The kitchen is the home’s superstar room, serving as the hub for essential activities, including food storage, preparation, and cooking. However, the kitchen is often more than just a place to prepare food. It is also where kids do their homework, where families eat (instead of the less-used formal dining room), where social gatherings take place, where crafters lay out their materials for the next big project, and where neighbors drop in for a cup of coffee.
Since the kitchen is used for many things, it is often considered the heart of the home. As such, it deserves to be of the highest quality, with extra attention paid to design details and functionality. A high-quality kitchen also boosts your home’s market value. The following improvements can make any kitchen a pleasant, efficient, and practical space where anyone could happily spend hours.
Remember The Work Triangle
A “work triangle” should be established between your sink, refrigerator, and cooktop. You should also provide enough storage and a sizable open surface for preparing food. These factors are crucial for an efficient kitchen design.
Use Lighting as a Core Design Element
The importance of kitchen lighting can’t be ignored. A well-planned lighting solution does double duty by illuminating and drawing attention to your beautiful kitchen. One exciting way to use lighting as a design element is to install it beneath the entire length of the cabinets. This feature makes your kitchen safer, adds flair to the space, and draws the eye to notice everything from top to bottom.
Upgrade to Matching Appliances that Save Water and Energy
Do you have outdated appliances that waste power? The time to upgrade is during a renovation. Most people are unaware of how much energy kitchen appliances like the oven, dishwasher, and stove consume. When buying these new eco-friendly appliances, choose a matching set that fit your aesthetic and will complement the final look you are going for with your kitchen remodel.
Incorporate Innovative, Space-Saving Solutions
Expanding the storage capacity of your kitchen is another essential design factor that ensures comfort and convenience. Pullout pantry racks, corner drawers, pop-out kitchen appliances, and ceiling-mounted racks are just a few examples of clever storage concepts that can help you make the most of the extra space in your house.
Create Connections to Nature and Outdoor Spaces
The best kitchens have convenient access to outside areas (like a covered patio with seating, courtyard, or garden) and a connection to indoor entertainment spaces (like the living room and dining room). Kitchens that seamlessly merge indoor and outdoor living spaces are great for daily use and for parties or intimate gatherings with close friends and family.
One of the best ways to improve this connection is to diminish or eliminate the visual and physical barriers between the indoors and outdoors of your home. For example, you can install windows and doors that span the entire height and width of all open spaces in the kitchen and adjacent rooms. In addition, switching to a sliding or bi-folding glass door system that provides better access to natural light and views enables more natural light to enter your kitchen.
Contact Premier Kitchen & Bath to Start Your Kitchen Remodel
There are endless ways to improve a kitchen. With Premier Kitchen & Bath, we can help you find the direction that is best for your style, needs, and space. Ready to get started? Contact us today set up an appointment with one of our expert interior designers and start making plans for your dream kitchen!