Sharing a home cooked meal with family, at the dinner table, is a wonderful way to create memories. But if you are cooking in a kitchen that you hate, you might find that you aren’t exactly inspired to whip up a gourmet meal. You can transform a kitchen by starting from scratch and installing a brand new kitchen. Or you can update an existing kitchen with some smart design decisions.

With the current trend of open space design, kitchens have become the heart of the house. They are now incorporated into the living and entertainment areas.  It’s important that your kitchen design maintains the same style, tone and flow of the rest of the house in order to ensure harmony from room to room.

Design Tip: Create a seamless transition through the use of color, style, textures and materials between the two rooms. They don’t need to match, just have hints of coordination.

For the featured kitchen above. Design Connection Inc. provided furnishings, paint, window treatments, tile, cabinets, countertops, space planning, color and material selections and project management.

Beauty without function means nothing. The key is to really think about how your family uses the kitchen. What type of storage do you need and what do you want to incorporate into the kitchen area? An experienced designer can help you think through all the decisions. Check out some of the custom and personal storage decisions you can make. These great solutions where provided by Tony’s Custom Cabinets. You can click on the picture to see more of their ideas.

There are a lot of design elements to coordinate, and it can become overwhelming pretty quickly. An interior designer will provide their insight and expertise to assist you in the selection of the latest products and recommend choices that best fit your style and budget.

Don’t design for resale! When people design for some future potential buyer, they tend to create bland and boring kitchens. Please note that when you are ready to sell your home a potential buyer will appreciate good design.

With the holiday’s around the corner, if you need a new kitchen, start by calling us for an appointment with our professional design team. Our business hours are: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. central standard time Monday – Friday Call Arlene Ladegaard at 913-210-0511 or email her at We’d love to hear from you.