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Take a Bird’s Eye View of This Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

This fun perspective on a kitchen highlights its thoughtful design. Although the space is relatively small, the high ceiling and limited upper cabinets make it feel open and inviting.

The room supports the active cook with a generous amount of counter space and high-end appliances. The vinyl floor is a simple choice, but suits the room well. The colors and style match the feel of the space and make clean up easy.

The countertops are butcher-block maple, which is gaining popularity among active cooks. The light tones work effectively with the light cabinets and flooring. When a kitchen is smaller, choosing coordinated tones with minimal contrast expands the appearance of the space.

There are a few touches of color – the yellow tube-shaped lights coming down from the ceiling and the whimsical pink toaster by the sink. The high design of the room shows in the exciting range hood echoing the lights and the curved snack area on the right.

Altogether this kitchen is as inviting as it is functional. Cooking in this space would be a pleasure.

Two-level Countertop

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

This well-thought-out kitchen includes something that can benefit many open style living areas – the multi-level countertop.

When granite and solid-surface countertops came on the market, people used them the same way they placed laminates – at one level covering the lower cabinets. With the introduction of countertops that provide such a rich design element, designers began to recognize the possibilities.

Multi-level counters provide multiple benefits. One important plus is evident in this photo. The raised counter camouflages many of the standard counter elements that a kitchen requires. For example, the soap container is functional but not really a design accessory.

Camouflage is even more important when entertaining. Dirty dishes and clutter from food preparation hides from guests.

The higher counter in this photo is rather narrow, possibly because of space limitations. However many raised counters are wide enough to provide an additional eating space by placing stools or bar-height chairs on the other side. With the addition of the raised counter, your home suddenly gains a breakfast bar or place for afternoon snacks, or even a location for spelling drills while cooking dinner.

This area is also useful for parties. It provides another conversation area as well as buffet space. Imagine people seated there munching on various appetizers while talking to their hosts as they complete the meal preparations.

Many people spend time and energy planning their kitchen layout and then stop before addressing their countertops. Be flexible with your thinking and you may find that your countertop design adds to your kitchen’s beauty and usefulness.