You should view the kitchen as the heart of your home and keep it in good condition so that the rest of the “body” functions properly. The kitchen is also where you prepare your food, which means it should be functional, not just beautiful.
How do you choose great kitchen furniture? We couldn’t think of a universal answer to this question. Choosing good kitchen furniture is more of a combination of factors and taste, which all together produce a wonderful result.
For good or bad, there is a lot of research that needs to be done before you start decorating your kitchen. Check out our tips on choosing kitchen furniture and see if you’re on the right track:
The main function of your kitchen
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Kitchens were made for cooking, period. They have grown a lot over the past few years and have become multifunctional places where we eat, work, or even invite friends over for fun dinners, but kitchens are primarily intended as cooking areas.
That makes food preparation a top priority that you need to consider when purchasing kitchen furniture without affecting the other functions of your kitchen.
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For example, open kitchens designed to accommodate and entertain guests should be set up in an interesting and fun way, ideally with a circuit breaker or a couple of well-chosen stools.
Stools look nice and cozy and shouldn’t just be used by guests – they should also be your favorite break while cooking.
The size and workspace you have available
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Obviously, buying furniture without considering the size of a room is a terrible mistake. If you are not really lucky enough to have a solution configured by eye, you need precise measures and well-planned solutions.
Even if one part fits, it should fit seamlessly rather than overwhelming the entire space. So ask before you buy and think about the items that you really need. Do you need a counter, breakfast area or storage?
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The second thing to consider, of course, is the furniture you already have (if there is any) and choosing parts that will easily blend in with that infrastructure.
One universal piece of advice for kitchen furniture is to choose long and functional storage areas positioned vertically in smaller spots or horizontally in larger spots. The ideal case, of course, is a spacious kitchen that can accommodate your decorating experience and more homely, cute pieces of furniture.
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The first thing to decide about should be the color, especially if you have already implemented a color scheme in the kitchen. It doesn’t take an artistic eye to see that purple doesn’t go with brown, but in cases of close differences between colors, you might be really confused.
The best way is to choose colors that are completely opposite to what you already have, or choose colors that are similar. Noticeable differences are never recommended.
Next step: materials
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It might not be as challenging as the living room, but kitchen furniture will also give you a hard time before you discover the right materials.
We’d say this depends on the style, which means that modern kitchens can handle rust-free racks and additions well, while wood kitchens are better suited to rustic and traditional kitchens. If you are unsure of what you want to achieve, take a minute and mix the elements one by one.
Very soon you can see whether stainless steel tops, wooden carts or copper racks are your solution. The brave among you are likely to find inspiration in creating original combinations of these materials.
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The kitchen is not the place to look for savings as it is likely the only room in your home where furniture is expected to be damaged.
There is a fireplace nearby, lots of straight lines and sharp edges to consider, and lots of activities to do.
This is why quality should be your number one priority, which means that you are only buying pieces from reputable suppliers with excellent track records. Trust us; This is far more important than buying a couch.
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You know what to do and you know how, but the main concern is always budgeting. When you keep in mind that kitchen furniture is a long-term investment, you need more finances to make sure you are purchasing durable pieces.
Don’t save on fixed island cabinets and new devices! Also, do a detailed research and compare prices before you buy to get a pocket-friendly solution that looks great while also working flawlessly. If you can’t afford to buy a lot, reuse old and vintage furniture – the result will be beautiful too!
Appearance or functionality?
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The same question that appears in every room! In case you don’t have a kitchen theme, pick one and set it up accordingly. Seriously chase functional parts in the process, because if you don’t, the entire purpose of a kitchen will be called into question.
Functional means choosing pieces that fit the space, match the old furniture, or have just enough kitchen inventory to help with cooking and other activities. There is no compromise, it should be!
Make space for functionality
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If you don’t know what is good, ask what is expensive and call this the ultimate rule for interior design in general. When it comes to kitchens, extreme functionality comes at a higher price, even if the price as such has a different meaning for each person.
It is difficult to establish universal rules for how a kitchen works, but there are few that should be considered: storage is a top priority; You need islands with built-in storage space, either large cabinets or drawers.
Smaller cabinets look more stylish, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t put all of your inventory there. Chairs around the islands are mandatory; Otherwise, the place will not look comfortable at all.
The right items for your kitchen
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Before deciding on anything, properly measure and inspect the place. There is no room for serious failure as kitchens are usually small and every single element has to fit.
Take the measurements with you and try not to buy beautiful pieces that are not useful for your kitchen, however strong these temptations may be.
Depending on what space you have available, you can think of interesting and creative solutions, for example a small breakfast table or even a completely separate dining area.
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Furnishing is easy with the right furniture. You only need a few selected and attractive accessories to keep the kitchen from becoming boring and lonely.
Fortunately, there is a wide choice: you can combine cooling pots and block knife holders with stainless steel carts or add a perfect wooden element to your rustic kitchen.
Kitchen brands and customer service
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One of the best solutions you can come up with is to ask a designer to create a special kitchen for you, paying attention to any specific changes that are about to be implemented.
However, get ready to pay more for it! Unique designs are of course more expensive, but at least the result will be something that will definitely meet and respond to all of your needs.
When choosing a brand or a specific design, find out more about the after-purchase services on offer. This is essential for your amazing kitchen installation and maintenance!