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Consider the Ideal Use of Your Kitchen in Addition to Decor

family in kitchenOnce you decide to remodel the heart of the home, be sure to consider the optimization of you and your family’s needs in addition to the aesthetics. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans whip up meals faster than residents of any other country: 30 minutes total.  The actual design of your dream kitchen can help you make the most of those minutes.

Each family is different.  By answering the following questions, you’ll ensure that your particular family’s needs are met and your kitchen dreams come true:

How will your family members use the new kitchen?  While today’s open concept designs are sleek and streamlined, many contain open shelving which could prove disastrous if you have young children at home.  Shelves are certainly ideal for displaying your favorite things: photos, vases, cookbooks, etc. However they should be high so that a new walker or toddler cannot climb them and risk falling- or getting into things you wish they would not.  If you or your spouse works from home, considering hiding electrical outlets inside of cabinets or selecting drawers vs. shelved cabinets in which to store file folders.  There are many options available to provide flexible work spaces within the kitchen and to keep counter-tops clutter free.

Is there anything you wish to hide?  If you love using your blender, convection toaster oven, food processor and Espresso machine, but are not fond of looking at them, have garage doors installed.  Appliances remain plugged in and out-of-sight until you actually need to use them.  When preparing meals, simply lift the garage door, pull the appliance out and get to work!  If it annoys you to see your family’s mobile phone chargers, iPad, hand blender, etc. plugged into the wall, have the electrical outlets installed within the actual cabinet.  No worries; they’ll still get charged behind closed doors and you won’t have to stare at nests of cords.

How will you use your kitchen to entertain?  Many people are opting for larger, eat-in kitchens vs. a separate formal dining room to combine smaller, separate spaces or simply because the open-flow concept has become so popular.  If you like to serve your meals to guests buffet-style, consider if you would prefer to arrange the meal on an island or a separate buffet, away from the main workspace.  It may seem awkward to serve food on an island if the stove or sink is built into it because of messes which occur during food preparation.  You may want to store and display wine and cocktail glass in cabinets with glass doors if you tend to tell guests to ‘help themselves’ vs. making them open every cabinet door searching for the right glass.

No matter what, your kitchen renovation should be the result of your very own family’s needs!   By considering these questions, you’ll ensure that your new kitchen will be a dream come true vs. a dangerous or cluttered nightmare.

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Contemporary Design Elements for an Organized Kitchen

A functional kitchen is an organized kitchen. A hot idea for this year’s contemporary kitchen design is the addition of new organization systems. By making the kitchen more functional, home owners can enjoy the freedom to use their kitchens knowing all dinnerware, cookware, and other kitchen elements are in the proper place. For a smaller kitchen, this can be a plus because it opens up the kitchen space for other purposes like entertaining and spending time with family. Some of the contemporary kitchen designs include organizational systems that fit neatly into kitchen drawers and cabinets. By using customized and adjustable organization trays, racks, and shelves; the kitchen is more convenient to use. Learn more about Berloni organization solutions for your contemporary home.

  • Drawer organization solutions. In the kitchen, drawers can quickly become overfilled with a variety of cooking tools and accessories. To get control of the clutter, it’s important to install drawer organizers that are right for each individual use. Choose from eco-friendly wood drawer organizers that are shaped to fit utensils and silverware. For deeper drawers, plate racks and adjustable organizers can create more space for plates and cookware.
  • Cabinet organization shelves and racks. As part of a kitchen upgrade, you may decide to make your cabinets and shelves more spacious with custom racks. Use them to hold plates, glasses, barware, pottery, and various types of cookware for fast access to the things you need to make each meal complete. Shelves can be built to suit any type of cabinet, providing an extra layer of storage and organization in your contemporary home.
  • Custom container organization. In order to keep foods, condiments and spices fresh, you may choose modern in-drawer storage solutions that use customized kitchen containers. These containers fit neatly into kitchen drawers, in cabinets, and on shelves where you need them. They are stackable and come in a variety of contemporary European inspired designs and colors. Use labels or special color combinations to maintain order in your kitchen.
  • Wall and pantry organization options. The pantry can be a good place for storing anything from food staples to extra cooking tools, therefore having access to organization can maximize this space in the kitchen. Organization solutions can include stainless steel and quality reclaimed wood racks built into cabinets or shelves that provide ample space for anything you need to stow away.

As part of our kitchen update, you can experience more by adding new kitchen drawers and cabinets that make the most of your space. Putting things within reach and ease of use is what makes the modern kitchen appealing to today’s savvy home owner.