…


Do you want the finish of your hardware to be the same throughout your kitchen?

  • There’s no rule that says your kitchen hardware has to match. In fact, mixing and matching hardware finishes can add to your home’s character. That means you can choose different styles of knobs and pulls, which is perfect for the indecisive homeowner who loves everything.


Will there be enough space for your cabinets to open?

  • When designing your kitchen layout, it’s important to consider placement. Some people don’t realize until it’s too late that they placed an appliance too close to the cabinets or drawers, preventing both from opening at once. You may have heard stories where homeowners forget about this detail or complain about their builders’ mistakes and end up having a large appliance block one of their cabinets from opening completely.

What style do you want your cabinets to be? (Inset, face frame, frameless or Euro-style, or shaker)

  • If you’ve never had to design a kitchen or bathroom, this may be your first time hearing that there are different cabinet styles to choose from. Is your home on the traditional side or more modern? You can make your cabinet decision based on the style of your home. For a contemporary-style kitchen, many homeowners opt for Euro-style cabinets, while more traditional homes may call for face frame cabinets. Check out our blog post on cabinet styles for a full description of each option.

What type of hinges do you want to use for your cabinets?

  • The hinges you choose go hand in hand with the type of cabinets you pick. If you want a contemporary-style kitchen, European hinges will give you the clean look you’re going for. If you have a traditional kitchen, you might opt for a more traditional decorative hinge. A benefit to Euro hinges is that you can get them with a soft-close option (i.e., no more banging cabinet doors).

Do you want your cabinets to reach the ceiling?

  • Some people think their kitchens look more luxe if their cabinets are ceiling height because of how seamless it is. Ceiling-height cabinets also come with a couple of benefits: you won’t have any collected dust to clean, and you get more storage space inside your cabinets. If your kitchen is smaller and you’d like some extra storage, this could be worth the splurge.

Do you want drawers instead of doors for under-counter cabinets?

Photo courtesy of Precision Homecrafters and Lovewood Studio
  • Under-counter drawers are a great way to make the most of your storage space. There are a couple of ways you can go: You can simply remove your cabinet doors all together and install drawers. Or, if you want drawers but want to keep the look of cabinets, you can install pull out drawers inside the cabinets. This way, if you change your mind and want to switch back to traditional cabinets, you can remove the pull out drawers.

What type of countertop do you want?

  • Aside from countertop material, which you’ve probably already given some thought to, you have the choice of the actual design of your counters. A flush countertop stops at the same point that your cabinets do. You can go for that or choose to have your countertops extend a bit further past your cabinets. Your decision may be based on the style of your house. If you have a more contemporary kitchen, you may choose a flush countertop.

Drawer slides - undermount, side, full extension, etc.

  • Unless you’re a builder or carpenter, you may not be aware of the different types of drawer slides available. Some people prefer not to see their drawer slides, so they opt for undermount slides. Some also prefer for their drawers to come out completely so they don’t have to struggle to get to what they need from the back of the drawer, so they choose full-extension or overtravel slides.

Additional Details to Consider

Building codes

  • Some building codes prohibit or require certain features in your home. Before you get your heart set on a specific type of range hood, make sure your city’s codes allow it.
  • Another design element to keep in mind is your kitchen outlets. Cities have requirements for the distance between outlets and how many you should have in your kitchen. If you plan ahead, you can be strategic about where you are going to place them so they don’t get in the way when it comes time to decorate. You can even put outlets inside your drawers.

Where will you keep your small appliances? (counters, pantry, cabinets, appliance garage, etc.)

  • You have many storage options when it comes to small appliances, from counter space to your pantry. We talk about some of the options here.


  • You should think about kitchen lighting before remodeling even begins. Most people probably only think about overhead lights, but you have more options in the kitchen. You can install cabinet, under-cabinet, drawer, island, and even toe-kick lighting. Tresco Lighting, by Rev-A-Shelf, offers products that allow you to control your lighting (even remotely), so you have more than just an on and off switch.

What color do you want the grout to be?

  • When choosing a backsplash, don’t forget about the grout. You may want a grout color that blends with or complements your tile, or you may want a contrasting color for a more dramatic look. Keep in mind that the area near your stove is prone to getting dirty much quicker, so choose a grout that is forgiving.