The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any house. It is the place where the family gathers to prepare meals together, to eat, and to socialize. It is one of the few places where the whole family regularly gathers together at the same time, along with any guests. The kitchen is a very social room, and a loving, nourishing one, because it is where are the meals that contribute to the health and well-being of the family are made. In a very real sense, the kitchen is the heart of the house. That is why you want to make it as enjoyable for everyone who lives and visits your house to be in as possible. If your kitchen is currently lacking in that “special something” that makes people naturally flock to it, then it is in need of remodeling. In fact, a good kitchen remodel can change your family forever and for the better. Here’s how it can do it.
Adding More Light
If your kitchen is dark because it doesn’t have enough windows, no one will want to spend time there. A dark room is unpleasant and foreboding, especially during the day when it should be sunny and bright. Your kitchen needs lots of natural light to give it the comforting, homey atmosphere that will turn it into the heart of the home. The easiest way to accomplish this is to add more windows. If the kitchen is too dark at night, add more artificial lighting to the room to brighten it up.
Dark colors in the kitchen also contribute to making it a room people want to avoid. Paint cabinets and walls bright colors, like white, yellow, orange, and/or turquoise. Add white or gleaming steel appliances. Light colored stone tile on the counters and floor also make a huge difference in the amount of time people want to spend in the room, and how inviting it is.
If your kitchen is in a part of the house where adding more windows is not possible, you might want to consider building a new one in a better location. If this isn’t practical, brightening it up with light colors and more artificial lighting will go a long way to improving its attraction factor.
Make It an Eat-In Kitchen
Rather than having a formal dining room that is apart from the kitchen, consider expanding your kitchen to make it an eat-in one. This places the act of eating right next to the place where the food is made. The family will have to gather there to eat together, and the simple presence of more people in the kitchen makes it a place where people will want to linger. Also, with an eat-in kitchen, the cook doesn’t feel alone, lonely, and/or abandoned when making the food and doing the clean-up afterward. With family members staying in the kitchen to talk, no one feels isolated, and the entire family, and even guests, will begin to feel closer and more connected with each other. An eat-in kitchen can be a bonding experience for your family.
Create a “New” Look
Adding all new and modern appliances, countertops, flooring, cabinets, and even ceiling features like a ceiling fan or recessed lighting will give your kitchen a fresh look. That look is not only attractive for everyone in the house, naturally drawing them to the room, it makes it more enjoyable to cook in the kitchen. You might find cooking becomes a family activity when your kitchen has that new and fresh look to it.
Remodeling your kitchen can not only bring your family closer to each other and strengthen your bonds, it also increases your home’s resale value. Many homebuying decisions are made based on the appeal of the kitchen, and you can command a higher price for your house if yours is gorgeous. Remodeling your kitchen can earn you a nice profit on your house when you go to sell it, all for the relatively minimal investment of a good remodel. When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, the answer should always be “yes.”