Posts Tagged ‘kitchen layout’

Island Range Hoods

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath, Uncategorized

18283808_STwo big trends in home design merge in this house: kitchen islands and open floor plans.  The kitchen opens onto a larger room that a more formal dining area, anchored by a beautiful focal wall featuring large windows.  Having the same wood floors flow throughout the space makes the two spaces feel cohesive, which it is. One of the key features of this space is the open feeling created by the floor plan and ceiling height.  Having the range on the kitchen island lets the chef take full advantage of the view.  In an open concept space, venting the range with an exhaust hood is key to contain and minimize cooking odors throughout the room.

When ranges are placed on kitchen islands, there are two options for venting the range. One is to have the exhaust vent come up out of the counter as needed. The other is to have a four sided range hood that floats above the range. This kitchen has the second option.  A stainless steel exhaust hood is a popular choice in kitchens whether it is wall mounted or an island hood.

For an open concept kitchens like this, the island becomes the focal point of the kitchen space. Placing the range on the island is a good way for the chef to be able to engage with family at the counter or guests in the living room. Rather than having their back to the room, the chef can watch the action and join the conversation.

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.