The kitchen is not just a room in the home. It is the heart of the home with the significant purpose of providing a place for the preparation of food – the fuel of the family In addition, they are with adaptations being treated as dining areas and social centers for families or close friends.
So you will do well to decide what functions you want your kitchen to serve before proceeding to remodel it.
Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and time consuming, however your budget will determine how much remodeling you can do.
If you are on a tight budget but love to cook, invest on the food-counter surfaces and appliances- if you need to replace them. If you have funds left over you may dedicate them to the look of the space.
Refurbishing your kitchen can be done simply by incorporating a new colour into your kitchen or focusing on one area e.g. by replacing the flooring or the cabinets. Alternatively, if you have the resources, you may like to go all the way and give your kitchen a complete makeover.
We spend a substantial amount of time in the kitchen every day- some more than others; so why not make it a place you love to be? There are many elements in kitchen remodeling to consider, let us take a look at some of the common ones.
Cabinets contribute to the general mood of a kitchen
The cabinets in a kitchen are like the furniture of the room.
They highlight the room and can easily become the kitchen’s focal point. Buying brand new cabinets can be is expensive, so if you have decent cupboards but are tired of their look, paint them a different colour or polish them rather than having them replaced.
This will reduce expenditure and you will be surprised how this will give your kitchen an entirely new look!
Cabinets have a dual function. Firstly, they provide storage and secondly, they have decorative purposes. A kitchen without cabinets can look dull and will experience a major transformation when they are installed.
The style and colour of cabinets contribute to the general mood of the room and are therefore usually one of the first things that are noticed when someone walks in. Whether they’re of natural wood or have a painted finish keep in mind that the kitchen should reflect the general style of your home.
Lee Gong International, Kigali (Near Hotel Beau Sejour) has vast choice of kitchen tiles and cupboards, among other products, I am pretty sure they will be happy to talk you through different alternatives.
Storage space helps keep a kitchen tidy
Storage is essential in a kitchen’s design because it helps avoid untidiness by providing a place to keep crockery, cutlery and other items that tend to accumulate in a kitchen. Using large deep drawers makes pans easy to find and grab, while shallow pull-out shelves are more appropriate for utensils, and allow easy access.
A table in the center of a large space, will not only provide a place to have meals on, but will also offer additional workspace and storage if it has drawers.
Minimize disorder further by mounting inexpensive shelves on the walls and place on them cookbooks, jars trays or baking tins. Also placing decorative elements here will further minimize the disorder and enhance the effect you desire.
Lighting can have a transforming effect
Lighting is one major tool one can use when remodeling a kitchen. Changing the lighting can give the room a whole new look. In a kitchen, lighting means everything; it should provide adequate illumination for all the work spaces.
Different intensities of lights can work beautifully in creating different moods in the kitchen. For example, when you are cooking, you may prefer to use a few bright lights, to get you in the mood while providing enough brightness at the same time.
However, if you normally have dinner in the kitchen, you may want to use a dimmer light for a calmer and relaxing atmosphere.
If you are planning a total kitchen makeover, it will be too tedious to tackle it by yourself, so I’d recommend highly that you hire the services of an interior designer who is a professional space planner and kitchen expert to do the job for you. You will save energy, time and money in the end.
Remodeling a kitchen is a major project with so many things to consider, Think through your ideas carefully and write down your thoughts as they become clearer and more exciting.
Back your idea generation with research including taking to people who have experience in this area. With this investment, you will experience fulfilling results.
The author specializes in interiors and fashion