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6. Bring it to your benchtopsA simple way to warm up a contemporary white kitchen is by choosing timber benchtops. In this kitchen, they echo the floorboards and the sloped ceiling to create a bright yet cosy feel.You can choose from many different types of timber including oak, pine, iroko, bamboo and many more. The material you go for will depend on the tone you’re after and the level of durability you need. Maintain timber benchtops by oiling them regularly or sealing them with a specialist product.Details That Count: 17 Designer Tips for a Great Kitchen
Knives… up or down?Many experts state that dishwashers blunt knives, but this really depends on a number of factors, such as what your knives are made from (stainless steel, ceramic, wooden handle), the detergent you’re using, the drying capabilities of your dishwasher, and even the hardness of water in your area. Some detergents are a little more corrosive on materials such as stainless steel than others, which could possibly affect things such as blade edges. If you do choose to wash knives in the dishwasher, place them tip down (for safety) in the cutlery basket. Make sure they are not rubbing against other cutlery items. Use a non-abrasive detergent, and choose a dishwasher with an auto-opening door or take knives out of the machine and dry them as soon as the cycle is done.
6. Washing knives in the dishwasherIt seems like a no-brainer to put everything in the dishwasher, right? Wrong. Fun fact: chefs never put their expensive knives in the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergent, which contains highly alkaline compounds, can cause sharp edges to become blunt, so when it comes to knives you’d like to stay sharp, hand wash them with warm soapy water instead.The magic of magnetic racks