Kitchen Design

Learn how kitchen design software can help

There are fewer rooms of greater importance in the modern family home than the kitchen. It's a place where parents and children bond with conversation and good food. As such, it's natural that any parent would want to create a comfortable kitchen environment, a place that not only acts as a designated eating area, but is an inviting and functional living space that facilitates great cooking.

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These days, proper kitchen design starts with kitchen design software, programs that can help renovators visualize their updated kitchen before even starting out on a new project. There are a number of computer programs out there that allow you to import photographs of your kitchen and then interact with the photos; for example, you might try swapping out your existing wood countertops for a granite or concrete alternative. By allowing you to substitute a new fridge, cabinets, countertops, or table, kitchen design software really helps to visualize the finished product, providing you with one kitchen design idea after another.

Choosing the theme for your kitchen

One thing you'll have to decide early on is what kind of theme you want for your kitchen. Modern kitchen design is much different than the traditional model, and features more use of steel and granite than wood and plastic. Colors tend to be more neutral than in traditional design, which often features more vibrant shades. The advantage of modern kitchen design is that it tends to improve resale value of a home.

Getting the most out of a small kitchen

Another important factor in designing a kitchen: making the best use of the space available. Just because your kitchen qualifies as "comfy" doesn't mean you can't get a little creative. The key to small kitchen design is to be efficient with the space provided; the organization of shelving and hangers can elevate a cramped kitchen to the main headquarters for a creative chef.

Here are a few tips for those of you without massive kitchen areas: first, consider hanging your pots and pans. Not only does this strategy keep these items from clogging up shelves, but it also keeps them from getting damaged and makes them easier to handle. Second, use doors to your advantage. If you have a pantry, hang shelving from both sides of the door. Use the inside for storing your baking ingredients, such as chocolate chips and raisins, and use the front to store more visually appealing and colourful items, such as fruit and vegetables.