How to Reduce Your Kitchen's Ecological Footprint

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 22, 2014 1:58:00 PM

It’s Earth Day, and in celebration we’re offering you ways in which you can reduce your kitchen’s ecological footprint for a more environmentally friendly kitchen and a cleaner world. Whether you carpooled to work, traded in that plastic water bottle for a reusable one or said goodbye to the aerosol hairspray can, there are countless ways to reduce your own emissions into the atmosphere and limit the number of garbage filling up our landfills each year.

When it comes to your kitchen remodel, not many companies offer environmentally friendly options or provide services that are ecologically responsible. In fact—every traditional kitchen remodel with all new cabinetry means that all of that demolished material goes right into the landfill as garbage that goes back into our earth.

But at Kitchen Magic, we not only care about our customers, but we also care about the world our customers live in and the type of world they’ll be leaving behind for their children. So, we offer several environmentally responsible and affordable options for kitchen remodels—here are a few!


kitchen with cabinet refacing 

You may already know that cabinet refacing can save you up to 50% the cost of a traditional remodel, but did you know that it is also up to 70% more ecologically responsible than a traditional remodel with all new cabinetry? With refacing, only the door fronts and drawers are replaced, meaning that only those replaced pieces are discarded. The ‘bones’ of your cabinets will remain intact, saving up to 70% of the materials in your kitchen and keeping all of that material out of the landfills. Plus, because refacing takes only 3-5 days to complete, you’re saving all of that extra gas from travel, resulting in fewer emissions!

Quartz Countertops

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Quartz countertops are made from engineered stone, rather than Granite countertops which are made from naturally mined stone. In order to mine Granite, the ground must be excavated, usually with explosives, which causes damage to the earth. Engineered stone materials, such as Cambria and Silestone Quartz countertops don’t require the same amount of pressure on the earth’s surface.

Bamboo Cabinets


Bamboo cabinet doors, unlike wood or maintenance-free cabinet door materials, is extremely environmentally friendly. Because Bamboo grows freely and quickly, it is not damaged as deeply as the wood from trees. Once trees are chopped down, they must be re-planted, and take years to grow back to their original height. But Bamboo can easily be cut down and will quickly re-grow without any damage done to the plant. Also, Bamboo is a stronger natural material than wood, making it a premier material for kitchen cabinets.


Topics: Ecologically Responsible Kitchens, Bamboo Cabinet Doors

5 Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen More Efficient

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 21, 2014 9:46:00 AM

Sure, if you could have your way, your kitchen would look just like one of those large, beautiful kitchen photos you see on Pinterest or Houzz.  But the truth is that you may not have the money, or more importantly, the space for such a grand kitchen with marble countertops and a layout the size of your whole house. The truth is that sometimes the most efficient space is a room in which you customize to make the most efficient space for you. And this doesn’t always require spending a lot of money to knock down walls and change the layout of your kitchen. To help you make that small space fit your growing lifestyle, we’re offering up five tricks to help make your small kitchen more efficient.

1. Use Your ‘Fake’ Drawers


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‘Fake’ drawers refer to the drawer fronts that are commonly installed underneath the sink in your kitchen, but don’t actually open. With a little bit of elbow grease and some common toolbox items, you can easily open this drawer up to install Sink Front Tip Out Trays for your sponges, rubber gloves and cleaning supplies. You can also remove the ‘fake’ drawer front all together and install a paper towel holder in its place for a convenient place for your paper towel roll and some extra space on your countertop.

2. Make Your Cabinet Doors Organization ‘Hot Spots’



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Often we fill out cabinets to the brim, utilizing all of the space we have on the interior of the cabinets to keep food and other kitchen items off of the countertop and in their proper places. But the interior of the cabinet doors often go unused, and these flat little surfaces are great spaces to keep grocery lists and other important items for organization. You can simply install some corkboard, magnetic strips or spray some chalkboard paint to the insides of your cabinet doors to store your measuring cups on small hooks and keep a handy list of measurements, for example.

3. Roll Out Cabinet Drawers Will Double Your Storage Space


As we pile our cabinets high with food, pots and pans, it can be easy to make a mess and before you know it, much-needed storage space turns into a junk drawer. Roll out cabinet drawers will instantly double the space inside your larger lower cabinets by making the most of the open space between the bottom surface of the cabinet and the top. Now, instead of throwing all of your pots and pans into the cabinet, you have two large drawers that roll out for maximum storage capacity.

4. Lazy Suzans Maximize Corner Space


Many small kitchens have L-shaped or U-shaped layouts with loads of unused or misused corner space. Whether it’s the upper corner cabinet that you throw all of your spices inside or the lower corner cabinet that gets packed full of unreachable snacks, lazy suzans are the best way to make the most of that corner space. These simple cabinet inserts can be made of wood or plastic and consist of one rod that sits in the center of two or three circular shaped shelves that go all the way around the rod, which spins so that you can easily grab anything off of the shelf. This is a small kitchen lifesaver.

5. Customize Your Shelf Space


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Another simple fix for small kitchens that lack adequate cabinet space is to put smaller shelves inside of your shelves. We particularly love this idea for your smaller items like mugs, bowls and small plates that never take up all of the open space in a cabinet. Inexpensive wire racks are a great solution to this all-too-common small kitchen issue. Plus, you can completely customize the inside of your cabinets to perfectly fit each and every item you have inside.


Topics: Kitchen Organization, Storage Solutions

Cordovan Dipped Cherry Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 16, 2014 1:12:00 PM

Mr. & Mrs. Freedman, from Northern New Jersey love their large kitchen layout because it has plenty of space for their family to gather and cook together, plus Mrs. Freedman is considered quite the entertainer in her community. But the outdated and worn out cabinets haven’t looked like crisp, white cabinets for years now. 

So it was finally time for a serious change, and the couple knew they wanted a stunning kitchen transformation to wow their guests for their upcoming spring parties.

cordovan dipped cherry kitchen

Eager to update the space, but unsure about the details, Mr. & Mrs. Freedman sat down with a kitchen specialist from Kitchen Magic, who was happy to begin this journey with the Freedman’s.

First, he helped the couple decide upon the remodeling solution that was right for them.  Because they were happy with the kitchen’s layout, but wanted a completely new look, they decided that refacing was the right choice. Cabinet refacing helped Mr. & Mrs. Freedman save up to 50% the cost of a traditional remodel, and Mrs. Freedman was entertaining in her new kitchen in about a week.  Plus, because cabinet refacing only replaces the cabinet doors and drawers of the kitchen, it’s also an environmentally friendly solution, which is something that was important to Mr. Freedman, who is very environmentally conscious.

Cordovan on Cherry Cabinets

For a look that would really astonish family and friends, the new classically styled kitchen features Cordovan on Cherry cabinets with a Sabel Glaze and Classic Raised Panel #10875 style. The new cabinet doors and drawers completely changed the style of the kitchen, bringing it up-to-date with rich, dark cherry colored cabinets, while keeping it classic with the simplistic style.

Kitchen Island with Granite Countertop

And the new cabinet color pairs perfectly with the Granite countertop in Uba Tuba with a Roundover edge. This dark countertop color is brought to life with green and purple variants to give it movement that is both unique and mesmerizing. Uba Tuba is a daring choice, but is becoming very popular among trendy homeowners, and recently made it to our 5 Most Popular Granite Countertop Colors list.  While the color was a daring choice, the material was an easy decision because it came with Kitchen Magic’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Overall, the Freedman’s are overjoyed with their new kitchen, stating that their only regret was waiting this long to get their kitchen remodeled.

To learn more about kitchen makeovers like this one, and to get expert design advice of your own, schedule your free in-home estimate today.


Topics: Kitchen Remodel Ideas, Spacious Kitchens

Why Spring is a Popular Season to Renovate Your Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 14, 2014 1:24:00 PM

Spring may be the most popular season to have home improvement projects done in your home. Whether it’s just some spring-cleaning, or more major renovation projects like a new roof, spring is a wonderful time to finally get that project finished. 

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And your kitchen is no different! If you’ve had dreams of warmer weather and new, Antique White cabinets with a Walnut glaze, spring is the perfect time to make that phone call and have your kitchen ready for the largest entertaining season of the year.  Here are some of our favorite reasons why you should consider remodeling your kitchen this spring.

It’s already on your mind

What better time to remodel your kitchen then when you want to remodel your kitchen? If you’ve been dreaming about transforming your kitchen for years, like most homeowners, then now is the time to finally get that kitchen renovation of your dreams. 

The warmer weather and blossoming flowers implore you to open up your windows and invite the warmer breeze into your home. And since you’re already doing some spring-cleaning, now is the best time to get that remodel done, just as you’re emptying out your kitchen cabinets.  Spring is all about renewal and rebirth, so why not start this new season with a new kitchen?

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The kids are still in school

Rather than having your kitchen remodeled during a break in the school year, it’s best to have your kitchen done while your children are still away for at least one meal a day.  Plus, with the warmer weather, your children will be staying out later, there will be more school functions for them to get involved in, and you can always take out the grill to celebrate the new season. Looking for new and creative recipes to make while your kitchen is being renovated? Check out our recipe blog for a variety of fun recipes you can make with our without your kitchen! 

It takes less time than you think

Sometimes we put off an important project because we’re worried about how long it will actually take to complete. This can be especially true when a general contractor is involved, and you’re not sure how quickly he will finish your new kitchen.  But Kitchen Magic always completes each kitchen in a timely manner, and we even give you your very own team manager to ensure that the project remains on schedule.  But don’t take our word for it! Check out our thousands of testimonials online to see what our customers have to say about our time management. Plus, if you decide to save some money with cabinet refacing, you’ll have your new kitchen transformation done in about a week!

Spring marks the entertaining season, where we bring out new tablecloths and throw pillows and invite our friends and family members over to enjoy each other’s company.  This means that spring is also the perfect time to show off your new kitchen to your neighbors. So get that beautiful kitchen you’ve always dreamed about, invite your friends over for a party and finally be excited to entertain this season!



Topics: Kitchen Remodel Ideas, Spring Kitchen Decor

5 Most Popular Granite Countertop Colors

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 8, 2014 1:24:00 PM

Granite has been one of the most popular countertop materials among homeowners and designers alike for years. And it's easy to see why--granite is gorgeous! From its stunning appearance with speckled variants and swirls of all kinds, to its natural stone material, granite countertops make for a unique and beautiful focal point in any kitchen. 

But with hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of colors to choose from, you may find yourself picking several different granite countertop colors that speak to your personal style.  To get a kick-start on your countertop color decision, it could be helpful to look at which granite colors other homeowners are installing in their kitchens. So for your viewing pleasure, we present our 5 most popular granite countertop colors for 2014.

1. Tan Brown


Tan Brown hasn't been on our top five list for long, and recently made it to the number one spot only this year. Darker countertops paired with white cabinets have become really popular within the past two years, so it's no surprise why Tan Brown is our most popular color this year. Its dark color is deep and rich, but the many variants of cooler grays and warmer browns bring it back to a neutral tone that matches traditional as well as contemporary kitchen styles.

2. New Venecian Gold

new venecian granite

New Venecian Gold has been on our top five list for many years. Its lighter neutral color lends itself to both light and dark cabinets, while the metallic flecks bring some added shine and a modern flare to any kitchen design. We especially love New Venecian Gold granite countertops when paired with Espresso cabinets and a simple backsplash.

3. Santa Cecelia


Cecelia, like New Venecian Gold, is a lighter neutral countertop with a lot of movement. It does not have the same metallic flecks or golden sheen as New Venecian Gold, but it has more brown variants within the granite. This classic countertop color is the perfect choice for the fickle homeowner. It's simple color scheme pairs great with any color cabinets, while its natural movement will keep you from getting bored.

4. Uba Tuba


Uba Tuba is another darker color taking over our most popular list for 2014. While the name instills visions of blue and green, Uba Tuba is a much more refined color. It has a cool, dark black base with rich gray, purple and gold variants going throughout. This granite countertop color is a bold move, and makes a beautiful statement piece or focal point for any kitchen. 

5. Black Pearl


Rounding out our list is yet another dark countertop color. Like Uba Tuba, Black Pearl has a deep black base color with purple variants throughout for a lot of movement. But unlike Uba Tuba and Tan Brown, Black Pearl has more speckled variants than patches or swirls. It also has bright, iridescent flecks within the granite for some serious sparkle.

Click here to view swatches of these popular colors, along with more of our favorite granite countertop colors. Granite certified by Kitchen Magic comes from the highest grade naturally occurring granite mined in Brazil, Italy and the U.S. Each countertop is expertly sealed with a state of the art sealer and comes with a limited Lifetime Warranty.


Topics: Countertops

How To Design Your Dream Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 3, 2014 2:58:00 PM

Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen, but not sure where to start?

 Designing the kitchen of your dreams is a fun and exciting process, but it can also be daunting.  With all of the color and style choices available for cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, appliances, floors and walls, you can quickly get caught in a whirlwind of confusion. 

How to Design Your Dream Kitchen

First, figure out function

Before you can begin thinking about color palates, determine just how you can change the current function of your kitchen for the better. Then, look into new options for organizing and working with the layout of your new kitchen. Think about custom storage solutions and proper work zones. Once you’ve decided what’s necessary to make your kitchen more functional, then you can start picking out matching patterns. 

Know your budget

Giving yourself a set price to work with will make the designing phase much easier. Start with a budget that includes the remodeling solution that's right for you, like refacing, which is more affordable than most traditional remodels. Next, think about your materials and the prices for each of these materials. Quartz countertops are beautiful, but they can be expensive, so you might want to peruse different options, like Corian, for instance.

Once you’ve determined which remodeling solution is right for your kitchen, it’s time to start thinking about style. Looking at kitchen photos online and on television are great for inspiration, but many of those kitchens have over-the-top budgets. Take ideas from these stellar photos to use in your own unique design. 

Talk to the professionals

Many homeowners consult interior designers or peruse showrooms before planning their kitchen remodel. With Kitchen Magic, you can accomplish both in one consultation--and it's completely free! 

Schedule your Free In Home Estimate today, and Kitchen Magic will send your very own kitchen specialist, equipped with samples for you to view in the light of your own home. Plus, she’ll have expert design advice and remodeling tips that you might not have even thought about before!



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas

5 Quick DIY Tricks to Transform Your Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Apr 2, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Sure—a gorgeous, full kitchen makeover with all new custom cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances would be ideal. But sometimes, that stunning transformation of your dreams is quite a few nights away. To hold you over until you’re ready for the real deal, here are 5 quick do-it-yourself tricks to update your kitchen’s style and breathe some life back into that tired space.


1. Install New Hardware

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While your cabinets may be out of date, they might be in good shape.  If your kitchen was built in the 1960s or 1970s, chances are your cabinets are made of sturdy, solid wood. But just because your cabinets are in good condition, doesn’t mean they’re good looking.  For one reason of another, you may not be ready for a full kitchen remodel with all new cabinets, or even for the less expensive process known as cabinet refacing, but you can still update your kitchen by simply updating some of the smaller features of your cabinets.

If your kitchen is old and drab, odds are, your hardware is just as ugly as your cabinets. The good thing is—hardware is an inexpensive and easy replacement that will instantly update your kitchen! Swap out those rusted and dirty dark brown pulls for modern and shiny knobs. The metallic shine in many modern hardware designs will quickly brighten up your kitchen.

2. Line the Inside of Your Cabinets with Scented Paper

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This is an old wives’ trick that has been used for centuries by mothers trying to get some extra shelf life out of their shelves. The modern version of contact paper puts a fun twist on an old trick, and offers some style as well as a fresh scent. By lining the shelves on the interiors of your cabinets with patterned contact paper, you can bring a touch of color and texture to your kitchen—and help keep it clean, too!

The best part about using scented paper to line your cabinets is that it’s a very budget-friendly option that can be updated as frequently as you’d like. Our personal favorite is a simple chevron pattern with lots of color to brighten up the dark insides of your old cabinets. You could even use fun themed paper for holidays and special events!

3. Get Creative with Chalkboard Paint

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Similar to the scented contact paper, chalkboard paint is an inexpensive item you can pick up at your local craft or hobby store. Once reserved for children’s rooms and play areas, chalkboard paint has quickly made its way to more mainstream rooms.  Available in a spray paint can, chalkboard paint is easy to spray on, easy to remove and a fun way to involve your children in your kitchen update.

You can use chalkboard paint in many different areas of the kitchen.  We’ve seen homeowners create custom chalkboards by framing a piece of cardboard with an inexpensive frame and spraying the cardboard to serve as the chalkboard to write important family updates. If your appliances are out of date or dull, chalkboard paint is the perfect way to quickly freshen them up. You can cover your old refrigerator in chalkboard paint, draw a fun design, keep your grocery list close by, or let your kids run wild with creativity.

4. Have Fun Organizing

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Let’s face it—while most of us love an organized kitchen, we rarely love the act of organizing the space. But think about it: How many beautiful kitchen photos have you seen that include all of the pots, dishes and cereal boxes strewn about the countertops? One of the most stunning features of a new kitchen photo is that the kitchen looks like no one actually cooks in it!

Clearly, throwing everything in the trash, or even finding a place out of sight to keep all of your kitchen items is not a very practical solution.  But you can get your kitchen organized in a fun and stylish way that will add some design to the space. Purchase some colorful canisters or mason jars and have fun creating your own labels (or print some from a website) to store your most-used baking or cooking items.

Do your spices take up loads of space inside your cabinets, and is it always difficult to find the one you’re looking for? Free up some space in your cabinets and make a custom magnetic spice rack. Rather than keeping your spices in the different-sized bottles they come in, buy a set of empty spice jars with the labels already included.  Stick a small magnet on the lid of each jar, pour in your favorite spices, and stick your new spice rack right onto the side of your refrigerator!

5. Be Classy with Glass

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One of the best ways to quickly transform the look of your kitchen is to make it appear larger by working with the space you already have.  Installing glass doors as replacements for some of the older cabinet doors in your kitchen will give the effect of a taller or deeper kitchen, when placed correctly.

This do-it-yourself trick works best with upper cabinets rather than lower ones, because the open look in your upper cabinets will give your kitchen the appearance of added ceiling height. If you trade out your wood cabinet doors on the farthest wall from the kitchen’s entrance with glass doors, your kitchen will appear to have more depth.

Not only is glass a great way to bring more openness to the space and make your kitchen appear larger, but it also modernizes the room.  Minimalism in contemporary designs has become increasingly popular for its clean lines and simplistic style. Incorporating glass doors into your kitchen cabinetry will help break up the space, instantly giving your kitchen a more simplistic, open feel.

Make the most of this DIY design tip by combining it with another trick listed in this guide: Line the Inside of Your Cabinets with Scented Paper.   Use fun and colorful contact paper to line the inside of your cabinets with glass doors, and then fill the cabinets with your favorite decorative pieces to highlight your personal style.

While all of these do-it-yourself design tricks will help update your kitchen in small ways, there is no replacement for the stunning transformation of real kitchen remodel. Whether you’re looking for a whole new look that includes all new cabinetry, cabinet refacing that will makeover your kitchen on a budget, or a combination of the two, Kitchen Magic is here to create your dream kitchen.

Schedule your Free In Home Estimate and Consultation today, and one of our kitchen specialists will offer custom design advice tailored to your personal style wants and function needs.  At Kitchen Magic, we believe that it is our job to provide you with the best advice, free and without obligation.



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas

Our Value Cabinetry Line: High Quality Stock Cabinets

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Mar 31, 2014 3:17:00 PM

If a kitchen remodel has been on your mind, then odds are, you’ve already perused the isles of your favorite ‘big box’ home improvement store to get some inspiration.  But for those of us looking for something truly spectacular, the stock cabinetry that’s traditionally offered in those stores is not the kind of high quality product you want installed in your kitchen.




Nonetheless, stock cabinetry is an affordable solution for homeowners that want all new cabinets, rather than another budget-friendly solution like cabinet refacing, which is not an option for kitchens with excessive damage, like waterlogged cabinets from storm damage. So we’ve created our very own Value Cabinetry Line to offer homeowners a more cost effective alternative to our complete custom cabinet solution.




While our custom cabinets are made by Kitchen Magic, we were able to save our customers some money and had our stock cabinets made for Kitchen Magic.  The cabinets are built in stock, rather than in custom sizes, which allows for a more affordable product. Because quality and product assurance is a top priority, our craftsmen carefully evaluated the full line of stock cabinetry to be sure that it meets the same standards we hold for all of our products.




These stock cabinets are built with high quality plywood construction and shelving, and are manufactured using environmentally friendly practices.  Much like all of our cabinets, our Value Cabinetry Line has availability for full-access soft close glides and dovetail wood drawers.  Plus, you’re not just buying any stock cabinets; you’re buying from Kitchen Magic, so you know they’re made in the United States and come with a 5-year Warranty.

Available in many popular styles and color choices, you’re sure to find the stock cabinets that fit your budget and style.



Topics: Cabinets

Work Zones: The New Work Triangle

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Mar 27, 2014 12:35:00 PM

We’re doing more in the kitchen now than ever before. Not only are we prepping, cooking and baking, but we’re also socializing, working and entertaining in the kitchen.  And kitchens have changed dramatically over the years. From small galley or L-shaped kitchens to large open layouts that meet other rooms in the home, kitchens have become all about empty, airy space.  So, with new looks, layouts and uses, it’s no surprise that work triangles just don’t work the way they used to. 




Work zones are all about creating task specific work areas, and a proper work zone should contain everything you need in order to complete a specific job without running all around your kitchen.

Most likely, your kitchen has more appliances and accessories than your mother had in her kitchen. And it’s just not possible to fit all of those appliances into one triangle without bumping around.

So rather than group your appliances all together, group your appliances based on use. For example, to make kitchen cleanup a breeze, install your sink, dishwasher, compost, garbage and recycling all in the same place and close by to one another. Another great trick is to make designated “cool down zones” right next to your stove and near your table or entertaining space. This way, once you’re ready to take that hot tray out of the oven, you don’t have to run around looking for a place to set it down to cool, or risk damaging your countertop by placing a hot tray on your cool granite.

You also want to group your accessories based on use. For example, keep all your coffee machines, your K cups and your favorite coffee add-ins all together in one storage solution close to where you like to make your coffee in the morning. You’ll never have to search around in the dark morning again.



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Also, create designated spots for all of your non-kitchen related activities. If you like to work in your kitchen, make a desk just for yourself. If your kids do their homework while you make dinner, make a fun kid-friendly space with some storage solutions for their school supplies and maybe a fun chalk board where you can leave a to do list.

If you don’t have enough space to make designated work zones for each task you do in your kitchen, make some rollout zones. Love to bake but never have the space for it? Purchase a bakers island on wheels; you can easily store all of your baking ingredients and accessories, and simply roll it in when you need it, and roll it out when you don’t!


Topics: Kitchen Organization, Kitchen Work Triangle

Kitchen Appliances: What's In, What's Out and What's Worth the Money

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Mar 24, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Whether they’re large or small, vital for cooking meals, or just for a fun experience with friends, kitchen appliances and accessories make it easier to complete our daily tasks. But not all kitchen appliances are made equal, so before you splurge on that new soda machine that turns water into gold, let us help you decide what’s in, what’s out and what’s actually worth the money.

What’s In: Stainless Steel Appliances

stainless steel appliances

If you watch any of those home remodeling or home buying shows, you know that stainless steel appliances have become a top priority among homeowners and designers alike.  This trend is not new, as stainless steel appliances have been around for years, but stainless steel appliances are now a necessity for most homeowners. 

The question is: are stainless steel appliances really that much better than their black or white counterparts? The answer is a little difficult, and mostly depends on what’s most important to you when it comes to your kitchen. As far as function goes, regular white and black appliances work just as well as stainless steel, although newer models will typically out perform older ones. The exterior of stainless steel appliances are sturdier than older models that are covered in a laminate or acrylic surface. This means that the rust you see on that old white stove shouldn’t happen to your stainless steel stove.  Also, white and lighter colored appliances easily stain from daily use, while stainless steel appliances don’t have this problem.

But stainless steel appliances are markedly more expensive than other finishes, and appearance alone might not be a good enough consideration for you to break the bank on these stainless steel beauties. Also, stainless steel can be difficult to clean and can be permanently damaged if cleaned incorrectly. If you have stainless steel appliances, or plan to purchase some for your kitchen, check out our blog, “How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances.” Regardless of your choice, this is one trend we expect to stick around.

What’s Out: Expensive Drink Makers

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Expensive and specialized drink machines have really made it to the mainstream market.  We see infomercials for expensive soda machines, coffee and cappuccino makers that boast barista-quality drinks, and smoothie machines that could pulverize meat. 

But are these trendy products really worth the price and the space they take up in your kitchen? The answer here is: no. Sure, expensive drink makers are loads of fun and great for parties, but after a few short uses, you’re left with a bulky kitchen item that’s taking up much-needed countertop or cabinet space. The truth is, few things taste better than a simple, well-made cup of coffee, and if you’re looking for something special, you’ll probably go out to find it. This fad is not here to stay, and once it’s gone, you don’t want to be left with a kitchen full of expensive parts you’ll never use again.

What’s Worth The Money: Custom Storage Solutions


While you may not include storage solutions as part of your kitchen appliances, the reality is that we use our storage in a very similar way during our daily activities. The areas in which we store our appliances are just as important as the appliances themselves.

Organization will never go out of style, and having enough space to store all of your appliances and accessories is a vital feature of a kitchen that functions properly.  With all of the DIY storage and organization tools available online, it can seem simple enough to go to your local craft store and apply a little elbow grease to make your kitchen work better for you and your family. But these organization tricks only last short term, and usually look makeshift and haphazard. 

Purchasing custom storage solutions are worth the money, because they are designed to fit the space you have in your kitchen and just how you use your kitchen.  Whether you’re looking for a more efficient way to organize your pots and pans with a roll out pot drawer, trying to consolidate your spices with a pull out spice rack, or you’d like to make the most of your corner space with a lazy susan, custom storage solutions are the best way to organize your kitchen.


Topics: Kitchen Organization, Kitchen Accessories


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