Many homeowners feel they must choose between function and attractiveness in a kitchen, but that simply isn’t the case. With the right planning and organisational items, homeowners can enjoy both.
In the list of priorities, function is essential in today’s kitchens. Family members are constantly on the run and most do not have the time to look for gadgets and supplies while cooking. So, the first thing to do is plot out the space and decide where everything would fit best.
Regarding that, things that typically would be used in cooking should be near the stove. That means utensils should be in a drawer, typically to the right, for easy access. Hot pan holders should be immediately in a drawer below that. Pots and pans could easily be convenient on the left side of the stove. Sheet pans and muffin tins need to be near the oven with additional hot pan holders in a drawer close by.
It would be preferable for glasses to be near the refrigerator, especially if there is an ice maker. One mistake many people make is to put flatware in the immediate kitchen. Most put it near the dishwasher, so it is easy to put away. In actuality, it would be better placed near dining tables. Someone will need to set the table and the household cook will likely not want them in the kitchen retrieving silverware while preparing meals.
A kitchen’s attractiveness is largely subjective, but there are some common aspects in beautiful, modern kitchens. Make sure there is a lot of light with nice unhampered windows. Natural components, like wood, stone and granite, remain highly popular because they add warmth and a comfortable feel to the room.
There are two centres to a dream kitchen. The stove is one and the dining table is the other. Those should be emphasised in monetary expenses. A quality stove will go a long way to revitalising a kitchen in both use and beauty. Dining tables are the heart of the home because that is where family members gather. Make sure the table is attractive and solid with comfortable dining chairs where guests can sit for long periods of time to talk and chat during and after meals.
Solid wood furniture has always been the preference for dining tables and dining chairs. Wood furniture will endure for centuries, if it is made well, and become heirloom pieces for many families. That is, in part, to the memories created there. Be sure to add colour to your kitchen space in both large and small versions. A nice feature wall accented with contrasting coloured pictures or collectible plates works nicely. Dining plates can feature a unique design for interest and a rug full of colours and designs not only adds dimension to the room, but is functional in preventing slipping. None of these ideas require a lot of money. They do require a thoughtful plan centered around ideas that mean a lot to family and guests.