Kitchen Design: Types of Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are an important part of the kitchen design. With so many different finishes, styles, and possibilities, cabinets allow you to make your space your own! But when you are remodeling your home, how are you supposed to decide which type of cabinet is ideal for your layout? Ellecor Interior Design is here to help! In today’s blog, we look at four types of cabinets you should consider for your kitchen design.

Wall Cabinets

Wall cabinets are mounted at eye-level on the wall, usually above a counter or appliance. They often store dishes, glasses, dry foods, and spices. When adding wall cabinets to your kitchen design, you should consider your needs for storage and accessibility. The right wall cabinets can complement both the backsplash and the countertop to complete your kitchen design.

Base Cabinets

If you are looking for additional storage for pots, pans, cleaning supplies, and more, base cabinets are a huge help! By installing these cabinets, you immediately free up space in your wall cabinets so you can store your bigger, bulkier items below. Some common features of base cabinets include Lazy Susans, pull-out drawers, and island cabinets.

Pantry Cabinets

Pantry cabinets, also known as tall cabinets, are perfect for holding groceries, cookie sheets, and cleaning supplies. Just as the name suggests, they fulfill the role of a pantry, but they often require much less square footage. When you are remodeling your house and don’t have room for an extensive pantry, install a few pantry cabinets to give you the extra space!

Cabinet Drawers

Cabinet drawers are a life-saver in your kitchen design. They can easily hold utensils, cooking tools, dish-towels, and much more. Drawers are essential to any kitchen design because they create an easily accessible space for smaller items that are used frequently. Plus, with so many stylistic options for drawers, you can really make your kitchen unique!

Ellecor Interior Design: Your Personal Kitchen Design Experts

Looking for help with your kitchen remodel? Ellecor Interior Design is the perfect place to start! Our interior designers are experts at all things kitchen design, creating amazing home styles and maximizing storage space. 

Take a look at our extensive gallery, where you will find some of our favorite designs, decor, and more! We want to help transform your kitchen, so contact us today to find out more!

4 Must Haves in Your Open Kitchen Design

Modern open floor plan

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you gather with your family for meals, and it’s where your guests mingle during parties. When you want to redesign your home, the kitchen is an essential part of the plan. From comfortable seating to an open floor plan, there are lots of details that contribute to the perfect kitchen. In today’s blog, Ellecor Interior Design lists four must-haves for your kitchen design.

Large Island

Most open layout kitchens have a large island that serves a variety of uses. If you are looking for more countertop space without overcrowding your cabinets and pantries, an island can provide the perfect storage solution. Kitchen islands are a focal point of the kitchen design, so they quickly turn into a hub for guests. In an open kitchen layout, islands allow for more space and a free-flow of traffic, allowing whoever is cooking in the kitchen to have the space they need without overcrowding.

Open Shelving

One way to immediately make a kitchen feel bigger and more open is to remove the cabinet doors completely! This increases the open feeling in the entire area. However, you need to have clean and organized shelf space, so that means no cluttered dishes and spices. Instead of removing the cabinet doors entirely, you can simply switch to glass cabinet doors. This is perfect for a modern design that creates a surprising amount of extra space! 

In-Wall Appliances

Bulky appliances like your refrigerator and microwave can feel like big blocks in the middle of an otherwise open space. If your refrigerator is always in the way and your microwave is taking up a ton of counter space, it’s time to consider in-wall appliances. You can create a surprising amount of space by mounting your microwave above your range and creating a space for your fridge in custom cabinetry. It may sound like a big project, but the pros at Ellecor Interior Design do it every day! If you want to make more space in your kitchen, we’ll make it easy!

Additional Seating

When you are hosting guests, you will want extra seating so everyone will be comfortable. It can be difficult to accommodate a lot of dinner guests, so the right seating solution is critical. A kitchen island is a perfect place to seat several guests in barstools or tall chairs. If you want to create the feeling of a real restaurant for a big group of guests, we recommend a few high-top tables with tall chairs; you can set them up before the event and take them down afterwards, for simple extra seating you can keep in storage until your next gala!

Transform Your Kitchen Design With Ellecor

Your kitchen is one of the most welcoming places in the house, and a new design allows you to make the most of every detail. Whether you are looking for a complete redesign or just some home decor help, Ellecor Interior Design is just what you need. Check out our galleries to find inspiration for your own home makeover! Contact us today for more information and set up an appointment today!

Maximizing Your Kitchen Space

Small kitchens can be a big problem in a home, especially if you are struggling to keep all of your necessities in order. More often than not, people aren’t utilizing all the space possible in their kitchen, causing it to feel cluttered and unorganized. Your kitchen interior design shouldn’t be compromised just because you’re limited on space! In today’s blog, Ellecor Interior Design lists a few tips to maximize your kitchen space without losing your personal interior design aesthetic.

Organize Drawers and Cabinets

Drawers and cabinet space are essential to keeping a decluttered kitchen. Hiding your plates, bowls, pots, and pans behind these doors will help keep a clean look to your kitchen. You’ll want to fit as many items in these spaces as possible, so make sure to organize each shelf neatly. If you organize each shelf or drawer and stick to your organization technique, you’ll be able to fit more in each small space.

Use Dividers

We all have a “junk drawer” in our kitchen. All too often these drawers are a jumble of random knick-knacks or kitchenware. By adding simple dividers to drawers, it makes them easier to close. This also makes finding small items easier.

Utilizing Open Wall Space

In almost all kitchens, you will find overflowing cabinets or drawers; however, there is always a blank wall space. Pots and pans take up the most space in the cabinets. By adding hooks that match the kitchen interior design, you now have a new look while also saving space. But why stop with just a few hooks? If you have enough wall space, consider adding basic shelves to add more storage and give an open look to your kitchen.

Turn Your Sink into Counter Space

Kitchen sinks take up a lot of counter space, making other areas crammed for cooking and prep-work. By adding a custom piece of kitchenware to your interior design, you can add feet of more counter space. These pieces fit perfectly into the basin of the sink, resting comfortably on top. This new piece of your kitchen interior design is ideal for a cutting board, allowing for a smooth transition to the pan!

Need Help? Contact Ellecor Interior Design for More!

Ellecor Interior Design is a professional, well-rated interior design company that is happy to transform your house into your dream home. Whether you need to save space in your kitchen or want to revamp your house completely, contact Ellecor! Our awesome staff is willing to answer any questions you might have. To learn more about us, visit our website and check out our gallery for inspiration!

Kitchen Design for the Efficient Home Chef

Modern and beautiful kitchen design

Kitchen Design for the Efficient Home Chef

Have you ever been frustrated by the limited space and less-than-optimal design of your kitchen? The struggle to finish Christmas dinner with a lack of counter space is an experience many have faced. Luckily, it’s possible to maximize the efficiency of your kitchen with a few design choices. Today, the team at Ellecor Interior Design will share a few ways to turn your cramped cooking area into a model of efficiency.

Designing for Efficiency

One of the first questions we ask our clients is how they use their existing kitchen space, and how would they like to use it? Are you hosting dinner parties? How do you serve your meals? Do you use a family style dinner table or do you spend most of your meals in front of the TV? These choices can have a major impact on the ideal kitchen design for you.

For instance, if you like to serve buffet style from your kitchen island, it would make a lot of sense to create storage room for your plates and silverware in the island rather than across the room.

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Remember the Golden Triangle

The age-old concept of the “Golden Triangle” of kitchen design is famous for a reason. Creating adjacent zones to maximize your space and avoid overlap is the ideal way to design a kitchen. For the uninitiated, the golden triangle, or working triangle, refers to a kitchen design goal that places the sink, oven, and fridge connected in a three-point triangle. This creates a corner of your kitchen in which you can prepare, cook and clean, all in a convenient space designed to make life in the kitchen easy. The more counter space you can fit within this area the better.

Create Zones Around Specific Areas

Designing work zones with specific jobs in mind will allow you to place the right tools and design goals in these areas to maximize efficiency. Consider the following zones when designing:

  • Prep Area – This is where your kitchen workflow starts. This area will be where you gather your cooking ingredients, prep your tools, and cut and measure your ingredients. This is usually best placed directly beside your cooking area/oven to avoid having to move too far when it’s time to cook.
  • Cook Area – The cooking zone is where your oven, stovetop, and microwave should be. Store your tools in this space, like spoons, spatulas, pots and pans. It is also a great idea to have a seasoning pantry here for ease of access.
  • Clean-Up – Your sink, dishwasher, and trash should be in this zone. Ideally, you want it near your cooking zone to make clean-up a cinch.
  • Storage – The storage zone is where you will put everything away. You want your refrigerator and pantry in this zone. Keep your Tupperware, plastics, and foils in this area.

Kitchen design with mindful use of storage, movement and workflow can transform your kitchen into the efficient heart of your home.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design Today

If you are looking to get the most out of your kitchen space with an efficient, stylish design — visit the experts at Ellecor Interior Design today. You can call our team directly at 417-720-2602 or come visit our storefront in Farmer’s Park on East Republic Road in Springfield.

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