Friday, April 18, 2014
Minimizing Stress is the Name of My Game (Color Design Board)

Diary by ASID Professional Kelly Hendricks  

The whole process of remodeling a kitchen can be overwhelming. There are just so many parts and pieces to the puzzle. Many homeowners don’t know where to start or even who does what. That’s the beauty of working with a designer. I help my clients move smoothly through the entire process in the most efficient manner possible.

The layout of the space is the 1st and most important step of the design process. Once those decisions have been made, then determining what style to incorporate is next.
When it comes to kitchens, cabinetry choices are often the first thing people think of as the door style is the beginning of what creates the style of the space. But I recommend before choosing a cabinet color or stain we need to find the perfect countertop material.
For instance, if my clients have a hankering for granite countertops, I encourage them to come granite shopping to find the perfect slab to absolutely fall in love with. Once the granite has been selected and a sample piece has been collected, then it’s much easier to choose cabinet colors by pulling colors out from the stone.    
Pat wanted to keep her kitchen feeling light and airy. She has an original medium reddish-brown stained hard-wood countertop from 1913. Since this was a crucial element in keeping with the house’s original style and era, it was important that we keep it. I decided to add even more of it to the island. We also needed another countertop material for three other areas. So we choose a warm complimentary granite that had similar colors and tones to the hard-wood countertops - a perfect choice. Then I selected a light creamy painted color for the cabinets.
With those elements for inspiration, choosing the paint color for the room was easy. I selected something opposite to the countertop color - a soft green. Since opposites play such a key role in design, it’s always a good idea to have the vertical surfaces in similar colors and the horizontal surfaces in similar colors. But these two color groups should contrast with each other.
For example; if a client wants dark countertops, then I use light cabinetry. Or if they want dark cabinetry then I pick light countertops.
When it came to the flooring, Pat has difficulty with nerve pain in her feet, so she did not want hard tile on her kitchen floor, selecting hardwood floors to tie in with the countertops was the likely choice and went perfectly with the era of her home.
Now when it comes to preparing my color board, it often depends on what is available as not every company is willing to give out samples. This makes creating a color board a bit challenging when I don’t have anything tangible to work with. So I have found myself using more and more pictures, along with the samples that I was able to obtain.
When it’s essential to see the actual sample, it might be time for a field trip. Often I will have my clients meet me at one or two different tile stores. I would never send my clients to a tile store by themselves because there are just too many tiles to choose from, making selecting an overwhelming process. My job is to make the experience fun for my clients. Remodeling is stressful enough simply with the disruption change brings. My efforts concentrate on keeping the stress levels low for my clients. Their happiness is my ultimate goal!
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