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JUN
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Is a white kitchen really safe?

White has been a regular colour of choice in kitchens for decades now. It’s safe, it blends and it is always in season. But what will you find when you pull off some of the layers? One of the disadvantages might be a reason for you to look at other options.

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It doesn’t approve with age like wine. When you have a painted kitchen, it will show smudges easer and scratches will give more character. Although modern melamine resist better, it will show wear after a few years down the line. Other finished will also show wear later on, but with white it will be more visible.

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How often do you want to clean your kitchen? White kitchens are high maintenance as it shows marks quicker than a coloured or patterned kitchen. Also, should one cook or entertain allot in the kitchen. The cleaning will not only be the tops but also the doors. They are often seen as plain, cold, unwelcoming, simple and even unexciting. If that is the look you are after then it will be fine.

All is not bad. You don’t have to go mad looking for the same white when adding something to your kitchen. White has a way of blending all different whites.

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White makes the space look and feel lighter and bigger. If your kitchen is a bit on the small side, bringing a white kitchen in will make the space feel bigger.

If you want to add some cabinets to your kitchen, you will more than likely find the same finish in a few years time. Because white is always in demand, it doesn’t really discontinue. While an all white kitchen is a serious commitment. It still looks breathtaking.

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Taking care of your kitchen herb garden

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1. Using the right growing soil.

Indoor herbs have a better shot at healthy growth if you plant them in a sterile growing soil. Choose a “potting mix” or “growing mix” that has the word “sterile” on the label. This type of growing medium contains a germ-free mixture of lightweight ingredients, such as peat moss, vermiculite, and shredded pine bark, which resist compaction so roots can develop easily. Avoid using soil from your garden that can become dense and compact, and also contains bacteria and/or tiny insects that could kill your kitchen herbs.

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2. Startig seeds can go further.

If you purchase young plants from a garden center, you’ll be harvesting in no time—but once those plants “go to seed” they’ll quit producing herbs. So for kitchen herb gardens that last, buy seed packets, from which you can grow multiple plants. A single young plant runs R40 to R60 while a packet of seeds can provide you with 20 plants, or more, for about R20. Most herbs will be ready to harvest in two to three months from the time the seeds sprout.

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3. Keep soil moist until sprouts appear.

Kitchen herb seeds are quick to develop but they require a consistent level of moisture until they sprout. Fill your pot with damp growing medium. Place two to five seeds on top of the medium, and then lightly sprinkle dry soil on top—just a dusting will do. Cover the entire pot with plastic wrap and put it in a dark location until the seeds sprout. Then, remove the plastic and set the pot on the windowsill.

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4. Start new seeds often.

The average herb plant will reach maturity and go to seed in about four months, after which it will no longer produce fresh herbs. By about every two months, the new plants will be producing vigorous growth by the time the existing ones are declining, and you’ll always have a fresh supply of herbs.

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5. Don't use too much fertilizer.

You can feed your kitchen herbs with a vegetable fertilizer every two or three months, but dilute the solution to one-third the recommended strength. Indoor herbs do well with a small amount of fertilizer, while too much can cause rapid growth that reduces the flavor of the herbs.

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 6. Harvest often.

Harvesting leaves from the tops of herb stems will encourage the plant to grow more. Just be sure to snip carefully. Remove no more than 1/3 of a stem when you’re ready to add the herb to your food. Cutting too much can damage the plant and cause it to stop growing.

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7. Water spray your herbs.

Spraying your herbs once a week is usually sufficient. Most herbs prefer slightly damp, but not soggy, conditions. Give plants enough water so that a little excess runs into the drainage saucer below. An hour after watering, dump out the saucer to ensure that the roots aren’t sitting in water. If the soil dries out very quickly, which can happen if the herb is growing rapidly and its roots are absorbing more moisture than normal, water every three to five days. 

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Please visit again next week for some more pointers on your kitchen herb garden.

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JUN
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Monochromatic Kitchens

Monochromatic kitchens have become popular as they are simple, contemporary and timeless.

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Monochromatic colour schemes originate from a single base hue and extended using shades, tones and tints. Monochromatic kitchen colour schemes provide a strong sense of visual consistency and can help support communication objectives through the use of connotative colour. The relative absence of hue contrast can be offset by variations in tone and the addition of texture.

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According to science the true monochromatic images can be strictly created only of shades of one colour fading to black. While the word monochromatic factually means a singular colour, it actually means that the colour will be developed in a few ways to create a liveable space. Neutral colour schemes can also be monochromatic, with variations of a neutral colour.

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The most attractive and enjoyable way to complete your colour scheme is with texture and print. Texture adds interest to the room through the uneven surface that varies how light hits the surface. A texture can appear light and dark, even when created with the same colour. Fabric Bar stools or a wooded chandelier will add depth and assist in giving added detail to any kitchen using the monochromatic colour scheme. 

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Neutrals make the best monochromatic schemes. Consider a neutral monochromatic colour scheme for your kitchen to create a space that will be timeless and not overstated. 

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How to start your kitchen herb garden

If you appreciate having an abundance of flavor and tastes on hand at all times—and saving more money in the long run—keep reading. This guide will help you grow successful well established kitchen herb gardens that brim with strong, healthy plants. Take your culinary accomplishments to the next level, and your family and friends will thank you!

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How to start your garden:

1. A sunny spot to help them grow.

Herbs love the sun; they tend to grow tall and straggly without it, producing limp stems instead of healthy compact buds. To successfully grow herbs indoors, choose spaces that receives a minimum of four to six hours of direct sunlight per day. For even growth, turn your herb pots around every day or two to ensure that all sides receive an equal amount of direct sunlight.

Additionaly you can buy or build grow kits were there are no sunlight available.

{Weizter} {Kitchens}2. Provide good drainage.

While some containers add a touch of style to a kitchen’s décor, herbs—like all pot plants—need good drainage. The pots you choose should have drain holes in the bottoms. You may see photos of herbs tucked into pretty little cups and glasses, but without drain holes, the plants are at risk of developing fungal diseases would most likely kill them.

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3. Grow herbs you need!

The best herbs for you are the ones you actually love to use—especially considering how you’ll need to harvest the herbs frequently anyway for the health of the plants. If you enjoy Italian or Mediterranean fare, start with basil, oregano, parsley, and mint in your kitchen herb garden. Other famous herbs that home chefs frequently reach for include chives, thyme, cilantro, and rosemary.

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4. Save space with dwarf varieties.

Think small when choosing herbs for kitchen gardens, where space is often limited. Dwarf varieties allow you to have all the herbs you want without taking up much room.

These petite plants also make it easier to invoke another space-saving principle: the use of vertical space. Consider stacking your short potted plants vertically—on shelves, tiers, or wall hooks—up along a well-lit backsplash or wall in the kitchen.

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Kitchen herb gardens

If you enjoy cooking, you know how a garden of fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add a bright zest to your creations. A handful of Italian basil, some tomatoes, olive oil and mozzarella can make a delicious and fast summertime meal, so why not create your own kitchen herb garden so that fresh ideas and herbs are at the ready all year-round? Harvesting herbs from your own garden will enhance your home and all your meals.

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The use of fresh herbs can mean the difference between decent food and truly vibrant, delicious cuisine. But purchasing such herbs at the shop can get pricey, especially if you only need a sprig or two. Plus, it’s a lot more convenient to have the likes of fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, and so much more right at your disposal, whenever you get the urge to whip something up.

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A good kitchen garden starts with a sunny – and convenient – spot in the kitchen; say, near a window and acess to water points. If cutting herbs means a long traipse to the backyard garden, you’ll not be as likely to use herbs from there as opposed to from one that is located inside.

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Supplemental lighting can let you nurture a kitchen herb garden even if you don’t have an adequately sunny spot. Grow  kits are available from garden centers or online retailers for between R800 to R1500, depending on size. And if you’re DIY-handy, you can build lighting using dimensional lumber to construct a frame and standard fluorescent bulbs and fixtures. Whatever you rig up, remember: You’ll need to position your plants within a few inches of the fluorescent bulbs for the best results.

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JUN
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Bring life into your kitchen with a coloured wall

The Rolling Stones said in 1966: I see a red door and I want it painted black. Times have changed from coloured doors in a kitchen to a morgue/cave type of cold feeling. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
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By changing one wall with a different colour you can brighten the feel of your kitchen. Put a little bit of life on one wall and you will already have more of a personality in the morning. The colour for doors and tops currently used in a kitchen is white, grey, cream, brown and black. So the type of colours you would want to use on a specific wall should be red, yellow, blue, green, orange and purple but that is not where it ends. You live in the house, so it is all up to you. The sky is the limit and if in two years you don’t like the colour anymore, you can just get different colour of paint and repaint. It is not like redoing the whole kitchen. By just changing the wall, you would already have a new look to your kitchen without changing your kitchen. So which wall to put the statement colour on?
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It really depends on the layout of your house. From which side you see the kitchen first and where you would want to have the statement of your kitchen. This all depends on your creativity and where you would like to have your main focus. And it doesn’t have to be the same wall every time. Every time you repaint, you could change the statement wall. But try to keep it to two colours to the wall and not every wall a different colour. Also don’t do two different bright colours. Make a wall a neutral light/soft colour and the other bright. If you go two bright colours they might clash and make your kitchen look too busy. You could also do two walls one bright colour.

Let your colours of creativity flow and the days of no colours anymore I want them to turn black is finished.

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JUN
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Small kitchen design ideas

Have you found the perfect cosy home, in the right area or have you realised your current kitchen simply does not give you enough space? So why not work within this space and make best use of what’s available. Depending on your layout you can redesign using the existing parameters to be functionally ideal and still aesthetically satisfying. Whether it is a single wall, u-shape or L-shape kitchen, every space can be designed well.

Planning is essential to a perfect kitchen and is dependent on what works for you. Create zones which can serve singular or multiple functions, for example your wash up and prep area can work as one; your cooking, coffee and microwave area as one; or your pantry, storage and cold area as one.

The use of the right finishes and colours will make your kitchen appear visually larger than reality, so stick to light colour tones to bring an openness but don’t be afraid to play with different patterns and textures, large scale appears greater to the eye, all applied in proportion.

The correct lighting is vital; a well light room will appear bigger than a dark room. Hang pendant lights if the space allows bringing light and different levels into the kitchen. Adding breakfast seating can double up as a dining area or even movable seating which can be hidden when not used.

Removing wall units takes away the bulky looking kitchen but adding shelves to replace them will provide storage. Remember tall units require space and provide storage but keep them to a minimum or a single wall/ area. An island on wheels can be quite useful as extra work surface and can be rolled away to create space in the kitchen. Select slim-line ornaments and appliances to give you space.

Do not clutter! Always remember to keep it clean and simple. – “less is more”

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The new trend - matt finishes

What do you need to consider when choosing kitchen finish for a new kitchen? Colour, size, style and handle types, right? But what about cabinet how it feels when touched. It is also about surface textures and finishes. No doubt, your kitchen designer will ask you whether you prefer matt or gloss, but don’t be half-hearted in your reply. Gloss kitchens is now past it's prime in popularity and the latest trend are matt finishes. The cabinet finish you choose can create a dramatically different look regardless of the material the cabinets are made from. Your designer will help you choose the right finish for your kitchen cabinets will explain what’s available, the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as some tips to ensure that the look of each finish will work best in your new kitchen. But you need to be careful choosing a finsih which is fading in popularity and you will be stuck with it for at least a decade.

Finish Materials
Whether you have chosen MDF or particle board for your kitchen cabinets, there are a variety of finishes that you can use to achieve the look and functionality you want. Manufactured boards, such as MDF and particle board from any of the big brands are coated in polyurethane or with a layer of melamine, depending on the look you’re going for. But no matter what material or coating you decide on, you still have a choice of whether to go with a gloss or matt for the end product. There are some advantages and disadvantages for each option.

What is a matt finish?
Matt-finish cabinets don’t reflect any light at all and look more flat than a gloss finish does. Matt finish is the perfect choice for more modern or traditional-style. A matt finish also looks just as good on contemporary-style flat cabinet fronts as it does on more traditional-style fronts, and appears to be growing in popularity. In fact, in Europe, matt-finish cabinet fronts are now more popular than gloss. Weizter have an exciting range of the latest matt materials for your new project - CONTACT US!

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Trends versus my style

So, it’s time to change your kitchen. What type of doors do I use? What colour doors do I use? What type of tops do I use? Do I put cupboards in to the ceiling or not? What style do I go for? So many questions to think about and so many ideas that social media can give at just a click of a button. But social media doesn’t live in your house; nor do they have the size of your kitchen. And will it flow in with the rest of your home? I don’t think so.

Home trends have changed over the years. Where a style would have been in season for 5 to 8 years and maybe even longer, it has cut down its life span to 2 maybe 3 years. The only way to stay on top of fashion would be to change your kitchen every 3 years. But who would have the time to be without a kitchen every 3 years for awhile - who can afford this high expense? The second option is to wait until it’s in fashion again which might be 6 years down the line, and then change it afterwards.

{Weizter} {Kitchens}The only logical explanation would be to go with your gut feeling and design and a style that suits you. A home is in fact an external part of your core. Take the dive and show your guests the real you and not a shop front of someone else.

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Lighting in the modern kitchen

Lighting can make or break how a new kitchen looks, feels and fuctions.

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Good Lighting makes a new kitchen more enjoyable, and bad lighting does just the opposite. It is equally as important as cabinets, countertops, appliances and other fixtures. Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. A similar analogy holds true for lighting.Simply placing flush-mounted fixtures in the ceiling of the center of the kitchen can provide functional light, but recessed ceiling lighting may do littel to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke a favorable emotional response. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the kitchen but also to its desgin and beauty. The different types of lighting that are used to layer light are: Ambient, Task and Accent.

Ambient lighting is the main source of illumination for most rooms is a home. The goal of ambient lighting is to provide soft, general illumination without necessarily drawing attention to the light source. Ambient light provides enough light for safe navigation,cooking and washing dishes and helps to define the space. Depending on the locationof the kitchen and the number of the windows and doors, ambient lighting can be sourced organically, from sunlight. Other potential sources of ambient lighting can be chandeliers, pendant lights, recessed lighting and flush mounted lighting.

Task lighting is employed to illuminate the activities that take place in the kitchen and provides light to prep, cook, bake, read recipes, easily find ingredients and spices, watch television or do homework. Recent technological advances enable designers to integrate task lighting into drawers and cabinets by installing LED strip lighting or puck light. We often employ  LED strip lights under cabinets to illuminate countertops.

Accent lighting is used to help keep the kitchen from looking ordinary or bland by highlighting opening shelving, artwork, architectural details or other objects. A details or work of art that draws the attention of the eye is referred to as a focal point. Light fixtures to provide light and shadows can make the space more inviting and comfortable.These may include track light, recessed adjustable fixture, and spotlights. Accent lighting is subtle. A focused beam of light directed at a plant or highlighting a work of art, or a spotlight placed behind a plant and pointed upward through the leaves creates shadows on the wall that can make a kitchen more attractive.

Different light layers may be activated depending on purpose or time of day.For example, during the day, dendants over the island may not be needed at all, ut when you start to prepare dinner in the evening all the layers providing ambient, task and accent lighting become necessary.

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