Friday, December 3, 2010

A Well Designed Outdoor kitchen

By David Environ

It's no fun creating meals in an old outdated kitchen. With a little effort you can make your kitchen an extension of yourself and a joy to work in. Outlined below are some quick and easy ideas that will help you make your kitchen the way you want it to be.

Making the kitchen your own space is a top priority. The latest trends aren't always the best things but instead go for what makes you happy. Comfort and function are vital in your kitchen. How else are you going to show off your cooking skills? Make the effort to find the kind of decoration or accent pieces that fit your own individual taste. For a country style go for baskets with dry flowers and potpourri in them. This will also work for the shabby chic look as will fresh cut flowers. A basket full of fruit also adds a nice look and provides a healthy walk by snack. To get the modern look you will need lots of stainless steel, racks and clean lines on all the decor.

Keep your kitchen cabinets fresh and flowing with the decor of your kitchen. Painting is an easy, inexpensive change or strip and varnish to match your kitchen's interior. Simple changes like replacing the cabinet handles or knobs makes a noticeable difference. You could also add some recessed interior lighting to the front of your cabinets for an updated look. You might also think that shiny new appliances will also improve the mood of your kitchen. Cast iron pots and pans hanging from steel racks can accentuate the country look if that's what you're going after. They add lots of interest to the kitchen and free up more cabinet space. Bead board paneling can give your kitchen a nostalgic look and feel. If you feel your kitchen is the way you want it but still not completely satisfied with the overall look, change the flooring! A nicely polished hardwood floor will give your kitchen a warm cozy glow.

Your flooring should always reflect the theme of your kitchen. Do you love cooking outdoors. Maybe you need to install an outdoor kitchen. You'll have lots of fun with family and friends if you install a well-designed outdoor kitchen. It will become the new hub of social activity. It'll also be easier to keep clean. The animals and kids can have a blast being loud! For a few inspirational ideas check out home decorating magazines and home improvement stores. Outdoor kitchen's can come with hefty price tags so be prepared for that. Don't settle for the first installer you see. Shop around and bargain hunt and no-one got hurt by haggling on price. Find out what obstacles you may encounter with the project by asking lots of questions.

Purchase one thing at a time if your budget doesn't allow for a once off installation. Start with something small such as the grill. Over time you can gradually collect all the components that will eventually make up your outdoor kitchen. There are plenty of inexpensive things to do such as adding flowers to your outdoor area, hanging lights to produce the restaurant look or adding outdoor furniture that blends in with the theme of your outdoor kitchen space. Just do as your budget allows, and in the meantime, enjoy nature's beauty and sounds.

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