||Are you considering
redesigning your kitchen, or hiring a designer to
do so? If so, here a few great tried and true tips
for what to do — and what not to do —
in your kitchen.
The kitchen is, for many homes, the heart of the
operation. It’s where the family comes to
gather, where guests mingle before a dinner party,
where food is prepared, and where homework is completed.
Given the many jobs that the kitchen is tasked with,
it makes sense to design a kitchen that is warm
and inviting and that has some personality.
Size Doesn’t (Always)
Many people assume that bigger is better when it
comes to a kitchen, but this isn’t necessarily
true. The most important thing about a kitchen is
its layout. You want to place elements in the kitchen
so that work is easy to accomplish within in. A
small kitchen can be a very ergonomically functional
kitchen so long as the design is well-planned.
Particularly in smaller spaces, allowing cabinets
to extend up to the ceiling can give off the appearance
that the room is bigger than it actually is. Allowing
cabinetry to extend upwards also has the added benefit
of giving you more room for storage, which can be
a huge benefit in a small kitchen in particular.
On The Other Hand
Don’t put so much storage in the kitchen that
everywhere you look is another storage space. You
want some room to breathe, both visually and literally,
in the kitchen. Leaving some areas unadorned will
allow for a more open feeling in the space overall
and will help you to feel less cluttered or encumbered
when you are working in the kitchen area.
Sometimes, Simplicity Speaks
Though not everyone loves the look of stark modern
design, too many details can cause an overload to
the senses. If you are embracing a more detail-oriented
traditional style, still air on the side of caution
when it comes to infusing the kitchen with too much
to look at. Using common color themes and materials
can help to lessen the blow of overwhelm on the
eyes. It’s possible to infuse the kitchen
with a great deal of detail without overwhelming
the eye — it’s just a matter of knowing
when to hold back and when to add just a little
It’s Okay To Conceal
You can use cabinetry to cover up some of the more
"kitcheny" aspects of your kitchen. Adding
paneling to a refrigerator to conceal its appearance,
for example, can give the kitchen an look that is
overall more homey and warm. Though many people
think that stainless steel is the way to go for
all appliances, hiding them behind some wood can
actually do a great deal to warm the room up. Too
much stainless steel can, if done improperly, give
off too sterile an appearance, which isn’t
necessarily appropriate for every type of room.
When you’re choosing your kitchen cabinetry,
embrace solid, good construction cabinets. Not only
will they last longer, but they will give your kitchen
an appearance of richness and longevity.