For the average homeowner, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. You can spend up to 40 percent of your time in your kitchen cleaning, cooking and preparing meals for yourself and your family. Why not have the kitchen of your dreams?
Whether your interior style is traditional, contemporary, eclectic or country French, you can design a beautiful kitchen that will make cooking and cleaning easier and more enjoyable. Decide on the look that’s right for your home, then concentrate on materials, finishes and colors.
Kitchens get messy, so think about durability and maintenance when you’re choosing a floor. Hard surface materials like granite, marble, limestone and slate are extremely durable, but they need a sealer to resist stains. Ceramic and porcelain tiles don’t require a sealer, and they’re available in thousands of great patterns and colors. Hard surface flooring can be tiring under your feet, but area rugs and kitchen mats can help. Flooring alternatives like wood, real or laminated, and linoleum are also durable and much softer when you’re standing for long periods of time. Today, you’ll find many linoleum patterns that mimic the look of natural stone, wood, metal and glass.
Kitchen cabinets must be functional, as well as durable, so make sure you plan for cabinets that will accommodate all of your kitchen essentials and countertops that are easy to clean. You’ll want lower cabinets to hold heavier items like pots and pans, small appliances and cleaning supplies. Upper cabinets are perfect for dishes, glassware and smaller items that you use on a daily basis. If you have beautiful china or pottery, display it behind upper cabinet doors with clear glass fronts. Depending on your style, you can choose kitchen cabinets in gorgeous wood tones from blonde to ebony or painted finishes that range from white to black. For an eclectic look, consider cabinets in a bold color like red, lavender, teal, mustard or bright yellow.
Lighting in a kitchen should be a combination of both direct and indirect fixtures. Choose overhead lighting like recessed spots or track lighting for general illumination. For task lighting, consider pendants over islands and seating areas and under-counter lighting for cooking and prep work. Put your lighting fixtures on separate switches, so you don’t have to have them all on at the same time. This will create a softer look and more atmosphere.
If you’re ready to design your dream kitchen, talk to a licensed, reputable contractor and get a quote now.