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How to Clean Grout in Your Bathroom, Kitchen and More

How to Clean Grout in Your Bathroom, Kitchen and More

This helpful formula will brighten your home in no time.

By Lauren Smith

No matter how clean your toilet, shower or sink are, if the grout between your tiles looks dingy, your entire bathroom will feel dirty. But there’s only so much elbow grease can do to refresh this white filler to its previous glory — which is where the advice from Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, comes into play. First of all, stock up on these essentials.

What You’ll Need:

rubber gloves ($10, amazon.com)
eye protection ($5, amazon.com)
stiff brush ($6, amazon.com)
household chlorine bleach ($11, amazon.com)
CLR Fresh Scent Bath and Kitchen Cleaner ($15, amazon.com)

Now you’re ready for the fun part …

How to Clean Grout

Every week, or as needed, mix 3/4 cup household chlorine bleach with 1 gallon water. Wearing rubber gloves and eye protection, use a stiff brush to apply the formula to one small area at a time. Be careful not to let the liquid spatter onto surrounding surfaces. Let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse. Or try CLR Fresh Scent Bath and Kitchen Cleaner ($15, amazon.com), which is Forte’s go-to product. Just spray the solution onto the tile and wipe clean.

How to Maintain

To prevent dingy shower grout in the future, run a squeegee on the tile after you’re done bathing. Moisture can lead to mildew stains, so the drier you keep your bathroom, the less you’ll have to clean it. Opening a window, turning on the exhaust fan while showering and leaving the door open will also help it dissipate. And don’t forget to stretch the shower curtain open either. “A couple extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long-run,” says Forte.

Now that your grout is clean again, try these tips to help keep your bathroom clean for longer.

How to Prevent Mildew (And What to Do If It Suddenly Shows Up)

How to Prevent Mildew (And What to Do If It Suddenly Shows Up)

Use these strategies to get rid of those potentially dangerous spots.

By Lauren Smith

We’ve all seen those white, powdery spots that coat cardboard boxes stashed in a damp basement or black gunk in the corners of the shower. It’s mildew, a mold that feeds off of fabric, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, wood or any organic surface exposed to excessive water, poor ventilation and no direct sunlight.

A small amount generally won’t make you sick, but if you don’t stop it in its tracks, the mold will spread. “It can ruin household valuables and even trigger an allergic reaction,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. Luckily, we’ve got tips to help you prevent mildew and conquer it when it does show up.

How to Prevent Mildew

Install a dehumidifier (these are our recommendations) in your home, which will help reduce moisture and stop buildup.
Avoid storing linens, books or furniture in your basement or attic if they’re known to be damp.
Always open the bathroom door after showering to allow moisture out. You should also seal grout lines every year if you have tiling. This will help waterproof your tub.

Too late? Here’s how to tackle mildew in a few common places.

Shower Curtain

Stepping into the bathtub and noticing that your shower curtain is dotted with mildew can make your skin crawl. But good news: Even if you use a plastic liner or washable plastic shower curtain, you can get it clean in your washing machine.

Wash a plastic curtain on the highest water level with regular amount of detergent, and add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation. Then, hang to dry or put into the dryer on low heat or air only.

If your shower curtain is fabric or decorative, it’s best to wash it following the instructions on its care label. Or, to quickly freshen it, pop it into the dryer on air or fluff with a fabric softener sheet.
Bathroom Grout

Mix 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach with 1 gallon water. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Use a stiff brush to apply to one small area at a time. Be careful not to let the liquid spatter onto surrounding surfaces. Let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse.
prevent mildew

Fabric

That means gym clothes or that wet towel you left in the corner of your room. First, take it outside, brush off the mildew spores (a stiff brush works best) and sun dry the item for about three hours. Then machine-wash whites with chlorine bleach or presoak colored fabrics for 30 minutes in liquid nonchlorine bleach. Rinse and launder. This method also works on plastic shower curtains and liners, just skip the first step and wash in warm water using the gentle cycle.

Wood Surfaces

To remove mildew from wood cabinets, paneling or furniture, vacuum the loose spores with the soft brush attachment. Then, clean small areas using a well-wrung cloth dipped in a few squirts of Good Housekeeping Seal holder Cascade Complete ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent ($13, amazon.com) and a gallon of water. Rinse with a clean water-dampened cloth and dry immediately with a fan. Don’t oversaturate the wood, as it could warp and damage the finish. If a cloudy film forms, wipe the area with mineral spirits. Otherwise, apply a thin coat of GH Seal holder Weiman Furniture Polish ($36 for a 6-pack, amazon.com) to restore the shine and protect the finish.

Mattresses or Upholstery

Start by vacuuming the entire item, then toss the vacuum filter and the bag when you’re through to prevent mildew spores from escaping into the air the next time you vacuum. If any stains remain, sponge the surface with a cloth moistened in 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup warm water — but do a spot test on a hidden area first to make sure the fabric won’t be damaged. To rinse, do a second wipe with a water-dampened sponge. Sun dry the sofa or mattress for several hours to remove odors or use a fan. Spray with a disinfectant like Lysol ($10 for a 2-pack, amazon.com) to kill spores that can linger in thick padding. If your furniture still smells musty or stains reappear, throw the item out.

Painted Walls

Mildew can quickly take root on walls, especially if the ventilation is poor. At the first sign of growth, mix 3/4 cup bleach with one gallon of water. Wearing rubber gloves, apply with a soft scrub brush. Let the solution penetrate for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Dry thoroughly with a fan for about a half hour. If stains reappear, you may have to replace the wallboard.
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Old Books

Air the pages outside on a sunny, breezy day for at least three hours. Once they’re dry to the touch, brush off the mildew with a dry cloth. Remove stains by wiping them gently with a soft cloth dipped in a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 4 parts water (wring it well first). Repeat the process using another soft cloth dipped in water to gently sponge away the chlorine, but don’t rub or oversaturate the paper. Pat or fan-dry the pages. You can speed up the drying process by sprinkling cornstarch or baking soda on each page to absorb remaining moisture, then wipe it off with a soft, clean paint brush.

9 Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Longer

9 Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Longer
Because scrubbing tile is low on the list of things you want to do this weekend.

By Carolyn Forte

We hear you. When we polled 5000 Good Housekeeping readers about their cleaning habits, it came through loud and clear that the bathroom is not only one of your home’s most important rooms to keep clean, and but also one of the most difficult.

Here’s how to get more mileage out of your efforts and help this high-traffic room stay fresh longer.

1. Stop moisture in its tracks.
Nothing helps delay mildew stains like a dry shower. Hang a squeegee over the shower head and make it a rule that the last one to take a shower wipes down the walls, tub, and shower doors. A couple extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long-run.

You can also quickly zap moisture by opening a window and turning on the exhaust fan while showering. Leaving the door open, even a crack, helps it dissipate. And don’t forget to stretch the shower curtain open when it dries, too.

2. Coat shower walls and doors with a water repellent.
We like EnduroShield or RainX. They help water, minerals, and soap scum bead up and run off, so there’s less for you to scrub away.

3. Skip bar soap at the sink.
Use a liquid soap with a pump or a even hands-free soap dispenser instead. Eliminating the grimy soap dish with help your sink and countertop stay cleaner.

4. Create order in your cabinets.
If you dedicate spots for cosmetics and hair tools in your medicine cabinet or vanity, they can be can be stashed away but remain within reach. A clutter-free counter instantly makes a bathroom look and feel cleaner.

5. Install ample towel bars.
Towels will dry more quickly and your bathroom will look tidier, too, when you hang them across a bar. No wall space? Consider an over-the-door towel bar or hooks.

6. Reach for long-lasting cleaners.
We like Mr. Clean Bath Cleaner with Shine Shield and Lysol’s Click Gel Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. These formulas help sinks, tubs, and toilets resist stains for up to seven days.

7. Stash a canister of disinfecting cleaning wipes under the sink.
This way, you can quickly zap toothpaste splatters, water marks, and other messes when you see them, and they won’t have a chance to dry and become tougher to remove. We also like the new tap-and-clean products from Lysol or Clorox; they’re great for spot-cleaning.

8. Keep a stash of used dryer sheets nearby.
You can use them to quickly and easily nab hair and dust bunnies from the floor without dragging out the vacuum cleaner, and delay a major clean sweep.

9. Combat shower curtain buildup.
Spritz the bottom of a vinyl shower curtain liner several times a month with a bleach-containing all-purpose cleaner to keep soap scum, water minerals, and mildew at bay. Just let the shower rinse it off (before you hop in) and you won’t need to launder the curtain as often.

Carolyn Forte is the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab.

How to Clean a Shower Curtain

How to Clean a Shower Curtain

Get rid of mildew without tons of scrubbing.

By Lauren Smith

Stepping into the bathtub and noticing that your shower curtain is dotted with mildew can make your skin crawl. But we have good news: “There’s no need to throw away your shower curtain once it’s dirty,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. Depending on the material, use the following advice on how to clean a shower curtain.

Plastic or vinyl

Wash the curtain on the highest water level with detergent like Good Housekeeping Seal holder Gain Liquid Detergent Original ($6, amazon.com). Add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation, then hang it to dry or put in the dryer on low heat or fluff only.
Fabric

This may include cotton, nylon, polyester or hemp materials. If your shower curtain is made of one of these fabrics, or is decorative, it’s best to wash it following the instructions on its care label.

Prevent mildew

To extend how frequently you have to clean your curtain, always open the bathroom door after showering to allow moisture out. Opening a window and turning on the exhaust fan while showering will also help moisture dissipate. And don’t forget to stretch the shower curtain open either. “A couple extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long-run,” says Forte.

Now that you know how to clean a curtain, try one of these new ways to use one at home.

How to Clean Blinds and Shades

How to Clean Blinds and Shades

By Lauren Smith

Blinds or shades are often the last things we think about when cleaning even though it only takes 30 minutes a month to clear your conscience — and view. But before you get down to the nitty-gritty, you need to figure out what you own. Blinds are made from wood, metal, or a composite and shades are fabric-based. While shades made out of delicate fabrics, like silk, should be professionally cleaned, everything else you can clean on your own — and here’s how.
How to Clean Blinds

Wood and faux wood blinds

Treat these blinds like wood furniture. Dust with a soft, clean cloth or a chemically treated dust cloth, like Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes ($11 for two, amazon.com). Lower the blind to full length, tilt the slats to an almost closed position, hold the bottom rail, and dust. Then reverse the slats and repeat. You can also dampen (don’t saturate) a microfiber cloth with warm water and wipe the slats to get rid of stubborn dirt. Then, open the slats and allow to air-dry.

Aluminum and vinyl blinds

Lower the blind and tilt the slats down, but don’t close them completely, or each slat won’t get entirely cleaned. With your hand on the bottom rail, pull the blind slightly away from the window, keeping it taut. Attach the soft dusting-brush tool to your vacuum cleaner and vacuum a few slats at a time, using a side-to-side or top-to-bottom motion. Damped a microfiber cloth with water and wipe slats again. Open slats and allow blind to air-dry.

How to Clean Shades

Cellular shades

Also known as honeycombs, these insulating window treatments are energy efficient, but have a cleaning advantage too. “Honeycombs are so easy to clean. Just use the dusting tool on your vacuum,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. “Give them a once-over on low suction, and you’re done.” After dusting, most stains can be lightly blotted away with a sponge, lukewarm water, and a mild dish detergent, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($2, amazon.com). Dab, don’t rub, the fabric.

Roman shades

When you buy Romans — whether they’re flat, pleated, or draped with swags — clean as our experts: use your vacuum’s soft dusting brush attachment on low suction, or gently go over the shades with a handheld vac fitted with the brush attachment. If necessary, spot-clean any stains with a cloth dipped in water and mild dishwashing detergent, but do not saturate the material. Rinse and blot dry.

Sheer shades

Trendy translucent window shadings (which you can adjust to diffuse the light) look delicate, but are fashioned from sturdy, knitted polyester. Vacuum with the brush attachment on the lowest suction setting.

Roller shades

To clean classic vinyl roller shades, use a well-wrung cloth or sponge dipped in a solution of mild dishwashing detergent and lukewarm water, and wipe the shade in sections. Start at the bottom, and continue working (washing and rinsing) upward until the entire shade is clean. Leave the shade fully extended to dry. You can also give dingy vinyl shades a bath. Cover them in warm water in the bathtub and add several squirts of mild dishwashing soap. Using a soft brush, clean the shades on both sides. Rinse, allow to air-dry, and re-hang.

Panel track shades

Durable panels for large doors or windows are low-maintenance. All you have to do is glide your vacuum dust-brush tool over the panels to keep them fresh.

Now that you know the cleaning commitment you’ll be undertaking based on what design you own, use this guide to buying blinds and shades to pick out the best option for you.

How to Get Rid of Dust and Make Your Home Shine

How to Get Rid of Dust and Make Your Home Shine

You’re going to need more than a few feathers on a stick.

By Lauren Smith

The first step when it comes to dusting is knowing which tools you should and shouldn’t use. For instance, feather dusters are far from helpful, according to Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab: “This tool simply spreads dust from one surface to another.” Instead, you can more successfully capture dust with a soft cloth dampened with water, a microfiber duster, or an electrostatic duster. Now that you have your tools, here are targeted strategies for your home’s most hard-to-reach spots.

Walls

For ceiling-to-floor cleaning, a vacuum with multiple attachments is the most efficient tool. Work from the top down to capture the most dust without making a mess.

Baseboards

You can tackle dingy spots using a wet cloth. Lightly spray it with water or an all-purpose cleaning solution, like Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner Trigger ($7, amazon.com) and run it over baseboards to whisk debris away in a flash.

Curio cabinets

To get at dust trapped in tiny nooks and intricate carvings, use a clean natural-bristle paint or makeup brush, then wipe with a microfiber cloth ($5 for 3, amazon.com).

Electronics

Computers, TVs, DVD players, stereos, and printers are notorious dust magnets. Always unplug the equipment before cleaning. A gentle swipe with a microfiber cloth usually does the job, while a soft, long-handled brush ($3, amazon.com) will collect dust from crevices. Be sure to vacuum dust from around cords and vents because, along with pet hair, it can clog machines or outlets.

Soft toys

Put beanbag critters, teddy bears, or fabric dolls into a large plastic bag with a cup of baking soda. Secure the top, then take the items outside and shake well. The baking soda and static will draw out the soil and dust. Remove items one at a time, shake off the clumps of baking soda, and vacuum the rest using a brush attachment.

Behind appliances

Over time, crumbs, grease, and other debris accumulate behind your stove and refrigerator, providing a food source for insects and other pests. If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Use a long-handled, slightly damp sponge mop ($12, amazon.com) to lift dust from the back of the appliance, then wipe floor and walls with hot soapy water.

Vents

Remove heavy dust from ceiling, floor, or appliance vents with a soft-brush vacuum attachment or electrostatic mop ($16, amazon.com), then dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe the surface. Rinse removable, washable air-conditioning filters well in hot soapy water and air-dry before reinstalling.

Ceiling fans

Place newspaper or a drop cloth under the ceiling fan. Turn off the power source, then get on a step stool. Use damp paper towels to wipe greasy dust from the casing and a soft-bristle brush dampened with a mild cleanser, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($2, amazon.com) to loosen the dust on the blades, then rinse with a damp paper towel.

Learn How to Unclog a Drain the Right Way

Learn How to Unclog a Drain the Right Way

By Lauren Smith

When it comes household maintenance, it’s safe to say we are extra careful about making sure we don’t clog our drains. We use drain strainers, we avoid using certain body scrubs in the shower, and we definitely never pour oil down our sinks. But the truth is, clogging happens, and when it does, you should follow these steps.

How to unclog a drain for good

1. Use your trusty plunger to clear the blockages in your drains and pipes. Yes, you can use this on your sinks, just make sure to remove the drain cover first (you may also want to use a smaller, sink-specific plunger).

2. If that doesn’t work, move on to chemical drain cleaner, like Liquid-Plumr Power Gel ($18, amazon.com) and follow the manufacturer’s directions accordingly.

3. And if you’re still out of luck, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, says it’s time to enlist the pros. “After that, call a professional plumber and tell them what you used. That way, there won’t be any surprises.”

How to Keep Drains Fresh

To prevent your drains from getting clogged in the first place, it’s important to keep them fresh and free-flowing by using a homemade vinegar solution on the regular. This is especially good for seldom-used sinks and showers, like in a guest bathroom.

1. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt.

2. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by 1 cup heated vinegar. It will foam and bubble.

3. Let it stand for 15 minutes (longer does not work any better).

4. Follow by running hot tap water for at least 15 to 30 seconds.

How to Dispose of Leftover Paint the Right Way

How to Dispose of Leftover Paint the Right Way

Remember: Paint can be hazardous if it’s not handled properly.

By Lauren Smith

Painting is an easy way to update a room, but more often then not, afterwards you end up with half of an unused can. Since leftover paint can be hazardous, as it contains materials that can leak into the ground, cause physical injury to sanitation workers, or contaminate septic tanks, you have to be careful when throwing it away. Here’s what you need to know, and to think about, before disposing of paint.

If you want to throw it out, you’ll want to dry it out first.

Wet latex paint can be hazardous, so dry it up. If there’s only a small amount of paint in the bottom of your can, leaving it out in the sun should do the trick. If there’s a bit more than the sun can handle, try adding kitty litter or newspaper to help soak up the paint and speed the drying process. For larger amounts of paint, purchase a paint hardener, like Homax 3535 3 Pack Waste-Away Paint Hardener ($5, amazon.com) at a home improvement store for just a few dollars. Check your local laws, but in many locations, you can throw away dried-out paint with the rest of your household trash.

If you can’t properly dispose of the paint curbside, let the professionals handle it.

Companies like Lowe’s, Habitat for Humanity, and PaintCare accept leftover paint in order to recycle it. You can also search for a hazardous waste drop-off facility in your area at Earth911.com.

If you feel bad just tossing it, try to donate it …

If you know you won’t use the paint for your walls again, try to recycle it or use it up. Ask a friend if they need some paint or use the leftovers to dress up an old stool or bookshelf. Call your local elementary school to see if they have any big art projects coming up, or search for green building companies that might accept extra paint. Habitat for Humanities ReStores, for example, takes latex paint. Or list it on a site like FreeCycle.org to see if anyone wants to take it off your hands.

.. or save it for later

If sealed correctly, latex paint can last up to 10 years and oil-based paint up to 15 years. Next time your child turns the living room wall into a canvas or a piece of furniture scrapes the paint, you’ll be glad you saved the leftovers. The EPA recommends keeping paint in its original container (never in food containers) with the original label, adding the date you opened it and room it corresponds to for good measure.

To seal the can, place plastic wrap over the paint lid and hammer it down. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and out of reach of children and pets. Once your paint is hard and lumpy, or if it has a particularly foul smell, it has probably gone bad and should be disposed.

How to Make Your House Smell Good Instantly

How to Make Your House Smell Good Instantly

By Rebecca Deczynski and Lauren Smith

There’s something about a special home scent. You’re not always totally aware it’s there, but when you walk into a room that has a certain smell, you’re immediately hit with a memory of a time or place. (Remember how distinctive your grandma’s house used to smell?). To create that effect in your home, you first have to eliminate any foul smells. “Baking soda makes a great deodorizer,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. Now, use these tricks to make your house smell good instantly.
How to Make Your Home Smell Good

1. Make a stove simmer

“I learned this from my crafty and cleaning obsessed mother,” says interior designer Rhobin DelaCruz. “Simmer water in a small saucepan and add citrus slices and herbs, like lavender or mint.” The heat permeates the sweet scent throughout your house — an easy trick that is as lovely for a party as it is for any old Tuesday.

2. Make your own scent-filled jars

These are similar to a stove simmer, but go in mason jars and make great gifts. Just add simmering water and a few more choice ingredients (like cinnamon sticks and dried apples) to jars make your whole house smells like the holidays.

3. Clean your garbage disposal

Notice a lingering stink? If so, you might want to check the sink. “First try spritzing a dollop of lemon-scented dish soap down into the disposal, run the water, then turn it on,” says interior designer Keita Turner. You can also run lemon or lime rinds through the disposal, followed by lots of water. If the smell persists, pour in a 1/2 cup of baking soda while running warm water.

4. Place candles strategically

Candles are an obvious way to make your home smell sweet, but some clever placement can increase their efficiency. “Anchor a few candles where you would least expect them to be — but don’t light them,” says interior designer Dee Murphy. “Try the linen closet, or anywhere fabrics might live and be able to absorb the scent. Not only do you get a nice surprise every time you open the door, but your linens will carry the aroma with them wherever you use them.” Unstoppable candles have a long-lasting scent and come in cool, modern designs.

5. Bring the outside in

“Indoor plants clean the air while beautifying your home,” says Turner. And many offer pleasant fragrances too. Turner suggests geraniums, Arabian jasmine, eucalyptus, gardenias, corsage orchids, and Cuban oregano.

6. Soup up your air vents

“Clip a car deodorizer (like this one from Febreze) to a vent’s metal slats,” says DelaCruz. “As the air blows through, the scent will waft throughout the room.”

7. Turn on the oven

Nothing beats the aroma of warm baked goods. “When I know I am having guests over, I will purposely have a baked good on the agenda,” says Murphy. “Something simple like cinnamon rolls or a banana bread fills the house with good ol’ fashioned yumminess.”
8. Use dryer sheets outside the laundry room

“I like to place a few sheets in my family’s closets and in our dressers. Our clothes always come out smelling fresh,” says Dela Cruz.

Behind Closed Doors – The Secrets Of A Modern Kitchen

Behind Closed Doors – The Secrets Of A Modern Kitchen

Kitchens have many secrets which are cleverly hidden behind doors. We love the mystery and we also like the fact that doors make kitchens look neat and organized which is particularly appreciated in modern and contemporary design. So what can you hide behind closed doors in a kitchen? Well, a lot of things. Usually we use this design strategy to conceal storage. Features like pantries, shelves full of dishes or stacked pots and pans are best kept hidden. Kitchen pocket doors are especially practical in these cases. They’re space0efficient as well as stylish.

– A balanced combination of open and closed furniture provides a sense of comfort and familiarity
– A combination of built-in appliances and storage spaces can be hidden behind a set of large doors in a modern kitchen

Apart from storage shelves and modules, there are a bunch of other things which you can conceal in a kitchen. We’re talking about appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, microwave ovens, refrigerators or wine coolers. if you don’t want these things to be on display, you can incorporate them into the kitchen furniture and hide them behind closed doors. This way you can maintain a minimalist and cohesive kitchen decor.
You can hide a lot of clutter behind some large kitchen doors like these ones – a great way to maintain a neat appearance

– This kitchen has a really cool bar, with wine racks, storage shelves and drawers, all concealed behind doors
– The pocket doors are a really cool choice here. They’re space-efficient and very practical, especially in the kitchen

Other ideas include concealing wine racks, bars or even the entire kitchen. We’re talking about small kitchens or kitchenettes which are part of open floor plans and which can feature sliding doors that make them look like just another storage unit for the living room. This can be a useful design feature if you don’t want the mess on your kitchen counters to ruin the ambiance in the living area or to be seen by your guests.

– We love the mystery of this sort of kitchens, the fact that those big doors could hide just about anything
– It’s wonderful how all the doors blend in and form a uniform pattern which becomes defining for the entire unit
– The central section of this unit is a bar, complete with two wine coolers at the bottom and a set of shelves
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– The doors at the ends open separately and in this case are big enough to conceal appliances such as the oven
– The pocket doors disappear into the cabinet and keep the design simple, clean and practical

When deciding to use one of the strategies mentioned above, it’s important to take into consideration your kitchen color scheme. After all, those doors have to fit in somehow and their color and finish will impact the kitchen’s decor in a big way. This can be an opportunity to introduce an accent color. In a predominantly grey kitchen, for example, you could make some of the doors yellow for a cheerful look or you could add a touch of orange, green or turquoise. If you prefer a more minimalistic and classical approach, perhaps you’d like to pair some black kitchen cabinets with white doors or some white shelves.

– Figuring out the outlines of the doors on this wall unit is quite tricky, especially with those vertical lines and trims
– When these pocket doors open they reveal appliances at the center and open shelves with accent lights on the sides
– You can play with two or more colors when designing the kitchen furniture, doors or no doors
– Open a door to find another closed door – that can be an interesting design approach
– In some configurations it can even be possible to conceal the entire kitchen behind sliding or pocket doors
– You can use doors to conceal some of the features in your kitchen which you don’t want your guests to see
– Large doors can conceal a lot of things in the kitchen, in particular storage spaces and messy areas
– It’s even possible to conceal large appliances to make them blend in seamlessly
– The fridge and the dishwasher are often concealed behind doors that match the kitchen furniture