How to choose a kitchen style

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Take the uncertainty out of finding a new kitchen style that's right for you. Professional designer Nadia Geller explains a few key steps to get you started. Plus, she'll show you how you can use free online home design software, like Autodesk Homestyler, to preview and share your designs in 3D before you ever spend a dime.

How to choose a kitchen style Interior Design expert Nadia Geller helps you choose a kitchen style that’s right for you with these tips.
  • Look to the architecture of your home for cues as to what style kitchen is right for you. The idea is that you should link together interior and exterior elements to insure continuity.
  • Take stock of your furniture and accessories. Your kitchen should blend with the rest of your house.
  • Homestyler.com can help you visualize your ideas. Save all of your designs online and share them with friends and family to get feedback.
  • Get ideas from your happiest memories. Take note of the tiniest things around you. Write down these details and then review magazines and put sticky notes in the pages that give you a similar sense and feel. These are all good clues to help you decide what you want.
Transcript NADIA GELLER: Hi, I'm Nadia Geller, interior designer for Homestyler. Today, I'm going to help you find the style of kitchen that's right for you.
Start with the architecture of your home for cues.
What style is it?
I always recommend that you have hints of your homes exterior on the inside.
{Link together interior and exterior elements} If your home is a Cape Cod, but you aren't necessarily into that style for your decor, you can give it a nod by adding a subtle texture.
For example, adding beadboard to an island with a more modern countertop.
This will help you whole home feel more put together.
{Take stock of your furniture and accessories} Take a good look at the items throughout your home, too.
Do you tend to choose more traditional furniture and accessories?
{Use styles that fit with the rest of your home} Your kitchen should blend with the rest of your house.
{www.homestyler.com} An online design program can help you visualize your ideas.
This one is Homestyler.
It's free and it lets you preview your kitchen in a variety of styles.
With 3D, you can see what each style will look like with the rest of your home.
Then you can try every conceivable combination of styles, look at them, compare, even get feedback from your friends and family online.
You may just find some great new ideas.
Be sure to save all of your designs online.
You never know when you'll want to go back to something you thought of one day.
You can even print them out for your design notebook.
Another tip I'd suggest is to think of a kitchen where you were really, really happy.
Search your memory for details of that place.
Was it a traditional '50s kitchen?
Did it have ornate details like crown molding on all of the cabinetry?
Write down these details and then review magazines and put sticky notes in the pages that give you a similar sense and feel.
Take note of the tiniest things around you.
Maybe it's a particular color of china or wallpaper.
Or maybe it's some flowers that stand out for you.
These are all good clues to help you decide what you want.
{Finding the right style for you, Base decisions on styles that blend with your home}
{Get ideas from your happiest memories}
{Take note of color and design details everywhere, www.homestyler.com}
Have fun creating your perfect kitchen.
I'm Nadia Geller.
To start designing your dream kitchen today, go to homestyler.com}
{To start designing today, go to www.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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