Expert advice: Kitchen ideas from a professional

Minor enhancements and upgrades that make a major difference.

The kitchen is the sacred hub of the home, where friends and family gather and make memories. Arlene Williams of Arlene Williams Kitchen Design shares her tips and ideas on how to make your kitchen stand out and become even more enticing.

1. Layers of light 

Every space benefits from layers of light. Combine ambient lighting in upper cabinets with undercabinet task lighting, overhead recessed lights for function and beautiful pendants for decorative lighting.

2. Work with natural textures 

Texture is a key design element in any space, providing visual depth and movement. Incorporate textures by adding natural elements such as brick, wood, shells and stone. Mixing natural elements with more contemporary details keeps the look fresh.

3. Thoughtful appliance placement 

Appliances should be placed so efficient work zones are created. It is also important to consider how many people will be working in the kitchen at one time. Do you live with someone who loves to bake? Then a baking center is a great addition. The correct appliance placement changes a kitchen from unworkable to efficient and fun.

4. Create a second workspace

If space permits, create a secondary kitchen or “butlers pantry. ” This room can become the workhorse of your home with the addition of a second sink, a dishwasher and even a baking center.

5. Create a focal point

Choose one or two elements to use as a focal point. It can be a statement hood or a stunning backsplash. This will give you the “wow” factor you are looking for.

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