It is considered one of the most important rooms in a home. Used for food preparation, eating and sometimes entertaining, the kitchen is pretty much the heart of any residence. It is typically equipped with a stove, fridge, microwave oven, a toaster and possibly a dishwasher. Some architectural designs even allow space for a washer and dryer, but that is rather atypical.
A kitchen is often the center of family activities. It is the place where junior does his homework, dad checks his email early in the morning and mum visits with her girlfriends in the afternoon. One time or another during the day, everyone ends up in the kitchen and that is a good incentive to make this busy hub as inviting and attractive as possible.
The features of a kitchen depend on budget, size and lifestyle. The architectural structure of some buildings only allow for miniature cooking areas – apartments come to mind – while others have lots of room, yet are organized in a rather simplistic way. No need to have the ultimate kitchen with an island, an over-the-range microwave, a dishwasher, multiple stainless steel appliances, fancy pendant lights, granite countertops or antique copper patina sinks with designer bronze faucets, when the cook is never home.
It is not always out of choice that a kitchen ends up being underprivileged. The style of an older house can be rather room confining, or there is always the possibility that, with baby number three on the way, the residing family grew just a little too fast. These are just a couple of the reasons why limited space can make a kitchen undesirable or cramped. In that case a home decorator or a more specific designer expert can help with advice. For example: exchanging a hutch for a rolling island will create a lot more work surface and an island with a drop leaf and casters can bring mobile convenience. Tucked against a wall it won’t even interrupt the room’s traffic. And don’t forget floating shelves if you need extra storage!
Whether you are re-organizing your kitchen with what you already have or going all out, keep in mind that any modification you make will have a big impact. Use your imagination when it comes to changes, regardless if they pertain to structure, new flooring or updating your cabinets. Just keep one thing in mind: whatever you do, stay in budget. You do not want to end up dissatisfied with your efforts just because of he cost!
Paying attention to details will determine the warmth of your cooking area. Adding bright and warm colors to a bland kitchen will bring zest while snappy high-energy patterns will add character. With a few imaginative accents you can emphasize the features of counter tops, walls and alluring furniture and make any kitchen inspirational unique and magazine-cover attractive!