Homeowners have been hearing for years that the kitchen is the heart of the home. And while the kitchen has certainly become the social hub of the house, some homeowners feel frustrated because they’re modern people feeling trapped in an older kitchen design that just doesn’t work for today’s lifestyle.
There’s more to creating a warm, welcoming, fun-to-be-in kitchen than simply changing out your cabinets, countertops, and appliances, and putting on a new coat of paint.
It’s easy to focus on the aesthetics when you think about remodeling your kitchen, but the things that make your kitchen more enjoyable to be in (and the things that will frustrate you if they’re not handled properly) have more to do with the design and layout of your kitchen. Let’s look at a few of the issues and how you can avoid those frustrations with better design.
You don’t have to have a cavernous kitchen to be happy, but there is no substitute for having adequate space. If you don’t have enough space to do what you want to do (and that includes cooking and entertaining) it really won’t matter how stunning your sink, countertops, and cabinets are. But it’s not just a matter of how many square feet you have. Proper planning of the space before you begin reconstruction is critical in order to make the best use of the space you have. You want to be able to move between areas of your kitchen easily and efficiently when you’re preparing meals. And you want adequate well-designed space that allows guests to mingle at the same time. But that doesn’t just happen. It requires planning. That’s when you want to bring in an expert design team that’s trained to get the most out of your space.
Not all lighting is the same and nowhere is that more evident than in the kitchen. Different activities require different kinds of lighting, and because the kitchen fulfills multiply roles in today’s homes, you need to plan for that. You’ll want task lighting that’s focused on specific areas for certain meal preparation activities. But you’ll also want mood or ambient lighting that makes the kitchen warm and inviting for guests. And you want those different kids of lighting to coexist in the same space. A good designer can help you figure out that important puzzle!
A huge part of having a great kitchen is making sure it’s not cluttered. If your beautiful countertops are covered with stuff, nobody will notice them. A good designer can help you find creative ways to find storage space in your kitchen design—whether that’s with innovative cabinet designs, or “finding” unused space in places you may not have considered.
Naturally, your finishes such as flooring, countertops, cabinets, and appliances are important, but your priority should be to make sure your kitchen space is designed for the way you work and entertain. There’s no need to feel like a modern person trapped in an old-fashioned kitchen. Help is just a phone call away!