By Abigail Sawyer
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you cook meals big and small for everyday and special occasions. You need it to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
For your kitchen remodel, you’ve picked out the perfect countertops, stunning new floors, top-of-the-line appliances and elegant cabinets. However, you may be missing a few key ingredients to bring your new kitchen together and make it a place where you feel comfortable spending hours at a time.
These are four things you may be leaving out of your kitchen’s remodel plans.
A backsplash theme you love
Use your backsplash to add some personality to your new kitchen. Go for a more traditional material that is very resistant to splashes. Consider ceramic tile, natural stone or stainless steel, or take a modern approach to make the new design pop. Some exciting choices today include Moorish or Moroccan tile, reclaimed wood, marble, glazed tile, printed wallpaper, antique mirrors or a big photo print.
Remember that your backsplash should tie in with your cabinets, countertops, floors and appliances. If you have an all-white kitchen, choose a colorful backsplash that won’t blend in. If you want to go for a rustic vibe, use laminated wood. For a refined look, opt for marble (or marble-look tiles if you want a less expensive option). Get a beachy or Middle Eastern feel with colorful Moroccan tiles or glossy subway tiles in blue or green.
Blinds or shutters for decoration, lighting and heat control
When you’re cooking, you want to let in natural light so that you can see what you’re doing. But if it’s boiling outside, you also need to be able to keep the sun out, since your oven and stove are going to raise the temperature in the room.
While wood blinds are not going to be able to withstand the heat, faux wood blinds or shutters can be used. These blinds and shutters are easy to clean, which you may need to do often if they are in the “splash zone.” Plus, wooden blinds work well with a rustic, farmhouse or modern look.
If your kitchen is all white or mostly neutral, you can pick out Roman shades that darken the room and add some color and interest. Always go for the vinyl option, since it is going to be simpler to clean. Avoid curtains that you need to take down and wash, because any window coverings tend to get dirty in the kitchen.
Extra storage space for your appliances and cooking supplies
You are likely remodeling your kitchen because you want a better design and an improved flow. If you have cluttered countertops, you’re not going to be able to cook and entertain effectively in the new space, so make sure you have extra storage space for everything. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas:
- Install lazy Susans in your cabinets.
- Hang a magnetic knife holder to free up counter space.
- Build a custom cabinet just for your microwave and toaster oven.
- Use a tilt-down drawer under your kitchen sink for your sponges and cleaning items.
- Store frequently used items on your windowsills.
- Add extra drawers to your cabinets.
- Install a pegboard to organize utensils.
- Hang your pots and pans above your stove.
You may have chosen beautiful light fixtures or a nice chandelier for your new kitchen, but you may have overlooked under-cabinet lighting, which eliminates those shadows and dark spots on your counters. This comes in handy when you’re chopping up foods on the cutting board or you want to display your lovely dishes to your guests. You can have a professional install lights that connect to a light switch or simply buy stick-on, battery-powered lights and hang them up yourself.
You’ll enjoy your new kitchen for years to come. By adding a few well-chosen details, it will be a more comfortable, functional and fun space to enjoy.
Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She’s a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and her goldendoodle, Biscuit. If you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, you can view a selection of moisture-resistant faux wood blinds on the Blinds.com website.