Bigger isn’t always better; these U-shaped layouts offer supreme style and functionality for small spaces
For maximum efficiency when short on space, this layout excels. Its two parallel counters make all points of the work triangle equally accessible. Important things to keep in mind during your design are: aisle space, light, and storage. Read more
Kitchen is a cooking area so it should be light and pretty spacious so if you have a small kitchen opt for space-conscious equipment and furniture. If you decided to remodel your kitchen think about the style that will suit it. To make your kitchen a warm nice place with an eating area or joint dining room go with warm tones of country or traditional style. If you don’t mind futuristic atmosphere and glossy surfaces of kitchen equipment and appliances then high-tech and modern style is exactly what you need. Read more
The kitchen can be the most difficult room to redesign — it’s easy to underestimate how much renovations will cost, and even easier to get frustrated by unforeseen complications. Enter the DIY Network’s hit show Kitchen Impossible, where expert carpenter and electrician Marc Bartolomeo helps homeowners create the kitchen of their dreams. Bartolomeo teamed up with Good Housekeeping to help newlyweds Eric and Kathryn Hollenbeck update their kitchen for their growing family. Use their simple tricks from this video episodeto transform your space and add resale value to your home.
by Stefania Sainato
Before Shot: Dismal Dining Space
With wallpaper in a haphazard print, an old-fashioned floor, and a ho-hum dining area, the Hollenbecks’ sparse kitchen looks far from homey. The only positive attribute of this space is the abundant light from the two windows. Read more
Remodeling and design experts offer advice for do-it-yourselfers.
from Fresh Home
1. Think ahead.
When redesigning a kitchen, put function first, says interior designer Jacqui Hargrove. “There’s no ideal kitchen shape,” she says. “Whether it’s a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement.” Read more
It’s all in the details! Who knows why, but I just started thinking of how small, pesky, planning details, if overlooked, can cause pain and heartbreak if not addressed. OK, “top secret” may be just a little stretch, but not by much!
I came up with these planning secrets, largely unknown to the typical consumer, off the top of my head, and trust me, there are MANY more that I must be aware of as I slowly and carefully go about editing a kitchen plan for the last time before putting the order “to bed” as I call it, at which time there is no more time for changes. Read more
by Susan Hall
Dodging Design Don’ts
With the countless things that can go right in a kitchen—smooth work flow, just-right lighting, and a warm and welcoming vibe—just as many things can go wrong. From the floor to the ceiling to the materials in between, there’s plenty of opportunity to fall into some all-too-common design pitfalls, like this “before” photo shown to the left. Read more
Transform your kitchen with fresh ideas for color, counters, cabinets, lighting, and more
Retro ranch: The kitchen after
Being on a tight budget, the owners of this retro ranch house did most of the rehab work themselves—redoing floors, fixtures, walls, and ceilings—and then decorated with a mix of new and secondhand pieces. Read more
Time for an update? Pick your favorite style from our gallery of beautiful kitchen designs
Inspiring kitchen designs
Oversize windows and skylights invite in the sunshine. Walls are painted a light-bouncing white, while white ceramic subway tiles brighten the kitchen and baths. Read more