Design a Kitchen with Individual Style

Home magazines are a great place to find inspiration for a new kitchen, but remember, those spaces were all created for someone else. To create a more personal space that you can truly call your own, it's important to incorporate ideas that match not only your home style, but also your lifestyle.

Think about how space flows with the rest of your home and take a realistic look at how you use your kitchen. After all, a great looking profession range may not be the best investment if you're someone who spends more time ordering take out. And why take up space displaying a wine collection when your real passion is a cookie jar collection. Take this loft style kitchen, for example. This compact, traditional space may have felt cramped with a traditional layout. But, by placing the large refrigerator around the corner, the homeowners cleared up more space for cooking and entertaining.

If your kitchen is open to the living area like this space, you'll want to choose materials that combine function and beauty. This DuPont™ Corian® solid surface countertop has all the durable performance benefits you'd expect for Corian® and if give the space an extra dash of style. Colors like Sorrel add extra interest by catching the light and creating a sense of movement when viewed from different angles. In fact, with over 150 colors of Corian® and Zodiaq®, there are endless ways to express your style. You can even mix surfaces in the same kitchen.

There are many ways to infuse your kitchen with personality and your choices say a lot about you. Obviously, the person who incorporated this convenient pot filler to their backsplash is much different from the person who selected these small, inconspicuous appliances.

In this large kitchen, an island topped with a DuPont™ Zodiaq® surface creates an expansive, continuous work surface. And this island does triple duty as the prep, cleanup, and eating area. A large family is probably running a full dishwasher after every meal, they may even want two to make entertaining easier. But another couple may find that two dishwasher doors give them more flexibility and energy savings.

Remember, no two people are the same and no two people have the same perfect kitchen. Look for materials and solutions that really suit for and your family. It makes the difference between having a me too kitchen and a kitchen you can really call your own.