Give these often-ignored areas attention for a cooler cooking space.
"People always overlook the ceiling," says designer , "and it's a great place to put wallpaper, do a texture, or do a different color." Hello, pumpkin!
Coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave—all your small appliances can quickly overwhelm your workspace. Designer suggests turning a couple cabinets into an appliance pantry by adjusting the shelving and adding electrical outlets. "The appliances stay plugged in and operate right there, but then you can shut the door." Just unplug them first and wait till they cool down!
"A beautiful light fixture adds a whole other layer of design and atmosphere to a kitchen," says designer . And for a softer ambiance, "Two lamps on either end of an island warm a kitchen up," offers designer .
Your stove, fridge and dishwasher represent a substantial swath of space, so make sure they're chic. Whatever your configuration or color scheme, streamlined, stainless appliances, like LG Studio's new and enhance the look of the whole room.
Bowls, cups and plates in the same color family look great showcased in open shelving. Or, as Kutner suggests, you can stack them in serving trays to create a "sculptural moment" on the counter.
The kitchen is the inevitable catchall area for the family's day-to-day stuff: mail, phones, tablets, charging cords. Designate an organized hideaway—like a painted hutch—to act as a landing zone for papers and gadgets.
Outfit your cooking and dining space like your other rooms. "I just don't think the kitchen should be treated differently than any other room in the house, with the exception of maintainable countertops and flooring that can be swept," suggests Ferrier. "In my own kitchen, the finest chair in my house is in there—it's gilded, and it's at the breakfast nook."
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