Tips to Transform Your Kitchen From Good to GreatJune 30, 2017
If you’re going to upgrade a kitchen, you need a battle plan to make it happen. Sometimes it’s the little things that turn a kitchen from drab to fab. It’s these slight tweaks that separate the good kitchen designers from the great.
While there are some principles that go into every kitchen to make it beautiful and functional, these little things are often missed. Let’s look at some tactics that you should consider before tackling your kitchen remodel.
You can’t work in the dark! Kitchens must have enough light in all work and congregation areas. Some spaces can get all the light they need from a window, but most kitchens need some sort of task, ambient, or accent lighting to make every point in the kitchen well-lit.
Consider things like under cabinet lighting and LED bulbs in your range hood. Or dimmable track lighting near your seating area.
If you have a lot of friends that come over, you’ll often find them congregating in the kitchen. Give them a place to sit so they’re not in the way. If you have a formal dining room off the kitchen, make it inviting and accessible so they’ll move there. But if you have to have seating in the kitchen, consider putting in a table and chair set that doesn’t impede your use of the kitchen and that can be pushed to the side when not in use.
The more surface area you can get, the better. Empty clear surfaces make space feel cleaner even if piles of stuff are in the corners. For homes that use the kitchen as a place to store papers or do homework, this is a must. One tactic to consider to give yourself more counter space is to mount things on the wall under the cabinets, like paper towel holders and knife bars.
If the problem is a lack of table space, consider installing a fold-down workstation so the kids have a place to do their thing instead of having them work at the breakfast bar and getting in the way of cleanup.
Nearly every home has a silverware organizer in one drawer. So why do so many not also put in drawer organizers to put other kitchen items into their place? A few inserts and dividers can make it easy to see what is inside a drawer at a glance. Plus, you’ll always know where something is instead of rummaging through drawers. Here are some tips for easy drawer organization:
- Measure your drawers before buying any dividers.
- Avoid cheap plastic dividers. Invest in wood or bamboo if you can. Plastic dividers can warp over time.
- Measure your longest and widest utensils so you can make a place for them in your drawers.
- If you have a shallow drawer near the stove, use it to store spice jars with labels on the top. That will make it easier to find spices than rummaging through the cabinet.
- If you have a deep drawer or a narrow cabinet, stack your baking sheets and cutting boards in there with dividers to keep them apart.
- If you can divide an upper cabinet for your food storage containers, do so. Designate a space for all lid storage.
Pots and pans
The ideal situation for pots and pans is to be able to pull out the item you want without moving other things. There are several ways to accomplish this. You can hang pots and pans overhead and keep the lids in a drawer, or use a deep drawer or a pull-out organizer where you can see all of them at a glance.
The corner space is the least-used section of kitchen cabinets because it is so hard to get to. But it’s an ideal space to put in a deep drawer. In fact, many cabinet companies offer a retrofit option to turn corner spaces into deep drawers. Consider installing one if you’d like to get that space back.
Corner drawers are an excellent place to put small appliances like blenders and toaster ovens so they are out of the way. This frees up counter space and makes your kitchen look cleaner. Like your other drawers, use dividers or designate spaces for your appliances so you can find them when you need them.
Pulls, for the unfamiliar, are the knobs and handles on cabinets. Pulls should be easy to clean and resistant to wear. The oils on your hands will make a pull dirty and wear down finishes over time. A solid metal pull will feel more substantial and last much longer.
A junk space
Every kitchen needs a place for sorting things. Most homes have a kitchen junk drawer, but a kitchen junk surface is also good to have. As long as it’s a designated spot for keys, mail and all the other non-cooking bric-a-brac that builds in well-used kitchens, it will feel like a natural part of the space. However, you should still try to make a designated spot for everything in the junk space to make it tidier.
If you can hide your bin in a special drawer, that’s optimal. But if you have to keep your bin out get one with a cover. Bin covers make the trash area more appealing and can keep toddlers and pets out of the trash. Keep your bags near your bins so you don’t have to wander all over the kitchen while taking the trash out.
A coffee space
If you’re a dedicated morning coffee drinker or love your espresso machine, coffee equipment deserves its own space in the kitchen. Hauling everything out of cabinets and drawers just to make a cup of coffee would get old very fast. If you can divide or enclose your coffee nook to prevent other kitchen clutter from moving into your space. Many kitchens have a tiny counter on one side of the stove that’s perfect for this use.
Once all of the other things are in place, that’s the time to accessorize. If you have an interesting architectural feature or furnishing in your kitchen, find some way to show it off. Add something colorful or unexpected like a piece of artwork. A bowl of fruit is a good way to add color to a kitchen.
With this list of tactics, you’ll be ready to tackle any kitchen redesign product. Happy remodeling!