Whether you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, or you’re building your dream home, there’s no shortage of ideas to help you create a functional, yet beautiful, space that you’ll love for years to come. While the countertops, cabinetry and lighting fixtures are all an integral part of the overall design of the kitchen, it’s also the small details that can make the heart of your home a standout!
Under-cabinet lighting has become a popular option that’s designed to illuminate the countertop. However, to make the most of this task-lighting option, be sure lighting is installed toward the front of the cabinet – not the back. If it’s placed near the back of the cabinetry, it will only highlight the backsplash, which means you won’t receive any benefits of the light on your actual work surface where you need it most.
And speaking of the backsplash, keep the focus on your beautiful backsplash by color-coordinating outlets to blend in with your tile. You can find colored outlets and wall plates at many local lighting and hardware stores, as well as online. Another way to give wall outlets a streamlined profile is to turn them horizontally, which will make your beautiful backsplash the star of the show – not the outlet.
Incorporating paneling over appliances to mimic the look and style of cabinetry has become a popular way to create a custom look in the kitchen. With that in mind, a new trend that’s heating up is concealing the microwave. Bulky microwaves are no longer taking up space on the countertop or enjoying prominent placement above the oven. Instead, this small appliance has found a discreet new home that’s tucked away in a wall cabinet with a lift-up door or in a slide out drawer under the countertop.
As the trend for clutter-free countertops continues to grow, there’s a myriad of organizational ideas to help tidy up your worktop. With specialty drawers for spices and oils, cutlery or paper towel holders, you can find many options to maximize counter space. Another smart storage trick is a built-in divider added to a pull out drawer to create space specifically for pot lids.
With these ideas you’re sure to design a kitchen that’s ideal for your needs and lifestyle. Plus, all these details are a great way to make your time in the kitchen a little easier – and more fun!