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Drawers vs. Doors in the Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

6739121_STraditional kitchen design for years has featured both upper and lower cabinets. These cabinets come in a myriad of wood tones, styles and finishes, including glass front cabinet doors.  Today we are seeing a break from traditional kitchen cabinets.  Upper cabinets are sometimes being replaced with open shelves while lower cabinets are giving way to deep drawers.

Having lower cabinets can mean pots and pans get lost in the back of the cabinet unless you have slide out shelves. Slide out shelves mimic drawers and keep the unified look of cabinet doors throughout the kitchen.  However, these shelves are a premium and can add additional money to the kitchen cabinet budget.

This kitchen has upper cabinets above the counters and drawers below.  As seen in the island, drawers can vary in heights, including deep drawers to accommodate larger pots and pans. The drawers slide completely out so there is no more crawling on the floor and reaching to the back of the bottom cabinet to find the missing pan.

Along with using drawers instead of lower cabinets, some newer kitchen designs feature open shelving instead of upper cabinets. This can be a nice addition to cabinets but requires you to be very organized if all of your plates and glassware are on display.

Kitchen design is continually evolving and trends come and go.  Stainless steel appliances, stone floors, engineered hardwood floors, glass tile backsplashes, kitchen islands are all some of the most recent trends that seem to be lasting.

European Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

This European kitchen has clean lines, bright colors and glossy finishes.  Utilizing bright colors have also become more common for the everyday kitchen design.

While this may not be the kitchen of your choice, there are some very good ideas that can be captured from this room. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

First, the strong contrast makes this an eye-catching kitchen. While the basic color choices are vivid, the white-black-yellow selection keeps the room light and bright. Next, the choice of glossy finishes makes the kitchen feel clean and reflects the light to make it easier to work and clean. Notice that the countertop does not have that particular finish so that there is no glare on the work surface.

Second, this is a very low-maintenance kitchen. By choosing solid-surface flooring, it’s easy to keep clean as well as notice and wipe up spots. The cabinets also are covered in a tough enamel finish that can handle a scrubbing without losing their bright shine. Long handles are an easy grab from any angle.

Third, space is well used but the cabinets don’t overpower the kitchen area. By using a series of shelves on the back wall the kitchen gains storage while still feeling open. The varying shapes and sizes of the shelving provide an almost sculptural background.

With a little attention, you may just find the right addition to your own kitchen in this inviting modern European design.