Summer is the time for family gatherings and friendly visits. This is an opportunity to redefine your living space with a fresh look to impress your guests of the season. Atlanta’s professional interior designers are here to help.
According to Caryn Grossman of CG Interiors Group, the design of a room in particular is more important than ever.
Why is kitchen design so important?
“The trend in new homes and renovations for some time has been to open up the kitchen to the rest of the home, creating a space for gathering and entertaining,” Grossman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Over the past two and a half years, that concept has gained ground. A further extension, the kitchen serves as a space for home office, virtual learning, homework, playing games or cooking.”
Andi Morse of Morse Design says it’s not just multiple uses of space. It’s also about how the mood of the modern kitchen is defined.
“Whether it’s an open floor plan or not, the kitchen can determine the direction and style of the entire home,” she said. “Traditional homes with traditional kitchens tend to be designed in a traditional way, while a modern kitchen will designate a home with a more contemporary design.”
When designing the space, Amy Morris Interiors said it was about ensuring form meets function.
“The kitchen is the most functional space in the entire house,” Amy Morris Interiors told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s the all-encompassing meeting space, the hub of the hustle and bustle, and most importantly, the hub of the family. Because there are so many hats in this room, the kitchen should be as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing to suit every family’s needs.”
What are some cheap ways to decorate the heart of a home?
As inflation continues to hit the economy, homeowners are finding it increasingly difficult to save for extra spending. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to beautify your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Minhnuyet Hardy of Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors recommends giving these cabinets another coat of paint and replacing the faucet. Lighting is another way to give a kitchen new character.
“First, upgrade the lighting,” says Kelly Kole of Kandrac & Kole Interior Design. “Remember to do big things and make a statement. Also remember that mixing metals is okay. Matte black is a great finish for everything!”
“Changing lighting is a surefire way to change the look and feel of your kitchen,” she says. “Swapping out hardware and faucets to brass makes the kitchen pop, and using round hardware with square knobs is another way to beautify your kitchen. Redesign your kitchen counters and add some greenery. Create a coffee corner area Add artwork, whether it’s on the wall or adding to open shelves.”
Kristin Kong of K Kong Designs and Maggie Griffin of Maggie Griffin Design agree that a fresh bar stool can make a kitchen pop while replacing old hardware and lighting.
For those stuck with what color to choose for their cabinets, Grossman says go bold.
“For more modest budgets, we see a lot of bold colors on the cabinets—bright teal, hot burgundy,” she says. “We also saw unexpected color palettes like army green and pink. There are so many fun things you can do without breaking the bank.
“There are plenty of affordable and fun tiles to elevate your backsplash. (For rentals, removable wallpaper is fine). Painted cabinets refresh the space, as does fresh paint on the walls. Clean your counters— It’s amazing to put things away (I need constant reminders myself). Add some potted plants. And, think about that hydroponic garden – growing your own herbs is the bomb.”
While pinching a coin is important right now, there’s nothing wrong with going all out for the “wow” factor. There is nothing more exciting than inviting guests to a newly cleaned and newly renovated home. It’s what Andy Morse calls the “wow” factor that “creates a little drama.”
“Adding flashy metal hoods, using stone counters with lots of texture, or even painting the cabinets in colors like blue or green are all factors that impress someone walking into the kitchen,” she says. “It makes it look like you’ve gone the extra mile to make the kitchen more impactful.”
Hardy recommends taking your lighting and storage to the next level.
“We like to combine several elements to make the kitchen stand out,” says Hardy. “Hidden multifunctional storage always impresses. Lighting can also give a kitchen the ‘wow’ factor. Eye-catching kitchen pendant lights, under-cabinet lights, wall sconces, interior cabinet lights can all make a statement. We also Love the mix of finishes so the kitchen doesn’t look like ‘builder grade’.”
Kong adds that kitchen appliances don’t just provide functionality. They can be the jewels of a living space.
“Appliances that are not only high-tech but stand out as kitchen jewels can provide a wow factor in kitchen design,” she said. “Artistic hoods, creative tile applications, natural stone, painted cabinets, custom trim and mixed metal hardware all provided the opportunity to create a unique home centerpiece.”
Amy Morris Interiors agreed.
“For me, it’s about the ‘jewelry’ in the kitchen,” said the design studio. “I like to keep everything calm and quiet, and then make the room pop with unique and unexpected light fixtures, cabinet hardware, hoods, and stovetops. These are the conversation pieces!”
What are the hottest kitchen trends for summer?
To maximize the impact of your kitchen, it’s important to be true to yourself. But if it suits your living space, there’s nothing wrong with being stylish. According to Atlanta experts, there are some incredible trends to enhance the core of your home this summer.
“The cheerful color on the cabinets and the beautiful wood tones on the island are definitely in trend right now,” says Griffin. Kole says glass cabinets can do the same.
“Take the cabinets apart a bit with floating shelves or fun glass cabinets,” she says. “In this project, we tackled an awkward corner to showcase our client’s silverware collection with deep float shelves.”
Hardy also saw a lot of open shelves.
“Replacing upper cabinets with open shelving, doing full-height backsplashes, recessed cabinets and light stains are some of the top design trends this year,” says Hardy.
You can’t go wrong with bringing the outdoors indoors this year, Grossman said.
“We’re seeing a continued fusion of the indoors and the outdoors, either with kitchens that open entirely to decks and yards, or those that bring the outdoors into plants, large windows, and even hydroponic gardens,” she said.
Amy Morris Interiors doesn’t follow trends, but has seen some common designs this year.
“Unpainted or matte plumbing fixtures are very popular right now and will stand the test of time as they are classics,” said the design firm.
Whether you’re pinching coins or fighting for gold this summer, the experts in Atlanta know how to make your kitchen pop. Grab your tool belt, grab your paintbrush, and get ready to wow your guests and family.
For anyone in need of a professional touch, Grossman has great advice for anyone in need of an Atlanta expert.
“Designing a kitchen is a complex process — a fusion of form, style and function, each carrying the same weight,” Grossman said. “It’s definitely a process, ideally a close collaboration between the homeowner and the designer. We want to understand your habits, goals and desires. We want to understand those special items you want to display and what you need to store (We even measured the size of the doctor’s smoothie supplements and designed a special pull-out cabinet to hold them). We’ll discuss the latest equipment, materials and finishes, as well as what you want to create look. We’ll guide you through the selection process, keeping in mind the budget you want to achieve.”