Why You Need Training in Kitchen Design

When people ask me why I founded VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN, I have a simple answer.

“To train and mentor people passionate about the Kitchen Design Industry.”

To excel at anything you need to be constantly learning.

The Kitchen Design Industry is very complicated and initial training plus ongoing learning is what will set you apart and take you to the top of your career.

Read on to get the answers …

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How to Specify a Coffee Center in Your Kitchen Designs

There is not doubt that a great cup of coffee is an important part of many people’s day.

The influence of the corner coffee shop has consumers asking for this experience at home.

While most of your clients will have a standard coffee maker, you can take things to the next level and include a designated area for coffee preparation in their new kitchen.

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10 Ways to Accessorize Base Cabinets in Your Kitchen Designs

With the trend towards eliminating upper cabinetry in kitchen design, the functionality of base cabinets becomes even more important.

A standard base cabinet with an upper drawer and an adjustable shelf will not cut it.

As a Professional Kitchen Designer, you can show your clients multiple options to increase the functionality of the base cabinets you specify.

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Why to Include Kitchen Zones in your Kitchen Designs

Most homeowners thinking about a new kitchen immediately start collecting images of how the space will look. The lure of shiny quartz counters, pro appliances and modern cabinet doors are hard to resist.

It becomes the responsibility of the Kitchen Designer to help them take a step back and focus on the function of the space to produce the best possible design.

This does not mean that aesthetics do not matter because they do, but a kitchen that doesn’t function will never be a client’s dream kitchen.

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Kitchen Design Case Study: Rental Revitalization

Vestabul Design Case Studies will explore projects designed by Professional Kitchen Designers. Specific design solutions developed for the client, along with unique details will be highlighted.

Case studies are a great way to get ideas to incorporate into your future kitchen design projects.

By studying how other Professional Kitchen Designers implement solutions you increase your design skills. The following is the first case study of many that will be featured on the VESTA Blog.

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Kitchen Design Trends Designers should be presenting to their Clients

Kitchen Designers need to be on top of everything trending in Kitchen Design to best serve their clients.

Not every client will want a “Trendy” Kitchen but you should be prepared to offer suggestions to your clients to make sure their new kitchen is not dated the moment they move back in to it.

Here are the Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends that Kitchen Designers need to be presenting to their clients.

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A Complete Guide to Jobs in Kitchen Design

Working as a Kitchen Design Professional is an exciting and rewarding career.  It is also a career that can compensate well.

The average reported salary of Kitchen Designers in North America is just over $50,000.00 per year with many top designers making $100,000.00 plus per year.

There are several paths you can take to realize your dream of becoming a Kitchen Design Professional.

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Highlights of a Kitchen Designer’s own Kitchens

As a Kitchen Designer I am often asked this question during a kitchen design project:

“What would you do if this was your kitchen?”

A Kitchen Designers job is to advise and do what is best for the client and I always respond “I am designing your dream kitchen not mine so let’s figure out the best solution for you.”

But in this blog I’m going to share with you some of the things that I did do!

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The Best Condiment Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen Designs

People have been using their kitchens much more than usual during the COVID-19 shut down. They have also been visiting the grocery store less often, meaning they are stocking up on food stuffs.

These new habits may entail different types of food products being purchased, or the doubling up on frequently used items.

The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly change the cooking and storage habits of many homeowners. As a kitchen designer you will need to be thinking of ways to improve the storage capacity and function in your kitchen designs to address client’s changing needs.

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The Best Design Process for Kitchen Designers

Often, I see designers jump into a kitchen design project for a client without the information they need to produce a successful design.

Starting to “design” the project the moment you walk into the existing kitchen is not the best way to proceed. Even though you may see possibilities of moving the fridge to another wall, or expanding a window to bring in more light or even knocking down a wall to open up the space, you first need to do your homework.

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The Top Decor Styles Consumers Want for Their Kitchens

Design trends are always evolving, but it is important for the kitchen designer to be on top of decor styles popular with consumers, not just with what the design world dictates.

Every year surveys are conducted by companies such as Houzz and organizations like The National Kitchen & Bath Association, to determine the most popular decor styles for kitchens. Both consumers and kitchen design professionals participate.

Every year I will look at these surveys and analyze them to understand what consumers are really looking for in their kitchen decor.

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Marketing Your Kitchen Design Business

There are many ways to market your Kitchen Design Business, and successful designers will develop an overall strategy for their marketing plan.

The goal of marketing is to attract new clients to your business, and a good way to do this is to differentiate yourself from the competition.

The purpose of this article is not to develop a marketing strategy for your kitchen design business but to show you an example of an element you should add to it.

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