Get 10 can't-miss ideas for creating the ultimate kitchen
1. The Ultimate Cooking Area Start with a pro style range or range top, add a warming drawer and a deep drawer for pots and pans, flank the range with pullout spice storage and install a cold or hot water wall-mount pot filler faucet to eliminate carrying large pots of water to the range for soup or pasta. Top it all off with a range hood behind a wood cooking mantel to match the cabinetry.
2. Ultimate Dish Convenience Keep plates and cups in easy reach with a wall-mount plate rack that keeps breakfast or snack plates close to the dishwasher, the microwave and refrigerator.
3. The Ultimate Breakfast Station An appliance garage with a door that lifts like a roll top desk can hide a toaster and coffee maker, refrigerator drawer and/or freezer drawer below for frozen breakfast foods, fruit and juice, a microwave drawer, and a dish drawer that brings dishes within easy reach for the younger members of the family.
4. The Ultimate Sink Make a real statement with your kitchen sink. Farmhouse apron front sinks hold so many possibilities-granite, soapstone, copper or bronze, carved or painted-- check out Kohler's Artist Edition line of sinks for inspiration. Farm sinks are the ultimate blend of fashion and function.
5. Ultimate Cabinet Finesse Cabinetry today can have all the style and beauty of fine furniture with turned legs and feet, carved moldings, inlays, corbels, and finishes that rival that of expensive handmade buffet or hutch. Mix painted cabinets with wood finishes to create interest and a pleasant feeling of informality in country designs or elegant contrast in Old World or Traditional styles.
6. Wood-- The Ultimate Kitchen Floor Tile has long been the number one flooring material for kitchens but tile has had to step aside to make room for "the" new kitchen flooring-wood. Whether its hardwood, engineered wood or laminates that are a dead ringer for the real thing, wood is warm, rich, beautiful alternative to the traditional tile. When planning a wood floor with wood finish cabinets mix rather than match, but do it with a qualified kitchen designer.
7. Use Food for the Ultimate Accessory Open shelves can hold jars of dried beans and peas, glass front cabinets can hold groceries, or bins built into cabinets can show what is within, like sugar or flour, or something a little more interesting like colored pasta. Clear glass canisters can keep things like coffee beans handy and look great too.
8. Create the Ultimate Beverage Center Imagine a coffee bar with double pot coffee maker, perhaps a built-in model with cabinet space for coffees, creamers, cups and mugs. A cold beverage center can include an under-counter refrigerator or refrigerator drawers, an ice maker, and a cabinet for glasses, cold drink mixes and other supplies. Add an iced tea brewer or frozen drink maker for entertaining or just relaxing at alone. Make it easy for guests to help themselves. If you love wine and entertaining a wine center is a great addition to a butler's pantry or kitchen. Include a wine rack, under-counter wine cooler, glass storage, and drawers for openers.
9. Create the Ultimate Cleanup Zone Cleanup stations can be the traditional wall cabinets with a window, or in an island or even in a butler's pantry. Equip your zone with a sink/garbage disposer, dishwasher, trash compactor, and pull-out recycling bins all hidden away in the cabinetry.
10. The Ultimate Island Kitchen If one is good, two is better. If your kitchen is large enough plan one island for food prep or clean up and one for cooking, one island of the islands for a breakfast/snack counter.