5 Kitchen Essentials You'll Want Right This Second

Your kitchen is more than your most valuable room in the house—it’s also the heart of your home. It’s where family gathers (whether you cook or not) and where more time is typically spent than anywhere else.

So it’s probably no surprise that there are a few things every good kitchen needs. Whether you’re considering some quick updates or renovating your forever-kitchen, here are 5 essentials we highly suggest…

1. Creative Storage Solutions

There’s no getting around it—no matter how large or small your family is, every kitchen needs storage. Of course, you have the obvious storage solutions like cabinets, drawers and pantries. But these days, we also have the less obvious ones… like this fabulous corner drawer setup.

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Or this nifty spatula and spice drawer that I bet you wouldn’t have guessed was there…

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2. Task Lighting

Many different kinds of lighting are used in a home, but the one that’s undoubtedly essential in a kitchen is task lighting. These often appear in the form of “recessed” or “canned” lights, which make the entire space feel brighter—be it from the ceiling, under cabinets, etc.

Functional lighting is even one of this year’s trends. (See #3 here.)

Recessed lighting brightens countertops and the whole space. Dimmers are a great option for controlling the light’s intensity.

Recessed lighting brightens countertops and the whole space. Dimmers are a great option for controlling the light’s intensity.

3. Statement Lighting

Statement lighting, while slightly less functional, makes a huge impact on the kitchen’s character. Lighting has been called the jewelry of the home, and I couldn’t agree more—the right fixtures can take the whole room from nice to fabulous.

In fact, home stagers say that updating light fixtures is one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value on the market. I can definitely see why.

Recessed lighting + industrial-style statement pendants = a kitchen that’s bright and full of character!

Recessed lighting + industrial-style statement pendants = a kitchen that’s bright and full of character!

Traditional, low-hanging pendants and recessed lighting let you control the space depending on the time of day. Bright and open? Or sultry and moody? You decide. ;)

Traditional, low-hanging pendants and recessed lighting let you control the space depending on the time of day. Bright and open? Or sultry and moody? You decide. ;)

4. Island or Bar Top Seating

One of the big trends swinging onto the design scene these days is the concept of community. Yes, we want a home that’s personalized to us and to our families, but we also want our home to welcome our special people and encourage them to stay awhile.

So it’s no secret that having seating at your island or bar top is essential! Besides, gone are the days when the cook was isolated to the kitchen. These days, family (and friends) are everything.

Enough seating for the kids in this family of four to hang out with the chef!

Enough seating for the kids in this family of four to hang out with the chef!

Bring your close ones closer with island seating.

Bring your close ones closer with island seating.

5. Touch Faucet

Okay, maybe this one is slightly less essential, but if you want to avoid spreading raw meat when cooking or muddy handprints from those darn kids, essential it is. ;) if you’ve never tried a touch faucet before, I’m also willing to bet you’ll be a quick convert. They’re just… fun.

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And there it is… 5 essentials, from functional to fabulous and everywhere in between.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel in the near future, I also suggest downloading our Design Guide below. It will help you plan your project, avoid costly mistakes, and give you a clear map for moving forward.

As always, let me know if you have any questions along the way! Otherwise, thanks for dropping by and I will see you back here in two weeks with more advice and inspiration.

Until then,
Maria