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(BPT) - Whether you’re undergoing a full-scale kitchen renovation or a simple refresh, design decisions can oftentimes feel overwhelming. Renowned interior designer and artistic advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, shares advice for making no-fail design decisions that will stand the test of time.
“Your kitchen is command central in the home. We spend so much of our time here, whether its day-to-day activities with the family or hosting weekend get-togethers with friends. So, making timeless design decisions up front can help create the perfect space that you’ll enjoy today and still love in twenty years,” Berkus says.
Berkus shares his five top tips for making design decisions that last:
First: Forever finishes
When it comes to finishes, keep things classic. The best options are always the ones that have been around for decades – if they’ve been popular since the 1920s, there’s a good chance they’ll remain a staple for years to come. Think white subway tile, marble countertops, brass pulls and classic painted cabinetry.
Second: Maximize counter and island space
Your countertops are used for much more than preparing food – homework, art projects, family gatherings, late night get togethers – it all happens in your kitchen. You want to maximize counter space, and make sure your island is hardworking. Quick tip – store your small appliances, like toasters and blenders, in your cabinets to free up counter space for all the other things you need it for.
Next: Pick the best appliances
There is truly no better investment for your kitchen than hardworking appliances. It doesn’t matter what backsplash you choose – if your kitchen doesn’t function well, what’s the point? Berkus is a huge fan of the Black Stainless Steel LG STUDIO appliances which he helped design. They feature a pro-style, sophisticated aesthetic with innovative features inside and out to make life easier. Because that is what smart innovation, and hardworking appliances are about.
Then: Brighten your space
Lighting is crucial in the kitchen and most people underestimate how many they need. You want a mix of overhead lighting, pendant lights and counter-top lighting. Shop your local antiques mall for options – you’ll be amazed at how much character a vintage light fixture will add, and they don’t have to break the bank.
Lastly: Show your personality in the details
Shop your own home for accessories for your kitchen. It can be as simple as a framed black and white photograph of your family or unique ceramic bowls and plates you picked up during your travels. Every room in your home should tell your story and feel important – especially the kitchen, where we do so much of our living.
For more design tips and information on LG STUDIO appliances, visit LGStudio.com