Sometimes beauty is apparent. In other cases, however, the beauty derives from the way a kitchen works. There’s beauty in the way it can perfectly serve a family’s needs for comfort and for meal preparation. Most kitchens are gathering places and hold a special place in individual hearts as the “heart of the home.”
Memories of good times and family togetherness often are born in the kitchen.
Make It Personal
Whether your kitchen is large or small, designed for a single cook or an army of helpers, traditional or high tech, make sure it fits you to a tee. Never install anything in your kitchen that you don’t love — whether it’s a major appliance or a cabinet pull. Conversely, make room for Grandma’s bread box or a soda fountain ice cream milk shake maker, prominently display a collection of wooden spoons or funky salt and pepper shakers just because they make you smile, or paint a pantry door with chalkboard paint to give your grocery list center stage status.
Unless your kitchen makes you smile when you’re in it, it’s missing the mark, in terms of both function and style.
Dual Goals: Health and Happiness
There are only a few necessities in every kitchen. A cooktop and an oven are basic, but the number and configuration vary widely. A sink for washing vegetables as well as dishes and pots. Refrigerator/freezer space, because this is the modern age, after all. Preparation and clean up areas, and storage space for food, utensils and cooking gear. Proper lighting.
Most of the rest of the kitchen landscape is optional.
How you configure your space is up to you. Tailor your kitchen plan to your needs, and pay attention to the details. What constitutes those details? They will differ from one kitchen to another, but here’s a partial list:
Crown, baseboard and cabinet trim define the style of your kitchen. Don’t neglect these details and use them to call attention to specific features or as kitchen “jewelry.”
Hinges, cabinet pulls, towel and potholder hooks help to set the tone and spice up the space. Focus on them and let the hardware help unify your kitchen decor.
If you like the look of furniture, lift some of your cabinets off the floor. Add decorative legs to a kitchen island. Be aware of the legs on stools and pro-style ranges, and create the illusion of legs by painting cabinet toe-kicks a dark color and adding chunky trim at floor level.
Think about open shelves or glass-door display sections in upper cabinets.
Suit yourself with the hue, but a splash of bold color can be as inviting as a cool glass of lemonade. Install an island a contrasting color, or choose a pro-style range and vent hood in a bright enamel.
Create Personalized Storage:
whether it includes a pull out rack for spices, a pop-up shelf for a large mixer, a dedicated baking center complete with flour and sugar bins and a marble pastry counter, or a large built-in wine rack.
Whatever your decor, coordinate architectural details and period touches for windows, lighting, wall treatments, flooring and wall finishes.
As you choose what will make your kitchen unique, call upon the expertise of the certified kitchen designers at The Kitchen Master. We can help you coordinate your kitchen remodeling project from start to finish. Why not schedule your personal consultation right now? We’d love to help you get started.