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) Matter
Many people assume that bigger is better when it comes to a luxury 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 the 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 bit more.
It’s Okay To Conceal Appliances
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 custom 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.