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Sterile near-empty kitchens aren’t for everyone, and often there’s just not enough room to keep every single object out of sight. “You want your kitchen to look like a warm place, and it will look very bare if you have nothing out at all,” Reich says. A chic ceramic canister beside the stove neatly stores spatulas, ladles, and tongs and simultaneously opens up precious drawer space.
“With a remodel, you have the opportunity to correct things knowing how you live day-to-day,” says Reich. Home cooks may find a pull-out knife block or miniature pantry helpful next to the oven, while frequent entertainers might want to keep serving platters within reach in narrow vertical cupboards. The must-have design trend of the moment? An appliance “garage”—a sleek easy-access cabinet for items like toasters and coffee machines, complete with built-in outlets.