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Getting an Island into a small kitchen

A kitchen island adds versatility and beauty to a kitchen. A highly practical addition, a well-made kitchen island can add needed workspace, dining space, and make the overall cooking process more organized. Many kitchen design plans include islands as a part of their initial design due to their desirability with property owners and residents.A kitchen island adds versatility and beauty to a kitchen. A highly practical addition, a well-made kitchen island can add needed workspace, dining space, and make the overall cooking process more organized. Many kitchen design plans include islands as a part of their initial design due to their desirability with property owners and residents.
An island is a versatile addition and can be designed to fit in smaller kitchens. Kitchen islands can be designed to have reduced depths or with wheels. Also, alternative options such as bar carts are an available alternative to the ‘traditional’ kitchen island. Overall the size of the kitchen itself is rarely an issue and how space is used, the number of residents and the overall shape of the kitchen area are far more important.
There is more to an island then the overall size of just the island itself, clearance is a key part of proper island installation and placement. A clearance zone refers to the space between the island and the kitchen’s base cabinets (generally 3 feet or 1 meter). When installing an island make sure nearby cabinets can open completely and applicants, such as the dishwasher, have enough clearance space. You don’t want your island getting in the way of existing structures, appliances, or bumping into doors when they are opened.
When adding an island to a smaller kitchen, or one that doesn't have extra-space to spare, room is at a premium. So the island has to be practical and multifaceted in its use. A well-designed island can combine surface area, a cooktop, wine fridge, seating areas, and storage for pots and pans. Another good scenario is an island that houses both the sink and dishwasher, in addition to ample storage.
In terms of measurements, the recommended size for a fixed island is 40 by 40 inches or 1 by 1 meter with 31.5 inches (88 millimeters) of clearance. In small kitchens, even a well-placed island can be a bit snug when being used by two people for cooking (but not impossible) and perfectly usable for one person.
An island, on average, is 3 by 6.5 feet (or 1 by 2 meters) and has a clearance of roughly 40 inches or 1 meter. The distance around the island determines its size. It's important to consider these proportions because even in a very large kitchen, an island can take up too much room if it's too large or improperly placed. It can also be a hassle to use as you have to walk around it, reach across it, and it may not be centrally located near other surfaces or cooking equipment.
There is more than one way to add an island into your kitchen. A kitchen peninsula is three sided and attached to a wall at one end. This creates the additional features an island provides while taking up less room in the process and also requiring less clearance. Fittingly, peninsula means ‘almost an island’ in Latin. A peninsula is ideal if your kitchen is small and every foot has to be used in the most efficient way possible.

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5 Ways to create contrast in the Kitchen

Contrast is an art design principle that can also be applied to the design of your kitchen. Basically, it’s the placement of opposite elements, like light and dark or smooth and textured, to create interest or drama in a space. Creating contrast is the perfect way to add a striking statement to your space. Add contrast to your own kitchen with these five simple ideas from Weizter.Contrast is an art design principle that can also be applied to the design of your kitchen. Basically, it’s the placement of opposite elements, like light and dark or smooth and textured, to create interest or drama in a space. Creating contrast is the perfect way to add a striking statement to your space. Add contrast to your own kitchen with these five simple ideas from Weizter.

 

1. Balance dark-colored kitchen cabinets with lighter countertops.

Black and white is one of the most popular forms of contrast you’ll find. It’s a classic pairing that will add timeless style to your kitchen. Create this contrast by installing dark color kitchen cabinets.

2. Pair light-colored cabinets with dark hardware.

Changing out your cabinet pulls and knobs is a simple and budget-friendly way to add contrast in your kitchen. Weizter has a wide selection of kitchen hardware, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for. Pair dark cabinet pulls and knobs with white or light-colored cabinets to really make them pop. 

3. Try white cabinets with a black kitchen island.

Another place to add contrast is the kitchen island. Create a focal point in the kitchen with a black or dark color kitchen island surrounded by white or lighter-colored kitchen cabinets, or try a white island with darker color cabinets. The island is also a great place to add a pop of color if you’re feeling adventurous. 

4. Balance dark color kitchen cabinets with a lighter backsplash.

Make dark color kitchen cabinets stand out by installing backsplash tiles in a lighter color.

5. Add wood to create contrast.

Contrast isn’t just about light and dark, it’s about texture too. Wood’s natural texture is great for creating contrast in the kitchen. Try wooden countertops, a butcher block island, or wooden cabinets to create a warm and inviting vibe in the kitchen.

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Kitchens of the Future

So how can we know what a typical future kitchen will look like? We simply need to look at technological trends that are likely to stick. These trends may give us valuable insight into what we can expect from our kitchens of tomorrow. Let’s break down some of the more important kitchen tech trends shaking up the world of kitchen design.

Interactive Cooking Surfaces

Say goodbye to burners. The future of stove cooking, undoubtedly, lies in interactive induction hobs. Induction heating uses magnetic components hidden underneath the cooktop to heat pots and pans. But instead of just heating the bottom of the pot, induction heating heats the entire pot – meaning food is cooked faster and more evenly. Pots and pans can be placed anywhere on the cooking surface, not on one particular heating area. And the tech doesn’t end there either. Overhead, a projector will beam recipes, cooking information and other handy notes straight onto the counter top.

Smart Refrigerators

Some designers and suggest that fridges as we know them will disappear completely in future kitchens. In its place, inductive cooling containers will sit on induction shelves to cool your goods. Simply set the container on an induction cooling table, and food will be chilled in an instant.
Green Sinks and DishwashersIf there’s one future kitchen focus that will have the most impact, it’s the emphases on wasting less. The future of sustainable kitchens are looking bright. Discarded water from sinks and dishwashers, for example, won’t be flushed immediately, but divided into safe and unsafe water to be used to feed plants. Food waste will be composted, and devices of the future will have more functionality in smaller packages.

Porcelain and Quartz Countertops

Most homeowners have very strong opinions when it comes to countertops. And for good reason. Quality surfaces not only look good, but is better to work on and easier to clean. Granite and marble have always been popular kitchen counter choices, but it’s the rise of porcelain and quartz stone tops that might give us a clue how kitchens of the future might look.

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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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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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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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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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Modern Contemporary Kitchens

Modern and contemporary are two terms that can be used synonymously to describe kitchen styles that refer to whatever’s currently in style for the year or season. Today, modern kitchens evoke clean lines and simple styles with designs that focus on the proper use of open space for a highly functional kitchen. Whether you’re interested in transforming your current kitchen into a modern or contemporary space, or you’d just like to update some elements of your kitchen to incorporate some modern design, we have some essential tips for creating a contemporary style kitchen of your own.Modern and contemporary are two terms that can be used synonymously to describe kitchen styles that refer to whatever’s currently in style for the year or season. Today, modern kitchens evoke clean lines and simple styles with designs that focus on the proper use of open space for a highly functional kitchen. Whether you’re interested in transforming your current kitchen into a modern or contemporary space, or you’d just like to update some elements of your kitchen to incorporate some modern design, we have some essential tips for creating a contemporary style kitchen of your own.
Regardless of the genre of style, when we think about modern design, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of new materials and incorporating new technology into the space. There have been many advances in kitchen appliances and high-tech accessories over the past few years. Easy updates in this realm are stainless steel appliances that not only offer cutting-edge function but also sleeker styles. Modern design is all about keeping a clean space, so the use of custom storage solutions and other accessories like under-cabinet lighting and hidden outlets not only make your kitchen appear contemporary, but they also provide better function.

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Vanity Units

White vanities will be on trend whether its 2019 or 2039. White is so flexible, and it goes with pretty much every bathroom style and color you can imagine. Redecorating isn’t a problem if you go for white, and you don’t have to worry about it going out of style.White vanities will be on trend whether its 2019 or 2039. White is so flexible, and it goes with pretty much every bathroom style and color you can imagine. Redecorating isn’t a problem if you go for white, and you don’t have to worry about it going out of style. Whether you’re looking at modern bathroom vanities or more rustic bathroom vanities, if you want something that is going to stand the test of time, then white is the right choice for you.{Weizter} {Kitchens}

We all know how on-trend grey is right now and that is no exception when it comes to bathroom vanities 2019. Traditional and rustic bathroom vanities look great in grey; giving something more old-school, with a bit of a modern twist. Grey has longevity as a color, meaning it looks great for a long time and will go with plenty of bathroom colors – whether you prefer a light bathroom or something with a darker tone.

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If you want to add some drama to your bathroom design, then a dark vanity is the way to go. Contrast the dark color against white tiles or go for something moodier and pair it with a grey tone.
A dark vanity is super stylish and forever on trend, but be aware that this trend might be tiring quick, so this might not be the best option if you are planning to invest in custom bathroom vanities, as you don’t want to be replacing it in the near future.

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A floating vanity is forever chic and is one of our favorite modern bathroom vanities, and for good reason. It is perfect for small bathrooms where you need to open up the space and make it feel bigger than it is – as they don’t go all the way to the floor, they give the appearance of taking up much less space and create the illusion of additional floor space. If you love a clean line or you are motivated by cheap bathroom vanities for 2019, then a minimalist vanity is the way to go. Not only are they way less expensive than your rustic bathroom vanities, but they come at a much lower cost to install. They are perfect if you are on a budget or you have a small bathroom, as they look way less cluttered and have the appearance of taking up much less space than those with intricate designs on the doors and handles.

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One Wall Kitchens

For some, a one-wall kitchen is nothing special, for others the concept is unusual. One-wall kitchens are generally encountered in small homes or efficiency apartments where floor space is very limited. By containing the kitchen space to a single wall section more space remains for other functions and features. This is very common when the kitchen is open and shares the room with the living or dining room. Of course, a one-wall kitchen can also be a valid option for large volumes too where this type of layout can maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the home.For some, a one-wall kitchen is nothing special, for others the concept is unusual. One-wall kitchens are generally encountered in small homes or efficiency apartments where floor space is very limited. By containing the kitchen space to a single wall section more space remains for other functions and features. This is very common when the kitchen is open and shares the room with the living or dining room. Of course, a one-wall kitchen can also be a valid option for large volumes too where this type of layout can maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the home.


In the case of a one-wall kitchen all the appliances, cabinets and countertops are gathered on one wall. This helps save floor space and also reduces construction costs since it’s often easier to design and build furniture this way. Of course, that has its disadvantages, mainly the fact that smaller appliances are preferred or that some don’t fit at all and compromises have to be made. Sometimes if space and general layout allow it, a one-wall kitchen can be accompanied by a separate island which adds more storage space and an extra counter. Kitchen tables serve a similar purpose.


Not everything about one-wall kitchens is bad. In fact, this is a pretty well-balanced layout, one which makes the most of small or open spaces, sometimes requiring very few compromises. An aspect that actually makes these kitchens very convenient is the fact that you can do all the prep work, cooking and cleaning in a single space without having to constantly move or turn around.

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Light up your kitchen

Installing the right lighting in your kitchen will bring out the best in your kitchen design, the food you prepare, and the way you feel when you are in this space.Installing the right lighting in your kitchen will bring out the best in your kitchen design, the food you prepare, and the way you feel when you are in this space.In the past, kitchen lighting consisted of a single fluorescent light that was slapped up in the middle of the kitchen. Today, however, as the kitchen moves away from being a mere utilitarian space, to being more of a living space, and often part of an open-plan living space design, good lighting design has become a must-have for any well dressed kitchen.Any good kitchen lighting design will comprise various layers where you need to create layers of light to make your kitchen feel warm and welcoming, while also providing functional task lighting and highlighting various accents for an attractive overall aesthetic.


1.Downlighters: Downlighters can be used to great effect in your kitchen space. Downlighters are an inexpensive, neat and elegant way of introducing both ambient and task lighting  into your kitchen. Nowadays instead of installing halogen downlighters (which consumed lots of electricity and emitted quite a lot of heat), LED downlighters are highly energy efficient and virtually no heat is emitted.
Over-cabinet lighting: This kind of lighting is more about aesthetics than function. Over-cabinet lighting is a way of creating the illusion of added height in the room, which makes the space seem larger and airier than it actually is. You can mount these lights directly on top of your cabinetry, where they can be positioned to illuminate displays and spread a warm and inviting light on the walls and ceiling above. When choosing light fittings for this kind of lighting, it is imperative that you choose lights, such as LEDs for example, that do not get hot, as this could damage the cabinetry and pose a fire risk. Types of over-cabinet lighting include: LED channel lights, LED under cabinet or slimline fittings or LED striplighting.


2.Under-cabinet lights: In days gone by, under-cabinet lighting was considered a real luxury. However, today, it is a kitchen essential – offering an excellent source of task lighting above your countertops. To get the installation of under-cabinet lighting right, you need to hide the lights behind the edge of the wall cabinets, so you only see the light, and not the fixture. For task lighting, the fixture needs to be positioned within the first third of the cabinet, whereas, if you would like to highlight a beautiful backsplash, then it is best to position the fixture at the back of the cabinet, where it meets the wall behind. LED under-cabinet or slimline fittings as well as LED strip lights are both a great source of under-cabinet lighting.


3.Kickplate lighting: Adding lighting to the kickplates at the base of your cabinets can add a whole other dimension to your kitchen design. You can hide LED strip lights on top of your base cabinets’ kickplates. Why not connect them to a motion or occupancy sensor, which will switch these lights on whenever you walk into the kitchen? Then you can use them as nightlights. Or alternatively, keep the striplights on the main switch to add another dimension of light for added texture and appeal to you overall lighting design.


4.Ceiling lights: LED channel lights have replaced fluorescent fittings in the kitchen. Led channels are extremely energy efficient, provide a very high illumination, have a slim design and are maintenance free as the LED lights are built in. The latest models even have built in occupancy sensors which are just perfect for the pantry, scullery or laundry just off your kitchen space.


5.Pendants or Chandeliers: Pendants or chandeliers are great for general or ambient lighting, and can provide visual interest – standing as a focal feature in the kitchen. When selecting these decorative lights for your kitchen, be sure to choose units that throw light in all directions to enhance the overall ambient lighting within the room. Or alternatively, pick one with a shade that directs light down to create task lighting, especially over an island. Bar pendants are perfect for this application. You can select smaller pendants that can be installed next to one another for a more open feel and to distinguish the living space from the kitchen, or choose bigger, heavier ones to make a decorative statement.

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Industrial Styled Kitchens

Industrial style anything is usually a big hit. It's easy to achieve, always looks great and is functional, this is especially effective in a kitchen. It's also a versatile concept that can be tailored to suit individual personal tastes. Part of what makes it such an effective style is the fact that old objects can be transformed into something new, creating a room with a nostalgic atmosphere. Taking into account the popular trend, we've compiled a list of kitchens that showcase all the elements of industrial style. Each kitchen incorporates industrial elements, whether it's subtle or obvious, while remaining completely unique.

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Sweepovac

Keeping your kitchen cleaner just got a lot easier with Sweepovac – a simple, powerful always available vacuum to suck away floor sweepings. Conveniently placed in the kitchen and instantly available at any time, requires no set up or put away time. Sweepovac makes your life easier by reducing household work and you’ll never have to use a dustpan again – simply dispose of your floor sweepings in 3 seconds flat.Keeping your kitchen cleaner just got a lot easier with Sweepovac – a simple, powerful always available vacuum to suck away floor sweepings. Conveniently placed in the kitchen and instantly available at any time, requires no set up or put away time. Sweepovac makes your life easier by reducing household work and you’ll never have to use a dustpan again – simply dispose of your floor sweepings in 3 seconds flat.


The Sweepovac can be turned into a powerful convenient kitchen vacuum by plugging in the new snap on hose which is available as an accessory. Five times stronger than the average hand held vacuum, the hose is incredibly easy to handle and extends from 6 ft to 18ft (1.8m to 5.5m). Three attachable tools are included with the hose making it much easier to vacuum out drawers and those awkward to reach places.

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Mirror Sliding Doors

While framed sliding doors with mirrors are much more expensive than melamine swinging doors with hinges, they’re worth it in the long run. They add value to the house and there are many different designs in sliding doors that can complement the decor of the rest of the bedroom and the house itself. 

The most popular cupboard with sliding doors aside from mirrored doors are constructed from MDF which can be plain or routed and painted to suit the rest of the bedroom. The mirror sections are typically glass with a reflective layer on one side and for safety, and most sliding mirror doors are laminated. 

Cupboards with sliding doors are simply moulded into the design of any room, and can choose from various designs and styles as well as finishes, and also sizes that will fit comfortably in the space with the right amount of storage areas for your needs. Also, consider that sliding doors can be a feature of any cupboard or closet in your house where you need extra storage.

Subdivisions in your cupboards with sliding doors can help you organise your clothes and shoes and other accessories rather than letting them pile up in one space making them hard to find. Some cupboards come with extra shelving.

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How to plan for a new kitchen

If you want a new kitchen, you may have a very clear vision of what you want, right down to the taps, sinks and flooring.If you want a new kitchen, you may have a very clear vision of what you want, right down to the taps, sinks and flooring.
Communicating both your likes and dislikes is very important in order for your kitchen designer to be able to come up with an effective solution. While you may have a clear picture in your head of what the end-result will be, others may not, so finding a way to communicate what you want could be very beneficial.
We have come up with five easy things you can do to help get the most from the kitchen planning process.

Take measurements
If you plan to visit our showroom, take your kitchen measurements with you, this will help us come up with a design. Alternatively, a design consultant can visit your home, take measurements, and then design a 3D plan with you as well as show you samples and materials. 

Make a mood board
A mood board is a great way to organise your thoughts and should include everything from the biggest parts of a project right down to the smallest details. You could include pictures of the style of kitchen you like cut from magazines or a swatch of material in a colour you love. In creating a mood board of ideas, your vision will become easier to communicate to others and will help everyone (including yourself) see the bigger picture.

Be clear on what will or won’t work in the space
You know your kitchen best and know how the space is used, help your designer come up with a design that meets your expectations by noting down what you like and what you don’t like about how your kitchen is currently configured.

Consider your gadgets
If one of the reasons you need a new kitchen is a lack of storage, be sure to mention this to your planner. If you have a bread maker or a rarely used coffee maker in the garage, you will probably want your new kitchen to accommodate all these additional items. This means that extra storage must be built into the plan if possible.

Know your budget
Whether you are throwing caution to the wind or working on a tight budget, be clear on how much you have to spend and where you want to prioritise your money.This will help you when it comes to making decisions and focus your choices.

Of course an experienced kitchen designer will be able to work with whatever information you supply. Use our design consultants to help you to make your new kitchen space work and if you are struggling for inspiration, don’t worry, on our website you’ll find plenty of kitchen ideas.

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Pot Filler Tap

Generally found in high end kitchens, the pot filler tap is becoming a popular choice in today’s modern kitchen. The swinging cold water tap, mounted above the hob allows you to easily fill up pots directly on the hob without having to carry around heavy pots from the sink, adding convenience and function. Plus the classic look of a jointed-arm tap adds a touch of elegance and practicality. But is this feature really necessary or just a luxury? It is a luxury that creates convenience, and convenience is a big factor when creating the kitchen of your dreams. 
Lighten The Load
Sure it’s a great opportunity to start bulking up on some upper body strength, but unfortunately that type of strain can go straight to your back instead. A pot filler allows you to avoid lifting, straining or twisting. Critics will point out that you still have to carry the pot to the sink to empty it when you’re done. Also, when your dishwasher is done cleaning your dishes you still have to unload it, and when your oven finishes cooking your meal you still have to serve it to your guests. In other words, we’ll gladly take convenience wherever we can get it.
Save Time & Hassle
Perfecting a meal can quickly become a balancing act of multi-tasking. The pasta needs 12 minutes to boil, the sauce needs to simmer for 1 hour, the broccoli needs to be steamed for 5 minutes and your spouse is trying to rinse the dishes before your dinner guests arrive. What was already a challenge in and of itself has suddenly became a circus of yelling and waiting for water to go from hot to cold and back to hot, and bartering favors just to get a chance at the tap. Instead of juggling the kitchen sink, you could be out of each other’s hair thanks to a second water source. A pot filler reduces conflict and creates more opportunities for multi-tasking. 
Do More
You may not realize how much you truly use water in the kitchen until you have a pot filler. Think about how many dishes and items in the kitchen need water, from boiling and steaming to watering and cleaning, and then how often you need to add water. You add water to soups, pots of rice or oatmeal, the slow cooker, smoothies, your potted herbs, a tea kettle, the list goes on. A second water source in a separate location from your sink allows you to do so much more.
Add Style
The ideal kitchen contains appliances and fixtures which not only add function, but also Aesthetics. For example, a sink and tap can endure the rigors of daily use while also adding a touch of beauty to your kitchen. Just like your sink’s tap, a pot filler is both practical and beautiful. A pot filler gives you an opportunity for a new shiny fixture that complements your other hardware on a wall that would otherwise have nothing.
 
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On a scale of “Need It Now” to “Walking Out The Door To Get One,” how badly do you now want a pot filler tap?
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How to choose a sink

A kitchen sink can be the making or breaking of a new kitchen which is why it has to be considered with care. It's also important that you take into consideration the sinks surroundings. People tend to use their dishwasher's as a means to clean their pots and pans rather than the sink, but don't think that you can neglect one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in the kitchen, the sink, if you do, you will probably end up regretting your choice. In order to get your sink just the way you like it, consider the following points that we at Weizter suggest: 
Material: When choosing the material of your sink take a look around your kitchen and see what colours are most prominent. Ask yourself a few questions such as: what colour are the walls, what material are the door knobs made of and what style of blinds and accessories do I have.
Size: The size of the sink is highly important because although you use your dishwasher for the majority of washing up, you may need extra wash space for when family and friends join you for dinner. It would also be a good idea to consider how many children you have in your home. If all of them want to wash their hands at the same time, you will be grateful for that extra space.
Style: What style of sink would you most get along with and which would look better in your kitchen? The choices that you have are either: inset, under-mounted or butler. Under-mounted sinks are fixed to the bottom of the worktop which gives you more worktop space which looks very slick and modern, but you have to be prepared for the fact that you won't have a side drainer. Under-mounted sinks cannot be used with laminate surfaces because you can't seal the edges of the cut-out. Inset or drop-in sinks are easy to fit; especially if you have natural wood worktops. Butler sinks are used in junction with farmstyle kitchens but be weary of the amount these sinks can cost.
 
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Kitchens of the Future

Integrating or universal design, means thinking through a design and approaching it with common sense. Some of this prediction is driven by the growing need for multi-generational design. The numbers of households that include several generations is growing at a rapid rate. This type of design must simultaneously cater to the elderly, children, and everyone in between.

Universal design is also very much about letting go of long-held kitchen design traditions that just don’t make sense. Homeowners are already beginning to question why they have to bend over to get dinner out of the oven and they are ready to do something about it.

The kitchen of the future will incorporate many more user-friendly features:

  • Multi-level countertops
  • Media worked into the design of the kitchen for an increasingly connected population
  • Appliances moved to more accessible areas
  • Less over-the-counter cabinetry for a more open and accessible work space
  • Lighting that highlights the backsplash and puts light where it’s most needed

The goal with all of this is to bring functionality and aesthetics into the same space. It is possible for them to exist together. Skilled designers spent so long bumping up style in the kitchen that the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction. But designers are emphasizing a balance instead of one or the other.

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Making the most of a small kitchen

If your kitchen is on the small side, you would have been faced with a daily difficulty of where exactly to put everything! Whether it is cupboards that spill out their contents every time you open the door or a lack of worktop space for food preparation, small kitchens can definitely be a challenge.

However, no matter how small your kitchen is there are a number of ways to maximise the available space and ensure that it functions as you need it to. A great way to make the most of your kitchen’s dimensions is to opt for a re-design. A dedicated Weizter designer is able to re-design the space, taking into account your budget and needs, to ensure the available space is used as efficiently and effectively as possible.

To further help you make the most of your kitchen, we have come up with 3 easy tips and tricks that can help you utilize the space you have.

1. Light is key.

If you are looking to refit your small kitchen and extending the space isn’t an option, choose a kitchen with a light finish such as the high gloss which helps bounce the light around the room.

2. Cupboard Optimization.

Helping to maximise every available inch, in cupboard storage is a great way to make the most of your cupboard space.

3. Integrated appliances.

Integrated appliances are a great way to help a small kitchen feel bigger, with everything hidden by cupboard fronts, the illusion is of an uninterrupted run of units, maximising the feel of the room.

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Celebrity Kitchen Styles

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our homes, often acting as a social space where our families get together to eat as well as prepare food. So it's no wonder that famous people have pulled out all the stops when it comes to designing their own kitchens, with state-of-the-art appliances, custom cabinets and flooring, along with separate Islands or breakfast Nooks.

So if you're considering a kitchen renovation, or simply want a behind-the-scenes peek inside the homes of your favourite celebrities, you'll love our round-up of the most stylish kitchens from the likes of Johnny Depp, Celine Dion and Rihanna. Even if we can't recreate their stunning kitchens in our own homes, we can definitely pick up some interior design tips along the way.

1. Johnny Depp's Penthouse in Los Angeles

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2. Celine Dion's kitchen in Florida.

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3. Rihanna's penthouse in London worth £35 Million.

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