Making Your Kitchen Work for You
By: Barbara Schmidt ARA Content
(ARA) - The
kitchen often becomes a family hub, the heart of the home for
daily activity and entertaining. For this reason, the design of
a kitchen space should address how the room is used on a daily
basis. Identifying how you like to cook, eat and entertain are
important steps in creating an efficient kitchen space.
Whether you are
building from the floor plan up or simply reorganizing, kitchen
tools and space planning have the most powerful impact on a
Ask any chef
and they'll tell you that cooking with the right equipment
makes all the difference in the world. While a full kitchen
overhaul can be costly, here are a few innovative ideas that
blend functionality and fashion.
and match. It is perfectly acceptable to equip your kitchen
with appliances you like, one by one. Most culinary experts do
not choose an entire matching set of appliances from one
manufacturer. Instead look at individual appliance features and
stick to easy-to-match finishes like black, white and
steel fixtures and appliances are in vogue for good reason --
they work with any color palette and many are built for
standard sizes so they are easily retrofitted to your
food preparation and cleanup with specialized fixtures.
American Standard's new Culinaire Collection offers
coordinating kitchen sinks, faucets and accessories that work
extra hard. For example, the remote access drain feature allows
you to drain the basin without sticking your hand into dirty
dishwater. The line also features nonslip cutting boards and
metal dish racks sized to fit snugly over the sink
frozen dinners come flying out of the freezer door every time
you open it, consider adding refrigeration or freezer drawers
in your kitchen work island. These products are specifically
designed to keep certain items, such as produce, at the exact
temperature and humidity to stay their freshest. These compact
units can add as much as 30 to 40 percent more refrigeration
and freezer space to a kitchen.
small appliances can be very handy but tend to gobble up space.
Consider these tips to manage clutter so that nothing
interferes with your culinary projects.
good for your wardrobe is good for your kitchen -- donate items
that you have duplicates of or that you no longer use and
replace them with sleek versions of must-have kitchen elements.
Sinks with integrated accessories, like the Culinaire sink and
its integrated drainboard and colander, are more efficient,
stylish and eliminate kitchen clutter.
more counter space by adding a small center island or rolling
cart. Look for a cart that is decorative but also offers
storage space below the work surface.
in your kitchen table for a bar-style counter and stools. Not
only will this free up floor space to add more cabinets or
extend counters, it will also prompt you to use your formal
dining room more often for family meals.
space from another room to create a walk-in pantry. This is one
of the most popular features for homebuyers. It allows for
storage of bulk food items and large appliances like chafing
dishes that are used infrequently.
Get creative to better utilize deep cupboards and organize
drawers. Lazy Susan rotating trays and stackable spice racks
are just the tip of the iceberg -- install shelves that pull
out for easy access items in the back. Also, fit a horizontal
knife block next to your flatware caddy to protect your fingers
and the life of the blades.