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We are having our kitchen remodeled, along with the great room, relocation of bathroom, etc. We were originally interviewing interior designers, but went to a kitchen showroom yesterday and the lady there said that interior designers don't know how to design kitchens. Huh?

Is this true? Would you opt for a kitchen designer over an interior designer?
 
Posts: 778 | Registered: May 17, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My cousin's husband is a trained kitchen designer. I'd go with him as a "specialist" over a general interior designer, but I don't know that his training is not part and parcel of an interior designer's training as well.
 
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Remember there is a difference between an interior designer and interior decorator. Make sure you are talking to designers. I would think a designer could do a kitchen but then they may not specialize in it (whatever that means).
 
Posts: 7224 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Well, metwo, I'd go to my cousin the kitchen planner as a specialist for a kitchen, but not for my living room whereas an interior designer should be able to handle both.
 
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I am a professional interior designer with over 20 years experience in high end design.I always recommend my clients use both.National Kitchen & Bath Assoc. certified kitchen designers are familiar with all the building codes in their area as well as having up to date info on aplliance and cabinetry details.

The down side to many (not all, so no hate mail, please) kitchen designers is that their strong suit does not include flooring, tile, lighting, and the furniture needed to finalize the project.

I just finished a large kitchen and bath job as part of an entire house reno. I knew what woods, quartz, tile, and flooring I needed. I didn't know for instance that drawer style microwaves can come with a safety lock or what the optimum distance was for the range hood to be hung.But I was the one who told the tile guy what the layout was, and how I wanted the floor to transition from tile to wood.Both the kitchen designer and I worked equally hard, but I couldn't have done the job alone. She knew how long the appliance handles had to be for easy opening and tons of other details. On the other hand I picked everything down to the knobs to make sure the look went with my clients furniture and lifestyle.
 
Posts: 1800 | Location: Morristown | Registered: Jun 12, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Its true indeed. The kitchen designer are very expertise in kitchen designing, interior designer doesn't have deep knowledge about every corner and space of the kitchen. Most of the people go with kitchen designer rather than interior designer.
 
Posts: 2 | Location: 139 Tunicflower Ln Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 | Registered: Jul 15, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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they are different. the kitchen designer is a specialist for the kitchen and the interior designer is more on whole house.
 
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It's a toss up. The kitchen designer is most likely going to give you a great functional kitchen, where as the interior designer may give you a prettier looking one. The kitchen designer should already have good knowledge on bathroom design, as the 2 usually go hand in hand. If you personally are good with color choices for paint, tile, granite, etc.. and like to do that kind of stuff, then I might recommend the kitchen designer 1st.


Christopher R. Johnson
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Posts: 30 | Location: Westmont, Il | Registered: May 08, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Originally posted by Charles D:
I am a professional interior designer with over 20 years experience in high end design.I always recommend my clients use both.National Kitchen & Bath Assoc. certified kitchen designers are familiar with all the building codes in their area as well as having up to date info on aplliance and cabinetry details.

The down side to many (not all, so no hate mail, please) kitchen designers is that their strong suit does not include flooring, tile, lighting, and the furniture needed to finalize the project.

I just finished a large kitchen and bath job as part of an entire house reno. I knew what woods, quartz, tile, and flooring I needed. I didn't know for instance that drawer style microwaves can come with a safety lock or what the optimum distance was for the range hood to be hung.But I was the one who told the tile guy what the layout was, and how I wanted the floor to transition from tile to wood.Both the kitchen designer and I worked equally hard, but I couldn't have done the job alone. She knew how long the appliance handles had to be for easy opening and tons of other details. On the other hand I picked everything down to the knobs to make sure the look went with my clients furniture and lifestyle.


I think this says it all, this is good advise. I'm in the process now and Charles, to me, has the best advise.
 
Posts: 999 | Location: Florida | Registered: Aug 22, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I highly recommend kitchen designer instead of interior designer. Last year I remolded my kitchen and only kitchen designer helped me out.

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Charles has the best idea. It's important to have someone who can deal with the overall design aesthetic and someone who deals with the nuts and bolts. Not all appliances have the same dimensions. For instance, my Asko dishwasher is taller than a lot of other models. It's a good thing that we found this out before we had the tile floor done because we wouldn't have able to get it out without ripping out the tile. We eventually had the appliance representative get someone to take off the frame and legs and balance and install it properly.
 
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The thing is so many so-called kitchen designers have none or very little special training. You have to be careful.
 
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