Did you know that the design of your kitchen, or any room in your home, your mood? That's right! So, how do you design a kitchen that both inspires joy and provides better functionality? Elevate your kitchen remodeling project with the power of a few tricks from the experts here at Kitchen Magic! Read on for a few proven ways that you can update your kitchen design to influence and improve the mood of everyone in your home.
Mood-Boost With More Color
Beyond aesthetics, the colors you use in your home can have a profound effect on the emotional well-being of you, your family and even your guests. Colors instantly set the mood and subconsciously convey emotion and invoke a physiological reaction.
For instance, accents of uplifting yellow in the kitchen will brighten, energize and can even increase metabolism. Meanwhile, hints of emerald green will garner a cheerful, luxurious and jewel-like sophistication. Coastal-inspired teal will add a cheerful, serene, calm and confident mood. Seafaring blue is a highly productive color, whether it’s used for the office, the kitchen, or any room to invigorate. Finally, daring red is an energized and fond choice that can punctuate styles from vintage to craftsmen, rustic, even a contemporary sleek spin.
Don't forget about reflective and black finishes which provide contrast and enliven creativity while cooking. Consider matte black cabinet pulls paired with a black kitchen faucet with a sprayer to inspire your next culinary adventure. Or look to nature for your color palette. For example, earth tones can promote an uplifting mood, as they connect one to nature. Talk to your kitchen design consultant for more advice on positive color palette choices.
Lighten up your mood
Lighting design has come a long way and research shows that proper lighting can improve both mood and emotions. Start with leveraging as much natural light as possible or consider adding windows or skylights to bring more natural light into your home. Natural light is known to have a very calming and soothing effect, while harsh, artificial light can cause feelings of sadness and negativity.
Don't have an abundance of natural light available? There are plenty of options! Try beefing up your lighting fixtures with the latest in soft bulbs, LEDs, under cabinet lighting and more. You can also strategically place mirrors in your décor to reflect natural light, add glass front cabinet doors to your design or add accent and task lighting to prep areas.
Upgrade your comfort
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Stylish seating that is super comfortable is a harbinger of goodwill and happiness. So, be sure to incorporate seating that is both appealing in style and comfortable for everyday use.
From petite succulents to showy tropical varieties, houseplants offer many benefits. Budget-friendly, mood-boosting and air purifying, houseplants also improve relaxation, inspiration and focus. Just be sure to research the best non-toxic house plants for your home, family and pets. By adding plants and greenery to your space, you'll not only improve the air quality inside your home, but the smell of fresh greens could impact your mood as well. Just like light and sunshine, smells have an impact on your mood too. Let fresh scents enhance your happy place.
Declutter and organize
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Decluttering can make a significant impact on your mood and overall health. Proper organization will make the difference between a room you love and one you dislike - schedule a monthly time to clean, store and organize everything in your kitchen.
Stylish storage solutions can also significantly impact your general disposition. Proper storage helps to provide peace of mind through organizational principles. .Ask your Kitchen Magic design consultant about storage solutions for stowing appliances, cutting boards and trays, utensils, digital devices, the microwave and more.
You, you, you—make it all about you!
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Be sure to design a kitchen that is all about you and your lifestyle, not what some fancy design magazine says works best. Your kitchen's functionality should be a first-priority. Talk in-depth with your kitchen expert about how you and your family use the kitchen, each day, from morning until night. This will result in a more personalized design with intentional choices about what goes where.
When you’re thinking about décor options, accessory pieces and accents, choose what you love. Remember, you’re the one spending every day in this space, so design something that you’ll look forward to seeing regularly.
Think about usability, efficiency, and long-term use
When the kitchen timer goes off and you're standing at the stovetop, is it easily within reach? Can you prepare a meal using only a step or two in any one direction? Will you be able to maneuver comfortably in your kitchen in 10 to 15 years? What about an in-law, parent or a wheelchair-bound friend? Designing a livable and accessible kitchen makes everyone happy. Your kitchen layout will be something to consider as you make changes to your space. Make sure to include enough space every for everything that you’d need. An updated kitchen is an investment in your future, so plan it out accordingly.
If you're ready to change how your kitchen looks and functions, get some free advice from the kitchen professionals at Kitchen Magic! We're here to help you make the most of your kitchen remodel, and our free design consultation is fun, informative and there's absolutely no obligation to buy. Just give us a call at 866-525-7999, or click here to schedule your free design consultation right now!