Kitchens are among the most important rooms in our homes. Done right, they’re centers of function and beauty that make our lives easier and more pleasant. Done wrong, they become frustrating places that make daily chores harder. No wonder, then, that kitchens are such a popular target for renovation projects! Here’s how to tackle your kitchen transformation in a way that leaves you with a more attractive and functional space.
Your space: floors, cabinets, and more
Your starting point for any kitchen transformation is, of course, your room itself. Do you plan to expand your kitchen? Move around counters, cabinets, and other permanent parts of your kitchen’s layout? Think about these things first.
Your kitchen’s layout should allow for easy foot traffic, particularly between important appliances, between cooking and dining areas, and on other well-traveled paths. Your kitchen’s functional side begins with its basic layout!
This is also a place to look for cosmetic improvements. Is it time to update your outdated countertops, cabinets, or cabinet knobs? Should you refinish your floors?
Appliances: the most important part of your kitchen
When it comes to kitchen remodeling, nothing carries quite as much weight as your choice of appliances. Kitchen appliances are the heart and soul of your culinary space, and with modern advancements from companies like Dacor, they truly bring an entirely new element to your kitchen. They’re visual centerpieces that can make or break the look of your kitchen, and they’re functional tools that determine how easy and pleasing your kitchen is to use.
All of this makes choosing new appliances one of the most important steps in your kitchen transformation plan. This is an area in which to spring for luxury, so don’t be afraid to spend a bit on the appliances that you’ll be using nearly every day for years to come. Choose modern designs with precision engineering and all of the options you’ll need to do the cooking and cleaning you intend to do.
The finishing touches: furniture and decor
Furniture and decorations are less permanent than things like hardwood floors and appliances, but they still have an important role to play in your kitchen. Your kitchen table, in particular, will have a real impact on the space. Don’t forget about flow and functionality as you place your table, and don’t forget about your kitchen’s style, either – a great table should match your kitchen’s aesthetic feel while also making it more functional.
Think as well about other furnishings – chairs or stools for an island, for instance. Then consider decor and functional installations like wine racks. What role does each item have to play? With some wall hangings, the effect can be strictly aesthetic. But with functional items, like fruit bowls or the aforementioned wine rack, you’ll want to go back and think about flow once more. Will there be traffic jams at your next dinner party if the wine rack goes here? Will putting the bowl there encourage you to eat fruit with your breakfast each morning?
Functionality, beauty, and your perfect kitchen
If you think about your new kitchen by starting with the large and permanent and ending with the small and temporary, you’ll find that it’s possible to organize your kitchen space in a way that’s both visually appealing and intensely functional. The secret to a perfect kitchen is to combine the two. When done right, the two work in harmony, and there’s no need for trade-offs. So take the time and invest in a kitchen that truly makes your life easier and more beautiful.
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