You need to design your kitchen, so you feel happy being in it. A pleasing color scheme and layout can help you to do this. When you feel happy in your kitchen, you’ll want to cook more. Cooking is healthy and enjoyable and allows you to get creative with food. So read on for six tips on designing a kitchen that makes you want to cook.
Create a good flow
A well-designed kitchen will have plenty of storage space as well as a great layout. When people walk into your home, they should be able to instantly see where everything is located so they don’t have to spend time hunting around for what they need. If possible, try to avoid having two appliances at opposite ends of the room unless there’s an island or bar between them — otherwise, it will feel like two separate rooms instead of one cohesive space.
Find the right amount of counter space
Look at how much counter space you have available in your kitchen and think about whether it’s enough for what you like to do. If not, think about adding more counter space by using an island or putting up shelves on one wall of the room. You can also look at ways of maximizing storage space by adding cabinets above the counter or under it so that there isn’t wasted space on top of your counters. This will help you organize your kitchen so that everything has its place, which makes it easier to find what you need when you need it without having to dig through drawers and cabinets looking for them all the time.
Make the most of your storage
When designing your kitchen, one of the first things you need to consider is how much storage space you’ll have. If you have a lot, great! But if not, make sure it’s hidden away in cabinets or drawers rather than cluttering up your countertops and making everything look messy. You should also think about whether you need an island or peninsula in your kitchen — islands are great for extra storage space while peninsula sinks give you more room for cooking equipment and other appliances such as microwaves and dishwashers.
Don’t overlook lighting
Lighting is one of the most important elements of any room, but especially so in kitchens where you need to be able to see what you’re doing — and where it’s often hard to find good natural light. Consider adding task lighting over your sink or stovetop so you can better see what’s happening while cooking. And if there isn’t enough natural light in your kitchen, consider adding skylights or installing recessed lights around the perimeter of your ceiling (if it’s an option in your home). If these options aren’t possible, look for LED pendants or track lights with dimming capabilities so you can adjust them based on how much light you need at any given moment.
Add some color to your kitchen
When choosing colors for your kitchen, keep in mind that white kitchens are very popular right now — but they can also be bland and boring. If you’re going to go with white, add some color to make it interesting. A bright pop of red or blue will help add some contrast without overwhelming the space; think back to our post on adding color without overwhelming your space.
Designing a cooking space that you won’t dread spending time in will make you more likely to do so. You’ll be more excited about cooking healthy foods, and meal preparations become much easier when you’re excited about the space you’re working in. If a functional kitchen space can help make cooking a fun activity for both you and your family, then it’s worth every penny of its investment.