Welcome to the Kitchen Design Guide

Thinking about kitchen remodeling? Want to reface kitchen cabinets? Then this is a good place to start. Here you will find lots of tips, advice and help with planning, designing and buying your kitchen and kitchen cabinets. Buying a kitchen is a major investment. To some it is the most important room in the house. […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 17th, 2009

Kitchen Design Basics

With so many choices in materials, appliances and accessories, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when choosing the components that make up your new kitchen. A good designer should be able to point you in the right direction and sites such as this can give you some good hints, tips and […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 16th, 2009

Kitchen Shapes

The next big step in the kitchen planning process is deciding what shape the kitchen will be, and determining who will use the kitchen and how often. Although deciding on the shape seems restrictive, it actually narrows down the possibilities and makes the planning easier. The goal on deciding on a shape it to make […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 15th, 2009

Kitchen Layout

Think about what happens to your food and you will get a good idea how an efficient kitchen works. The steps are usually: Purchase Storage Pre-preparation Preparation Service Dish Washing Bear all these in mind when planning and you won’t go far wrong. For example, put the fridge near the door where you bring in […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 14th, 2009

Kitchen Costs

Your budget will normally dictate your choice of products but there are other considerations you need to take into account when working out how much your new kitchen is going to cost. Prices vary quite a lot, so the figures given below are just a guideline and, as always, shopping around is the best bet. […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 13th, 2009

Kitchen Storage

The next step in planning your new kitchen is to plan enough storage to suit your needs. As already explained in Kitchen Shapes, different shapes of kitchens automatically provide different amounts of storage space. Although most of us think of plain cabinets when we think of storage, there are a lot more options these days. […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 12th, 2009

Kitchen Cabinets

There are so many choices where cabinets are concerned, such as the door materials, style, color, frames, etc., and so much variation in price that the whole area can be confusing at times. Hopefully, this section should give you a good place to start. You may also want to consider the option of having your […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 11th, 2009

Kitchen Countertops

The cabinets may be the face of the kitchen but the countertops are where all the action happens. A countertop will have to cope with hot pots and pans, knives, dirt and therefore needs to be durable. So it is usually best to make your choice based on the performance of the material and ease […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 10th, 2009

Kitchen Walls

Now you’ve chosen the design of your kitchen cabinets and worktops, the next thing is to choose the materials and the colors of your walls. The most common materials for the kitchen walls are paint, wallpaper and tiles. Paint Paint is the cheapest and fastest way to transform the feeling of your kitchen, however, you […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 9th, 2009

Kitchen Floors

Choosing flooring is a lot like choosing countertops. Which type you choose depends on the style of your kitchen, the amount of use it will get, and the price. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Vinyl, linoleum and carpet are the most comfortable underfoot. Laminate, vinyl and polyurethane-treated wood are the most durable. Stone […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 8th, 2009


A fridge is one of the most important appliances in your home, influencing your eating habits and ensuring food hygiene and taste. Refrigerators are available with different door configurations, with either the doors side-by-side, or with one door on top of the other, or as drawers. In a top/bottom unit the freezer can be on […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 7th, 2009


Ovens are available in gas or electric, and using a number of heating methods, conventional, convection, microwaves or combination oven/microwave. They come in many shapes, sizes and finishes. Your choice will be influenced by the design of your kitchen, the space available and what you enjoy cooking. A single oven can be placed in a […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 6th, 2009

Ranges and Cooktops

One question that often comes up is, should you buy a range or a cooktop? In short, it is really a personal choice, based on your budget, space limitations, looks, and needs. Budget Prices for cooktops, ovens and ranges vary a lot because the prices are changing constantly due to special offers and sales, brands […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 5th, 2009


Dishwashers are a great time-saver and are also more hygienic than washing dishes by hand, due to the higher temperatures involved during the wash cycle. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a dishwasher, for example, unit type, how many place settings you can fit inside, control type and the number and […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 4th, 2009

Sinks and Faucets

There are many new looks and styles for sinks that depart from the typical bowl configuration. Newer designs include geometrically shaped sinks made from glass, and stainless steel sinks with long, narrow stream-shaped basins. A distinctive, contemporary sink gives a stylish flair and becomes a striking attraction in your kitchen, while still remaining functional. There […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 3rd, 2009

Hoods and Vents

You can cook without a hood or a vent, but moisture, grease, odors, and heat from cooking on a cooktop can damage the rest of your kitchen. Also, steam from cooking condenses on windows and walls, and in some cases carbon monoxide from the burning of gas can build up. A range or cooktop hood […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 2nd, 2009

Kitchen Accessories

Furniture and accessories add the finishing touches to your kitchen and help to enhance its overall effect. Buying new accessories is the easiest way to change the look of your kitchen. However, it is important not only to choose items that complement the style and feel of your kitchen but also ones that meet your […]

Posted by dncoltman on January 1st, 2009

Technogym Ball Chair Makes Sitting a Healthy Activity

The manufacturer refers to this as a “dynamic ball chair” — a new way to exercise while sitting. Well, tell me, who couldn’t get their heads around that? Many of us spend most of our days sitting at desks and this new technology has finally made it pleasurable — and healthy. And there’s the Technogym […]

Posted by dncoltman on March 22nd, 2014

Rustic Chic Revival in Classic Cabin with Eclectic Details

Not only is “chalet chic” a trend that never seems to fizzle, but it always comes roaring back with a fresh new face. This Montana mountain ski cabin, designed by architects Pearson Design Group with interiors by Wick Design, is a perfect example of country with a contemporary edge. The timber exterior and rustic interiors […]

Posted by dncoltman on March 14th, 2014

Incredible Curved Armchair 4 Olga by Sawaya and Moroni

What curves! This incredible chair, made out of wood is a Sawaya and Moroni creation and a limited edition piece. But don’t despair, there is a resin chair that is in production due to the popularity. With very organic, flowing lines, this chair is almost alive. A new design manufacturing process allows this design to […]

Posted by dncoltman on February 18th, 2014

Curved Bookcase by Atelier 010 – Bookworm

A bent plywood masterpiece, this curved bookcase must be so attractive because of its organic shape. We were instantly drawn to this unexpected object from the Dutch design team Atelier 010. They took two banal items, plywood and bookcase, and created such an original work – the Bookworm. The structure consists of three MDF / […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 28th, 2012

Kenmore’s new turbocharged dishwasher is a blast to use

Kenmore’s new turbocharged dishwasher is a blast to use The promise of a turbocharged dishwasher that attacks dried on goop and food is hard to resist, especially if you bake a lot. But in our past tests of this feature, it’s often meant lackluster cleaning for the rest of the load of dishes. The results […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 27th, 2012

Built-in espresso center – Teka CML 45

The sleek fingerprint-resistant stainless steel frame contrasts nicely with the black body of new Teka CML 45 coffee machine. Based on Teka CM 45 compact espresso machine, this built-in espresso center allows you to regulate intensity, temperature and quantity of coffee, while offering 30 automatic programs – surely enough to satisfy the most demanding coffee […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 27th, 2012

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods Safety concerns over single-use laundry detergents pods escalated again today with an official alert from the Consumer Products Safety Commission advising parents and caregivers to lock up these products and keep them away from children. In September, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 25th, 2012

De Dietrich built-in coffee machine

The latest De Dietrich built-in coffee machine, the DED1140X fully automatic built-in espresso center features touch controls, white LED display, coffee bean holder and integrated coffee bean grinder. You can have your favorite coffee drinks at the touch of a button in the comfort of your home. Other key features of the De Dietrich built-in […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 25th, 2012

Cool “Looking Good” Wall Mirror by Thabto

Looking Good! Wait… are we talking about the mirror, or the reflection in it? Both! The Looking Good mirror from Thabto is a funky, playful piece inspired by the classic sunglasses design. A little vanity has never looked so cool! The two “lenses” feature mirrors that are great for a quick glace as you run […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 25th, 2012

Noise keeps GE’s French-door refrigerator off top picks list

Noise keeps GE’s French-door refrigerator off top picks list GE has pulled no punches in promoting its new 36-inch-wide French-door refrigerator. Earlier this year, as part of an online marketing campaign, the manufacturer strapped the new fridge to the back of a pickup truck and sent it on a cross-country odyssey in search of the […]

Posted by dncoltman on November 24th, 2012