<font size="3"><font color="#990000"><strong>Simple Ways to Enhance Your Kitchen’s Functionality</strong></font></font> <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">If your family is like most, you spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen, preparing meals.<span>  </span>That’s why it makes a lot of sense that the kitchen should be among the most functional spaces within the home. The space in the kitchen should work for you and your needs.<span>  </span>A beautiful kitchen is a great asset that can improve the value of your home, but pretty is not always functional.<span>  </span>The ideas that follow will help you to create a handsome kitchen that also serves your needs and the needs of your family well.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"></span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Consider a Kitchen Work Triangle</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Professionally designed kitchen spaces usually have the benefit of a work triangle that helps to increase the efficiency of the entire kitchen space.<span>  </span>This work triangle is simply a reference to the arrangement of three must-have kitchen work spaces – the kitchen sink area, the refrigerator area, and the stove area.<span>  </span>You do not want these areas to be too far apart but rather they should be arranged in a triangle shape.<span>  </span>Otherwise, you will be spending a lot of your time in the kitchen running back and forth from area to area.<span> </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p><span> </span> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Add a Walk-In Pantry </strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">A home can never have too much storage, and this is doubly true in the kitchen.<span>  </span>A walk-in pantry is a good addition to your kitchen – and it is an addition that will add value to your home.<span>  </span>One huge benefit of the walk-in pantry is that you can quickly determine what the kitchen has and does not have without looking in several cupboards or cabinets.<span>  </span>The kitchen walk-in pantry can also prove useful in keeping the traffic within the kitchen localized to a specific area, which will allow the chef in the house to cook without being interrupted!</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Make the Most Efficient Use of Space</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Even if you have a spacious kitchen, squandering the space in this busy room can be foolhardy.<span>  </span>Making the most efficient use of the space that you have within the kitchen is important.<span>  </span>Add cabinets that go from the floor to the ceiling and then think about adding shelving and baskets inside the cabinet that will allow you to make the most use out of the cabinet that you have.<span>  </span>If the interior shelf heights are generous, you can invariably buy a few metal shelves to help add more value to the space.<span>  </span>Another great addition is a pot rock that allows you to hang pans and pots, freeing up even more cabinet space.<span>  </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p><span></span>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Put Hardworking Appliances to Work for You</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">The appliances that you choose can make a big difference in how hard you have to work in the kitchen.<span>  </span>Choose the right appliances and you can put them to work for you!<span>  </span>Go for a dishwasher with a three racks. This will cut the number of times that you must run the dishwasher and load the dishwasher.<span>  </span>A self-cleaning oven is also a must have.<span>  </span>When replacing appliances look for those that have the Energy Star seal and you’ll keep a bit more cash in your pocket by way of reduced operating costs.<span>  </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p><span></span>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">These ideas will help you to enhance your kitchen’s functionality so that you can get in and out faster, leaving you more time to spend with your family.<span>  </span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p><span></span>  <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Learn more about decorating with <a href="http://www.metal-wall-art.com/decorative-metal-wall-coat-racks.html" target="_blank">coat rack metal art</a> and <a href="http://www.metal-wall-art.com/black-metal-wall-art.html" target="_blank">black metal wall decor</a> from our exclusive designer and staff writer, Alyssa Davis, of Metal-Wall-Art.com.</span></p></span>