Even a minor kitchen remodel ranks as one of the top renovation projects to bring a significant return on investment. However, updating your kitchen is much more than thinking about money. This room is the heart of your home, and its design must be impeccable to make your life more comfortable and pleasurable. Besides, with most houses today featuring an open floor plan, it is highly likely that all of your guests will have a peek inside your kitchen, and you want it to look perfect for that occasion. Here are a few ideas that will get you inspired to create a stylish kitchen.
Go With The Classic White Look
It’s simple: when you don’t know where to start, go back to the basics. A clean, crisp white kitchen provides an ideal backdrop for all future design elements. White enhances the room’s illumination and makes it appear bigger than it actually is. It is a sure choice for currently the trendiest interior design style – Scandinavian. All-white includes painting the walls white, using white tiles and installing white cabinetry. Since it is a neutral hue, you can use pops of colour or metallic accents to avoid a sterile appearance.
While there is nothing wrong with all-white, some people prefer to enrich their kitchen with more dynamics. Using contrasting colors will create a kitchen that stands out and calls for attention. Black and white is the most classic road, but you can also go for something more creative, like dark brown and grey or red and beige. You can create a similar effect by using contrasting finishes (matte and metallic).
Layer The Lighting
How a room is lit says a lot about its purpose, function and style. In the kitchen, lighting is more important than in any other room- This is not only because it helps you work efficiently, but also because it can serve as a decorative element in a space that is usually not very open for accessories, due to lack of space. The four types of lighting you can introduce are ambient (e.g., semi-flush ceiling lights), task (spotlights under the cabinets or above the island pendants), decorative (chandeliers), and accent (directional spotlights).
If there is one thing that never goes out of fashion when it comes to kitchens, that is polished stainless steel. However, if you don’t care too much for that stainless look, you can’t go wrong with black matte units either. In the end, one of the best choices you can make is to opt for quality, energy-efficiency and a trustworthy brand, like Maytag appliances, which not only feature all of these characteristics but also boost a sophisticated, timeless design.
Kitchen flooring is a design element we rarely pay attention to, but we should – since it contributes to the overall ambiance of the room. While tiles are the best when it comes to durability and resisting water damage and humidity, hardwood floors could be the most stylish option out of them all. If you want to combine the perks of both options, you can choose floor tiles which imitate the natural appearance of wood.
Large Multifunctional Countertop
Kitchens are primarily focused on functionality. A very useful upgrade in that sense is a big multipurpose countertop. This neat addition commonly known as a kitchen island is an ideal combination of style and function. It can serve as a prep station, dining area, bar, and a storage solution. You can use it to install an oven, cooktop, a dishwasher, etc.
Creative Storage Solutions
You can never get enough storage space, regardless of how spacious your kitchen is. But you can use some clever design tricks to store cookware and utensils that can, at the same time, serve as décor enhancement:
- Use open shelves to display your favorite dishes.
- Mix solid cabinet doors with glass inserts.
- Hang a pegboard on a blank wall to hold pots, cutting boards, pans, etc.
- Turn the dead space above the cabinets into extra storage with additional shelves.
The kitchen is the masterpiece of every house. Use these tips to start your road toward a stylish kitchen to bring life to this room. Just remember that you should never sacrifice style for function or vice versa, when both of these features can work together in perfect harmony.