Kitchen Ideas You Can Use: Inspiring Designs & Clever Solutions for Remodeling Your Kitchen

Cool Springs. 2014. 260p. illus. ISBN 9781591865902. pap. $17.99. DIY
Forecasted hot new trends in kitchen design include more neutral countertops, open cabinetry, farmhouse influences, large lighting, and architectural fixtures. Peterson (Building with Secondhand Stuff; Manskills) presents a collection of eye candy for your fantasy kitchen. Sections focus on layout, styles, countertops, storage and cabinets, fixtures, and lighting. The photos are lovely, but some are too small and sometimes don't best represent the targeted subject. The author's excellent commentary accompanies each photo, making sense of the illustrations. The section on color, particularly colored appliances, is interesting and timely.
VERDICT Peterson's advice pulls this collection of photos together, but the reader will wish for more of it. Joanne Kellar Bouknight's Taunton's Kitchen Idea Book has more explanation and information about materials. It is important to keep a style collection up-to-date, though, and Peterson does offer inspiration in spades, making the book a worthwhile purchase.
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