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A lighter shade of copper

Many trends come and go and the trend that is busy making our hearts warm again is copper. Using copper in a kitchen would give the kitchen a warmer feel. May it be from copper kick plate, handle or knobs, sinks, taps, back splash or even copper light fittings.  

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Copper is much in the same sense as white as it blends naturally with allot of color and also adds a little bit of a rustic feel.

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When cleaned regularly it can give an extra glow to your kitchen or just rustic if you don’t clean it regularly. Cleaning it does take a bit of time, but with Braso and a bit of elbow grease you would make it shine in a jiffy. 

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If you have a copper sink, tap and handle. Why not add a little bit more copper to your light fittings. Copper has been a popular choice with exterior light fittings because of it’s weather resistant properties.  

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Make a splash..... With a backsplash

Playing around with colours are daunting, but that is why a backsplash is perfect. By adding a colourful backsplash to give your kitchen a pop, might be just what your kitchen needs. Or if you have a colourful kitchen already go with forever in style White subway tiles.  

There are many options for adding a backsplash in your kitchen. From covering only the wall behind your cook top or letting it stretch all the way to the ceiling for a bigger impact. The only way to do it is to go big and bold!

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Below are some ideas of how you can splash your kitchen up.

The forever in style subway tiles is sophisticated, yet elegant. It will give your home a Manhattan look and you will definitely feel like you are in New York.  If sleek and subtle is what you are looking for then get your hands on subway tiles as soon as possible.

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If you are not one for the sleek and safe side of town. Go to the industrial side to work up a sweat with a steel or the currently making its way back copper splash backs. The copper splash back might be a bit of a gamble, but it will look beautiful if you can pull it off with the right colours around it.

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Mosaic has always been a big adder in a kitchen. May it be two rows of tiles or the whole wall.  

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Mosaic yourself. If you feel a bit arty and you would like to add a bit of yourself on the wall and have hours maybe even days to spare. Get off cuts and broken tiles from your local tile shop. Break it up some more and build your own mosaic wall.

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Colourful antique tiles will give a bit of maturity in your kitchen and guests will think you are sophisticated enough to whip up a Crème Brûlèe in mere minutes. 

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If you suffer mildly from multiple identity disorder and don’t know whether you feel blue, green or purple today, then a glass splash back might just be your calling. By just taking it off and repainting the wall you can have 4 seasons in one day. As long as the paint dries quick enough.

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Don’t like too many colors? Are you the type of person that believes in a plain Jane? Then let your Tops run across the wall.

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JUL
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A kitchen for entertaining

Love to cook while entertaining? Here are some ideas of how to plan for the perfect entertaining kitchen.

Beauty + comfort + functionality = Entertainment. Kitchen has evolved from work space to family space. So why not feel comfortable in your kitchen?

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Explore an open floor plan if there is space. Open plan houses put the kitchen at the heart of the house. It is seen from most angles of the house. You see it from the dining room to the family room. It is a place where the hosts can mingle with their guests.

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It makes sense to repeat design elements from room to room in an open plan house. Be it from tiling, ceilings and even lighting. Having a bigger kitchen that opens to other rooms to accommodate a larger island can make all the separate rooms look like one big room.

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By creating more work zones. It will make it easier for others to help if and when needed. Just make sure that each work zone has its own appliances.  

Good parties are all about flow. So when designing an Island, make sure to have about a meter on all sides of the island.

Kitchens transform into gathering spaces when they provide comfort and beauty. Create an atmosphere by comfy sofas, upholstered armchairs or bar stools.

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Are you tired of getting your fold up chairs from the garage for your extra dinner guests? Get a second Island or a banquette. A banquette could fit 6 people or if you throw on a few pillows it will be enough for two people.

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JUL
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Less is more

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Before breaking and tearing your old kitchen apart, just wait a second. Take a deep breath and appreciate what you have. Things might look to be of no hope but there might be a jem at the end of the rainbow. Take everything that can be moved on your tops and throw it away. It is just a disaster waiting to happen. 

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If you have an empty work space. It might look more clear. Just think about your desk at work. Well, it is the same at your kitchen. It is a work space after all. Now the work space you have at the office and the work space you have in your bedroom is after all the same work space you have at the kitchen. Now if you clear the space in your kitchen it is the same s[pace you clear at the office. After all your work at the office is the same as the kitchen. Just clear your space in the kitchen and you will have so much more healthy and friendly meals. After all, what are the space in your kitchen used for? Have an open space nd have an amazing meal. 

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Choosing handles for your kitchen

You might think choosing handles for your kitchen is easy, But if you think about how many times a day you will be using that easy choice handle or that they can effect your overall look and the functionallity of your kitchen. Maybe just add a few minutes to your choice of handle

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Handles come in a variety of materials and colours. From plastic to wood, stainless steel, brass, chrome and even glass. Like all the different materials they also come in different shapes and sizes. When choosing a shape of handle, think about who might be using the handles. Do they have big hands? Then maybe a shell shaped handle is not for your kitchen. 

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You want handles that feel good to touch, that is easy on the eye and  looks strong enough to open whatever door it is attached to. 

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Consider how long you would want to live with the kitchen and those handles to know what to look out for. If you want to live a couple of years, then maybe not go for finicky, small or even wick like materials. It will not go the distance. 

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Wood in a kitchen

Wood has been a used in kitchens for a substantial amount of time now and it still looks timelous. Wood can be used everywhere in the kitchen. From cupboards, tops, island, floor and even the ceiling. Lets take a look at how it would look.

Have a wooden top in your kitchen

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Having wooden cupboards

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Breaking the whole kitchen with an island wooden top:

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Breaking the solid colours with a wooden island

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Everywhere

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Featuring glass in your Kitchen

Featuring glass in you kitchen might look like a daunting experience, but it can exciting. Glass can break the monotonous one colour doors looking the same if you don't want to go for the two tone look.

Glass in a kitchen has been around for a long time now and it will go away any time soon.

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Here are some tips on how you could bring some glass to the kitchen.

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The bigger your kitchen, the more glass cupboards you can bring in. There are no set amount of how many cupboards must be glass. But if you want to make the glass a feature, it would have more aestetical to only have a few.

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If you do not have OCD, you can have frosted glass cupboards. If you have see through glass, then you will have to clean those cupboards every now and again.

The are no set rules on where and how you must feature your glass, but I personally would only have wall unit cupboards as glass cupboards. I would also feature them close to the Stove.

So go out there and feature some glass in your kitchen.

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JUN
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Is a white kitchen a safe choice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Personalize your kitchen

Too often, kitchens don’t make a statement. They are too monotonous and look store bought. When having guests over, do you run into the kitchen just to run out again? Not wanting your guests to come into the kitchen.

Because of the world we are living in these days, you don’t have to stick to any style. You can mix and match just as you want. Just make sure that what you mix blends in somehow. If you have a wooden floor, you can add an extra wooden top or even an aluminium top to match your aluminium kick plates.

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Have a naked wall that you just haven’t figured out what to do with? Add some floating shelves to put plants or photos or words on. Single emotional words like love or family has been around for some time now and it never fails.

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You and your partner can’t figure out which chair to go with? No stress. You can have your different chairs around your kitchen nook or island and it will work. Everyone will have their favourite chair.

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Bring life into your kitchen with a coloured wall

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

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

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Trends versus my style

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

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

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

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