Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation Projects
Part 1 – Focus on success and nothing less!
Remodeling and Renovation projects can be successful and breathtaking or disappointing and heartbreaking. Unbridled excitement can blind us to the pitfalls of a project, because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. The first step towards improving our chances for success is accepting that knowledge is power. We have to be in the know.
So, what do we have know about our project, and why?
Truth is: If you don’t know something, you will fall for anything.
Remodeling and renovating your kitchen is not an overnight exercise or a weekend job. It entails much more than meets the eye. Let’s explore what this is, and why…
Many kitchen projects deliver good results, but lack the “wow” factor. This is mainly because the designer overlooked critical factors or understated the importance of certain critical elements. To understand what these elements are, and how and why things went wrong, our best starting point is a review of the essential characteristics of a successful remodeling or renovation project.
Successful projects encapsulate and integrate important design principles, best practices, the latest trends, artistic flair and practical efficiency. The optimal placement of objects within the layout of a space is guided by the aforementioned elements. The placement of objects can make or break a space in terms of function, mood and personality.
The moment we enter a space, our eyes are automatically drawn to one or other item or object in that space. Quite often, this shift of focus is not merely accidental, but instead engineered. Great designers have the ability to deliberately and consciously grab us by our eyeballs and shift our focus to an object of their choice.
This object is commonly the focal point of the space and the designer is able to shift our focus, grab our attention or draw us in by virtue of the strategic placement of the object, the proximity of the object, the shape and color of the object, but mainly, the layout of the space.
A focal point is essentially a standout feature of a space – a dynamic object which makes a silent statement with emphatic impact. It captures and captivates our focus.
Designers may use paintings, sculptures, ornamentation, wall-hangings and exotic rugs to serve as focal points – by design. On the other hand, plants or trees, large bay windows with panoramic views and fireplaces form very natural focal points. A space without a focal point is like an actor without a character. Lifeless!
Great designers have the ability to turn a focal point into a delightful treasure trove for the captivated visitor or viewer and creates maximum impact. A well-constructed focal point offers more than simple eye-appeal. It also introduces the rest of the design as our focus shifts from the focal point to the rest of the space.
As we perceive the rest of the space, the rhythm of the design becomes clear, as with a piece of music. The progression and repetition of lines, colors and forms can be either subtle or overt and it impacts us either positively or negatively. Subtle progressions translate into a sustained rhythm, while drastic changes in lines, colors and forms cause a break or change in the continuity of the rhythm.
Great designers create a work of art in the same way that orchestra conductors create a masterpiece from various instruments. The continuity, repetitions or changes in rhythm can be either progressive or pronounced. This ultimately determines our response to, and our perception of the presentation. The effects of great music and inspired design are
however the same, in that we are deeply touched on many levels, despite their different sensual entry points. Design captivates our eyes as music captivates our ears. We immediately feel the rhythm and choose whether to run or dance.
Our selection of furniture items must be guided by the intended usage and functional requirements of the space. Size, scale and proportion should determine the suitability of every furniture item. Maintaining a balanced “size-relationship” within a space is important for creating a harmonious atmosphere and the desired ambiance in the space.
The placement of furniture items must be planned with a well-considered approach. Ensure that each furniture item fits within the overall dimensions of the space. Measure each individual furniture item to ensure that it fits within the allocated area and sustains the visitor’s connection with the focal point of the space.
Importantly, furniture items should not impede access or obstruct the flow of movement in critical areas.
Lighting has a significant effect on the mood and character of a space. Selected lighting according to the usage and required functionality of your space. Lighting has a profound effect on the senses and must be suitable and sufficient for the intended purpose. Adjustable lighting (dimmers) offers a wider range of uses and options.
Energy-efficient lighting is an important component of global energy-saving efforts and drives the shift towards sustainability. Smart choices will ensure the best of both worlds in terms of functionality and efficient energy usage. Natural lighting is fast becoming a prominent feature of all modern-day kitchen designs.
The best lighting solutions combine eye-appeal, functionality and efficiency into a striking and effective package. Install accented lighting in appropriate areas to maximize impact and effectiveness. The use of spots for the floor; motion-sensor lighting; mounted or recessed spotlights, and touch-sensor lighting enhance the ambiance and character of any space. Perfect lighting is mood food, even without music.
Great designers use their “trade secrets”, skill and talent to create masterpieces which are revelations. They uncover hidden gems where others only see challenges. Their delivery amounts to more than just eye-appeal. They realize your vision effectively, efficiently and beautifully by balancing your requirements with the essential design elements for an eye-catching and harmonious solution that works well for you.
Great designers create inspiring visual delights. They don’t make idle promises, or hide behind jargon or catchy soundbites. Their designs guarantee a new kitchen that will be the focal point of your home and your family. Your lighting and furniture will be functional, practical and inspiring – enhancing your space and your property. Their designs have an intrinsic rhythm, creating the right mood and ambiance to keep you dancing for a lifetime.
If you are searching for a kitchen designer who understands the principles and subtle nuances of both interior design and kitchen design, contact Gardner Interior Concepts today, and let’s create a masterpiece, together. We aim for success and nothing less…