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The kitchen is often called the “heart of the home.” It is the area where guests visit when there is a party, and family members linger in; and it is one of the most important areas of the house that often determines the property’s resale value. Unfortunately, when it comes to design and decoration, the living room, bedroom and bathroom usually take precedence over the kitchen.
While structurally we may have no influence on the shape or size of the kitchen, there are some interesting design elements you can add to bring out your personality in this area of your home. A successful kitchen needs a mix of an efficient layout, smart cabinetry, and plentiful storage. There are already several online software that allow to you virtually plan the layout and décor of your kitchen before you actually go out and buy them.
The countertops maybe set in stone giving it a durable and neat look. The kitchen cabinets can be either elegant or have bursts of color. Always use large floor tiles, maybe around 20x20 or 24x24 as doing so gives the effect of larger space, is easier to clean but costs less. The backsplash is where you can add your creativity by either using a small mosaic or larger dark colored tiles.
Another important aspect of designing the kitchen is safety. If you have pets or young children at home, that would influence the choice of stove and placement of other electrical devices. The lighting should be adequate for you to do important chores such as chopping or cooking.
Once the design is done, you can go to interior design and houseware or furnishings stores to find innovative space saving fittings such as drawer inserts, hooks to hang your ladles, or even stainless steel kitchen tops. Add some color and spunk by putting up family pictures or magnets on the refrigerator, a bright set of kitchen towels or even an herb garden on the window sill.
And finally, add your favorite piece – it could be a flower vase, a coffee machine or even a small shelf to house your recipe books!
Handy Hints on how to imbue your kitchen
• Use large floor tiles to make the space look bigger; they are also easy to clean
• Consider safety when designing the kitchen especially if you have kids and pets
• Visit interior design, houseware stores for innovative space saving fittings
Source: Dipshikha Mitra, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer