For those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen preparing everything from dips to gourmet meals, having a well-planned floor plan combined with a comfortable atmosphere is vital in keeping mealtimes running smoothly and enjoyable for guests and family.
Areas to consider when creating a stylish kitchen include appropriate lighting, countertops, flooring, cabinets, storage, kitchen tables, and energy-efficient appliances. Add decorative touches such as window treatments, paint colors, cabinet hardware, and new sink fixtures and you’ve touched on the main areas to stylize your kitchen.
Kitchen tables come in a wide selection of sizes, styles, colors, and material. An efficient addition to the kitchen is purchasing a table that has an extended section or drop-leaf to expand when more people need seating. When extra room is not needed, the leaf is removed or the drop-leaf is lowered. Have plenty of comfortable seating and extra chairs for guests. If you’re on a tight budget, opt for a multi-piece dining set from companies like VisionDecor that includes a table and four to six matching chairs. For a more eclectic look, mix and match chairs in various colors with a neutral rustic wood dining table.
Depending on the budget range for kitchen updates, countertops run the gamut from solid and patterned laminate counters, concrete, and metal to the more expensive stone or granite material. Whichever material you choose, a new countertop that is functional and durable, highlights the new look.
Flooring can be spruced up and stylized with a covering that compliments the overall theme of the kitchen. If you are aiming for a farmhouse or French country design utilizing natural wood cabinets, shelving, along with white and pastel paint, laminate wood or cork flooring adds a warm and inviting touch. Other options include ceramic and stone tile, vinyl floor tile, parquet and bamboo flooring.
Pick a Color, (Not) Any Color
Choosing a paint color is an important part of stylizing any room. Whether you choose to stay with white, beige, ivory, or light pastels or you choose a bolder color, choose colors that will provide the room with an open, airy, and cozy feeling all rolled into one. Add an accent wall to offset solid white walls or to enhance a specific color to create a modern and sophisticated look.
If you’re working within a budget and your current cabinets are in good repair but could use an upgrade, consider replacing the solid doors with glass doors, paint the cabinets, re-stain wood cabinets, or if possible, add veneers to each cabinet door. If replacing cabinets, there are a variety of styles, colors, and materials to choose from.
A kitchen island gives you more room to work when whipping up your favorite recipe and many islands also serve as a dining room table.
Add a few final touches to your kitchen design to make the room inviting. Frame kitchen windows with light and breezy cafe curtains or add shades to block out excessive heat. Install a decorative tile backsplash behind the sink or stove for color. Replace the hardware on refurbished cabinets with up-to-date pieces. Invest in energy efficient appliances that saves money looks good in your new kitchen.
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