10 Ways to Incorporate Your Personality Into Your Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the heart of every home and it's important to design your kitchen so that it functions beautifully and efficiently.  Your kitchen is not only a reflection of your home, your family and how you use it, but it can also be a reflection of you and your personality.  Here are 10 ways to add your own unique design elements that will make your kitchen more personal and more inviting.  

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Meredith Weiss of Merri Interiors. Photography by Ilowite Photography.

So how do you incorporate your household’s unique personality into your kitchen design and still improve your resale value? Take a dive through this list of strategies for injecting your personality and consider implementing 1 or 2 of these applications in your kitchen remodel.

1. Make Your Kitchen Island Into a Centerpiece 

It’s actually not ‘too wild’ to have a unique kitchen island. In most cases, it’s widely accepted and desired by the masses. Kitchen islands are commonly created for the most efficient and effective work space but also with the intention to add contrast and to create a focal point to the kitchen design. Which means you can get more creative and personal with your kitchen island design.

A bright and fun mint green island adds personality to this white kitchen design.

This kitchen island is not only a unique shape but makes an industrial statement with it's diamond plated metal feature that emphasises the seating area. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Mingle, Plymouth, Minnesota.

2. Make Your Hood a Center Piece

Just like the kitchen island, the Hood is another design element where a focal point and contrast can be created. If your stovetop is the center point of your kitchen, this might be a great way for you to draw attention to it and make it your own.

Metal hood adds the homeowner's unique personality to the kitchen design.

A mantle wood hood design can also serve as a place to display your décor and even a place to display your seasonal holiday décor throughout the year.

A mantle wood hood with personalized beachy decor.

3. Be Bold with Your Backsplash

A bold backsplash with style and personality can make a huge impact on your kitchen design. Pair it with neutral-hued cabinetry and countertops to help emphasize the backsplash color or design. Yes, a backsplash is permanent, but it’s also an easy item to switch out, if need be, for resale.

Even a small space can have a ton of personality with a dynamic backspalsh. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Michelle Raymer, Andersonville Kitchen & Bath, Chicago, Illinois.

The aqua blue backspalsh used in this design completely transforms this white kitchen in to a fun a livley space. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Fernanda Conrad of K&W Interiors, Inc., Alaska. Install by Allright remodel.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design featuring Lu'um Mosaics, interior design by Brenda Gold and kitchen design by Jeff West.

4. Accentuate Your Cabinet Doors with Style

Accentuate a few cabinet doors with style by selecting wired inserts, decorative glass, mirror, a mullion design or even a unique colored insert. Most mullions, mirror and glass inserts don’t have to be switched out for resale. If it’s a very bold color/patterned, cabinet inserts can easily be swapped out for a more neutral option when you’re ready to sell.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Advance Design Studio, Ltd., Illinois.

Antique Mirror in an X mullion is used to add a sence of glammar and elegance to this kitchen remodel.

A metal insert is used to add beauty and coordinate with the unique metal hood of this kitchen design. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Mingle, Minnesota.

5. Express Yourself with Cabinet Hardware “ The Jewelry of the Kitchen”

Cabinet hardware, sometimes referred to as the “Jewelry of the Kitchen” can be just that! Selecting a unique or bold hardware adds drama and personalized detail to your space. 

Dura Supreme Cabinetry shown in Quarter-sawn Red Oak with a Mission finish.

Mixing crystal like cabinet hardware with black pulls to create a unique look in the kitchen.

Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

6. Let Your Lighting Become Your Art

Large, over-scaled light fixtures are becoming the “eye candy” for the kitchen design. Express yourself and add an attractive design element with a truly unique light fixture or two.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Danny McMullen of Distinguished Kitchens and Baths, Florida.

Two large artistic pendant lights used to showcase the homeowners style.

7. Accessorize! 

If you’re looking for something easy to change out as your favorite styles and colors change, accessorizing your kitchen is always a fun and easy solution. Opting for unique bar stools, countertop appliances, dishware, rugs, window treatments and misc. décor can add a ton of personality to your space.

Without the decorative orange throw pillows and misc. decor this kitchen would be entirely neutral colored.

The electric blue stools add excitment to this kitchen design. Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Danielle Bohn, CKD of Creative Kitchen Designs, Inc., Alaska. Photo by Dave M Davis Photography.

8. Create an Accent Wall

Whether it be a solid color, a mural or wallpaper an accent wall can completely transform a room. It’s also a very easy project to switch out as your tastes change or if you’re preparing to sell.

Painted accent wall in lime green in a contemporary kitchen design.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Ispiri Design Build Remodel.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair, Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Photography by Ryan Hainey

9. Opt for Open Shelves to Display Your Favorite Ware

Open shelves not only make a room feel more spacious, but they present you with a space to display your own unique décor and dishware. This is a great way to tie in your interests with practical function into your kitchen design.

Open shelves in a wet bar area of a kitchen remodel showcasing the homeowners decor and style.

Industrial styled kitchen remodel with several open shelves to display everyday dishware, house plants and their personal decor.

10. Make Your Cabinet Interiors Pop

If you have open or glass cabinets, adding a splash of color to the back of your cabinets will help add drama and emphasize the items you have displayed in that cabinet. At Dura Supreme Cabinetry, you can opt to customize your cabinet interior to fit your style.

White cabinetry with bright sunflower yellow cabinet interior adds color and personality to the kitchen design.

The Emerald Green Cabinet interior adds a unique touch to this kitchen design and a stunning backdrop for the homeowner's serveware collection.

These are just 10 ideas you can discuss with your kitchen designer as you begin the process of designing your new kitchen! Don’t be afraid to let your kitchen celebrate who you are!

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