In this Episode
7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen from Traditional to Contemporary
- Open up the Living Room to the Kitchen
- New cabinets – to go or not to go with the grain?
- Change the Kitchen back splash and counter top
- Take advantage of new technology by upgrading your appliances
- Select new plumbing fixtures
- Change flooring to match in all adjacent rooms
- Update your light fixtures
Notable and Shareable Take Aways
- Contemporary design comes in different levels – look for examples of warm or soft contemporary, or transitional style to avoid extreme, stark contemporary interiors.
- Consult with a structural engineer if you plan to remove walls to go “open concept” with your floor plan.
- Vertical or horizontal wood grain on cabinet doors makes beautiful and interesting textures.
- Express your personality in a unique counter top or back splash.
- Always verify the dimensions of the space available for appliances.
Resources and Links
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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects. She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.