The warm cozy feeling you would get from walking into the kitchen and smelling apple pies baking and mom/grandma at the stove baking. To get that same feeling in your modern kitchen there are many things you can do from just adding country decor to refinishing old cabinets and painting walls. In this article I will go over these different methods with you.
If you like the look of your current kitchen cabinets and counters and just want to add some design touches to give the room that country feel I suggest starting with antique stores. If you’ve never been in one you would be surprised by what you can find at reasonable prices. Look for old kitchen utensils with wood handles. No, you will not be cooking with these! Antique utensils such as egg beaters, spatulas, wooden spoons, etc. can be hung on walls in place of pictures. Arrange these in a way that is pleasing to you. Another item to look for in the antiques stores, although a little more expensive, is old windows. They are very popular because they can be used in several different ways for decorating your home. You can remove the old glass and replace it with a mirror, leave the glass and mount a country style painting behind it. If you are the creative type and can paint, you can purchase canvas at any art store and paint your own design to be mounted behind the glass. I have one with chickens painted by an old neighbor. When choosing an old window for this purpose be sure to keep in mind the size of your kitchen and the amount of wall space you have available. Some kitchens have display space above the cabinets. This space is great for displaying old bowls and bakeware or statues of roosters etc. If you’re not into the antiques you can find a lot of great country themed kitchen decor on the market. These can range from rooster or apple themed plate diplays, clocks, dishes, cookie jars, etc. Most importantly, have fun with it!
Now let’s say you want to go a little more in depth than just decor items. Old kitchen cabinets can be given new life with a whitewash. Change out your kitchen hardware to something that fits your country theme. You can replace, with a little work, the wood panels in cabinet doors with chicken wire. I don’t recommend this on cabinets where your dishes are kept due to the possible dust factor. One way to prevent dust is to place a piece of glass behind the chicken wire in the cabinet doors. Wall paper and wall paper borders are another way to give your walls the look and feel of a country kitchen. Most home improvement stores carry a variety of wall papers or they can order them for you. Don’t like wall paper? Try a faux painting technique or just choose a soft natural pleasing color and paint your walls. Another more expensive but effective idea is to replace your flooring with a natural tumbled stone. You can also find porcelain tiles that look like tumbled stone usually at a lower cost.
It is amazing the difference that can be made with new flooring and paint. Add a few rustic antique decorations, place a vase of dried flowers on the counter or table and you have a homey inviting kitchen!
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It is easy to build and live in a house; all it takes is construction and voila! You’re in a house. Creating a home, though, takes more work and truly is a labor of love to fill a house with comfort and familiarity. Part of this involves creating the perfect kitchen, a room that can fill the house with warm, savory smells and feelings, and part of a perfect kitchen is the perfect breakfast nook.
The perfect breakfast nook is a cozy and comfortable place where the family can enjoy starting the day off together over a warm, home-cooked meal. As such, there are a few considerations you can take into account when making the idea breakfast setting for your family:
Space: A breakfast nook shouldn’t be too large, because then you lose that intimacy for which nooks were created. A good size for a breakfast nook for your average family of four is around six to eight feet wide and at least five to seven feet deep.
This way each person has enough room, but you really get that great feeling of family togetherness.
Fixtures: Any breakfast nook needs a bay window with a bench fitted with comfortable bench cushions that can be used for lounging and sitting during the breakfast meal. Comfort should be the word of the day when choosing the seating. The table should also be just large enough to hold everyone’s food, but not so large that it separates the family. Remember, togetherness is the idea.
Lighting: A perfect nook ideally has a window on one side, to let in that glorious morning light from a sunrise. There is no better way to eat breakfast than with your loved ones, bathed in the warm rays of the sun to shake off that early morning chill.
The most important thing to consider above all, though, is what your family wants.
A breakfast nook should reflect your family’s personality so you can use it to truly grow closer together over a nice, warm meal. So keep in mind of your family’s wants before deciding what kind to build!
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If so, you might want to give serious consideration to creating a small galley kitchen design. With a galley design, you can make good use of all of the space that is available in your kitchen, while also making it easier for multiple people to use.
While understanding the basics of a galley kitchen is quite simple, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration when creating a small galley kitchen design. Anyone who is familiar with the galley kitchen design is aware that this design involves installing two parallel counters, while making all parts of the kitchen equally accessible via a triangle.
In order to successfully create this design, there are three things that need to be taken into consideration:
In other words, you need to make certain there is plenty of aisle space between the two counters in order to comfortably work in the kitchen.
Similarly, lighting needs to be placed in such a way that those who are using the kitchen can easily see and perform all of the tasks necessary.
Finally, while storage is a concern in any modern kitchen design, thinking of creative ways for storage is even more important when creating a small galley kitchen.
After all, space is limited, so you need to be certain to use the space as efficiently as possible. In order to get the most out of your kitchen design, you should also keep the following tips in mind:
Divide the kitchen into multiple work zones
A minimum of three feet should be placed between countertops, with four to five feet being optimal
Countertops should be of similar length
Base cabinets should be a minimum of 24-inches deep
No cabinets should be installed above the sink
The kitchen work triangle should be an equilateral triangleThe refrigerator hinge should be on the outside corner of the work triangle
Having only one open end in the kitchen is the most efficient design The sink should be placed in front of an opening in the wall or in front of a window
By keeping these simple tips in mind, you will easily be able to create a modern kitchen design that makes the most out of the small amount of space you have available.
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