Are you the new owner of a large kitchen? Are you thinking about expanding your existing one to make more room? Large kitchens offer more storage, cooking, and entertaining space, but decorating them can be challenging and overwhelming. Here are seven things to keep in mind:
1. Make sure it’s well lit
Since there’s more space to light, there’s more potential for dark nooks and crannies that can make it hard to see when working in the kitchen. That’s why it’s important to choose lighting that’s attractive and functional when decorating. A good lighting plan includes a combination of ambient, task, and (most of the time) accent lighting. For more information on these three types of lighting check out our article on creating a lighting plan that works.
2. Don’t disrupt the work triangle
Decorating is a lot of fun, but be sure not to block the important work triangle (the space between the refrigerator, sink and stove). It helps create functionality and efficiency in any kitchen, big or small!
3. Add warmth
Large kitchens can feel cold and drafty, so be sure to bring in warmth when decorating the space. Natural materials like wood do a lot to make a big room feel cozier. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, try wooden countertops, a wood floor, or wooden cabinets. Color is another great way to add warmth. Incorporate colors like a preppy navy, a cheery yellow, or a neutral brown to make the kitchen feel more inviting. A backsplash is also a great place to incorporate color and TheRTAstore has 100 different backsplashes to choose from!
4. When in doubt, go neutral
While color is a great way to warm up a large kitchen, it’s best to use it as an accent so it doesn’t overwhelm a large space. Go for more neutral colors on the walls, cabinets, and other large kitchen fixtures unless you’re set on a specific color. Save bold colors for smaller accents like chairs, the base of the island, or a backsplash.
5. Scale matters
When decorating a large kitchen, it’s important to keep scale in mind. Larger spaces can handle bigger fixtures like oversized pendant lights, a long island, or floor to ceiling cabinets, whereas those things would make a smaller kitchen look cramped.
6. Keep it organized
More cabinets and drawers mean more storage, but it also means more room for messes. Keep your kitchen in line with built-in organizers for pots, pans, spices, and baking sheets. TheRTAstore has you covered on all kind of organizational tools to keep your kitchen looking its best. Plus, everything will have a place, so nothing gets lost in all that space!
7. Create a focal point
A focal point draws the eye into a room and also helps make a larger room feel more cohesive. If you’re trying to create a focal point, pick the area of the kitchen to which your attention is most naturally drawn. It could be the stove, a window, or the island. Once you’ve established that, work on emphasizing the area. For example, if the focal point is the stove, an eye-catching copper range hood or a colorful backsplash would really make it pop!