Unique 5 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen That Will Amaze Youimage
Unique 5 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen That Will Amaze You
1. Store stuff where you use itThe most basic way to simplify an existing kitchen is to arrange equipment and dinnerware so that everything's stored close to the place where you use it. That means dishes next to the dishwasher, pots and pans next to the stove, and so forth, That will make your life in the kitchen much more relaxed and will also help you identify the things you're not using on a daily basis, which you may not need at all, or, at the very least, may need to store somewhere else.
The things you do use often should be stored closest to the work counters. That means in the base drawers directly below the counters, or the cabinets right above.
Make whatever you use the most often the highest priority for using the space available. If that's a microwave and the stuff you use to heat up frozen dinners, that's what you should create as the focal activity center and where you should devote most of your storage space. Just remember, you're the one who's going to use the kitchen, so never mind what another cook or family would make top priority.
2. Design storage from the inside outTo make your kitchen look cleaner and work more efficiently, pay as much attention to the inside of storage cabinets and drawers as you do to that pretty veneer or dashing color. "If you're not gutting the kitchen, a manageable improvement is upgrading the interior of your storage," says Kalina. "Consider each piece in terms of what goes inside and how you need to access it. Then consider adjustable and roll-out shelves, drawer dividers, and even upgrades like vertical tray dividers if you have a lot of cookie sheets.
3. Consider drawers, not deep cabinetsThink about using drawers in place of under counter cabinets. Those cabinets can be really deep, which means wasted space and crawling around on your knees to get the stuff way in the back and designing pullout shelves for them can be expensive. That might be an advisable approach to hold heavy pots and pans, but drawers are very helpful for any number of other things. You can use them to hold mixing bowls, for example, or create a baking drawer below the prep counter that holds the mixer, the pastry cutter and the sifter.
High-quality drawers can hold a decent amount of weight, too, she adds, and can be fairly wide if you need to hold implements such as griddles or baking sheets. They offer drawers with pegboards and upright dowels on the floor that strategically keep a stack of plates or bowls from sliding as the drawer closes.
4. Do take messages, but skip the extra seatingThe trend in the past several years has been to get away from having a message center in the kitchen, but I think that's a mistake. Most people have always used the kitchen as a place to hang the car keys or for the kids to store their homework or even to check recipes on the laptop.
You can make the message center simpler, though, says Kalina, by eliminating that extra chair or desk-chair combination. "You probably need an under-counter file cabinet more, so you have a place to store all those papers.
5. Minimize multiple rulesOnce you've tackled the concealed aspects of your kitchen, consider the visual impact of the materials you can see. Try to limit the materials you use for kitchen focal points to two or three if you're going for a simple, soothing look.
A simplified kitchen design isn't so much about which materials you use in the visible spaces, but how many, If you have a stone counter below a backsplash made up of several types of tile, that's going to look busy.