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By Janine Hughes
They say that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s no wonder then that it is often the room that people look at remodeling first. For someone who wants to bring a relaxed and cottage-like feel to your home, adding a Muskoka kitchen may be just what you need to do so. Here are a few tips that will help you achieve the kind of look you are looking for.

The best place to start is to learn more about what makes up this particular design style. Once you know the elements that go into a room that is decorated in this way, you can choose the elements that suit your lifestyle the best.

You should work to determine a budget for any renovations that you do. If you know how much you want to spend, you can look for elements that fit within that cost scheme. The good news is that it can be possible to achieve a rustic, cottage look without totally breaking the bank. If you only have a small budget to work with it may mean that you need to be more creative and spend money in areas that will have the biggest impact.

Remember when choosing items for any room that this particular style is relaxed and informal. It is a warm, welcoming style. If you look at many Muskoka cottages, they use a lot of wood both for cabinetry and for flooring. Often, the ceilings are quite high and the interiors can be quite open concept. Natural materials such as stone are also brought into rooms that are decorated in this style. It can result in a feeling that is very calm and relaxed.

You may find that elements you add to a new build will be different than elements that you add to an existing room. For example, this style often involves beams that are open to the air and exposed to view. If you have a different style of home, you may need to do quite a bit of renovation to open up interior walls and the inside of ceilings. You may find that you need to limit changes to switching out cabinetry and flooring and adding colors that evoke that relaxed, cottage feeling.

Once you know what elements you want to bring into your home, it can be a good idea to call in a professional. This is especially important if you are adding large elements or doing a lot of structural change in your home. Even if you do the work yourself, speaking with an expert and getting a professional design to work with can help you save time and money in the long run.

Of course, part of designing a dream home includes looking at pictures, and lots of them. You may find that a designer will ask you to look at complete rooms, individual items and even items that seem totally unrelated to the room you are creating. This is likely so that they can find out what your overall likes and dislikes are. A good designer knows that adding in unexpected items can really help create an atmosphere that you love.

Part of this style also focuses on durability as well as beauty. It’s important to look for products that are durable and well made as well. Before choosing anything it can be a good idea to research manufacturers. That way you know you are getting a quality product that will stand up to daily use both now and in the future.

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