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If the dining room is the star attraction of your home, the kitchen is its Steven Spielberg. It’s the unseen entity behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. Just like investing in a great director to deliver an incredible cinematic experience, the kitchen is no different.
Listen, you don’t have to be Gordon Ramsay to enjoy the full benefits of a great kitchen. Even if your cooking skills are as sharp as a butter knife, there’s always room for learning and improvement. Of course, that’s not going to happen in a space you don’t want to spend any time in.
Make your kitchen a priority. Here are a few things you can do to spruce up your cooking space and make it your happy place.
Open Up Your Kitchen
Traditionally speaking, kitchens have been isolated in their own part of a home and only utilized when food is needed.
Opening up your kitchen by taking down a few walls can work wonders for functionality. No longer is it a space where people only go to grab a bite, it becomes a place of interaction and entertainment. Much like open office plans that spark conversation and collaboration among workers, having an open kitchen can bring your family and friends together in a similar way.
If it’s too costly or difficult to tear down some walls, don’t worry. Opening up your kitchen doesn’t have to literally mean getting rid of all your walls. It can be much simpler than that.
Another big trend that’s recently regained significant steam is eat-in kitchens. Counter dining and breakfast nooks are great, but having a full-on kitchen where you have a dining table complete with seating is even better. Grab some awesome chairs or make the space a little funkier with cool stools that help create a fun dinner environment. Hit up some furniture stores and furniture liquidators in town to generate some ideas.
And hey, you’ll never have to worry about entertaining guests while running back and forth from your kitchen ever again.
Keep Appliances Fresh
Nobody likes seeing a giant fridge that’s yellowing and makes a loud thud every 30 minutes to stay cool. Some call it vintage, but we know the truth.
Stainless steel appliances are timeless and always in style. The clean look is appropriate for any kitchen setting and the neutral tone makes it fit within any design. Whether you have a rustic kitchen with Tuscan-style features or a modern all-white aesthetic, stainless steel will look great anywhere.
If you're looking to be on-trend this year, integrated kitchen appliances are all the rage. If you’re tired of your appliances being an eyesore, make them disappear like David Blaine. These kinds of appliances seamlessly blend into your kitchen to the point you might not even realize they’re there. The only issue is if you decide to do a complete kitchen cabinet makeover at some point then your appliances will need one as well.
Make It Your Own
Your kitchen doesn’t have to even look a kitchen, per se. Don’t feel like you have to follow a restaurant's handbook of what a kitchen looks like.
This is your space and it should feel that way. If traditional isn't your thing, get creative and add some sofa fixtures for more of a lounge feel. You don’t have to conform to one idea of a kitchen based on practicality. Visit furniture stores and furniture liquidators for some pieces you might have a vision for.
Kitchens are meant to be practical, yes, but they’re also areas of inspiration. Whatever gets you motivated and in the mood to spend time there, be it cooking or just hanging out then do that.
We have plenty of inspiration for any space in your home. Head down to one of our three great Vancouver Island showrooms or visit our site. We carry a number of great products from brands like Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!