Of all the rooms in a house, the most detailed and complex to design is the kitchen. It is also arguably the most important room in a house. Most of us will, at some point in our lives, want to remodel, design, or upgrade a kitchen. Sometimes, that requires the help of a trained interior designer. Other times, the homeowner is completely capable of handling that job themself. With that in mind, I thought this DIYer’s guide on how to design your own kitchen might come in handy. At the very least, it should provide a good place to start and help you to determine if you will require assistance.
Last week, I was following along in a forum discussion about kitchen designs. A woman was asking questions about here plans for her new kitchen. She seemed to really have a grasp on what she wanted, but she asked if anyone could answer the question, “butler’s pantry vs scullery – what’s the difference?” There were a few people who got it correct, but I was surprised at how many people had never heard of a scullery and weren’t really sure what was the purpose of a butler’s pantry. Needless to say, that sparked this little article.
(Paper Towels – Photo by TZS Design)
Paper towels are one of those things that just about everyone needs, but no one really knows where to place them. Most of us just go with the the old stand by – countertop holders. Obviously, those work just fine, but if you are looking for some more ingenious ways to hide away your paper towels, then you have got to check out these great ideas!
(Open Shelving – Photo by Erotas Building Corporation)
Have you considered having open shelving in your kitchen? Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that open shelving has become the “thing” to do. What with HGTVs Fixer Upper using them quite frequently to achieve Joanna’s signature farmhouse look, and the rise in popularity for the Rustic Industrial look, open shelving seems to be just about everywhere. But before you take that leap, let’s look at both the Pros and Cons of this design choice.
(Navy Cabinets – Photo by Tom Howley Kitchens)
If you have been dreaming about a kitchen with dark blue cabinets, but you are worried about whether or not they will look good, well worry no more. One of the biggest trends happening this year are navy cabinets – or some other incorporation of navy color into the kitchen.