Nothing says “summer’s here” like backyard barbecues, pool parties, al fresco dinners, and happy hour on the deck. Why not bring some of that inspiring summer energy inside your home by making your kitchen as fresh and bright as your outdoor areas?
With the kids home from college, neighbors feeling more social, and faraway friends and family hitting the road for the annual visit, turning the heart of your home into a welcoming summer space is a breeze.
Switch up the flooring: Install natural stone tiles to create a harmonious flow between your kitchen and the patio and garden area. Durable, beautiful, and unique thanks to the one-of-a-kind natural imperfections, veining, and variations, stone floor tiles add upscale visual appeal in all seasons. Better Homes & Gardens notes that stone flooring is naturally cool, making it ideal for warm climates. To supplement those cold winters, consider installing a heated floor underlayment.
Add an island: Give yourself additional surface space for food prep and impromptu glasses of wine with a kitchen island. It’s a great way to maximize your floor space while creating an inviting place for guests to gather and chat.
Choose white cabinets: Refresh a dark, dated, or cramped kitchen instantly with white cabinets. If a whole new installation isn’t in the budget, consider a contrasting, lighter-colored cabinet in just a portion of the kitchen, such as the island, make your kitchen bright and modern. White reflects your kitchen’s natural light, making the room feel infinitely more spacious, crisp, and clean.
Complement with white countertops: Elevate your kitchen surfaces with white marble or granite countertops, easy-to-clean laminate and Formica, or engineered quartz surfaces. These attractive and durable surfaces come in a wide variety of white shades that bounce even more light into the room, offering an airy and elegant summer vibe.
Invest in a wine cooler: Not only does a home wine cooler keep your bottles fresh and perfectly chilled for those warm summer evenings, it acts as a centralized storage area that frees up counter and refrigerator space. No more flash chilling when unexpected guests arrive; with a freestanding or built-in wine cooler, your bottles are always at the perfect temperature for serving.
Install a backsplash: Transform the sink or stove area in your summer-inspired kitchen with a tiled backsplash. Bright white subway tiles sparkle and shine, while light-blue, arctic-ice tiles add a subtle pop of cooling color. Opt for a French Country vibe by commissioning a mosaic artist to craft you a personalized pique assiette backsplash using your favorite china and pottery patterns and integrating treasured family heirlooms.
Opt for floral fabrics: Reupholster counter stools and dining chairs in bright and vibrant floral patterns. Whether your personal style leans more toward a tropical island paradise or a romantic English garden, nature-inspired blossoms and bouquets on fabric turn your kitchen into a lush summer retreat.
Grow fresh greenery: Adorn your windowsills and countertops with freshly picked flowers in vintage mason jars. Plant window boxes or space-saving vertical herb gardens brimming with basil, mint, rosemary, and chives. Not only does the kitchen greenery look and smell wonderful, you always have the freshest herbs within arm’s reach when you’re whipping up your favorite warm-weather culinary creations.
If you are ready to breathe summer into your kitchen design, Lifestyle Kitchen & Bath is here to help! Contact us today.