Textures, materials, colors, lighting… and the list goes on and on. When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of styles and layouts that are featured in home magazines, billboards, and storefronts. Do you prefer slick wood floors or glossy tiles? How many stove burners do you need? And how much storage do quality kitchens really require?
While these are all important questions, don’t start racking your brain just yet. Before you think about your design, take a step back and consider how you really use your kitchen. In our book, aesthetics should always be second to – and dictated by – functionality. After all, there’s no use in having a gorgeous space if it doesn’t meet your needs.
So, what’s your kitchen style? To help you get to the bottom of this fundamental question, we’ve put together a short and sweet quiz for you. Take a few moments to complete it, and then analyze your result below!
Discover Your Kitchen Style
1. Who spends time in your kitchen, and what do you use it for?
a. It’s a room where the entire family comes together.
b. I only use it to microwave my meals and store drinks and snacks.
c. I cook elaborate meals there at least once a week and enjoy hosting parties.
2. How much of a priority is quick and easy cleaning?
a. It’s a high priority! Speed is of the essence.
b. I’m more concerned about having enough space for garbage and recycling bins.
c. I care more about having top-notch cooking appliances, even if they require more cleanup time.
3. How do you usually cook?
a. I don’t have time to cook complicated meals; I just whip something up quickly for the family.
b. I rarely cook.
c. I’m a passionate cook and spend hours trying out new recipes.
4. Which of the following items would you most like to have in your kitchen?
a. A family computer.
b. A microwave that cleans itself.
c. A steam oven.
5. How many people cook in your household?
a. One, sometimes two.
b. No one really does.
c. Two or more.
Evaluate Your Result
3 As (or more): Efficiency and ease of use are key in your family-friendly kitchen. From investing in self-cleaning appliances (such as microwaves or ovens) to accounting for plenty of storage space, ensure that your design focuses on practicality. As you rarely cook elaborate meals, it’s not worth eyeing the fanciest burners – instead, robust cabinets, shelving, and low-maintenance cooktops and floors (such as linoleum) should be your top priorities.
Top Tip: For further inspiration regarding family-friendly quality kitchens, take a look at this blog post.
3 Bs (or more): Your remodel should yield a practical kitchen that’s ready for resale. While you may not use the space for cooking or entertaining, keep in mind that the kitchen is one of the – if not the – most valuable room in a flip. Investing in basic but effective appliances (preferably from a respectable brand!), as well as installing pull-out drawers for your garbage and recycling bins, will make all the difference in the long run. Although you shouldn’t have to spend oodles of money, remember that prospective buyers are looking for quality kitchens that require little to no renovation work.
Top Tip: Wondering how to prepare your space for a flip? Read our team’s insider tips in our two-part blog series.
3 Cs (or more): You might as well be on Master Chef! As a passionate cook and host, you’ll want to go all out: at least six high-quality burners, a spacious fridge, and an easy-to-access spice rack are all must-have features of your space. What’s more, don’t underestimate the importance of under-cabinet lighting and a resilient countertop material, such as neolith – sweating the details is certain to pay off when you’re cooking up a storm!
Top Tip: To take the stress out of remodeling your space, why not hire a designer to lighten the load? Contact our experienced team to hear more about the quality kitchens that we’ve created – and about how we can help you!
Figuring out how you use your kitchen is the first and most important step of remodeling your space. So, pat yourself on the back for starting the process on the right foot! If you’re ready to dive into the design process, don’t hesitate to check out our detailed how-to guide, or to get in touch with our talented designers. We’re here to help!