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Designing A Restaurant with Style Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:57:11 +0000 We all know that Omaha is brimming with restaurants. Many of them are unique establishments providing an exciting experience of food and place. There are restaurants where you can see the very best in design, and others, well that are not up to standard. Make sure that you hire a designer that understands your ideas and who can help you turn them into reality. That way your restaurant will stand out among the competition in Omaha.

Opening a restaurant comes with an extraordinary amount of decisions to make. The design decisions should be very near the top of your priority list to ensure lasting success. Even little issues in restaurant design can make or break the business. This guide walks you through the restaurant design process and explains some of the biggest things to watch out for as you go along.

The first thing that you will need to do when designing your restaurant is to figure out who your target audience is. For instance, are you planning to cater to the hip 20s and 30s crowd? If so, the space will have to have an upbeat vibe with a lot of visual punch. Are you planning to attract families and neighborhood folks; then the mood needs to be bright and friendly. Knowing your audience will help you decide on the mood of the restaurant, casual and friendly, formal and exclusive, or family friendly and fun. Answering all of these questions with your designer can help you to create a strong brand and concept for your restaurant.


Knowing your audience will also help you to decide on how to layout the restaurant. Will your restaurant use booths and other informal seating or will it have quiet pockets of tables to create a sense of intimacy? Will you have an open kitchen plan that allows the customers to feel like an audience in a great theatrical performance or will you create a dining room where the kitchen is a mystery? Similarly, will the bar/lounge be a part of the dining room creating a sense of excitement while your customers wait for a table, or will it be a separate room that is special in its own right? All of these variables are related to the target audience and the mood you want to create for them.


Once you have identified the kind of restaurant you are creating, here are some additional things to consider.

Make sure that the décor of the restaurant fits the target audience and states the right message.


Furniture needs to fit the concept and the budget. Working with a professional will help selecting the appropriate chairs and tables.

The type of customer that you are targeting and the tone of the restaurant will affect your lighting design. Lighting can be a very tricky endeavor and using an experienced designer will help navigate the minefield of good and bad lighting choices.

Kitchen design
When you design your kitchen, have a clear idea of how food will be prepared and served. Your layout should allow for easy preparation and a quick transition from kitchen to dining room.

Bar design
Any bar that makes customers feel at home and relaxed is worth its weight in gold. The design of your bar should make customers happy to keep spending money.

It is important to think about the level of noise as you proceed with the design process. Too much noise, will drive certain customers away, while too little may make the restaurant seem too dull. Use of fabrics, acoustical ceilings, other ceiling and wall treatments, flooring and other design features will affect the sound quality of the space.

Do not make the mistake of leaving the restrooms to chance. Restrooms tell a lot about a restaurant, and people relate unkempt restrooms to unkempt kitchens. Make sure that they are designed in a way that makes them easy to keep clean and tidy. The design should reflect the overall sense of style of the restaurant but can be a unique way to make your establishment stand out.


With your design and structural plans finalized, there is the matter of permitting to consider. Having a team of designers and architects will help to make sure the process goes smoothly.

Choosing the right construction team is critical. The right construction team will have experience in the restaurant industry, and will understand the nuances of building a restaurant.

The most important thing during this phase of the project is communication between you, your designer, your architect and the building team. An experienced designer will coordinate everyone and help curb problems before the project goes too far off the rails.

While there are many moving parts to a successful restaurant, choosing an excellent designer is key to a great project outcome.

Trendy Kitchen Ideas for 2016 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:06:01 +0000 Trendy Kitchen Ideas for 2016

Warm Toned Metals
Brass, bronze, and copper are working their way back into the kitchen. While stainless steel is beautiful and durable, replacing or supplementing some of the stainless with warmer toned metals helps to make a kitchen more inviting and cozy. Even if it’s not in the budget to replace your stainless appliances with news one in earth-toned metallic colors, there are other great options to add the trend to your kitchen.

Knobs, faucets, and light fixtures are great ways to add the warm-toned metals to your kitchen. With finishes ranging from the glowing look of polished metal to the more subdued look of oil rubbed and antiqued, you are bound to find a pallet that works with your kitchen.

Incorporating brass, bronze and copper can be accomplished by changing your backsplash, as well. Whether traditional or contemporary, metal tiles and metallic glass tiles come in multiple shapes and sizes and can be combined with ceramic, porcelain or natural tiles to create an ambiance that matches your style.

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Open Concept Kitchens
It was never fun to be trapped in a kitchen all by your lonesome, while everyone else is laughing and having fun. Now, more and more people are asking for an open room concept. They want to cook and host at the same time. An open kitchen floor plan will allow you to be a part of the festivities, but also it can make a space seem much larger and more inviting. Adding a kitchen island with seating and/or gather space can blend separate kitchen and living/dining areas while allowing the rooms to flow more naturally.

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Modernist Aesthetic
Clean, sleek lines and minimalistic beauty have kept a firm hold with this kitchen trend, but it also continues to develop and transform as materials and new technologies become available. The perfect blend of modern and rustic is an example as reclaimed wood, glass and metal material and vintage style lighting add depth and dimension an otherwise clean and sleek design. European style cabinets combined with back painted glass backsplashes and quartz or concreted counters create a super-modern look that goes beyond mid-century styling.

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Shaker Style Cabinets
Shaker style cabinets are popular right now because they are simple and beautiful. They are used in both traditional and modern kitchens because the design is so simplistic and versatile. And now, Shaker style cabinets are being accented with reveals to add something more modern and yet still in keeping with the tradition of early twentieth century design. With just a quick change of the hardware, paint or stain, and glass inserts, your kitchen can be customized to create your own aesthetic.

No matter how pretty a kitchen is, it has to be functional. Lazy Susan’s have been supplanted with highly functional corner pullouts that can function for you individual needs. Long deep drawers are used to store heavy large cookware and large plates and charges. Pull out shelves behind cabinet doors allow for easy access and pullout shelves are fantastic for spice and other quick access items that you want when you are preparing meals. Kitchen islands add workspace as well as storage space and often will have seating for quick casual meals. Pot filler faucets at the oven are very helpful and taller longer faucets at the kitchen sink help make preparation and cleaning much easier. Dual fuel ranges are much better for stovetop cooking and even temperature oven baking and roasting. A microwave drawer allows easy access to microwave cooking and frees up counter space or upper cabinet storage. Other improvements to kitchen functionality include under-cabinet LED lighting and strip plug molding, soft/self closing doors and drawers, and amazing digital control of all appliances.

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Wood Floors
Wood floors have long been popular in almost every room in the house but the kitchen. It is easy to scratch and damage but hard to clean. Especially when it comes to kitchen messes. In recent years it has become more popular to use wood flooring in the kitchen, but it is still difficult to clean and easy to damage. A more feasible option than real wood, tile that looks like wood is quickly catching on. Easier to maintain and clean and more durable than real wood, it is a great option, not only for the kitchen, but throughout the house and with under-floor heating it becomes a warm and pleasant option as well.

Grays Are the New White
All white kitchens may still be desirable to some, but they are quickly growing old and overdone. When done well they can be very photogenic but living in a white room and trying to keep it spotless can become tiresome and can become boring to the eye before the kitchen has become obsolete. White upper cabinets combined with gray or dark lower cabinets help to break things up. Making the island a different color/finish can help make a kitchen design more interesting as well. Counters and backsplash in varying tones of gray can make a white kitchen more pleasing to the eye and will help to make your kitchen design more timeless.

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Quartz, wood and other counter material
Quartz is quickly becoming a standard for kitchen counter tops. It is easy to maintain because it is naturally non-porous and scratch resistant. Wood butcher block is beautiful for certain areas of the kitchen, including butler’s pantry and parts of an island. It adds warmth and functionality, but does need to be treated and refinished regularly. One of the most exciting new trends is the use of semi precious stone that has been backlit. The effect is stunningly beautiful.

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Are Your Stairs Stunning Steps or Painfully Plain Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:08 +0000

Take your staircase to the next level with these 13 ideas

June 22, 2016
Houzz Contributor
Stairs are such an important part of your renovation. It’s a topic that comes up on all my projects — well, at least the ones with multiple floors. Whether you have the budget to rebuild your stairs or just refinish them, this is a part of your home that shouldn’t be ignored. Here are some ideas to consider when tackling your stairs.
Transform Your Kitchen with LK Design Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:04:28 +0000 Learn where to start to get your project moving.

“Where to start?” is probably the question that keeps you from acting. We are going to help answer that question so you can get your next project moving.

Kitchen remodeling in Omaha

Once you have decided its time to update your kitchen, your next step should be to contact a professional. Using an interior designer will help save you from making costly mistakes and will ensure you are 100% satisfied with your new, functional space.

The First Meeting

Lets say you called LK Design and told us about the project you have in mind.  The next step is a consultation. In our first meeting, which will take around an hour, we will ask you questions to determine your needs and wants. During the consultation, we develop a program based on questions like the ones below:

  • What do you not like about your current kitchen?
  • What are you trying to accomplish with your new kitchen?
  • Do you cook often?  What level of appliances do you want for your kitchen?  Residential style, professional or in between?
  • How many people do you cook for?  Would an extra dishwasher help or would a drawer dishwasher be helpful for smaller loads?  Are double ovens important or would a range suffice?  How many burners will you need will determine how large your cooktop needs to be.  The type and number of sinks will be affected by the level of use the kitchen will have.
  • Are there any other amenities that you would like to work into the kitchen?  Wine and/or drink refrigerator, ice maker, separate wet bar area?
  • Are you wanting an eat-in area, island counter seating or separate eat-in area?
  • What is your style? Traditional, contemporary, transitional or other?  Do you and your partner/spouse have the same taste?
  • What is your desired timeline?  Are you ready to get the project started right away, do you have a preferred contractor or do you want to get competitive bids?  How involved do you want to be in managing the project?  How involved do you want your designer to be in managing the project?
  • What is your ideal budget?  Is your budget moveable if you fell in love with a particular material or appliance?

By asking these sorts of questions, we ensure your vision and ours are on the same page, and we begin the process of transforming your wishes into reality.

Design Development

After the programming stage of the project, we begin the design development stage. After taking measurements, the designer will take information gathered in the programming stage and will develop a preliminary design.   This includes plans and elevations, as well as 3-d renderings, if desired, of the kitchen, which your designer uses to map changes and selections: placement, major and minor changes, color schemes, finishes and other elements of your new kitchen. Once a preliminary plan is complete, the clients and the designer will meet again to go over the project and make some decisions on how to proceed.  Are we going in the right direction? Are there things that the clients love or are there things that do not work for them?

The next part of design development is to select all of the finishes, appliances, lighting, and any other items that will be needed to complete the project.  Your designer will show you different finishes that will work together in the space to create the kitchen of your dreams. In a new kitchen we will usually pick options for cabinet finishes, counters, flooring materials, lighting, window treatments, backsplash material, hardware, and furniture if needed. Sometimes this step is broken up to make it easier to digest. This is where you can begin visualizing your new space! All of these decisions will be worked into the plans, elevations and 3-d renderings, if desired, for your approval.  After approval, contract documents will be produced for the bidding, building, and permitting purposes.


After everything is decided on (by this point you will have had 3 to 10 meetings) we can move on to swinging hammers. We have contractors that we work with or you can use your own. Usually, we will do a walk through of your space with the contractor to get a bid. Once the bid is accepted, we make sure that the contractor has all the information that he needs to build the kitchen according to plan.  The designer will field questions from sub-contractors and will approve shop drawings from the cabinetmakers to verify that the end result is the same as what is drawn on the plans.

Depending on the scope and complexity of the project, we stop by anywhere from daily to weekly to make sure things are moving smoothly. These visits help to insure that the kitchen is being built according to the intention of the plans that the designer has produced. This is critical; you do not want your contractor making design decisions on the fly.

Final Walk-Through

In the end, you and your designer will walk through the project together to make sure that you are happy with the project and everything is perfect. And then we’ll leave you alone to enjoy your beautiful new kitchen.

If you’re ready to start planning, LK Design is happy to help. Give us a call at 402-934-8088 or contact us to get started today.

4 Steps to Create a Business Personality With Interior Design Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:00:46 +0000 Great commercial interior design conveys the values of your brand in a visual way.

Hospitality design from LK DesignOne proven fact in marketing is that people don’t buy from companies, they buy from other people. And people have personalities. That’s why Progressive Insurance has Flo, Priceline has William Shatner, and Weight Watchers has Oprah. Those larger-than life personalities project a certain atmosphere, mood or message that their customers fall in love with.

Places can have personality, too. Think back to your favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops: each of these places has a different atmosphere that appeals to you for some reason, bringing you and other customers back over and over. This is the business’s personality. By making good commercial interior design choices, you can craft a personality for your own business, making it a unique and appealing place where your customers want to be.

1 Define Your Core Look

First define the personality. Come up with five words describing the personality you want to project. For instance, a home-style bakery might want to create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort, casualness, cheer and sweetness. A bar appealing to college-age young adults might choose edgy, exciting, stylish, quirky and sensual. An investment firm is more likely to opt for words like elegant, cool, efficient, wealthy and conservative. In each case, using specific words helps you and your designer visualize a finished space that will appeal to your future customers.

You can also use these words to choose your color scheme. This should be easy, now that you have your operating design descriptive words. Your bakery is likely to go with a warm pink or yellow, the bar with basic black and the investment firm with elegant neutrals, perhaps edging toward green.

Next, choose a theme. Go back to your personality words again and get creative. What do you want your space to evoke? The bakery might go with Grandma’s house, a childlike gingerbread house or perhaps an elegant Southern kitchen theme. The bar could choose futuristic, Goth or prep-school themes. The key is to let your own personality and vision take the lead. What inspired you to start your business? What do you think about when you make future plans? Write that down beneath your five words so that you’ll be mindful of this as you move forward.

2 Choose one or two design elements that can carry through the space

Flooring, lighting, wood trim, hardware accessories: these things all convey mood. Subdued lighting in an investment firm creates a conservative, confident atmosphere, while bright neons and bold black lighting creates an exciting modern feel in a trendy coffee shop or bar. Reclaimed wood flooring, black-and-white tile, or antique lace curtains all say something about your business’s personality.

Put some thought into these design elements and use them to tie together your different areas. These finishing materials may not be obvious, but the mood they create can make a big difference. Don’t overdo it, though. If you’re going with bright, cheerful colors in your bakery, you may want softer interior lighting or even skylights for natural light, or you may opt for modern brushed-metal hardware to give your classically decorated law firm a more up-to-date tone. Use these touches to refine the personality you’ve created for your business.

3 Furnish Your Space

With your theme, color scheme, personality words and consistent design elements selected, you’re ready to choose furniture. Take your time with this. Don’t just purchase a showroom setup; while it may be great, a dozen other businesses may choose the same thing. You want your business personality to stand out. Check out several vendors, take pictures or screenshots, and mix and match what you find to create your business’s unique look. Your furniture can either be classic and blend into the background, allowing the rest of the décor to come to the fore, or it can make a statement on its own. Select high-quality furniture that will hold up over several years of heavy use, but make sure it also helps set the tone of your establishment. This can be a very large investment, so look for well-built furniture in styles that will stand the test of time

4 Add Décor

Your décor and accents can be trendy or timeless, fashionable or geek-chic. This is where you can have fun and keep your business’s look fresh. Choose pieces that fit into the theme that you have chosen for the space. Make sure that art, accessories and other decorative items carry the theme all the way through, so that the customer experiences your intention from walking in the door to placing an order to relaxing at a counter or a table. Plan on some things taking a lot of abuse from heavy use and others lasting over a long period of time. Revisit these pieces frequently, rotating out damaged or older items. That way, your overall decorating choices can maintain your core business personality while your less-expensive fun accents keep things fresh and exciting.

Commercial interior decorator

LK Design of Omaha can help you with these and other design choices. Our professional staff understand how critical your business’s personality is to your marketing plan. And we have experience working with the hospitality industry, medical offices, spas, and much more.

Contact us and we’ll be happy to ensure these critical choices result in a space that will delight you and your customers.

Six Fresh Interior Design Trends Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:44:49 +0000 Make Your Home More Beautiful in 2016

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta sing, and humans have always needed to create a beautiful place to live. Beauty makes us feel better: a single flower in a vase, the just-right pillow shams and duvet to make a perfect bed, your favorite period chair and a modern sofa, all come together to create home atmospheres just right for your private rooms, special occasions and relaxing with friends over coffee.

LK Design of Omaha believes in creating this kind of livable beauty. To get you started on the right foot this year, here are six insanely easy tips to make your home your favorite place to be.

Interior Design Trends: The Basics

Start with the right colors. Pantone and Sherwin Williams, among others, work hard to identify trending colors and palettes every year. This year, Pantone has chosen Rose Quartz and Serenity, warm pink and blue that blend into a soft lilac, as its Color of the Year, while Sherwin Williams has chosen Alabaster, a warm ivory white.

LK Design thinks Alabaster is most likely to be on track and successful, partly because it’s so much easier to design around a single neutral shade. While bright colors have trended for several years, people are tiring of them and falling back to neutral palettes, including warm earth tones, soft pastels and creamy whites. Keep some of your favorite bright accents to add a pop of color, but start with neutral walls and floors for the most contemporary look.

creamy whites are popular in interior design in 2016

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Comfort before form is the new mantra. While keeping things simple is still important, minimalism has its limits. Great textures and colors create personality and “umph” in your rooms, and touchable fabrics blended with sensible classic pieces like nesting tables and warm, fluffy throws help you create a personal habitat that appeals to all your senses while remaining trendy and stylish.

Critical Rooms

Keep utilitarian areas out of sight. While open kitchens add air and space to your home, it’s hard to keep unsightly dirty dishes hidden while still spending quality time with your guests. Use angles and partitions to create boundaries between your working kitchen area and a hybrid dining room – half formal dining room and half open loft. You can achieve this look with a new interior partial wall to create a new casual-formal look, or just add free-standing shelves and furnishings. For the simplest solution, add portable folding screens to create flexible partitions when and where you need them.

Use angles and partitions to create boundaries between your working kitchen area and a hybrid dining room

Make bathroom private time a joy. High-tech toys and fresh ideas are creating a whole new aesthetic for the modern bath. Electronic toilets and bidets are bringing “go time” to a whole new level. Showering is getting a makeover with electronic controls for user-specific heat, water pressure and steam levels, and your feet stay warm afterward with the new heated-floor standards. Sharing is more fun, too, with two or more shower heads and larger spaces for multiple simultaneous users.

Make bathroom private time a joy

Interior design trends make showering more fun


Add the Perfect Furnishings

Reclaimed, artisanal and socially conscious pieces are trending. In a world where cheap, trendy fashion furnishings are easily available, artisanal and hand-crafted furnishings and lighting ensure your décor is a stand-out. Reclaimed wood and materials are still important, but not if they don’t blend well with your other décor. Choosing a few special pieces to decorate around is the key to making your space unique, contemporary and wholly you.

Reclaimed, artisanal and socially conscious pieces are trending


Put your design where your environmentally sensitive heart is. Each item we add to our homes has a meaning not just to us, but to the people who are impacted by it from making to disposal. Fabrics and rugs sourced from indigenous people add character and beauty to your home while also giving entrepreneurs and artisans from rising economies a boost. Furnishings and décor made of natural, renewable products that don’t off-gas or otherwise increase pollution ensure indoor and outdoor air stays cleaner, and sustainably harvested materials protect our planet, keeping places you’ll never see environmentally sound and helping ensure a healthy future for everyone.

environmentally sensitive interior design

For more information about how LK Design can help you implement some of these new design trends, contact us today!

LK Design in Inspired Home Mon, 20 May 2013 20:52:59 +0000 Room Designed by Lester Katz

LK Design published again in Inspired Home Omaha

For the third time this year Lester Katz has been published

“Lester Katz of LK Design brought a contemporary flair to the room with velvety textiles, warm woods and sleek metal finishes. But the pièce de résistance is a flocked wall covering with a fern leaf design on a gold metallic background. ” -Inspired Home Omaha

Here is a link to the article that was publish this month in Inspired Home Omaha. –

If you are interested in have LK Design turn your home or room into a place you’ll want to show off contact us!

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From Markers to Macs Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:14:53 +0000 The Hammer Museum is an art museum in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, California operated by UCLA’s School of the Art and Architecture.  The museum’s shows are focused on key-single artist and thematic exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. Recently they opened an exhibit focused on the evolution of graphic design. Below is a very brief summary of their exhibit and a little information on the history of graphic design.


The exhibit covers everything from posters, magazines, books, information design, branding, typography, storefronts, to film and television titles. One thing is clear, which many people probably don’t know, print isn’t dead; the methods to the madness certainly have though.


The first form of graphic design came as cave art dating back as far as 30,000 BC. Then came writing, most notably the Egyptian hieroglyphs. From there we have many branches, including books, maps, playing cards; the list could go on forever until finally we come to what we have today.


Now, graphic design has become an important part of everyday life. It communicates messages (road signs), influences our decisions on what we buy, and conveys information for us in a way that is easier to digest (infograhics, pie charts).


One of the most recent developments has been the importance of good design in presidential campaigns. It is no doubt in my mind that the involvement of the art community in President Obama’s campaign played a significant role. As design progresses it will be interesting to see what other facets of life will be influenced in such ways. Check your blogs people!


Like I said, this is a very brief history of design meant to spark your interest. There are many great resources online regarding the history of graphic design but if you want an in-depth look, a college course would be ideal.

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Branding- How You Look to the Public Eye Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:40:24 +0000 When starting a new business it is important to have branding that accurately represents whom you are. This includes your name, overall design, logo, or any other feature that identifies your goods or service as distinct from those of other businesses. Having a cohesive, well-designed logo, paper goods (Stationary, business cards, envelopes, etc.) and website will help distinguish your business when going up against more established competitors.

It may be tempting to buy your logo from the bargain bins on the internet but it’s important to realize that the money you put into your branding is like an investment. You are investing in the success of your company and proper branding can result in higher sales, a more positive public perception, and a higher sense of value.

LK Design is now proudly offering graphic design services including branding. Whether you are just starting out or looking to “renovate” we can help distinguish your business from your competitors.

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