Countertops May 02, 2017. Wood. The manufacturing of wood countertops has relatively little environmental impact, because wood doesn't need to be processed, only sawn, which uses a small amount of energy. Choosing wood countertops that are certified as "sustainably harvested" by the Forest Stewardship Council also helps protect wood as a natural resource. Wood countertops are easily cleaned with soap and water and have inherent properties that protect them from bacteria buildup. Wood also can serve as a built-in cutting surface. Maintenance includes oiling regularly and sanding and resealing scratches as needed.
Kitchen Style May 05, 2017. The bottom line is that no cook wants to beat an inconvenient (and potentially disastrous or even dangerous during meal preparation) path from stove to sink to refrigerator. So even if you're considering a unique layout for your U-shaped kitchen design, you should definitely make every effort to maintain the work triangle.
Sinks May 11, 2017. Linda Applewhite, an interior designer in Sausalito, Calif., favors a single sink to provide both the pro look and practicality for the serious chef. "The trend on the West Coast is towards the big, big, sink — 30 inches by 20 inches and eight inches deep," she says. "If you really cook a lot, one big sink is much more flexible than the traditional double sink with a disposal on one side. You can use the single sink to wash a turkey roaster or just the 10-inch skillet you use every day."
Cabinets & Drawer October 07, 2017. Another fun and functional way to customize your kitchen cabinet doors is by adding a memo board or chalkboard to one. These creative additions to your cabinets can help you organize your busy life or allow your kids to explore their artistic sides in your kitchen. These inexpensive cabinet components can keep your kitchen looking fresh, fun and welcoming.
Kitchen Style May 03, 2017. The disadvantage of galley or L-shaped kitchens in comparison to U-shaped kitchens, of course, comes down to space. U-shaped kitchens by their nature generally are larger and provide more space for cooking, cleaning, food preparation and storage. In most U-shaped kitchens, these elements are separated into distinct zones.
Kitchen Style May 13, 2017. Mixers, blenders, coffee makers and other accessories are available in bold colors and unique designs that seem positively science fictional. Cookware, utensils and flatware are all available with a modern twist, both in terms of design aesthetic and bold, up-to-date colors. Flooring and tile work in modern kitchens tend to follow the overall aesthetic, adhering to the clean lines and relative simplicity recognizable in the broader design.
Kitchen Style April 26, 2017. Many of today's homes feature large kitchens that serve as spaces for cooking, cleaning and gathering. If your home is a cozier affair with a more efficient kitchen, you may want to consider options for small galley kitchen design. By following a few simple guidelines, you should be able to make a smaller galley kitchen space seem larger and function more efficiently.
Kitchen Island May 08, 2017. To make the island look different than the cabinetry and add color and interest, try using a different wood or the same wood with a different finish or color. Also use a different material for the island counter top. You might even try using two different materials for the counters, especially if the island has dual-height counters. Adding legs or feet makes the island look more like a piece of furniture, a popular trend for today's kitchens. Stone, wood and steel are ideal choices for island countertops.