Thursday, September 10, 2009

-- Built to Entertain --

We have all been to a party where the host desperately tries to move people away from the kitchen. It's an odd thing but somehow people just gravitate there! What is it about kitchens that makes them such a popular spot?! In my eyes, why fight it?

If you have limited space, opening up the kitchen to the main living are will make the space appear larger. An island with a large countertop does wonders. It divides the cooking area from the entertaining area; allowing you and your guests to interact while you're busy warming up those appetizers or digging out another tray of ice cubes for the bar. As an added bonus it also serves as a great area to serve food and drinks (yay for easy clean-up!).

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, countertops are important, very important. These days you are not doomed to avocado green tile and white grout if you are on a limited budget. There are so many options ranging from formica, quartz, modern ceramic tiles, corian, marble or granite, and even concrete. There is something for every price point, so look at your needs and determine the colors, materials and textures that fit you and your decor best. It will make the decision making process easier.
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