1.) Incorporate a workspace
- If 2020 taught us anything it’s that we need to make the most of the space we have in our homes. Anything can become a home-office! Setting aside a small workspace in your kitchen can help you with the multi-tasking responsibilities that come with working from home, or even allow you to help out the kids with their homework while you’re cooking dinner!
2.) Use a decorative backsplash
- Bold backsplashes are back and better than ever. However, a backsplash in your kitchen can make or break the entire design. It’s important to choose the right option for your home! Avoid overbearing colors and textures and stick to a design that you can look at everyday without getting tired of. When considering a cheap versus steep backsplash, don’t forget the daily wear-and-tear every kitchen goes through. You may find it worth the investment to opt for a higher quality option!
3.) Create a recycling station
- Reduce, reuse, and RECYCLE! It’s easy, free, and planet-saving. The best way to get yourself into the habit of recycling? Creating a space that makes it convenient for you! Let’s face it, sometimes it feels overwhelming, as if there isn’t enough time in the day for this. Having a designated space for all recycling materials will reduce the time needed to get it done.
4.) Use lighter colors for smaller spaces
- If you have a small kitchen, utilize lighter colors to maximize the look of your space. This simple and cost effective change has the ability to completely transform your kitchen and brighten up the ambiance.
5.) Treat yourself to a high-quality sink faucet
- Your sink is the most commonly used appliance in your kitchen, so why do we feel the need to skimp on our budget for the faucet? Beyond this, a nice faucet can act as an accent to enhance the design of your kitchen. When picking your sink faucet, consider the two F’s: Function and fashion.
6.) Invest in lighting
- Lighting sets the tone for the design of any room in your home. It’s the backbone of every home! You can brighten up your space with lighting under the cabinets, layering your lighting, and ceiling spotlights. BONUS: Utilize natural lighting to take your space to the next level!
7.) Ditch unnecessary appliances
- Be honest: Do you really need two microwaves? Take a minimalist approach when it comes to kitchen appliances. It creates counter space, extra cabinet room, and a less cluttered feel to the area. Stick to the basics!
8.) Avoid mismatching
- For the most part, mixing metals in the kitchen is seen as a “no-no”. Even experienced designers struggle with this issue. With the proper skill, it can create a vintage look of different pieces acquired with time. The number one rule, however, is not to mix metals of the same color-family. (For example, mixing brass and gold.) Cool and warm tones can be used, but again, it’s risky!
9.) Don’t forget about durability!
- This is especially true with your kitchen flooring. Spills happen, mistakes happen, and you never know when something could happen; like your dishwasher breaking and flooding the entire room! We have to account for these sorts of mistakes when planning the design of our space. Some of the most durable flooring options include bamboo, natural stone, tile, and concrete.
10.) Function over everything
- At the end of the day, functionality is the goal with any renovation. We want to make your space work for you, not the other way around! The kitchen is the heart of our homes and simple renovations, such as widening walkways, can open this space up and make it more comfortable for everyone. Adding tools like an island designated for food preparation can also make your kitchen a less chaotic place to be.