Once you've made the decision to remodel your kitchen, the first step is to put together ideas on what you want your new kitchen to look like. You can get design ideas from many different places, and you can pick and choose specific design ideas from differing sources to create the kitchen you've always wanted for your home.
You can begin by looking through magazines dedicated to homes, home decorating, architecture, and fine living. Start a scrap book by clipping photos you like, or just one aspect of a kitchen you find appealing. Don't be afraid to save pictures of even small design ideas, such as: cabinet hardware you like, backsplash accent ideas, or special cabinet detailing. It's these little items that can truly customize your kitchen and make it your own. It won't take long before you have a good idea of exactly what features you would like in your kitchen.
You can also get kitchen design ideas by watching some of the many cable channels dedicated to real estate or home decorating. The internet also has many fine sites with volumes of information on home decorating. When you are serious about your kitchen remodel, you will develop a sense to see design ideas from almost anywhere.
Many communities have a 'Parade of Homes' where the local builders demonstrate their skills in building homes. Walking through these show homes will give you a good feel of what different ideas and concepts look like in actual settings. You can also see many different styles of kitchens and ideas on display in home improvement centers and cabinet makers' showrooms. Pictures are great to find kitchen ideas, but experiencing real kitchens gives you a better feel for the actual finished concept.
Kitchen cabinet makers, appliance makers, and countertops makers all have their products on display at Home and Garden shows which tour major cities. Spending a day or a weekend and one of these shows will provide you with ideas on the latest kitchen products and design ideas in the market place. You can come home from a home and garden show with brochures and samples enough to give you all the ideas you need to design you kitchen.
If you are remodeling your old kitchen, you may be somewhat limited in the design options available to you. This may be especially true if your house is older and your kitchen space is smaller. This is where consulting with a kitchen designer can be very beneficial in helping you pull together the look that you want for your kitchen. You can show the designer your portfolio of kitchen ideas, and together you can design your dream kitchen. The designer will have the experience to steer you toward the design features that will work well together, and which ideas need to be discarded. After seeing which kitchen ideas you prefer, a good designer will introduce you to ideas that you may not have considered to compliment your basic ideas. A kitchen designer will be able to maximize the efficiency of your kitchen by creating the best layout within your existing kitchen space, or maybe rework your available space to make your kitchen more functional.