Creative solutions for better kitchen storage!
It's a problem that has plagued many kitchens—lack of storage. There seems to never be enough to satisfy the utensils, appliances and pans needed to maintain a fully functional and organized kitchen. Luckily, there are a number of creative solutions for reducing the clutter of overflowing cabinets, keeping your kitchen at maximum efficiency and cleanliness.
A Kitchen For Your Kitchen
A popular solution to a kitchen stuffed with supplies is the butler's pantry—an adjacent room dedicated to kitchen storage and occasionally food prep. It is designed to be hidden from guests, and is perfect for keeping your less-common appliances, dishes, and more away until needed. This opens up your kitchen for the most important utensils and appliances, while relegating the lesser used items to the butler's pantry.
Storage isn't the only purpose for a butler's pantry though. With enough counter space, you can turn it into your primary food prep station. It'll keep the mess of those early stages of slicing and mixing out of the kitchen.
Reduce The Clutter (& Your Stress)
Many popular modern lifestyles are based around cutting down on the unnecessary (Marie Kondo, anyone?). While you don't need to take it as far as having a bare kitchen, having a minimalist mindset can help you get down to the essentials. We recommend starting slowly. Try removing the items that don't get much use and see how it affects your daily life. You might be surprised how much you actually need!
When you’re working with a smaller space, you may not have the option to build additional cabinetry. That’s ok, you can build smarter ones! There are accessories that can be added to cabinets that allow you to organize and maintain that clean kitchen without constant reorganizing and stacking.
By optimizing the storage in your cabinets, you are utilizing every inch of space available rather than just the bottom layer. We have even created our own line of custom cabinet accessories perfect for saving space in both small and large cabinets throughout the house. It can be surprising how much space you're not using in your cabinets.
An Island Paradise
Kitchen islands can add quite a few perks to your space. If you're thinking about putting some more money into your kitchen, this is a great option for you. It not only adds value to your kitchen, but it also gives you more storage space, freeing up your counter tops.
Kitchen islands can also be a major element in a kitchen's overall design. Adding a few open shelves to your island can be a fun place to display your go-to cookbooks or family photos, while keeping some drawers available still for extra storage.
Check out more of our space-saving cabinet innovations and accessories. If you have questions about your kitchen, give us a call at 586.247.1140.
Four Tips for Designing a Great Bathroom!
You've finally decided to upgrade your outdated bathroom. If you're suddenly feeling overwhelmed by the number decision you have to make, don't worry. It's completely normal to feel helpless and not know where to start. Luckily, we've got some tips that'll help guide you down the path to the bathroom you've always wanted!
1. Find your necessities.
A lot of people might feel lost on this first step. Separating need from want is difficult under normal conditions, but investing in something you'll use for the next decade or so can leave you stuck in an endless loop of indecision.
The easiest place to start is thinking about why you are renovating your bathroom and what your space will allow. Was it because you want your large master bath to be a place for some ultimate relaxation (think jacuzzi, shelves for candles, soft-close cabinets or even a tv)? Maybe it’s a small guest bath where you'd love a large vanity, but you really only have the space to upgrade to a contemporary pedestal sink. Point being, it’s important to think about why you chose to renovate and what you have space for before you start ordering that deep-soaking tub or ripping out the old tile.
2. Choose an overall aesthetic.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the beautiful bathrooms you find on Pinterest and Houzz. Before you know it, you’ve designed your new bath to have all the bells, whistles, and then some, leaving you and your guests feeling inundated with over-the-top extravagance each time they go in.
In the example above, you’ll see the homeowner let their luxurious tub and fireplace be the focus. By adding complementary elements such as a neutral color scheme throughout, simple sconces, and rich LaFata cabinets, they were able to create a relaxing space most people would have a hard time leaving.
3. Decide on a color scheme.
Some elements can be chosen as you go like decorations and accessories, but a general color palette should be thought about early on. It’s important to consider how it will look in comparison to the other rooms in your house. Do you want it to complement the rest of the house for a cohesive flow or stand alone as its own, exciting space. Both directions can create some truly enchanting bathrooms.
If you're having trouble deciding, think about the overall aesthetic we just talked about and try choosing between a few of these options. Warm or cool? Light or dark? Soft hues or bright splashes of colors? Slowly you'll be able to narrow it down to a few options which will help immensely when it comes time to paint.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Don't put all the pressure of creating the perfect bathroom on yourself. We have professional interior designers here ready to help you create the bathroom of your dreams. A visit to our showroom can leave you inspired with all kinds of ideas for your bathroom, and a team of experienced builders to bring it to life.
Give us a call today at 586.247.1140 and visit us to talk about your dream renovation. Better yet, show us what you've been thinking about on your LaFata Ideaboard! You can add designs that inspire you and we'll get in touch to bring them to life in your home.