It’s depressing sometimes to watch those home-buying shows where the married couple with the dazzling white smiles waltzes its way through a number of beautiful, spacious homes with open floor plans, modern kitchens, and shiny bathroom sinks. I continue watching anyways, but always with a yearning to find myself in a beautiful home of my own.
Fixing up your kitchen the way you like
However, I do find inspiration in the home renovation shows where dilapidated fixer-uppers are turned into roomy, stylish houses. If you live in an outdated home with a kitchen you dislike but insufficient funds to move, all is not lost. Meghan Carter is a writer for Canadian Home Trends Magazine and she had a few tips for frustrated homeowners with just such a problem.
The kitchen as the "nerve center"
She referred to the kitchen and dining area as the "nerve center" of the home. It is, after all, a place people are likely to frequent at least 3 times a day and is perhaps the most visible area in the home with the highest probability for disorder and mess. These days with open floor plans being in style, people want to know whether they should open up the kitchen to the dining area.
Carter said, "Though it’s popular to open up a kitchen to a dining room, one of the challenges with an open concept kitchen is that there’s no way to hide the mess and clutter" which is why one homeowner she worked with "decided to maintain a separate formal dining area for entertaining."
Incorporating casual and formal dining
Another popular trend is having a casual dining area incorporated into the kitchen. However, you’ll want to be sure your formal and informal dining areas aren’t near each other. If there is no other option, Carter said, "Come up with a seating style for the casual area that is different from the dining room." The family she helped with this scenario chose to install "a peninsula that wraps around the outside corner of the dining room wall." She described it as "the perfect spot for this family of three to connect over a meal amidst their very busy schedules."
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