You have heard it before, but I will say it again: the kitchen is the heart of any home. Therefore it should be both practical, and aesthetically pleasing. That said – remodels are seldom fun. So while the idea of a new kitchen is wonderful, when it comes time for the work to be done, the kitchen becomes a dusty and cluttered place where cooking is hardly even possible anymore. For this reason you have to make sure you do it right the first time.
Here are five things to think about before diving in:
- What is your home’s architectural style?
When remodeling your kitchen, or any room for that matter, you need to ensure that it fits with the rest of your home and upholds your home’s architectural integrity. A farm-style home with a gloss modern kitchen can break the flow and harmony of a home.
- Do you need more space?
Sometimes lighter colours can really make a room look bigger, but in other cases, you just need more space. Whether you want to add in a kitchen island or perhaps a breakfast nook that will accommodate the family, none of these additions will be worth it if they make the space feel cramped. Consider stealing that extra space from the adjoining rooms.
- Will your kitchen design withstand the test of time?
It feels great to be trendy but make sure that prospective buyers will find your trendy kitchen equally attractive a few years down the line, if or when you decide to sell. You also don’t want your kitchen to be so safe on the design front that it lands up being boring.
Try using neutral tiles with a neutral MelaWood colour together with splashes of a brighter gloss board or colourful appliances to achieve an appropriate balance. One could install a microwave cupboard or open shelving using Lime Green or Candy Red MelaWood SupaGloss to add colour – this can easily be replace or removed if necessary.
- Is it functional?
Trendy kitchens are not always functional and while open shelves may look amazing in the magazines, they can be messy in a real, lived-in kitchen.
Before designing your kitchen layout, think about the type of person, and more specifically about the type of cook, that you are. Design your space with all your spices, cutting boards and pots in mind; make sure these items are strategically placed so that you can always reach them the minute you need them.
- Are you skimping where it really matters?
Bad cabinetry is a big no-no and it should never be a compromise. Make sure that your contractor or architect selects quality materials for your kitchen cabinets as lower quality boards can start to look tacky quickly when exposed to water and heat.
Rather choose appliances that are slightly less fancy and spend the extra money on quality boards that you know will last.