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Planning your perfect kitchen

A lot goes into designing your dream kitchen. Once you've painted a picture of what your kitchen will look like, you'll need to start picking appliances and cabinetry. This can be one of the most daunting steps in the planning stage because of millions of options that are available today. We've put together the following tips to help make this step in the process a little less stressful and a lot more fun.

A faucet that helps your kitchen flow
When pairing your sink with a faucet or vice versa, a lot of the decision comes down to personal preference. The nice thing about choosing a Moen faucet is that you don't have to choose between style and functionality. Moen offers a large variety of different styles from traditional to modern and everything in between. When thinking about function, you'll want to consider what type of faucet fits best is it a high-arc pulldown faucet or does it have a lower profile allowing it to exist below a window sill. Whether you're looking for the easy installation that a single-handled faucet offers or the versatility and enhanced water flow control of a dual-handled faucet, Moen has all your style and functional needs covered.

Everything ... including the kitchen sink
When choosing a sink for your kitchen, you'll want one that is durable enough to withstand heavy use. Stainless steel offers the best durability option. Another thing to keep in mind is use. Are you an individual who washes dishes in a sink or do you use it for the larger pieces such as pots and pans? If it's the latter that appeals more to your lifestyle you may want to consider a single-bowl sink. For those who want two bowls, look into options with an oversized bowl and a regular-sized bowl if the space is available. Whatever style and durability you are looking for, Moen offers over 90 different sink configurations to meet your every design need and perfectly complement any existing appliances. When it comes time to pick out your sink choose the brand you know and trust.

Cool refrigerator options
When it comes time to select a refrigerator there are a couple things to keep in mind. The first thing to be aware of is size. With so many options, you'll want to make sure you know what dimensions will work best in your kitchen. Another thing to think about is functionality. Do you need more freezer space? Will the door have enough clearance to open? Would you like water and ice dispensers in the door?


Hot stove options
One thing to take into account when picking out a stove is whether you want a built-in or freestanding stove. Built-ins offer the advantage of saving space, but can be more expensive in terms of installation, repair, and to replace. Freestanding stoves usually cost less, but take up more space. Another consideration is whether you'd prefer an electric or gas stove. Gas stoves cook faster and more evenly whereas electric stoves are considered easier to install.


Clean up with the perfect dishwasher
The options that you choose for your dishwasher should reflect your dishwashing habits. If you run the same program consistently, then there is no need to buy a dishwasher loaded with all the bells and whistles. Another thing that you'll want to consider is the size of your kitchen. There are models that can accommodate any sized kitchen even down to a portable model. With so many options on the market, you'll be sure to find one that fits every requirement you have.


What's in store for your storage options
The first thing you'll want to settle when purchasing cabinets is how much you are willing to spend. A good rule of thumb is to put half of your total kitchen design budget toward cabinets. Look through kitchen magazines to get ideas for what will work in your kitchen. This will help keep you from being overwhelmed by all the options a cabinet showroom has to offer and give you an idea of what styles will look good in your kitchen.


Beginning to see the light
As the name implies, task lighting is used to illuminate high work areas in your kitchen such as counter tops, stoves and sink area. Under-cabinet lights and pendant lights tend to be popular, inexpensive choices for illuminating your work stations. Recess lighting is another option but needs to be extensively wired into the walls. As for bulbs, consider using halogen lights as they illuminate well without being too harsh. Fluorescent bulbs are another good option because of their efficiency.


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