What Makes a Great Kitchen?

To help you plan your great kitchen we have listed some outstanding kitchen designs and features.

First we will show your how to customize your kitchen to reflect your family's life style and tastes. It highlights the elements of a great kitchen: interesting color schemes, unique building materials, creative lighting, space-expanding storage units, and unusual appliances and fixtures.

Some classic styles range from traditional to country to contemporary. Also there is the "inspirational-style" kitchen. This innovative style lets you step beyond the usual boundaries of design and decor to create your own personal look.

Whether you are sprucing up your old kitchen, planning a major over haul, or designing a completely new kitchen.

Planning To Fit Your Life-Style

Kitchen planning starts with a close look at your family. How large is it? Is your family growing? consider your family's eating and cooking habits. Who eats at home? How often? Does your family eat together? Where?

Think over these questions, too: How much cooking is done each week? Is there more than one cook? Are fresh or prepared food more important? How often is equipment like a wok, griddle, food processor or pasta maker used? The answers to these questions will help your select appliance and estimate the food and equipment storage space needed.

Include socializing in this life-style inventory. Does your family enjoy entertaining? How often? Where? For how many guests? Is entertaining informal or formal? Do guest help with kitchen duties? A floor plan begins to emerge as you consider how the kitchen relates to the entertaining areas.

Also list special family needs, such as space for a laundry, a sewing and ironing area, a phone center, a hobby counter or seating for children.

Focus on a great design
Plan an exciting focal point for your kitchen. Put a ceramic-tile mural in the spotlight, for example, or pine cabinets stenciled with a country motif. Play up an architectural feature in an older home; create interest in a simple contemporary setting by selecting an unusual material for countertops or cabinets.

This bold approach to kitchen design works best if the focal point is carefully planned in terms of scale, shape, color and material. Visualize the kitchen as complementary setting for the highlighted feature.

Express your personal style
When you coordinate furnishings, accessories, colors and materials for any room, you express personal style. This individual look usually is compatible with classic style, such as stately traditional, lively country. sleek and simple contemporary or "inspirational," an eclectic mix of styles.

Study the elements of classic styles through design books, store display, design seminars and in consultations with kitchen planners. This step refines planning skills, especially for those who are tacking a kitchen design project for the first time. Then confidently express your personal style.

Color
Pulls a room together
A strong color scheme gives a kitchen character and unities the design. consider a monochromatic plan, in which color, or shades of one color, dominates. Use the color on large areas, such as cabinets, counters or walls.

Set a mood with color. Dark tones bring wall inward, creating intimate space; whites and neutrals open up a room. Warm up a north-facing kitchen with reds, yellows, oranges. Cool a warm-climate kitchen with white blues, greens.

Creates Visual impact For visual impact, use bold splashes of accent color. Intense hues, used judiciously, will heighten the contrast in a color scheme.

Lively accent colors prevent neutral color schemes from becoming too subdued. Areas of strong color may also create eye-catching details in a room that lacks architectural interest.

Lighting
Bright looks for cooking and dining
An effective lighting plan combines general lighting with task lighting. Examples of general lighting include track lights and recessed ceiling fixtures. Working at the sink, cooktop or counter requires task lighting such as an under-cabinet fixture.

Natural lighting also is an important part of any kitchen plan. Skylights and opening high in the wall, such as clerestory or greenhouse windows, are superior sources of natural light.

Decorative accent lighting is taking a more prominent place in kitchen design. A popular choice lighted glass-front cabinets.

Storage
Pantry that has adjustable wire basket that will accommodate most containers. Swinging panels allow access to back shelves. For efficient storage, use vertical as well as horizontal space.

Hope this help you plan your great Kitchen.