The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the home, and the heart is one of the most important organs. The heart is responsible for pumping blood out to the body and keeping the body alive, while the kitchen radiates an inviting warmth. It’s more than just preparing and cooking meals. A kitchen is a gathering place for friends and family; for late night talks; for game nights; for paying the bills; for building crafts with kids; and so much more.

The kitchen really is the heart of the home, and that is why it is so important to design it just right. Here are some designer tips to make your kitchen capture your own heart:


The cabinets are both functional and for display. If you are planning for overhead cabinets, we recommend you put them right up to the ceiling rather than leaving any space. That way, your room looks larger AND you have more storage space. Including deep drawers can also allow more room for pots and pans, as well as containing clutter that may otherwise end up on your countertops.

Ceiling Height Kitchen Cabinets Provide Lots of Storage Space in this Custom Kitchen


Lighting will be key in the kitchen. For a design aesthetic, overhead lighting can be easy on the eyes. However, sometimes overhead lighting is insufficient because it can cast shadows. Consider including lighting under the cabinets as well because they shine light directly onto countertops.


Have you ever heard of such a thing as too much counter space? Neither have we! It’s important to have plenty of space to work and entertain, and you’ll want to choose a multi-functional surface. Sometimes, grout between tile can be hard to maintain, and stainless steel can scratch easily. Keep these items in mind when choosing surfaces based on aesthetic and functionality.

Designing your custom kitchen the right way will add a lot of value to your home and enhance your quality of life. Review this information as a starting point, and if you need more help, Alair Homes Hudson is ready to assist. We’ll work with you to design and build the perfect kitchen on time and on budget. Contact us to share your ideas and get started.