Cabinets and tiles – that’s all there is to kitchen remodeling. Or is that what you thought? If you want to decorate your kitchen in such a way that it wows the visitors from the moment they walk in, just spending a ton of money is not enough. You need to do some intense brainstorming. Yes, cups of coffee, poring over the latest issues of high profile lifestyle magazines – all these might work, or might leave you a bit more confused than you were initially. Which is where I come in; with tips that can get you started. If you are based in Houston, appliance stores are naturally good places to explore, and source help from.
Optimal usage of space – How and where – these are the two basic questions that you should ask, when you are placing the kitchen items. For instance, you should keep the dishware as well as the flatware near the dishwasher, so as to ease the task of loading and unloading the dishes. Similarly, plastic wraps and aluminum foils should be kept at a place near the workstation, so that at the end of the day, you do not need to hunt for them, while taking care of the leftovers.
Ensure smooth traffic – If you have kids at home, design the kitchen accordingly so that their safety is ensured. Keep the cooktop out of areas, where people usually pass by. This way, children will not upset cookware and cause accidents, while running through the kitchen. You can also position the refrigerator in such a way that it is accessible to both the people working in the cooking space, as well as the passers-by.
Spare a thought for the counter-tops – Those who cook on a regular basis, will need more counter space between the sink and the cooking range, than those who cook occasionally. This helps them quickly access necessary items during cooking. Opting for counter-tops in two different heights will make it easy to bake, as it will let you keep the oven at one level, and cook the other dishes at another level. It will also make it more convenient for kids to take part in meal preparation.
Arrange the range – Install a shelf behind the range, or beside it to store essentials like utensils, cooking oils, and spices. You can also install S shaped hooks at the sides of the cooking range to hang the pots and pans you use, every now and then. This will not only save space, but also make it easy to access them.
Tap it! – Don’t want to carry heavy water-filled pots from the sink to the cooktop? Or rather, does your back not feel up to it? Install a swing-out tap near the cooktop. This way, you can fill the pots, right next to where you cook.
Once you have done that, you need to figure out the way you should go about organizing the kitchen appliances. Houston or not, the basic approach remains same everywhere – planning is the key to any renovation project.
You can try these tips to make your kitchen look great. Also, if you are based in Houston, appliances are not the only things that you will find easy to come by. You will also get to meet some of the best interior designing pros in the business. So, get started and let your kitchen wow the visitors, the moment they walk in!