Kitchen Style July 16, 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 Floor July 27, 2017. Because the kitchen is typically the busiest spot in the house, you will want a floor that wears well, too. Children, pets, heavy foot traffic and kitchen spills can all take a toll, so when weighing flooring options, think about a floor's durability and ease of maintenance.
Kitchen Style July 29, 2017. A hallmark of U-shaped kitchen design is its full use of three adjacent walls. Other kitchen designs—like L-shapes and galley kitchens, for example—use only two walls. This may, in some cases, increase the efficiency of these designs—in a galley kitchen, which consists of two parallel walls with a narrow corridor between them, cooks may simply need to pivot 180 degrees in order to access cooking features, then do an about-face to turn their attention to cleaning.
Kitchen Style July 25, 2017. If you're looking to expand the apparent size of a galley kitchen, you'll want to start from the ground up. Ensure that floor boards run lengthwise, and if you feature tile on a backsplash, arrange it in the opposite direction, so that it's perpendicular to the floorboards; this helps create the illusion of depth. Another suggestion is to raise cabinets off the floor in order to further suggest a larger, taller space.
Kitchen Style July 20, 2017. One of the chief tasks for any homeowner working on a galley kitchen design will be to maximize space. Kitchen wisdom has it that the ideal aisle width is approximately 4 to 6 feet—but whether your galley kitchen's aisle width is larger, smaller or right in that range, there are steps you can take to create more efficiency, as well as the appearance of a larger space.
Kitchen Style July 18, 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.
Kitchen Style October 04, 2017. Finally, consider raising cabinets or appliances off the floor—if they're flush, the entire space will seem shorter, but raising them slightly will give the appearance of a space with more height. You can also consider hiding appliances entirely, behind cabinets or with paneling that mimics the look of your cabinet design. Clean lines give the impression of a larger space, whereas multiple appliances arrayed throughout the space can make it seem cluttered. The note about clean lines can apply to cabinets as well—you'll want to keep these as simple and unadorned as possible, since any intricate designs may serve to crowd the space.
Cabinets & Drawer July 24, 2017. Accessories vary from company to company but most offer a plethora, enabling cabinetry to be as hardworking as possible. Plate displays and divided wine racks establish eye-catching focal points but also serve a function. "For five-star cooks, spice drawers pack a big punch," says Jane Coslick, a Georgia-based interior designer.