If you want to change the look of your kitchen with a remodeling project, it's useful to stand at the entrance to this area of your home to assess how it looks. For many people, this is a space that is full of straight lines. For example, your countertop is likely straight and squared off, as are your appliances, cabinets, and other features. If you want to give the kitchen a softer appearance, you might wish to add some curves to the space. Consult with a kitchen remodeling contractor to discuss the various ways that you can add curves to your kitchen. Here are three popular options.
Curved Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands are conventionally rectangular or square, but you can easily change the look of your kitchen by adding an island that has curved elements. There are all sorts of shapes that you can consider. One idea is to choose an island that has straight sides but a rounded end. An island in the gentle shape of a "C" or "U" can also be a good way to add a curved look to this part of your home. Your remodeling contractor can build a new island with one or more curved sections that will suit the available space in your kitchen.
It's common for kitchens to have bulkheads built into the ceiling. If you have an existing bulkhead in this part of your home, it may have recessed lights in it. While bulkheads are commonly rectangular, you may favor changing this fixture for a curved bulkhead. A new bulkhead that has a gentle, sweeping curve to it can add visual interest and break up the multitude of straight lines in the kitchen. If you also favor a curved island, you might like the idea of a curved bulkhead overhead that follows the curves of the island.
Curved Cabinet Doors
Another option that you can discuss with your remodeling contractor is to have one or more curved cabinet doors in your new kitchen. Your contractor should be able to install curved cabinet doors in a few areas. For example, at the end of a row of cabinets, a pair of curved doors can work well instead of a pair of straight doors. You might also favor a pair of curved doors where two rows of cabinets meet at a perpendicular angle. You don't have to necessarily proceed with each of these ideas. Even adding one or two can create some curves in the kitchen that transform its appearance.