The gold standard for elegant looking countertops and other custom kitchen work zones was commonly thought to be granite. Interior designers inspired by their clients' personal styles now incorporate a variety of materials for these areas. The modern, industrial look of polished concrete, the functional yet elegant appearance of quartz and the classic beauty of wood adorn countertops and food preparation islands in the latest kitchen remodeling projects.
Custom kitchen remodeling projects for smaller spaces can take on a dramatic theme when interior designers decide to play up cabinetry with color and add other decorative pieces for layered texture. For example, the cabinetry of a California bungalow that was just steps from the beach were painted the subtle slate blue of the nearby ocean. Alternately, a Midwestern country cottage was rejuvenated when a surprising shade of yellow graced kitchen cabinets.
Although homeowners personally enjoy the finished results of their custom kitchen creations, they must be prepared to hone their hospitality skills a bit. Professionally inspired custom kitchen remodeling projects often result in living spaces that attract family and friends for spontaneous dinners and entertaining.