Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home.
This is where family meals are prepared, where delicious food is cooked, and where countless memories are made.
Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock said it best:
“Happiness is a small house with a big kitchen.”
For this reason, it’s extremely important to make sure that it’s a pleasing, beautiful room to spend time in.
But how do you make your kitchen as beautiful as possible?
In this post, we’re going to explore seven things that all beautiful kitchens have in common.
These points will empower you to focus on what matters as you plan to renovate, redecorate, and reinvent this vital space in your home.
Let’s jump into it.
1. Strategic Mood Lighting
Mood lighting is an important aspect of any room.
In the kitchen, mood lighting is even more crucial to the design process, as it plays an essential role in how creative and welcoming this all-important space is going to be.
In any room, there are going to be three main types of lighting:
- Ambient, or ‘general’ lighting
- Task lighting
- Accent lighting
Choosing an appropriate mix of all three is crucial to giving your kitchen the kind of mood you desire.
Lights alone can cover a multitude of ‘design’ sins, especially at night.
Consider using Pinterest to search for kitchen lighting ideas, and create a file of concepts to show your designer.
2. Atmospheric Ambience
You can create the general atmosphere/ambience you desire in your kitchen by utilizing an array of visual, audible, and even olfactory elements.
Some basic examples of these elements may include things like:
- Wall decor (visual)
- A stereo system for music (audible)
- Incense/candles (olfactory)
You can also tap into traditional (or even non-traditional) aesthetics to create the ‘vibe’ you desire.
Some examples of popular kitchen styles include:
Once again, referring to searches on Pinterest or even YouTube can give you plenty of vital inspiration.
3. A Beautiful, Complementary Color Scheme
The good thing about color schemes is that they’re usually easy to fix, as a quick paint job will generally do the trick.
Cabinets are an example of a fixture that’s more costly and difficult to change in terms of color, and flooring fits into this.
Nevertheless, if you’re preparing to redecorate your kitchen, you may be trying to figure out how to blend all of these elements together by choosing the proper shades and colors; and that can be quite a challenge.
The first thing to understand is this:
You don’t want colors that are going to ‘fight’ against each other.
This is why brown wooden cabinets, for example, tend to match better with white or light pink walls than they do with deep or bright red walls.
This is also why, if you plan to use white cabinets or white flooring, you should choose paint for the walls and ceilings that doesn’t ‘compete’ with the existing white.
Slightly different shades of white are hard to match perfectly, so you’re better off going with something that contrasts the white (like light gray) over something that tries to blend in with it.
4. Hardware That Compliments Your Color Palette
Hardware is another element to consider when choosing moods and colors.
In fact, hardware that matches your chosen colors is so important that it can actually make or break your entire aesthetic.
For the best results, make sure that you take hardware into account when choosing colors for the cabinets, walls, ceiling, and floors.
You want these colors to complement each other and work together, rather than ‘blending in’ together or competing for the eye’s attention.
Popular hardware choices usually consist of options like:
- Satin/brushed nickel
- Matte black
Once again, it really depends on the aesthetic you’re shooting for.
But, one thing that all beautiful kitchens have in common is hardware that matches the color palette and compliments the other colors in the room.
5. Storage That Creates Beautiful Space
Storage space is incredibly important in every kitchen.
But sometimes, choosing the mode of storage can be a challenge.
All beautiful kitchens have pragmatic yet cosmetically pleasing storage solutions.
Popular storage options include:
- Tea carts
Once again, color is important here. But you also want these pieces to agree with your aesthetic and provide the storage space you actually need.
6. Tasteful Countertops
Countertops can be challenging to choose because you’ll need to consider function as well as aesthetics.
This is a part of your kitchen that’s going to see a lot of action, so you should think about that when making a decision.
Beautiful kitchens include countertops that fit the aesthetic while accounting for practical needs.
For example, if you’re a parent and plan to be doing crafts and/or making messy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on a daily basis, options like granite, marble, or limestone may not be the best choices.
Varnished wood or laminate (by far the most affordable option) might be more suited to your lifestyle.
7. Cabinets That Bring It All Together
All beautiful kitchens have cabinets specifically selected to contribute to the desired aesthetic.
And when chosen correctly, cabinets can really make a beautiful kitchen ‘pop.’
The most important thing to remember about cabinets is that you generally want to choose a door style first.
Once you choose your doors, you’ll want to start thinking about wood types and color options.
You’ll want to consider both beauty and functionality. You’ll also want to make sure to maximize every inch of available kitchen space when choosing how to lay them out.
Cabinets can truly level up a kitchen design from ‘good’ to ‘great,’ as long as you choose them carefully, stick to your aesthetic, and maximize your usable space in the most efficient manner possible.
Designing a beautiful kitchen space requires attention to detail and strategic thinking.
But if you’re committed and willing to put in the work, you too can have a kitchen that’ll be a pleasure to spend time in.
A lot of people struggle with kitchen decorating, but it’s not rocket science.
Stick with your aesthetic, trust your instincts, and choose elements that speak to your ‘inner designer.’
Using these simple tips as a guide, you truly can’t go wrong.
Caitlin Sinclair is the property manager at Broadstone Memorial Park. With five years of property management experience and many more in customer service, she has a passion for her community and looks forward to making Broadstone the place to call home.