This is how I like to visualize a new project, be it a new construction or a renovation. Asking homeowners about their lives and how they envision utilizing the space allows us to be creative and think about the result. Our lifestyles have changed over the past year, and at IMPACT Design Resources, our creative juices are flowing to meet shifting design trends.

When planning a kitchen layout, the focus is usually on optimizing space, but the layout must also meet your individual needs; everyone is unique. My goal is to take an existing space and bring it to the next level in terms of function and design.

When it comes to checking boxes for homeowners, cabinets with built-in specialty organizers and pullouts have become a “want” item. Organizing spices and cookie trays tops the list, and we take satisfaction in coming up with creative solutions you may not have thought of. On the rise are easy-to-clean, low-maintenance finishes and ways to combat germs. Clients are adding doors to cabinets and floating shelves, making it easy to maintain a germ-free environment.

It is no surprise that homeowners like to mix things up when it comes to the finish, color, and style of the cabinets in their homes. Clients are bringing the outdoors in, integrating different wood tones and species to create a calming effect throughout the home, and incorporating this aesthetic into kitchen extensions to fashion a more defined space that can function as a work or entertainment area.

Start your project off right by discussing your thoughts and hopes with an expert. Let us help you turn your blank canvas into the masterpiece you have always dreamed of.

SANDI BARNES is a senior designer at IMPACT DESIGN RESOURCES. Contact Sandi at 704-677-5338, visit IMPACTDESIGNRESOURCES.COM, or tour their SouthEnd showroom.