The kitchen is the hub of the home, where the entire family gathers in the evenings, after work, to do homework, share meals, and entertain friends. Create a kitchen space that will be remembered for its style, and also for the loving memories that will be created there. Kitchens have evolved a lot over the years. When designing or re-designing a kitchen, the goal is to create a more open room that can flow into a dining area, a family room, or a great room.
The cabinetry you select will set the tone for the whole room. The choice of wood influences the overall look of your cabinets. Instead of having the standard solid bank of cabinets, it’s popular to mix and match finishes, or to put cabinets up on feet to make them look more like freestanding furniture. Choosing exotic woods and hardware for the cabinetry is also popular.
Kitchen lighting is the one area of the décor where you can easily change the mood of the room at the flick of a switch. The best overall lighting is achieved by combining three set-ups:
• Main lights – centrally positioned to give an overall brightness to the room
• Detailed or task lighting – generally fitted under a kitchen cabinet to light up the working area below
• Mood lighting – this can be achieved by installing dimmer switches on the main lights, rope lighting under the base kitchen cabinets, or up lighting above your cabinets.
Consider changing the fixtures on your sink. There is a tremendous range of beautiful faucets and fixtures available today. You will be amazed at how changing the faucets can change the look of your room.
What a change a couple of decades have made for kitchen countertops! In addition to the popular granite and marble materials, now you can choose concrete, glass, or stainless steel to provide a contemporary look.
Moms are forgoing tiny kitchen desks for larger desks that wrap around into the family room – perfect for paying bills while enjoying TV with the family or watching the kids while they surf the internet.
Kitchen accessories today range from overhead wine racks to pull-out spice racks and chopping boards, to warming drawers and beverage chillers. Specialty appliances to meet every cook’s desires are in no short supply, either. From quesadilla makers to gourmet blenders and food processors, to rotisserie ovens and indoor grills, you can truly make your kitchen an individual work of art suited to your cooking and living style. W