The small items that have a big impact
While it's the big-ticket items like your stainless steel fridge or new convection oven that get all the attention in your redesign, no kitchen would function without its most necessary accessories. When it comes time to outfit your kitchen, paying a little attention to the smaller items can bring your whole design together.
Food Prep Essentials
Preparing dinner can be time-consuming, but it becomes even more so if your kitchen space isn't functional. A few essential kitchen accessories can help make the process easier and cut down on the time you spend doing dishes.
Whether it's dicing fresh veggies for a side dish or slicing chicken for the main course, most dinners require some knife work. A set of sharp knives, safely protected in a knife block, can make this job a lot easier. A stand-alone knife sharpener is also good to have on hand, since a sharp blade is crucial to safe and quick cutting.
All this cutting means you'll need a good-quality cutting board. The choice in this kitchen accessory is more challenging than you might think. While wood cutting boards are more appealing to the eye than plastic or glass, they're actually not the safest option for cutting meat. Bacteria can become embedded in the knife markings in the wood, making the board difficult to clean. Glass is the best choice for meat, but it can be harder on your knives than other materials.
Something else you might want to consider for a cutting board is the ease of storage and use. Flexible plastic cutting boards are great for dumping chopped foods into pots, and their thin designs make them easy to store. However, the weight of a chunky wooden cutting board may prevent sliding as you're chopping your veggies. Many cutting boards of all materials come in non-skid designs, which can really save your fingers!
Common Kitchen Accessories:
If you're low on cupboard space, a kitchen pot rack is a great way to get your pots, pans and even your cooking utensils stored away.
A pot rack is also a great style piece in a kitchen, and there are enough choices in racks that you can easily find the right one to fit your space. A ceiling pot rack (also called a hanging pot rack) is a great choice if you have a spacious, open kitchen, preferably with high ceilings. A lighted pot rack hanging from the ceiling does double duty, giving you extra light over a working area. If space is limited and you want something less intrusive, a bookshelf or wall pot rack may be a better choice.
Kitchen pot racks also come in a number of materials to suit any decor. For a country kitchen, a chunky wood pot rack adds a homey feel. You could also try an iron pot rack for an old-fashioned look. Stainless steel or copper pot racks are well suited to modern kitchens. Look for designs with extra flourish, such as filigree in the rungs, to give extra visual appeal.
Just as a table cloth and other linens make your dining room, kitchen linens are the perfect accent to your kitchen decor, and they're practical too. You can find dish cloths and kitchen towels, such as hand towels and dish towels (also known as tea towels), as well as pot holders and oven mitts, in color schemes and designs to suit any decor – just make sure they're functional as well, and of good-quality material. With pot holders and oven mitts, it may be beneficial to sacrifice some style for heat-safe materials like silicone.
Your kitchen is a showpiece, but it's also a room that needs to be practical. Sometimes, that means paying attention to the small items as well as the major pieces. Whether it's a bigger dish rack or a new kitchen timer to keep you on your toes when preparing dinner, the little things will help you spend less time working in your kitchen and more time enjoying it!