Inspiration and DIY From Kitchen Tile Ideas to Space Planning: How to Design Your New Kitchen Like a Pro

Photo features Yorkwood Manor in Pecan 6 x 36 field tile.


If you're ready to design a beautiful, shiny new kitchen, you've most likely been looking at popular design websites and kitchen design magazines for inspiration. You might even be keeping a file with your favorite kitchen tile ideas, cabinet and faucet finishes, appliances, and layout ideas. But when it comes time to make those ideas a reality, you don't always have to hire a professional designer to plan your kitchen renovation. There are certain steps and tips to follow to ensure that your design is the best it can be. Your new kitchen will be a labor of love, but if you do your homework and plan accordingly, you'll successfully bring your ideas to life and design your dream kitchen like a pro.

Photo features Yorkwood Manor in Pecan 6 x 36 field tile.

Building Codes and Planning

First and foremost, your new kitchen will have to be designed according to building codes. Get a copy of the kitchen codes from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), and be sure to follow them to the letter. These codes will ensure that your new kitchen is safe and easy to cook in. For best results, hire an architect or builder that will help you adhere to the necessary codes.

Space Planning and Usage

A big part of planning out your space is simply convenience. For example, you will want your food storage—such as a refrigerator, pantry, or cabinets—to be close to the door where you enter the kitchen, and you will want your glassware, cups, and dinnerware cabinets close to the dishwasher and the refrigerator. If you choose to incorporate a kitchen island into your design, remember that it is the workhorse of the kitchen. In order to avoid running laps around it while making a meal, try to make it an appropriate size. On the other hand, a tiny island will not satisfy your needs and will be more of an obstacle than a helpful feature. When planning your design, make sure you have enough countertop space to work with, enough storage space, and that you've carved out an appropriate spot for your appliances.

Design Elements

After you have your design planned, it's time for the fun part: choosing your materials, cabinets, appliances, and color scheme, and then putting it all together. Start by choosing your base materials, such as your flooring, cabinetry, backsplash, countertops, and main wall color. From there, you can incorporate accents and fun decor into your design. Allow your personality to shine through your design, and you'll end up with a space that you can enjoy for many years. Daltile offers an excellent planning tool called the Tile and Stone Visualizer, which allows you to see what your kitchen tile ideas will actually look like when incorporated into your space. You want to be able to enjoy the materials you choose for a long time, so this tool can help you make the right final decision.

Home Value

Most homeowners want to increase the value of their homes. And while you may not be planning to sell soon, one day you might decide that it's time to move on. A well-designed kitchen with high-end materials will immediately increase the value of your home. Items such as granite countertops, high-quality wood cabinets, a modern stone or glass tile backsplash, and stone tile flooring will make your home sell faster if, or when, you decide to sell. When creating your design, try to keep your design relatively simple, and go with materials that other potential buyers would also love.

When it comes time to design a new kitchen, the right planning and preparation will leave you with a space that you—and your family and friends—enjoy cooking and spending time in. Start the process by learning all you can about kitchen design, planning well, thoroughly researching materials, and then finding the best contractor. If you're feeling inspired, start planning your design today!