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When you are looking at remodeling your kitchen, there is a wide variety of issues and concepts to consider. One of the more difficult aspects can oddly be simply visualizing what you want the redesign to look like. We know this particularly well — at Bailey Custom Woodworking, we work with gorgeous redesigns for kitchens throughout Springfield, IL. One of the tricks of the trade is having an eye for design. Without it, our fine custom woodworking and cabinets wouldn’t be the masterpieces we produce. If you are in Springfield or the surrounding areas, contact us to schedule a free quote, or to learn more.

In today’s blog, we’ll be visiting the first of three steps in training your eye for design. Click here for step two and step three.

Step 1: Learn Design Basics

While you don’t have to become an expert in this, it’s helpful to start to learn design basics. Function matters, but function can certainly adhere to artistic principles and a solid visual framework that turns a good kitchen remodel into a true masterpiece.

A few design concepts to get you started include:


This is the all encompassing visual composition that allows a room to fit a single theme, feel, or concept. When you have different elements with clashing themes it can disrupt the unity of a kitchen and be a real eyesore.


Whether symmetrical, radial, or asymmetrical, designs need balance. When working in a three-dimensional space, this can be difficult, but is essential to helping flow and rhythm.


Humans love order and naturally occurring patterns. To us, it’s a sign of health and whether seen in the natural world, or in a kitchen, can help our minds gain comfort in a space, and better make sense of it. Rhythm always follows repetition, alternation, and progression. Each of these are concepts to consider as you design your kitchen in your head and on paper.

Focal Point

As with any art piece, there is a focal point or two to each kitchen. Where the eye is naturally drawn. All the elements of the kitchen from the cabinets to the sink, cupboards, trim, and others all compliment or contrast this point.


Having one uniform kitchen or room anywhere in your home is boring. Rooms need to have contrast. Even if you want to have a monochromatic design, they can be contrasted with textures, shapes, and other variations.


These can be used to great effect as pops of color, custom cabinets, arched entryway, or the perfect height for hanging fixtures.


The size of your kitchen, height of your ceiling, types and size of light fixtures, and every other element of your kitchen have proportions that they need to fit to help balance and add unity to the kitchen’s design. Don’t fret — most kitchen designs follow this to a degree already, and people have a natural eye for it.

We hope that part one of our Train Your Eye for Kitchen Redesigns blog was able to get you thinking about the elements of design. Before you go on to part two and three make sure to look around your surroundings and check out kitchen designs you like. See if you can identify what elements are what.

If you are looking for quality custom cabinetry and woodworking, Bailey Custom Woodwork creates masterpieces. We have years of experience in design and implementation and can help you envision and create the kitchen of your dreams.