Designing the kitchen is one of the most challenging rooms in the house…but it’s also one of the most fun! Kitchens are the heart and soul of many homes. They’re a central space that plays host to family gatherings as well as quiet mornings with a cup of coffee, late-night homework sessions, and endless chats. A timeless kitchen will be beautiful as well as highly functional, and the best designs will blend a bit of old and new to create a bespoke appeal. While kitchens are a big investment, it’s worth the time and effort it takes to plan exactly what you want. Take inspiration from some of the expert tips below and stop by our Charleston furniture stores for in-person advice from our team of interior designers.
Invest in Quality
It sounds simple, but the number one way to design a kitchen that will withstand years of use is to invest in high-quality, well-made pieces, both built-in and freestanding. Stay away from anything that is too trendy or modern-looking and opt instead for classic furniture without too many ornate details. A high-end gas range, for example, will never go out of style. Whatever you do, don’t cut corners on materials used for countertops and fixtures because ultimately, you’ll be able to see the wear and tear and need to replace everything within a few years. Natural materials like wood and stone will hold up better and be more appealing in the long run than man-made countertops and tabletops.
Opt for a Neutral Palette
Neutral, classic colors for your kitchen are a much safer choice than bolder, darker hues if you plan to keep your kitchen for many years without needing updates. When it comes to paint colors, finishes, and flooring, stick to colors like white, gray, and taupe. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t add accents in classic colors like navy, green, or black. Try to keep the total number of colors in your kitchen to three. You can bring in more color and tie together your kitchen’s theme through artwork like Fruit Still Life 1.
Build a Multifunctional Island
Islands have proven their worth over time and nearly all kitchens today have them. They divide the room and provide extra countertop space which you will undoubtedly need when you are cooking. Depending on your kitchen’s layout, you might use a small island simply for preparation or you can add bar stools, like our Theo Counter Stools for more seating. These stools have a modern feel with an iron-framed base, yet a timeless seat that is covered in stitched leather.
Select a Streamlined Kitchen Table
Your kitchen table is a focal point, so take some time deciding what shape and size table you need. Will your table be the main place you gather to eat, or will it just be a place for snacks and breakfast? Generally, a rectangular table looks best in a large kitchen while a circular table suits a cozier space or one where you’d like to encourage small, intimate conversations. Once you have decided on shape and size, look for tables that have sleek lines and minimal embellishments. A wooden table like our Gadsden Dining Table will stand the test of time.
Add Artistry with Statement Lighting
When it comes to lighting your kitchen, practicality should be your number one concern, with style and ambiance following closely behind. Bright lighting is very important when you are cooking, yet you’ll also want a way to tone it down when you are eating and setting the mood at night. You’ll likely want a blend of overhead spotlights or wall lights along with a dimmable pendant light or a chandelier to hang over your table or island. You can bring texture to the room with our Georgian Pendant Light or a pop of artistry with our Bianca Ceramic Pendant. The key is to keep it to one or two unique fixtures so as to keep the classic overall look of the room.
Build Your Dream Kitchen at GDC
Creating a bespoke kitchen that you love will require countless hours of planning as you blend elements of old and new to create a timeless design. You’ll find everything you need, plus expert design advice at all three of our luxury home furniture stores in Charleston, SC. Whether you’re starting from scratch with the build or refreshing your space to keep it from seeming dated, our interior design team is ready and willing to help. From kitchen tables to upholstery and light fixtures, you’ll find the most beautiful, unique pieces to fill this room.
Shop the Look
Bianca Ceramic Pendant
Crafted of ceramic with polished brass accents, the Bianca ceramic pendant makes a striking statement overhead with a radiant gold interior to enhance its elegant impact.
Gadsden Dining Table
The perfect kitchen dining table! The Gadsden Dinig Table is solid acacia, seal finished in a light grey wash.
Fruit Still Life 1
This fruit still is the perfect addition to any kitchen. It makes a great holiday gift or even a fun item to get for yourself!