The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the space where families gather, where friends congregate and where delicious food is created. Maintaining an attractive kitchen makes spending time in the kitchen a more rewarding and enjoyable experience.
It’s also worth noting that the more organized and attractive your kitchen is, the easier it is to create tasty dishes. Below, we’ve listed five things you can do to make your kitchen more attractive and more functional.
1. Preserve Your Counter Space
Counters are the most valuable surfaces in your kitchen. Counter space that’s taken up by cooking utensils and other forms of clutter can make cooking more difficult. Use magnetic tools and racks to create places where you can store cooking tools on the walls of your kitchen.
Hide countertop appliances in your cabinets, and only bring them out when they’re needed. If your countertop appliances are used frequently, put them in places where they’re easy to access.
2. Make Space with Hideaway Furniture
Using hideaway furniture like backless barstools that can be stored under your overhanging countertops ensures that your kitchen will have more floor space. Choose kitchen furniture wisely to ensure that you’ll have space for entertaining and space for family members to walk through the kitchen when the room is being used.
3. Establish a Kitchen Triangle
The term kitchen triangle is a reference to the ideal layout of three important stations within the kitchen. A well-designed kitchen triangle creates flow between the stove, sink and refrigerator, enabling for easy work in your kitchen area. The kitchen triangle requires these three stations to be laid out in a triangle format for easy access while cooking and cleaning.
Establishing a kitchen triangle is something that’s best done when you’re remodeling your kitchen. If you’re moving fixtures and features of your kitchen, keep the triangle in mind. The triangle should be between 4 and 9 feet on each side, and the perimeter should be between 13 and 26 feet.
4. Use Neutral Colors to Maintain a Tidy Appearance
Neutral colors like gray, white and cream make your kitchen look more attractive. White and cream in particular make your kitchen seem bright and spacious, especially when paired with good artificial lighting and natural daylighting. Paint your kitchen in neutral colors and decorate with matching neutrals.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, use a neutral-colored backsplash tiles and cabinetry to maintain a consistent color scheme throughout. Work with your contractor to install natural flooring, such as hardwood, to work with this color scheme.
5. Only Display Your Most Attractive Kitchenware
If you have open shelving and cabinet display cases, choose the most attractive kitchenware you own to put on display. Be sure to choose kitchenware that matches.
Place the rest of your kitchenware in cabinets where they cannot be seen. Hiding the rest of your kitchenware allows you to keep mismatched plates and cups in a location where they won’t become an eyesore.
Not sure what else you can do to make your kitchen more attractive? Work with a professional contractor or interior designer to ensure that your kitchen looks its best.