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What to Consider When Designing a Custom Kitchen

When in the process of designing any space, the number of decisions to be made can be overwhelming. This is even more true when designing your kitchen. For most, the kitchen is the “heart of the home.” It is a space where form marries function so that your everyday use of the space works for you. Here are some things to sit down and think about before you start your custom kitchen project.

What gets used the most?

How often do you grab that heavy mixer? Should it be stored in a lower larger cabinet? Or a cabinet you can easily just slide it out onto the counter without having to lift it up? Do you keep a fully stocked arrangement of coffee and all the gadgets to froth your milk just right? A dedicated coffee bar area in your kitchen could be just the thing to improve your mornings.

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For appliances and items that you use regularly, make sure your cabinets are the right size to house them. You also want to make sure that they are in a convenient location for you to get to.

Look at your layout

It makes a world of a difference when everything is not only in its place, but the right place. Having things in an optimal location makes it easier to navigate your space; you don’t want to awkwardly knock into someone else getting a glass of water while you’re making dinner. Make sure that there is enough room for all your cabinet doors and drawers to open; there should be enough space without infringing on opening your appliances as well. Giving just the right amount of space between where you would prep your meals and how far you have to walk to the refrigerator to get them will make cooking in your space more enjoyable as well.

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How will your materials hold up?

Choosing countertops, cabinets, and flooring in a kitchen is about more than just how they look. While the aesthetics are something you should love, you would be disappointed if they didn’t hold up to how you use your space. Take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing finishes. If you love marble countertops, but don’t have the time or patience for the upkeep, consider a quartz that looks like the marble you have been eyeing. 


Where your lighting is placed is key in designing a custom kitchen. For example, not having the right lighting above your sink area may make it less pleasant when doing nighttime dishes. Make sure you have enough lighting overall, such as recessed lighting if your space is large, and pendants or sconces over the areas that you will be standing for long periods of time. We want to make sure you can always see where you’re going and what you’re doing.

What to Consider When Designing a Custom Kitchen | WPL Interior Design
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WPL Interior Design is always here to help you with your interior design needs. It’s not just about making your space look good, but your space must function well, too. We’ll listen to your needs and ask you questions about your lifestyle so we can find the best design solution for you. The kitchen possibilities are endless; we have even worked on many outdoor kitchen projects, as well! Get started on your next custom kitchen project today by filling out our online design inquiry form.

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