Kitchen Design Guide

Welcome to the Kitchen Design Guide


Thinking about kitchen remodeling? Want to reface kitchen cabinets? Then this is a good place to start. Here you will find lots of tips, advice and help with planning, designing and buying your kitchen and kitchen cabinets.

Buying a kitchen is a major investment. To some it is the most important room in the house. Kitchen design trends are constantly changing, as are the choices of colors and materials. However, there are still some basic concepts that never change and hopefully you will find them here.

If you can’t find what you are looking for here then you should be able to find it either by using the Search box at the top of the page, or by clicking on the various links to other sites that appear on every page.

If you want to know more about just kitchen cabinets then we have also created a new Guide to Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinet Refacing which you can find by clicking here: Guide to Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinet Refacing.

When you are designing your new kitchen refer to these pages regularly as it will assist you with the design process and make your finished kitchen both functional and enjoyable.

And don’t just take our word for it; remember, when planning your new kitchen space, that consulting a kitchen designer or an interior designer who specializes in kitchens will enable you to get the latest advice on kitchen design ideas and guidelines. If you want to arrange a Kitchen Design Consultation visit us on our main site here: Kitchens Atlanta.

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Kitchen Design Basics


With so many choices in materials, appliances and accessories, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when choosing the components that make up your new kitchen.

A good designer should be able to point you in the right direction and sites such as this can give you some good hints, tips and ideas, but ultimately the choice of kitchen style is entirely up to you.

If you have any questions about kitchen design that are not covered in these pages then give us a call!


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Kitchen Shapes


The next big step in the kitchen planning process is deciding what shape the kitchen will be, and determining who will use the kitchen and how often.

Although deciding on the shape seems restrictive, it actually narrows down the possibilities and makes the planning easier. The goal on deciding on a shape it to make your kitchen as efficient as possible, with the food preparation, sink and cooking areas close together. A good rule of thumb is to keep a piece of countertop between the sink and cooktop on which to prepare … (read more)

Kitchen Layout


Think about what happens to your food and you will get a good idea how an efficient kitchen works. The steps are usually:

Dish Washing

Bear all these in mind when planning and you won’t go far wrong. For example, put the fridge near the door where you bring in the shopping (to save you walking across the kitchen each time), put the baking supplies in a cupboard near the oven, the clean-up materials under the sink and snack items near the … (read more)

Kitchen Costs


Your budget will normally dictate your choice of products but there are other considerations you need to take into account when working out how much your new kitchen is going to cost.

Prices vary quite a lot, so the figures given below are just a guideline and, as always, shopping around is the best bet.

But work out roughly how much money you want to spend and use this figure when talking to designers and contractors.

Below are some guidelines for establishing a realistic budget.

Budget Guidelines

First of all, if you limit … (read more)

Kitchen Storage


The next step in planning your new kitchen is to plan enough storage to suit your needs.

As already explained in Kitchen Shapes, different shapes of kitchens automatically provide different amounts of storage space.

Although most of us think of plain cabinets when we think of storage, there are a lot more options these days.

In this section you will find solutions to various storage problems and useful tips to make the most of even the smallest of spaces. Cabinets will be discussed in the ‘Cabinets’ section.

Below The Countertop

It is obvious … (read more)

Kitchen Cabinets


There are so many choices where cabinets are concerned, such as the door materials, style, color, frames, etc., and so much variation in price that the whole area can be confusing at times.

Hopefully, this section should give you a good place to start.

You may also want to consider the option of having your cabinets refaced. You will be surprised at the results you can achieve by doing this, and also how inexpensive it is, especially if you can find a good deal with a reputable company.

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Kitchen Countertops


The cabinets may be the face of the kitchen but the countertops are where all the action happens. A countertop will have to cope with hot pots and pans, knives, dirt and therefore needs to be durable.

So it is usually best to make your choice based on the performance of the material and ease of maintenance, as well as the sink mounting option.

Notes on edge styles and backsplash options are given at the end of this page (click here).

The countertop choices are listed below very roughly by price … (read more)

Kitchen Walls


Now you’ve chosen the design of your kitchen cabinets and worktops, the next thing is to choose the materials and the colors of your walls.

The most common materials for the kitchen walls are paint, wallpaper and tiles.


Paint is the cheapest and fastest way to transform the feeling of your kitchen, however, you need to have good surfaces to paint on (i.e. no holes or cracks which will show through the paint).

If your walls aren’t smooth enough, then you can line the walls with lining paper first (a special … (read more)

Kitchen Floors


Choosing flooring is a lot like choosing countertops. Which type you choose depends on the style of your kitchen, the amount of use it will get, and the price. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages.

Vinyl, linoleum and carpet are the most comfortable underfoot. Laminate, vinyl and polyurethane-treated wood are the most durable. Stone and concrete look good and are also hard-wearing, but are also harder to clean.

Decide whether you want to install flooring under your removable appliances or around them (whichever you choose, make sure you can roll them … (read more)



A fridge is one of the most important appliances in your home, influencing your eating habits and ensuring food hygiene and taste.

Refrigerators are available with different door configurations, with either the doors side-by-side, or with one door on top of the other, or as drawers.

In a top/bottom unit the freezer can be on either the top or the bottom. In a side-by-side configuration the freezer is on one side.

Some are available as built-ins, which can be disguised to look like just another cabinet. Others are the same depth as … (read more)



Ovens are available in gas or electric, and using a number of heating methods, conventional, convection, microwaves or combination oven/microwave.

They come in many shapes, sizes and finishes. Your choice will be influenced by the design of your kitchen, the space available and what you enjoy cooking.

A single oven can be placed in a cabinet below the counter top or in a tall cabinet. A regular double oven or an conventional/microwave double oven combination will be placed in a tall cabinet.

Wall ovens are either 24, 27, or 30 inches wide.

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Ranges and Cooktops


One question that often comes up is, should you buy a range or a cooktop?

In short, it is really a personal choice, based on your budget, space limitations, looks, and needs.


Prices for cooktops, ovens and ranges vary a lot because the prices are changing constantly due to special offers and sales, brands are priced differently to start with, and they also depend on which of many different features they offer.

However, a separate cooktop and wall oven will always cost more than a range, and will also require electrical … (read more)



Dishwashers are a great time-saver and are also more hygienic than washing dishes by hand, due to the higher temperatures involved during the wash cycle.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a dishwasher, for example, unit type, how many place settings you can fit inside, control type and the number and type of wash cycles.

Unit Type

First decide on the type of unit. Dishwashers are available as freestanding (portable) or built-in (under the counter) models.

They come in two sizes, 24″ and 18″

Portable dishwashers

As the … (read more)

Sinks and Faucets


There are many new looks and styles for sinks that depart from the typical bowl configuration.

Newer designs include geometrically shaped sinks made from glass, and stainless steel sinks with long, narrow stream-shaped basins.

A distinctive, contemporary sink gives a stylish flair and becomes a striking attraction in your kitchen, while still remaining functional. There are just a few things to consider when selecting a kitchen sink.

Size and Shape

Sink sizes range from S to XXL, so there’s a model to fit every kitchen. If space is an issue or if … (read more)

Hoods and Vents


You can cook without a hood or a vent, but moisture, grease, odors, and heat from cooking on a cooktop can damage the rest of your kitchen.

Also, steam from cooking condenses on windows and walls, and in some cases carbon monoxide from the burning of gas can build up.

A range or cooktop hood or vent will remove most if not all of the above problems.

Hood Styles

Hood choices range from basic ductless wall-mount units, to systems with lights, timers, and easy-clean surfaces.

You can buy hidden slim-line hood designs … (read more)

Kitchen Accessories


Furniture and accessories add the finishing touches to your kitchen and help to enhance its overall effect. Buying new accessories is the easiest way to change the look of your kitchen.

However, it is important not only to choose items that complement the style and feel of your kitchen but also ones that meet your needs.

Appliances and accessories made of stainless steel are very popular right now, such as blenders and toasters, refrigerators and pro-style oven ranges. To get the all-steel look without the price, look for steel finished appliances and … (read more)

Modular Stack stoves


This modern reinterpretation of a traditional wood stove, the customizable modular Stack stove is the fruit of collaboration between La Castellamonte and Adriano Design. The basic goal was to create a very efficient, contemporary scalable stove that fits living spaces and requirements of eco and design conscious European consumer.

The modular Stack stoves are available in Cubistack, Roundstack, Cookinstack, Ministack and Thermostack models with several variations. Previously, La Castellamonte tiled wood stoves.





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Sink Tub Combo by Desnahemisfera: Symbiosis

No room for both a free standing tub and a vanity? No problem, simply install the Symbiosis. With a sink merging into the backrest of the tub the Symbiosis uses the same drain output for both sink and tub while also incorporating separate temperature and pressure controls for each by the touch of a button. There are also built in speakers for an iPhone or other device and the wave design of the bathing backrest is ergonomically designed for the ultimate in bathing comfort.

Exotic Ranch House Blends Rustic Chic and California Cool

When Sylvia Beez of M.A.P. Interiors redesigned this 1970s ranch house, she combined a rustic-chic look with the California appeal of the area hosting this warm, welcoming, personality-filled home. The living room screams “rustic refined,” whereby each element that would typically be classified as “county” boasts a modern edge – the vaulted wood ceiling, painted white; the concrete floor, polished to a sleek sheen; and the stone fireplace, which takes shape a contemporary shape and becomes a modern focal point. A wall of windows floods … (read more)

Panasonic fully automatic coffee machine

This compact fully automatic coffee machine from Panasonic comes with 3.5″ color touch LCD screen for easily personalized selection, 15 bar pump, memory function, milk frother and 5-stage step less adjustable grinder, allowing you to prepare your favourite coffee drink at the touch of an icon.

Everything is adjustable with the Panasonic NC ZA1HXE coffee machine – coffee strength, size, temperature, amount of milk, amount of foam, grinding finesse. You have 5 coffee temperatures, 4 programmable memory slots, 1.4 liter removable water tank with 6-cup capacity, 1-liter milk tank, 2-cup function, removable brewing … (read more)

La Castellamonte tiled wood stoves

The classic, tiled wood stoves from La Castellamonte are available in 12 wood burning and 2 pellet models. The ceramic tiles can be finished in 32 colours, allowing you to match the decor of any room you wish to place the new tiled wood stove in.

You can heat up to 460 cubic meters with some models, while others are more suitable for smaller spaces. Several stoves can be configured to provide hot water for the entire house.

Every La Castellamonte tiled wood stove incorporates tradition, craftsmanship and the latest technological … (read more)

Smart thermostats respond to your every command

Smart thermostats respond to your every command

Google’s $ 3.2 billion acquisition of Nest shows how quickly mobile-controlled thermostats are heating up. Now, other big-name brands are getting in on the action in some interesting new ways as discovered at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

As with the Nest, you can program Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat from your computer, tablet, or smart phone—handy if you want to turn up the heat before getting home from work or to make sure you didn’t forget to turn down … (read more)

Viking adds pro-style features to its consumer line

Viking adds pro-style features to its consumer line

Last year Viking was acquired by Middleby Corporation, a maker of commercial restaurant equipment. At Design and Construction Week, Viking introduced a number of new products that incorporate commercial technology into consumer products. It will be interesting to see if consumers want these high-end features.

Viking’s new 7 Series range features 23,000 BTU elevation burners adapted from the commercial line. That’s the highest we’ve seen in a residential range. Also on display are wall ovens with the new side-swing French doors, … (read more)

Thermador range brings the grilling inside

Thermador range brings the grilling inside

More outdoor gas grills include side burners and other features that help bring your kitchen out to your yard or deck. Thermador’s Grand and Pro Harmony pro-style ranges bring barbecuing inside with an optional built-in grill, complete with drip pan and lava rocks. The hybrid unit was on display at Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas.

Two independently controlled electric heating elements let you grill veggies at low temperatures on one side while searing steaks on high on the other.

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