Favorite Kitchen Features
When we started building a house, I knew I wanted to spend the most money in the kitchen. It is the heart of the home and where we spend the most time. I wanted to do things that would have a big impact and create a bright and open space. I thought I would share some of my favorite kitchen features and trends.
I have to say that one of my favorite kitchen elements is the Cabinets. I feel like they are the first thing that people see and take up the most space (if you’re lucky). I like Shaker style cabinets with clean lines. I know a lot of people can get real fancy and intricate with the detailing on cabinets. I like to just keep it simple. Taking your kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling will have a great impact! It can make the space feel so much more open. We chose to double stack our cabinets. So we have short cabinets stacked on top of our regular cabinets. The upper short cabinets have glass front doors. I think adding the glass makes it feel even airier. Now if you have the space for open shelving then that can also open up a kitchen. Having cute shelves creates a nice place to display your favorite dishes. Open shelves can also cut down on the bulk of where a cabinet once was. I think picking a light cabinet can also help open the space. If you are worried about them getting dirty, choose a darker color for the island. The island usually has a lot more traffic and sitting than other cabinets. Choosing a darker contrasting color can give the space character and be easier to clean. You still get the bright open feel of the light upper cabinets while having the darker lower island cabinets.
Ok, this is not a must but I just love a hidden trash can. Trash is stinky and ugly. If you can fit in your pantry, that is great. I just don’t like it in my pantry with my food. If you can find a way to have a trash can drawer built into your cabinets, DO IT! I am so excited about having this at the new house. No more big ugly silver trash can hanging out in our kitchen. I think it is just a neat feature that will hide the smelly ugly junk.
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