American Farmhouse Style


For a kitchen renovation, here are four important factors to keep in mind before you start.


1. USE. Consider how you’ll use the kitchen. If you’re an avid cook, you’ll probably require a larger stovetop and plenty of workspace. If you don’t cook very often, a high-quality and easily-accessible microwave will be more important. If you entertain often, you’ll want room for multiple people to work in the space simultaneo­usly. And if you have kids doing homework at the kitchen table, make sure to reserve a cabinet or drawer for school supplies like pens and colored pencils.

2. ZONES. Create specific stations, the “work horse” areas of the kitchen. Designer Danielle Steele says this primarily includes areas dedicated to prepping, cooking and cleaning. You’ll also want a storage area, whether that’s a pantry with a door or a section of your cabinets designated for storing food.

3. MATERIALS. Use durable materials. Kitchens witness a lot of wear and tear. Make sure your tiles, countertop­s and floors are durable and stain-resistant to withstand daily use. For materials that are porous, like a brick backsplash or granite countertop­s, seal and prep before installing.

4. LIGHTING. In the kitchen, you want as much light as possible. Recessed lighting is essential to disperse light evenly. Then include task lighting for hardworkin­g areas like sinks and stoves. Add pendant lights for a decorative element, as well as undercabin­et lighting to illuminate areas that can recede into shadows. Put all your lighting on a dimmer for ambient lighting while entertaini­ng.

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