In most homes, the kitchen is the heart, the space everyone wants to gather. But a lot of us struggle to make our kitchen function the way it should.
Regardless of whether or not you like to cook, does being in your kitchen feel welcoming, inviting, and make you happy?
If not, it’s time to change things up.
Whether you have a huge chef’s kitchen or a small kitchen in a studio apartment, here are our top kitchen redesign tips for a happier lifestyle.
Clear Your Counters
Clutter is the enemy, and cluttered countertops can make your kitchen look and function like a disorganized mess.
Declutter your kitchen and remove everything that you possibly can from your countertops. The only things that should have prime real estate on your counter are the items you use daily.
Small appliances, such as blenders, mixers, and choppers, should stay inside a cabinet when not in use. The only things that belong on your countertop are appliances and items like your coffee pot, toaster, and knife block.
Free up countertop space, and it will be much easier to prep, cook, and plate meals!
Add An Island Or A Kitchen Cart
It’s hard to feel happy in a kitchen that’s an organizational headache. So if you’ve run out of room to store your plates, bowls, pots, pans, and pantry items, it’s time to invest in a kitchen cart or an island that offers extra storage.
Kitchen islands are great, but they only work if you have the space to move around them freely. If your kitchen is small and you don’t have a lot of extra space, buy a small kitchen cart instead.
You can push it up against the wall or opt for a corner cart that you tuck into a corner of the room. If you have a dining room table where you eat most of your meals, consider using a kitchen cart to replace a kitchen table.
If your kitchen is teeny tiny, floating wall shelves are a great alternative to an island or cart. Shelves are perfect for holding small appliances, stacks of plates or bowls, and all sorts of miscellaneous items.
Organize Like Items Together
The best way to organize a kitchen is to group similar items.
Store all your pots and pans in the same cabinet, and stash every coffee mug and teacup on the same shelf. Keep all your utensils and spatulas in the same drawer and all your plates and glassware together.
Group like items together in your pantry and fridge as well.
Store all cereals together, all beverages together, and all of your rice and pasta together. This type of thoughtful organization makes it easier to find things and put things back where they belong.
Update Your Small Appliances
There’s nothing like a kitchen full of fresh, shiny new appliances. But you don’t have to invest in a new dishwasher or an expensive new range to give your kitchen a fresh, contemporary feel.
Instead of redesigning with major appliances, upgrade your small appliances. Buy new versions of items you frequently use, such as your toaster, coffee maker, and hand mixer. It can make your kitchen work and look better in an instant.
With a few new small appliances, you can also give your kitchen a much-needed pop of color. Brands like Kitchenaid and SMEG make small countertop appliances in cool colors, like blues, reds, and sunny shades of yellow.
Keep The Essentials On Hand
When you’re in the mood to cook and eat a particular meal, but you don’t have the ingredients on hand to make it, it’s not fun.
If you want to be truly happy in your kitchen, keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with the essentials at all times.
The essentials are different for everyone.
For savory cooks, essentials may include:
- Chicken stock
- Dried pasta
- Fresh proteins
For bakers, the essentials might be:
- Baking powder
For junk food lovers, the essentials are often snacks like:
Whether you eat super healthy or prefer to indulge your sweet tooth, a happy kitchen is the one that has exactly what you’re craving when you’re craving it.
Add Some Plants Or Herbs
Houseplants always look pretty on a kitchen shelf or windowsill. And, they have lots of hidden health benefits that you may not even be aware of.
Plants improve air quality, they help to improve your mood, and they help to lower anxiety and stress. An easy and thrifty way to improve your mood in your kitchen is to add a few houseplants.
Potted herbs are also a great addition to a kitchen that needs some pep and cheer. You can add them to your meals, and they’ll make your kitchen smell better even when there’s nothing on the stove.
Add Some Wall Art
Something as simple as a piece of wall art can give your kitchen a brand new look and feel instantly.
Find a space on your wall and hang a piece of wall art for a pop of color and a touch of personal style to your kitchen décor.
If you have ample space, hang a large framed print. If you have a small space, hang a few small frames together in a cluster.
If you’re super limited on wall space, you can also mount prints or artwork in the area above your kitchen doorway or above a kitchen window. Even a small piece of art can make a significant impact and a big difference!
We all want to live in a happy home. And there’s no such thing as a happy home without a happy kitchen.
With a few redesign tricks, you can turn your kitchen into a gorgeous space that looks great and functions as it should!
So, be sure to:
- Clear and declutter those counters
- Invest in some new storage solutions
- Organize items in a neat manner
- Stock your fridge and pantry with your essential foods
- Add some plants or herbs that smell good, hang some artwork
- And add pops of color with new countertop appliances
Even making two or three of these small changes can turn your kitchen into the happiest room of your home.
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Diega with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Diega the place to call home.