If there is one room of the house that you do not want to look dull and lifeless it is the kitchen. It is the hub of the home. All of the action happens here: homework; meals; entertaining; even relaxing with a hot cup of coffee in the early morning fog. Eventually everyone ends up in the kitchen. That is why it is so important to create an eye catching style that you will want others to see.
Is it time to transform your kitchen into a fun, stylish and inviting space? Don’t panic! Creating the kind of kitchen that people will want to gather in doesn’t have to be expensive – and it doesn’t have to entail a long drawn (and messy) renovation. It is possible to have a stylish kitchen with these very simple design tips:
Use Color to Set a Mood
Color is an easy and inexpensive way to set a mood. Painting walls is a quick way to give that dull kitchen a whole new look. Neutral colors can open a closed in and stuffy feeling space, giving the entire room and fresh feel and more inviting atmosphere. Adding splashes of color with accessories is a great way create a fun and lively style.
Adding something as simple as bright aqua bar stools can bring a dated kitchen back to life. For a more modern and bold look, consider using metal chairs or bar stools in a complimentary color to add a little life to the room.
For those who prefer a more subtle look to their kitchen abode, add a flare of sophistication by replacing standard chairs with leather covered ones or a more ornate kitchen table.
Whether you opt for neutral colored walls with a splash of color in your kitchen accessories for a bright and bold look throughout is up to you. Just remember that the color palette you choose will set the tone for the type of style vibe your kitchen will emit.
Create Your Own Style
Designing a stylish kitchen does not mean the same thing to every person. While a young and modern professional couple may opt for glass countertops and metal chairs to grace their kitchen, a family may go for a more practical kid-friendly style.
Forget all of those beautiful kitchen layouts you have been checking out on your favorite blogs and renovation magazines. Take the time to consider your own likes, dislikes, and needs when designing your kitchen. If little fingers will create a streak mess on glass tabletops, opt for a wooden table that better reflects your stage of life right now. Maybe a more comfortable, country-style or distressed look is what will work best for you. That’s okay. T here are plenty of table styles; chairs and bar stools to choose from to fit your needs and turn your kitchen into a stylish room everyone can enjoy.
Make the Space People Friendly
The kitchen is the centerpiece of the home. Whether you are entertaining a few friends; hosting a large family get together; or simply enjoying pizza with the kids, you will want to create a style that is people friendly.
Islands and peninsulas are very common these days and for good reason: they are both practical and stylish. Large islands offer plenty of prep space, as well as somewhere for people to gather while you continue to work on your menu items.
Kids can do their homework at a well placed island while you fix dinner and friends can sit there and chat while you keep an eye on the stovetop during a diner party.
Adding comfortable chairs; height appropriate bar stools, and a place to sit and relax will not only look good but entice people to enjoy the space –and your company.
Mix and Match Textures
Creating a stylish space does not have to cost a fortune. Adding a few well placed accessories can sometimes transform even the dullest kitchen, adding a flare of style. Mixing and matching textures within the room is a great way to add interest. This can be done by placing colorful table runners or placements at each setting or changing seat covers to add an artistic touch to the room. Leather is a solid standby material for chairs and stools; while cotton and even silk can be used as chair coverings for a completely different look and feel.
Tabletops too can reflect your personal style and taste. If you are going for a country-like setting, consider incorporating a rough wooden tabletop into your kitchen design. Tile or granite tabletops look sleek and metal tabletops offer a more urban and modern look.
Mixing and matching textures within the kitchen can offer a uniqueness to the room that not only reflects your personal style, but generates interest and appeal.
Create a Cozy Nook
Who doesn’t enjoy a cozy little nook to enjoy their morning coffee or celebrate a candlelit diner for two? If space allows, create a private seating area that you can enjoy either alone or with someone special. Add a piece of your favorite artwork to the walls and choose a table and chairs that are both practical and stylish.
Add a Statement Piece
There may be no better way to add a touch of flare to a kitchen than adding a statement piece that grabs the eye – and attention. For families a large table that seats 12-15 people may be exactly the kind of statement piece you are after. A more modern approach may be to look for unique and interesting tables, chairs or even bar stools that people can’t help but notice. A unique style; fabric, color or even building material can all add to the overall look of your kitchen, making it feel like an entirely new space. Trying out interesting and original kitchen furniture can be a great start.
Turning a drab kitchen into a stylish space that you will want to entertain in doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply taking the time to add a few accents; change the color; or buy furniture that highlights your personality can all go a long way to creating the modern, sleek, sophisticated or family-friendly space you crave. Make your kitchen the centerpiece of your home with these simple tips. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to transform a lifeless kitchen into one that is full of vitality.