To help focus your selection process, ask yourself the following questions:
Why do I want a new kitchen?
What’s on the wish lists of others who use my kitchen?
Where can I incorporate current elements in the new kitchen?
What do I like and not like about my current kitchen?
What don’t I like about how it looks?
Do I have enough countertop space for preparing meals?
Is my sink large enough?
Do I have enough refrigerator and freezer space?
Do I need more storage space?
Do I have enough shelf space?
Do my cabinet doors open easily?
Is there enough space for me to comfortably prepare meals and cook?
Do I need more space in the kitchen for working on the computer, paying bills, and other tasks?
Do I have a separate recycling area?
Do I have enough electrical outlets?
Can I adjust my cabinet shelves?
Is my dishwasher easy to load and unload?
Is fresh water easily accessible when I’m cooking? Do I need an additional sink or faucet?
Does the kitchen meet the special needs of family members?
Is my kitchen easy to clean?
Do I have enough light to work by?
Would I like more seating options?
What is the layout of my current kitchen? – Draw a rough sketch of your floor plan and make any notes that would help to design your kitchen.
What general style do I like – contemporary, traditional, or eclectic?
What is the architectural style of my home? Do I want my new kitchen to reflect this style?
What are some of the styles and products that I like—those I’ve seen in a designer’s showroom, in publications, or elsewhere?
Compile a kitchen wish book. Stuff a folder or scrapbook with photos, drawings, descriptions, and lists of what you want in your new kitchen.
Include examples of rooms, colors, layouts, and products that catch your eye. Don’t censor what you include—save whatever says something to you, good or bad. Don’t try to figure out exactly how each idea would fit into your current layout.
What do I like about my friends’ kitchens? Snap photos of your favorites.
What colors do I like? Which ones do I dislike?