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12 bright ideas for your kitchen

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Residential French Lane Modern kitchen by HEID Interior Design Modern
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Good for you for knowing that a kitchen is where you cook, bake, slice, stir etc. However, a kitchen is so much more than a working space; it is also one of your house’s rooms, which means it, too, deserves to have a certain look and design to not only make you feel welcome, but cause a jealous look or two from guests in your direction—fun, right?

So, to increase your friends’ envy levels and your home’s style factor, see herewith 12 bright ideas on how to make your kitchen more functional, more practical and much more stylish…

1. Functionality is important, sure, but don’t forget about design – a tiled backsplash can go a long way in making your kitchen enjoy more character.

Residential French Lane Modern kitchen by HEID Interior Design Modern Granite
HEID Interior Design

Residential French Lane

HEID Interior Design

2. Want that rather small kitchen to look bigger? Glass-door cabinets can make the space appear more light and open.

House Shenck Rerh Modern kitchen by Rudman Visagie Modern
Rudman Visagie

House Shenck Rerh

Rudman Visagie

3. What do you see here? A T-shaped island. Know what we see? A double-duty design that can be both an extra working space and dining area.

Kitchens Modern kitchen by Life Design Modern
Life Design


Life Design

4. A kitchen cart is the answer for when you wish that island could just roll out of the way to conjure up a little extra legroom.

House Serfontein by Muse Architects Rustic
Muse Architects

House Serfontein

Muse Architects

5. Don’t neglect your lighting – in fact, opt for layered lighting, seeing as the kitchen is a space where adequate sight is vital.

Modern Farmhouse - Silverlakes Nature Reserve Modern kitchen by Karel Keuler Architects Modern
Karel Keuler Architects

Modern Farmhouse—Silverlakes Nature Reserve

Karel Keuler Architects

6. How about a quaint little table with chairs to enjoy an informal dining space, making your kitchen feel more welcoming and homey?

7. Pity the standing cook – we suggest a fabulous floor rug for not only a soft underfoot sensation, but also some extra style.

8. Don’t neglect your kitchen ceiling – an intricate design such as this can serve as an appetizing conversation topic.

9. Your kitchen is your work space, so insert personal little design details to let it be as unique (or quirky, or elegant, or stylish… ) as you!

House B - House Design by Redesign Interiors Eclectic
Redesign Interiors

House B—House Design

Redesign Interiors

10. A neutral colour palette is the cheaper option when it comes to a kitchen style-up, seeing as that light background hue can go with any additional décor- and furniture tones.

11. Storage is important, yes, but be sure to include a display area or two to show off your fabulous crockery / vintage dinner plates / elegant wine glasses etc.

House Oranjezicht by ATTIK Design Scandinavian
ATTIK Design

House Oranjezicht

ATTIK Design

12. If possible, let your kitchen open up onto a terrace to not only enhance space, but ensure a social ambience for those hearty get-togethers.

House Gillanders by Muse Architects Eclectic
Muse Architects

House Gillanders

Muse Architects

For more culinary creativity, see these 14 awesome kitchen cupboards for your home.

What other design tips can you dream up for a kitchen?
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