Evidence has shown that your kitchen is one of the key areas to improve if you’re keen to sell your property, so if you’re looking for a way to boost your home’s value and make it a more comfortable and stylish place to live at the same time, you should certainly consider re-designing your kitchen.
Where To Begin
It isn’t easy to know where to begin when it comes to designing a stylish kitchen. However, the first step is to look at the big picture. Look at the existing elements of your kitchen like its windows and doors which can’t be changed. This will affect the layout of your room. Next, review what works well in your space and what could do with improvement. Think about how movement and flow could be adjusted in your kitchen to make life easier then you can begin to pin down a rough layout.
How Do You Use Your Space
When you’re planning your layout, you need to take into account how you use the space. What do you do in your kitchen? How do you work there? What are your routines? Some people use their cooktops most of all, while others need specialist stations for activities such as coffee-making, baking or juicing. If you’re a professional cook who wears chef attire such as aprons, pants, and headgear popular amongst chefs while you work, you’re going to need a special hanging space where you can keep your protective clothing. This will ensure that you have a place for everything so you can keep everything in its place.
The Triangle Cluster
For over half a century, designers have focused on the concept of the kitchen as a practical triangle. The refrigerator, stove, and sink make up one of the triangle’s three points and all should be within easy reach of each other. In between those points, you should have sufficient prep space for chopping, mixing and cleaning ingredients as well as a convenient trash can.
Use Light Wisely
Try to allow as much natural light as possible into your kitchen to make the environment more pleasant and easy to use. When it comes to artificial lighting, avoid recessed lighting and instead choose sconces, surface mounts and strips under cabinets for more meaningful ambient lighting. Dimmer switches are also helpful to ensure lights are task-oriented and atmospheric.
Your cabinets should have fully-extendable drawers and you should also make the best use of vertical storage options. Drawers help you to get right to the back of your space and so are ideal for mixing bowls, small pans, and dishes. However, baking sheets, skillets and cutting boards are better in cabinets.
Choose The Right Materials
When you’re selecting finishes for your countertops, you need to consider wear and tear. Marble countertops are hard-wearing and stylish but show wear over time, while wood countertops are more resilient to chips and damage but are harder to care for. There are so many different types to choose from, it doesn’t just end at marble or wood. Have you considered travertine countertops? You should choose a color that works well in your space too as well as a material that is user-friendly and low maintenance.
Optionally, you could look for water and heat-resistant granite countertops for your kitchen. That’s because buyers tend to appreciate materials that might not need to be replaced in the near future. Granite countertops, when properly sealed, are very durable and do not absorb liquids. As a result, it could be ideal for people who want a very subtle design in their kitchen. Hence, prior to selling your home, investing in such improvements by calling up specialists from companies like Stone Boneyard can potentially increase the value of your home by up to 25% of its retail value.
Follow these top tips and you’ll end up with a stylish yet practical kitchen that’s a pleasure to spend time in.