Is your kitchen the heart of your home or is it your quiet refuge? Kitchens present unique opportunities as well as challenges, which is why I find them so inspiring. They have to balance beauty and functionality to create a space you want to spend time in.

Whether you lure guests into the kitchen with a glass of wine and the scent of an amazing dinner or you treasure time spent baking with your kids, finding a design that inspires is about utilizing your space, choosing colors and textures you love, and adding the unique flair of your personality.

How to Create a Kitchen Design that Inspires
1. Re-Imagine Your Space

Whether you’re able to tear the walls down to the studs or you’re just looking to add some storage and counter space, your kitchen needs to work for you. How can you inject a bit of freshness into your space? Take note of how you work in the kitchen. Then, brainstorm how it could be better.

You’ll likely want to consider the concept of the kitchen triangle and work from there. Use this as your building block, knowing your refrigerator, sink, and stove should be close – but not too close! – to create an efficient workspace.

Do you need a double oven? Space to roll out dough? If you plan for use first and foremost, it will be hard to go wrong.

2. Find the Light

There’s no replacement for natural light in your kitchen. If you have heavy fabrics over your window, take them down immediately.

If your light is limited, consider upgrading light fixtures or adding under-cabinet lighting. Bright, reflective surfaces also bounce light around the room. A white waterfall quartz countertop can make a kitchen feel airy and clean while providing brightness.

The right lighting can be a breath of fresh air in a stale room, so don’t be afraid to think creatively about how to add more to your space.

3. Don’t Forget Fresh Ingredients

Make your kitchen feel like a ripe peach bursting with fresh aromas and color. What I mean is, freshen up the color of your kitchen walls. Often kitchens can carry bold hues on the walls since surfaces like cabinets, backsplash, and countertops are typically done with neutrals.

Color is one of the easiest design elements to change as trends come and go. Try one of 2020s most popular colors like soft lemon yellow, mint green, and peacock blue.

4. Invest in Materials You Love and Will Last

It’s no secret that kitchens are one of the most costly renovations you’ll do, which is why you want to invest where it matters most: cabinets, appliances, and flooring.

Purchase appliances with clean lines and that avoid the tell-tale signs of their manufacturing year, a this will help them evolve with your kitchen. Choose cabinets that offer style with a classic flair. For your flooring, make sure it’s easy to clean, can handle the wear and tear of a kitchen, and offers longevity.

5. Let Your Soul Sing

Don’t skimp on the most important ingredient in your kitchen redesign: You. Incorporate things you love and that will make you smile. Whether it’s fresh flowers on the windowsill over the sink or a place for your prized assortment of teas, you want your kitchen to be a place built for you and your family.

Is your kitchen is a place for singing and dancing? Built-in speakers for music or television are a great touch and can be synced with speakers in the rest of your home. Do you love helping your kids with homework while cooking dinner? Make sure there’s ample space for them to spread out the contents of their backpack.

Let’s Get Cooking in a New Kitchen

Next time you’re cooking or even just boiling water for your tea, assess your kitchen’s style and functionality. Imagine a new kitchen island, better lighting, and fresh countertops. Let your kitchen speak to you and speak through your kitchen. If you’re ready for a new culinary respite, now’s the time to get started.