What Your Dream Kitchen Needs : Function, Mood, Harmony

If you ever get the opportunity to design your dream kitchen, consider making sure it has the following characteristics.

· The latest energy-efficient, best-brand appliances. You want appliances that last and make the kitchen a joy to work within.

· A plethora of storage space. Easy-to-reach storage, easy-to-use storage, and easy-to-clean storage.

· Expansive countertop. Work surfaces impervious to staining, cutting, and burning—and that clean up easily.

· Flooring that is gentle on the feet and easy to clean.

· All-day sunlight and bright lighting at night.

· A cozy feel and style so the kitchen becomes a focus of family togetherness.

Three Guidelines to consider: Function, Mood, and Harmony.

Function: almost everything is devoted to function. While mood and harmony are involved, too, the emphasis is on function. Not surprising when you consider that the kitchen is, in essence, a workshop.

The kitchen may be considered the "heart of the home." This room is perfect for on-the-go family hangout, with several seating arrangements for snacks, meals, homework, entertainment, and conversation.

Mood: What is your preference? Contemporary mood—a dramatic mélange of stainless steel, glass, Corian, and concrete where everything is glossy and sleek. County: warm, cozy haven of natura