If you're renovating your kitchen, you probably want to improve it in some way or achieve particular aims. You might want a space that's easy to maintain or one with a warmer ambience. Or you might want to make your kitchen appear more spacious. Here are three aims and possible ways to achieve them.
If you choose practical materials, you can make the upkeep of the kitchen easier. One approach is to take periodic maintenance into account and opt for surfaces that don't require regular finishing. For example, natural stone tiles or a stone countertop need sealing every so often. Timber will need reoiling or finishing, whether on the benchtop or floor planks. Concrete countertops also need sealing. Thus, speak with your renovation consultants about which materials need the least amount of care. Two countertop options that don't require refinishing are laminate and engineered stone.
You also need to consider how easy it is to clean a surface. Grout can collect grime, whether it's featured on a tiled splashback or tiled floor. Continuous options such as a glass splashback offer a uniform surface without grooves.
Because kitchens are the hub of food and drink preparation, these rooms often suffer from spills and accidents. So these rooms are usually covered with hard materials that don't absorb water and debris. While this is essential, sometimes a kitchen can feel cold, and it requires a touch of warmth. Often, organic substances like wood and rock are the ones that add a homey feel. Though these do require some upkeep, you may think it's worth it for the ambience they bring. The grains and warm colours of timber and the organic feel of rock add character.
Another thing you might want to achieve with your new kitchen design is a sense of spaciousness. You can take several paths to achieve this. For example, could you eliminate the upper cabinetry on some walls. These high cupboards can tend to impinge on the sense of space. To counteract the loss of storage, you may be able to install floor-to-ceiling cabinets on one wall only. Also, think about the kitchen's colour palette as paler hues are more light-reflective and tend to hint at spaciousness.
One of the most crucial things you can do is eliminate visual clutter and detail. You can do this using colour by installing similar tones on the floor, cabinetry, countertop, and walls, creating a flowing continuum. Also, remove busy design elements such as cupboard handles and profiled doors. A glass splashback is again a good option, and polished concrete flooring doesn't feature any joint lines.