Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation – Innovation trumps frustration
Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation projects are always filled with excitement and hype – naturally and understandably – but as much as we believe that our project will be successful, it is better to be in the know.
So, what should we know, and why?
Truth is: If we know nothing, we will accept anything.
There is much more to remodeling and renovating our kitchen than meets the eye. Let’s explore what this is, and why…
Many remodeling and renovation projects deliver striking and somewhat beautiful results, but a fair percentage of these projects miss the mark on critical issues. To understand what these issues are, and how and why things go wrong, we should review the fundamental characteristics of a successful remodeling or renovation project.
In terms of the final result and finished product, a successful project encapsulates and integrates the three most important design principles, i.e. functionality, ambiance (mood) and style (personality).
Functionality – be it additional or enhanced – is the primary objective of almost every remodeling or renovation project. Functionality transcends aesthetics and is the de facto measure of success or failure. If your project enhances the functionality of your space and makes it work really well for you, it guarantees great returns on your investment.
Functionality embodies effective design which optimizes the usage of your space. Functional design improves flow and accessibility; facilitates organization, and places necessities within easy reach when you need it. Effortless efficiency!
Function-rich design replaces frustration with creativity and innovation. When functionality is sumptuously wrapped in tasteful aesthetics, it creates maximum eye-appeal – the “wow” factor. This is essentially the hallmark of a dream project – a resounding success, and a source of pride and contentment for years to come. Great projects deliver timeless results and retain their “wow” factor.
Functionality and Setting
For a project to deliver a magical result, it must deliver the required functionality within a setting which is fitting. The setting of a space is created by the ambiance (mood) and style (character) of the space. Creative, innovative and well-informed designers deliver dynamic and harmonious settings which are fit for purpose and meet your requirements.
In order to achieve a harmonious setting, specific design elements require careful consideration up font.
Balance, scale and proportion are three separate, but intertwined elements. Collectively, these three elements can make or break the mood and the character of a space.
Balance and equilibrium can be achieved either formally, by symmetrical design, or informally, by using various objects around your space, in order to create balance and equilibrium within the space.
It is important to note that the indiscriminate use of random objects to achieve balance, or to decorate a space, has a negative impact on harmony, because it results in a disjointed or cluttered look and feel. Both the selection and use of decorative objects must be guided by scale and proportion to maintain harmony in terms of color, size and also weight.
Good balance flows naturally from well-considered design – supplemented with complementary decorations which fit the dimensions of the space and also enhances harmony.
It is impossible to achieve balance within a space if the color, size and weight of the decorations do not create a sense of harmony.
Scale and Proportion
Scale and Proportion are important elements for creating harmonious “size relationships” within a space. If either scale or proportion is not considered as important factors in the selection of decorative items, the balance of the space will be impacted negatively.
All the items in a space must have the correct scale and proportion to fit the dimensions of a space. It helps to measure the dimensions of the space and define the acceptable dimensions of every decorative item in order to maintain a balanced “size relationship” among all the objects in a space.
The objects in a space create, affect and impact the balance – equilibrium and harmony of a space. Formal balance is achieved by design, while informal balance is achieved by the placement of various objects. The “symmetrical design” option – formal balance – creates equilibrium intrinsically and naturally.
The use of decorative items to create informal balance results in a space which is subtly balanced and offers a subliminal sense of freedom, casualness, informality, and perhaps even playfulness.
If our kitchen designer successfully weaves the critical elements of functionality and balance (size, color, weight, scale and proportion) together harmoniously, we have the makings of a magical kitchen remodeling or renovation project. These are the ingredients of the recipe for success, befitting of a celebration for design innovation.
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…