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Cluttered Kitchen Counter Tops

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We've all seen them — those neat, tidy kitchens without a jar or spatula in sight. How do they do it? What sort of magic keeps those kitchens in tip-top shape? And can it wave its magic wand over our kitchens too, please?

Here are 10 rules all clutter-free kitchen you can live by. It's no magic, just smart habits that anyone in any kind of kitchen can adopt.

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  1. Keep the countertops clear.

Clutter starts at the countertop, which is why clutter-free kitchens, you'll notice, always have clean and clear counters. Resist the urge to use the countertop as a drop-off place for mail, keys, magazines, dirty dishes, and all of life's various items.

Relocate small appliances and get rid of any non-essential countertop decor. Make sure that whatever you do keep on the countertop is functional and essential to your time for cooking only.

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  1. Keep things in cabinets.

For all you open-shelving dislikers, this is for you: Kitchens look neater when belongings are kept behind closed cabinet doors rather than stored out in the open. There! I said it. It doesn't mean I don't like open shelving, but I'm aware of its downsides, and so called fashion time.

If you're aiming for a clutter-free kitchen, you're better off sticking to cabinets so you can at least hide the clutter you do have. If you love open shelving, get comfortable with a minimalist style, have a minimum display of  more related than pretty things. Containers  and cans are a big no no!

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  1. Follow the "one in, one out" rule.

Every clutter-free kitchen has a plan in place to keep it that way, and it usually involves some form of the "one in, one out" rule, which means that for everything new you bring into the space, something else has to get taken out. This way you maintain a healthy balance, and the "stuff" doesn't begin to take over.

  1. Follow the "don't put it down, put it away" rule.

This is an essential habit for a clutter-free kitchen, too. Think of the mantra "Don't put it down, put it away!" every time you're about to put something down randomly in the kitchen. Is it dirty? Put it in the dishwasher. Is it clean or new? Put it in the cupboard, refrigerator, or pantry. Is it not supposed to be in the kitchen at all? Take it out of the kitchen and put it in its proper place.

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  1. Don't use the refrigerator as an art gallery.

Simple, but so true: Remove excess paper, notes, photos, lists, and magnets from the refrigerator, and just let the refrigerator be, and your kitchen will immediately look neater.

  1. Find alternatives to the pile.

With the exception of pretty bowls, patterned cloth napkins, or white plates, most things in piles don't look great. This is especially true of pans, pot lids, small appliance accessories, and messy space hogs like trash bags and kitchen wrap.

Clutter-free kitchens turn piles into pleasant areas. Anything that can be lined up or spread out is — it's just so much easier to store and see that way!

  1. Do a chore a day, instead of all at once.

To maintain a clutter-free kitchen you have to value tidiness, and place a priority on cleaning. But that doesn't mean you have to be knee-deep in deep cleaning every week; just do a little cleaning every day, so you're both cleaning and maintaining the kitchen at the same time.

  1. Have morning and evening kitchen rituals.

Mindfulness: It's an airy word that gets thrown around a lot, but small, attentive actions in the kitchen really can help keep clutter under control. Morning and evening rituals help us pay more attention to our kitchens, and how we feel and work in them.

  1. Let yourself have one messy drawer.

Okay, so not every clutter-free kitchen is, well, clutter-free. Every good diet needs a cheat day, right? Every clutter-free kitchen needs a cheat spot, a free-for-all place to stash something until you've found a better location or purpose for it. (And putting it in your cheat spot is better than just leaving it out!)

The key is to be very specific and intentional about where that spot is. Choose just one shelf or drawer, and don't let it spill out into the whole cabinet.

  1. Always leave the kitchen better than you found it.

And finally, a rule of living for clutter-free kitchen, you always leave the kitchen better than when they found it. This might mean quickly wiping down the table when they pass through the room, or taking the water glasses out of the sink and loading them in the dishwasher. It means always looking at your kitchen with a discerning eye and asking yourself: "What small thing can I do in this moment to make my kitchen a little bit better?" Small things grow up to be great habits.

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Kitchen Flooring Part II

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Your kitchen floor. It’s an aspect of your overall kitchen design you probably spend the least amount of time thinking about, yet it’s an element that can really make or break the feel of your space. Plus it’s something you’ve probably gotten up close and personal with multiple times when dropping food, or clearing up the sixteenth inevitable spill of the week. Like any part of your design, there are a number of different options to explore, as well as considering what’s best for your chosen aesthetic and how practical the material is. Luckily for your kitchen flooring trends, so we’re going to cover some of the most popular ones in this post and the benefits they can bring to your space.

 

The great thing about greys

 In many aspects of life, grey is considered a rather drab and lifeless colour, yet when it comes to the design world, it’s one of the most sophisticated shades you can choose. Choosing grey for your kitchen flooring will give your space a unique edge and having grey as the foundation of your room’s colour-scheme will give you a nice neutral base on which you can build from as it goes with just about every other colour. If you really want your design to pop, take advantage of the fact that grey is a cool colour and contrast it with some warmer tones or materials like wood.

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 Contrast

 Using your kitchen flooring to contrast light and dark colours is very on trend right now. You don’t have to stick with just one colour for your floor as you can opt for a gradient of tiles or pairing dark and light tones next to each other to really make it stand out. Just make sure you use soft monochromatic shades like greys, blacks and whites, or contrasting colours as anything too bright can clash and be a focal point in your design for all the wrong reasons.

You can even do this style with different shades of wooden planks which can work great in more rustic kitchen designs.

 

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Tile kitchen floor

If we wanted to talk about all the ways to use tiles in your kitchen we’d be here all day, so for now we’re just going to highlight one of the more recent trends emerging tile kitchen flooring.

White-washing wood is trending hard right now and that colour choice has hopped over to kitchen floor tiles as well with bright white floors popping up all over the place. This the perfect floor if you’re going for darker materials in your units or worktops as it will create a beautiful contrast.

Having light, shiny tiles will instantly make your space look bigger and brighter, especially if you use larger tiles. If your kitchen gets a lot of natural sunlight, this floor will truly shine.

 

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Recommendations:

Rich textured floors with solid colour kitchen cabinet doors

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Plain floors with solid colour kitchen cabinet doors

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Plain floors with Rich textured kitchen cabinet doors

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Texture upon texture:

If you floor and your kitchen cabinet doors are all textured you will have an extremely busy kitchen and will date sooner than later.

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Kitchen Flooring Part I

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Which kitchen flooring is right for you? Not all kitchen floors are created equal. As much as we’d like every floor to have exceptional durability, a low price tag, superior longevity and sky-high resale value, it just isn’t realistic. If you’re planning to revamp your kitchen knowing the strengths and weaknesses of hardwood, tile, travertine, laminate and vinyl is paramount. Lets weigh the pros and cons of these five common flooring types to help you select the right option for your lifestyle.

Tiles: Cost - Medium to High
Much can be said about the options that tile affords homeowners. Modern printing technology can generate ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces that mimic natural stone (travertine and marble), wood and concrete, plus clean monotone styles. This versatility almost guarantees you’ll find a style you like.

Pros: Moisture is no match for porcelain, which absorbs less water than ceramic. Tile has a hard surface that is uber-durable, especially color body porcelain (where the color runs through the tile instead of being just on the surface). It won’t scratch easily and should last for however long you decide to live in your home. It’s perhaps the easiest floor to clean. It can withstand most detergents, though all you really need is water and a mop. Tile is also well-priced option.

Cons: Tile with a smooth finish can get slick when wet. And despite how durable it is, it can still crack and chip if a heavy object hits its surface. Though standard tile is affordable, plank tile and marble tile can cost nearly as much as wood and stone. Older homeowners and those with foot or knee problems may have difficulty standing on its rock-hard surface.

The porcelain tile in this minimalist kitchen captures the natural movement of marble sans the maintenance. Marble tile and plank tile can be a low-care substitute for real stone and wood. Plank tile combines the beauty of hardwood with the durability of porcelain and ceramic. As with hardwood, you can mix and match the sizes of your planks to create depth in your kitchen.

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Vinyl: Cost - Low to Medium
Vinyl flooring is manufactured in three primary forms: vinyl plank (above), vinyl tile and sheet vinyl. It has several installation methods, including peel and stick, glue down, and click and lock. It can look like wood or stone.

Pros: Unlike tile, vinyl won’t chip, and unlike laminate, vinyl can handle moisture. Its durable surface won’t easily succumb to scratches and scuffs. It’s also soft on your feet, a perk for older homeowners and those with foot or knee problems. The DIY-friendly installation methods and reasonable price tag will help keep your piggy bank intact.

Cons: Though it varies by market, the majority of home buyers will prefer hardwood and tile to vinyl. Furniture can leave marks on vinyl’s soft surface. Foot-traffic patterns can emerge over time.

Whereas vinyl plank and vinyl tile are manufactured in separate pieces, sheet vinyl is manufactured in large sheets, typically about 12 feet long. It can be more cost-effective than the other two options.

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Concrete: Cost - Low to Medium
Concrete has a contemporary look and tone that is hard to match. Durable, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens and look great. There are various finishes you can give concrete to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while all concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed. If you like concrete flooring and live in a colder climate, consider adding radiant floor heating beneath the to warm up the material’s cold surface.

Pros: Durable, versatile, moisture resistant, contemporary looking.

Cons: Hard if standing is required for prolonged periods, cold, needs re-sealing, can stain.

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Hardwood: Cost - High
The appeal of a rich or smooth solid hardwood floor never fades. There’s also much to love about hickory, mesquite, oak and walnut. When it comes to flooring, they’re often at the top of the pecking order. Buyers can choose between solid hardwood or engineered hardwood, which is constructed with several layers of wood called plies. South Africa is not on par with these floors like Europe or the States.

Pros: Just about everyone wants hardwood floors, including home buyers. The resale value is through the roof. Other flooring products can come close but never fully replicate their natural beauty. Hardwood floors have the ability to be refinished and can last for centuries too.

Cons: Hardwood floors aren’t always practical for homeowners who want low-maintenance kitchens. They scratch more easily than other materials and are harder to clean. When exposed to moisture over the long term, they can warp, buckle or crown. And then there’s the price tag. Since quality hardwood floors are really expensive, expect to tap into your bank account.

Mix the sizes of your hardwood planks to add dimension to your kitchen. This traditional kitchen has planks with varied widths, but you can also choose planks with different lengths. Cleaner hardwood styles can blend in well with modern and contemporary designs. Hardwood flooring with a raw, unfinished texture gives this sleek London cooking space a natural midcentury modern touch.

Hardwood floors can also sport contemporary color palettes. This Miami kitchen uses gray oak to ground the ethereal white cabinetry. Woods with knots, grains and hand-scraped textures have strong character. They can restore a home’s original charm when you’re renovating a fixer-upper.

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Laminate: Cost - Low to Medium
A relatively inexpensive floor, laminate has good bang for its buck. It can spruce up your kitchen at a lower cost than hardwood while providing superior scratch resistance against foot traffic. It’s a viable alternative to hardwood floors, offering realistic wood finishes in a variety of styles.

Pros: If you want to save money, laminate may be for you. Not only is it less expensive than hardwood and tile, but it also has a click-and-lock floating installation system, which is primed for DIY installation.

Cons: Laminate isn’t as equipped to handle moisture as tile and vinyl are (it can warp when wet), so installing it in your kitchen can make the upkeep more challenging. If you do, use a proper moisture barrier. You’ll need a special cleaner and mop to clean it. Laminate also doesn’t have the shelf life that hardwood, tile and vinyl floors do.

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Bamboo: Cost - Medium to High
Bamboo is a great kitchen flooring material, especially if you like eco-friendly products. Bamboo grows so quickly, it’s a good sustainable source for flooring. Besides the eco-friendly aspect, bamboo’s strength is one of the highest of the natural materials on the market. When selecting bamboo flooring, go with a reputable brand with the longest warranty possible. The quality bamboo flooring is reflected by the length of the warranty.

Pros: Durable, beautifully grained, eco-friendly, long warranty available.

Cons: Some bamboo flooring can dent easily and are expensive.

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Modern Kitchen - High Gloss Finish

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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.

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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.

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High Gloss

What is a high-gloss finish?

High gloss is by far the most requested finish among most clients, and it seems to be extremely popular. It is more suited to a contemporary-style kitchen with flat cabinet fronts than it is for a traditional-style kitchen.

High-gloss are available in local or imported products. It is a more high end product with the relevant price tag attached.

High-gloss kitchen doors have a shiny finish that reflects light, which is one of the main reasons that gloss kitchens, especially white gloss kitchens, are so popular.

Advantages of high gloss
By reflecting light, the shiny finish of these gloss doors helps to make the space feel bigger and more open than it actually is. Thus chhosing a high gloss finish kitchen is an an excellent choice for any kitchen size. This light reflection is also a ideal if you are considering a darker colour, as you won’t need to worry about the shade absorbing the light out of your room.

The paler the colour, the higher the reflection of light, which is why white is the most popular colour for gloss kitchens. However, bear in mind that this reflective quality will also bounce light around and reflect other colours within the room on to those surfaces. Colour cast can slightly alter the appearance of the colour of your cabinets. So if you have lots of other colours in the kitchen or in a nearby living area, don’t be surprised if those colours are reflected on the gloss kitchen door surfaces, especially if they are white. 

Another great advantage of high-gloss kitchen is that they are really easy to clean, which is always a winner for homeowners with a young family. Use a non-scratch microfibre cloth to clean the cabinet fronts as they will easily pick up any dust particles sitting on the surface of the doors.

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Disadvantages of high gloss
Due to the fact that cabinets with a high-gloss finish reflect so much light, fingerprints, dirt and scratches are much more noticeable on them.

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Risks and facts about Duco (Painted) Kitchens

Price

Painted cabinets aren’t exactly budget-friendly. They can be, but if you’re comparing them with stained cabinets, you’ll find that they often carry a steeper price tag. How much higher? The answer ultimately depends on who’s making the cabinets and where you’re buying them from. That’s thousands of extra rands you’re forking over, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Maintenance and cleaning - Equipment

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • 3 microfiber cloths

Instructions

  1. Mix up your cleaning solution: Fill a bucket with warm water and squeeze in some dish soap as the water is running. (This will cause the soap to bubble up.) There's no need to be too precise with this: Just add a few inches of water to your bucket and a couple squirts of soap until the mixture is soapy.
  2. Dip a microfiber cloth: Dip part of a microfiber cloth in the soapy solution and wring it out. Be careful not to over saturate your cloth — it should be damp but not soaking.
  3. Scrub your cabinets: Working on one cabinet at a time, rub the damp cloth in a circular motion on the cabinet. Dip the cloth back in the soap mixture and repeat as necessary to remove any grime.
  4. Wet a second cloth: Wet part of your second cloth under the sink in non-soapy water. Wring it out. Again, it should be damp but not soaking.
  5. Wipe the cabinet: With your second cloth, wipe down the cabinet again. Work in a circular motion and make sure there's no soapy residue left behind.
  6. Dry the cabinet: Grab a third microfiber cloth and dry the cabinet in that same circular motion. If you're spot-treating a particular mess, then you're done. If you're cleaning the whole kitchen, move on to the next cabinet.

The cons of painted kitchen cabinets

  • Unfortunately, painted kitchen cabinets tend not to be as durable as the alternatives. They’re more likely to chip than any other doors. Though chips are not easy to repair, and as I’ve said, they happen far more often.
  • Painted cabinets are a luxury option, and inevitably they cost more. The price will vary, depending on the quality doors you use, but it’s always going to be higher than the alternatives.
  • The lead times are a lot longer with painted kitchen cabinets. This makes sense, when you remember that they need several coats of paint, with drying time in between. This means you may have to wait up to 4-6 weeks for painted kitchen cabinets, as against 2-3 weeks for the more affordible alternatives.
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Kitchen Lighting

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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