The kitchen – heavy traffic and the heart of the home. ❣️ Where everyone we love (both four legs and two) congregates to eat, cook, do homework, or work from home, — just to name a few. As the heavy lifter of the home, it also has to fill the tallest order of being functional. That being said, a strategic kitchen design that is uber functional AND also inspiring (good looking) not only makes a huge difference in your day-to-day life, but also adds to the value of your home.
chi-ching 💰— Like bathrooms, kitchen renos can get pricey. Here’s the good news; we have some creative tips for updating your kitchen to be both functional and inspirational, without breaking the bank. Have a look…
Update the fixtures over an island or peninsula with modern pendants, and/or add a few accent sconces (task lighting). Mix metals and have fun. There’s a gazillion options, and we would love to help you choose!
Speaking of islands — Holding court in the center of the space, consider adding some architectural details to your island or peninsula to customize the design. Shiplap, legs, trim, and/or a bold new color in a glossy finish can be a game changer. New counter stools can finish the look.
Just a Splash
Amp it up. Go for patterned ceramic tiles, especially if you have only a small space or one wall that could make a big impact. Shiplap and wainscoting panels, or a wipeable wall covering are other options that are certainly on point yet cost effective.
Hardware; Easy update
Kitchen candy. Change out dated pulls and knobs for instant gratification. Caution: there are many of choices to mix, match push or pull, so it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole. We’d love to help!
Simplify. Remove upper cabinetry or take off the doors from the existing ones. Removing upper cabinetry can make a space feel more modern AND actually be more functional. With open shelving, it’s easier to quickly access everyday dishes, cookbooks, serving platters or fresh herbs. Tip: try to keep stacks neat and grouped in like colors.
Points of Interest
Unique touches are the very elements that transform a custodial space into the “heart” part of the kitchen. We mean integrating objects like a piece of art, a live edge counter, a reclaimed shelf for a family heirloom collection or a pot rack for your favorite copper pan or kitchen gadget.
These are just a few ideas to make a big difference without a major redo. We hope that you are inspired and we would love to help. Visit our new e-design a la carte menu that features 4 new ways to tap in to our brains for any of your home projects, large and small.
We hope you have enjoyed all of Terracotta’s kitchen photos! Thanks to Jeff Herr for the amazing images and jojotastic for the hardware image.