Welcome to the Kitchen Design Guide

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Thinking about kitchen remodeling? Want to reface kitchen cabinets? Then this is a good place to start. Here you will find lots of tips, advice and help with planning, designing and buying your kitchen and kitchen cabinets.

Buying a kitchen is a major investment. To some it is the most important room in the house. Kitchen design trends are constantly changing, as are the choices of colors and materials. However, there are still some basic concepts that never change and hopefully you will find them here.

If you can’t find what you are looking for here then you should be able to find it either by using the Search box at the top of the page, or by clicking on the various links to other sites that appear on every page.

If you want to know more about just kitchen cabinets then we have also created a new Guide to Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinet Refacing which you can find by clicking here: Guide to Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinet Refacing.

When you are designing your new kitchen refer to these pages regularly as it will assist you with the design process and make your finished kitchen both functional and enjoyable.

And don’t just take our word for it; remember, when planning your new kitchen space, that consulting a kitchen designer or an interior designer who specializes in kitchens will enable you to get the latest advice on kitchen design ideas and guidelines. If you want to arrange a Kitchen Design Consultation visit us on our main site here: Kitchens Atlanta.

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Kitchen Design Basics

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With so many choices in materials, appliances and accessories, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when choosing the components that make up your new kitchen.

A good designer should be able to point you in the right direction and sites such as this can give you some good hints, tips and ideas, but ultimately the choice of kitchen style is entirely up to you.

If you have any questions about kitchen design that are not covered in these pages then give us a call!

Planning

Obviously, planning is the … (read more)

Kitchen Shapes

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The next big step in the kitchen planning process is deciding what shape the kitchen will be, and determining who will use the kitchen and how often.

Although deciding on the shape seems restrictive, it actually narrows down the possibilities and makes the planning easier. The goal on deciding on a shape it to make your kitchen as efficient as possible, with the food preparation, sink and cooking areas close together. A good rule of thumb is to keep a piece of countertop between the sink and cooktop on which to prepare food.

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Kitchen Layout

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Think about what happens to your food and you will get a good idea how an efficient kitchen works. The steps are usually:

Purchase
Storage
Pre-preparation
Preparation
Service
Dish Washing

Bear all these in mind when planning and you won’t go far wrong. For example, put the fridge near the door where you bring in the shopping (to save you walking across the kitchen each time), put the baking supplies in a cupboard near the oven, the clean-up materials under the sink and snack items near the microwave, … (read more)

Kitchen Costs

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Your budget will normally dictate your choice of products but there are other considerations you need to take into account when working out how much your new kitchen is going to cost.

Prices vary quite a lot, so the figures given below are just a guideline and, as always, shopping around is the best bet.

But work out roughly how much money you want to spend and use this figure when talking to designers and contractors.

Below are some guidelines for establishing a realistic budget.

Budget Guidelines

First of all, if you limit your … (read more)

Kitchen Storage

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The next step in planning your new kitchen is to plan enough storage to suit your needs.

As already explained in Kitchen Shapes, different shapes of kitchens automatically provide different amounts of storage space.

Although most of us think of plain cabinets when we think of storage, there are a lot more options these days.

In this section you will find solutions to various storage problems and useful tips to make the most of even the smallest of spaces. Cabinets will be discussed in the ‘Cabinets’ section.

Below The Countertop

It is obvious that … (read more)

Kitchen Cabinets

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There are so many choices where cabinets are concerned, such as the door materials, style, color, frames, etc., and so much variation in price that the whole area can be confusing at times.

Hopefully, this section should give you a good place to start.

You may also want to consider the option of having your cabinets refaced. You will be surprised at the results you can achieve by doing this, and also how inexpensive it is, especially if you can find a good deal with a reputable company.

Definitely check it out first, get … (read more)

Kitchen Countertops

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The cabinets may be the face of the kitchen but the countertops are where all the action happens. A countertop will have to cope with hot pots and pans, knives, dirt and therefore needs to be durable.

So it is usually best to make your choice based on the performance of the material and ease of maintenance, as well as the sink mounting option.

Notes on edge styles and backsplash options are given at the end of this page (click here).

The countertop choices are listed below very roughly by price (least … (read more)

Kitchen Walls

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Now you’ve chosen the design of your kitchen cabinets and worktops, the next thing is to choose the materials and the colors of your walls.

The most common materials for the kitchen walls are paint, wallpaper and tiles.

Paint

Paint is the cheapest and fastest way to transform the feeling of your kitchen, however, you need to have good surfaces to paint on (i.e. no holes or cracks which will show through the paint).

If your walls aren’t smooth enough, then you can line the walls with lining paper first (a special kind … (read more)

Kitchen Floors

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Choosing flooring is a lot like choosing countertops. Which type you choose depends on the style of your kitchen, the amount of use it will get, and the price. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages.

Vinyl, linoleum and carpet are the most comfortable underfoot. Laminate, vinyl and polyurethane-treated wood are the most durable. Stone and concrete look good and are also hard-wearing, but are also harder to clean.

Decide whether you want to install flooring under your removable appliances or around them (whichever you choose, make sure you can roll them out … (read more)

Refrigerators

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A fridge is one of the most important appliances in your home, influencing your eating habits and ensuring food hygiene and taste.

Refrigerators are available with different door configurations, with either the doors side-by-side, or with one door on top of the other, or as drawers.

In a top/bottom unit the freezer can be on either the top or the bottom. In a side-by-side configuration the freezer is on one side.

Some are available as built-ins, which can be disguised to look like just another cabinet. Others are the same depth as the … (read more)

Ovens

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Ovens are available in gas or electric, and using a number of heating methods, conventional, convection, microwaves or combination oven/microwave.

They come in many shapes, sizes and finishes. Your choice will be influenced by the design of your kitchen, the space available and what you enjoy cooking.

A single oven can be placed in a cabinet below the counter top or in a tall cabinet. A regular double oven or an conventional/microwave double oven combination will be placed in a tall cabinet.

Wall ovens are either 24, 27, or 30 inches wide.

Look … (read more)

Ranges and Cooktops

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One question that often comes up is, should you buy a range or a cooktop?

In short, it is really a personal choice, based on your budget, space limitations, looks, and needs.

Budget

Prices for cooktops, ovens and ranges vary a lot because the prices are changing constantly due to special offers and sales, brands are priced differently to start with, and they also depend on which of many different features they offer.

However, a separate cooktop and wall oven will always cost more than a range, and will also require electrical or … (read more)

Dishwashers

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Dishwashers are a great time-saver and are also more hygienic than washing dishes by hand, due to the higher temperatures involved during the wash cycle.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a dishwasher, for example, unit type, how many place settings you can fit inside, control type and the number and type of wash cycles.

Unit Type

First decide on the type of unit. Dishwashers are available as freestanding (portable) or built-in (under the counter) models.

They come in two sizes, 24″ and 18″

Portable dishwashers

As the name … (read more)

Sinks and Faucets

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There are many new looks and styles for sinks that depart from the typical bowl configuration.

Newer designs include geometrically shaped sinks made from glass, and stainless steel sinks with long, narrow stream-shaped basins.

A distinctive, contemporary sink gives a stylish flair and becomes a striking attraction in your kitchen, while still remaining functional. There are just a few things to consider when selecting a kitchen sink.

Size and Shape

Sink sizes range from S to XXL, so there’s a model to fit every kitchen. If space is an issue or if you … (read more)

Hoods and Vents

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You can cook without a hood or a vent, but moisture, grease, odors, and heat from cooking on a cooktop can damage the rest of your kitchen.

Also, steam from cooking condenses on windows and walls, and in some cases carbon monoxide from the burning of gas can build up.

A range or cooktop hood or vent will remove most if not all of the above problems.

Hood Styles

Hood choices range from basic ductless wall-mount units, to systems with lights, timers, and easy-clean surfaces.

You can buy hidden slim-line hood designs which … (read more)

Kitchen Accessories

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Furniture and accessories add the finishing touches to your kitchen and help to enhance its overall effect. Buying new accessories is the easiest way to change the look of your kitchen.

However, it is important not only to choose items that complement the style and feel of your kitchen but also ones that meet your needs.

Appliances and accessories made of stainless steel are very popular right now, such as blenders and toasters, refrigerators and pro-style oven ranges. To get the all-steel look without the price, look for steel finished appliances and accessories.

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Stingray Kitchen and BBQ Multitools by TNK

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Stingray multi-tools will help you flip, grab, and pierce whatever is in that skillet with just one tool, and one hand. The multiple function kitchen utensils will save you digging around in your kitchen gadget drawers for the many items you need for each cooking sessions. They have two versions of the Stingray multitools.

The Stingray Kitchen multitool has a heat resistant spatula front end up to 460F, with stainless steel handles and piercer. The Stingray BBQ multitool has the same nylon and stainless steel constructions but the spatula is stainless steel as … (read more)

Bompani range cooker

These beautiful Bompani range cookers are very functional and robust. Available in numerous configurations and colours, the Italian made cooking ranges are surely to satisfy the highest demands of modern cooks.

Based on the range cooker model, your Bompani may feature 4 gas burners + 1 triple ring Wok burner with FFD and one-hand electric ignition or Vitroceramic cooking hob with 5 cooking zone, turbofan gas oven, gas grill and turnspit or electric multifunction oven with 7 functions, electric grill, oven light, tangential cooling fan. Bompani.

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FireGlobe fireplace by Eva Solo

The FireGlobe fireplace enhances the beauty of the flames with its sculptural shape and is perfect for bringing together family and friends in the garden or on the patio.

The fireplace not only creates a wonderfully warm atmosphere, it also provides ample warmth to dispel any chill on a cool summer evening, allowing you to stay outdoors longer and later. When not in use, the fireplace can be moved to a new position depending on the sun, wind and weather conditions. Simply lift it up by the integrated handle. The portable fireplace is … (read more)

Thermador Culinary Preservation Columns

Whether you entertain during the week, weekend or special holidays, you can select Thermador Culinary Preservation Columns for your specific entertaining style. A weekend cook requires more fresh food storage while a holiday entertainer needs more wine storage.

Thermador has seen a swift increase in new and unique configurations of refrigerator-freezers. Highly customized Culinary Preservation Centers are emerging within the kitchen and throughout the home to provide a seamless entertaining experience, as well as to accommodate relaxation and leisure time of the host once the guests have departed, such as in the study … (read more)

Siemens AvantGarde washing machine

The new Siemens AvantGarde washing machine, the WM14U640 is the touch operated tumble washer with the LED display. The most striking feature of the new Siemens washing machine is the 25° angled black screen for improved readability and ergonomics. Together with the wide black-rimmed porthole, the screen creates a coherent, very modern look.

The washer comes with Siemens proprietary i-Dos measuring system that dispenses the precise dose of detergent, based on the water hardness, load size, type and degree of soiling. This also saves water and energy. Price is around € 1,400. Siemens.

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Neff built-in coffee machine

The appearance of this Neff C17KS61 fully automatic built-in coffee machine is quite purist and characterized by the use of blackened glass and stainless steel. A high-resolution TFT display with ShiftControl offers a high degree of operating convenience. The lighting of buttons and coffee outlet as well as the concealed yet easily accessible containers for water, milk and coffee beans, allows for convenient operation. You have one-touch function for personalized milk mix beverage, cappuccino, espresso macchiato, latte macchiato and white coffee.

Neff also equips this built-in coffee machine with aromaDouble Shot for extra strong … (read more)

Graef milk frother

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The Graef milk frother, the MS 701 and the MS 702 models nearly double the volume of milk, allowing you to make delicious milk froth for classic cappuccino, latte or café au lait.

With a maximum volume of 200 mL of fresh whole milk this Graef milk frother delivers about 400 ml of fine, creamy froth. Special sensor monitors temperature monitoring and shuts the forther automatically at the most appropriate foaming temperature. The milk jug can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Graef.

Newest Technology for the Kitchen

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The kitchen is where we prepare and share meals, converge before crazy days, and shed the chaos of life after work or school in the form of mail, keys, bags, coats, and conversation. It’s a hub of countless tasks and demands. Therefore, it’s not surprising that more and more sophisticated tech products are focusing on meeting those demands. Modernize has gathered a list of exciting tech products and apps for the kitchen that will make your life easier.

Prep Pad

Via Amazon

The Orange Chef Prep Pad focuses on making … (read more)