Right before the holidays, I seem to get into that overdrive mode. You know the mode we should reserve for when we have more time and can make better decisions? I think everyone is the same. Entertaining is exciting and having friends and family over to celebrate holidays is the best!
However, it seems to me that before every holiday we plunge heavily into a new project because we want to freshen up really used spaces. It’s true that kitchens are the heart of the home, so that means we want a space that we can cook and bake in, yet affords of the chance to also chat with family and friends. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that when we head into our kitchen for that morning coffee that is is a joy to walk into!
Whether you’re planning a complete overhaul of your kitchen space, or just want to update some areas to modernize the overall look; it’s important to consider every step carefully, so there will be no expensive surprises along the way. Here are ideas, inspirations, and tips for those of you who want to update your kitchen while keeping it effortless!
Tips For Effortlessly Updating Your Culinary Space
Think of your renovation as a big homework project. Before you can do homework you have to learn. You learn to avoid making mistakes. In the same realm, renovations need to be thought over, discussed and you need to understand the spaces you work in as a Mom, Dad, Cook, Entertainer, Holiday Party Home, etc!
Functionality Is The Starting Point
Your kitchen space is one of the most functional rooms within your home, apart from your bathroom. Therefore it’s of utmost importance that the way space is used is considered. Further, the layout needs to be carefully planned out before any construction goes ahead.
Try and think about how you move about the space when cooking. Next consider the tools you will need when working in that area, and where they make the most sense to store. Get an in-house consultation to help you with ideas for setup and flow. Industry experts are a great source of ideas and inspiration!
Fine Tuning It Before You Begin
It’s best to sort out the finer details of your renovation or update before the job begins. Therefore, whether you’re planning to invest in a home water filter system or a self-cleaning oven, do your research into what’s best out there, within your budget so that you’ll have a culinary space that works hard for you and your convenience.
No one should just go to a store and buy an appliance, you have to measure first. Measurements matter! You might be dreaming of a huge stove and a gold chandelier; however, if they don’t fit properly it can be an expensive and long-winded process to return and repurchase items.
Even though something seems like an amazing deal at the time it’s not! Impulse buying items for your new kitchen will cost you dearly, in the long run, so save your cash until you’re sure it’s exactly what you need (and crucially; what will fit).
Shed Some Light
Think about the way the sun shines into a room. It makes you feel so good and it gives the room such a nice feeling. Now, when the natural light is gone for the day your transitional lighting comes into play. How do you keep that light and airy feeling there?
Lighting is another area of a kitchen that provides an essential function. Lighting has a major impact on the ambiance and feels on an environment so it’s worth investing some thought into. What lighting will suit your space best?
Warm light gives a comforting feel, so these may be best around a dining area of the room and will ensure mealtimes are cozy affairs. Cool lighting is best for preparation areas; it’s important you’re able to see what you’re prepping as clearly as possible, especially in the kitchen where sharp objects and heat are often involved.
Need some kitchen lighting inspiration? That’s easy, take a look online and choose something just right. Look at rooms and how they are set up and how the light interplay’s with the room.
Workspace and Counterspace
Countertops matter and they are often a big part of the kitchen renovation. Planning your countertops may seem like an obvious part of renovating your kitchen; however, it’s easy to forget to use the space as wisely as possible. There are spaces you must have a workspace, like next to the stove. Make sure to consider that when planning out the kitchen design.
Of course, don’t forget to consider where you are going to be regularly placing and storing items too. Try to make sure your counters overhang over your cupboards and drawers, as this will ensure anything that drips down will hit the floor first, rather than sliding all the way down the doors.
It’s easy to keep your renovation and updating effortless if you keep these rules in mind. Enjoy your new kitchen renovations! ~ DANA
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