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5 Traits of Cook-Friendly Kitchens

Build a kitchen that’s not only picture-perfect, but makes sense too

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo) Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

You like to cook, and are ever so envious of Nigella Lawson’s or Jamie Oliver’s kitchens. Why do theirs look so perfect?

Well, for starters, they probably set it up specifically for their respective shows. But who says you can’t build your own version of a picture-perfect kitchen, one that is also suited for the kind of kitchen work you do? Here's a list of items that you should consider:

Ample storage space

Having enough cabinets helps. Make sure that often-used items are easily accessible. Use hard-to-reach places like the back of drawers or lower cabinets for cooking items that you do not use as often.

Corral smaller utensils and bottles by using rotating trays, movable shelf racks, and hooks.

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Photo by Jun Pinzon. 

A layout that makes sense

How do you work and move around the kitchen? Visualize it and see what layout will be most appropriate for you. The usual flow is prep-cook-cleanup, so it’s best to have your prep area close to the stove or oven. Storage cabinets should be accessible from the sink to make cleanup a breeze.

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Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Sensible appliance picks

Choose, say, a self-cleaning oven or a no-frost refrigerator not only for convenience, but also to save time maintaining your kitchen. For small appliances, go for those that support your need. (Read: Don’t buy a space-consuming professional mixer if baking is not your thing.)

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Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Proper lighting

Most probably, you stand between the ceiling light and your countertop and stove, so it can get difficult to see clearly what you are doing. Have task lighting installed under the overhead cabinets to avoid this scenario. Go for fluorescent or halogen light bulbs.

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Photo by Dakila Angeles.

Appropriate surfaces

There is but one rule for choosing the right countertop surface: opt for something you can scrub. Imagine the amount of dirt and residue that gets on these surfaces, so you’ll have to choose something that is not easily damaged when cleaned. Laminates seem to be the most affordable and low-maintenance option. As far as kitchen floors go, laminates and vinyl would be your budget-friendly choices.

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Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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