In Defense Of A Dream Kitchen
If you love to cook, then you probably consider the kitchen to be the heart of your home, so if you have a kitchen that fails to inspire you, then it makes perfect sense to remodel it to suit your tastes. Imagine pursuing your passion for the culinary arts in a kitchen which brings out a profound sense of appreciation for the finer things in life.
What would your dream kitchen look like? What steps do you need to take to have the most organized kitchen ever?
When you think about it, you don’t need to put up with the distressing aspects of your kitchen every day. Your kitchen can be a place that you love to spend time in, rather than a place that you tolerate and pretend isn’t as bad and inconvenient as it looks.
While you may not be able to afford a complete kitchen makeover, here are ten small changes you can make to improve the look and functionality of your kitchen so that you feel completely at home when you walk into it:
- Start with a vision.
If you find it hard to envision what a beautiful kitchen looks like, then order catalogs and view websites that show gorgeous pictures of all types of kitchen designs. As DeWils Custom Cabinets say on their website, “INSPIRATION: You know it all happens in the kitchen.” So why not give the heart and soul of your home the beauty, style, and quality it deserves? If you review their catalog, you’ll quickly see that they truly understand the art and craft of fine cabinetry. Naturally, if you can afford to get new cabinets, this can be the best thing you can do to upgrade your kitchen. If you can’t right now, you’ll still get some good ideas on how to change the layout of your kitchen.
- Let there be light.
Dim lighting makes it hard to see what you’re doing in the kitchen. It’s hard to read your recipe book spread open on the counter and it’s hard to see if the water in the pot has begun to simmer. Fortunately, you don’t have to tolerate that overhead fixture that you hate. You can change it, and it’s easier than you think and far less expensive than you imagine. Check out what’s available on Etsy and IKEA; you might be pleasantly surprised. Besides the overhead lighting, look into adding under-cabinet lighting.
- Change your shelf liners.
Using non-slip liners for your cabinets and drawers will make it easy to protect your drawers, cabinets, and shelves from wear and tear. You’ll be able to keep the surfaces scratch free. And they will protect your shelves and cabinets from the damage caused by spills or the drips from wet dishes. Moreover, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, and you can also toss them in the washing machine.
- Cover up or upgrade ugly kitchen floors.
If you have ugly, gray or off-white laminate floors, you can brighten up your kitchen by using a colorful cotton rug. If this won’t do it, then use FLOR tiles. They are easy to install, and you can vacuum them as often as you like. They hold up well over time.
- Get a better faucet.
If your faucet irritates you for one reason or another—it’s ugly or doesn’t work as well as you’d like—then it’s relatively straightforward to install a new one. Single-handle faucets are priced at around $80 while faucet spots go for about $70 more. When you think about it, it’s a small cost for something that you use all the time when you’re in the kitchen.
- Change out old-fashioned knobs and pulls.
If your kitchen looks a little dated, one simple trick to give your kitchen a more modern look is to get some of the latest designs in knobs and pulls. They will subtly transform the look of your drawers and cabinets.
- Get organized.
If you have a small kitchen, the organization might appear to be a bit of a challenge. By adding pull-out or sliding shelves and adding drawer organizer inserts, you’ll find it much easier to manage things in the kitchen. Again, IKEA is a good place to shop for these types of items.
- Increase storage space.
You can increase the storage space of your cabinets, fridge, and freezer with under-cabinet baskets and wire shelves. The Container Store often has exactly what you need.
- Swap out your dishrack for a sturdier model.
If you’re frustrated with wooden dish racks that warp or cracks, get a sturdier one, made out of materials that can handle even a high mound of dishes. SimpleHuman has heavy-duty racks that look good and can handle huge loads of pots and pans. This is perfect if you don’t have a dishwasher or want to run it less often by not cluttering it up as quickly.
- Covering up unsightly countertops.
Ideally, you should get a brand new countertop if yours are truly ugly, but it can be expensive. In the meanwhile, use a large cutting board. It’s useful and will draw attention away from the countertop.
A Work in Progress
While you might want to get a complete makeover, even small changes can transform your kitchen. Over time, you can upgrade it even more.