The kitchen, as we’ve all heard, is the heart of the home, for many reasons. It’s where we gather to share our days and a meal with the people we love. It’s where we convene when we entertain. It’s where the morning coffee awaits before we head off to start our day. For these reasons (and so many more), when launching an interior design, Estes Park homeowners should keep these essential tips in mind.
One of the most important things to consider as you venture into a kitchen remodel is your day-to-day life. Remodeling anything, especially a kitchen, is a big undertaking, and if you’re investing the money, you want to make sure it suits your needs. Does your family eat in the kitchen in the morning? Do you often host dinner guests? When friends come over, will they gather around the island? Take some time before you start styling to consider the functionality of a room to make sure you’ll leave enough space for larger items like kitchen islands, breakfast nooks, and dining tables.
Additionally, if your family cooks at home regularly, it’s important to not only think about appliances, but also the layout of the kitchen and those things that will make cooking convenient and enjoyable. For example, a second, small, in-island sink may not be essential, but it’s perfect for food prep. Having your trashcan and recycling bin near the sink will also make life easier. Consider a rollout base cabinet where you can quickly and easily dispose of things while you’re doing dishes. Your dishwasher should also be next to your sink to avoid drip messes every time you do dishes. When creating your floor plan, think about how you’ll need to move around your kitchen to avoid any awkwardness in your layout.
Be Storage Savvy
When it comes to the interior design of a kitchen, storage should be top the priority list. You want to make sure everything has a space and is easily accessible. To plan the layout of your new kitchen, look at your current design and think about what works well and what does not. Yes, a mini-fridge dedicated entirely to kid-friendly snacks sounds great now, but is it worth the potential cabinet space you’ll use up to install it once they are older? Or, is there a better place to store your microwave to free up precious counter space?
Consider your current pots and pan situation. Are they awkwardly stacked in a low cabinet and tricky to reach? When you remodel, consider sliding drawers or a hanging pot rack for quick retrieval. If you’re working with a smaller space, consider open shelving (as long as you can keep them neat). Open shelving is perfect for everyday items you regularly use, like cookbooks, wine racks, and oversized items that may not easily fit into cabinets, such as serving platters and soup tureens.
Where you store your food is also important. If there are a lot of people in your home, and a lot of food, a dedicated pantry might be worth installing. If you tend to have fewer groceries, a cabinet may do, and you can use any extra space for a purpose that’s better suited to your lifestyle.
Take advantage of available space any way you can. Every part of the kitchen, even the small nooks and crannies, can be useful if planned well. Your kitchen should suit your style, but it’s even more crucial for it to work with your daily routines.
The right flooring ties the whole kitchen together and is a central element in your kitchen’s aesthetic design – but it also needs to be practical. Hardwood, for example, looks beautiful, but scratches, dents and loses luster over time. Porcelain tile is durable and cleans up quickly, but is colder and harder underfoot, and grout lines easily attract dust and dirt. Linoleum is easily installed, is soft underfoot and can be customized to fit any design taste, but seams may be visible in larger kitchens. When it comes to flooring, it’s ultimately all about what works best for you, your budget and your style. However, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of all of your options, taking your lifestyle into account.
Pay Attention to the Details
Once the blueprint of your kitchen is settled, there are still some smaller, but essential details to consider.
For example, soft-close cabinets and drawers are not only a nice touch, but they prolong the life and quality of the wood. A sink with a removable nozzle makes doing dishes and cleaning out the sink much more comfortable. Do you have a dedicated space for your spices, your towels, and oven mitts? Hardware may seem like a small thing but can make or break the appearance of your cabinets.
Interior design is about both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Think through everything you do you in your kitchen, and try to account for even the smallest of details to make your newly remodeled kitchen the perfect place to cook, dine, and gather.