"All good kitchens start with choosing a kitchen style."
Kitchens—areas in our homes where we can spend up to 50% of our time. In there we don't cook and eat only, no. There we entertain our friends, spend quality time with our family members, enjoy a relaxing night of wining and dining, and sometimes even spend time working and studying. All of these things are reasons to have a good kitchen. And all good kitchens start with choosing a kitchen style. But, how does one choose a kitchen style when there are so many of them out there? Well, one has to do a lot of researching, thinking, and decision-making! Or, one can read what we have to say. Namely, today, we will share some tips on choosing the best kitchen style for your home. So, if this is the kind of help you need, keep on reading.
Understanding Kitchen Styles
Let us clarify—there are dozens and dozens of kitchen styles to choose from. But, let us mention the most popular ones:
"Kitchens are expensive—don't make a beginner's mistake and choose the wrong style."
As we previously said, these are just some of the kitchen styles you can choose for your kitchen, but the truth is, there are many, many more. Thus, when you decide it's time to freshen up your home, that is, your kitchen, be sure to research all the styles. Look not only at pictures of the different kitchens but also at their characteristics. Or, if you decide to mix and match different styles, be sure that those styles (as well as their elements and colors) go with one another!
Kitchens are expensive—don't make a beginner's mistake and choose the wrong style.
"Choosing the right kitchen style takes time! Don't rush your decision."
Your Kitchen Design Should Compliment the Other Rooms
If you want to choose the best kitchen style for your home, you have to take all the rooms into consideration. That is, you have to look at the bigger picture. Just think about it - how would your home look if the bathroom is eclectic, if the living room is Mediterranean, and if the kitchen is rustic. This would look confusing. In addition, it will confuse your senses and make you want to renovate your entire home instantly. Thus, if you don't want to pay for renovations twice, be sure to make your whole house coherent. Choose a style that will look good in all rooms.
Moreover, speaking of making renovation mistakes, don't rely on yourself only, especially if you are not experienced with renovations and interior design. Save yourself from the potential (and expensive) problems, and hire a designer and a contractor to help you out. Hire movers, too—if you need to relocate some of your appliances or china and are unsure how to pack glassware for storage during the renovation process. Or, at least, learn how to protect your breakables.
"All the rooms in your home should be in the same style for the best kitchen style in your home"
Kitchens to Suit your Lifestyle
One thing that can help you choose the best kitchen style for your home is your lifestyle. If you are somebody who's always on the go, you need a simple, clean, and decluttered kitchen - a kitchen that is easy and fast to use. If you are somebody who likes to entertain a lot, you need a Mediterranean-style kitchen—a big kitchen with an even bigger island and with a lot of appliances. And, if you are somebody who wants to follow current trends and also use the kitchen as a place to work or study, you need a modern or Scandinavian-style kitchen—a practical and versatile kitchen.
"Think about how often you use your kitchen and what you use it for"
Moreover, think about your kitchen 'lifestyle' too. That is, think about how often you use your kitchen and what you use it for. If you don't cook and if you don't use it for anything special, it might be better to rethink and choose a better floor plan for your home. Make your kitchen smaller, and use the extra space for some other room.
Consider Your Personality for the Best Kitchen Style
Many people think that a person's lifestyle and personality are the same things. But they are wrong. Lifestyle is how you decide to live your life. For instance, if you have children, your lifestyle will need an open-concept kitchen. Personality, on the other hand, is who you are as a person. Because of your personality, you will choose to have either a funky and colorful kitchen or a gloomy one with clean lines
"Be sure to make your kitchen functional"
So, when choosing the best kitchen style for your home, think about your wishes, not only your needs. It is okay to bring colors, mismatched objects, and a little bit of clutter into your kitchen if that is how you like it. Just, whatever you do, be sure to make your kitchen functional. There will be no point in designing a hip kitchen that is hard to use.
"Your kitchen should be a reflection of you"
Appliances are an Important Part of Kitchen Design
As you have seen, there are many things to take into consideration when you want to choose the best kitchen style for your home. But, you can't forget about the appliances. They are, just like all other things, a very important part of the kitchen design. It is important to understand which appliances go with which style. For instance, you should put a gas stove in a farmhouse kitchen. Or, you should put an induction stove in a modern one.
Again, it is okay to mix and match from time to time. But, doing too much of it can turn your kitchen into one big, hot mess. And, just like previously mentioned, fixing style mistakes can be very expensive. Thus, think about everything before you choose the best kitchen style for your home. Think about sizes, colors, shapes, etc. Moreover, once you find a style you like, be sure that it will go well with the rest of your home and, more importantly, your personality and lifestyle.
For more useful kitchen design information read: Designing Cooking Kitchens - Practical Advice For Your Dream Kitchen Part 1 and Designing Cooking Kitchens - Practical Advice For Your Dream Kitchen Part 2
Angie Collins used to be a moving consultant at vanexpressnj.com. After she became a mother, she took her work home. Now, she advises people about moving, and in her free time, she writes posts on her blog. The topics she covers range from moving to designing a new home.
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