A bright kitchen interior space; photo courtesy Michelle Rebecca
This article was last revised on 11/28/20.
Not everyone has abandoned their kitchen as a place to prepare delicious home-cooked meals. Depending on the structure of your living space, the kitchen also has the potential to also be a gathering place for friends and family. This is usually a modern concept but opening it up is a good remodeling project
With this in mind, its important to put a lot of thought into how a makeover goes. You want to be sure to make key decisions should you decide to remodel this space.
Colors That Say Yum Versus Colors That Say Yuck
There are a few things to remember when it comes eating. Recall that we eat with our eyes first. Believe it or not, certain colors can stimulate the appetite.
If you want visitors to your kitchen to show up hungry and stay that way, consider bright colors such as red and orange. The brighter the reds, the better. Conversely, those attractive blues youre considering will do the exact opposite, and will visual encouraging people to stop eating or not really feel hungry. Does this make blue a diet color? Well now, there's an idea!
Also, use a bit of common sense when it comes to attractiveness. Some color schemes scream tasteless and completely defeat the purpose of a makeover. If you don't have the decorating gene, don't feel shy about asking for help.
If your kitchen grosses everyone out with its looks and colors, who is going to want to cook or eat there? Get some feedback on what colors are most welcoming and appetite-inducing and don't discount your personal preferences.
Aim for Practicality
So many bright ideas for a new kitchen run out of space. Quite literally. Be aware of the space you have to work with and exactly what can fit. It can be frustrating to have put everything into place except that one major appliance that you didnt correctly measure for.
So measure once, twice, as many times as needed to be sure how much you have and need. Its always wise to err on the side of caution in these situations. Another worthwhile project is to build a walk-in food storage pantry.
Try to be practical regarding whats possible—dont design for a kitchen twice the size of the one you have. That is, unless you intend to knock down walls and create the necessary room.
And if you do, please verify that you are not taking out a load-bearing wall. Otherwise, appreciate the size of the room and what items you can and cant include. If youre creative enough, youll find that even a tiny kitchen can be inviting and charming.
On That Note, Be Creative
Inspiration comes from anywhere when it comes to themes for your kitchen. Whether its an old bookcase or an old set of 1999 mustang parts, you can find color themes, wallpaper, or decoration ideas that can jazz up your kitchen. There's a reason why the most successful restaurants have "themes."
Before you know it, the kitchen may end up becoming the centerpiece of your entire house. Which is fine, by the way; modern kitchens tend to be open and serve as gathering places.
If you dont feel as if there are any ideas that you can come up with on your own, get some feedback from friends and family. If youve got the extra money to spend, consider getting professional advice about what sort of post-makeover looks you can more than just live with. You want something that youll love for years and years.
Dont be afraid to stray outside the norm, so long as youre shooting for a final product that is in good taste. There's a lot to be said for visualization when investigating all the tips for kitchen remodeling. Kitchen design software is your friend.
About the Author:
Michelle is a blogger and freelancer. Shes written about almost every topic under the sun, and loves constantly learning about new subjects and industries while she's writing. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs.
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