10 Design Essentials for the Perfect Retro Kitchen Kitchens decorated with an eye to the past bring us back to simpler times, when cheerful colors and playful patterns dominated the domestic scene. Whether your interest in a retro kitchen stems from an affinity for all things vintage, or from, say, fond memories of a grandparent's home, the look can be easily put together today, thanks to myriad modern products that harken back to bygone eras. Here, browse ten elements that introduce the best design of yesterday to your kitchen today.
10 New Kitchen Products to Make Your Life Better What if you could get boiling hot water with the flick of a switch or turn on your oven from outside the home? Conveniences that once seemed like science fiction are here-and-now today. We've compiled some of our favorite innovative kitchen products—from easy-glide, pull-out pot storage to an illuminated backsplash—to bring style and convenience to your home and life.
10 Smokin' Hot Range Hoods Today’s range hood seems to fall into one of two camps: the wallflower or the showpiece. Either it’s so hidden it disappears, or the designer chooses to embrace the opportunity for a star focal point.
11 Clever Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinets If you're looking to give your kitchen a facelift, look no further than the cabinets. Whether they store food, plates, appliances, or all three, cabinets often take up the majority of the real estate in the kitchen, both physically and visually. This means that your cabinets may be the most important decision you'll make in decorating your kitchen—along with a few other vital, big-ticket items like the refrigerator and oven. So why not look for cabinet options that will help set your kitchen apart from the rest? We found 11 alternatives that will keep feeling fresh and new, whether you’re sitting down to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your room lacks square footage does not mean you have to skimp on style. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can turn a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.
11 Style-Setting Tiles Destined for Your Backsplash When it comes time to design your dream kitchen, remember that details can make all the difference. While big-ticket elements, such as appliances and cabinets, are crucial, it's the finishing touches like the backsplash that will make your kitchen feel complete. If, like so many homeowners, you are considering a tile backsplash, you have some tough decisions ahead of you! There are so many different types of tile, including ceramic, glass, and even metal, in a huge variety of colors and styles. In addition to traditional tiles that are installed with grout, there are also tiles that use adhesives. There are even peel-and-stick options. Browse this gallery of 11 unique tile products that will put your backsplash front and center.
12 Design Essentials for the Perfect Country Kitchen Country kitchens are one of the most cherished decorating styles in American homes—exuding a laid-back charm that invites guests to pull up a chair and stay a while. More than any single design element, country kitchens are a sum of many parts. Here, a few of the characteristic details that define the look, from paint colors to fabric patterns to faucet styles. Which ones you choose and how you combine them is what will personalize the space.
12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative islands that sprang up from pieces that were recycled, reused, or rescued from elsewhere in the home. With a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination, you too can create your own unique kitchen island.
12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Kitchen Countertops We've narrowed down the options to include some of the very best wood types for a kitchen countertop, whether you're interested in a functional butcher block or a gorgeous accent finish.
7 Kitchen Sink Sins to Avoid Show of hands: Which one of you has just poured bacon grease right out of the pan down into the sink? Or dumped a pot’s worth of used coffee grounds down the drain? Now, consider this: What you dump today you might be drinking tomorrow. The average American uses about 90 gallons of water each day in the home, amounting to approximately 107,000 gallons per household each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Because of our high water usage, nearly everything flushed down the sink winds up back in the drinking water supply—unless it gets stuck, clogging your pipes and triggering pricey plumbing bills. Even modern municipal water filtration systems aren’t fully capable of removing toxic chemicals. Save yourself the hassle and danger by adhering to this list of things that you should never—and we do mean never—dump down the kitchen sink.
8 Countertops You'd Never Believe Were Handmade Don’t live with countertops you hate. Even without the money, time, or motivation for a full-on kitchen renovation, there are several DIY ways to do-over your counters. And while some are easier than others, all would give your kitchen a fresh look for less. Click now to see some of our favorite DIY countertops from around the Web!
Kitchen Cures: The Perfect Solution for Every Unruly Drawer No matter the size of your kitchen, there never seems to be enough storage space to fit the everyday wares and specialty gadgets. Soon, you find the collection spilling onto the countertops and invading your cooking space. But before you consider where to add more cabinets, shelves, or baskets to your kitchen, take a peek inside the areas that still have a little more room to give: your existing drawers. If left a mess, they don't store to full potential. Fortunately, these seven tricks can organize every drawer in the kitchen to work harder and fit more—without turning into an overcrowded junk drawer.
New & Notable: 10 Must-Haves for the Luxury Kitchen The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, it's tempting—and gratifying—to spend a bundle. So if you're going to splurge anyway, make sure that you pick amenities that are as functional as they are beautiful. A good place to start is with these 10 posh options that are sure to enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen, impress your guests, and make food preparation even easier—which is, after all, the purpose of this increasingly luxurious room.
Renovate Your Rental: 9 Kitchen Upgrades You Can Make Renters don’t always have a say in the design or decor of a kitchen, and unless you have a flexible landlord, cosmetic changes are not easy to accomplish. But there are plenty of ways to conceal your kitchen's most unattractive features—and play up its strengths. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, so it's a good use of time to get the space looking and working its best. That means adding storage and lighting, but also changing out counters or cabinets... without jeopardizing your security deposit. Click through our slideshow to view tips that will get you cookin’ in no time.
Small Kitchen Design The best of small kitchen design focuses on function and flow. No matter the size of the kitchen, smart appliance pla...
Spreading Out: 14 Ways to Get More Counter Space Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity worth fighting for. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can help you reclaim lost counter space. Here are 14 great solutions that are just begging to be a part of your kitchen expansion.
Storage Sanity: 15 Ways to Make Your Pantry Functional and Fabulous If the kitchen is the center of the home, the pantry is the center of the kitchen. Having an organized pantry makes everything that happens in the kitchen easier. There are so many ways to make the most of your pantry space, and there are baskets, bins, drawers, and containers of every type. But in your quest for order, don’t forget about decor. A pantry can and should be both practical and pretty. Don’t be afraid to let your style shine bright from behind the cereal boxes. Feel free to paint and label to your heart’s content—even hang a fabulous lighting fixture. Before you unleash the full force of your creativity, however, use our favorite pantry organization tips to help you design the pantry of your dreams.
Subway Tiles: The New Classics While based on traditional 3" x 6" subway tiles popularized in the early 20th Century by the wall coverings installed in the New York City subway stations, today's interpretations are anything but dated.
The Tiniest Appliances You Never Knew Existed While an eight-burner range and 48-inch fridge are the stuff home entertaining dreams are made of, smaller living spaces may require some appliance compromises. But even if the square footage of your kitchen doesn't do justice to your love of cooking, or you don't have the space for a washer to match your overflowing closet, there are several compact appliances on the market that work remarkably well in a condensed footprint. We're talking uniquely tiny. These diminutive helpers could even find a place in a grand home that would benefit from a little appliance downsizing to gain back counter space. So whether you live in a city studio or a country cabin, this roundup of 10 compact home appliances will satisfy both a need for space-efficiency—and your desire for style.
Update Your Kitchen Cabinets: 10 Easy DIY Projects One of the most prominent fixtures in your kitchen—the cabinets—can be your quickest path to creating a whole new room. If you’re looking for a change in kitchen scenery but don’t have the time or budget to commit to a complete overhaul, your best bet is giving your cabinets a facelift. From the obvious to the obscure, there are myriad ways to upgrade your current cabinets without pulling out the hard hats. We’ve rounded up 10 options that you can implement with nothing more than a trip to the home improvement store, some careful decision making, and a weekend's work.
Your Dishwasher Can Do Better: 9 Tips to Boost Performance Modern dishwashers are true time- and labor-savers, but they don’t always perform the way you'd hope. Nearly everyone has had the regrettable experience of opening the dishwasher to find the glasses covered with spots or food residue lingering on the plates. There are, however, a number of simple steps that you can take to keep your dishwasher operating at peak performance. Regular maintenance of a newer dishwasher will ensure years of faithful service, and even older models can show a marked improvement in cleaning ability if you check for—and correct—a few common problems.
Your Eat-In Kitchen: 10 Space-Smart Design Ideas The American kitchen has changed quite a bit in just a few generations. Once used primarily for food prep and casual meals, the kitchen has become the hub of household activity. The kitchen is where we arrange appetizers and chat with our guests while we cook. It's also where we plan vacations, help with homework, and of course eat throughout the day—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even the occasional coffee and crossword. Small wonder, then, that there are so many kitchen seating options, from traditional tables and chairs to space-saving stools that tuck beneath the counters. Here are 10 stylish dining solutions that make even the smallest kitchen a welcoming place to gather.
Zone Your Kitchen Countertops Busy lifestyles mean that many families are solution-driven. The key to contemporary design is to find a way to do it...
Building a Kitchen Staircase Furniture maker Todd Allen builds a staircase from scratch, which will run from the basement to the kitchen, using a technique that is a couple of centuries old.
Installing a Soapstone Kitchen Counter Bob discusses installation and care of the new kitchen soapstone countertop and tours the kitchen, showing the cabinetry, storage, future mudroom, and small office.
Cherry Cabinet Installation Gam Danziger from Craftline Cabinets reviews the assembly of the contemporary Cherry kitchen cabinets being installed in the penthouse apartment.
Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation Bob consults with the project's stone and tile specialist, who explains the process of attaching the Pietra Cardosa countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cabinet.
Installing Kitchen Cabinets Bob meets with LesCare cabinet representative Brad Brewster, of Princeton Custom Cabinetry, who explains the features of this semi-custom cabinet line and also outlines the installation process.
Mounting Overhead Cabinets Bob and Brad Brewster of Princeton Custom Cabinetry oversee the installation of the hanging cabinets in the new condo kitchen. Brewster lists the various features of the LesCare cabinetry, including full-box construction and recessed hardware.
Kitchen Cabinet Design Darcie Miller from Wellborn Cabinets is on the site of the modern Colonial project house to talk about the kitchen's design.
Kitchen Cabinet Installation John Wellborn (from Wellborn Cabinets) and carpenter Paul Anderson join Bob for the kitchen cabinet installation.
Manufacturing Marble Kitchen Countertops Evan Zgonis of Olympia Marble and Granite gives Bob a tour of the facility where the kitchen countertops being used in the modern Colonial house are manufactured.
Feng Shui for the Home Bob visits Emma and Jacob Josselyn in their Cape Cod-style home to see the new Vermont Castings Addison cast-iron electric stove that will warm the corner of their dining room. Katherine Kaess of Soulspaces International discusses feng shui.
Installing the Kitchen Cabinets Mark Van Sickle (from Merillat) installs the hardware on the cabinets destined for the kitchen in the Victorian restoration project house.
Discussing Silestone Countertops and Countertop Templating Dick Deshant (from Counter Intelligence) tells Bob about the new Silestone countertops. And while Brece Rupolt (from Northern Marble & Granite) demonstrates the traditional method of creating countertop templates, Paul Hansen (from E-Template) shows how a template can be made electronically.
Installing Insulation and Plastering Carpenter Bob Ryley and Tim Grether (from Owens Corning) install insulation and vapor barrier in the bathroom. And Jim Larson (from Georgia Pacific) installs a special backer board for tile.
Kitchen Demolition Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton review and demolish the original kitchen cabinets. Bob then visits a salvage yard to view the turn-of-the-century cabinets purchased by the homeowner.
Custom-Made Kitchen Cabinets Bob confers with cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux. He is installing the kitchen cabinets that were custom-built in his shop to match a vintage cabinet found by the homeowners.
Built-in-Place Kitchen Cabinets Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to discuss the built-in-place kitchen cabinets. Richard explains the floor plan and appliance placement.
Designing the Kitchen Contractor Tom Drobitsch explains the kitchen layout before installing an innovative custom cabinet system.
Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. In the master bath, the plumber demonstrates how to install a pedestal sink.
Finishing Touches in the Kitchen In the kitchen, where the white pine cabinets have been installed, Bob Ryley demonstrates how to adjust a European door hinge before he finishes putting in a plate shelf that runs the roof's perimeter.
Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures will likely reside.
European Kitchen Cabinet Showroom Bob visits the Boston Design Center, where he learns about European kitchen design. Europeans view kitchen cabinets as furniture. Lower cabinets are usually movable and upper cabinets are hung like picture frames.
Progress in the Kitchen Work continues in the kitchen with the resurfacing of old counters. Tips on using contact cement are imparted.
Installing Cultured Marble Shower Walls Bob helps install cultured marble panels in a bathroom. The tile professional on the job, Jack Miklaus, shares information on fabricating the panels and tips on installing them.
Setting Tiles Bob meets with a tile setter to learn about the installation of tiles in the kitchen.
Adding Detail to the Kitchen Bob installs some interesting finishing touches in the coach house kitchen. For instance, a pony wall is dressed up with a shadow effect and a routed oak cap.
Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the importance of drilling slowly and of having a new carbide drill bit to avoid cracking or damaging the tile.
Shopping Online for Kitchen Countertops Pablo Contreras (from e-counters.com) joins Bob to explain how shopping, ordering, and installation of all types of custom counters happen through their internet service.
Sink and Faucet Installation Frank Lowry of FJ Lowry Plumbing and Heating installs the a Franke tri-flow Corinthian faucet, now that the countertop and sink are in place.
Chef-Quality Ovens and Cooktop The Silestone island countertop arrives, with the cooktop cutout done on site. Matt Lihous (from DCS/Fisher & Paykel) explains the features of the Dynamic Cooking Systems appliances, installed in the project house kitchen.
Installing Cherry Cabinets General contractor Tim Berky is installing Merillat cherry cabinets in the remodeled kitchen. Berky roughs in the base wall cabinet, shims it, and checks for level. Then, he screws the cabinet into the wall, and through the adjoining face frame, before trimming off the shim. Berky finishes by dressing out the toe kick with a cherry-stained board that he glues and nails in place.
Installing Artisanal Tile Steve Powers (from Trikeenan Tileworks) explains the manufacture of their unique artisanal tiles, and the homeowner lays out her design vision. David Cloutman (from DC Tile) performs the installation.