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Open shelving is gorgeous. But be honest with yourself: Do you want every novelty mug and bottle of generic-brand ketchup on display?
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When planning your kitchen, think about all the items you’d be proud to display--and that you can realistically keep organized. Put these things (say, your white wedding china or that funky bowl you got in Kenya) front and center in an open or glass shelving unit--and hide the rest of your ugly stuff behind more traditional closed-door cabinetry.
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While it’s totally fine to choose fridges, ovens and dishwashers with a shiny chrome finish, keep in mind that once you add in a stainless microwave, toaster and set of frying pans, your cozy hearth might start to look a little like a morgue.
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Call us crazy, but we like white or black or colored(!!) appliances. (How pretty is this kitchen with a stainless fridge, black dishwasher and gold hood?) Still want to stick with chrome? Consider putting bigger-ticket items--like fridges and microwaves--behind cabinetry paneling.
Photo credit: Jill Sorensen
If you’ve got two cabinets that can’t both be open at the same time… you’ve made a horrible mistake. Same goes for a fridge that opens away from the heart of the kitchen (and into a wall) or a dishwasher that prevents you from being able to stand at the sink.
Photo credit: Dura Supreme Cabinetry
When designing your kitchen, imagine opening every single door at the same time. Is there anything that might come into contact? If you’re not sure, break out the measuring tape.
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Hey, guess what? Everything you love in life--from your KitchenAid to your iPhone--plugs into the wall. You’re going to need more than two outlets, lady.
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We especially love a sneaky drawer or island outlet.
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Compared to backsplashes and countertops, trash is so not sexy. Make sure you carefully consider its placement--or risk being the woman with a big, dumb recycling bin in the middle of her French farmhouse kitchen.
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Treat yourself to separate bins for regular, paper and plastic. Spring for soft-close cabinetry while you’re at it.
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Did you know you’re technically supposed to have three types of lighting in your kitchen: overhead (for general illumination), spot (for lighting up specific tasks) and accent (for drawing attention to your most gorgeous design elements). If you’re missing the latter two, chances are your kitchen looks sterile and overly fluorescent.
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In addition to overhead or high-hat bulbs, illuminate prep areas with pendant or track lighting. And can we talk about under-cabinet lighting for a minute? Yeah, you’re gonna want that to show off your sexy backsplash. (Final plea: Go for LED bulbs. They last 15 years!)
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You smell that? That’s the bacon you cooked two days ago.
Oven hoods don’t just look pretty (although: swoon), they also work crazy well to vent smoke, heat and smells to the outside world. Don’t have the space or budget for a hood? Even a ceiling fan or vented microwave can help with your smoke show.
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Yes, you have to think about resale. Yes, you need a kitchen that won’t look dated in ten years. Yes, beige goes with everything. But c’mon people: Live a little.
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This is the room in which you will arguably spend most of your time--make it reflect your (non-boring) personality. Take a chance on interesting features, like a backsplash stripe or funky light fixture. Heck, even quirky, colored breakfast stools can brighten up the joint.
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Kitchen renovations: If you’re anything like us, you could talk about them, read about them and otherwise fantasize about them all day long. But when it comes time to do your own, are you thinking with your head and not just your wild, Pinterest-obsessed heart?
Here, eight of the most common mistakes people make when starting a redesign--and what you can do to avoid them.
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