Design Highlight – A functional, trendy kitchen for a growing family


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Today’s kitchen design trends aren’t always the most family friendly. However, those white cabinets you’ve always dreamed of aren’t out of reach just because of your little ones!

The Sheldon’s kitchen remodel is the perfect example of how to balance trendy with functional. Learn more about how their new kitchen works for their family and how you can take notes for your own home!

Carefully chosen, low-maintenance surfaces

These days, we hear a lot about “white and bright” kitchens: white cabinets, light countertops, and even lighter decor. However, with all of these light interiors, young families might wonder how reasonable this trend will be for their home. After all, your kitchen cabinets will go through years of sticky fingers, science experiments, and art projects.

Long story short: the key is in selecting the right materials. Pay attention to the amount of maintenance that your new kitchen will require. Ensure that the cabinets you choose will be easy to clean. For example, if something spills down the front of your new cabinets, can it simply be wiped off or will the paint chip easily?

To really keep your kitchen family-friendly, you may also consider swapping out granite for quartz countertops. Not only is it easy to clean, but it’s also anti-microbial and doesn’t require resealing every few years. No need for harsh chemicals!

For your home:

If you have young children (or you’re just looking for a low-maintenance kitchen) put some thought into the finishes and materials you select for your home. Rather than choosing high-contrast appliances, opt for the more forgiving stainless steel. Choose countertops that are easy to maintain and aren’t easily marred, like Quartz.

Plenty of space for work and play

For an active young family, nothing is more important than having plenty of space. Because of this, we focused on creating as much countertop and storage space as possible in the Sheldon’s kitchen remodel.

The majority of countertop space in this kitchen comes from the over-sized island in the center. Rather than forming an island with just one run of cabinets, two rows were placed back to back to double the countertop space.

Putting the island together this way helped create functional storage on both sides. Each side of the island open up to reveal extra cupboards and shelving, perfect for stowing away art supplies and accessories.

For your home:

If you have the room, consider expanding your kitchen island to create more counter and storage space. However, be careful not to make it too big. Leave plenty of room for walkways in between the island and cabinet runs to avoid making your kitchen seem overcrowded.

A unique blend of finishes

Don’t think that this kitchen lacks in personality just because of it’s practicality! By starting with a neutral color palette, this kitchen became the perfect canvas to blend together a variety of styles without becoming too overwhelming.

The family’s unique sense of style came through in the details that they chose for their kitchen. Simple items such as a ceramic farm sink and white subway tile were balanced by a more bold faucet and cabinet pulls, and pops of color were added to brighten up the room.

For your home:

Don’t be afraid to show off your unique sense of style in the accessories that you choose. Try mixing and matching different pieces and colors to create a unique look for your home.

Are you ready to start in on your own kitchen remodel? Contact a Founder’s Choice designer today! We’d be more than happy to help you design the perfect space.

DesignJulianna Flanders