Kitchen Remodeling Tips (Part 2)
Fill It Up
Tired of lugging water-filled pots from the sink to the cooktop? A swing-out tap — also called a pot filler — installed near the cooktop fills pots near where you heat them. Or you can install an extra-long hose attachment on your main faucet to fill pots on the cooktop.
Be Sharp When Storing Knives
Have a designated spot for knives. This makes it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps dangerous items out of children’s reach. A knife drawer such as this one has slots that hold knives in place and sheath the sharp blades.
Make Recycling Easy
Equip a cabinet with separate containers for glass, plastic, and metal. A spare drawer could hold old newspapers.
Put kids’ favorite dishes and snack foods on shelves or in drawers they can reach.
Add a Message Center
Establish a message center near the kitchen telephone. Put a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a calendar, notebook, and writing utensils in a nearby drawer.
Plug It In
Install multiple outlets along the backsplash and on the island so you’ll have electricity wherever you need it.
Cut Cleaning Time
Careful design decisions make cleaning easy. Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills that wire shelves let through. Flush-set or undermount sinks don’t have a crumb-catching rim to worry about. Matte finishes don’t show dirt as much as glossy ones do.
Break Up Cabinetry Blocks
Avoid boring, heavy blocks of doors and drawers by adding interesting details such as glass doors and display shelving. Or try wine storage or windows.
Use Light Colors in a Small Kitchen
Dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room.
Find a Focal Point
Splashy tile, fancy floors, sizable range hoods, bright kitchen cabinets, and busy countertop patterns give the eye too much to look at. Pick one focal point in your kitchen design and complement that area with a few other quieter, eye-pleasing details.