“When we bought our house, I knew the kitchen was going to need to be renovated,” Marti said. “It was just too small, dark, and depressing to be happy there. But what are the essential design elements of a cheerful kitchen? What do I need to have in my new kitchen in order to be happy?”
Cheerful Kitchens Are Spacious
As a rule of thumb, kitchens average between 10-15% of the home’s total size. That means for the larger family home, an average size kitchen will be between 200-300 square feet. Many families prefer a kitchen that’s even larger, incorporating a dining area, multiple food prep and clean up areas, and storage.
Human beings are happier when they operate in bright environments. Natural light is very important to both physical and emotional well being. That’s why the selection and placement of windows is such an important part of any kitchen renovation. When you work with a designer who has a whole-home approach – vital if you want your home to be attractive from every angle – these window placements can be in the new kitchen as well as in adjacent rooms that impact the kitchen. Skylights and specialty windows also have a unique role to play in creating a cheerful kitchen.
Cheerful Kitchens Embrace Outdoor Living
2020 led to a surge in the interest local homeowners have in outdoor living. That’s why kitchen design concepts have expanded to include adjacent outdoor living spaces, like decks. Whether it’s a small sunny nook to enjoy coffee in the morning or a larger space designed for entertaining, the deck is the ultimate add-on for the homeowner who wants a cheerful kitchen.
Color and the Cheerful Kitchen
Color has a huge impact on mood. When you’re creating a space to evoke a particular feeling, it’s helpful to know what shades you personally associate with positive, upbeat moods as well as those colors that are traditionally used to achieve that end.