Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kitchen & Dining Room Remodeling Ideas

Make your kitchen and dining room welcoming.

The kitchen and dining room are areas where friends and family congregate to enjoy meals together on a daily basis or for special occasions. If you are thinking about remodeling, use touches that reflect your personal style and give a warm and welcoming feeling--making them places where your loved ones will enjoy spending time. Does this Spark an idea?


The colors you choose for both rooms sets the tone for the space. Dark colors can be attractive, but done in excess, they can make the space seem cold and uninviting. If you tend to gravitate toward colors like maroon or navy, use them sparingly; paint only one or two walls in your color of choice and paint the remaining walls a complementary neutral tone. If your kitchen and dining room are small, choose lighter, warmer colors--such as eggshell or sunny yellow--to make them appear larger.


Furnish your kitchen and dining room with pieces that reflect your taste and add function to the space. Accommodate diners with tables and chairs that are comfortable and fit in the room. For instance, if you have a small room, a circular table surrounded by cushioned chairs will provide a space to eat and is easy to get around.

If you like rustic design, a reclaimed wood table and mismatched wood chairs topped with decorative cushions will showcase your taste. For a more modern look, choose a glass topped table flanked by upholstered straight-backed chairs with straight legs. In either space, a sideboard or a hutch is an ideal space to store glasses and dishes. Add an additional workspace and extra storage to your kitchen by bringing in a modular island.


Lighting is functional and it also warms the room. In a kitchen, install recessed lighting over the sink, the countertops and the stove. Place a ceiling fixture in the center of the room to illuminate the entire area. If you have an eat-in kitchen, place a simple, yet attractive light above the table.

Chandeliers are commonly hung over dining room tables. If you want to create a formal dining room, opt for a traditional crystal chandelier. For a modern dining room, a metal fixture with curved arms that are topped with lampshades is attractive.


Accessories complete the look of these rooms. Wrought iron wall hangings, paper towel and napkin holders work well with rustic design. Stainless steel canisters placed on a countertop are not only ideal for holding condiments; they also add a decorative touch to a modern kitchen. Large potted plants placed in a corner bring nature into a dining room. Fill glass vases or recycled bottles with your favorite flowers and place them in the center of the table.

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