The kitchen area in a home is a favorite space where a family shares its activities – sharing the day’s events, sharing cooking ideas, eating goodies, opening mail, children talking about exams or other upcoming activities in school, parents discussing holiday plans – in fact, it is the place where memories are made for a lifetime. Therefore, it’s not surprising that a pleasant and friendly kitchen is one of the saleable attractions in a home.
A kitchen location should be ideal to allow free flow of people in and out apart from being a central focus area that can look into other areas without being looked into. Kitchen designers and home design architects insist that a kitchen should not be cramped or chaotic; spaces for walking around shouldn’t be interrupted with appliances or cupboards / storage spaces that are cumbersome.
The top four kitchen layouts are:
• The L-shape that has placement for the refrigerator, sink and stove along the two wall perpendiculars; resulting in a natural triangle shape
• The U-shape (3-walled)
• The G-shape, which is an essential U-shape with a peninsula providing more counter space, appliance space etc. doubling up as a fourth wall
• The regular galley shape longish kitchen with two side walls facing off against each other
While space allocation in a kitchen is the individual choice of the homeowner, kitchen decorating or kitchen design ideas can be discussed with the builder or architect to give it the look and feel that is required.
Among the popular kitchen decorating styles these can be counted as evergreen.
Vintage Look – a custom vintage feel can be combined with classic looks to redecorate a kitchen in an older home; from appliances to cabinetry to wall coverings there are several options to provide a vintage flair.
Southern style – the Mexico decor calls for bold colors and styles to give the open-kitchen look a warm feel.
All-wood style – the natural texture and feel of wood is unmatched.
Casual comfort – a cozy kitchen with an in-built element of comfort is appealing to family and friends.
Steely looks – stainless steel kitchens look bright and neat setting off the stainless steel appliances; however, too much metal and brightness may lack the warmth and comfort of a homely kitchen.
Restaurant style – this goes well with a functional kitchen that utilizes space to the maximum benefit and effect.
Chef’s kitchen look – storage space conceived for every little utensil or appliance, each in its own, can be a dream kitchen for organizational efficiency and smoothness.
Besides the styling for the decor and look of a kitchen, every kitchen’s personality is outlined by the color choices used and the elements incorporated – laminate, metal, mesh and wood are popular options. In general, bright earthy hues like rusts, browns, mahogany are all-favorites; the more adventurous go for oranges, purple, lime green and other shades to suit their individual tastes. Appliances in all-white are still the rule but stainless and black can still give it a run for its money.