There may be many reasons for which people decide to redo their kitchen. Sometimes that space is simply due for a radical makeover because of the damages and malfunctions that have accumulated over a long period of time. Sometimes you feel like the design and general feel of your kitchen is out of date and does not meet your aesthetic requirements anymore.
Regardless of the motivation behind a kitchen makeover, it is almost impossible to get away without doing it at least once throughout your life. The cooking space is one of, if not the most important room in the house, and you should give it the respect it deserves by carrying out a thorough remodel when the time comes.
The idea of what’s aesthetically pleasing and what isn’t is a highly subjective one. Rather than your sense of style, however, you should place the focus on the functionality of your cooking space. Under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen may look very cool, but if you find no use for it outside of the visual aspect, you might want to reconsider it and allocate the funds in a different way. If, on the other hand, you drop things often, or you simply want to have the floor illuminated whenever you wish to add the ambiance to the whole room, this type of lighting is a reasonable investment.
Combining high functionality with cool aesthetics is what you should aim for when planning out your kitchen renovation. If you’re not exactly certain how you want to go about it, keep reading to come across ideas that will surely fire up your imagination!
Going classic is always an option. If space allows it, you can truly turn your kitchen from a dull, basic-looking room into a classy, country-style cooking space with a fresh yet simple design that is a real blast from the past.
Rustic makeovers usually involve replacing furniture with its wooden counterparts. However, if you’re not a fan of this particular material, you can balance out the wood with countertops and even entire shelves that are made out of stone. This will keep the room from overflowing with wooden accents. Additionally, it is a lifesaver for those times when you catch the kids (or your spouse) chopping up fruit and vegetables without a cutting board – the marks a knife leaves on stone surfaces are nothing compared to the ugliness of scratches and cuts on a freshly installed wooden countertop.
Even if your kitchen is not the biggest out there, there are still things you can do to get that rustic feel out of it. With just a little bit of the right know-how, you can use paint to mimic the old wooden parts that are the foundation of this kitchen style.
Although all of the ideas outlined in this article can be implemented into kitchens of all shapes and sizes, the minimalist approach has proven to work best in smaller spaces. If you’ve got a really huge kitchen and decide to go for that style, you might find it a little bit eerie and unwelcoming – a vast, empty space with all of the tools and appliances placed out of sight doesn’t exactly scream “homely.”
If you live in an apartment building and your cooking space is much more limited than you’d like it to be, a minimalist take on a kitchen makeover can work wonders, especially when it comes to revealing all the extra space you didn’t even know existed!
These kinds of kitchens are usually equipped with plain white cabinets and loads of drawers that allow you to hide things that would otherwise occupy the valuable countertop space. Appliances such as coffee machines and kettles are often creatively put away into functional cupboards so that they’re only out in the open when actually being used. If you care about functionality above all and don’t like unnecessary clutter, you can’t really go wrong with a minimalist makeover!
Many kitchens designed with modernity in mind borrow heavily from the minimalist approach. They deserve a separate section, though, if only because of what they bring to the table in terms of creative uses of technology to give your kitchen a certain “wow-effect” that other designs may be lacking.
The modern approach to kitchen design does not shy away from technological novelties, such as smart fridges, and other automated appliances. In many cases, black is the dominant color, although it is really up to you. Smooth surfaces and creative lighting are also some of the key aspects of modern kitchens.
If you believe that it’s time to bring your cooking space into the twenty-first century, go with the modern design – AI-controlled, smart appliances do not go well together with rustic themes, and there is no space for gadgets in the rigid minimalist regime.
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, it’s you who has to make the final decision, and it should be one that suits your needs the most. The three basic directions in which you can take the makeover are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different ways to transform a kitchen.