There are few things more fun and exciting for a homeowner than taking on a full-scale remodeling project. Kitchen remodel holds a special place in many people’s hearts, so read on for some great ideas on how you might want to design this crucial space in your home.
Mine traditional cultural influences
Several popular kitchen remodel trends of recent years date back to older decorating eras. Ornate French designs filled with large stone arches, wide open windows, detailed facades, and floral prints, offer many ideas for the kitchen. The traditional English mansion replaces the ornate French style with a stately appearance that incorporates high ceilings, drooping chandeliers, glass cabinets, and bright open layouts.
Perhaps the most viewed traditionally influenced design scheme of the last decade has been the Farmhouse-style kitchen. These kitchens are mainly based on the use of wood, metal and stone. They often feature a combination of heavy stone (like granite) and wood countertops, burnished metal accents, and appliances like refrigerators that are hidden behind antique wood paneling. Unlike French and English influences, traditional farmhouse cuisine exudes warmth.
Most kitchen designs work with a very limited palette. But when you come up with kitchen remodel ideas, it’s important to remember that there’s nothing forcing you to stick with beige, brown, black, and white hues.
Incorporating slightly neutral colors (like burnt reds that look brown, and ultra-dark blues that might as well be black) is a good start, but nothing is stopping you from going further. Light blues and greens, bright reds, oranges and yellows, accents of violet in your trim … all of these colors can easily find their place in a properly planned kitchen remodeling project.
Your kitchen doesn’t have to look like a children’s playhouse, but you don’t need to be a puritan with your designs, either.
Open your kitchen plans
If you have the space, or if you can create the space, then you should consider working with an open kitchen design.
Instead of hiding the kitchen in a corner of the house, tear down the walls and free up space. Many open kitchen designs leak directly into the living room or dining room, making cooking a much more social experience. For the most part, open kitchen designs feature a counter or island that helps provide a small separation between the two adjoining rooms and provides a space for others to sit and socialize with you while you cook.
While most chefs and cooks appreciate the breathing space that open kitchen remodel ideas provide, they are ideal for entertaining and house parties.
Consider sustainable kitchen ideas
There are many ways that you can use your remodeling project to help reduce your environmental impact.
For starters, you can use sustainably harvested wood for your cabinets, countertops, and floors. Bamboo is an increasingly popular and viable eco-friendly alternative to the old wood that many designs traditionally use.
The biggest advantage that you can incorporate into your designs is energy efficient appliances. An energy efficient refrigerator will not only help the environment, but it has also been known to lower your energy bills to a fraction of their previous costs. Who knew that remodeling could really save you money?