When you think of home, what is the first room you picture? Is it the master bathroom with its relaxing, spa-like atmosphere? The den where you and your partner binge-watch your favorite TV shows together? The nursery where you rock your newborn to sleep? Every room evokes an emotion based on how you use the space. As an interior designer, you should aim to recreate these feelings for your clients, building spaces that are functional and promote positive feelings.
Create A Feast For The Eyes
The kitchen––although maybe not your go-to room for decorating––is an integral space that serves as the central hub for your client’s family. This means it also needs some TLC to add visual interest, personality, and style.
The ideal kitchen should have:
- Storage: Silverware, dishware, glassware, cookware…cooking is no easy task and odds are, your clients have acquired an overabundance of appliances and accessories over the years. We’re almost positive there is no such thing as “too much storage” so if the space allows, opt for both upper and lower cabinets. If you’re worried about the number of solid cabinet doors overwhelming the overall look and feel of the room, try clear or frosted glass instead.
- Seating. Whether it’s a breakfast table, bar stools tucked under a peninsula or framing an island, or built-in benches, you need space for people to sit, eat, and work.
- Light. In a perfect world, every kitchen would have a “sink with a view.” But not every kitchen can conform, so you’ll need to blend natural and artificial light to ensure your client can clearly see while cooking.
- Room to maneuver. Whether it’s moving a pan from the stove to the sink, carrying produce from the fridge to the counter, or simply passing through, your clients will need ample room to maneuver. Designate clear walking paths and arrange appliances according to the “kitchen work triangle” principle: the sink, refrigerator, and stove should be set in a triangle arrangement no less than four feet and no more than nine feet apart.
- Bright colors. Dark colors make rooms feel small and closed off. Mix light and dark together––dark cabinets with a light wall color, a dark floor with light cabinets, etc––to create a kitchen that feels open and inviting, day or night.
There are dozens of ways to design a kitchen but no kitchen should go without a focal point to draw a design together. Our recommendation: wall art, of course!
Wall Art For Any Kitchen
Teeny-tiny to gargantuan, designing on a dime to an unlimited budget, every kitchen deserves a strong focal point. With wall art, you have the ability to fill negative space. Remember: empty walls make a room feel unfinished. When hanging artwork, position your pieces away from the stove, sink, and appliances like coffee makers that produce steam, to prolong the lifespan of your client’s chosen artwork.
Artwork from our Food & Drink Collection
What better compliment to a kitchen than mouthwatering food pictures? Try one of these prints from our Food & Drink Collection:
Artwork from our Land & Sea Scapes Collection
Looking for a more adventurous addition to your client’s interior? Try one of these gorgeous scenic shots from our Land & Sea Scapes Collection:
Interested in learning more? Contact our in-house Art Advisor for individualized help on selection and planning by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.