Jun 13, 2013

must have elements for timeless custom kitchens

designing for a kitchen 

isn't it interesting how so many things in design and fashion are cyclical?
they are HOT, and then, all of the sudden they are NOT...only to be hot again 20 years later.
it's a lot to keep up with sometimes!
of course, there are some things that never go out of style...particularly in a kitchen. Let’s have a look at a few:

thoughtful storage

do you have enough kitchen storage? 
have you ever heard someone complain -"ugh! my kitchen just has TOO much space! i need to buy some more junk to fill up all my cabinets!"
I didn't think so.
storage is one of the most important elements of a well-designed custom kitchen. deep drawers are particularly nice for mixing bowls, pans or stacks of dishes. pull outs allow easy access to items that can often get lost in the back of cabinets.

kitchen appliance love

over the last decade, there have been a lot of appliance trends, some of which may be here to stay. Some of these trends include commercial ranges, two dishwashers, wine refrigerators, convection microwaves, and larger fridge freezers. the key to keeping your appliance selection timeless for YOU is considering your needs. 
some people have a separate ice maker or two dishwashers on their "must have" appliance list. i personally would not use two dishwashers, but there are many households that have large families or entertain a lot, and would get used a lot!  

the internet has certainly changed the way we shop for all areas of our homes, and many people, including myself, are purchasing appliances online. for my kitchen, I chose to get a separate fridge and freezer, and I LOVE them.

essential kitchen worktop space

whether your kitchen has laminate countertops, or natural stone, having a large area for prep and serving is a must in a well-planned kitchen. kitchen islands or peninsulas are a particularly great place to get an uninterrupted stretch of space, and the benefit of an island is that the space can be accessed from more than one side.

beautiful kitchen lighting

my favourite kitchens to cook in have lots of natural light, but when the sun goes down, it is important that you have adequate lighting for all your needs. a combination of recessed lighting, hanging or flush mount decorative fixtures and under cabinet lighting should give any kitchen adequate light. 

a home for the trash

trash – garbage – refuse, whatever name you give it, trash is a part of everyday life, and so why not give it a home? this is especially true in the kitchen---where a majority of all trash is deposited. a well-planned kitchen should always include an accessible place to throw things away. 

if you recycle, this is a great opportunity to make sure that you have a receptacle for both everyday trash, as well as the items that can be recycled.

This post is sponsored by homebase.  The opinions expressed in this post are entirely mine.


  1. I must say that my inlaws say they have too much storage in their kitchen. After five years in their house, they still have empty cupboards! But that is what happens when you build a walk in pantry that is almost as big as the kitchen. Beautiful stuff you posted here.

  2. I'm having fun reading through your blog. We ordered the same exterior lights from RH also!! But we are starting our build next year. That price was too sweet to pass up. Any recent pic of them installed?

  3. I like your Kitchen Design Style!