Manufacturers have spent considerable sums and engineers numerous hours in planning the positioning of the different appliances - the range, sink and refrigerator - in the kitchen. You will find many different arrangements within this section. If you need additional help, many of the appliance producers have literature designed to assist you in this phase of kitchen planning. Remember that the kitchen is engineered for work but has to look attractive as well. Combining these two factors is an art, and when you consider that you have to add work counter space and cabinets for storage, you can readily see that planning based on experience is essential. The homemaker, herself, is often a source of many good ideas. After all, she is the one who will have to "live" in the kitchen! Layout and Open Living. With the contemporary trend toward making the kitchen part of the family living area, modifications are often necessary in the traditional layout of the kitchen. The basic shapes - one-wall, L-shaped, U- shaped, two-wall - still remain. However, the walls in many contemporary kitchens aren't there. The rear of the kitchen cabinets forms the front of storage units in the adjoining room.
In the corners of the kitchen, install cabinets at 45 degrees to the adjoining cabinets rather than a "blind" cabinet or "lazy susan". While a 45 degree cabinet has some dead space, it utilizes more space than a "lazy susan", mainly because the cabinet shelves and drawers are square, and a "lazy susan" is round. Put a pantry in the corner between your tall cabinets. It doesn't have to be very big (4' x 4') and being in the corner will utilize all the corner "dead" space. The pantry would have a 2' opening at 45 degrees to the adjoining cabinets. The pantry walls could be 2x4 framed with drywall or 3/4" MDF, but the wall shouldn't be taller than the height of the tall cabinets. This allows for crown molding (if you use it) to also be used on the pantry. Have the pantry open at the top, especially if there is a skylight above, to allow daylight into the pantry. Have shelves from the floor to top of wall. Put a "cabinet door" (same as the rest of your tall cabinets) on the pantry entrance, not a frame door like you'd use in the bedroom. By having a cabinet door the pantry, and the pantry walls at the same height as the cabinets, the pantry looks like a cabinet rather than a drywall opening.
3. Decide Whether to Paint or Stain. The debate continues, to paint or to stain! I'll leave my biases out of this one (even though stain is easier to maintain, paint is often still preferred) and list the major pro's and con's: Stain, colors come in variety of shades, Repair and touch-ups are easier. Easier to keep your cabinets looking good for a long time. Less expensive and fewer steps. Distressing or glazing make the maintenance easier. Great choice for the Do It Yourselfer's, Paint, Probably the most popular look amongst home owners. More process steps than stain and more expensive to finish. Touch-ups can be difficult. Refinished often requires professionals to match your existing colors. On average 10-12% more expensive than stain ($2,000 more on a $20,000 kitchen packet). 4. Choose Appropriate Colors. This might seem like the simplest of things to do in a kitchen remodel, but choosing the right colors can either bring harmony to a room, or a create a wrong impression. In basic color theory, colors have different meanings and are generally either stimulating or relaxing. Here is a list of the colors of the rainbow and their meanings: Red: Stimulating/Increases Appetite, Orange: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite, Yellow: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite, Green: Relaxing/Balance, Blue: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite, Indigo: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite, Violet: Balance/Relaxing/Decreases Appetite, The kitchen should be a combination of both relaxing and stimulating colors. It is difficult to work in a kitchen that is too relaxing but at the same time shouldn't be too stimulating that it makes you hungry.
Kitchen Sunday , April 08th , 2018 - 13:46:42 PM
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