Traditional kitchen design for years has featured both upper and lower cabinets. These cabinets come in a myriad of wood tones, styles and finishes, including glass front cabinet doors. Today we are seeing a break from traditional kitchen cabinets. Upper cabinets are sometimes being replaced with open shelves while lower cabinets are giving way to deep drawers.
Having lower cabinets can mean pots and pans get lost in the back of the cabinet unless you have slide out shelves. Slide out shelves mimic drawers and keep the unified look of cabinet doors throughout the kitchen. However, these shelves are a premium and can add additional money to the kitchen cabinet budget.
The kitchen shown here has upper cabinets above the counters and drawers below. As seen on the island, drawers can be of varying heights, including deep drawers to accommodate larger pots and pans. The drawers slide completely out so there is no more crawling on the floor and reaching to the back of the bottom cabinet to find the missing pan.
Along with using drawers instead of lower cabinets, some newer kitchen designs feature open shelving instead of upper cabinets. This can be a nice addition to cabinets but requires you to be very organized if all of your plates and glassware are on display.
Kitchen design is continually evolving and trends come and go. Stainless steel appliances, stone floors, engineered hardwood floors, glass tile backsplashes, kitchen islands are all some of the most recent trends that seem to be lasting.
Creating a healthy kitchen can be about making healthy meals for your family, but it can also be about creating a healthy environment. Cooking at home is great on the budget and can also be great for the waistline and overall health. Making sure your kitchen is as healthy as it can be is just as important as the healthy food that is prepared there.
New materials for counter tops and floors can help keep kitchens healthier. Anti-microbial properties in natural stone and composite materials mean these materials will be less likely to harbor harmful bacteria or contagions. Stainless steel sinks, counters and appliances are good choices for their resistance to penetration by bacteria and germs.
Even more traditional materials like butcher block counters and wood floors can be healthy if they are cleaned properly. Using a specific cutting board for meats and poultry rather than placing these products directly on counters will limit the spread of bacteria. A mild solution of bleach or vinegar and water can be used on most counter surfaces to keep them clean. Always check your flooring or counter top dealer before using any new chemicals on your floors or counters.
Healthy kitchens are clean kitchens. Regularly cleaning out the fridge, freezer and cupboards reduces clutter and gets rid of expired food. Keeping pantry items in sealed containers will prevent rodent or insect activity. Check your pantry regularly for signs of these critters.
Being healthy begins with a healthy kitchen. A clean kitchen may even inspire more cooking and healthier family meals.