A healthy diet and lifestyle starts in your very own kitchen! The same way you revamp your closet seasonally is the same way you should re-examine the contents and appearance of your kitchen. Interior Designer Alison Victoria from the DIY Network hunts in stores across America for people who are in need of a kitchen makeover. Continue reading to gain some insight on how to make your kitchen a healthy safe haven.
·You always knew you had a creative instinct as a child, when were certain this was the career path for you?
I feel lucky knowing at such a young age what I wanted to be when I “grew up”. It hit me when I was more excited to see if there was wood flooring under my best friends carpet than I was to play hide and seek with my brothers and sister. I was always rearranging rooms, painting furniture and making my own window treatments out of old sheets (or new). My mom wasn’t too pleased about that little project, but having the support of your family is what helps makes a childhood dream a reality.
·When redesigning a kitchen how much of a role does your clients personality effect the decisions you make?
I design FOR my clients! Not for my own personal accolades, but for them. So when it comes to overall design, space planning or material selections I have their best interests in mind. Personality helps me with color and lifestyle helps me with arrangement. The way clients live in a space helps me lay it out so the new kitchen design is every bit a part of them.
·For someone that may have a kitchenette (New York living) what are some key elements you feel they should incorporate in order to make that kitchenette feel like a million bucks?
A small kitchen is my favorite challenge! Having a kitchenette does not have to mean loosing that million dollar look! Using a galley kitchen design, the cabinets and appliances should line up on either side of a corridor and can work out well for a tight space! Appliance manufacturers have come up with more compact space-saving appliances to make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep. Appliances such as microwaves can be hung underneath cabinets to save counter space. The right lighting can also create the illusion that the space is larger than it is, so I recommend installing under-cabinet lighting. Another great trick is installing floor tiles (slate, travertine, marble, etc.) on a diagonal to allude to a more open space. And last but not least…. Storage, storage, storage! Take advantage of any extra space by installing a pot rack and shelving for display or storage.
·For those that are health conscious, what should be the main focus in redesigning their kitchen?
Being health conscious doesn’t necessarily play into the design of a kitchen as much as it does with the appliances you choose. Juicers are all the rage right now and everyone that owns one knows that counter and prep space is important. You use tons of produce and need TONS of room to prepare for one small, gritty, earthy treat.
· What are your tips for a kitchen makeover on a budget?
Budget tips: countertop overlays, painting or re-staining existing cabinets, adding undercabinet lighting, changing out backsplash.
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