Today, your kitchen is arguably the area around which homes are built. It gets maximum footfall. If a home could be personified, I would not mind calling the kitchen its heart.
Updating your kitchen during a major home renovation is a worthy thought at any time. Let me take you through a few innovative ideas which are befitting of a kitchen in your new dream home.
There was a time lights held strictly utilitarian value. Today, they have a functional as well as aesthetic air around them. I will strongly recommend you to do away with any CFL or incandescent lights.
LED holds the future in its arm and it is likely to be a bright future (literally!). Use recessed lights if you have a ceiling good enough to support the idea. You can choose pendant or track lighting just as well.
Just remember that lights should enhance and not subtract from the warmth of the kitchen. It is important to keep in mind how the lights you intend to use treat shadows of the main kitchen appliances and fixtures.
Hub of interaction
Use your kitchen as a place of social interaction. If it means that you have to do away with a U-shaped kitchen, so be it. Yes, you will sorely miss the work triangle between oven, dishwasher and fridge but by using a peninsula shaped plan or a kitchen island shaped plan, you will make way for intense social interaction between family members.
For good measure, you may be able to use such a kitchen as a study-session holder too.
In sync with technology
Not only should you get energy-rated appliances for your kitchen (they should have become mandatory by now anyway); you should also use technology inasmuch as you can.
Fridges that send you an SMS alert when their content begin to thin away or microwaves which you let you know the calorie goof ups may be among a couple of such rewarding kitchen innovations.
Kitchen of the future
Imagine a kitchen that can change its entire structural arrangement, size and even design settings just by a tap on the Smartphone. Great fortune then that such an imagination is no more a part of wishful thinking; it is possible with the help of companies like Sub-zero and Wolf, to name but a few.
Why not go the whole hog and make your kitchen a true representation of its times?