Four Ways To Update Your Kitchen in 2015

Transitional Style in the Kitchen includes color and eclectic lampshade island lightsing.

  • LED tape lights are the latest to add to highlite just about any place in the kitchen. With up to 50,000 of lifespan and low heat output makes LED tape my choice for lighting underneath wall cabinets, or underneath the toekick space. Applying this “tape” to the sides of cabinets with glass doors or above crown molding to reflect light off the ceiling is easy and modern. This professional modular lighting system features a variety of control options. A few manufacturers of LED tape include JESCO, Juno Lighting and Nora Lighting. They also carry LED puck lights.
  • INDUCTION cooktops have incredible instant response. Induction is the best cooking technology on the market. From instant simmering to a high setting for bringing to boil any liquids to an extremely low “melt” setting on many models makes cooking enjoyable. The worktop surface stays relatively cool since it’s magnetic technology. Induction cooking also eliminates the need to use a powerful hood vent. Heat is transferred only to the cooking vessel.Check out Wolf’s induction cooktop in various sizes with 4 or 5 burners.
  • TRANSITIONAL KITCHEN DESIGN is strong in interior design and with good reason. This style has been made popular by homeowners who are trending toward a simpler way of life, or homeowners who still respect and enjoy the familiar traditional looks in furnishings but desire a fresh take on kitchen design with less clutter, clean lines and modern innovative appliances. It’s easy to respect the architectural style of a house and decorate in a transitional style. In kitchens selections include simple door styles, smooth painted or stained finishes which include new gray colors and more modern styled faucets with stainless, nickel and black finishes. Even a vintage piece or flea-market find can be used in a contemporary updated transitional kitchen. Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths blog includes additional information on this kitchen style.
  • EARTHY COLORS for cabinetry is the approach for updated kitchen design, including mixing white paint or black accented islands or upper wall cabinets for effect.Pops of color in frames of cabinets or colorful walls add the interest in kitchen design. Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer or ColorSnap app are great tools to use for deciding what looks the best when painting kitchen walls. Medallion Cabinetry now offers new stains and paints that lend to current design trends in kitchens. Expand your culinary skills, entertain and enjoy an updated kitchen!

Organized Kitchen Culture

A place for everything. What a concept!

Spices in a pantry cabinet....labeled on the tops.

Studebaker AFTER 190

But organizing each shelf and drawer will be trial and error for awhile! I usually like to suggest working in your kitchen paying attention to the items that you use at each specific appliance.

For example, your cooktop. Are you grabbing your spices during the stirring, or do you find the spices you need before you even begin to cook? What about your smaller appliances, like the Cuisinart or blender? Are they pretty enough (like a KitchenAid cobalt blue?) to keep out on the counter all the time? Why not add an electrical outlet and pocket doors on a wall cabinet as shown in the photo?

Baking up a storm? Again, try to organize your kitchen stuff into activity “zones”. Keep the baking items like mixing bowls, baking sprays and utensils, etc. close to the oven.

Vertical storage for trays, sheets, boards. Nice!

Vertical storage for trays, sheets, boards. Nice!

I really liked one homeowner’s idea to install wood dividers in a cabinet above her oven for sheets, cutting boards, over-sized platters and trays. Real Simple also has super ideas for clutter-free living in the kitchen.

I enjoy helping homeowners who want to remodel with the accessories available with cabinet lines! Both Mouser Custom Cabinets and Medallion Cabinets have super organizational options.