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Blue Kitchens

For some, using blue for your kitchen may sound strange. Sometimes, it’s hard to see a kitchen done in blue. Blue is more often used as the color of the wall. But, with the right way, you can even breathe life into your kitchen with blue accents.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The color of blue actually has many things that it could deliver. Blue prompts the feeling of peace, relaxation, expansiveness, grandness and quite. You can take a look at the blue sky and ocean which provide a great feeling to your soul.
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{Weizter} {Kitchens}When used inside the house, blue also triggers the feeling of tranquility, luxury and space. The colour blue is also known to be a stress reliever colour and helps lower blood pressure and slow down your heartbeat.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}With so many hues to choose from, there's a shade of blue out there for every style, mood, and paint preference. Here you'll find the best ideas to use colours like turquoise, teal, cobalt, navy, sapphire, and light blue in your kitchen.
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Dramatic Black Kitchens - Make a Bold Statement!

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We see sparkling white kitchens everywhere and they do look beautiful, however have you considered a dramatic and chic black kitchen instead that can be just as functional and just as aesthetically pleasing! A space dressed in black is very timeless and sophisticated, not to mention it can create a cozy living environment with a lot of added warmth. This would be ideal for cooking family meals and entertaining guests! Whats even better, is that you do not have design your kitchen in straight out black to make a strong visual impact. Since black is a neutral hue, it can be incorporated in so many ways, from all black to adding accents of white, brass, gold, even pink! 
 
Black can be used in any space from modern to country style. So whether you go with a monochromatic color scheme or infuse another color into your kitchen design, you will be amazed at just how stunning this aesthetic can be.
 
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Splash Backs - Adding Depth to your Kitchen

A splashback is important in a kitchen as it helps protect the walls from greasy cooking splashes and other grime. It also adds to the overall look of the kitchen. Mostly located above the stove, you can also have one above the sink and above counter spaces where you do your cooking prep.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}You should keep two key things in mind when choosing a splashback: cost and maintenance. Some materials are more expensive than others, while some require more care and cleaning than others. Will you need a standard-size splashback or require a custom-made one? What about plug point cut-outs and installation – all of this will add to the total cost. Most popular materials
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Stainless steel – Modern and sleek, stainless steel is low maintenance and easy to install and keep clean. It’s unaffected by grease and steam, but acidic spills (like tomato juice) can cause discolouration. It also tends to show up fingerprints, smudges, scratches, dents and water marks easily. Choose from polished and brushed to powder-coated in a range of colours and shades, including metallic, sparkle and mirror effects.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Glass – A popular choice for its reflective qualities, streamlined look and flexibility, glass is also easy to maintain. Choose from plain glass to textured glass, matte, gloss, frosted, back-painted glass, or a panel with a digitally printed image copied onto the glass. Back lighting for your glass splashback can also be installed to highlight certain areas, create moods or draw attention to an image. Stained or fused glass designs can be made and installed by hand to produce a stunning effect – albeit quite pricey.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Tiles – Most tile types are cost-effective and easy to install. Choose from ceramic and porcelain, to mosaic, glass, metal or stone materials in many different shapes, colours, patterns and textures. They hold up well to heat and most are easy maintain. On the downside, keeping grout clean can be a bother and there’s always the risk of cracks and chips over time.
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Tips to turn your kitchen into a cosy corner of home

While kitchens were once considered the domain of moms and grandmothers reserved solely for cooking and baking, more people are starting to realise that kitchens are a space where families and friends can gather together to spend quality time.
Turn your kitchen into a warm and welcoming space that everyone wants to spend time in.
 
Open it up
For kitchens that are separated from the rest of the house by walls and doors, consider removing a wall or two to create a more open space that’s easier for the family to access. Creating an open-plan kitchen provides a more flowing and brighter space that the whole family can enjoy.
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Add comfortable seating
The key to turning a kitchen into a family space is ensuring there’s enough room for everyone to sit comfortably, and that it’s spacious enough for everyone to be in there at the same time. If space allows, add a round breakfast table with cushioned chairs, which doubles as a place to eat, do homework, chat and work if need be. You can also make better use of your kitchen island or breakfast nook if you have one, by adding comfortable bar stools for extra seating.
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Keep the decor simple
A family room should be a space where everyone can relax. The last thing you want to do, particularly if you have small kids, is decorate the space with items that are highly valuable and breakable. Instead, why not frame any painting or pieces of art that the kids have done and put those up on the wall – this gives kids a feeling of pride and sense of belonging.
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Create schoolbag stations and homework nooks
Make room for the kids to complete their homework while you prepare dinner, by creating a homework area where the kids can sit, as well as a station where they can leave their completed work for you to check once they’re done. This is a great way to encourage the family to spend more time together – even if it’s just completing the day’s responsibilities – not to mention keep an eye on their progress in school work. 
You can even put up a white board or paint one of the walls with black chalk paint available from your local hardware store, to help with maths problems or even just drawing out spider diagrams.
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Enhance the lighting and colour
Rooms that are bright and filled with natural light are instantly more inviting. Change up the fluorescent bar lights and replace them with stylish down lights that can be positioned according to your needs. Open the blind or curtains during the day to let the sunlight in, or if your kitchen doesn’t get that much light, add a few lamps that bring warm shades of light into the space. 
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, opt for lighter colours in natural shades to make the space seem bigger, and add a few mirrors to reflect light across the room.
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KITCHEN DESIGN MISTAKES THAT MAKE CLEANING DIFFICULT

Make sure your dream isn’t a nightmare to tidy
The kitchen is the most used room in the home, so it’s no wonder it gets untidy the quickest. Unless dust, stains and clutter are kept in check, they can easily take over. That’s why it’s important to consider cleanliness when designing a kitchen. It’s an overlooked area and there are common design mistakes that make cleaning a challenge.
 
To keep your kitchen clean, however, you don’t have to resort to a stainless steel space with a drain in the floor. Simplicity and streamlining are often enough to keep kitchen life tidy and organised. Here are some of the most common design mistakes that make cleaning a kitchen difficult. Heed them and keep your kitchen spotless long term.
 
 
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Mistake 1: You installed lots of shiny surfaces
High-gloss kitchens look great on design blogs and in architectural magazines. They are, however, a challenge to maintain in real life. Aside from being easy to wipe down, stainless steel, mirrors and lacquered finishes show off smudges and fingerprints. Consider going matte with large surfaces, or opt for burnished and brushed finishes.
 
If you have already outfitted your kitchen with high-shine materials, keep surfaces clean with a streak-free glass cleaner, or simple soap and warm water.
 
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Mistake 2: Your commitment to open storage is waning
Open cabinets and storage have been trending for a while now, but they’re not for everyone. Families and busy workers in particular. If you are considering open storage and cabinets think about your lifestyle first. Do you like everything in its place? Are you vigilant about putting away ingredients as soon as you use them? If you answer “no” to either think twice about open storage.
 
When open storage is in place, you can keep them in good order with minimal effort. First, store packaged products outside of eye-level or in the periphery. Put dry goods in matching glass jars. Pack loose items in sleek boxes. Finally, use your open storage for decorative dishes and keep more practical items stowed away.
 
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Mistake 3: So many seams and gaps
Once upon a time, traditional cabinets and tile countertops may have seemed like lovely design choices. Now, they’re a horror story. Stained or filled with inaccessible dirt and dust. The more seams and gaps a kitchen has, the more opportunity dust has to make itself at home.
 
To minimize the chance of seams and gaps gaining grit, select frameless cabinets and have a professional install stone or laminate countertops. Use an under mount kitchen sink with an edgeless drain to allow water and food to slip by. Gaps may be unavoidable with tile, but a darker grout hides stains.
 
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Mistake 4: Your kitchen is stocked with ornate details and knick-knacks
Even if minimalism isn’t your thing, you have to admit, the kitchens are easy to keep clean. Ornate details on dining furniture, textured surfaces and lots of accessories and textiles attract dust and even grease. They require much more than a wipe down to keep clean. If your kitchen is multipurpose – with a computer station or child’s play area, it’s even more difficult to maintain a tidy appearance.
 
To avoid a dust trap, keep the design simple. You don’t have to go minimalist. Mid-century modern and Shaker kitchens are both traditional, yet simple, design styles. If your space is multipurpose, keep items that create clutter in creative storage solutions. Or, you could consider a clear out. Minimal living is more pervasive than ever. Have a friend help you figure out which items are keepers and which can be passed onto someone else.
 
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Mistake 5: Your cleaning supplies are a world away
In this busy day and age, maintaining a kitchen’s cleanliness is harder than ever before. Storing your cleaning supplies in another area of your home doesn’t make life any easier. Let’s face it; if your broom is in the basement you’re not going to be super eager to sweep up after dinner.
 
If you’re in the midst of a kitchen redesign, create ample storage space with cleaning supplies in mind. A storage closet or pantry with space for a broom and cleaning products is the ideal. Though, a drawer will suffice in a smaller kitchen. If your space is small, keep a few products at hand. A multi-surface spray, sponge, and hand broom with a dustpan are a great start. Having them within reach makes maintenance cleaning much more appealing.
 
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CHOOSING YOUR COUNTERTOP EDGE STYLE

Small details like countertop edges can make a huge difference in your kitchen. It’s no secret that planning and building a new kitchen is quite a process. The amount of thought that needs to go into this process is enough to make anybody’s head spin. Choosing cabinetry, deciding on a colour palette, and choosing the right tiles for your kitchen floor are just some of the decisions to be made. Yet, one element that is often overlooked when planning a kitchen renovation, is what countertop edge style to choose. Most people will spend a lot of time and energy in choosing the perfect countertops. What many people don’t realise though, is that there’s more to it than simply selecting the right material and colour. You have to consider the edge as well. It might not seem so at first, but getting the edges right will make a world of difference to the look of your countertops. There are some that believe kitchen countertop edges don’t matter and that edges are merely a personal preference. What these people overlook, however, is how highly decorative edges can create an illusion of making the space look smaller. The eye is naturally drawn to these edges, creating a focal point that ignores the overall kitchen look. In a small kitchen, getting your countertop edges right is a crucial design consideration.
 
Naturally, there are many things to consider when selecting an edge profile for your countertops. The most obvious first consideration is style. The edge you choose should match naturally with the rest of your project, or you run the risk of having a kitchen that’s visually unbalanced.
 
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So what are the options when it comes to choosing the perfect kitchen countertop edge? Below are 3 main options: 
 
Single Bevel
A single-bevelled countertop edge is a square edge cut along the top at approximately a 45-degree angle. This is a very popular edge because its sleek straight lines can add a touch of sophistication to a small kitchen without overwhelming the rest of the elements in the space. Countertop edges should complement the overall look, never dominate it. The single bevel edge often also looks like more expensive and exclusive than it actually is, depending on what countertop material you choose.
 
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Bullnose
Bullnose is a slightly more refined countertop edge. It’s a smooth, rounded edge that is an understated option that suits most material choices. Generally, there are two types of bullnose edges: full and half bullnose. Both options give a soft touch to any countertop and are known as timeless choices that often surfaces in traditional kitchen design. A full bullnose edge makes the counter edge appear slimmer, and in some ways, more modern. These edges are also more child-friendly – as straight edges may cause injury.
 
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Eased Edge
An eased edge style is characterised by a subtle softened square that soothes the hard, sharp edges that you’ll commonly find on laminate countertop options. The eased edge style is another great option for small kitchens. When used in combination with a complementary surface material, this style will create a sophisticated, modern look. It’s also an ideal edge choice for kitchens with oddly shaped counters and strange angles.
 
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Colour Blocking in the Kitchen

Colour blocking, the trend of using bold blocks of colour, has been in popular culture since the 1940’s. After losing some prominence for a few decades, colour blocking is back, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Because of its inherently linear design, the kitchen is one of the rooms in the home where the trend can easily be incorporated. Whether you choose to bring colour blocks into the interior design of your kitchen through the cabinetry, floors, walls or accessories, it’s a great way to add vibrancy and personality to your kitchen. Here are seven ways to successfully incorporate colour blocking.
 
 
COLOUR BLOCKING FOR THE MINIMALIST KITCHEN
Liven up a very minimalist kitchen with colour blocking. Use a vintage palette of dusty pink, mustard, bright orange, light blue and sea green to provide a fresh take on bringing colour into the kitchen without cluttering it. 
 
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CONTRASTING COLOURS 
Contrasting colours are often used in colour blocking. Two colours that are equal in intensity are applied in equal measure to provide a harmonious interior. Choose one colour as a background colour and add the contrasting colour sprinkled on different surfaces throughout the room. 
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FOCAL FLOORING IN BRIGHT COLOURS
Give your kitchen a completely modern make-over with brightly coloured epoxy floors. Use the same colour on a few cabinets randomly placed around the room. The success of the design lies in the stark contrast provided by the colours.
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SUBTLE COLOUR BLOCKING TOUCHES
Colour blocking doesn’t necessarily have to be bold and bright: any light colour can be introduced to a room with equal success.
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A COLOUR BLOCK ISLAND
There is no better way to give centre-stage to colour in the kitchen than with a centrally-placed kitchen island. The island is allowed to be the main focus in this room, with no other features detracting from its prominence. 
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UPPER CABINETS IN MULTIPLE COLOURS
Take colour blocking to a new level and provide a strong focal point. Working with several different shades of colours. Use black painted splashback to strengthen the intensity of the colours further.
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COLOUR BLOCKING ON ALL SURFACES
There are no rules when it comes to colour blocking. Use a different colour treatment on different surfaces. Using brightly coloured bar stools provide a fresh pop of colour against a neutral island unit. Takes the trend further by extending the coloured wall cladding into the adjacent living areas.
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Kitchens with Two Islands

The kitchen is the heart of the home and is the place where food is being prepared. Because of that, we could say that it is the busiest part of the house since we consume food every day. But in order to work well, the kitchen should be well-designed and should fit the needs of the one who use it. It should fit the cook’s flow of work as well as cooking processes. Good traffic flow needs to be observed in the kitchen so that it will be useful and functional and be ready to serve its purpose.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Some homes require more than one kitchen island and would also need to come in different layouts. That all depends on the preferences of the owner. When it comes to kitchen layout, the owner has to be consulted because he is the one who use the area. For some, two kitchen islands are needed in order to perform their cooking tasks well.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}If you love to cook and to prepare food, you need to make work area which will be big enough to provide you unobstructed and easy work. The working area in the kitchen have big impact to the functionality of the kitchen as the other elements. If you have enough space in your kitchen you can install kitchen island. It is the most functional solutions for small kitchens, where you don’t have enough working space and storage space.
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It will make your everyday work easier, your kitchen will always be neatly organized. There are so many creative designs of the kitchen island, you can find it in every style, shape and form. If your free space allows, you can set a couple of chairs and make area for hanging out with a glass of wine with your friends. Kitchen island is the most practical and multifunctional piece of furniture which will make your everyday work easier.

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Kitchen Faucets

To find the perfect kitchen faucet, tap into the details
 
Though their most practical application is to provide hot and cold water, kitchen faucets play a large role in a kitchen’s design. There are so many to choose from. The styles and costs vary wildly. Simply put, one faucet does not fit all!
 Though investing in a kitchen faucet may seem overwhelming. The right information makes it much easier. Here are some practical how-to's for you to consider while buying a new kitchen faucet.
 
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Looking for a new kitchen faucet is lots of fun, but there are a few functional considerations:
 
1. Mounting style
The most typical kitchen faucet mounting styles are: countertop mounted, sink mounted and wall mounted.
 
2. The internal parts
Are they individually replaceable? If so, you won’t have to replace the entire kitchen faucet if a part breaks.
 
3. Valve type
Ceramic disk valves are the latest faucet technology. Two ceramic disks control the water flow and form a seal when locked together. They are the most expensive valve type, but the most reliable. Compression valve faucets are the cheapest, but most prone to leaks. Ball valve faucets have a rotating ball that regulates water flow. Cartridge valve faucets use a rubber O-ring to control water flow.
 
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Brass is by far the best material to invest in. Ideally, both the body and the controls of the faucet should be made of brass.
In terms of finish, brushed nickel is exceptionally robust. An additional coating with a material like titanium prevents scratches and tarnishing. Chrome is the least robust, but the least expensive.
Brass, nickel and pewter most readily hide fingerprints and smudges. Chrome is the most difficult to keep visibly clean.
 
There are currently 3 distinct kitchen faucet handle styles. Each has its pros and cons. One will be right for you.
 
A single handle faucet enables flow and temperature control in a fluid motion. Though the temperature control is not as precise as a two-handle faucet, they are popular because they are very convenient.
With its separate hot and cold handles, a two-handle faucet enables more precise temperature control. They are the most traditional faucet, but managing two temperatures separately can be an inconvenience.
Hands-free kitchen faucets are a fairly recent innovation with a range of benefits. They minimize mess. Children and those with mobility issues can access water much easier than with a traditional faucet. The only con? Temperature control is still done by hand.
 
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Consider all of the details brought up thus far. Determining the correct faucet for you and your kitchen relies on a combination of function and style.
Functionally, consider your lifestyle. If you have young children, a durable and easy to clean finish is ideal. If accessibility is an issue, then handle-free may be a good option. Pullout handles are great for cleaning up the sink after heavy food preparation.
 
Stylistically, think about your current kitchen design. It should be well established by the time you are ready to purchase a faucet. If your kitchen is sleek and contemporary, a simple faucet design with clean lines is best. On the other hand, if you have a farmhouse-style kitchen, a wall-mounted kitchen faucet with a patina finish and two-handled control would suit. A chef’s kitchen demands a high-arc stainless steel model with pullout nozzle.
 
Modern, unadorned and angular designs are on-trend. Ninety-degree angles are making a comeback. Pullout nozzles remain highly desirable. In terms of finish, gold and warm metals are trendy and timeless options. Matte black is thoroughly ahead of the curve.
A faucet with a high arc, however, is always hot stuff.
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Family Friendly Kitchen's

A place where meals are prepped, homework is reviewed and family and friends gather. Having a family-friendly kitchen is doable with the right vision and planning. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen to accommodate a growing family, here are ideas to help you design and organize.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Develop an open floor concept An open floor layout allows you to keep an eye on kids while working in the kitchen, is great for entertaining and increases natural light in the space. Having a small home doesn’t mean an open floor concept isn’t possible; in fact, these floor plans usually work well in homes with less square footage, making the space feel much larger. Plan for storage and appliance arrangement. Be sure to think about including ample storage space, extra drawers and appliance locations. Consider where you might want to place an island, bar stool seating, cabinets, pantries, doorways, sinks and electrical outlets based on how your family will use the space. If you’re having a hard time envisioning how all of those pieces will work together, our skilled space experts and interior designers can help you figure out the best possible layout for your new kitchen.
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Choose materials for your floors and counters that make cleaning up spills and messes easier for you by choosing the right materials for your lifestyle. Pick a laminate flooring that cleans up with a damp mop or rag or wood floors with a matte, nonskid finish that will withstand heavy wear and tear. Laminate countertops or natural stone with a strong sealant will provide good durability and are easy to clean. Make your appliances kid-friendly Having your appliances in kid-friendly locations are a great way to make your kitchen more functional. Consider placing the microwave on a lower shelf instead of above the range—this way, kids won’t be trying to reach above the hot stove and allows them easy access to use the microwave to reheat snacks. Refrigerator drawers are a popular feature in homes today; keep kids’ snacks in there for convenient access. If you have very young kids, look for appliance models with child lock settings or extra safety features. Include an activity zone Having a space designated to homework or hanging out in your kitchen allows for the family to be together in one room without being too crowded. A low counter or bar on the side of the kitchen creates a great space to have your family hang out in the kitchen while doing more than just cooking or eating.

Be mindful of where to place electrical outlets and shelving to ensure that there is space for kids to work on their activities or homework. Feature a meal-mapping center To help keep the family organized, dedicating a corner or wall for a meal-mapping or notes center is a great feature to include in your kitchen. Consider hanging a chalkboard, bulletin board or large calendar in that area to help keep the grocery checklist, coupons and recipes organized. Equipping your home with a family-friendly kitchen is an investment that will benefit your family for years.
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Two-toned kitchen cabinets is a trend that’s not going away

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

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

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

 

Choose a focal point

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

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

 

Thinking past paint

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

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

 

Darker on the bottom

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

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

 

Don’t forget coordinating elements

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

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

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

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Galley Kitchens

When you live in a city, galley kitchens are a reality. They’re everywhere. If you don’t have one, one of your friends probably does. Galley kitchens present a unique set of challenges because of their limited space and aisle-style layout. This can make using the space a huge pain, especially if the original layout isn’t conducive to cooking with ease.
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A galley kitchen doesn’t have to be your nightmare kitchen. With proper workflow and the right design, it could become the kitchen of your dreams. Galley Kitchens Are Not a Design Choice Not many people choose a galley kitchen on their own. The kitchen works in the space, but not so much for the people who end up living there.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The Biggest Complaint? The Lack of Storage, The constricting space means that your storage options are limited. For people who have a lot of cookware, a galley kitchen often won’t have the room for it. Design Solutions for Your Galley Kitchen The stove should also be close to the serving area, and the fridge close to the sink. This gives you a more seamless transition between collecting, prepping, cooking, and serving. If your family has a host of culinary fanatics, or even if the chef just needs a little help with prep, a galley kitchen can propose some problems. There is a lot of back and forth and members of the family will get in each other’s way, make sure there are dedicated spaces in which you can prepare beverages without interfering with the cook.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}To compensate for the extra people in the restricted space, I recommend scattering the appliances further apart. Arranging your appliances for the space will let everyone have a little more room to negotiate.
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THESE ARE THE TOP KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2019

This year is all about refreshing your cooking space.

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

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

 

CLEVER, CONCEALED STORAGE

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

 

PEWTER AND GUNMETAL HARDWARE

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

 

OPEN SHELVING

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

 

VINTAGE VIBE

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

 

COLORED UPHOLSTERY

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

 

USE OF WOOD

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

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The work triangle and work zones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minimalist Kitchens

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

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

Below are some ideas for a minimalist kitchen

 

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Kitchens with Accent Walls

Choosing paint colours can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colours that work best in specific rooms. When it comes to kitchens, white, grey, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.
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Warmer colours such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Red is incredibly versatile and there are multiple shades that would really pop in a kitchen, either on the cabinets or the walls. Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colours or designs for those.

Grey is a neutral that's been taking centre stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colours and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet colour.
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Blue is another colour that works well in kitchens. When lighter shades of blue are used, they can create a crisp, clean look and are recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. Blue is an invigorating colour and works best when used sparingly; otherwise it can overpower a room. Dark blues also work well in kitchens, but it's important to accent the rest of the room with hints of white, grey or other neutral tones to keep it from feeling too intense and dark.
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Like a ray of sunshine, yellow can instantly brighten up a room. Also believed to make people hungry, yellow has a soothing quality and will instantly make people feel calm and happy in your kitchen. A good option for small spaces, yellow can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it pairs well with white and grey accents. Green is also a smart shade to use in the kitchen. There are many different shades to choose from including mint and apple green, which pair nicely with white and wood accents. If you're willing to be more adventurous, try emerald green.

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Focal Points in the kitchen

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 even your collection of cook books 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 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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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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Open Plan Kitchens

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Whilst an open plan kitchen can look attractive it is important to make sure the flow from your kitchen to the dining or lounge areas are done correctly and that the kitchen does not look like an eye sore from the rest of the area. I would recommend that the kitchen dining and lounge areas all complement  each other through flow of colour and texture, it would be recommended that the colour scheme be monochromatic. I would suggest using subtle hints of white, grey and other hues of grey in order to have the correct flow.
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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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