Countertops September 26, 2017. While aesthetics are certainly important, it's also important to keep in mind the cost, maintenance, and durability of the countertop material, whether you're renovating or starting from scratch. Marble, one of the most luxurious kitchen countertop materials, is the gold standard, but its cost can be prohibitive.
Kitchen Island September 26, 2017. Kitchen island tables are typically placed at the center of the kitchen and beneath a source of light—like a chandelier, pendants or track lighting. Another important consideration is seating—and whether the space allows for chairs on both sides.
Kitchen Style September 27, 2017. Often, the cleaning features of a U-shaped kitchen will be located on the external-facing wall—or the "bottom of the U." One side wall will generally be dedicated to cooking features—the range and any other smaller ovens will generally be located here. This side wall will also usually feature storage elements in the form of cabinets and drawers. The opposite side wall will generally feature more storage, including the refrigerator, freezer and any other food storage elements.
Kitchen Style October 07, 2017. Driftwood and actual seashells can be used for centerpieces or arrayed decoratively on windowsills or storage shelving. Artwork may also reflect a seaside or maritime theme, with sea life, ships and sailing, fishing and other waterborne pursuits often depicted.
Sinks September 27, 2017. If you won't be rinsing produce and filling pots to cook for 120-plus patrons every night — or be cleaning up afterwards — focus on selecting sinks and faucets with quality materials and ergonomic design to enhance your pro-style kitchen, says Adams. She and other top kitchen designers share these tips for picking long-lasting fixtures that won't overwhelm the kitchen design.
Cabinets & Drawer September 27, 2017. If your existing cabinets are of good quality, still function, and their current existing layout works with the blueprint of your new kitchen, try refinishing them for a new look. Re-staining or repainting kitchen cabinets is the most affordable way to achieve a new look in your current kitchen. You can also try applying wood veneer to the existing doors to give them a fresh look as well. Finally, something as simple as replacing the hardware on the doors and drawers of your existing cabinetry can go a long way in changing the look of your kitchen.
Sinks September 27, 2017. According to Jack Healy, of www.StoneSinksOnline.com, the increasing popularity of stone sinks is part of a larger design trend toward Old World style natural materials, such as stone, wood and copper, and away from man-made materials like stainless steel. Jack, who's been selling what he terms "functional art" for more than 10 years, says that people want utilitarian objects to be beautiful, and stone is a good way to have both form and function. And, he notes, your kitchen won't look like your neighbor's, because every piece of stone is intrinsically different.
Kitchen Style September 27, 2017. Whereas traditional kitchen styles often focus more of their design on natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture, modern kitchen designs depart from this aesthetic fairly frequently, often featuring man-made materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics. That's not to say that modern kitchens can't, shouldn't or don't feature man-made materials—they almost always do, and often to great effect.