Decorating Tips to Make Your Kitchen Work for You
Forget the media room, the great room, or the backyard, it’s the kitchen that continues to be the family hub, the heart of the home for daily activity and entertaining. For this reason, the design of kitchen space should address how the room is used. Identifying how you like to cook, eat and entertain are important steps in creating an efficient kitchen space.
Whether you are building from the floor plan up or simply reorganizing, kitchen tools and space planning have the most powerful impact on a kitchen’s effectiveness.
According to Bob Azimi of Atlas Tile & Stone in Laguna Hills, Calif. “The best way to make your kitchen work for you is to consider how much time you will actually spend there, so that you can design your kitchen to fit your needs. The kitchen is the most popular room in the house and has the most traffic.”
The Kitchen Pro
Ask any chef and they’ll tell you that cooking with the right equipment makes all the difference. While a full kitchen overhaul can be costly, here are some ideas that blend functionality and fashion.
* Mix and match. It is perfectly acceptable to equip your kitchen with appliances you like, one by one. Most culinary experts do not choose an entire matching set of appliances from one manufacturer.
* Choose stainless steel fixtures and appliances because they work with any color palette are built for standard sizes so they are easily retrofitted to your space.
* Expand freezer space. If frozen dinners come flying out of the freezer door every time you open it, consider adding refrigeration or freezer drawers in your kitchen work island. These compact units can add as much as 30 to 40 percent more refrigeration and freezer space to a kitchen, making them fantastic kitchen space savers.
Gadgets and small appliances can be very handy but tend to hog space. Consider these tips to manage clutter:
* Sinks with integrated accessories, i.e. integrated drain boards and colanders, are more efficient, stylish and eliminate kitchen clutter.
* Create more counter space by adding a small center island or rolling cart.
* Trade in your kitchen table for a bar-style counter and stools. They free up floor space.
* Get creative to better utilize deep cupboards and organize drawers.
Once you have your kitchen in order, it’s time to start thinking about decorating and bringing it up to date. Azimi said the most popular trend in kitchens today is contemporary.
“Antique bone seems to be a popular color and off white cabinets is another one,” he said.
Other popular choices are rich, deep woods and stainless steel appliances that give a modern ambiance. Indeed, today’s kitchen is truly the gathering spot for family and friends to share, celebrate and of course, eat!