The kitchen. To some, it's a place of neglect and necessity. Outdated cabinets, yellowing floors, and bulbous lighting--yes, we're cringing too. But to you, the kitchen is a sanctuary. It's a place where you do your best work, where you drink the best wine, where your family makes the best memories. It is the heart of your home.

To enhance the soulful appeal of your space, consider these ideas:

The farm sink

I love, love, love a quality farm sink, and so do many of you. We've installed more than we can count. The deeper, wider basin makes washing dishes less of a hassle. It transforms your basic utility into functional art.

 Image courtesy of Home Bunch.

Image courtesy of Home Bunch.

Reclaimed wood as accent walls

I don't like seeing beautiful materials go to waste. Instead of paint or tile, opt for reclaimed wood accent walls in your kitchen remodel. Have it stained a particular shade, or mix several shades for your own, unique design piece.

 Image courtesy of 235Designs.

Image courtesy of 235Designs.

Open Shelving

Open shelving is for those who dare. And for those who pride themselves on organization and tidiness. If this is you, you may want to consider adding open shelving to your remodeling plans. 

If you love the look but don't want the pressure of exposing your dishware, opt for a combination of enclosed open cabinetry.

 Image courtesy of This Old House.

Image courtesy of This Old House.

Unique hardware

Why be boring? If your home lends itself to an overall theme, your kitchen shouldn't be left out, not even in the smallest of details. Try hardware with tiny designs for sweetly remembered nuisances or opt for bold lines with a big impact.

 Image courtesy of Build.com

Image courtesy of Build.com

Lighting and accents

Lighting is everything. Truly. It's the difference between a romantic dinner date and a high school cafeteria. (Ugh!)

From pendant lights above your island or peninsula to accent lighting under the cabinets, you are one bulb away from amazing.

  Image courtesy of Liz Marie

Image courtesy of Liz Marie

Two-toned cabinetry

While dressing your upper and lower cabinets in the same color creates elegant, seamless design, playing with two shades of the same palette can bring a demure rebellion to your space. Do it right, and you'll never have to worry that it will "trend" itself straight out the backdoor.

 Image courtesy of TheDecorologist.com

Image courtesy of TheDecorologist.com

Maria Kovach is an interior designer, Air Force & Air National Guard veteran, and mom living in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

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