This year Midwest Home magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted complimentary panel discussions on Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 14 to kick off the ASID Designer Kitchen Tour on April 16 and 17.
We wanted to share some good tips we learned from these two panels.
On Tuesday, April 5, talented local designers shared ideas on “Designing a Timeless Kitchen." The panelists—creative local design professionals—included Catherine Harrington of Catherine Harrington Designs, Dan Juedes of Filament Lighting, and Donna Tasto of Rubble Tile, with Midwest Home editor Chris Lee moderating.
On Thursday, April 14, panelists discussed “Trends for your kitchen that match your lifestyle." Talented area designers shared how different lifestyles affect how our kitchen should come together. On the panel were Rena Feldman of In Unison Design, discussing the gourmet cook; Jayme Meyer of Martha O’Hara Interiors discussing the homeowner who likes to entertain; Sheree Vincent of Fusion Designed talking about sustainable living; Kimberly Herrick of Herrick Design Group discussing the active family lifestyle; and Angela Warner of Warners’ Stellian sharing information about appliances that fit each of these lifestyles.
Our takeaways? We have many to share:
- Placement of lighting matters. You want bright light over the cooking area, but you may want to be able to control your lighting above the eating area.
- Kitchen materials determine what type of lighting you need. What you need for lighting depends on how the light bounces of the color of your walls, your cabinetry and your counter tops. There is no one size fits all.
- Your preferences are always in style. It doesn't matter if its the trendiest thing to have three sets of lights above your counter tops if you prefer five. You live there and a good designer will help you incorporate your tastes into the design of your kitchen.
- When the budget is tight, focus on cabinetry. The one thing that withstands time are the actual cabinets. It's easy to change out the counter tops or to get a fresh coat of paint. The one item that is a permanent fixture are your cabinets. Make sure you focus on this when trying to decide on one element to splurge on in your kitchen.
- Think sustainable. It didn't occur to us until we heard it in the panel, but your kitchen is the one room in your home with the most chemicals. Think of all the sealants, varnishes etc. that have to be applied in every nook and nanny to ensure that everything is sealed for safety. A lot of these protection efforts also comes with their fair share of chemicals. Nowadays, our homes are also better sealed than in the past which means we trap all these chemicals inside our home. Working with a designer that understands these elements could help you live in a healthier environment!
- Designers can ultimately save you money. Let's face it, we all love to think we know what we're doing. However, someone who has spent their profession studying kitchens probably knows it better than you. It could save you a lot of time and money in mistakes by sharing your goals with an expert. They can help devise a plan that suits your style and budget.
If you're thinking of remodeling your kitchen, you're in luck! The Cynthia Froid Group will be hosting an event in the coming months on this very topic. Like us on Facebook or contact us to get on the invite list!