Hah. Found this in my old blog archives. If anything, it’s truer today than it was 5 years ago. You can blame–or celebrate as it’s really both–a geared-up economy combined with worldwide outsourcing. Meanwhile, you’re looking at them all and feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.
So what does one do when faced with all the hundreds of choices?
LOOK FOR PRACTICALITY
Boo. I’m such a boring designer, aren’t I? But really, if I had a dime for every regret that I see in articles about homeowners who made the wrong choices, I’d be retired on the beach with my virtual butler, Alfred. There’s always that rush of excitement at the beginning of every project where you want it all and all the beautiful pictures and shows do everything they can to whip that excitement into both fear and frenzy.
Practical means thinking about:
- the white European glossy floors + the dog, the baby and the 5-year-old
- the specialty paint finish on the cabinets + you catching your frying pan between your hip and the door
- the dark, dark counter + a huge sink window + buffing against streaks
- the pretty chandelier that doesn’t really light up the room
- the appliance with all the expensive extra goodies + you barely cook (aka The Bread-maker Effect*)
Think about how you will use your kitchen. Think about how your family uses it now. Do they cut their sandwiches on the counter? Are you prone to not being as careful with how you put away your pots and pans? Do your coffee cups still have a few drops of water from the dishwasher when you put them away?
Think about the room. Where does the sun come in? Does it get hot in the room? Are there any places now that have sun damage?
Think about the work areas. Are there any appliances that are too big and block door- and aisle-ways? Any sections where water gets spilled and/or people slip? Any bottlenecks where people gather?
For those of you who have been reading a long time, this is nothing new. And I’m not trying to talk you out of your choices, promise. I’m just helping you with the logistics (I hope.) Being practical certainly helps weed out a good number of choices, even before you look at colors and styles…and it’ll save us both from sprained tongues.
*If you don’t remember, bread-makers were HUGE a decade or two back. Everyone wanted this not-so-small appliance, even those who didn’t cook. For many, the bread-makers were used only a couple of times and then put away forever. We could build a small country today in unused bread-makers….