DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN

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     The Kitchen is the hub of activity in the home.  Not only does it need to be practical, functional, and efficient, but it is territory for good design in that it takes on a certain mood and style just as do other rooms in your home.  So before you begin your kitchen design, decide your functional needs, but also your preferences.  Consider color, detail  in cabinetry, surfacing materials, flooring, fixtures, appliances, and lighting.  Prepare yourself a portfolio of magazine pictures, brochures, and notes incorporating the style and functional qualities on your wish list, then visit kitchen showrooms to familiarize yourself with what is available. 

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     The kitchen is one room in the house where a variety of natural, hard-wearing materials are mixed to incorporate decisive style.  Wooden cabinetry provides opportunity to go traditional with furniture-like cabinets and decorative mouldings,  go sleek and modern with flush-faced cabinet doors and the absence of detail in trim and mouldings, or somewhere in between with added features such as glass or metals on upper cabinets, and open shelving.  Stainless steel, introduced in sinks, faucets, and appliances, along with solid surface, granite, or stone work surfaces add to the aesthetics of the room. 

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     To assure yourself not only a beautiful and stylish kitchen, but one that works efficiently, analyze your space and consider your functional needs.   Because the basic utilities of a kitchen are a stove, sink, refrigerator, food preparation and cleanup areas, plan how they can effectively be fitted into the space in a way that is unobtrusive to the flow of traffic.  To help you, break your kitchen into work zones.  Use a “work triangle” to incorporate the main work centers of the sink, stove or cooktop, and the refrigerator, then add zones for food prep. Include a stretch of counter top on either side of the cooktop, near a sink for a cutting board for vegetable preparation, and for a drainboard. Add, as well, a section near the refrigerator for unloading groceries.  Other functional considerations are placement of the dishwasher beside the sink for easy access, and the positioning of a  microwave where countertop is available to set down a hot dish.  Further work zones may be arranged outside the work triangle, such as a designated surface for a coffee maker and toaster. 

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     Though every kitchen space is unique with its own possibilities and restraints, a large kitchen provides the most opportunity for creative design, and a most popular element to add when space if optimal, is a free-standing center island.  This element is not only stylish, but its surface space can accommodate many uses. A cooktop or sink can be built into it, it can be used for food preparation, or it can serve as a gathering spot for family and friends to partake of snacks and quick meals.  It is a dynamic addition to any kitchen, and if space warrants, should to be incorporated into the design.

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     So what are your needs and preferences, and what is the best layout for your kitchen space?   Make your decisions, incorporate them into your plan, and implement them in your design to make your wish list a reality!

 

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~ by shirleyliseblogspot on February 21, 2013.

One Response to “DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN”

  1. LOVE my island and would not do without it. We use ours for everything!

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