Some tips for renovating kitchens:
Configuration: Consider opening doorways or removing walls to integrate kitchen and living spaces. But be careful–removing too many walls can distort proportions and disturb architectural integrity. And always consult a licensed contractor or architect before making structural changes.
Flow: Make sure there is flow through the kitchen. Can a person enter one way and exit another? People are often hesitant to give up counter space or add additional doorways, but it can completely change the feel and traffic flow of the kitchen for the better. (If your kitchen is too small for more than one entrance, just be sure there is plenty of openness between the kitchen and adjacent room.)
Function: The stove, refrigerator, and sink should form a triangle for good kitchen function. Beware though of islands that cut off too much of the triangular flow. For instance, do not put a refrigerator on one wall, the sink on another wall, and the stove on yet another, with a huge island in between. Cooking will be difficult in that kitchen. Imagine when pasta is ready and you have to walk 10 feet and around an island to dump the water!
Lighting: Install good lighting over work areas. Pendant lights work well over islands and seating areas. Under cabinet lights also add warmth and drama.
Seating: Create places to sit. Consider peninsulas, bars, or islands—they allow seating, create workspace, and add storage.
Hardware: Knobs, pulls, hinges, and faucets are low cost and high impact. Select the ones you love and, if necessary, pay a little more for them.
Open Shelves: I always recommend some open shelves or glass door cabinets to create interest. Shelves are also nice to store cookbooks, large bowls, jars, etc.
Art: Often overlooked, art adds interest. Frame photographs or pictures that reflect a hobby. Hang or display items that are part of a collection.
Rugs: I like small area rugs or runners in kitchens. They add color and texture and are nice under your feet. Avoid thin rugs that slide around a lot- they can create a hazard and won’t look as nice.
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