Kitchens are often left out in interior design discussions, as the focus is often on the bedrooms and living rooms. All too often, we spend a lot of energy designing other rooms in the house the kitchen is treated like an afterthought. But it doesn’t have to be that way, because designing your kitchen isn’t that hard.
First impressions last, and the first thing people will see is the color of your kitchen walls. If it’s cracked, peeled or just dull, hire a professional quality Toronto painter and give the place a makeover. You should do this before proceeding with the design overhaul.
- Make Space for Storage
Place overhead cabinets on the ceiling so there’s no gap there where dust will gather, and you should also consider getting deep drawers so there’s more room for your pots and pans. The bottom line is you must make space for storage so kitchen appliances don’t end up scattered all over your countertop.
Speaking of space, it’s about time you discard those old appliances and replace them with compact ones that save space and energy. It will cost now, but you’ll save money in the long run.
- Lighting is Important
Overhead lighting isn’t enough for a kitchen, and if you can make the cooking area brighter, the better. Don’t put the light behind you however, because that will cast a shadow and affect the view. What you need to do is set up the lighting so it falls right in front of you. There are a lot of fixtures that can do this, but under cabinet lights in particular are good because the light falls on the countertop directly.
- Lines of Power
Make certain there are enough power lines and connections before you move any kitchen appliances. This is especially important for appliances that use gas and / or electric lines. Finally don’t forget to measure the space you allocate for each appliance and make sure it is appropriate. You can do the measurements or hire a plumber to help you out.
- Counter Space Matters
Last but certainly not the least, get as much countertop space as possible. Never underestimate how much space you will need, and it’s better to overestimate. Make sure also the countertop surface is easy to work with and isn’t difficult to maintain. Avoid countertops with grout between tiles as that’s difficult to clean up.