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Making the Right Choices for Your Kitchen


 When creating a kitchen, you first must decide:

  • What styles appeal to you

  • What items you must have

  • How much you want to spend

  • When you want it to be done

  • What size and shape you prefer

Every kitchen has the same basic design elements:

  • Cabinets

  • Appliances

  • Countertops

  • Flooring

  • Sinks and faucets

  • Walls, ceilings, windows, moldings and other architectural details

But consider these factors when selecting products that will affect your kitchen's look and functionality:

  • The architectural style of your home-by making your home's interior reflect its exterior, you bring continuity to the whole structure.

  • Your needs: perhaps you want space to cook big family meals, you're an at-home gourmet, or you have special accessibility concerns.

  • Your cabinets' door style and color will have the most impact on your new kitchen's palette by making the strongest visual statement.

  • Appliances also deserve top billing. Which ones you select and where you put them will determine how cook-friendly your layout is.

Finally, you'll want to choose complementary countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures, and architectural details. Don't try to get everything to match exactly. You can give your kitchen a personal feel by making sure everything coordinates but still keeps its own character.


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