Kitchen Ideas You Can Use, 2nd ed., by Chris Peterson (2018)

Nonfiction
Adult
Kitchen Ideas You Can Use, by Chris PetersonOnly four years after the first edition, author Chris Peterson has released an updated edition to his stylish kitchen design guide, reflecting the quick pace of change in both technology and trends. From bold lighting options and copper fixtures to eco-friendly countertops made of recycled glass, paper, and other materials, this new edition offers a photo-packed and comprehensive overview of what to consider in your kitchen design. It’s just under 200 pages, and most facing page spreads feature four to six photos along with helpful explanations and tips to guide you in making the best choice for your home design, family life, style preference, and budget. This isn’t a do-it-yourself installation guide, but rather a collection of up-to-date ideas on design and elements. After a brief review of styles from contemporary to cottage, the book is divided into seven sections: Color in the Kitchen, Spectacular Surfaces (counters, walls, and floors), Stylish Kitchen Storage (includes racks as well as cabinetry), Breathtaking Appliances, Beautiful Fixtures (sinks, faucets, and of course the latest trend of pot-fillers), Incredible Islands, and Lighting the Kitchen Design, which includes windows and skylights as well as electrical fixtures. The guide ends with a final two-page spread called Awesome Extras – essentially a reminder to include colour and style with useful elements like colourful drawer pulls, eye-catching clocks or elegant wine racks. Half of the spread is devoted to demonstrating a compost pail built into the counter – a nifty idea, for sure, but oh, this section could have been so much more! Whether you are daydreaming of a sleek and modern kitchen, or planning a pending renovation, this book will prove very useful early in the process. Peterson takes a practical approach most of us will appreciate – when you are choosing a sink, look for one with a drain positioned toward the back; that maximizes the cupboard space beneath. In the section on surfaces, one info-box offers tips on care and cleaning of various materials to keep them looking good for years. If your tastes run to polished concrete countertops, for instance, be prepared to put some work into their care, or you can go funky and just let the wear and stain of daily life add visual interest. The ideas are useful for renovating your new condo, designing a new-build, or slowly updating your kitchen to reflect your lifestyle. My sincere thanks to publisher Cool Springs Press for the digital reading copy provided in exchange for my honest review.
More discussion and reviews of this book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35959881.
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