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The kitchen is the heart of any house. Although this is a cliche that’s as old as the hills, its age doesn’t make it any less true – whether you’re living by yourself or as part of a family with lots of mouths to feed, the kitchen is where the magic happens.

Everyone wants that part of their house to look like a lot of heart (and money) has been put into designing and making it look like a true temple of flavor. Furthermore, a well-designed kitchen can speak volumes of your family’s affluence. Even if it doesn’t necessarily reflect your actual financial status.

You might call it vain or superficial, but that just means you’re taking it the wrong way. An expensive-looking kitchen gives off the vibe of a place that is well taken care of, one attended to by a professional cook.

Thankfully, it’s 2020, and you don’t need to take out a mortgage to remodel the kitchen in a way that makes it seem lavish and fancy. Check out these five kitchen themes that will bring your cooking space to the next level!

Modern farmhouse

A proper modern farmhouse kitchen is spacious, yet cozy. Traditional, yet very modern and up to date with the newest trends. Fancy, yet with a homey feel to it.

Its central piece and a true focal point is the kitchen island – if you grew up in a home with a farmhouse kitchen, you know exactly how crucial the island was in day to day activities. Rounding up around it for a quick bowl of cereal before school, unloading endless bags of groceries onto it or simply using the island as a neat prep area — there’s enough space on it for all the vegetable chopping and dough kneading you can imagine!

The key to creating an authentic farmhouse feel is mixing up the old and new. This can be achieved by incorporating barn doors into cupboards or getting a farmhouse sink – you can find some really neat ones at annieandoak.com.

Minimalist

Minimalism is the trend that has been on everyone’s mouths recently. The minimalist lifestyle has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of people. It certainly has its advantages – getting rid of unnecessary material property can have a positive impact on your life.

In terms of kitchen design, minimalism means less clutter and creative use of space. When revamping your kitchen in the minimalist spirit, keep in mind that cabinets are your best friends. Use them to store everything that can be stored and more – you can easily incorporate your fridge and dishwasher into them, making for a nice, clean look without lifeless appliances breaking up the style.

An important factor to consider when planning out your minimalist kitchen is the color scheme. Aim for a single color throughout the entire space with the exception of the countertops. You can’t go wrong with black or white, but light blue or a non-invasive shade of yellow are also valid options.

Tuscan

If you really want to remodel your kitchen into a fancy work of art, sweeping guests off their feet as they walk into it, try the Tuscan theme. Inspired by some of the most breathtaking interiors of Italy, the key to understanding this theme is decor.

Dark-brown, chocolatey wood is the most common material used for cabinets, adding an old-timey touch to your cooking space. Consider polished stone countertops with added touches of shades of red and purple for a unique, Tuscan feel.

With proper planning and an adept renovation crew, you can get your kitchen to look royal at a relatively low cost!

Cottage

A British spin on the modern farmhouse look, the cottage kitchen theme is definitely not for everyone. It focuses around the idea of creating a homey feel by adding lots of clutter to your kitchen landscape. Stack up retro-looking appliances, such as clay pots, on open shelves and store your spices in unnecessarily large jars for everyone to see.

The cottage theme makes your kitchen look expensive by creating an illusion of abundance and shelves overflowing with foodstuffs, pots and pans. As for the visual aspect, go with old school, wooden cabinets, topped off with heavy, marble countertops.

Dark brown is a great color for quick implementation of the cottage look, as is dirty white. If you want your kitchen to scream: “I make great pastries!”, try out a combination of white and aquamarine, to make it look like a French bakery.

Traditional

If you feel like the aforementioned kitchen themes are either too complicated or too quirky, and just want a simple, but pretty cooking space, you are probably in the majority. Bright, but toned down colors, such as white or (very) light yellow for both cabinets and countertops will fill the kitchen with an aura of tranquility.

The traditional kitchen theme is just as good as any other one, with one major advantage – it’s easy to modify and does not depend on a sense of style or a particular taste to be deemed as stylish. With the right cabinets and color palette, your kitchen will look clean and welcoming, without unnecessary complications.