By Come Mathias. Kitchen Design. Published at Thursday, April 05th, 2018 - 12:38:16 PM.
Cabinets are an obviously important feature of a kitchen, but closed off cupboards aren't your only option. You can add a casual, modern feel to your kitchen by replacing your old cabinets with custom shelving. Open shelves not only make it easy to grab cups or plates, but the lack of doors add an open-air vibe to your kitchen as well.
You’ll have to live with the design for years, so it’s worth spending time getting it right. Use homes magazines, architectural websites, kitchen company catalogues, design books and Pinterest to pull together a mood board of what you like. Allow yourself a few months to do this and you’ll soon see key themes emerging.
The best of small kitchen design focuses on function and flow. No matter the size of the kitchen, smart appliance placement can help create a comfortable, workable environment. Good design dictates that the refrigerator be near food preparation counters, and that sinks be placed next to dishwashers for easy loading. Meanwhile, stoves want workspace and handy storage for cooking accessories, cupboards for pots and pans, and drawers for utensils.
Another standard that can be integrated into small kitchen designs is the center island, a staple in modestly sized and large kitchen layouts. The island can function as a food preparation, dining, or homework station. Counter peninsulas also do service for baking, dining, and food preparation.
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