Kitchen Design Guide

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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Bompani range cooker

The stylish Bompani range cooker in antique red with brushed stainless back splash features 5 gas burners with safety valves including a powerful triple crown wok.

The energy ‘A’ rated Bompani range cooker comes with the touch ignition, cast iron grates, 105-liter electric oven with 7 programs, interior light and programmable analog clock. Bompani.

Bompani range cooker

The stylish Bompani range cooker in antique red with brushed stainless back splash features 5 gas burners with safety valves including a powerful triple crown wok.

The energy ‘A’ rated Bompani range cooker comes with the touch ignition, cast iron grates, 105-liter electric oven with 7 programs, interior light and programmable analog clock. Bompani.

Kitchen island with aquarium

Designed by Robert Kolenik of Eco Chic Design, this kitchen island contains real aquarium. The Dutch designer is known for his distinct and recognizable Kolenik style, that appeals to a wide international audience.

It is best described as minimalist and warm, carefully marrying functionality and aesthetics to create harmony and balance. Kolenik hotel and villa designs exude an inviting quality of peace and tranquillity, while restaurants and other hospitality designs are more daring, aiming to fascinate and excite their guests.

The use of materials like luxurious natural stone and even living nature add interest … (read more)

Kitchen island with aquarium

Designed by Robert Kolenik of Eco Chic Design, this kitchen island contains real aquarium. The Dutch designer is known for his distinct and recognizable Kolenik style, that appeals to a wide international audience.

It is best described as minimalist and warm, carefully marrying functionality and aesthetics to create harmony and balance. Kolenik hotel and villa designs exude an inviting quality of peace and tranquillity, while restaurants and other hospitality designs are more daring, aiming to fascinate and excite their guests.

The use of materials like luxurious natural stone and even living nature add interest … (read more)

11 Christmas Advent Calendars: Updated Styles for a Traditional Favorite

Buy Here Christmas comes just once a year, but there are only 24 days in the Advent Calendar – and the countdown starts on December 1. Are you ready? The traditional advent calendar has given way to a more stylized version – from old photos on reclaimed wooden trees to spa treats in sleek, modern packages. And let’s not forget the whiskey advent calendar! From chocolates to cocktails – here’s to the Christmas season! Linen Garland Advent Calendar

Stirio Hands-Free Stirrer mixes it up in the kitchen

Stirio Hands-Free Stirrer mixes it up in the kitchen

Making risotto is a labor of love. It’s rice, after all, turned into something wonderful but the constant stirring that’s required scares off some people and getting to perfection takes time. But what if a motorized pot stirrer could make the risotto? The Stirio Hands-Free Stirrer, $ 54, is claimed to do just that and more, so the experts at Consumer Reports put Stirio to the test.

Stirio claims

“Clamps onto your pot and will stir any food; for example, porridge, risotto, … (read more)

Chazelles wood metal fireplaces

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The wood burning, modern wall mounted fireplaces from Chazelles are made of high quality metal and offer sweeping views of roaring flames.

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Though not overly efficient, these wall fireplaces bring a clean minimalist look and are perfectly suited for smaller contemporary living spaces. Chazelles.

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Spoutnik Freestanding Microwave from Fagor

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The Spoutnik from Fagor might be one of the cooler microwaves we’ve ever seen. What is Spoutnik? How about we have Spoutnik tell us.

“I am an exciting new freestanding microwave with an innovative domed design and illuminated turntable. Very versatile for my size, my unique spherical shape and spacious interior can accommodate a wide range of dishes and unlike traditional microwaves; you always have a 360º view of what I am cooking. My translucent lid has a smooth opening system so my internal cooking area is completely accessible, making me much easier … (read more)

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