day and age, the kitchen is more than where mom
spends time prepping dinner. Instead, the kitchen
is a space where everyone comes together. The kitchen
is often used for cooking as well as dining. Additionally,
family members will often use the kitchen as a place
to do homework or spend time on computers or tablets.
The kitchen is also the space where guests often
gather before a dinner party, mingling with the
host and enjoying the process of watching the food
If your kitchen is outdated, there are several different
ways that you can work toward making the kitchen
the heart of your home.
Countertops are a very important part of the kitchen.
They provide the workspace for the chef, and they
largely dictate the overall look and feel of the
kitchen. Popular natural countertop materials include
granite, slate, marble, soapstone, and man-made
materials include laminate.
Aside from countertops, the kitchen
cabinets you choose for your kitchen is hugely
important in defining the overall character of the
space. Depending on what type of cabinets you install,
the cabinets may actually be the thing that takes
up the most wall space in the kitchen. Therefore,
it’s important to approach cabinets with an
eye for style. The cabinets will define the overall
style of your entire kitchen. Do you want traditional?
Modern? Sleek? Intricate? Dark? Light? Knowing what
you want the overall kitchen to feel like will help
you to best decide what type of cabinets to work
into the space.
Although we use the kitchen for a wide range of
activities, the most important thing that we do
in the kitchen is still cooking. It’s important
to have updated appliances in the kitchen. Modern
appliances are energy efficient and have features
that will work for you. If your kitchen needs a
quick update, installing new appliances are a great
way to quickly bring the quality of your kitchen
When you are designing a kitchen
remodel, think about what types of things that
you and your family use the kitchen for most, and
let yourself embrace features that will serve what
you need. Does your family like to grab a quick
breakfast in the kitchen, but you all tend to prefer
having dinner in the formal dining room? If so,
a breakfast nook may be an appropriate addition
to your space. If you do a lot of work on the computer
in the kitchen, having an area that’s safely
away from where food prep occurs (particularly where
liquids may be involved) where the computer can
be set up is a great idea. Another modern idea for
the kitchen is to include a special charging station
for small electronics.
In addition to the layout, there are several ways
that you can customize the kitchen so that it works
best for you. Custom cabinet and drawer solutions
include special spice racks in a drawer for easy
browsing, particular heights for cabinets that are
better for the short chef, and special storing stations
for loose items such as potatoes and onions.