The bedroom is most likely the room use you most in a house; after that is probably the kitchen. As this is more than often the case, it is important that your kitchen not only functional, but a habitable environment to use too. Even if you have a sizeable budget, it is feasible to decorate your kitchen in a modern fashion without costing you the earth to do it. Before choosing your color scheme or deciding on your accessories, it is important to work out what to do with space and cabinets.
Minimalism is very much a fashionable approach at the moment, this means less is around the kitchen adds more to the overall look. Obviously, this isn't a case of throwing away your essentials you genuinely need though, it just means being inventive with you put them out on show. This will contribute to a safer and cleaner environment for cooking food and preparation of food, because you will have a lot more space, making it easier.
If you plan to buy new work surfaces as well as cupboards, try to ensure you cater for storage for all your kitchen items, food and any other essentials. You need to have sufficient space for a sink, draining board and plenty for food preparation too. Stainless steel is a great modern touch; it's easy to clean and is long lasting compared to most alternatives too. Pine cupboards and drawers, with work surfaces to match, will add towards a fantastic kitchen you can actually enjoy spending time in. If your budget can't stretch to new cupboards, improving your current ones with a lick of paint and adding new handles can make a big difference. If you are feeling particularly creative, you could cut holes in the cupboard doors to place in plastic or glass. However nice it is, wallpaper unfortunately is not good for grease and dirt which you are inevitably going to come across in any kitchen; that's why I recommend using plenty of coats of good quality paint to decorate the walls. High-gloss paint is great for these high traffic areas, which the kitchen is a lot of the time. It will give your old walls and even cupboards a fresh new look, and because it is durable it will last for a lot longer than standard paint too. Use a color of paint that coordinates well with the counters and cupboards, for example, if you go for pine in a stylish steel kitchen, a light yellow or off white will create that archetypal clean and modern aesthetic.
Once the hard work is finished, you can then focus on accessorizing your kitchen, making sure you keep to the modern look you're after. Rather than the standard net or curtains, roman blinds for the kitchen window will add a great change and still be in keeping with your new modern feel. You can purchase Roman blinds ready or even custom made, depending on the style and size you are after. If you are aiming to achieve a simple but modern look, a block white blind can help towards a stylish alternative to the common, often boring window treatments. You should try not to be over the top with the accessories you decide on though. A couple of paintings or printed photographs, alongside the all-important wall clock, are all the elements you need to create a minimalist modern kitchen.
This is a guest post by Michael Turner, interior design enthusiast and UK blogger who is currently doing research on behalf of a roman blinds supplier.
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