Written by HomeStars.com Jessica Greaves
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What does a kitchen designer do, exactly?
Whether you love to cook or just appreciate a good meal, the kitchen is a very important room in any house. Often called the heart of the home, the kitchen is where we gather for meals, work on projects, and connect with our family and friends.
While you might not realize it, there’s a lot of work that goes into designing the perfect kitchen.
From finding a functional layout to picking design elements, taking on a kitchen renovation is a big commitment.
Luckily there are pros specifically trained in making your dream kitchen a reality. HomeStars spoke with Barbara Nyke, owner and principal designer at NIKKA DESIGN. Barbara specializes in kitchen design and answered some common questions about this job. If you’re interested to learn exactly what a kitchen designer does and how they can help you, read on to get Barbara’s expert opinion!
Barbara recommends homeowners speak to a kitchen designer right at the beginning of their project. Before you hire the renovation team to carry out the work, you should speak to a designer first. Going into a major renovation without a plan is never a good idea.
Without a plan, you may make costly mistakes or end up with a kitchen you don’t love. For these reasons, it’s always best to speak to a designer first. They will look at your current kitchen layout and figure out the best possible option(s) to maximize space and functionality.
You can get in touch with a kitchen designer and have them over to your home for an initial consultation. From there you can sign on for a design package if you want to continue working with them throughout the project. Either way, a designer will help provide you with a design plan for a successful kitchen renovation.
What are common mistakes homeowners make in their kitchen design?
When it comes to common mistakes, some fall into the category of “you don’t know what you don’t know.” That’s why hiring a designer is your best bet as they can make sure you don’t accidentally make these mistakes. Designers are trained to think creatively and to look at all the opportunities a space presents and then work through the advantages of one plan over another based on their client’s needs. For these reasons, designers are like detectives of the design world!
Another common mistake homeowners make is incorporating trends that do not work for them or the rest of their home. You want to avoid choosing trendy colours and styles that don’t suit the home’s current aesthetic. Trends are fun to follow and incorporate some of them into our homes but not all trends make sense for every home. Much like fashion, flared pants don’t look great on everybody, but a designer can find a fit that does work for you. A kitchen designer can do the same and find the right trends that suit your home.
Why should you hire a kitchen designer?
NIKKA DESIGN has been in business since 2004 and has been voted as one of Toronto’s top design firms. They are a full-service interior design and decorating company, creating custom designed interiors with a focus on kitchen designs. To read their reviews and see project photos, check out their portfolio.