Style versus function in your kitchen

kitchen-style-vs-functionA kitchen can bring your home to life, but it requires a delicate balance between your preferred aesthetic and smooth functionality. Where should you start?

Organization is key to bringing order to your kitchen and unlocking its potential. Organization creates useful spaces and opens up areas for personal style to be expressed.

Make room for storage

Added storage greatly increases a kitchen’s functionality. Wall and ceiling storage may seem unattractive, but done right, it will flow with the overall design.

Hang kitchen knives or spice containers on a magnetic strip. Use stainless steel wall hooks and caddies to store utensils, or to create a rack for hanging your pots and pans. The stainless steel adds to a contemporary kitchen while creating an organized space for some of the most commonly used kitchen items. This tactic clears up your countertops so you can use the space for more inviting decor.

Kitchen corners are often underused spaces but have great potential for organization. Utilize all your available space by incorporating lazy Susans into your corner cabinets. These will allow you to make use of an otherwise awkward space.

Turn the unattractive into something stunning

While there are certainly attractive-looking appliances, integrating your appliances into your cabinets helps create a clean, cohesive look. Dishwashers and built-in refrigerators can be covered up by matching cabinetry for a more seamless design.

And for the most unsightly kitchen necessities, choose pull-out drawers to hide your trash cans and recycling bins. Built-in microwaves are another way to hide a kitchen appliance and create more countertop space.

Light up your spaces

Added lighting is practical and designer-friendly. Pendant light fixtures come in an array of colors and designs and are perfect when hung over an island for added brightness. Cove lighting adds warmth while spotlight or track lighting allows you to target darker spaces. Light fixtures can add subtle flair to a kitchen.

If you are looking for pointers on ways to bring greater style and function into your kitchen, speak with one of our consultants.

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