Monday, July 30, 2012

Design Tips: Kitchen Décor Ideas for Comfort and Efficiency


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 for afterwards.

--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 control.

--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 own shadow.

Until next time!
--Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy of Cultivate.com.

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