Top 10 Kitchen Design Tips


Top 10 Kitchen Design Tips Thinking of updating your kitchen? Before you start your kitchen remodel, read through these designer inspired tips to get the most out of your renovation.

1. Think ahead.

When redesigning a kitchen, put function first, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement.

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2. Make room for storage.

The biggest mistake people make at the planning stage is not allowing for enough storage. Consider deep drawers for easier access to pots and pans, and include enough storage for appliances that otherwise would clutter up countertops.

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3. See the light.

Unlike in other rooms of the house, overhead lighting is insufficient in most kitchens. Try position light fixtures so that the light falls in front of you versus casting a shadow in your work space. Utilize under-cabinet lights because they shine directly on countertops.

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4. Power play.

Be sure there are appropriate power sources for relocated or new appliances. Many people realize too late that they don't have the right gas or electric lines; we suggest measuring appliances to ensure that they fit comfortably into allocated spaces.

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5. Space and surface.

There's no such thing as too much counter space. Choose a surface that's easy to work on and care for. But keep in mind that grout between tiles is hard to maintain and that stainless steel will scratch very easily.

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6. Start fresh.

Don't reuse appliances or items from the old kitchen. It may seem as if you're saving money, but an old appliance will stick out like a sore thumb in a new environment, and possibly be less energy efficient.

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7. Safety first.

Make your kitchen as safe and family-friendly as possible by planning for good visibility to backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area, suggests Dorothy Bell, a home safety expert. Also consider such safety-conscious elements as rounded countertops, slip-resistant flooring and ovens located at adult height to minimize the chances of accidental burns.

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8. Clear the air.

A range hood helps ventilate cooking odors, buy one that is energy efficient and have a licensed contractor install properly in the kitchen.

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9. Trash talk.

Don't forget to plan for garbage and recycling bins. Do you want built-in bins cleverly disguised behind a cabinet door, or a sleek, stainless-steel garbage container that's positioned out of the way?


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10. Look out below

When it comes to flooring, consider slip-resistance, ease of maintenance and porosity. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but be aware that they wear out faster by the fridge, stove and sink than other areas, try adding rugs in these areas to save your flooring.

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