One of the main areas in the home that my clients reach out to me about is the kitchen. The kitchen has become the center of the home in recent years. As older homes are being updated, many people are looking to make changes in their kitchen to make it function better for their families. When you begin your kitchen remodel, consider these storage tips to add function without compromising the overall look. 

First, add an island or peninsula to maximize storage and seating options without taking away from the overall aesthetic of a kitchen. An island is a great option for a home with an open floor plan. Islands provide the opportunity and space for a child, spouse or friend to sit and chat while you cook. An island also has the added bonus of allowing guests to easily move around it, making this a great option for a family that enjoys to host. Don't have the kitchen space? A peninsula has many of the same features without the need for the extra square footage in your kitchen. 

Next, turn your attention to the upper cabinets. Floating shelves or cabinets with glass doors are other visually pleasing options that do not take away much-needed storage. You will have the perfect location to display your dishes and cookbooks, instead of tucking them away behind closed doors of traditional upper cabinets. Both floating shelves and cabinets with glass doors provide an effortless decorative element to your kitchen. 

 Finally, consider adding deep drawers to your cabinets for additional storage. While having open or glass door upper cabinets may be aesthetically pleasing, sometimes there are items you may not want on display. Adding drawers instead of lower cabinets provides more useable space for the everyday items, such as pots and pans or Tupperware. Drawers allow for an organized approach to storage, and you can see everything without having to blindly reach into the back of a cabinet. 

If you follow my three renovation tips, you can maximize the function of your kitchen for your family.

As an Interior Designer and Owner of Peachtree Studios, Interior Design, Carolyn Kimbro creates spaces that are comfortable, personal, and interesting. Through a mix of old and new, a variation of textures, and small details, each space comes to life. Connect with her at

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