Kitchen renovation ideas
This interior design project, in general terms, was a 250 square metre flat in which the light did not reach all parts of the house. Therefore, one of our challenges, as in many other kitchen renovation projects, was to bring in natural light.
On the other hand, the involvement of the clients, together with their great passion for the culinary world, turned the kitchen into the star space. It was here where we put a lot of effort and several designs in search of the perfect concept. The one that was aesthetically and functionally perfect.
Although kitchens have always been an independent space with its own presence, in recent years there has been a clear tendency to open them up to the rest of the layout of the home. For this reason, when we explore kitchen renovation ideas or how to design a kitchen, we should never rule out this option.
Certainly in many occasions it is presented as a feasible option, design and with a considerable increase in natural light. Discover in this post the 6 basic elements for a modern and functional kitchen!
Kitchens open to the living room
As we were saying, open-plan kitchens are the order of the day and are a magnificent option for providing more space, light and clarity. Thanks precisely to the gain of metres, we obtain a certain spatial freedom for its design. In this way, we can incorporate more elements or, if we wish, create a space with wide transitions.
This is the case, for example, of kitchens with an island, which are both practical and comfortable. The fact of having a central island and elements on the outside makes tasks easier, clearly differentiating storage and cooking areas. At the same time, the island gives a clear structure to the space, which will always give the sensation of being at the service of the island, and so it is.
When we talk about opening up to the living room, we think directly of a space without doors; of kitchen and dining room together. But, in truth, there are many other options that will allow us not to close off a space and, at the same time, provide it with independence.
One alternative is to use glass room dividers. These have the advantage of not limiting the light and at the same time provide a minimal set of reflections that texturise the space. Glass, although it requires good maintenance, brings an undeniable elegance and modernity to our spaces. However, we also want to go into detail with another option for dividing, screening and not completely separating. This would be, in this case, thanks to the use of gradulux blinds.
Kitchen lighting solutions
If we have well defined the zones and functions of each area of the kitchen, lighting a kitchen correctly is not as complicated a task as it could be. So, once that hurdle has been overcome, we can focus on finding ideas for decorating. We are going to give you some of them:
Firstly, and as we always advise, we will try, as far as the project allows, to bring as much natural light into the kitchen as possible. Likewise, we will avoid having to be always cooking under artificial lights.
A solution that we apply a lot in our decoration and interior design projects is to create different lighting zones. For example, under the bottom of a wall unit we can place a LED bar in a certain area, leaving another one free for another use.
In practice, this division into the same area can be used to differentiate between the storage area and the work area, which will obviously be the one to be illuminated. And of course, at Molins Design we are big fans of lighting inside wardrobes.
Especially when these are equipped with home automation or sensor systems, which light up only when they are needed. We firmly believe that these small details are what bring functionality as well as sophistication.
Nobody said they were at odds with each other! All lighting should be soft, filtered and as natural as possible, because after a few hours in it we will be grateful for it.
How to decorate a kitchen
Kitchen decoration is the last key aspect, which we will review to give the final touch to our space. Although it is a space that does not usually bring together many decorative objects, it is all about the choice of colours, textures and materials.
Taking into account these elements and some kitchen renovation ideas, we can find the kitchen that suits us perfectly. Above all, kitchens must be practical and comfortable. Once this phase is over, we can talk about decoration.
That is why, when we consider how to design a kitchen and soak up ideas for decorating it, these two concepts must go hand in hand.
At this point, the script of the general intervention will surely mark the style or the atmosphere that it should emanate. At Molins Design, due to our type of projects and the way we approach them, we usually opt for elegant kitchens.
For this, we often use the lacobel, neutral colours and a sought-after absence of handles to create a clean and diaphanous space.
In this video we highlight all the anecdotes and learnings about the Vivienda Galo project, a complete renovation of a 250m2 house located in the upper area of Barcelona.