Choosing A Kitchen Designer

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Choosing the design scheme, cabinet décor and overall appearance of your kitchen is a big task. It can seem daunting to even the most decoratively inclined of us. If this is the case for you, you are not alone. New Jersey Kitchen Remodeling is one of the most complicated home renovation tasks around. For this reason, and for your own personal sanity, it is often best to part with a little extra cash and hire a designer. This will cost you a little more, but will save you a real headache!

Hiring the right kitchen designer for your project goes a long way, not only will it make your life easier for the duration of the project, it will also produce a much better kitchen remodeling project that will stand the test of time. A good kitchen design plan coupled with expert care and craftsmanship it a great recipe for a successful project. As a side benefit, and a big one, your project will stay on budget and on schedule with a single source of accountability so you can rest assured knowing your investment is protected.

How To Choose A NJ Kitchen Designer

The question then becomes how to pick a kitchen designer who will help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Here are a few tips.

  1. Do some preliminary research. Explore your tastes and educate yourself on what is out there. This will give you a starting point when you talk to designers.
  2. Learn what actually goes into a NJ kitchen remodeling. Read magazines. Watch youtube videos. Be educated. Do not walk in unaware and ready to be taken advantage of.
  3. Ask for referrals from friends, coworkers and retailers.
  4. Ask to see qualifications and photographs. You can gather more information than you would imagine by looking at photos.
  5. Be prepared to pay for experience. It is worth it!

Beyond what we have discussed here already, there are a myriad of material selections, cabinet options, product offerings, appliance integration and countertop options that will come up along the way to name a few, it’s best to have someone who can help navigate the path to a beautiful new kitchen, someone to bounce ideas off of. It’s not so easy to make decisions for your own home, having an objective opinion is very reassuring when making such large decisions, no need to go at it alone!

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Kitchen Cabinet Styles

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Choosing the cabinets to go with your NJ kitchen remodeling is not as simple a matter as it seems. Given that kitchen cabinets can add up to over 50 percent of your kitchen remodeling costs, doing your research and going in a knowledgeable customer is absolutely vital. This post will highlight NJ kitchen cabinet door styles since that is likely the first decision you will have to make. It will also set the tone for the rest of the remodeling.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

  1. Raised Panel: Raised panels are most often made of hardwood, although wood veneer is growing in popularity. Four wood strips form the frame of the cabinet door. A solid wood panel is fit into the door frame. This panel will have a center section that has been cut to appear elevated, and the edges of the center section can be cut in a variety of shapes and designs.
  2. Recessed Panel: These have a similar construction to the raised panel options, but the center panel is flat.
  3. Slab Style: These doors are made from one solid piece of wood. They may have decorative routing around the edges, or the edges might be smooth and plain. These are least expensive options available.
  4. Glass Cabinets: These are constructed like the recessed panel cabinet doors. They have a wood frame made of four joined wood strips, but they have a decorative glass insert making up the center.

Combining Modern and Country in Your Kitchen

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These days the first decision that you will have to make when planning New Jersey kitchen remodeling is whether you want to go for the modern or country home look. These are two of the most popular kitchen designs today and are often described as being polar opposites. While both have their advantages and disadvantages, it really comes down to a matter of personal taste and the general overall décor of your home. Look through our portfolio, design magazines and the Internet and get a feel for each style to see which resonates more with you. If, however, you cannot decide between the two styles, mixing them is significantly less challenging than imagined. And, has gained popularity in recent years. If this sounds like something you want to try, here are a few guidelines.

  1. Contrast appliances and furniture. For example, combining modern, stainless steel appliances with more traditional country kitchen cabinets of New Jersey can be an effective way to bring together the two design styles.
  2. Combine country and modern lighting techniques. Modern track lighting can be wonderfully combined with country-style lamps.
  3. Choose colors wisely. Design your kitchen so that the wall colors are neutral (modern) and are accented with bold reds and golds (country).
  4. Combine modern and country fixtures and sinks. Farmhouse sinks are hallmarks of country style design and can work well with modern countertops and stainless steel appliances.

By following these tips, you can have the best of both worlds.

Calling In the Professionals

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Picking out cabinets for your newly remodeled home is not as easy a task as it sounds. Not only can cabinets add up to 70% of New Jersey kitchen remodeling cost, but the options are endless. There is also the issue of color and staining. These cabinets need to hold everything you have to store, but also need to fit in the space you have. They need to blend into the existing kitchen décor, yet stand out enough that they are visually appealing. The conundrums can be never ending, and–often–just when you think you have a handle on s situation, something else pops up. Thankfully, there are people who do this every single day and we are ready and willing to help with your decision making process.

Do not be hesitant to employ the help of professionals in this matter. We can help you narrow your style and component choices down to what will actually work. We will guide you through the process of analyzing your daily habits and meeting those needs. We will also be able to save you from buying unnecessary NJ home remodeling accessories. While it might cost a little extra money laid out up front, the professionals here at Trade Mark will save you extra cash in the end. Gather ideas of what you want and then give us a call.