8 Eatery Essentials
Unlock your dream kitchen with these key tips to ensure your space is both beautiful and practical.
It's no secret that I LOVE spending time in the kitchen! This simple guide outlines some of the key elements I think every kitchen that's both practical and beautiful should have. Happy cooking! - SR xx
1. Creative Shelving
Layering shelving in front of the window provides great open storage for sculptural, yet useful items while letting the sun shine in. This is a great trick that can be applied to many existing kitchens and it was fabricated using ready-to-go stair treads that cost less than $15 from Lowe’s!
2. Proper Storage Places
My rule of thumb is, if it’s not used every single day – get it off the counter! That means making sure the plan includes the right number of cabinets in the right size to factor in all the different equipment and foods in an organized and accessible fashion. To keep any area of the house clutter free, you have to commit to daily tidy-up and not let piles accumulate, plus you need to design each room with zones so everything has a distinct and proper place.
3. Accommodating Cabinetry
I always address kitchen storage on a case-by-case basis. How do you typically use your kitchen? What kinds of cooking happen here? In this case, the island was re-designed to accommodate multiple use. We have seating, storage, trash receptacles and the sink and dishwasher. For upper cabinets, I’m not fussed on always having them go all the way to the top. In an old house I would prefer to leave a shadow line to not accentuate the ceilings, which are likely uneven. When designing a kitchen I always map out exactly what needs to be stored and where it will go to ensure that everything has a place. Otherwise, it’s all sitting on the counter and that’s not the point. Drawers are always more expensive than plain cabinets, but they are also versatile and less likely to become a disorganized mess. Some lower cabinets are needed for storing small appliances. I also like to have as much repetition as possible in terms of cabinet sizes so it’s harmonious and there isn’t a jumble of all different sizes.
7. Reasonable Appliances
Buy the best you can afford. Appliance packages are among the most hard-working and hard-wearing elements in any kitchen. But also be reasonable about what kind of cook you are and how often it will be used. Professional appliances are great for people who put their appliances to the test every day, every meal, but if you don’t really cook, why spend the money for features you’ll never use? It all needs to be cohesive, so if you’re doing a mid-range kitchen reno, that’s probably the best appliance fit too.
8. Practical Accessories
Display what’s pretty and store the ugly. It’s as simple as that! It’s also a matter of buying better. When I shop for practical items I’m always on the look out for the useful utensil that’s also attractive to the eye. Not all wooden spoons are created equally! Avoid knick knacks and display the items you need most frequently each and every day – coffee mugs, salad bowls, jugs, vases and little bowls get used all the time and it’s great to see them and have them close at hand to grab! Why hide them behind doors if you love the look?