Is The Kitchen Work Triangle Effective?

Granite island and perimeter surfaces

Create a snack zone prep area between major appliances. This usually involves a micro & refrigerator nearby. http://studio76kitchens.com

Since most homeowners now admit there is more than one person working in the kitchen, the inefficiency of a basic “work triangle” (sink, fridge, stove) is rather obvious. Where do you put an army of small appliances and still keep adequate counter space? Balancing the choices of large appliances is also a challenge since the goal is to accomplish a floor plan that doesn’t seem “forced”. Here is a small quick list of pet peeves (more politely called design challenges) that I see out there in all different kinds of kitchen spaces. Try to avoid these.

1- A giant microwave over the range or on the counter

2- A dishwasher trapped in the corner/fridge up against wall

3- A refrigerator that is too deep and sticks out into the room

Another negative that you may want to avoid …… anything that cannot be wiped down with a sponge doesn’t belong in a kitchen.

The best kitchen is an uncluttered kitchen, no matter what your style choice is, and creating “work zones” rather than a strict triangle. Here are a few that I like:

A) Snack zone or nook

B) Mail drop

C) Electronic device charging station

D) Two prep zones

E) Medicinal/vitamin separate storage

D) Cooking zone properly scaled for the space

E) Smaller appliances zone created with cabinetry http://customcupboards.com/meaningfulchoices/productlines/heartland/

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!

White Kitchens

white kitchen cabinets

White… is it a color? The clean and neutral color of white is a safe choice for kitchen cabinetry, especially if you are remodeling your kitchen. Here are 5  quick reasons to select white finishes for your cabinets.

1- Existing or new appliances always blend. That’s good design.

2- Showcasing stone countertops, such as quartz or granite with movement will be amazingly beautiful with a perimeter of white.

3- There is a safety factor with remodeling in neutral cabinet finishes, especially white since it’s never trendy and may appeal to a future home buyer.

4- There are many options including MDF material for cabinet doors that can be painted white, or wood like maple that can be painted white as well as Thermofoil white which is a safe, wipe-able white that will not move around with humidity level changes.

5- Bold accent colors can be used in multiple places in or around your kitchen. I am loving the new pops of yellow and purple against white and stainless steel for 2014.

My view of smaller kitchens…..

Single bowl for Small Kitchens!

Single bowl for Small Kitchens!


Since I get a lot of feedback on posts about small, even tiny kitchens, here are 5 more tips:

1- ADD A COUNTER You’d be surprised how useful 18-24 inches can be in countertop space. Either have a kitchen dealer design and order a 2 X 2 or 3 X 2 island in a painted or stained furniture finish (which, of course if your kitchen is tiny, you will put up against a wall or against the side of one of your existing cabinets, even if it “floats” into an adjoining room)

2- COOK IN STAGES Think about it this way …. all the cooking shows you love to watch show the chef standing in one place, facing the camera, with all the measured ingredients already measured out, ready to put it all together for the viewer. Most restaurant people will want their cooks to stay confined to a prep area that’s basically a “station” with an appliance and very little counterspace. I have a small kitchen myself, and like to prepare the ingredients perhaps the nite before, clean up…and then before dinner the next day, only use a bowl or pan and few utensils to finish preparing the meal. It helps!

3- BUY THE CABINET ADD-ONS Here are just a few….foil and towel roll accessories you can attach to the insides of cabinet doors; wire inserts to make one of your cabinets store things vertically; a pot/pan hanging wall rack (get those everyday pans out of the cabinets) Make a trip to a local Bed Bath&Beyond and you’ll be surprised at the organizers available (even if you only have 6 cabinets!!!)

4- DON’T STORE ANYTHING ON TOP OF YOUR COUNTERS Or keep it to a minimum. Case in point: I used to think I HAD to have a full blender, but realized those little handheld blenders work great and is much easier to store in a drawer.

5- KEEP EVERYTHING WHITE & STAINLESS This, my friends, will make it look larger. Trust me.

More to come on small kitchens.

Luv ya
Deb