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Kitchen Design Tips

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One of the most important, impactful spaces you can ever design in your home is your kitchen! With so many style options, it can be hard to know where to start or how to begin designing a kitchen. Follow these tips below to create a beautiful, yet practical, kitchen.

Remember the Work Triangle

If you were to take the points in front of the sink, cooktop and refrigerator and connect the dots to form a triangle, the total distance (perimeter length of the triangle) should be no more than 25 feet.


Keep The Walkways Wide

Make sure your pathways in the kitchen are wide enough for you to maneuver comfortably. When you are cooking, you don’t want to hit your sides on the kitchen island, or accidentally bust your hip against the countertop. Leave enough width for you to move with ease throughout your kitchen. 40” is a good distance to begin your design.


Island Or No Island?

When designing your kitchen, you need to decide whether or not a kitchen island is right for you. An island can be especially helpful when considering the functionality of your kitchen. An island can have an added sink or dishwasher to help with space. You can also cook and eat on a kitchen island, provided that you allow enough space to do so.  Raised bar tops have gone out of style these days and are generally more expensive to produce for the equivalent space.  Buy ‘copunter-height’ bar stools for the overhang seating.


Don’t Neglect Recycling

Often, people forget to make a place for the recycling bins in their kitchen. When designing your kitchen, don’t forget to leave space for organization of your recycling bins. Plan out spots for waste and recycling in order to help with sorting your items for recycling.  Generally, a cabinet with trash is 18” wide base minimum, 21” in most cases.


Add A Message Center

In the kitchen, add a message center that is easily viewable. Putting one beside the refrigerator guarantees that everyone will see the messages posted at one point in time. Use a bulletin board, whiteboard, or chalkboard on the wall. This is the perfect place to post reminders, to-do lists, and grocery items that need to be replenished.  Don’t forget grommet holes or other appliance needs if powered from below.


Smaller Kitchens Require Light Paint

Dark colors are known to shrink the appearance of kitchens. If you are designing a smaller kitchen, it’s better to use light colors, because it creates an illusion that the kitchen is big. Let in plenty of natural lighting, and your kitchen will expand visually.


Pick A Focal Point

Choose one area in your kitchen and make that your focal point. This can be colorful backsplash tile, brightly painted kitchen cabinets, or unique countertops. Picking a focal point can make it easier to add accented designs in your kitchen, and it can give you a starting place when it comes to picking out colors and patterns. Rule of thumb: Wild eye-catching colors & pattern tops, easy going backsplash tile, and vice versa.


Calculate The Right Height

When installing appliances, make sure they are the correct height for you and your family. Consider the placement of the microwave, as it could be too high for some family members if it is positioned above the stove. This goes for other appliances as well. Place them where they are easy to access for everyone. 


Now that you’ve got some design ideas under your belt, make sure you consult with a professional company. Capitol Granite has all of your kitchen design needs covered. Make sure to contact us at our website: https://capitolgranite.net/



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