How to design your own kitchen

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Want to refresh your kitchen but you're not sure how much of a change to make? Professional designer Nadia Geller shows you how you can use free 3D home design software, like Autodesk Homestyler, to inspire you and help you visualize your ideas in your current space.

How to design your own kitchen Start Easy
  1. Clear your counters
  2. Paint the walls or change your cabinet colors
  3. Get color inspiration from the foods you eat most

Fun Kitchen Design Ideas
  1. Add history with vintage, antique or just plain old stuff
  2. Give yourself an interesting backsplash 
  3. Add colorful window treatments  
  4. Try a rug

Tuning Up Your Lighting
  1. Show off your countertops with under-cabinet lighting
  2. Set your own mood with a dinner switch
Transcript NADIA GELLER: Hi. I'm Nadia Geller, interior designer for Homestyler, and I'm going to help you choose a kitchen design for your remodel. It may seem overwhelming at first. But today we'll break it down to a few basic elements you need to think about.
 
First off, consider the four basic kitchen designs, like this one with an island. There is also galley [Galley Kitchen] U-shaped [U-Shaped Kitchen], and L-shaped [L-Shaped Kitchen]. This is your biggest decision right here, so you should make it your first. I always like to visualize my ideas using design software. There are some good ones on the Web now. [www.homestyler.com] This one, Homestyler, is a free online program that lets you design your kitchen in 2D and 3D so you can get a pretty good idea of what your kitchen will look like. If you're stuck for ideas, start with one from the gallery of pre-made designs.
 
Now to the appliances. I'm going to experiment with different brands and finishes and play around with different combinations. Consider your work triangle, the space you cover when you're going from stove to sink to refrigerator. What is the most natural and efficient for you? Use the program to explore where you want the appliances. It can really help erase any indecision you may have.
 
Once you've decided on a layout and your appliances, it's a good time to visit a showroom. Be sure to print out your designs and your itemized product list directly from Homestyler and bring them with you. There you can touch and feel the appliances' surfaces and fixtures and see if they really live up to your expectations. You may feel differently after you've seen the real thing. Above all else, your kitchen should save you time and effort. With that in mind, take inventory of your kitchen's appliances and tools. Hanging pots and pans from above can be a great space saver, but if you're on the short side you cook a lot, this may not be a good solution. Think of the things you use most, and make sure they're easy to get to. And storage. Make sure you have a place for everything, like the coffeemaker. Are you okay with it out on the counter, or do you want an appliance garage for it?
[Choosing A Kitchen Design] [www.homestyler.com]
[Choose from the four basic kitchen designs]
[Remember your work triangle--sink, oven, refrigerator]
[Take inventory of your storage needs]
[Geller] Now you're on your way to a fabulous new kitchen that suits you and your family perfectly.
 
I'm Nadia Geller. To start designing your dream kitchen today, go to homestyler.com
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  • Nadia Geller

    Nadia Geller Interior Designer and TV Personality Nadia Geller wowed television audiences during three seasons as a featured designer on TLC's show "While You Were Out". Her work as a Designer and Stylist lead to her role as Visual Manager for New York City's home furnishing mecca, ABC Carpet and Home. more about this expert »

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