The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is most often the hub, the busiest room in the house where everyone spends the most time in together. This should be a welcoming, lovely space that you enjoy both in form and function. Many older homes do not utilize the kitchen space efficiently and leave homeowners frustrated with the lack of cabinet space, seating and general flow of their kitchen
It is important to organize your thoughts on your own preferences in terms of overall style and design of your kitchen. Deciding on a style will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from cabinet doors to countertops and floors. It is helpful to flip through home design magazines and pulling out pages of designs that you would like to see in your own kitchen. Pay attention to color, texture, and functional aspects in the pictures, while also noting the overall style of the kitchen. Put all the clippings into a folder or binder so that you can accumulate ideas and have pictures to reference when you are making decisions about design points in your kitchen. Having all the clippings assembled will also help you see what styles you are leaning toward. If every photo in your folder shows a kitchen with clean lines, minimal ornamentation and stainless steel appliances, they you probably prefer a modern, contemporary style.
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