How to create a functional yet stylish kitchen
January 11, 2019 | by QualicoCommunities
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where people gather to socialize, eat and most importantly prepare delicious meals. When designing your dream kitchen, it's essential to create a space that not only reflects your unique sense of style but one that is practical as well. Here are some things to consider on your mission to create a functional yet stylish kitchen:
The layout of your kitchen is probably the most important design element you’ll have to think about. You’ll have to choose a suitable floorplan and decide where things will be positioned. We suggest making these decisions based on ease, convenience, and of course, your lifestyle needs. For example, your dishwasher and is probably best positioned close to your sink. It may also be useful to have cabinets close by, so you can store your dishes easily as well. If you’re someone who uses the kitchen regularly, you might want to opt for a U-shaped kitchen with tons of counter space to allow you to prep your meals with ease. On the other hand, if you love to entertain, an open-space kitchen is the perfect option.
When choosing the materials used in your kitchen, you have to consider a few things – your overall aesthetics, purpose and durability, maintenance, as well as your cooking style. For instance, if you don’t make much use of your kitchen and are aiming for a more classic look, opt for granite countertops. Granite is affordable, timeless, and since it won’t be used very much it won’t require much maintenance. On the other hand, if you’re a messy cook who is constantly in the kitchen trying out new recipes, then a quartz countertop is ideal. These countertops, made from engineered stone, are low maintenance and resist staining – making them perfect for busy kitchens.
Obviously, when creating a stylish kitchen, you have to add some decorative flair! When adding different details and personal touches to your space, we suggest that you steer clear of trendy design elements. Since trends are here today and gone tomorrow, it's best that your kitchen maintain a more timeless look. Not only will this help you avoid constant remodels due to changing trends, it will most likely increase your property value since you’ve created a highly desirable space. Also, since you’ll be making use of your kitchen, its best you’re your space reflects your unique sense of style. When creating the kitchen of your dreams, you’ll want to carefully consider colours, décor, lighting options etc. Let’s say you’re looking to achieve a modern minimalist aesthetic – monochromatic walls and cabinets as well as pot-lights can help bring your vision to life.
Carefully choosing appliances is another component of good kitchen design. When selecting the right appliances for your kitchen, you first want to consider how your space will be used. Homeowners who often host a lot of guests may want to opt for a large capacity oven, a six-burner cooktop or even a beverage fridge. After choosing the type of appliances you need, the next thing you want to consider is style. Always opt for appliances which complement the design of your kitchen.
Creating a stylish and functional kitchen is every homeowner's goal. With a little effort and careful planning, you’ll be on your way to attaining a sophisticated space which serves all your needs.
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