Easy Ways to Add New Spice and Flavor to a Tired Space
By: R.L. Fielding
If your household is like most, you do not have a full-time, live-in chef. And there probably isnít a full set of the latest and greatest at your disposal to prepare the finest in world cuisine for your family each night. Chances are good that your favorite room in your home is not your kitchen.
Yet a kitchen offers a world of possibilities. It can be the perfect place to gather with family and friends, strengthening relationships through conversation over relaxing, delicious meals. Kitchens also offer the unique opportunity to explore flavors and cultures of the world all from the comfort of home.
If how your kitchen looks and feels is preventing you from seeing its full potential, it is time to step back, evaluate your surroundings, and come up with a new recipe for the designer kitchen of your dreams. And you donít need a professional decorator to make this dream a reality. What follows are a few simple guidelines anyone can follow to transform a tired and outdated kitchen into a modern oasis where everyone will want to congregate.
Determine your personal style. Is your style retro and funky, or classic and clean? Do you like a space thatís loud and vibrant, or quiet and mellow? By pinpointing your style you can create a look and feel in the kitchen that reflects your personality. Take some time to leaf through magazines looking for other kitchens or rooms that spark your interest. Is it the color or pattern that you like? Does the design hearken to another era that resonates with you? As you identify your style, youíll have an easier time choosing which furniture, appliances, and accents can transform your kitchen into a unique reflection of your personality.
Set a reasonable budget. While everyone dreams of being able to start from scratch in their kitchen, replacing everything from the floors to the cabinets and each appliance in between, most people have to work within a budget. Creating a budget will help you prioritize your purchases and make realistic decisions about what you can afford. If your budget isnít what you hoped it would be, there are options for giving your kitchen a new look on a limited funds (see below).
Another idea is to implement your kitchen makeover in manageable phases. Perhaps the first phase is a fresh coat of paint and new dishes with the second phase including a new refrigerator or stove. You might wrap up your mini home makeover with new kitchen flooring. Breaking your wish list into manageable chunks can help stretch a limited budget.
Choose the right appliances. While updating your appliances may be as simple and inexpensive as replacing your outdated countertop toaster oven for a new model, sometimes a complete overhaul is in order or within the reach of your budget. Whatever the situation, it is important to weigh the options for each kitchen appliance. Do you need a professional-quality double oven or will a standard range work for you? With such a variety of colors and styles available in appliances today, it is a good idea to consider how each piece will contribute to the overall style of your kitchen. While color selection may be as far as you need to go, staying within your style and plan for the kitchen may mean purchasing a matching designer collection. Browsing Web sites for appliances that fit your style may save you from being overwhelmed when you take your first visit to a showroom.
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