Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ARIM's Stylish Spring Projects: Custom Kitchens

Spring is finally here! Maybe?...almost? Well it is officially spring at ARIM!  Time to spring into action, crawl out of hibernation, and start spring projects that will make a BIG impact on your day to day living and home investment.  The spring project that we can't get out of our minds is a STUNNING kitchen makeover.  Spring is a perfect time of year to start this type of project!  Get outside while a team of professionals work inside to update and create your dream kitchen.  And we are not talking about investing in a typical "cookie cutter" kitchen, we are talking about thinking outside the box and creating a beautifully unique kitchen that compliments both your favourite design styles and your personal lifestyle.  When its time to come back inside again in the fall, you'll be happy you did!
Kitchen Design entails several key elements. The first basic element is FUNCTIONAL LAYOUT.  In the Interior Design world we call this the "work triangle".  The work triangle is the traffic pattern between the main workstations, being the range, fridge and sink area. An efficient layout will allow you to work between these areas with ease. Imagine a poorly designed work triangle (maybe you have one?)...Maybe you are trying to move that hot pot from the stove to the sink and you going from one end of the kitchen to the other. With a properly designed work triangle, a designer strategically plans an efficient layout creating cooking freedom and allowing more cooks (or the whole party!) in the kitchen.
Another key element to kitchen design is AESTHETICS. We are talking about all of the beautiful finishes that are available, and using them with thoughtful balance. This is where your kitchen becomes YOUR kitchen. Backsplash, flooring, and countertops come in a variety of beautiful styles, colours, and patterns to choose from.  Do you love the "white kitchen" trend but are afraid of everyday cleaning?  For you, the right "off white" cabinetry paired with a white and grey vein quartz countertop will alleviate concerns of obvious everyday kitchen messes. Complimented with a beautiful textured (and easy to clean!) subway tile or a mosaic of hexagonal patterned backsplash, your dream white kitchen becomes a reality without concern. 
And we can't forget DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS!  These are the finishing touches that make your dream kitchen REALLY dreamy. Choosing the right wall colour, trim, hardware, lighting and plumbing fixtures are as equally important as the layout and countertop selection. If you consider yourself a contemporary style lover,  then your kitchen may showcase soft & cool grey glossy slab cabinetry, paired with sleek stainless steel hardware and faucets.  If traditional is more your style, you will see warmer white face-framed cabinetry, paired with oil rubbed bronze or aged gold accents. Combining all of these detailed decisions in the right balance are important aspects of the design process that can make your kitchen truly unique.
Kitchen style combinations are endless and sometimes overwhelming!  Our job at ARIM is to find the the perfect floor plan for your family, the right combination of finishes, and the perfect details that reflect your lifestyle and things you love. 
Do you have A ROOM KITCHEN In Mind?