Stash It All: Know the 3 Zones of Kitchen Storage – Part ONE

1. The Sink Center

The sink center should be between the refrigerator and the range center, or cooking area, for maximum efficiency. Since sinks get the most use and traffic of any spot in the kitchen, centrally located sinks and dishwashers work best.

Plan to have the most uncluttered countertop space in the sink center. The area in and around sinks is used for food-preparation tasks involving cleaning and cutting, as well as washing and cleaning up after meals. Place trash and recycling containers strategically so that tidy disposal happens effortlessly.

Storage at sink centers includes places for everyday flatware, dishes and glassware, as well as activities involving waste management, dishtowel placement and storage, cleaning supplies, polishing and drying.

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Storage at sink centers includes places for everyday flatware, dishes and glassware, as well as activities involving waste management, dishtowel placement and storage, cleaning supplies, polishing and drying.

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Place cutting boards and knives at a midpoint between the sink and refrigerator so you can easily access items from the refrigerator, cut and chop as necessary, and dispose of the remnants to the sink center, which holds the refuse containers.

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When organizing your kitchen, look for ways to store items related to each other, such as mugs near the coffee station, as shown here.

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Sink, dishwasher and cleaning supplies. Minimalists can find sinks as small as 12 inches in width and dishwashers at 18 inches in width. Big families may require two 24-inch-wide dishwashers and a 36-inch sink.

Dishes, glasses and flatware. The smallest kitchen needs at least 18 inches in width of wall and base cabinets, while gourmet cooks and large families should begin with 42 inches in width of upper and lower cabinets.

Cutlery, cutting boards and small appliances. Minimalists begin with 12 inches in width of wall and base cabinets, while big families should begin with 42 inches.

Trash and recycling. Depending on how you recycle, compost and dispose, begin with 12 inches in width of base cabinets and go up to 36 inches in width for a big household.

Picking The Perfect Kitchen Sink & Faucet

Some things are just better together, especially in the kitchen. It could be a case of opposites attracting, like a black and white color palette or creamy and crisp flavors that blend just right. Perhaps it’s a pair of objects that together create a perfect combination of function and beauty. Either way, when the pairing is perfect, you just know it.

The perfect sink-and-faucet pair is the key to an efficient work space, defining the way you prep, cook, and clean up. The right products bring energizing color and engaging style to your kitchen, laundry room, mudroom and bar. Whether sleek and streamlined or steeped in vintage style, there’s a perfect pair for every size and type of kitchen. With so many options, though, how do you choose the right ones? Here are a few things to think about as you start to plan.

Consider Your Needs

Location. Which spaces in your kitchen, bar, or laundry room will need a sink and faucet? Maybe your kitchen could gain efficiency from an extra sink and faucet on the island, or a pot-filler faucet near the cooktop.

Material. Would you like a sink in enameled cast iron, stainless steel, or composite material? Each material has its own benefits and distinctive look.

Style. Consider which sink and faucet style and installation options will best meet your needs. Does your taste run more toward traditional looks, modern styles or somewhere in between? Do you like the look of a farmhouse sink? Do you plan to replace your countertops? If you do, you’ll have more options for your sink type.

Features. Have you considered additional components, like a sink that includes convenient accessories like basin racks, cutting boards, and colanders or a faucet with multiple spray options? There’s a huge range of features available that can help make your kitchen routines much more efficient.

Finish. Think about which faucet finish will best coordinate with the other elements in your kitchen. Do you like the look of stainless steel, a soft brushed nickel, or a rich bronze?

Check out two perfect sink-and-faucet pairings, designed to work together for maximum efficiency and stunning good looks.

 

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The Prolific Sink and Sensate Touchless Faucet

This is truly one hardworking pair. The stainless steel sink has three levels, so you can place the included bamboo cutting board, grated racks, colander, and wash bin exactly where you want to suit the way you work. And the Sensate faucet is Prolific’s perfect partner, speeding you through tasks without spreading messes. Its high-arching spout is not only practical, it adds a sculptural aspect to any style of space. Together, this dynamic sink-and-faucet duo bring an ideal blend of beauty and brains to the kitchen.

The Contemporary Smoky Kitchen

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Earth-friendly materials, spicy hues, and simple lines come together in a savory space designed for shared cooking, where smoky glass and rustic texture takes the edge off urban lines. A touchless faucet adds sculptural presence, keeps messes at a minimum, and speeds you through prep and cleanup.

Tips for a Contemporary Smoky Kitchen

Consider a charcoal-hued sink with a lower divider that offers you plenty of space for large pans and the convenience of two bowls.
Smoky glass cabinet doors add sultry color and show off your beautiful glassware, bowls, and vases.
Choose dark wood cabinetry with a prominent grain to add texture and warmth to a sleek space.

White on White Kitchens

6e52cc2be348df3664f15c9a9cd1356790b909f1The white on white palette is more popular than ever, especially in the kitchen. Pure and clean, white attracts light, creating a canvas where food provides the color. Whether outfitted with vintage touches or streamlined and sleek, white layered on white is a look that works beautifully for both classic and contemporary styles.