Your kitchen is one of the more important rooms in your home. It’s a place for gathering, for entertaining, and for the serious gourmet cook, it’s also a kind of “temple” for relaxing. Indeed, the kitchen has become more than just a place where food is prepared. Also, its overall look and feel will improve the value of your property as many homebuyers pay attention to kitchen design.

So it’s no wonder then that you’ve decided to change a few things — have new appliances installed and maybe enlarge the space. With the wide range of modern kitchen designs today, how do you pick a suitable one to make the most of your investment?

Here are five key factors you should consider when selecting from contemporary kitchen designs.

  1. Decide on the most functional and appealing layout for your kitchen.

An ill-chosen layout could turn your kitchen into a limited and crowded space. In considering the layout, think about how you work while you prepare and cook meals. You should also factor in the foot traffic, which will determine the space you’re going to need.

Do you want to cook dinner while looking over your kids doing their homework? This may mean adding an island or a breakfast bar. Do you need quick access to the refrigerator, pantry, and the sink? This means developing task-specific zones with the layout. Other kitchen layouts to consider are the U-shaped layout and the galley layout.

  1. Consider the architectural style of your home.

Your new kitchen should match your entire home. This will help you choose cabinetry, appliances, backsplash, flooring, and other elements for the kitchen.

  1. Think about the level of comfort and interaction your kitchen could deliver.

Today’s most contemporary kitchen design is an extension of the living room. From banquettes covered in fabric to fireplaces, your kitchen could become another lounge. You can also consider a design that features sliding doors so that the space still feels open and inviting even though it’s closed off for serious cookery.

  1. Don’t forget storage space.

A cluttered kitchen can make cooking a chore. So you want to maximise the space you have by considering kitchen designs that use innovative storage solutions. This not only means using previously unused spaces but also making them accessible while you work.

  1. A well-lit kitchen can become an economical design element.

Finally, all the great elements you’ve considered for your kitchen will fall flat without good lighting. From recessed lighting and chandeliers to task lighting and overhead lights, make sure your lighting options provide functionality as well as style.