The kitchen in this house needed some real TLC and sadly the cherry red laminate didn't suffice. We introduced a herringbone subway tile backsplash and a slight hint of colour in this space. With everything else being white, the cabinetry is where one can have fun - all the appliances are kept black to tie in the black accents from the living space and storage was maximised by squeezing in a tall pantry and tucking the refrigerator next to it. Open shelving was incorporated instead of closed upper cabinetry, just so one could display china and other collectibles, and this made the room feel open and airy and the plaid blinds added the right amount of playfulness. This open kitchen embraces a flurry of activities with some cooking, some prepping, some grabbing their beers, while having cookies humming away in the oven, in contrast to the claustrophobic layout earlier.
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6. Clean the countertop and stove top The countertop is the busiest area of the kitchen and keeping it spotless can be tricky. Acidic cleansers can discolour and etch the stone, engineered stone and wooden countertops. Universally, a mix of dish washing liquid and warm water works best. Spread detergent and warm water over the counter surface and stove, and leave it till the water cools down.Scrub the stains away, wipe the entire surface with a microfibre cloth and then wipe again with a clean, damp cloth.Oil-based stains or spills can be removed using a thick paste of baking soda and water, or any other suitable cleaner that will not harm your particular countertop type.Frequency of cleaning: It is advisable to wipe the counters after every cooking session. Spills should be cleaned instantly to avoid permanent damage of the material. Thorough cleaning of the countertops should be done at least twice a month or as needed.Wondering which is the best kitchen countertop material?
2. Firm: A design coThis kitchen shows off a herringbone subway tile backsplash and the slightest hint of colour by way of the cabinetry. Floating shelves used to display china and other collectibles make the room feel open and airy.