Livening Up the Heart of Your Home

Homeowners often describe their kitchens as the favorite room in the house. This is the place where meals are prepared and shared, and family and friends gather to enjoy great food and each other’s company. If your favorite room is looking a little worn and dated – not to worry. Just a few changes to kitchen furnishings and design can transform your bland kitchen into a room that is truly the heart of the home.

Kitchen furnishings that can enhance both the look and function of the room include kitchen islands, cabinets, appliances, counter tops, fixtures, lighting, and dining sets. Homeowners contemplating kitchen remodeling projects often worry about wasting money on furnishings that may look dated at some point in the future. Wooden furniture, glass and marble tops are items with a quality of timelessness to outlive short term trends.   Careful selection of furnishings can ensure that your kitchen will be a warm, welcoming, and lively place for years to come.

Cabinets are a good place to start if you want to change the look of your kitchen. The variety of options for kitchen cabinets is endless. Cabinets of all sizes with different types of doors, shelving arrangements, and finishes are available. Some homeowners may opt to replace or add to their storage areas, while others may choose to give their kitchen a “face lift” by refinishing their existing cabinets and replacing the hardware. Making changes to the kitchen cabinets is an effective way to help achieve the desired look of your kitchen – whether it is rustic, contemporary, or ultra modern.

The good news for those concerned about the high cost of replacing cabinets, counter tops, appliances and fixtures is that one can achieve surprisingly dramatic results with less expensive solutions such as paint and accessories. Right now, you’ll find many trendy kitchen accessories made of wicker and wire. The simple addition of a black and white wicker and wire wastebasket in a corner of the kitchen can help to give it a modern look and feel. Painting wood in black and white can provide a fabulous contrast for plain towel or linen holders. A wooden cutting board strategically placed on the countertop can help complete the look of your kitchen.

If you have big makeover ambitions for a small kitchen, never fear. Many kitchen furnishings specially designed for small spaces are available to enhance the style and functional quality of your kitchen area. Bar-style counters with room for stools can provide extra seating and workspace. Slim (and sometimes portable) islands can provide extra space for food preparation, eating and storage. Kitchen carts, shelving, and tall wire racks can add character and maximize the usefulness of a small kitchen space.

The number of choices for upgrades in kitchen furnishings can be overwhelming. In addition to what may be available in stores, there is a vast selection online offered by manufacturers and home furnishing companies. The keys to a successful kitchen remodel are identifying your needs, deciding on a look, and creating a plan for renovation that will fit in to your budget. If you make wise choices compatible with your needs and desires, the kitchen will become an inspiring, inviting place at the heart of your home.