Choosing what style to have for your kitchen can sometimes take time and effort. Should you base it on the appliances that you’re buying? Or should your appliances be based on the overall theme of your kitchen?
Should your kitchen’s colors, lights, and other design styles be based on the rest of your home? Or is it fine for the kitchen to be different from the rest of the house? There are a lot of questions regarding choosing kitchen styles, and knowing where to start can definitely be challenging.
Below, we’ll discuss some of the most important factors to consider when choosing your kitchen style.
Complement Your Home
As an answer to the earlier question, one of the most important (arguably the most important) factors to consider when it comes to deciding what kitchen style to choose should definitely depend on how the rest of your home is styled.
This can come in two ways:
Choosing the right materials similar to the rest of your home and choosing to design your kitchen based on how the rest of your house is built. Let’s discuss this.
First, following your home’s design may be important, but the non-negotiable is consistency between what materials you use. If your house is bohemian, it’s a given that your kitchen can’t be minimalist. One of the mortal sins of interior design is choosing to use materials that feel totally alien to the rest of your design.
Second, based on how the rest of your house is built is more on the structural designs of your home. If your area is designed to be open-spaced, as the heart of your home, your kitchen should also maintain consistency and have designs that encourage flow.
Functionality is Key
A good kitchen looks good, but a kitchen that can work seamlessly and is not a drag to work in is a great one.
Remember that in the usual set-up, the kitchen is the most frequented area of your home and where most of the heavy lifting happens. No, it’s not where you go to exercise, but it’s where you prep all the meals in the house, it’s where you wash dishes, where you prep food before sticking them in the fridge or the pantry, basically, it’s the most functional room of most homes. Like most things in the world, a functional kitchen should be your end goal.
Durability Should Be A Priority
Next to functionality, durability should always be a factor when deciding your design. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should stick to the more practical designs when deciding what to choose, but a balance between durability and design should always be something you strive for.
When something is used more frequently, it’s bound to wear out. If you want a kitchen that ends up with a limited number of issues post-renovation, durability should be kept in mind.
If you cook a lot, choose heavy-duty appliances. A good quality oven should be your priority over pretty furniture if you bake a lot.
Lighting is Essential
Last but not least, like most parts of the home, the kitchen needs great lighting. However, there are a lot of things you should consider when it comes to lighting.
The first thing to keep in mind is that lighting will affect your kitchen’s ambiance. It will decide how homely your kitchen feels (and it’s up to you to decide how homely you want it to be), it will decide how welcoming to guests your kitchen may seem, and also how appetizing the food will look when you’re dining at home.
Second, lighting will also affect how easy it is to prep food in your kitchen. Make sure to have just enough light to strike a balance between efficient lighting and lighting that isn’t too overwhelming so you can work for hours without straining your eyes.