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The kitchen is the heart of the home. Not only do we nourish our bodies in our kitchen, but we also nourish our souls. It doesn’t matter whether your kitchen is big enough to fit a whole baseball team or cozy enough for a family of two, you can still make it your own.
By the way, if your kitchen is on the small side, no need to worry, here are some great tips on making it still feel on the grander side and a place in which you will actually want to cook. But if you are just looking for a way to transform your kitchen, give it that pizazz it’s been missing lately, we’ve got you covered there, too.
Lighting can go a long way in creating a more modern kitchen design. How often do tenants update the cupboards, countertops, and floors only to leave the same light fixtures that have been there since the building was first created?
The lighting has so much impact in setting the mood of a kitchen, and yet in order to be able to cook the meals we love, you need enough light to read the recipes and see what is in your frying pan. Under-cabinet lights can help big time when you are cooking, and can easily be turned off when you are sitting down to enjoy your meal and want a dimmer light above you. Pendant lighting adds a dramatic effect, while chandeliers can add that touch of elegance that track lighting may be missing. But keep in mind, your lighting choices also depend on your kitchen concept as a whole.
2. Kitchen Cabinets
I once lived in a teeny tiny apartment that had an even tinier kitchen, with a total of four cabinets; I used to have to store my dishes in the dishwasher. Luckily, I don’t have to do that anymore, but if I were still living in that apartment, I am sure that I could now come up with some great small kitchen design ideas, and I would begin with the cabinets.
When selecting modern cabinets, be sure to select those wide enough that your plates can actually fit inside them. Also, make sure to have the cabinet take up as much of the usable space as possible. This may even be one of those scenarios where you will want to get a custom-made countertop or island.
A modern twist may have you putting in shelves in lieu of cabinets, at least to hold your plates, bowls and serving dishes. Then you can save the cabinets to hold all the pantry-type items and the things you don’t want others to see.
Flat front cabinets (think lacquer cabinetry) is very sleek looking, and without a doubt matches those stainless-steel appliances that are in most kitchens. Wood never seems to go out of style, but it will be up to you to decide whether or not you want a light, medium or dark stain (or to even go with a colored stain).
In today’s modern kitchen, you don’t have to match, and I love it. You can go with dark cabinetry and light countertops, or lacquered cabinets and butcher block counters. You can even match your backsplash with your kitchen countertops.
If you are really into unity, why not choose to put in a built-in sink where the sink matches the countertop seamlessly? Keep in mind, however, this is a pricier option. Just remember that the countertops are not obligated to match the cabinetry.
Although having stainless-steel appliances does seem to be the more modern way to go, it is not the only way. My mother simply doesn’t like them, and that’s okay. If you’re not sticking with stainless steel across the board, try to buy your appliances all at once, so at least there is some unison in the design.
Another option is to hide your appliances behind the cabinetry (otherwise known as, integrated appliances). This works for dishwashers, fridges, ovens, you name it - and really gives that sleek and tidy feel to a kitchen.
Lastly, modern kitchens don’t have microwaves sitting on their countertops or big stove hood ranges hanging down for the world to see. So, if you are looking for some kitchen remodeling ideas, start by planning to have your microwave and hood put together to save you space and take away from that old-fashioned look.
5. The Little Things
We’ve talked about some big things in kitchen design, but there are also those little things that can be done, particularly in a small kitchen, that will update it quickly and for less money than a complete renovation of your entire kitchen.
A backsplash may cost a few hundred dollars, but money can be saved if you put the work in yourself. These tiles are also a great way to add a little bit of your personality to the room. A fresh paint job can likewise do a lot to brighten up a drab and dreary kitchen, especially if the light is at a minimum.
Finally, pops of color can also be put in through your utensils and your appliances, like a toaster, a stand mixer, or a blender. If you use them frequently, and have purchased quality products, then show them off! I like to keep my utensils by my stove in a white flower pot, and have no problem storing some of my favorite grains in jars across the back of my kitchen with my backsplash.
A lot has changed since the kitchens of the past; no longer are we restricted to having a kitchen of all white or all dark. We can play around a little, mix some color in, have different textures, and make our kitchen a space where we want to spend time cooking.
This is a guest blog post by Danielle L'ami with zumper.com
Danielle thrives on researching and writing on all aspects of life. Further to writing for Zumper blog and personal finance, she is an advocate of self-improvement and living a life that is both financially responsible and knowledgeable. When she is not on her computer, she can be found spending time with her husband and two sons.