When you live in Tampa, your kitchen is often a functional eating area by day and a combined serving and socializing area by night. There’s no question that it is a major focal point of daily life. Therefore remodeling your kitchen should give it the chance to perform all those functions yet still have that unique touch of ‘you’.
A Kitchen Centerpiece
A kitchen island with sink is an all-time favorite. It’s functional and it’s a centerpiece that people will gather around and talk about. It’s a place where people eat breakfast, enjoy coffee, make sandwiches, prepare snacks during the big game, set out drinks for parties, and so on. Either have one installed or remodel your existing one.
A curved or crescent-shaped island makes an incredible talking point. That goes double when you work with the experts to design your own concrete countertop in your choice of color, design, pattern and texture. You can even have the sink and draining board included with the countertop all in one piece for that truly unique look.
Move next to the cabinets and give them a facelift. New doors or facing will give the room a lift without replacing the cabinets entirely.
Choose the cabinet facing to not only blend in with your home’s internal design, but also to reflect the lifestyle you lead outside. After all, most kitchens have windows to let in light and show off the yard, and many lead directly outside through sliding doors. So consider what kind of cabinetry will complement your beautiful garden, your party patio or your pool.
When in doubt, glass cabinets can make the room seem bigger while showing off your special dishes.
Don’t Forget the Wood Finish
Stainless steel and glass are a big part of the modern kitchen look, but wood has never gone away as a key element. Wood cabinets are the most common you’ll see, either painted with great colors or else in a natural grain finish. Wood in all its forms, even just as accents or framing glass cabinets, always provides a homey and softer appeal to a kitchen.
Flooring and Floor Space
Tile is always popular for a kitchen floor. It’s hard wearing and easy to clean. But if you find it a little too hard under foot, hardwood or even cork could soften things and also bring some glowing warmth into the kitchen. It’s amazing what a difference a floor surface can make to a room. It can add light, make the room grander, or just provide a reminder of the soft sand and turquoise waters of the Tampa Bay area.
Meanwhile, you need to be sure there is plenty of flowing floor space in your kitchen to allow you and others to move around freely and fluidly.
Accents Using Faucets and Backsplash
Stainless steel or chrome faucets with high curves are always striking. So too are waterfall faucets, which go great with concrete countertops. Whatever you choose for your faucets, let them contrast with the kitchen to stand out as an accent. By the way, it’s always better to have at least two.
As for your backsplash, this is the perfect area for you to show off your personality and style. From tile to stonework, stainless steel to concrete, the ideas are pretty much limitless. Dark tile or stonework offsets a white themed kitchen really well. Or you can create that colonial feel with red brickwork. Glass tiles are also incredibly striking and a magnet for the eyes. Otherwise, consider square tiles but turned so they are diamond shapes on the wall. Your backsplash can even continue on from your concrete countertop, sometimes all in one piece.
Living in Tampa is warm and comfortable. Life is what you make it. The same should go for your kitchen. So contact the experts who understand the lifestyle and will remodel your kitchen to be the best room in your home.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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