Kitchen Style October 07, 2017. When you start researching common kitchen layouts, the term "work triangle" is likely to come up again and again. This mantra of kitchen layout design refers to the triangular spacing that creates a convenient relationship between three key elements of any kitchen: the stove, sink and refrigerator. Almost all kitchen layouts will feature some version of the work triangle—and you should be a bit leery of any that don't (and have a contractor on speed dial).
Countertops September 20, 2017. Laminates. Laminate countertops are made of plastic-coated synthetics. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends. Originally, all laminate countertops were manufactured with high-VOC papers and adhesives, but healthier laminates are available today. To protect IAQ, choose laminate countertops certified by Greenguard as being made from low-emitting materials that use formaldehyde-free paper and low or nontoxic glues. Laminates are easy to clean, inexpensive and available in the widest range of colors of any countertop material. Among the drawbacks, scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair, seams are visible from the start and distinctive front-edge options can be expensive. Also, laminate countertops have a relatively short life span (15 to 20 years) and can't be recycled.
Sinks September 20, 2017. Lately Applewhite has used single concrete sinks from Sonoma Cast Stone with an exposed front apron for her California clients. "They're very durable, even with heavy use," she says. "I've put them into a lot of homes, even one where the clients entertain a lot and have caterers in the kitchen constantly, and I've never seen one chip."
Kitchen Style September 21, 2017. Pine is an especially popular choice for farmhouse-style kitchens—its knotty, natural appearance can make it a perfect fit for the down-home appeal of a farmhouse kitchen. Cooking implements, appliances and storage are also important facets of farmhouse kitchen design. Sinks have a special place in farmhouse kitchen design.
Kitchen Style September 20, 2017. Finally, when it's time to choose cabinets for your coastal kitchen, you'll have many options—from modern and contemporary styles in sleek hardwood or laminate, to traditional designs in cherry, oak and maple. There are no hard-and-fast rules for which type of cabinets can work in a coastal kitchen design, though many homeowners will take inspiration from the rest of the home's design style.
Cabinets & Drawer September 21, 2017. Another way to accessorize your kitchen cabinets is to alter one or more of the actual cabinet doors. Adding glass or glass-paneled doors provides an open look in your kitchen and allows you to display stylish cookware, dishware, cookbooks or other kitchen collectibles. If you aren't sure you are organized enough to reveal the contents of your kitchen cabinets, consider semi-transparent or frosted glass instead; those materials won't reveal any unsightly jumble that might accumulate over time.
Kitchen Style September 21, 2017. If you're designing a small galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, it's likely that job one for you will be to maximize the space you have to work with. Kitchen lore states that the ideal width of a galley kitchen aisle is approximately 4 to 6 feet—but whether your small galley kitchen is dead on with that measurement or even smaller, you can create a more efficient space and also add design features that can expand the area visually.
Cabinets & Drawer September 20, 2017. Kitchen cabinets can be customized with a wide variety of components that will allow you to express your design tastes, while simultaneously addressing your specific cooking and storage needs. Before installing your kitchen cabinets, it's helpful to begin by assessing your practical needs and exploring different style options.