Kitchens are no longer utilitarian workspaces, but they can’t be glitzy showpieces that you look at and never touch. Today, kitchens must be places to enjoy form and function together, like art that you live and work in. Your kitchen should be an extension of your personal tastes, but planning a kitchen remodel can be a daunting task. To get you started thinking about your kitchen design, here are some out-of-the-box ideas.
Storage is a must in any kitchen, but cabinets are just one way to go. More people are starting to invest in shelves that are easy to access, beautiful to look at, and replete with modern amenities that make it easy and convenient to store and access food. One unique way to design a shelving unit is to think about the food pyramid.
In the food pyramid scheme, you start with a shelving unit that has a large base. That’s where you put grains, cereals, breads, and other carbohydrates. On the next shelf up, which is slightly smaller than the first, you put fruits on one half and veggies on the other. The third shelf is smaller still and is divided evenly between meat and dairy (though some of this will need to be refrigerated). The top shelf is reserved for sweets and is the smallest of all.
The shelves can be made of any material you like, such as wood, metal, or plastic. They can be painted or stained in a variety of colors and can include drawers, racks, hooks, slots, or any other storage option you find appealing. If you want some more ideas, visit Case Design’s DC kitchen remodeling to see lot’s of great ideas of kitchen shelving.
Sugar and Spice and Making it Look Nice
Every kitchen needs a place for the little things. Things like spices, salt, pepper, small fruits, nuts, and other loose items can be difficult to store in an organized way, but don’t worry because there is a solution. It is as easy as mounting jars to the bottom of your shelves and it goes like this.
Take a nice jar with a solid metal lid and remove the lid. Use a small nail (or screw) to secure the lid to the underside of a shelf. If you do it right, you will be able to screw the jar into the lid and it will hang from the shelf. You’ll have no more mess, no more clutter, and a great storage solution for all the little items in your kitchen. What makes this even better is that clear jars make it easy to see exactly what is in them.
Going green in the kitchen can be difficult because some food must be refrigerated and the refrigerator is the biggest energy user among appliances. Sometimes it seems easier to just stick everything in the fridge, since you need it anyway, rather than try to figure out which things can hang out on shelves and in baskets. However, if you reduce the size of your fridge by reducing your storage needs, you can literally save hundreds of dollars on your electricity bill each year and cut down your carbon footprint substantially.
If you decide to store things like bread, fruit, potatoes, and other food items outside of the fridge, then look for contains made especially for those items. Terracotta is a great option for many foods because it absorbs some of the moisture that can lead to mold and rot. Terracotta also tends to stay cool and lid seal well enough to reduce air flow and maintain freshness. If terracotta isn’t your cup of tea, there are lots of options in wood, metal, and plastic to fill your storage needs.
The ideas above will get you started, but you can go well beyond them to create a kitchen that is all your own. Consider the ideas above as spring boards for other ideas. Start small, with something manageable, and work up to bigger projects from there. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful kitchen that is all your own design; one that friends and family will compliment you on every time they visit.
Alan Rosinski loves the modern kitchen. He enjoys redesigning and renovating kitchens for function and beauty. He often blogs about the new options and innovations for kitchen renovations and updates.