Classic door styles and colours make new kitchens timeless

There was a time when cabinets were the main architectural detail in the kitchen but that’s changed with appliances, countertops, floors and backsplashes now playing very important roles. All of these have gone decidedly upscale and meant to be noticed. Unfortunately you can only have so many strong elements in the same room before they all start to compete and distract from each other.

 

Today the role of the cabinets has changed from the main feature in the kitchen to one that supports the other strong elements by holding everything together. It’s also a key reason why white cabinets are so popular. White acts as a neutral and provides clean separation between the other elements helping them to be features by getting the attention they need.

 

The beauty of white is that it makes whatever you put with it look fresh. It’s also the only traditional colour for kitchen cabinets. The current cabinet colour choice trend is

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Simple guidelines for planning an efficient kitchen layout

For more than a hundred years, architects and homeowners have endeavored to develop the most practical kitchen layout. The first really scientific plan was the Work Triangle developed in the late 1940’s by a group of architects at the University of Illinois. The concept is based on positioning the 3 principal appliances, the stove, fridge and sink, as 3 points of a triangle.

Basic rules for using the work triangle:

  • The sum of the sides of the triangle should be between 15 and 25 feet with the optimum being around 21
  • The distance between any two of the three major appliances should be no less than 4 and no more than 9 feet
  • If possible, traffic should not flow between the sink and stove
  • Tall cabinets should not be place between points on the triangle

Simple but effective, the work triangle was developed when kitchens were relatively small and used primarily by one person. It was the golden rule for kitchen design and kitchen planners used it faithfully for nearly 50 years.

Today, nothing is quite that simple.

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