By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Inspiration. At Thursday, December 13th 2018, 05:47:29 AM.
While the kitchen is a place to occasionally invest hours creating masterful meals, many of us are so busy that it also needs to offer quick-service functionality. Keep your kitchen stocked with your family’s favorite grab-and-go options. You’ll find our pantries prepped with cereal and granola bars (we love KIND).
Food isn’t the only reason to use your kitchen. Beverages can be equally important, especially if you’re looking for a quality way to start your day. Setting up a well-appointed coffee or tea station makes the ritual of enjoying a warm beverage easier and more pleasant. Stock your station with plenty of mugs you love and whatever equipment you need to whip up your beverage of choice.
When considering granite vs quartz, both are eco-friendly — and not. Granite is imported, which means the carbon footprint is larger, due to transport and shipping. Granite is a natural stone, but is porous and requires sealing with chemicals to minimize staining and etching. According to the EPA, granite may also off gas radioactive materials called radon. Levels are normally not harmful, but a radon home testing kit is inexpensive and can double check for you.
Making good use of small areas is all about combining functionality in a space. Get creative with storage options. Use space below your island to postpone books or store bottles of wine; add drawers also shelves for baking supplies; install fold-out cabinetry for maximum storage. If you’re going to have a kitchen‐island in a small space, it’s important to make the most of the space by using the island for multiple purposes.
Another trick for creating a mini kitchen—island is to combine the space with the sink area. The design over is more of a “kitchen peninsula” than a kitchen island. However, putting counter `space` around the sink gives a similar functionality plus feel, combining areas to serve also prepare food. Combining functions is a great way to get the most out of a small space.