Yes, You Heard Me Right….I’m On My Soapbox!!
Another example of ill placed outlets is presented in this kitchen where the the switches and outlets look like they leached onto the accent tile. A clear situation of the “supporting actress” upstaging the “star” folks!
Are you with me here? Am I the only one this bothers? When I walk in a kitchen and all I see are outlets, it is a big tell tale sign that whoever designed the kitchen is someone who does’t pay attention to details. People, no one wants to see the outlets! ugh! I think I’ll design a line of cool outlets…humm there’s a thought, “Faberge outlet covers”….(Obviously I’m kidding!)
|If you aren’t going to hire a kitchen designer, you’d better have a game plan sister, because the ball is in your court! You know the old saying……
“Remember, if you fail to plan,
you plan to fail”
How do you plan? I subscribe to the principle of “Form follows function”. First, you decide how you want to function in the space. Get out a pad of paper and a pen. Ask yourself a series of questions. Do you want a coffee station? Do you want a microwave? Do you want a toaster over? Do you bake and use a mixer? Once the function is decided then you can decide the location for these areas, hence the form falls into place. The last part of the puzzle is to make the space visually pleasing, but as you can see from the steps we have taken to get to “looks”, it is important to have a plan. There are also building codes that have to be consider, but I am not going to get into all of that. This post is just about “looking pretty”. You can ask your contractor, builder or electrician about codes. Just make sure you do it early on, because it is important to the overall plan. If you don’t consider each of these steps in the beginning, you can make costly mistakes.
Here are some ideas to consider in planning your well designed kitchen:
Under mount plug strips can be placed under the apron or along the back side of the upper cabinets. This works especially well if you have a solid backsplash like this beautiful marble slab. This type of mount allows you to plug in occasional use appliances, such as mixers and blenders with out any interruptions in the backsplash.
2. Low Outlet Placement
In this design, the outlets are placed horizontally at the base of the backsplash on a band of the same material the countertop. A little more visible, but still not interrupting the beauty of tile backsplash.
3. Horizontal Outlet Placement
Whether the outlet is worked into the design of the tile or placed at the base of the backsplash, horizontal placement really works well when using subway tiles. This is also a good example of using outlet covers that match the surface they are mounted on. They are almost invisible.
4. Incorporate New Technology
There are so many new little gadgets you can use to camouflage outlets like this kitchen grommet.
This handy little outlet pops up from the countertop with multiple plug ins. This is great for an island or an area where you don’t have a backsplash at all.
5. Incorporate into the design aesthetics
This one is “Behind Closed Doors”! Ok, so I had to say that because of the old song, which you are probably too young to remember but it’s true. Look for a place you can hide the outlet. Back splashes aren’t the only place I want to hide outlets. Islands or peninsulas are also on my list! This is a great example of a way to make those ugly things go away!
Do you have a soapbox? Now I have to chose between a soapbox and a faberge outlet cover for the first DIY project on my blog! Dang! Ideas are flowing! Change is coming!!!!