Design Factor has all the elements needed for kitchen, bathroom

To Mark Whittingham, the kitchen is the heart of the home. “That’s why it should be warm and inviting,” said the owner of Design Factor LLC, which will soon open its doors at 300 Danbury Road, next to the New England Historical Connection. “People gather in the kitchen.”

Mr. Whittingham’s shop will specialize in kitchen and bathroom design, “handling the entire project from start to finish, at great pricing,” he said. “We work with builders and architects, and I have a crew of installers, plumbers, electricians, and carpenters.”

Design Factor LLC also offers “semi-custom and custom cabinetry to flooring, to help the customer achieve their dream kitchen,” Mr. Whittingham said.

The grand opening of his shop will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2 and 3.

“We handle everything from design to cabinet installation to total renovation,” he said.

“Many door styles in a wide range of stains, paints and glazes are also available, along with custom color matching,” Mr. Whittingham said.

His complete service guides clients through the process so “they don’t feel overwhelmed,” he said.

A former architecture student, Mr. Whittingham said he switched to kitchen and bathroom design — and never looked back. “It’s my passion,” he said. ‘It’s not work to me. I love it.”

“I work one on one with each client, and everything is tailored to achieve both the look and budget they want.”

The Norwalk native said he has worked in the field for seven years.

Design Factor LLC was based in South Norwalk for three years, but Mr. Whittingham decided to move to Wilton because “I always liked the Wilton community,” he said. “I think it’s a great idea for the kind of business. It gives people a chance to stay local.”

Mr. Whittingham said the current styles in kitchen design favor a “white Shaker kitchen” with “warm white and gray colors, white marble tops and wood floors … a clean, simple look.”

This style is very well suited to Wilton’s many Colonial homes, he said.

Also, he said, center islands in the kitchen are “very popular. Kids can sit and eat there, or you can lay out platters if you want to entertain.”

The islands can be done in different colors and enhance the “inviting mood” of the kitchen, according to Mr. Whittingham.

Similarly, he said, whites and grays are popular colors for bathrooms, along with glass walls for showers.

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