Kitchen Design Ideas

The other day I had a small get together and noticed that most of my guests congregated in my kitchen. There used to be a time when the kitchen was the place where the food was prepared, cooked and stored. In fact my grandma remembers those days.

The kitchen has now become a multi-faceted room. It is probably the place that the family spends the most time in. Mom might be cooking or cleaning, while Dad is on the kitchen counter paying the bills, while the kids are doing their homework. Keeping this in mind it is important to start taking more care in the design of the kitchen. More and more it needs to be both functional and easy on the eyes. We do spend a lot of time there after all.

Here are some things to consider when designing your kitchen:

The floor plan – Consider opening up your kitchen into another room in your family, like the living room or the dining room. What this does is gives you a large open free flowing space. Not only will it make the kitchen look larger, it will also give you the ability to hang out their with lots of friends and family.

The floor material – Consider the type of flooring you will use in your kitchen. If you live in a cold part of the country, then you might want to use heated kitchen floors – especially if you will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. If you want to make a statement then you can use decorative and stylish tiles which will stand out.

The cabinets – First and foremost decide on how much storage space you will need. Make room for more cabinet space that you think you will need. More often than not we always underestimate and then run out of space. The next to consider is the cabinet color and material which contributes to the general look and feel. Many designers suggest that you should choose a neutral cabinet color so that it will go well with most colored walls. This way even if the wall colors are off by a bit, they won’t clash with the cabinets. As far as the material, while wood is most common choice, these days there are also stainless steel cabinets which are gaining in popularity.

Sinks and Faucets – Your kitchen sinks and faucets can add a great deal of appeal. There are so many different makes and styles that there is sure to be one that appeals to you. Think about any sink and faucet accessories that you may want – like a soap dispenser, a pull out spray, a water filter or a hot water dispenser. It makes it easier to pick an all in one so that they are all installed in one spot.

No matter what you choose, always be conscious of your budget. There is plenty of choice no matter the size of your wallet.