A kitchen is one of the most important parts of the house especially for those who are the primary users of this space. If you are the person who is primarily responsible for fixing the meals and keeping the kitchen in order then you will know the pain of kitchen management. Since it is not merely an area of the house where you spend time, but space where you practically work, the management bit becomes a tricky aspect. Some people find cooking therapeutic yet they find kitchen management painstaking.
A well kept and well-managed kitchen is not only important to make it look neat and appealing, but it also keeps you motivated while you spend time in there. There is a reason why people have what we call dream kitchens. However, having a dream kitchen does not really mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on a designer kitchen. You can bring in little tweaks in your existing kitchen to make it look much better. Here are a few tips on how you can pull that off.
Most people neglect the importance of brightness in kitchen management. Not all of us are lucky enough to have large spacious kitchens. Some of us have to make do with smaller arrangements. However, a small kitchen does not mean you cannot make it look big and bright. Lots of light and bright colors can make a huge difference. Try to let in as much sunlight as possible. If you have a small kitchen, avoid darker tones such as reds or blacks and stick to whites and yellows. Play with lighting smartly. It should not be too bright to blind you but it should provide you with comfortable visibility.
Counter layouts can make a huge difference in making your kitchen space look bigger. Try to set up your counters along the walls. Avoid U-shaped layouts in smaller kitchens. When constructing counters, plan out storage spaces under the counters and on the walls so that there is minimum clutter on the countertops. Try to get as many stuff mounted on the walls as possible. Add cabinets, drawers, and dividers wherever possible.
Pieces of equipment are an integral part of your kitchen, but unfortunately, they are often the main culprit behind making a kitchen look congested and cluttered. Fortunately, lately, the kitchen equipment is focusing on producing multipurpose equipment such as smoker and grill combos and multipurpose food processors as opposed to equipment with individual functions.
Clutter not only makes your space look untidy, but it also makes working difficult. Keep as little things on your counter as possible so that you have a bigger workstation at your disposal. Make sure all your crockery and bulkier equipment are stored away in the cabinets and cutlery and tools in the drawers when not in use. Jars, pots and other items should go on racks and shelves that are mounted on the wall. Your counter should have only the equipment that and find any space elsewhere.