Snaidero DC Metro transformed a problematic kitchen in Northwest DC with an open 
plan and a serene, modern aesthetic.

Checklist: Form Meets Function

Tips from Snaidero DC Metro’s Elizabeth Chung on making the most of your new kitchen

Whether you’re redoing your current space or simply looking for design inspiration, the process can be as easy as 1, 2…7. Here are seven insights we offer our clients that help make their
 kitchens both beautiful 
and functional.

  1. STREAMLINE—A kitchen should be efficient while meeting clients’ needs, and cabinetry should encourage a no-fuss environment. By removing excess, a kitchen designer can deliver a clean installation that performs optimally and requires little maintenance.
  2. NATURE—Incorporating the great outdoors is essential. You can do this by bringing nature in. Raw, unpolished wood finishes—or manmade materials that mimic the natural environment—add detail, definition and character while complementing your surroundings.
  3. CLEAR THE CLUTTER—Incorporating ample storage is imperative for 
any successful kitchen design. Designing a walk-in pantry in your cabinet finish, finding clever opportunities for additional storage and adding organizational accessories to your drawers maximizes storage potential in your kitchen.
  4. PERSONALITY—Splashing your cabinets with a vibrant finish adds character. Cabinetry is available in a wide variety of colors and in a choice of lacquers; custom colors give homeowners a truly unique space.
  5. FREE-FLOWING—An open-concept layout delivers a dynamic flow within the house. By removing barriers, you can create an inviting and spacious atmosphere throughout your home—stemming from the kitchen.
  6. JUXTAPOSITION—Streamlined cabinets are the perfect canvas for contrasting colors, finishes and materials to come to life without feeling busy. Mixing things up adds interest and richness to your palette.
  7. SHOW OFF—Adding open shelves to your kitchen helps promote efficiency while providing visual interest. Eliminating traditional wall cabinetry allows for a brighter, lighter, unfettered look while providing
a platform to showcase your favorite items.

Pro tips

“Make the kitchen accessible to everyone, regardless of age, height or skill level. Work zones, targeted storage, multi-level counters, smart appliances, flexible lighting and wider aisles all bring the family together.”
—Jonas Carnemark, CKD, CLIPP, CARNEMARK design+build 

“Current kitchen trends include contrasting colors, finishes and materials. Doors with thin frames, picture-frame bevels and beaded insets are replacing the Shaker style of the last decade.”
—Davida Rodriguez, CKD, Davida’s Kitchen & Tiles