Walk into any modern American home – that is a single family home – and, if it’s well-designed and carefully thought out – you’re likely to see a breathtaking living room … a functional and stylish family room … a magnificent, finished basement … beautiful bedrooms … even stunning and practical bathrooms.
But what will the kitchen look like? Too often, homeowners devote too much of their energy and most of their budget on all the rooms of the house mentioned above, but not on the kitchen. And, because a comfortable, well-conceived kitchen can be the center of the home – the place where family members get together for meals and “small talk,” that’s a big mistake.
The kitchen matters in a well-designed home … a lot. When properly laid out, it will be both functional and comfortable … attractive, too.
Importantly, you don’t have to hire a design firm to get a great kitchen. Kitchen design – a well-planned kitchen – is not “rocket science.” A little thought and a lot of careful execution should be enough to let you enjoy having a great “center of the house” for dining and entertainment.
It all starts with a good-sized room. You will need enough square feet of space to create a kitchen you will love. Here are a few kitchen design tips to help you:
- Start with top quality appliances … if room permits, install a large, “double-door” refrigerator … a microwave “tucked under a cabinet” so that it’s out of the way … a coffee pot … a toaster … a food processor … and all of your other appliances hidden, but easily accessible, in closets.
- Give yourself lots of counter space … plenty of room to keep counter-top appliances out in the open and readily available, but not to the point where your kitchen looks cluttered and unattractive
- Choose designer colors for your appliances … colorful wallpaper for the walls – two components that will give your kitchen a fresh, modern and inviting look.
- Include a “must-have” center island … make it the heart of your kitchen … the place where you prepare meals in complete comfort because you have lots of room to work. And a center island looks great, too.
- Remember to add lots of cabinets … because you want to be able to store non-perishable foods … utensils … pots and pans … storage containers … and more out of sight, but still easily accessible.
- Tile on the floor adds a dynamic finishing touch … and ceramic tile wipes clean easily and always looks fresh and new.
- One last thing to remember: your kitchen table and the chairs that surround it should be stylish, comfortable … and, most importantly, easy to clean and maintain.
That’s it. Do all of these things – on your own (no design firm needed) – and your kitchen will look great and become the talk of the neighborhood.
Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to enjoy the kind of kitchen that will get “rave reviews.” Prove it to yourself. Get started today.