“Even in a formal dining room you don’t want to be ponderous or gloomy. Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible.”
Renowned decorator, Dorothy Draper made this statement in her book, Decorating is Fun! How to be Your Own Decorator. Of course, this same statement could just as easily be applied to the kitchen and rightly so. These days, most of us rarely eat in the dining room, if we have one at all and rather prefer to eat in the kitchen or living room.
The kitchen, by the way, happens to be the most common home renovation, followed by bathrooms. A kitchen renovation is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value, beauty and functionality whether you plan sell or stay for years to come. So, what are the elements of a successful kitchen renovation?
Here are 3 kitchen design tips that would have made Mrs. Draper proud:
Kitchen Design Tip #1: Functional is Beautiful
Kitchens are becoming increasingly functional. And that’s not to say that they weren’t in years past, but the difference: beauty. Today’s kitchen is even more hardworking than the kitchen of yesterday, but with more style.
Tons of counter space, luxurious wood for the cabinets, marble and granite for the counters and stainless steel appliances are just the beginning. The kitchen is now more than just a place to make a meal and gain sustenance – it’s an entertainment center!
Modern kitchens feature islands and eat in dining areas, making them the perfect place for an intimate gathering. High bar stools at an eat-in kitchen do double duty as a bar area for light entertaining. And, many open up to an additional seating area with coffee tables and club chairs for guests to lounge without isolating the host or hostess.
Kitchen Design Tip #2: Storage in the Most Unusual Places
One of the most important elements of a successful kitchen design is storage and these days it can be found in some of the most ingenious places. Take for example, the kitchen that is clad in a warm oak wood. No refrigerator or stove in sight, or is there?
Cladding appliances in wood veneer is one of the most popular ways to hide storage and maximize the appearance of cabinetry in your kitchen. Many homeowners are also opting for space saving appliances in order to make more room for cabinets, shelving and drawers.
Kitchen Design Tip #3: Colour is In
Remember those old kitchens from the 70’s with pea green tile, mustard wallpaper and dark brown wood? Yeah, that’s not the kind of colour we’re talking about here!
Colour for the kitchen is in and it’s fresh, clean, crisp and bright. From creams and whites to bolder statements like bright red and Mediterranean blue – colour for the kitchen is uplifting and energizing. You can add colour to your kitchen with tiles, appliances, accessories, paint and wall art.
The kitchen has come a long way and as Mrs. Draper says – eating is an indoor sport, you do it three times a day so, let’s make it the most pleasant and inspiring experience possible.