Creating A Living Kitchen


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While life is created in the bedroom, it is certainly lived in the kitchen. This is why when it comes to designing your kitchen, you should envision creating a space that can function as the hub of your home.

In the past, kitchens were contained spaces used exclusively for cooking. They could be completely closed off or concealed – kitchens were functional and that was about it.

But as living spaces started becoming scarce, especially in highly developed cities, the concept of the kitchen evolved. It is now common to see families merge their kitchens with their dining and living areas. Many are embracing a more casual lifestyle and are more accepting of homes without a dining room or a more formal living area. The modern kitchen is no longer a separate room, but one which lends the home energy, aroma and texture.

Today, the importance of a well-crafted kitchen is vastly important. A cleverly constructed kitchen can not only serve as a talking point among friends and relatives, it can greatly enhance the resale value of a property.

When starting to design your kitchen, you must always include your plan for lighting or you will end up committing one of one of the most common mistakes when doing kitchen project – treating lighting as an afterthought. Your kitchen lights are important as they can not only help you see what you are doing, they can also highlight the cabinets, countertops and backsplash finishes.

An easy way to instantly make your kitchen look more attractive is to include recessed lights that centre over the main appliances, with the light fixture no more than a foot from the front face of the cabinet or appliance.

You can also including under-cabinets lights. These lights, with their ultra-soft feel, can instantly transform your kitchen area into a romantic dining room. Add in dimmable options so that you can turn on more lighting if the situation calls for it, or you can have on just enough to satisfy your mood.

If you have a separate space to dine in, you can use the same ambient lighting to connect your kitchen and dining area. Soft and indirect lights work best in the dining area as they are flattering.

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Besides using lights, you can tastefully blend your kitchen into your dining room with the use of feature walls or artwork. With these, you can lend your kitchen and dining area an art gallery feel, turning this functional space into a contemporary one that is filled with interesting shapes and bold graphics.You will be surprised at how feature walls and artwork can add visual impact, even in small amounts.

Besides using colour, you can also build in texture with feature walls. Using materials such as wood in their natural form is this year’s trend. You can also use engineered stones that replicate raw finishes.

As you start tinkering with lighting and artwork to add flavor to your kitchen and dining areas, remember the golden rule – keep things simple. When handling colours, the urge to over-decorate sometimes arises. Remember that you don’t want to end up with a cluttered kitchen, but one that is unique and inspirational.