Proper planning prevents poor performance.

Planning for your new kitchen can be as simple or as in-depth as you want to be.  There are a few things you’ll need to know before you can get very far along in the process, though.

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If you’re thinking about a new kitchen, there are a number of things you can do to get prepared. First, start thinking about a style of kitchen that reflects your own style and the style of your family. Are you conservative and more traditional, or are you more contemporary and modern? Do you like deep, rich colors, or are you more drawn to lighter, natural colors?

In the beginning, you don’t have to have all of the details decided, but you will need to have some general ideas about how you want your kitchen to look. There are so many different options in cabinetry and countertop styles that it can be a bit overwhelming if you walk into a showroom without at least an idea of what best suits you. You can find dozens of resources online at places like HGTV’s website or in the magazines and/or websites of Kitchen and Bath Ideas®, Kitchen & Bath Design News, and Better Homes and Gardens. The big-box home improvement stores have some great books on kitchen and bath design as well.

Again, it’s important to note that at this stage you aren’t necessarily looking to nail down every aspect of your kitchen, but you should be thinking about things like whether you prefer stain or paint, light colors or dark, simple styles or more detailed. As you’re looking for ideas, you may want to keep a notebook or scrapbook with you so you can jot down ideas you see or cut and paste photos of the designs that you like. Gathering as much information about your tastes as possible in the beginning will help you with the details later on.

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