While the days of clipping out pictures from a catalog may not be as common as they once were, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t the dream of having the ideal kitchen. Maybe it’s saved to social media in pieces now or maybe you have more a more cohesive plan in your mind’s eye.
Either way, it never hurts to have a little direction to make sure that your dream kitchen comes together without a hitch. You can use these tips to ensure that you get the kitchen of your dreams.
How Much Do You Want to Change?
The first question to ask yourself is how much you like your current kitchen before you dedicate yourself to renovations. Do you want to replace some of the appliances that you have and make cosmetic changes or do you want to completely start over with a full renovation?
Most experts compare a simple vs. complex remodel on a clear dividing line: will the cabinets be replaced? If so, you can expect your project to take more planning, a longer time frame, and a higher expense than if you would have if you didn’t change the cabinets at all.
What Do You Like to Cook?
The main function of a kitchen is to give you a place to prepare meals and make drinks. So, it’s worth considering what you need for your all time favorite snacks. For example, if you enjoy pizza, you might want to add your very own pizza oven to your set up. On the other hand, if you aren’t a fan of baking but love to cook, you might not want to outfit your new kitchen with expensive baking appliances.
Your dream kitchen should fit your preferences and needs specifically. Make sure to cater to what you want and what you’ll use when you’re choosing kitchen appliances.
Do You Entertain in Your Kitchen?
While many people think about their living rooms or dining rooms as places that people congregate, the kitchen is a high traffic area as well. Whether you want to entertain large groups of people or small ones, serve them drinks at a bar or cook a holiday meal with the whole family, it’s something absolutely crucial to consider.
If you like to entertain in your kitchen a lot, you’ll want to do what you can to make extra space and add extra seating. It’s also important to consider the nature of this entertainment, as mentioned before.
For example, if you want to cook with others, it means having plenty of room to move around and a lot of counter space to take advantage of. Alternatively, if you prefer entertaining guests in the sense of having room to sit, chat, eat, and drink, you’ll want to invest in things that suit that concept. For a small kitchen, you could do this with a few bar stools or, if you have the space, you could even work in a breakfast nook.
Put Your Basic Needs First
If you’re not sure where to start, the best thing to do is build off of the basics. This way, you have the bare minimum of what you’ll need to function effectively in a kitchen. This also means considering how well the basics are laid out. In this situation, it’s helpful to keep the “kitchen triangle rule” in mind.
This rule breaks down three components of every kitchen: the sink, refrigerator, and oven. The concept behind the rule is simple – you want these three points to form a triangle of sorts that makes movement easy. It shouldn’t be hard to move from any of these points to another in the kitchen to maximize not only how good your kitchen looks but how efficiently it performs as well.
When you’re remodeling a room, it’s easy to think about what colors and themes you want to use or the appliances you want to buy. It’s also critical to make sure that not only do you have everything you want and need but can you see it? Put simply, you don’t want to forget about lighting.
There are three primary types of lighting to consider in your kitchen including general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
General lighting refers to light that illuminates the whole space like your standard ceiling lights. You can rely on task lighting when you need something more specific such as a range light over your stove or a series of lights over an island or bar. Finally, accent lighting serves to highlight features you want people to see such as uplighting a cabinet or backsplash to draw the eye to it.
No matter what your preference is, there’s a kitchen design out there to fit your dreams. All you need to do is consider what you’re dreaming about and you’ll arrive at a final design in no time!
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