By: Jenny Hicks
I love kitchens! I love looking at all the different styles and layouts and colors and configurations!
It surprises me how my tastes constantly change about them as well. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen throughout my day and functionality and light are always very important to me.
Jim asked me to start these daily mini blogs on my favorite pictures that he posts on the Jim Hicks Home Improvement Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JimHicksHomePro. I chose this one as my first because it is bright and functional. It is also a ‘normal’ sized kitchen, not a huge ‘if only’ design.
There is obviously a lot of natural light that comes into this space, as well as can lighting in key work areas. The open floor plan into the dining room and most likely a family room/living room beyond the sink also provide extra lighting.
I love the contrast between the white cabinets and the accent piece/focal point that is the island with the dark wood. Many times people think they have to stay with one color or one type of wood, but the combination of the white cabinets with the light hardwood floors and the dark island really work well in this kitchen.
The space itself is very functional. You always want your work area to fall into a triangle of movement – fridge to counter to oven/stove top or sink, etc.
Being left handed, the dishwasher is on the side I prefer. Also, being a shorter person, I love the bottom freezer double door fridge. Having used traditional top freezer ones and one like this, this one is much more convenient and user friendly!
Lastly, my favorite – there is nothing in the island!! I want my island to be entertaining space only, not the sink to splash everyone and not the cooktop to be hot and possibly splatter or burn.