4 Ingenious Tips to Solve Your Kitchen Woes
The kitchen is said to be the most important room in the home and perhaps even more so in family abodes where takeout isn’t on the everyday menu. Spice up the flavours in your kitchen when you solve these common kitchen woes:
1. Limited Storage
Even basic cooks need proper storage solutions, having too little will make it that much easier to turn your heavenly cooking space into hell’s kitchen. One secret to solving storage woes is by simply holding less stuff. Yes, this seems obvious – but you should prioritise and dump or stash away the utensils you don’t need or don’t use very often.
Once you narrow the essentials, you can then move on to organizing your cooking tools. Choose drawer and cupboard organizers to help you maximise the storage you do have. Also, try to incorporate swing-out shelves and other concealed storage options for double the room.
2. Lighting Issues
Your kitchen can be a danger zone and this is not an exaggeration, just think about it, you are after all chopping with sharp knives and working with fire. Thus, even lighting is not simply a style choice, it’s a necessity.
Rather than basic fluorescents, which admittedly, does a fine job of illuminating your kitchen; it won’t do much to improve its look. Instead, various light textures can convey a brighter, more ambient mood. For example, choose inexpensive spotlights for showcase areas (preferably on glassware) in addition to trendy under-cabinet lighting bars or rope lights as well as cool white ceiling lights for an overall radiance.
3. Space Restrictions
Small kitchens need not stop you from getting full use out of your kitchen, in fact with just a few creative additions – even a tiny kitchen can be a dream. One clever idea is to simply buy smaller appliances. Refrigerators often take up the most space, so opt instead for a less hefty one or consider an in-built (cupboard) mini fridge.
Another cool space-saving concept is to make creative use of empty spaces in the style of hanging ceiling shelves and wall-mounted showcases.
To further open up small kitchens, consider mixing materials (darker on the ground and lighter as it moves upward), adding more natural light and using glass in counters and cabinets doors or even mirrors to create the illusion of more space.
4. Stained Countertops
What’s the fastest way to outdate a kitchen? Let your countertops show just how much you’ve put them through the ringer.
Now if you’ve shelled quite a bit of money initially, you might want to try and save your countertops first. Cleaning out stains is definitely possible even with granite counters that notoriously display blemishes. Simply using bleach overnight can work wonders on granites and other more resilient tops, but do practice extra caution if you have kids or pets at home.
On the other hand, if you are looking to refurbish your countertops, you’ll have a ton of options. For more durable and unique-looking counters, you might want to consider stylish (but expensive) soapstone, glass or concrete materials. More economical selections come in the form of granite, recycled paper-based materials, plastic laminate, solid-surface and even wood.
Bonus Tip! If you’re looking for a DIY project, tiles can be an inexpensive and durable option; it’ll also likely match the rest of your kitchen colour scheme as various tile hues are readily available.
If your kitchen needs more improvement or a complete overhaul, do let us help you with your renovation research. Get in touch to receive up to five free quotes from top architects and designers.
Want more tips and tricks to perfect your home? Then why not let us help you out request for a complimentary quote request and get started. Download our free app today for more ideas, tips and cost guide - available on the App Store and Google Play.