Kitchen Pros on What's In and What's Out

Can't live with it, can't live without it -- top designers give their opinions on kitchen loves and hates.

Check in with these top designers to hear their views on what they can't live without and what they'd like to see less of. Then trust your own instincts and act on them.


Designer Linda Woodrum prefers big sinks over divided ones.

Designer Linda Woodrum prefers big sinks over divided ones.

Linda Woodrum has designed for HGTV's Dream Home. She lives and designs in Hilton Head, S.C.

Love it: "A huge, huge sink. I hate these little divided sinks. Actually, I can't live without TWO big sinks."

Lose it: "Wall-mounted upper cabinets. I want my kitchen to be more like a living space and not feel so functional."

Kenneth Brown is the host of HGTV's popular reDesign show. He has his own interior design firm in Los Angeles.

Love it: "The removable cutting board. I've been doing wooden butcher blocks that are integrated into the countertop so it's nice and flush to the counter, but then you can take it out and give it a good, good sterilization with plenty of hot water. It helps keep your kitchen clean."

Lose it: "Multiple work triangles. You just need one."

Lin Lee is an award-winning designer who has her own interior design firm in Colorado.

Love it: "Great lighting. That means several layers of lighting, including task lighting specifically over workspaces, either under cabinets or as pendant lights over an island so there are no shadows where you're working; ambient lighting throughout the space so it's bright; and then accent lighting for drama, such as over-cabinet lighting. It's the key to function."

Lose it: "Easy, easy answer: The desk. The ubiquitous kitchen desk we all had to have in the '80s — that dog has had its day. With the advent of the personal computer, the person who uses the kitchen most now has her own office and really doesn't want to take up space in the kitchen."

Joan Kohn is a kitchen expert and the author of several design books.

Love it: "A small kitchen island on wheels. It's adaptable and versatile — a portable work station."

Lose it: "Any excess. I have a minimalist aesthetic; I'm a proponent of the 'one of each' philosophy. Get rid of anything you don't use — the fondue set you got when you got married, for instance."

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