June 05, 2013
The function of kitchens has expanded greatly since your grandmother's day. Still the heart of the home, kitchens are now places where people can watch cooking in progress while homeowners entertain and kids can use the family computer at a desk nook in the corner. That's why kitchens, like other rooms in the house, deserve beautiful floors like Anderson's Bryson Plank oak hardwood flooring.
Function dictates design
Just as different functions have evolved in the kitchen, so have the designs needed to carry out those activities. Setting up a small desk. for instance, means designing an area that will coordinate with shelving units and won't disrupt the travel patterns needed for food preparation.
"With a trend for more open-plan living, the kitchen is the hub of the home where all the family can congregate, so it can cater for many different other activities and makes it worth spending the money on, as well as adding value to your property," interior design writer Ronnie Whelan told About Property.
Mix of colors and wood
Whelan said homeowners are increasingly choosing to mix and match different colors to put their own stamps on their home design. In recent years, kitchen hues have moved away from Tuscan shades like terra cotta to bolder colors that offset both light and dark wood cabinetry.
According to HGTV.com, colors like vibrant blue tones and stone gray aren't restricted to accent walls any longer. They are strong choices to offset stainless steel appliances as well as wood panels that homeowners can use over appliances to coordinate with cabinets.
Designer Jamie Drake, author of New American Glamour, told the design channel that many kitchens don't much open wall space so when a brighter color is used, it doesn't overpower the space.
"People are viewing kitchens that have too much of any one color as flat, so more color is definitely the way to go," he said.
All purpose workspace A workspace set aside in the kitchen for paperwork or a place to use a laptop can be a boon to all members of the family.
According to OldHouse.com, homeowners can get a lot of use from a desk extension at the end of a long countertop. Children can use it to get their homework done, while adults can set it up as their bill-paying and home planning center. When more room is needed for kitchen duties, office supplies can be whisked into a drawer installed under the countertop.