On average, Americans spend about four and a half hours preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals every week, according to the most recent data set from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Eating & Health Module. Since time in the kitchen can add up, creating a comfortable space to work in will help alleviate the pressure associated with preparing meals. To get the most out of your space, here are some design tips to guide a kitchen transformation.Get the Spacing Right
When considering shape and functionality, keep walkways as wide as possible to make cooking safer and easier. Ensure that the cooktop is away from well-trafficked areas if you have young children who may knock pots over by their handles. The refrigerator and microwave should have ample space to open and close, and also keep in mind that you'll need counter space for appliances like mixers, toasters, and blenders. Plan for countertop "landing" space on each side of a stove for mixing bowls and cooling racks.Keep It Light
To keep motivation and inspiration high throughout the year, use light colors when decorating kitchens. This is especially helpful for smaller kitchens; dark colors can shrink the space visually. Lighter paint and cabinetry can also help natural light brighten the room.Know Your Island's Function
Many modern kitchens in new homes include an island. If you choose to incorporate an island into your layout, know what you'll use it for. If it's meant for prep work and cooking, keep it close to the oven and range. If you'll be using it for eating and entertaining, make sure there's plenty of space for chairs and seating around the island.Create a Focal Point
Although a focal point can be a rotating bouquet of flowers or another statement piece, it can also be worked into the kitchen's layout. Whether it's incorporating flashy tile or floors or unique backsplash patterns, having one element in your kitchen that stands out can work to complement the more nuanced details of the room.
Whether it's a kitchen, bathroom, or shared living space, every room in your home should be the right fit for you and your family. At Robertson Homes, we offer a variety of home plans in Detroit's new home communities and a design studio so you can tailor your next house into your dream home. For more information, view our gallery online or give us a call at (248) 657-4968.
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