A lot of different activities happen in the kitchen of a home. Between cooking, eating, and making the morning coffee, there is a lot going on in a space that can vary between very large to not nearly large enough. With all of the appliances and activity, there is also an opportunity to design or redesign your kitchen in such a way to accommodate all of the various needs exactly to your liking. Making the most of space is key and filling that space with a design that is personalized exactly to your liking will bring your kitchen to new life for you and your family. One of the first things that people will notice when they walk into your kitchen will be the cabinetry. Every kitchen has to have some set of cabinets to hold all of the unrefrigerated foods and appliances and these cabinets have a lot of potential for making your kitchen a custom beauty. Ultimately, the choice of wood, color, and placement is up to you and will also somewhat depend on the design of the rest of the kitchen. For example, kitchens will tall ceilings work well with cabinets that have an extra area of wood between where the storage space begins and the ceiling to cover up the unseemly gap that appears if the cabinets are too small. The best cabinets are the ones custom-designed to your home, whether when renovated or built, so that they can make the most of your style and space. Countertops are another prominent feature in any kitchen. They offer a major advantage to designing or redesigning a kitchen because they are highly customizable. High-quality countertops can be made of various types of material, each with a specific style or function. For example, natural stone and quartz countertops come in a variety of colors that can blend well with the rest of the room, while stainless steel and wood ones are strong, durable, and easier to clean. Depending on your taste, you may go for something more stylish, such as copper, or more functional, like solid surface. Naffco Flooring and Interiors has many different options for both cabinetry and countertops, so we can no doubt find one that matches your style. When it comes to blending together cabinetry and countertops in the design of a kitchen, the modern trend seems to point towards contrast. In other words, many modern kitchens have combinations of both light and dark colors rather than sticking to a solid scheme. Light or white colored countertops blend well with darker wood cabinets and vice versa. Again, this is up to personal preference of course. Sometimes a solid color throughout can go well, such as light wood with marble countertops, however one should be careful not to overwhelm the room with brightness or cast a gloomy overtone with too many dark colors. Looking below the cabinets and countertops, the flooring of a kitchen can also be a main focal point for the room. A beautiful floor binds the room together as a whole and can blend well with the rest of the space. For example, hardwood flooring, which has become rather popular lately in kitchen flooring, creates a strong combination with like-colored cabinetry. Tile flooring is also a popular choice for kitchens and looks spectacular with a tile design on the walls, even if it is just a single wall. This creates a blended effect that solidifies a theme throughout the kitchen. Finally, it would be irresponsible to not mention the many appliances that are usually scattered throughout a kitchen. Most kitchens have, at minimum, a refrigerator, oven, stovetop, microwave, sink, and usually a dishwasher. The trick with allowing these necessary appliances to look great in a custom-designed kitchen is to balance it out with functional space. Stainless steel is the preferred material for the outside of such appliances and aesthetically matches with bigger cabinets or more prominent storage space. This also aids in the functionality of the storage because, obviously, bigger appliances require bigger spaces to keep them. Steel machines can also blend well if you decide to go with more monochrome or metallic countertops. Your kitchen is an important room in the home where vital activities like cooking take place and, as such, it is a good idea to design it in such a way that is not only functional, but also elegant and to your liking. Cabinets, countertops, and flooring are all important pieces to a design and if you feel the time is coming soon to renovate, then all of these are excellent places to start. Naffco Flooring and Interiors specializes in these and numerous other kinds of interior designing and we are at the ready to help you build the kitchen of your dreams. For more information about how we can assist with your interior kitchen renovation, please call the South Tampa office at (813) 254-4066, the Carrollwood office at (813) 961-1362, or the Brandon office at (813) 413-8313.