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How to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting

How to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting

Use glass cupboard doors and mirror backboards

Glass cupboard doors, especially with mirror back boarding, create more space. Your kitchen will feel lighter and brighter and at night you can create a beautiful fractured lighting experience by placing down lights in the cupboards.

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Use light paint and keep your walls and fittings the same colour

Small spaces appear much bigger when painted in a light colour. Be sure to paint your cupboards and your walls the same light colour for an even bigger feeling space.

Avoid using dark colours that absorb the light and make the space feel claustrophobic. A simple coat of paint can make a huge difference to the atmosphere created in your kitchen and won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

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Choose “small footprint” furniture

Be careful and meticulous about the furniture you decide to put in your kitchen, colour, dimensions, small foot print, and use of space within the furniture’s design will all impact on the space you are trying to create within your kitchen.

Small margins make a big difference, so choose carefully and if you get it right, you’ll have that great spacious feeling.

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Shine the light, create more space

No likes to be in a dark, enclosed kitchen. The use of soft white light, small light fittings and glass to reflect the light instantly turns a dark small space into an inviting space where you can sit down, make a cup of coffee and read a book.

Your mind will feel free and you’ll be able to think and relax.

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5 ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen

5 ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen

Stone has long been a popular choice for kitchens. The perennially-stylish, hardy material makes for an easy-to-clean, resilient surface for prepping, chopping and cooking – perfect for the modern kitchen.

 

Colour blocking

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Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that marble plus colour is too busy. If you consider that marble is, at its core, a natural material and as a result, is a neutral colour, it works perfectly with brighter colours.

 

Embrace the marble dark side

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If you want the timeless style of marble in your kitchen, but you’re worried about keeping it fresh and modern, consider black marble. As we know, black is timeless and when used in natural materials, is striking but not overwhelmingly dark.

 

Don’t forget the basics

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If black is too severe, take comfort in the fact that a stone-coloured marble is timeless and will likely work with whatever decor you already have in your kitchen. This kitchen shows us that even with considered decor accents, you can work the marble effect in and it will like a dream.

 

Now you see it, now you don’t

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Having said all of this, marble doesn’t need to be the scene-stealer in your kitchen. You can pick a very neutral colour with barely-visible veining and allow your marble to become a simple hardworking kitchen surface.

 

Go wild

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Let’s not kid ourselves, marble is not cheap. If you’re going to splash out, and you want it to make a statement then we suggest embracing the ‘go big or go home’ mentality. This kitchen has worked in two different colours of marble, one very dark piece and a lighter one with exaggerated veining. The two clash in a really striking way and because the rest of the kitchen’s decor is minimal and clean, it’s not overwhelming at all.

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How to design your kitchen as a central point of your home

Transform your kitchen into the perfect place to get together

Whether you want it to believe it or not, the phrase “the kitchen is the heart of the home” has a lot of truth to it. It most certainly is. There was a time when kitchens existed for only one reason – to prepare food. There were no kitchen islands with matching bar stools. No open-plan, multipurpose layouts. Thankfully, that time is over. If it isn’t the most social space of your home already, there are a few key ways to transform it into the central point of your home.

Get ready to bask in the warm glow of family and friends in a kitchen designed for getting together and socializing.

Go open plan

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First, consider the open concept. It’s a great way to open up your kitchen to the more social spaces of the home, like the living room. Though the open concept is the most obvious way to make the kitchen the central point of your home you’ve always wished for, if you’re not in an open concept home already, it’s important to consult with a designer and contractor to ensure that a renovation is done correctly. When you’ve opened up the space, demarcate the kitchen from the living space with a low wall, or some shelving.

In an open-plan layout, designers always strive to create separate zones within one larger space. But to make the end result feel cohesive, you need to think about your choice of materials and furniture groupings. Repeat the use of the same wood, for example, on your kitchen countertops and living room table to unify the areas. Or opt for the same floors, or hang complementary art in both areas. The possibilities are endless. Get more tips on how to join your kitchen and living spaces in this article

Divide the space

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You can “separate” the spaces of your open plan layout with a breakfast bar. Both the young and young at heart enjoy sidling up to a space the straddles both the living room and kitchen. A breakfast bar with high stools, for instance, is a great place for kids to eat breakfast in the morning, and hang out and do their homework when you prepare dinner.

To create a kitchen designed for socialising, you can also install your hob in the kitchen islandbecause the seasoned host knows that the best dinner parties begin before your guests even sit down to dinner. They begin at the hob. To make your kitchen the perfect spot for entertaining, place the hob in the centre of the kitchen on the island. Induction hobs are an ideal option as they are as thin as the island counter itself. Also, in addition to looking great, their speedy heating and cooling abilities make them a safe option for mingling around.

Set the light

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Finally, light up your kitchen right because lighting is an excellent way to change the overall atmosphere in a space. Make the lighting too bright and people feel exposed. Make it too dim and your guests won’t be able to see each other across the table. To create the maximum social effect, bathe the entire kitchen space with recessed pot lights operated by dimmers. Then hang pendant light fixtures in the places you envision family and friends gathering around: like the dining table, the breakfast bar, or the kitchen island.

 

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Designing the Perfect Laundry Room

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Your laundry room may not be the most important room in your home. Yet, designing your laundry to be a productive and attractive work area can improve the atmosphere in the space and remove the gloominess of this daily chore. Before you begin, think about how you would like your laundry room to look. Try drawing a design first while taking the following into consideration:

Your washing machine size and type, where you want to place the sink (if any), the amount of counter space you would need to work comfortably, where you would like to place the cupboards etc. You may find that there are certain limitations that will stop you from realising the exact vision you had for the laundry room, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t work around these limitations.

 

Appliances

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If you intend to buy another washer and dryer, you should consider either of these options: stacking your washing machine and dryer or have them standing beside each other under the counter. Both these options will save you a lot of space, and in both instances, it would be best to buy a front-loading washing machine and dryer.

Your laundry room should always be designed around your washing machine and dryer. The reason is simple: electrical points and water supply are elements that won’t change without considerable cost. So if you need to move your appliances, you’ll need to move the water supply connections and electrical outlet sockets too.

 

Work Space

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Let’s be honest, we all use our laundry rooms as a multipurpose room. It’s a place to store pet food, keep the ironing board, and hide the vacuum. Not having enough workspace can leave you feeling exasperating. The room will appear disorganised, particularly when your laundry is doing double duty for something besides washing and drying garments. Having a well spread out space, with an abundance of counter space won’t just allow you to do the washing; it’ll also open the doors to numerous other tasks and uses.

Consider how much worktop space you will need, and build it in. Space will be needed for items such as clothing hampers/baskets, laundry supplies, cleaning detergents and other clothing supplies. Having more counter space will add more advantages to you. Invest in more than you think you’ll need.

 

Sink

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If you have the space and water supply available, a sink in your laundry room is an added advantage. If space is restricted, you can use the area on top of the sink to your advantage as well, by simply putting a cover over the sink when it’s not being used.

 

Storage

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Every kitted laundry room requires lots of storage space, as there are many potentially hazardous items that need to be stored away safely. Stuff like cleaning detergents, washing detergents and other chemical supplies, not to mention the ironing board, brooms, dusters, dust pans and other tools required to maintain your home.

Overhead cabinets are not only a good idea, but a big advantage because they increase your storage space without taking up floor space. Investing in overhead cabinets instead of racks will also help keep your laundry room organised and neat.

Base cabinets offer more space than the overhead ones but take up more space. You can place these under some of your countertop areas.

 

Finishing Touches

Keeping the room looking well-organised and neat is important. That’s why the final touches in your laundry can have a significant impact, and give the room some much-needed character.

The best laundry plans are those that are planned from an angle of both comfort and convenience. It goes without saying that you will invest a considerable amount of time and energy by doing the laundry, so you should make the room a space that is friendly, and maybe even fun to be in.

 

Laundry Baskets

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Laundry Baskets are not only handy in the laundry, but some of them look great. They come in a variety of styles such as wicker, wire or plastic. They have the potential to add a touch of style to your laundry room.

 

Lighting

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Take full advantage of the windows in the room for natural lighting. Having a good overhead light is important too. A nice small chandelier fixture in a laundry room will give the space an elegant and stylish look.

Lighting under the countertops is another way of adding functionality and personality to the room. They provide excellent work area lights and are easy to install and inexpensive.

 

Ironing

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Do you sort, fold and iron your laundry in different rooms? It’s a good idea to start sorting out your laundry to suit the task of ironing. Setting up your ironing board close to a countertop would be very convenient. If you don’t have an ironing board, then select a countertop close to an electrical socket to get the job done.

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Kitchen Pantry Designs

If you’re blessed with the space, invest in a kitchen pantry. It’s a concept that hasn’t always been popular. But as kitchens have evolved, the humble kitchen pantry has become an almost indispensable addition to many kitchens. In fact, most homeowners put the kitchen pantry on top of their “wants” list these days. It’s not hard to see why. Whatever the size of your kitchen space, you’ll always need a convenient place to store your groceries. This critical storage requires careful thought and planning, and a pantry to make things easier.

But what goes into designing the perfect pantry? For starters, a pantry should be large enough to hold at least a week’s worth of groceries, and close enough to the food preparation area to be easily accessed. Size matters of course, but with the right combination of simplicity, organisation and location, you can easily create a pantry equally as functional as a full-size walk-in.

There are a few key characteristics of an effective kitchen pantry:

Convenient - Your pantry should be located at or near the area where food is prepared.
Visibility - Everything in the pantry should be seen at a glance.
Accessibility - It should be possible to remove items without moving others around.

In creating a pantry of note, it’s important to stick to these 3 principles. By doing so, your pantry will almost always be convenient and easy to use. Now for some more information on the most popular pantries available to homeowners today:

 

REACH-IN PANTRIES

Reach-in pantries are shallow cabinet-style pantries where the goods are stored on shelves that aren’t too deep. Deep pantries, of course, hold more goods. If you have the depth, you’d be tempted to use the entire space by installing deeper shelves. This is a mistake. Inevitably things you use often get pushed to the back as you add other things, so you end up with stuff you cannot find or get to without moving the things in front of the items you need. This is a clear breach of effective accessibility discussed earlier: It should be possible to remove items without moving others around.

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PULL-OUT PANTRIES

A pull-out pantry is essentially one big shelf that slides from out of the unit or wall. The shelf can be accessed from both sides, a move that helps it tick the accessibility box well. While not quite as convenient as a batwing reach-in pantry, the pull-out pantry is a good option if your space isn’t particularly wide.

This is also a slightly more expensive solution. It is important to use gliding hardware that prevents the pantry from being slammed – and this comes at an extra cost. The individual shelves inside the pull-out can be made adjustable though, a fact that improves the flexibility of this style of pantry.

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WALK-IN PANTRIES

As the name suggests, a walk-in pantry is a small room or closet dedicated to food storage. For many homeowners, this is the Shangri-la of pantries, and unfortunately, a mere dream for apartment dwellers. A walk-in is, of course, an excellent choice for storing large quantities of goods. One drawback though, is that if the pantry is too big, it could become inconvenient to use on a daily basis. In this case, a smaller pantry or shelf is recommended to stock often-used items that need to stay close at hand.

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The Minimalist Kitchen

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 favourite activity. A minimalist kitchen may be the answer to your cleaning dilemma.

Minimalism is one of the hottest design trends right now. More and more people are choosing the simpler and easy-to-maintain space over the heavily decorated places. The core idea behind minimalism is functionality. This is what makes it a great solution to the hard-to organize cooking area.

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. Here are, however, some ideas that will get you started.

 

Work with Your Space

The design of your kitchen depends on the size and architecture of your place. The good news is that minimalism is appropriate for both big homes and small apartments.

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Create an Effective Layout

The layout of your kitchen needs to be straightforward. You can stick with the traditional and effective work triangle layout. This refers to the area between the three major kitchen components – the fridge, the stove and the sink.

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Remove the Excess

The key to a minimalist and organised kitchen is getting rid of the unnecessary.

The main reason for the cluttered place is keeping too many things in a tiny space. It’s more convenient to just leave it on the counter than taking out and then putting it back in its place.

Being a minimalist doesn’t mean that you should own only the basics. It’s more about storing things according to the frequency of usage. Put essentials in the easy to reach areas, while the other items should be well kept.

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Keep it Simple

This is the mantra of every minimalist. Incorporate only appliance you know you will use. Don’t simply arrange items for display. The same goes for the furniture.

Minimalism is not fussy or complicated. A dining set or a counter island is enough. You need to have enough room to move around. The more furniture pieces you include the less natural flow you will have. This will also make everyday cleaning and maintenance a breeze.

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Stick with the Neutrals

Clean lines and neutral pallets are the trademark of a minimalist design. White, beige and other unobtrusive shades adds sophistication and modern sense to the place. You can use the neutrals as a base. Create interest with details in bright shades.

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The Work Triangle

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.

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.

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Picture-Perfect Small Bathrooms

When your bathroom is short on space, the right vanity can help you live larger than your square footage. These small-bathroom vanities offer big style without overtaking the room.

Placing a vanity in a corner takes advantage of every inch of floor space and also allows for storage options on two walls. Corner vanities offer extra space that might otherwise go unused. Opt for a light colour to keep the area from feeling dark. An open unit with a shelf for a storage basket will also make the area appear less cramped.

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The best small bathroom vanities are those that are both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. A light colour freestanding cabinet with mirrored doors is a great example. The mirrors visually expand the space.

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A wall-mount basin appears to float and lends an airy look to a small room by freeing up the floor space below.

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A lack of space doesn't mean a lack of style. To give your tiny bathroom a sophisticated look, use a dresser-style vanity. In addition to looking great, a dresser-style vanity offers plenty of storage space in its drawers to keep toiletries and towels tidy.

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A floating vanity is a great way to give the illusion of more space in a small bathroom. Installing a large mirror above the unit will further trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it actually is.

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A rounded vanity seems more delicate and petite than its square or rectangular counterparts, making it a great choice for a small bathroom. Mimic the base's shape by choosing a round basin.

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A pedestal sink is a classic choice for saving space. Even if the top is quite large, the unit will appear smaller thanks to the slender base. To make up for lost storage, install a shelf above the basin.

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Many vanities have an open area below that’s hidden by two doors. A more space-savvy choice is one that offers wide and deep drawers to keep supplies out of sight and well organized. 

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Focal Points in the kitchen

Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or doing what you can to improve an existing one, adding a focal point can make the interior of your kitchen exciting. Always remember that the main aim when creating a focal point for your kitchen is to draw attention to that specific space or area. There are many ways that you can do this, both decoratively and by design. Creating a focal point by design will usually involve creating a main area of interest. For example, you can add a large island to your kitchen.

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A painted kitchen island could make this focal point even more interesting.

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Open shelving where you can display neatly packed groceries, homemade jams and pickles, even bought jams and pickles decanted into glass jars, or attractive herbs and spices is another way to incorporate a focal point.

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Colour can be a great aid too, particularly when it comes to highlighting certain areas. For instance, you might consider painting one wall a different colour, or even painting cabinet doors to make them stand out from white or pale-hued walls.

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Another way to use colour when creating a focal point is using brightly coloured stools in your kitchen. This will certainly make the seating area pop.

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A dressed up fridge is another way to create an eye catching focal point.

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A window can easily become the focal point by using chic window treatments. Try adding a classy blind or characterful café curtains. If privacy isn’t an issue, you could even fix glass shelves across the window and using them to display pots of easy-to-grow herbs like parsley, thyme, marjoram and sweet basil.

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A unique kitchen hood or extractor can turn the cooking area into the focal point. Using a contrasting colour or finish will make this area attention grabbing.

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Some more ideas to create a focus point in a kitchen, make a fun chalkboard wall

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Make use of an attention grabbing backsplash

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Even streamlined minimalistic kitchens can have a focal point, but it’s up to you to decide what this will be and how you will draw attention to it. To prevent plain or less aesthetically pleasing areas from becoming a focal point, keep these areas clean and tidy and don’t draw attention to them with decorative items of any sort.

 

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