To some, a kitchen might simply be a place to get food or a place to cook. However, to others, it might be their creative haven where masterpieces are produced. Whichever it may be, you can have both function and style in your own kitchen. Why not? All it needs is a little planning and creativity. Before starting a renovation or going to straight to your trusted interior designer, read through our basic tips here that will get the creative juices flowing and you can head into the process more informed.
Start with a plan
Before you start shopping for cabinets, stoves and refrigerators, start by making a plan on how you would want your kitchen to be. Stand in the middle of your kitchen and visualize how you want your kitchen to look like. Draft a layout while factoring in walking space and flow of your movements. Where do you want your appliances to go? Where do you usually keep your cooking oil and spices for easy reach? How should you situate your stove and your countertop so two or three people can work in the kitchen at the same time without crashing into one another? What size refrigerator fits?
After getting the basic layout figured out, then you can start considering what types of cabinets do you like best, what materials would you want for your countertops, etc. Having a plan is always good to prevent unnecessary trouble further down the process.
Create a budget
This part of the process is less fun but highly necessary. It is important to create a budget to avoid running into financial problems when you have already started work on your kitchen. Make sure you take into consideration the cost of labor (if you are hiring a renovation contractor), materials and appliances. To help with a better estimate, you can consult your interior designer, contractor or spend a few hours searching online or window shopping in stores.
Play with colours
To create a stylish look, get creative when thinking of colours as long as it goes with your home interior design. Unless your goal is to shock the senses of your guests, typically, having a cohesive look in terms of colour is preferable. If you prefer a more pleasant look, opt for muted or pastel colors that are soothing to the eye. However, if you are up for a glamorous and sophisticated look, go for matte black with white tiles. The contrast of black and white will give more definition to your kitchen. For those with an artistic touch and love colors, you could also opt for mosaic tiles for a stunning look.
To keep it functional, one thing to note is that if you cook frequently, you’d want countertop and cabinet materials that won’t stain easily and can be cleaned easily as well.
Get Creative with Lighting
Adequate lighting is a must. You’d want to be able to see well when you’re chopping and cooking up a storm. As such, it is important to plan where your lighting is. Additionally, lighting is also something you can get creative with and really enhance the atmosphere. Go for cool looking hanging lights or have light fixtures embedded in your cupboards.
Other than installing lights, having natural light in your kitchen is important. If you’re planning on a major renovation, consider adding windows in strategic places. Another perk of having more windows in your kitchen? Letting the cooking smells out so they don’t get trapped in your home.