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MAR
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When Renovating, new kitchen and bedroom colors you simply have to look at.

Renovating your home always leaves you with the opportunity to go for something newer, more trendier and the latest in the market. With melamine boards there is always new development taking us deeper into new revolutionary colors. Kitchens with a difference from the usual "wood look", defy your bedrooms and studies with "softer feel" tones.

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These stucco colors is something new and out of the ordinary. You simply have to feel them!

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Give your kitchen a different look, something away from the usual.

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How much easier for you to get that "wow!" factor in your kitchen with something new.

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Get away from the mindset the "wood look" persists with kitchen cupboards, do a mix.

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Kitchens that are small but very efficinient in color.

MAR
24
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Aquariums as a centre piece for your kitchen

Aquariums have always been a beautiful centre piece of any room. Why not add one to your kitchen to create a space of peace and tranquility. Aquariums add colour, light and beauty to any space therefore in a kitchen it would make the space stand out.

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 Whether you go for a tropical or a marine tank, either will give a focal point to your kitchen that will make your space stand out compared to other kitchens.  When planning the kitchen around an aquarium it is important to go with a monochromatic space that will allow the aquarium to stand out.

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At Weizter we can plan your kitchen around your aquarium. Enquire today for a kitchen that stands out.

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MAR
23
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Two-toned kitchen cabinets is a trend that’s not going away

Two-toned kitchen cabinets is a trend that’s not going away

Not surprisingly, many kitchen renovators are opting for two-tone when it comes to choosing cabinetry. And it doesn’t take much to realise why this style is catching so many people’s attention. Whether or not you’re having your kitchen designed professionally, or doing the renovation yourself, two-toned kitchen cupboards and cabinetry add an inviting dynamic to your space.

There are many different colour combinations to choose from; but in the end, the goal is to create a cohesive space with just the right amount of contrast. Here’s how to get the look right:

 

Choose a focal point

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The simplest way to apply the two-tone trend to your kitchen is to decide on one set of cupboards to turn into a focal point for the space. A kitchen island, for example, is an excellent starting point, because of its central position in the layout. But don’t feel limited by the arrangement of your kitchen. Before making any hard-and-fast decisions, try planning out the area to see how your choice of colour will draw the attention to various angles of the room.

After you have decided on the where to apply your focus point, it’s time to think about the colour. If you decide to go this route, remember that your choice has to be appealing to the eye. It could be a big bold shade that stands out or something a little more subtle. Some people like to opt for trendy colours like dark blues and pastel yellows.

 

Thinking past paint

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If you are not a bold colours kind of person, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to get the two-tone look. Certainly one of them is to use separate materials for your cabinet design. A wood finish would be a good option for at least part of the design. That way you can combine your wood element with laminate for a stylish, contemporary look, or a glass and aluminium combo to give the kitchen an industrial feel.

If you’re planning on mixing and matching, remember that the design is always the key to success. Your starting point should be to choose your kitchen style and the materials you’d like to use. By doing so, you can ensure that the final product will exceed expectations.

 

Darker on the bottom

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Another common way to incorporate the two-tone trend is to use a darker colour on your bottom cabinets and a lighter colour on the top. On the one hand, it’s a design that lets you make a statement by using a bold colour on the bottom to help ground the space. On the other, the lighter top cabinets will make the space to look bigger by drawing the eye upward.

If this is your chosen two-tone route, you have a choice to make. You could pair a bold shade with a lighter colour. Or, you can consider an Ombre appearance. In both instances, the key is to copy the lighter colour in other areas throughout the room.

 

Don’t forget coordinating elements

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Whatever you decide when it comes to your kitchen cabinets, there’s one key element to bear in mind: every single one of your cabinets should have some form of coordinating detail. Consider that if you have two very different sets of cabinetry in the same space, it’s super important to include a few details that indicate that they belong together.

You can go about tying your cabinets together in a number of ways. You can, for example, try using two different shades of the same colour as an equaliser. But if you’d rather include 2 distinct hues, you should seriously consider using the same hardware throughout the space to run a thread through the whole look.

The two-toned kitchen cupboard design trend is here, and it looks like it’s going to be around for quite a while. Use the ideas above as your design inspiration to create a look that suits your style and taste. With a few little tweaks, you can create an on-trend look you’ll love for years to come.

MAR
23
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Decorating Open Shelves

Looking for ideas on how to style open shelves? Open shelves are the perfect place to display your family treasures and add some seasonal color to a space. Rearranging your shelves can be a fun winter project, but it may take some playing around with to create a design you love. Look throughout your house for objects you already have. You’ll be surprised how something hidden in a kitchen cabinet might look beautiful on an open shelf. Here are some tips to get you started.Looking for ideas on how to style open shelves? Open shelves are the perfect place to display your family treasures and add some seasonal color to a space. Rearranging your shelves can be a fun winter project, but it may take some playing around with to create a design you love. Look throughout your house for objects you already have. You’ll be surprised how something hidden in a kitchen cabinet might look beautiful on an open shelf. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. DeclutterThe first thing you want to do is remove everything from the shelves. Start by giving away anything you don’t absolutely love. When you put things back in, you will want to leave some air space between items. Maybe even place one object by itself in the center of the shelf to keep things uncluttered.
2. Layer ItemsMix the proportions if you have items that are different sizes. Tall and short accessories make things interesting. Books can be placed vertically and horizontally. If you stack them, try placing a small object on top of the book stack.
3. Mix MaterialsTexture makes any room come alive. Try mixing glass, wood, metal, and pottery. Add something funny or unexpected to show your personality. I love the way the giraffe looks next to the stack of books in the photo above on the white wall unit.
4. Add ColorLook at the colors in the rest of the space and add some accessories or books in the same hues to balance the room. Include a little seasonal color too. A silver vase with red flowers and greenery will bring some holiday cheer.

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MAR
23
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CHOOSING THE CORRECT HANDLE FOR YOUR KITCHEN

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It’s often the most daunting task when faced with the question on which handle you would like in your kitchen.  This could be due to the fact that there are literally thousands of different handles to choose between all with some difference in colour, texture, shape and size yet when looking through samples, these all become distorted as they tend to look as though most of them would work with your design...but they wont.

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Having said this, it is imperative that we take note that when it comes to handles, form should not take preference over function and that these two elements need to work seamlessly together to form a coherent bond between aesthetics and functionality.

It is key, that your handle selection looks good, but it also needs to feel good, comfortable on the grip, after all, this is the actual part of the kitchen that receives the most contact other than your work surfaces.

One could select a handle that emphasizes the length or width of a cabinet door.

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In contemporary kitchens, this is usually the case where longer sleeker handles are used to accentuate certain features.

Concealed handles are also important in this regard because they allow for one to really focus on the linear lines of the kitchen and  don’t detract from the overall design.  Although, these do tend to become dust traps and one often finds that it can be confusing as to which side the door is hinged and you’re not always certain on which side to pull open from.

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In some instances, it is worth considering no handles if you only want to focus on aesthetics.  However, the same problem with hinging presides and its worth mentioning that the push open mechanisms usually cost a pretty penny.

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In more traditional designs, one may consider a combination of two different types of hanldes and dont forget, knobs.

Knobs have evolved somewhat from your grand mothers kitchen and now come in an array of finishes from pewuter, bronze, copper, rose gold, glass and even crystal.  One could match up to three different handle types in one space as is the case in the image below.

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Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, just remember that your Weizter Designer is there to assist you and guide you.  They’ve done this before and have extensive knowledge on what works and what doesn’t work.  Ultimately, the choice is always yours.

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MAR
22
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11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size

Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. Remodeling a small kitchen can be a big success if you keep a few key concepts in mind. First, minimize clutter and maximize efficiency. Get rid of uni-taskers and anything that doesn’t have a real practical purpose. Find the very best storage for every drawer and cabinet, and if storage elements are out in the open, make sure they add to the overall design of the room. Next, focus your design details. Make the most, visually, of the space that you have. Open up the areas that you can. A counter bar with backless stools will create an open sense of flow, while providing necessary seating, and consider open or glass shelving instead of traditional cabinets. When you use color, make a statement, whether it’s an accent wall of tile, or a bold color choice for cabinets. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your kitchen is small, does not mean you have to skimp on style when remodeling. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can remodel a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.

Play with Pattern

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One design benefit of having only a small amount of wall space to work with is that you can mix and match colors and patterns without fear that the look will overpower the room. Here, a tiny patch of wall surrounded by white cabinets becomes a canvas for a cheerful checkerboard of blue and green tiles.

Open Up

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If it's structurally possible in your home, open up one wall of a small kitchen and install a high counter to separate it from the other space, like these homeowners did. Not only does the counter become a place to eat and do homework, it's also a gathering spot that will allow you to converse with guests while you prepare food.

Textural Tiles

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In lieu of paint, gleaming tiles can add an element of fun to a small kitchen. Further punctuate the space with details that catch the eye, like black hardware, colorful canisters, and a sculptural stove hood.

Look Up

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Maximize storage space by choosing cabinets that reach the ceiling. This kitchen's all-white color scheme, which embraces the walls, cabinetry, counters, pendant lights, and seating, helps keeping the space open.

Rustic Charm

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Blond wood cabinets echo this cottage's exposed beams and ceiling slats, while a stainless steel backsplash gives the room a modern edge. Along the windows, a wide sill that matches the countertops provides a casual spot for morning coffee.

Color Confidence

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While it's true that whites and lighter hues can visually expand a small space, a bold use of color creates a welcoming atmosphere as well. Here, apple green cabinetry pairs well with the black and white details of the room. Glass-front doors keep the color from overwhelming the space.

Galley Reimagined

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To create a U-shaped space, this homeowner closed off one end of a walk-through galley kitchen with a glass block wall behind the stove. The floor tiles echo the grid pattern of the glass blocks, emphasizing the graphic, modern feeling of the room.

Personal Style

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Whatever size room you're working with, let it reflect your taste. This cozy kitchen is brimming with country accents, from the butcher-block counters to the sink skirt and fabric-covered stools.

Fun Underfoot

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Never underestimate the power of a floor pattern to enliven a small space. A classic black-and-white checkerboard has timeless appeal and can be made with either tiles or paint. Maximize the floor's decorative punch by choosing a streamlined, all-white scheme for the rest of the room.

Classic Details

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Tucked into a sunny alcove, this charming space capitalizes on the decor that is so popular in kitchen design today: white walls, white cabinets, black granite counters, and warm wood floors. Recessed lighting and bare windows underscore the room's clean-lined look.

Take a Seat

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Much loved for their nostalgic charm, banquettes can be a great seating solution in small kitchens. Here, two benches (one with additional storage built into the back) are positioned in front of a sunny window. Other eye-catching details in the room include colorful collections housed on open shelves and a playful linoleum pattern on the floor.

MAR
17
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Celebrity Kitchens, which is your favourite?

Prepare to be seething with jealousy in just a few moments: Your favorite stars have the most stunning kitchens ever. The world’s rich and famous really do seem to have the best taste and have effectively infused their style into their beautiful homes. For us food-obsessed people, these gorgeous kitchens are the epicenter of these glamorous lofts and mansions. Whatever your tastes are, we are absolutely certain that you will be inspired and in awe of every single one of these state-of-the-art celebrity kitchens.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

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Lauren Conrad

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Naomi Watts

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Roberto Cavalli

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

 

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MAR
17
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Galley Kitchens

When you live in a city, galley kitchens are a reality. They’re everywhere. If you don’t have one, one of your friends probably does. Galley kitchens present a unique set of challenges because of their limited space and aisle-style layout. This can make using the space a huge pain, especially if the original layout isn’t conducive to cooking with ease.
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A galley kitchen doesn’t have to be your nightmare kitchen. With proper workflow and the right design, it could become the kitchen of your dreams. Galley Kitchens Are Not a Design Choice Not many people choose a galley kitchen on their own. The kitchen works in the space, but not so much for the people who end up living there.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The Biggest Complaint? The Lack of Storage, The constricting space means that your storage options are limited. For people who have a lot of cookware, a galley kitchen often won’t have the room for it. Design Solutions for Your Galley Kitchen The stove should also be close to the serving area, and the fridge close to the sink. This gives you a more seamless transition between collecting, prepping, cooking, and serving. If your family has a host of culinary fanatics, or even if the chef just needs a little help with prep, a galley kitchen can propose some problems. There is a lot of back and forth and members of the family will get in each other’s way, make sure there are dedicated spaces in which you can prepare beverages without interfering with the cook.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}To compensate for the extra people in the restricted space, I recommend scattering the appliances further apart. Arranging your appliances for the space will let everyone have a little more room to negotiate.
MAR
16
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Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Those who say "good things come in small packages" probably don't have to contend with small-kitchen challenges like crammed cupboards and limited counter space. If your kitchen seems more cramped than convenient these days, it may be time for a shake-up.

Create Space with Light Colors

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Create Space with Light ColorsThe three main design components that determine how spacious a room feels are color, lighting, and the contents of the room. The easiest quick fix, particularly if you're not ready to cut back on your cookware collection or install additional lighting, is repainting. Walls that are dark and bold can make a kitchen feel crowded (or cozy), while, conversely, lighter hues offer an airy feel. Create a sense of openness with antique whites, off-whites, creams, light yellows, or pale shades of gray.

Avoid Strong Visual Contrast

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Once you pick a light color, commit to it. To liven things up, some homeowners make the mistake of incorporating an accent floor—one strong, bold-hued wall in an otherwise light-toned kitchen. In a large kitchen, that can work but in a small kitchen, strong visual contrast creates a feeling of segmentation and restriction. A better way to add a little optical oomph into an otherwise monotone kitchen is to play with the extras. Keep all the walls light and bright.

Accent Lighting

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The human eye is naturally drawn to the highest contrasting point in a room and in a kitchen, that’s usually the top of the cabinets. When shadows create a strong visual line between the cabinets and the ceiling, the kitchen can feel as cramped as it would with a high-contrast accent wall. You can erase or soften those shadows by installing up lighting above the cabinets. It casts a gentle illumination that eases the visual contrast created by shadows and as a result makes the whole room feel more open. Lighting installed beneath upper cabinets and directed onto the countertop works in a similar way.

Find a Place for Everything

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When they're left out on the countertop, cookbooks, spices, and small appliances eat up valuable work space and draw attention to a kitchen's insufficient size. Aside from taller upper cabinets, options like concealed storage racks and pull-out or swing-out shelves maximize storage space behind tidily closed doors. Remember: The less cluttered the kitchen, the larger it will feel.

Reflective Materials

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Shiny surfaces can bounce light and ultimately make any kitchen feel larger. It has a lot to do with the way shiny surfaces pick up and reflect the hues of the walls and cabinets. For example, if you have antique white cabinets, the sheen of stainless steel appliances will reflect some of this off-white hue and amplify the space-enhancing effects of your choice in cabinet color.

Natural Light

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The view from a kitchen window should make the outdoors—be it a deck where you entertain or a large, lush backyard—seem like an extension of the kitchen. Swap out heavy draperies and blinds for sheer curtains or simply a valance, and leave the rest of the window uncovered. The additional natural light will not only visually expand the space, but will also help instill that coveted airiness.

MAR
16
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How to plan your walk-in closet

If you’re one of those lucky people with the space for a walk-in closet, the planning process can seem slightly daunting. You want this space to be functional and beautiful, and with so much space to work with you might not know where to start. Fortunately, we’ve compiled the best tips from our design professionals to help you plan the perfect layout for your walk-in closet!

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Here are just a few key points to keep in mind:

  1. Use space above the hanging areas for storing purses and folded items.
  2. Designate top shelves as overflow storage to stow seldom-used items such as seasonal apparel and luggage.
  3. Create a focal point by anchoring the space with a built-in dresser or hutch.
  4. Use adjustable hanging rods to double the storage space and keep related items close together.
  5. Locate shelving and hanging rods near the door to the closet to create an open feel while entering.

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By keeping functionality at the forefront of the design process you’ll create the walk-in closet of your dreams that’s both organized and beautiful! 

MAR
16
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THESE ARE THE TOP KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2019

This year is all about refreshing your cooking space.

In the New Year, many homemakers will look to refresh their favourite spaces, often starting in the kitchen. In 2018, we saw everything from banquette-style seating to two-toned kitchen cabinetry, and will continue to see innovative new designs prevail in the New Year. 

Whether you're planning to remodel your kitchen or get inspired for a simple refresh, there's a whole new crop of design trends to consider for 2019.

 

CLEVER, CONCEALED STORAGE

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Clients continue to gravitate towards concealed and clean integration in our kitchen designs, with maximized and clever storage solutions.

 

PEWTER AND GUNMETAL HARDWARE

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Pewter and gunmetal are the trends we love. They're not as harsh as matte black or as specific as brass or gold, but it gives fixtures some texture and depth

 

OPEN SHELVING

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A new trend is replacing kitchen upper cabinets with metal, wood or glass shelving. This adds to the overall bold statements many want to make in their homes, forgoing the minimalism that was popular in years past.

 

VINTAGE VIBE

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We’ll continue to see traditional elements and forms in harmony with modern design in 2019. Think honed, natural stone, organic basalt tiles, hand wrapped rattan furniture and vintage-inspired fixtures and lighting.

 

COLORED UPHOLSTERY

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In 2019 we are officially closing the door on pure white kitchens. Even if it's just one element of accent color such as blue counter stools, a patterned roman shade or powdered coated island pendants. Pops of colour will be sneaking into the pure white blank slate of kitchens past.

 

USE OF WOOD

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People are increasingly seeking connections from nature. It creates a welcoming and calming environment, and is a timeless, versatile material we love. We see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this.

MAR
15
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Matte Black Kitchens

Matte black—it never fails to make a statement. It started as an exciting finish of your phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. Now, a bunch of appliances, luminaires, kitchen cupboards, and tiles come in this colour, and it’s a must try on your next renovation.A total matte black kitchen needs a source of natural light. Black absorbs light rather than reflects it. You need to balance the dark features with something light and airy. Paint the ceiling white, install skylights, and have walls of sliding doors. Those are enough to tame the strength of matte black, preventing it from becoming a design disaster.Not all houses have window walls or skylights that invite massive amounts of sunlight in the space to make a matte black kitchen work. You need to find ways to balance the colours in your space. Take the kitchen above for example. Only the upper cupboards and half of the splashback is in matte black. The rest come in light neutrals. This combination keeps the kitchen light and airy, despite the use of a strong black colour.

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MAR
11
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The work triangle and work zones

The concept of the kitchen work triangle was developed in the 1940s by the University Of Illinois School Of Architecture. The goal was to show that by designing and building a kitchen with efficiency in mind, overall construction costs could be reduced. 

The aim of the kitchen triangle is to create the best work area possible in this busiest of rooms. 

Since the three most common work areas in the average kitchen are the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator, the kitchen work triangle theory suggests that by placing these three areas in proximity to each other, the kitchen becomes more efficient. If you place them too far away from each other, you waste a lot of steps while preparing a meal. If they are too close together, you end up with a cramped kitchen without adequate space to prepare and cook meals.

Here are some examples of standard kitchen layouts with their work triangle:

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The kitchen triangle concept has faded in recent years, as it's become somewhat outdated. For instance, the kitchen triangle is based on the idea that one person prepares the entire meal, which isn't necessarily the case in 21st-century families. 

And open concept kitchens which are popular with newer-style construction often don't require such uniform layout. In these kitchens, the design tends to focus less on a work triangle and more on kitchen work zones that may even spill over into the dining or living areas. One example of a work zone would be placing the dishwasher, sink, and trash can close to each other to make cleaning up easier.

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Remember, your lifestyle should determine the functionality of your kitchen, not the other way around. The work triangle is not a law, merely a suggestion. Although it can be a helpful tool, don't let it inhibit you from thinking outside the triangle when it comes to designing your kitchen.

MAR
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HOW TO TELL ITS TIME FOR A NEW KITCHEN

A kitchen renovation is a big, big project. There’s the planning to be considered, and the budget — not to mention the fact that your kitchen will be out of commission for at least a couple of months. So how do you know when you’re ready to take the plunge? Here are seven tell-tale signs that it’s time.

#7: You’re precariously short on counter and/or storage space

Do you find yourself scrambling for counter space every time you cook? Are your cabinets so packed that you have to store kitchen items in other parts of the house? If either of these things is true, a remodel that expands your storage and/or counter space could save you a lot of hassle.

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#6: The layout is awkward and/or dangerous

A poor layout can make working in a kitchen very inconvenient, while other features, like the hob only islands that were so popular in the ’80s, can be downright dangerous. (Imagine a child or passerby catching the handle of a pot cooking on the stove — not great.) Whether your layout is truly hazardous or just a bit of a pain, a reconfiguration could be worth it.

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#5: Cleaning your kitchen is a nightmare

Tile countertops with deep grout lines and mottled linoleum floor tiles that never quite look clean are just a few of the culprits. If you have a high-maintenance kitchen, you definitely know it, and you’ve probably spent time complaining about it, too. Renovating your kitchen could go a long way towards enhancing your happiness with your space, and your cleaning routine, too.

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#4: Outdated appliances are running up your electric bill

Older appliances can be a real energy suck, which means money that’s coming out of your bills every month. If you suspect that your appliances could be a drain on your budget. Over time, new appliances could actually pay for themselves.

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#3: Your kitchen just doesn’t suit your lifestyle

Maybe you have a small, cramped kitchen but you love to cook. Maybe you love to entertain, but your kitchen is separated from the rest of the home and you feel isolated from your guests. Maybe you’re a two-cook family with a one-cook kitchen. If your kitchen is significantly affecting your lifestyle, and you’re planning on being in your home for a while, this could be reason enough to renovate a kitchen that by other people’s standards might be perfectly acceptable. (Just remember to donate and/or sell those used appliances and cabinets!)

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#2: A decrepit and/or dated kitchen is dragging down the value of your home

You may not be particularly concerned about your older kitchen’s odd quirks or unusual style, but if you’re planning on selling your house anytime soon, this could be a hang-up for potential buyers, and a feature that could lower the sale price of your home. If you’re renovating only for financial reasons, a consultation with a real estate agent or kitchen designer is probably in order.

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#1: You hate the space so much you don’t actually use it

Whether it’s falling apart, or just very ugly, if you hate your kitchen so much that you can’t stand to set foot in there, and you find yourself eating out more often than you should — it might be time for a change.

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MAR
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Ways to Get More Kitchen Counter Space

Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can clear up that problem.

Roll Me Away

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Roll Me AwayIf you're striving to save space, a rolling cart with a butcher block does a double duty. Use the top for prep when you need it, and give dishes or other supplies a good home on the shelves underneath.

Hang Time

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kitchen utensils have a notch on the handle, perfect for perching up high. This way, you can save your drawer space for something else.

Sink It

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When you're chopping, you can't be washing, so why not wash up sink as a prep area? Any cutting board slightly wider than your sink will do the trick.

Beyond the Block

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Let's face it, traditional knife blocks are counter hogs. A simple solution is to store knives on the wall with a magnetic holder, but make sure you dry your knives thoroughly before storing and place them carefully on the strip.

Top-Shelf Idea

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Open shelving—where ever you can, mounted on a painted wall, or even free-hanging from the ceiling—can greatly increase your kitchen storage capabilities. Although you'll want to choose eye-pleasing items to house there, the net result will be an increase in space down below.

Another Way to Look At It

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Having a limited amount of kitchen real estate can inspire creative, and at times beautiful, solutions. Installing a few shelves inside a window not only gains surface area for storage, but also captures a stunning backdrop for anything placed there.

Island Idea

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Use your kitchen island to work a bit harder for you by adding shelves for books, or bars for hanging towels or utensils.

Hole in the Wall

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Even if your kitchen's footprint is small, you may uncover a treasure trove of storage possibilities. In many cases, reclaiming this hidden wall space requires remodeling only this one area instead of the whole kitchen.

Corner Pocket

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Freestanding shelves like these from house hold suppliers can give you a clever, efficient way to use that often-neglected corner space.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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Use a cake stand to hold high-use items like salt, pepper, and olive oil. If you need more room, you can easily transfer the stand to another spot in the kitchen.

Jar Ingenuity

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Ah, the storage jar. What a great idea: Affix the metal lids to the underside of a cabinet, and screw the jars on and off as you need them.

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Solar Shades in the Kitchen

It’s well known that the kitchen is an important part of the home for every individual. Every year, designers and buyers are looking for different technologies to be developed to make the room operate quicker, easier and more efficiently. Energy efficacy and savings has become a popular topic among consumers, they want their cars to run father with less gas, their light bulbs to shine longer, and so it is a natural step for them to want to see this implemented into the kitchen in more unique and useful ways.It’s well known that the kitchen is an important part of the home for every individual. Every year, designers and buyers are looking for different technologies to be developed to make the room operate quicker, easier and more efficiently. Energy efficacy and savings has become a popular topic among consumers, they want their cars to run father with less gas, their light bulbs to shine longer, and so it is a natural step for them to want to see this implemented into the kitchen in more unique and useful ways.


The kitchen holds several energy consuming appliances. It’s the keeper of the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, lights, garbage disposal, blender, and often times the charging spot for mobile phones, ipads and laptops. When you put all these together, the energy usage really adds up quickly. Even though the kitchen is often the favored room in the home, most people only occupy the kitchen for about 50 minutes a day for cooking, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During these off hours, your refrigerator and freezer remains on and running and continues to consume energy. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to power your appliances for free while you were out of the room? Let us introduce Solar Shades, the idea is for a technology that brings the integration of energy efficiency into the kitchen by shades that harness the power of the sun. Solar Shades look like any other shutter system but what makes them unique is that each panel contains solar panels that store the energy of the sun and convert this to usable power. When the shades are drawn they allow for you to operate your appliances when you are at work, traveling or away from the home.

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Pendants, uplights, downlights, LEDs Do you know all the options out there in kitchen lighting when it comes to creating the illumination you need to prep, cook and dine? What lighting types and the main things to consider in planning an effective design.

Why is kitchen lighting so important? 

For most of us, the kitchen is the workplace of the home and a busy spot at night. Good lighting is essential, as it allows you to perform tasks such as prepping food and cleaning up quickly .And it adds character to a space and can quickly take the mood from functional to cozy, perfect for an eat-in kitchen. 

Plan lighting as early as possible.

Moving light fixtures after a kitchen has been installed can be expensive, or not sometimes possible. Rewiring and repainting mean costs can add up quickly. For that reason, it’s best to plan kitchen lighting during the design stage.

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What is a layered lighting design?

Light layering involves creating different shades of light, playing with shadows and using different colors to highlight a room’s best features. In the kitchen, it generally incorporates task lighting for food prep and cooking, ambient lighting for general illumination and character, and accent lighting to highlight specific features such as a gorgeous backsplash or a piece of art.

Consider safety first.

The first priority of kitchen lighting is to provide sufficient illumination for safe and efficient meal prep, cooking and cleaning. This is mostly achieved with task lighting — think LED strip lights under an upper cabinet. These create a even light with no shadows or heat.

This will minimize shadows in your prep zones. The best way to do is this is to install task lighting in front of or above you, rather than behind you.

Add ambient lighting for character.

Soft, ambient lighting will wash your kitchen with light and create a warm, welcoming glow. It could be in the form of a pendant above a counter or dining table, downlights around the perimeter of the room or a central ceiling light.

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Highlight your best features with accent light.

Use accent lighting to draw attention to special features such as a backsplash or a island. Installing strip lighting under cabinets or counters is a great way to achieve this. You could also add accent lighting to glass cabinets or open shelving to highlight your displays.

Choose the right style.

When it comes to choosing kitchen lights, take your cues from your home’s architecture and the lighting styles in the rest of the home. Choosing similar styles (or at least having a unifying theme such as shape or finish) will create a sense of flow among the spaces. This is particularly important in an open-plan kitchen that flows directly into a living or dining area.
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Get the proportions right.

With pendant lights and other decorative styles, size is also important: too large and the fixture will overwhelm a small kitchen; too small and it may get lost in a large space. 

It’s also important to hang the pendant at an appropriate height to reduce the risk of people bumping their heads. Generally speaking, it should be about 32 inches above a table or counter.

Take control.

Lighting control systems allow you to alter the illumination as needed and change the mood of the space. With dimmers, for example, you can go from bright lighting for precision cooking to a warm glow for dining. Having controls on separate switch plates lets you control lights in different areas separately. 

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MAR
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Minimalist Kitchens

The kitchen is probably one of the busiest places in the house. Keeping it neat and organised most of the time can be a real struggle, especially if cleaning is not your favorite activity. A minimalist kitchen may be the answer to your cleaning dilemma.

When designing a minimalist kitchen, only include the essentials. Each piece should serve a specific purpose. The rest should be removed. There is more than just one way to incorporate minimalism in your kitchen. It depends on your taste and the place you have.

Below are some ideas for a minimalist kitchen

 

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MAR
03
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Coffee Stations

If you are a coffee lover, you probably enjoy a good brew at home rather than running to cafés to savor your favorite cup of java. You can create your own unique coffee station right in your own kitchen using your essential coffee making accessories.

By selecting a special space to place all of your coffee making essentials, you will be able to enjoy your favorite cup that much faster and impress your guest as well! You can use your kitchen counter, side tables, carts, a cabinet, or have a coffee bar custom built to suit your style. Here are a few tips to help you organize and stylize your very own coffee station.

HOW TO CREATE THE BEST HOME COFFEE STATION

The Counter Coffee Station You can style your own coffee station right on your own kitchen counter! If your counter is small, use a base, like a tray, to put all your coffee essentials in a group to decrease clutter. You can also add a shelf above your coffee machine to place cups, coffee, and other essentials. If your counter is large, simply arrange your station in a way that expresses your individuality by adding a coffee pot, unique cups, and whatever you like.

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Carts and Side Tables Using a side table or cart is great. They allow you to contain your coffee stand to a particular area creating a coffee station nook in your kitchen. Moreover, a large or medium sized kitchen can easily handle a rolling coffee bar created from a kitchen island on wheels. This can be fantastic if you are entertaining guests and want to display all the coffee making gadgets you use to make a great cup of coffee.

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Customize It! You can customize your coffee station by creating a special cabinet to place all your coffee necessities. A customized coffee station is a great idea. You can close the station when it is not in use; thereby, making your kitchen appear less cluttered. There are many ways to customize a coffee space, built in cabinets and shelves with swing doors or a type of opaque roller blinds work too. You can have lights fitted at the top of your nook or use a lamp.

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ADDITIONAL THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR COFFEE BAR:

-Bowls for coffee and sugar (glass jars with coffee beans adds a distinctive touch) -A carrying tray -Napkins -If you have a detached coffee station, a unique piece of artwork in the area would look chic -Special lighting if required -A special vase for flowers or a succulent plant

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TIP: It is not “a rule of thumb” that your coffee station has to be in your kitchen. You can just as well place a coffee bar in your dining room, entertainment room, or home office! Even living rooms can look great with a customized coffee bar designed to be hidden behind closed doors.

 

MAR
03
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The Dream Home Office

Are you planning to add a home office to your home? Whether your home office design will be located in an annex, a small bedroom or just the corner of a room, there are a few essentials you will want consider. If you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, it’s important that your home office be a comfortable and inviting place to spend time and to get your work done efficiently.Are you planning to add a home office to your home? Whether your home office design will be located in an annex, a small bedroom or just the corner of a room, there are a few essentials you will want consider. If you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, it’s important that your home office be a comfortable and inviting place to spend time and to get your work done efficiently.

1. Location is key

Home offices come in many different shapes and sizes. It can be in a separate room, a quiet corner or even in your kitchen. The key to selecting the right place for your home office, is to think about where and when you do your work.

2. Allow enough space

Make sure you allow enough space to work comfortably. Ask yourself if you will be able to move easily from side to side, stand up and sit back from your desk. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s easy to underestimate how much space you need.

3. Selecting a desk and chair

Choosing the right desk and chair for your home office is essential. Select a desk that is wide enough for your computer and anything else necessary to do your work.

 4. Storage and Shelving

Storage is often overlooked when designing a home office and can really affect your productivity. Make sure to include enough shelving, filing cabinets or cupboards for your storage needs.

5. A Place to Meet

Will you have clients or customers visit during the day? If you have room to have a small meeting area, that is ideal.

6. Natural Light and View

Good lighting is critical for any home office space. Choose a location with some natural light and a view if possible. Position your desk to face the windows or in a location where your computer screen will not be affected.

7. Tame Your Technology

Nothing makes a home office look or feel more cluttered than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere.

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