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Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home)

Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home)
Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home)


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Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home)

Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home)

Bring big style to a small kitchenIn these tough economic times, more and more people are downsizing their living spaces to smaller, more functional homes. But as typical living quarters become smaller, it doesn’t mean that those dwelling in smaller digs need to sacrifice style along with space. Small Kitchen Solutions is packed with example kitchens, galleries of ideas, and tons of projects for readers to bring a big punch to even the smallest kitchen.Includes before-and-after photos and design plansHelpful advice from professional designersProjects showcase a variety of styles, from traditional to cottage to contemporaryPacked with tips and tricks from the pros for designing small kitchens that really work, this idea book is perfect for DIYers of any skill level.

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  1. 22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Introduction and Overview to Small Kitchens for the $$$, April 9, 2011
    By 
    L. M. Keefer (Connecticut) –
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    This review is from: Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home) (Paperback)

    If you’re thinking of renovating or building a small kitchen, this is a good introductory overview of small kitchens for the price–you get a free one-year subscription to BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS magazine with it so the book is practically free!

    I team-teach kitchen design classes with an interior designer and kitchen design store for continuing ed classes and will use this book for our classes. There’s not that many small kitchen books on the market, and it helps to see pictures of real kitchens to determine what you want. Try to find kitchens you love in books or magazines and deconstruct them in your mind, analyzing what it is you like about them and what you’d change. The kitchen on the cover of this book appeals to me, and am thinking of renovating my black and brown 1970’s-era kitchen, so am pulling ideas from this kitchen. I love the white cabinetry with feet, the farmhouse sink, stainless steel appliances, the curved cabinet with peninsula and second sink, the subway tile although might do stainless steel behind the stovetop–probably change the black countertop, have a couple glass fronted cabinets, do a wood floor, and want a banquette with red leather seating….but that’s the kind of thought process you want. This book has numerous kitchens to view so you can start listing what works for you and what doesn’t.

    In teaching various design classes with a designer, I learned in other rooms you want a focal point for the eye to be drawn to: fireplace and seating in livingroom, bed in bedroom etc. However, in a kitchen, you may NOT want a focal point. You don’t necessarily want the eye to be drawn to the floor, countertop, or bright patterned backsplash. You want your eye to move around as it does I think in the kitchen on this cover–there’s a balance and harmony. The charm is in the blending of subtle textures, and in the balance, where no one feature dominates.

    One of the most common aesthetic mistake in kitchens, I’ve learned, is that a tile backsplash is so colorful or busy it is visually screaming at you which you may tire of quickly. There’s enough activity and chaos at times in a kitchen, that you may wish the room to be soothing–not boring–but soothing. You can always add interest and accessorize with some art, fun dishes, a rug etc. but it’s in the harmony of the surfaces and textures that is the beauty. (My designer friend, Georgette, says don’t hesitate to use a real rug in a kitchen, if you want a rug.)

    If you look at some of the kitchens in this book, there may be a few where tile or a lot of different patterns dominate. Ask yourself if you’ll tire of it after a year? Think of your ideal kitchen–what 5-7 adjectives would describe it? My adjectives would be light, airy, charming, cottagey, fresh, welcoming–so when you see a kitchen you like, you can see how well it embodies those words. Your key words will help you in making choices. Do the cabinets, tile, flooring, countertops support your ideal style?

    Another design tip is that classic style and materials are almost always in style–beware of trends as they date quickly. Get what you love, but often you can find something you love in a classic material. Your kitchen style should suit, although doesn’t have to match exactly, the architecture of the home–you don’t want a Tuscan style kitchen in a Colonial says my designer friend Georgette. If you’re doing a period-style kitchen, it’s best to look at orginals of this style and then use materials/styles that most capture the essence of the original. Simplest is often best. Don’t do an American version of what we think a country French kitchen should look like–look at real Provencal kitchens in books and then capture the style fairly accurately.

    Great features of this book include:

    *multiple styles of kitchens to view in diverse geographical locations–include traditional, modern & art deco
    *lay-outs of some kitchens
    *before & after photos
    *budget breakdowns of some kitchens
    *kitchen workbook at end detailing cabinet, counter, floor choices and price points
    *list of resources of companies for cabinetry, tile, appliances, tile, countertops at end of book with websites

    My only suggestion for improvement for this book is that I would have liked to see visual samples of floors & faucets in the workbook section along with cabinets and countertops which were featured.

    As new products change and kitchen styles are updated frequently, you want a book on kitchen design that has been published in the last couple of years, like this one, unless you’re going for a cottage style kitchen or more historical style. You’ll still want to see some recent versions of these historical looks.

    As homes are getting smaller and more energy efficient, smaller kitchens may be more in vogue so this is a great resource of attractive kitchens to look at. It will help you…

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a lot of Inspiration…, January 7, 2014
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    Shawnee (brea, ca) –

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    This review is from: Small Kitchen Solutions (Better Homes and Gardens Home) (Paperback)
    I love these type of books because they are usually filled with great ideas and inspiration. I am getting ready to remodel a small kitchen in my cabin and thought this would help. Unfortunately there is not a lot of variety nor much inspiration. The other issue is that these kitchens are not small by many peoples standards. Most of the kitchens are larger than the one I had in my previous home
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  3. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    not what I expected, January 9, 2017
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    Mom Coz (Southwestern PA) –

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    This book is not what I expected. I just received it today and first impressions are not favorable. The pictures are fine and then you realize you can’t begin to apply what you are seeing to your kitchen and my small kitchen is not the same shape as anything in the book. To me it is eye candy with no benefit to my planning.
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