Redesigning your kitchen space may seem like a daunting task but the team of experts at All About Kitchens want to help you get started. In this blog, we will discuss the seven factors, we believe, are most important when it comes to designing and building a kitchen space that is as functional as it is beautiful.
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Although the kitchen is the perfect opportunity to show off your design flair and aesthetic inspirations, it’s also largely a functional environment. When it comes time to design a kitchen it is important to think about how the space will work – and what kind of storage solutions it will incorporate.
Smart storage will make use of every corner of your space and allow your kitchen to look tidy and organized. We always recommend that our clients think about what each cupboard and drawer will store from the get-go so the area flows cohesively. Using top shelves and cupboards for seasonal items and things that are used less frequently is always a good idea while incorporating spice racks and magnetic knife storage will make preparing your favorite meals so much easier.
Another functional factor to consider is your worktops – this is the space you use to chop veggies, roll out pizza dough, and mix up your famous pancake mix. You want to ensure that you have as much surface area as possible while carefully considering the countertop material itself. While tile and wood are becoming more popular options for kitchen counters, granite is a tried-and-true favorite.
If you’d like to explore countertop materials in more depth we invite you to visit our blog about countertop installation.
In addition to getting your storage and worktops right, we also encourage our clients to consider the overall flow of their kitchen space. We recommend that one area should be dedicated to cooking while another should be for washing and storing dishes, and food storage should be separate as well. If you are reinventing an already assembled kitchen space, reworking the flow can be a challenge but our kitchen remodelers can help you brainstorm. We will also help you to make sure that your cabinet doors are measured properly so they have room to open out into your kitchen without running into appliances, countertop corners, etc.
The lighting in your kitchen is all too easy to overlook but once you start cooking the lighting will be impossible to ignore. While overhead lighting is a given it’s also important to consider ambient lighting, dimmable options, and eye-catching focal points. While pot lights and other subtle lighting designs are popular for kitchen remodeling, chandeliers and hanging pendant lights can also jazz up your space while allowing you to see what you’re doing. Lighting is a great opportunity to maximize the versatility of your kitchen space as well as it’s beauty and overall enjoyment.
While the colors of your kitchen space are more of a personal decision, we always offer our clients a few pointers. For starters, if you’re working with a small kitchen space utilizing light colors can help to make the area look bigger and more inviting. Dark woods and other richer accents can be useful for adding visual interest, but we don’t recommend layering dark elements as it can make the space look cramped and dated. When considering color, you may also consider texture. While many homeowners will opt for a sleek modern finish, adding wood or concrete to your kitchen can create a grainier texture with a more lived-in look. Both options can be beautiful with the right execution.
If you’re lucky enough to have a separate, formal dining room, in-kitchen dining may not be top-of-mind. In our experience, however, many families and individuals will end up wanting a more casual, day-to-day eating area in their kitchen spaces.
There are a multitude of ways to create an eat-in kitchen depending on the size and shape of the room you’re working with. While some of our clients will opt to design a cozy breakfast nook with a bench seat by a sunny window, others are more than happy with a countertop and bar stools, or the ever-popular dining island.
Our experts can help you understand the options you have for kitchen dining when we book your initial kitchen consultation.
7. Resale Value
Last, but certainly not least, it is incredibly important to consider the resale value of your property when designing your new kitchen space. The last thing you want to do is create a kitchen that is perfect for you and a big hassle for somebody else. You want potential buyers to walk into your kitchen and see themselves enjoying it not ripping it up and starting from scratch.
All the factors we have mentioned above are crucial for creating a high-value kitchen space but it’s also important to consider upgrading appliances and neutralizing the color pallet of your kitchen before you put your home on the market.
If you’re preparing your home for sale, we invite you to give our team a call. We can help you make a great impression on potential buyers.
The kitchen truly is one of the most important spaces in your home, and getting the design right is a must if you want to enjoy the space for years into the future. With a little help from our professionals your perfect kitchen space can be accomplished, no matter its age, size, or condition.
Please don’t hesitate to give our experts a call when it’s time to revamp your cooking area. We would be honored to share our expertise with you and help you achieve results you’ll be proud to show off.
Reach us by phone or email to get started on your kitchen design today!