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Understanding Your Kitchen Choices

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By : Verne Eliasov    99 or more times read
When it comes time to design or renovate your kitchen, you could be overwhelmed with the wide range of choices you have to make. What type of cupboards would you like, the colour of the walls, which material for the countertops and what sort of knobs for the drawers? Before you allow yourself to drown in decisions, it is best to take a step back and break the decisions down into smaller categories.

First of all you need to determine what it is exactly that you would like to achieve with the design of your kitchen. Do you want a homely kitchen, a modern one, or something simply functional? The best thing to do is determine what type of kitchen you would like as a base, and then work on the decorations later. Break your decisions into pieces. First of all, you should focus on the way you would like to utilize the space. If you would like a lot of counter space, then you need to sacrifice space for other things in your kitchen. Whilst you are determining the placement of the counters in your kitchen, you must consider the convenience of the placement. A good cooking preparation space will be near the stove and also a sink for washing utensils and the like. These counter spaces should also be near any cupboards that will hold the cooking dishes and groceries that you will need.

It can be disconcerting to have to choose between the various types of material available for counter tops. The best type of work tops will be of a hard and non porous substance, so that they will not absorb any food particles. Porous counter tops could become stained over years of usage, and could also develop damp. The best counter tops to have installed in your kitchen would be either granite or treated marble. These work spaces are far less susceptible to damage than countertops of other substances.

If you have the space for it, it can be lovely to have an island made in the middle of your kitchen. An island with a nice sized work top in your kitchen can be put to good use, because you can use it as another work space, or even as a breakfast nook. It creates a community feel in the kitchen whilst also freeing up more space.

When you are installing your cupboards and drawers, you need to decide whether you would like open cupboards, or ones with doors. Open cupboards can create a very designer look in your kitchen, especially if you have pleasant crockery to display. Cupboards with glass doors can also have a nice effect in certain parts of the kitchen for displaying wine glasses and the like. Drawers should always slide easily and be easily accessible. Special drawers can be installed that have holders for cutlery, whilst other drawers can be very deep to accommodate pots and pans.

When you are deciding on the colour scheme for your kitchen, remember to stick to something neutral. A neutral colour base will give you lots of freedom in your future decorating choices. Keep your kitchen bright and cheery, so that it is a room where you will want to spend a lot of your time.
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