Spice Up Your Cooking Space

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, the weather gets a little bit cooler, and we all think about spending more time inside. Whether for a holiday gathering, or just a Sunday afternoon, this time of year also calls for cooking. Having something baking in the oven gives our homes the ultimate cozy factor – and, of course, our kitchen is the epicenter of this coziness. Now is a great time to make some improvements to your kitchen that would add to its comfort, character, and functionality.

Most often, friends and family naturally gather in the kitchen even when separate living spaces are available. Maybe your guests would be more comfortable with an added island? Kitchen islands serve as a wonderful place for folks to have a seat and enjoy refreshments, while also offering you more cabinet and countertop space. Try adding unique embellishments to your kitchen island like corbels, a rustic wood façade, or even adding color to the base that contrasts with your existing cabinets. If you have a smaller kitchen where an island wouldn’t fit, don’t fret. These smaller spaces are perfect for U- or L-shaped peninsulas that are extensions of the existing countertops but add room for seating.

You could also consider adding glass or open shelving to showcase unique serving ware. As the trend to move away from traditional dining rooms continues, this also means that china cabinets are becoming a thing of the past. However, many of us still have family china or serving ware that deserves to be displayed. The addition of glass-paneled cabinet doors on a few cabinets will allow selected pieces to be viewed while other kitchen items can still be covered by traditional cabinet doors. If you prefer the exposed cabinet look, dishracks could be added to give your kitchen space a feeling of openness by removing bulky upper cabinets.

Sometimes overlooked, the kitchen sink can make a big statement and pull your entire design together. Selecting a kitchen sink that functions to fit your needs is important, but they can also be stylish. An undermount sink is installed underneath the countertop and allows the cabinet material to frame the sink. Undermount sinks offer elegance to a kitchen and make cleaning up a breeze as crumbs and other food debris can be easily wiped into the sink without getting stuck in a crevasse. If your kitchen leans towards a more country or cottage style design, an apron front sink might be what you’re looking for. These vintage farmhouse sinks have a lip that extends beyond your kitchen cabinets as the front face of the sink is exposed. They are often ultra-spacious and are paired with large faucets. An apron sink is the true workhorse of the kitchen, while adding a touch of charm too.

Let the team at Markraft help craft the perfect recipe to add some spice to your kitchen this fall! Their designers are looking forward to the opportunity to work with you on a major renovation or just a kitchen spruce-up.

President and General Manager Cee Edwards and his team of talented designers invites you to visit Markraft’s Design Studio, 2705 Castle Creek Lane, just off Castle Hayne Road. Markraft’s professional kitchen and bath designers consult by appointment. Visit their website at www.markraft.com

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