The kitchen has been called the heart of the home. It is one of the busiest rooms in the house, where you prepare your family’s meals, spend time with the kids, entertain guests, read, knit, and do other activities. While many people are used to the layout of their home, many would benefit from some modifications to make the kitchen more user-friendly. Here are a few ideas for making your kitchen more functional, attractive, and beautiful.
For small kitchens, a galley design is usually a good fit. Since space is at a premium, consider high; work on verticality; stack cabinets and countertops high up on the wall, and seek innovative new storage units and dual-use pieces. Galley designs also tend to make the kitchen more energy-efficient, since more surfaces are open for airflow. On the other hand, if the kitchen is large, it may be easier to install a U-shaped arrangement, with the sink, stove, and refrigerator on one side of the U, and the appliances on the opposite side. If you have a large family, however, it might be best to consult with an interior designer who specializes in small or large-space design.
Interior designers can help you achieve the perfect new kitchen layout for your kitchen, whether you’re building from scratch or updating an existing kitchen. We have designers that can work with you to create a kitchen that meets your needs. One important factor when determining your kitchen layout is how much storage you need. Will your new kitchen offer enough cabinet space for all your appliances, cabinets, and kitchen tools? If so, your new kitchen will fit into the area available.
Many new kitchens come with beautiful wood-grained kitchen backsplash. Although beautiful woods like oak and maple are excellent choices for kitchen backsplashes, we also experience clients who prefer stainless steel, granite, or other “high-end” materials. The choice is really up to you as each material has its own unique look, but most clients I work with prefer the appearance of a stainless steel worktop over a wooden worktop, for example. A stainless steel worktop allows cooks to avoid scratches on their pans and cutlery.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to update an existing kitchen, consider remodeling your cabinets instead of replacing them. A kitchen designer can show you how to add the new cabinetry later, after the remodel. Most homeowners do not realize that their cabinet doors and drawer fronts can be changed during a remodel, too. Changing the hardware on your cupboards or changing out knobs and handles will update them while simultaneously adding visual appeal. If you change the lighting in the room with the cabinets, you can change the feel of the entire room as well.
One other simple kitchen remodel finance tip is to add a kitchen island. This space will allow you to have a secondary cooking area while also providing you with additional counter space. You can use your island for cooking, storage, bar-b-q, or as a place to sit while your children play. As you can see, there are endless ways that a kitchen remodel can be done inexpensively. The kitchen designer can help you determine how best to accomplish your goals and get the results you want.