The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is more than just a space for food preparation. For many families, the kitchen represents a gathering place where people come together to socialize, entertain, and eat and cook together. Chances are, the kitchen is where everyone gathers to start and end their day, reconnecting with good conversation and good food.
If you’ve recently bought a new house or have been living in a home that features a kitchen that is no longer functional, it may be time to think about doing a complete renovation. A kitchen renovation allows you to build a personalized, functional kitchen for your day-to-day cooking and entertaining.
But, a full kitchen renovation can be a considerable investment. Renovations of any kind can be a taxing and expensive process, and this is especially true in the kitchen.
To help you design a beautiful kitchen that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, here are some modern designs to inspire your kitchen renovation.
1. The use of quartz
These days, your kitchen’s benchtops can come in a wide array of materials and finishes. But few worktops are as classic and timeless as quartz. Added quartz elevates a kitchen, creating a contemporary finish to the space that is stunningly beautiful and functional.
The use of a material like quartz creates a focal point in the kitchen, a design element that can be personalized to your preferred unique style.
The best thing about quartz benchtops is that they require little to no maintenance, the material is extremely durable and anti-microbial, and can last virtually forever. Technology affords homeowners numerous options when it comes to pattern preferences and color schemes, allowing quartz to set the tone for the kitchen.
2. Open layouts
Decades ago, the kitchen had a different role. It was relegated to the back of the house, serving a completely utilitarian purpose. Fast forward to today and the kitchen is now the center of the house, serving as the central point in most houses.
With the kitchen now serving to bring families together, your new kitchen space should be a place that supports a casual yet connected lifestyle. Your newly renovated kitchen should not be isolated from other areas of the home.
Open kitchen layouts create a stylish kitchen design that is multifunctional and perfect for easy entertaining and casual family living.
When complemented by fresh and updated banquette seating and one-wall kitchen designs, you create a space that is more inviting and efficient.
3. Multipurpose islands
In keeping with the theme of open layout kitchen designs, a single-level island allows a kitchen to have a multipurpose focal point that can work as both a dining space and a storage area.
Having a larger sized, single-level island in your kitchen creates a functional statement. It can be fitted to serve multiple uses, accommodating additional seating for casual dining, under-counter appliances for food preparation, and ingenious storage solutions (pan drawer, built-in rubbish bin, etc.) for kitchens with limited spaces.
4. Ceiling treatments
Most homes never realize the potential of their kitchen ceilings. An often overlooked design aspect, the area overhead should not be ignored when it comes to your new kitchen renovation. Decorative and detailed ceilings can add form and function to your new space, visually enlarging a small space or creating a cozier, more intimate design feel in kitchens with a vaulted ceiling.
By using decorative accents like beams, coffers and other design elements, you can give your kitchen’s ceiling a boost and add unique, architectural character to the space.
5. The rise of smart kitchens
The future is here. And thanks to ever-changing technology, it has entered the kitchen, opening new worlds for designs.
A smart kitchen includes more than just fancy gadgets and shiny appliances. A kitchen that integrates smart technology creates added function and convenience to your home.
Motion sense-equipped faucets, precision cookware, Wi-Fi ready appliances and new LED lighting technology are just some examples of the novel smart technology available for newly renovated kitchens that are changing the way we interact and consume our food.
Your gorgeous new kitchen awaits
If there’s one investment you must make in your house this year, make it your kitchen.
A kitchen renovation can turn your old, unorganized space into a productive and accommodating area in the home, offering more bang for your renovation buck. Whether your kitchen is large or small, a renovation can create a unique space for your family to cook, work, relax and reconnect with each other.