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Checklist for Kitchen Design Ideas, Materials and Styles

Do you need help deciding where to start with your kitchen remodel? View our interactive photo to help you cover kitchen remodel ideas, including cabinets, countertops, flooring, and sinks.

Is it time to finally replace your worn-out cabinets? Is your triangle work zone more like a square? Have you had the same sad linoleum and dreary countertops since the Nixon administration? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, a kitchen remodel might be in your future.

Before you start ripping off your countertops, take some time to think about your dream kitchen. Do you want a chef’s station or an entertainer’s oasis? Are you obsessed with open floor plans, or is a cozier look more your style? No matter what you decide, there’s so much to consider that it can be hard to know where to begin, especially with the seemingly endless options available.

Simply picking out cabinets can turn into a complicated endeavor, requiring you to think about materials, colors, door styles, and hardware. When you choose a countertop, you’ll have to consider the material, color and edge style. Then there’s the faucet and sink. Oh, and don’t forget about all the flooring options.

If your head is spinning already, this fun, interactive photo will get you started. Use it as a checklist to help you brainstorm about the main components of a kitchen remodel.

Hover over or click on the image to see the icons. Start planning your dream kitchen now!

Cabinets

Glass door options for wall cabinets and solid styles are available in light hues like whites and gray or dark hues like cherry and maple.

Don’t forget about the finishing touches — complement your doors with hardware in brushed nickel, polished chrome, brass or bronze.

Countertops

How resilient do you want your counters to be? Let your budget guide you — solid surface ($), granite ($ $), quartz ($ $ $) — and then decide on a color or pattern.

Next, you’ll choose from the various edge options: beveled, eased, full bullnose, half bullnose or ogee.

Flooring

Decide between laminate, luxury vinyl, or ceramic or porcelain tile based on kitchen use and style.

Sink

Sinks come in a wide range of styles, materials, and colors. Choose between a single or double sink in undermount, farmhouse or traditional styles.

Then choose your faucet. High arc and traditional styles come in finishes like chrome and brushed nickel.

Think about these aspects of your project to get started on making your dream kitchen a reality.

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