The Heart of the Home

Kitchen Design Principles



The kitchen. The gathering place for guests before dinner. The hub of kids running off for soccer practice and parents leaving for work. The hangout of teenagers after school. The room where countless holiday memories are made.

Everyone entering a home is bound to wind up in the kitchen at some point. That’s why good kitchen design is so important. These simple kitchen design principles will make sure your kitchen is ready for the spotlight.

  1. Plan the layout

    Before you do anything else, make sure the kitchen layout is finalized. Most kitchens are planned around the central activity areas. The three primary activity areas are the sink, cooking range and refrigerator. Traffic flow and cabinet layouts are designed around these, so this is a crucial step in the kitchen design process.

  2. Decide on counter tops

    The next thing you’ll want to do is choose your counter tops. It’s easier to match flooring and cabinets to counter tops than the other way around. Counter tops can be very diverse, while flooring and cabinets are typically more neutral.

  3. Keep it simple

    While there are exceptions, you’ll typically want to use neutrals for more expensive kitchen components like appliances, cabinetry or counter tops. Doing this will allow you to change your theme without replacing those expensive items.

  4. Accessorize

    With a neutral foundation that will last through the times, accents are your chance to get creative. Smaller appliances and décor are a great way to show off your personal style.

  5. Color Choices

    When choosing your colors, a rule of thumb is to choose two dominant colors and one accent color. Lighter cabinets and flooring typically look good with darker backsplash, and vice versa.

Use these tips as a starting point to design your dream kitchen.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer