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Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

Updated: May 18, 2012 03:57 PM EDT
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By Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan


Like most people, I cook and eat, but as a food writer, my kitchen is also my office, so it's of paramount importance that the space is well designed.

The fact that my tiny rental apartment kitchen has one drawer, a twenty-four-inch stove and a three-quarter-size fridge only feeds my fire of creativity when it comes to designing the space: I've learned to think way outside the box.
 

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With any kitchen, you need to start with one important fact: it is possible to make food that is exciting, accessible and nourishing in just about any space.

Brand-name appliances aren't what make your food taste good; the best dinner parties and the warmest family meals come from cooks who are simply comfortable in their kitchens and have a few basic needs covered. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

Here are some less traditional ways to think about kitchen design, whether your project is outfitting a rental kitchen in a tiny walk-up like mine, or the kind of larger-scale remodel I dream about doing one day.

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Make it interactive.

What makes a kitchen memorable is what happens in it, and we should be doing everything possible to not only sit down and eat together, but to also cook together.

Start with something really simple like having an extra chef's knife around for eager sous chefs. For full-on remodeling projects, think about how you want the space to flow and accommodate a gaggle of helpers: maybe a custom center island on wheels?

My budget version of that is felt pads under the legs of my small butcher block that allow me to slide it out toward the living room and get people chopping onions or greasing ramekins. This gives me room in the kitchen proper to accomplish the more involved acrobatics of a throwing a serious dinner party.


Minimize equipment. Maximize empty space.

You don't need full sets of knives and cookware. A stockpot, a ten-inch skillet, and a two- or three-quart saucepan will cook most of the food you want to eat. Likewise with knives: after a chef's knife or two, a paring knife, and a bread knife, any additional cutlery is just showing off.

The trick is to make sure what you do have is of high quality. One really well-made knife is an investment that will last a lifetime, and it'll help you love to cook more than you ever imagined. 

When choosing appliances, if space is limited, consider under-counter refrigeration and smaller dishwashers. My twenty-four inch stove recently kicked out a meal for thirty people. It is possible.

Embrace the ideas of emptiness and space.  

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Take a hint from professional kitchens.

While you might not be putting out fifty roast chickens a night, you stand to benefit from emulating aspects of restaurant kitchens, like easy-to-clean finishes and open shelving. A home kitchen shouldn't feel clinically sterile, but it also should feel like a place where you can get things done.

Peek inside your favorite restaurant's kitchen, and borrow the ideas you like best. Working with a smaller budget but want that chef-like vibe? Restaurant supply stores have some pretty great deals, like metal bains marie that are inexpensive ways to store your utensils, or infinitely versatile aluminum mixing bowls.


Don't be held back by a small budget.

A ten-dollar quart of paint can transform a kitchen by adding color to a backsplash or accent wall. Really beautiful linen kitchen towels make a statement. It's the little things that warm a space most, not the appliances or the layout or the material of the countertops. 


Expand your definition of "design."

A good vibe goes a long way. Music, flowers, wine: these are all things that contribute to the design of your space, especially if your kitchen design project doesn't involve knocking down walls.

If you're designing from scratch, don't lose sight of the smaller, personal touches. Having fresh flowers on the counter each week and listening to music that gets your hips swinging are as much a part of the beauty of your kitchen as anything.




Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan is a food writer and recipe developer based in New York City. She is the founding editor of Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn, an award-winning cooking website. Published daily since 2005, The Kitchn now has over 3.5 million monthly readers. She is also the author of two cookbooks, The Greyston Bakery Cookbook: More Than 80 Recipes to Inspire the Way You Cook and Live (Rodale, 2007) and Good Food to Share: Recipes for Entertaining with Family & Friends (Weldon-Owen, 2011).

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