Your kitchen really is the heart of your home. You know where the parties happen! It’s also the
hardest working room in your house. Besides your bedroom, and unless you work
from home, it may be the room you spend the most time in!
So why not make it comfortable, inviting and cozy, as well
as efficient. Cultivate.com
is an online membership magazine dedicated to inspirational
kitchen design and ideas. Their recent article “Eight Secrets to a Happy Kitchen”
includes, of course, amazing photos of well designed kitchens and some
really wonderful tips.
Highlights from this article include:
--Use soft flooring. You sure spend a lot of time on your
feet in your kitchen. Use resilient flooring such as linoleum or cork, or at
least use easily cleaned mats or area rugs in front of your sink and range.
--Keep work stations close together. Your kitchen is a
workroom, so if your refrigerator, range and sink are near one another, you’ll
take fewer steps and get your work done more efficiently. The tried and true
“work triangle” still works.
If you have the space, maybe with an island, you can use a prep sink in the
triangle. Create a bigger cleanup sink further away, next to the dishwasher.
You’ll end up with a prep triangle for preparing meals, and a cleanup triangle
--Need more counterspace? Clean! I have a corner that
collects book, wine bottles, recipes, sports drink mixes and other
miscellaneous items. Though that stretch of counter is outside my main work
triangle, I often need it for overflow or for cleanup. It makes my whole kitchen
feel cramped (and look messy, or course) when I don’t have that area under
--Install quiet appliances such as vent hoods, dishwashers
and refrigerators. It’s not comforting nor peaceful when you have to talk over
the noise of your appliances. And you may not use helpful appliances like vent
hoods if they’re noisy. That can contribute to increased heat, grease, odors
and fumes, all of which the vent hood is designed to help eliminate!
--Add lighting. Dark spots in your kitchen make it feel
dingy and cramped. If you can’t add windows, at least upgrade the lighting if
possible, and install under counter lights. Recessed downlights provide an
amazing amount of light, and, if planned properly, you won’t be working in your
Until next time!
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