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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The kitchen triangle concept has faded in recent years, as it's become somewhat outdated.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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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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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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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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Kitchen Trends To Stay With In 2018

Cooking space remodeling and upgrades are the projects homeowners most hope to take on in the coming year. With this they have to stay with the trend.

Get Smart

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A kitchen can’t be too techy these days! Hands-free faucets, fridges that remind you when to make a grocery run, and appliances you operate with a handheld device will become commonplace in ’18. Next up? Taps that deliver boiling water or even coffee!

Clever Storage

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With upper cabinets disappearing and nobody is really ready to give up tools and space, designers are devising hidden solutions to simplify and make cagey use of available space. These include deeper drawers, corner drawers, pull-out pantries, fridge enclosures, and roll-out trays and caddies, often with a particular item in mind (linens, cutlery, pots and pans—there’s a new slot for whatever you’ve got!)

Islands in change

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The island that changed from prep area to bining will continue to grow—literally—into the multi-purpose focal point of the kitchen and even the hub of the home, which is compatible with the increase in open-plan living. Islands in ’18 will be longer and larger, accommodate more storage and seating, and house more appliances.

Sinks with difference

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The porcelain and stainless steel sinks that ruled for years will make way for alternative materials like stone, copper, and concrete. Perhaps the newsiest idea is the composite sink, made of the same compound as counter tops (such as composite quartz or granite), which creates a seamless look and simplifies cleaning and maintenance.

Color Code

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While rainbow colors are still around, painted cabinets are moving toward subtler, darker hues like navy and plum. For appliances, dark gray tones with a brushed metal finish are supplanting stainless steel. One benefit to going to the dark side: These shades don’t show dirt or wear-and-tear as easily as bright, white, and shiny surfaces.

Flat Out

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One of the easiest ways to attain 2018’s new minimalism is with flat-paneled cabinet doors, as opposed to the raised panels of country kitchens. Flat panels can be super simple, with no visible knobs, or gain impact from a high gloss finish or clean-lined hardware. Sleek!

Rustic Recipe

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On the opposite end of the spectrum from glossy and glitz comes a rugged natural or industrial vibe. Think open shelving made from rough cut wood or pipes, bleached wood cabinet doors, exposed beams and finishes for flooring.

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Ways to Get More Kitchen Counter Space

Counter space. No matter how big the kitchen, you hardly ever hear anyone complaining that there's too much of it. Especially in a compact kitchen, clear counters are a precious commodity. Luckily, there are lots of smart storage ideas that can clear up that problem.

Roll Me Away

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Roll Me AwayIf you're striving to save space, a rolling cart with a butcher block does a double duty. Use the top for prep when you need it, and give dishes or other supplies a good home on the shelves underneath.

Hang Time

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kitchen utensils have a notch on the handle, perfect for perching up high. This way, you can save your drawer space for something else.

Sink It

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When you're chopping, you can't be washing, so why not wash up sink as a prep area? Any cutting board slightly wider than your sink will do the trick.

Beyond the Block

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Let's face it, traditional knife blocks are counter hogs. A simple solution is to store knives on the wall with a magnetic holder, but make sure you dry your knives thoroughly before storing and place them carefully on the strip.

Top-Shelf Idea

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Open shelving—where ever you can, mounted on a painted wall, or even free-hanging from the ceiling—can greatly increase your kitchen storage capabilities. Although you'll want to choose eye-pleasing items to house there, the net result will be an increase in space down below.

Another Way to Look At It

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Having a limited amount of kitchen real estate can inspire creative, and at times beautiful, solutions. Installing a few shelves inside a window not only gains surface area for storage, but also captures a stunning backdrop for anything placed there.

Island Idea

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Use your kitchen island to work a bit harder for you by adding shelves for books, or bars for hanging towels or utensils.

Hole in the Wall

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Even if your kitchen's footprint is small, you may uncover a treasure trove of storage possibilities. In many cases, reclaiming this hidden wall space requires remodeling only this one area instead of the whole kitchen.

Corner Pocket

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Freestanding shelves like these from house hold suppliers can give you a clever, efficient way to use that often-neglected corner space.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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Use a cake stand to hold high-use items like salt, pepper, and olive oil. If you need more room, you can easily transfer the stand to another spot in the kitchen.

Jar Ingenuity

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Ah, the storage jar. What a great idea: Affix the metal lids to the underside of a cabinet, and screw the jars on and off as you need them.

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Modern country style kitchens

Country Style Kitchens some love them and some don’t, it’s all a matter of preference. Even though it’s an old style of design it is still very popular; bringing with its sense of warmth and a timeless appeal. A country style kitchen can be modern and subtle or very rustic and ornate. Implementing a more modern country style kitchen can be done through small elements in design making it your own space.
 
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Profile doors and exquisite handles
A very popular profile that will create an immediate sense of a country style is a shaker door and its beauty lays in its simplicity but there are many other options available. Your choice of handles goes hand in hand with the door profile. A simple bar handle, an intricate handle, a square, oval or round knob or a buttercup handle. The finish of the handles can vary between chrome, brushed nickel, copper, etc.
 
Open shelving & Framed glass doors
Open shelves in a country kitchen has always been prominent and a perfect way of displaying crockery and unique items in the kitchen; adding interest and warmth. An alternate to open shelves can be behind glass framed doors, this still allows for display but a bit more organised and slightly hidden.
 
Neutral Colour Palette
A neutral palette is a common approach to colour choice as it relates itself well to the softness of a country kitchen. Designers usually stick with creams, whites or light colours. However, we now tend to see a more greys and blues in a monochromatic manner to bring a different look to the country style. 
 
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Timber accents
The use of timber adds an incredibly beautiful textural difference within the space. Timber can be brought in through the actual cupboards itself, breakfast nook or worktop surface, shelving, flooring, wall finishes or even ornaments on display. Timber has softness by nature and adds a lovely rustic feel in the space.
 
Freestanding ovens
The country style can even be implemented in your choice of appliance. A freestanding oven is ideal; it relates to the country look and functions well. For large catering and entertaining it is perfect. There are many new freestanding appliances on the market which give the aesthetic charm of a country style yet ensure modern functionality. 
 
Large Island
A large island is very common in the country style kitchen; this generally takes the form of combining a prep area as well as a seating area. With the kitchen being the heart of the home and gathering point for the family users this is perfect.
 
Country style is not as out-dated as one may think. It can be subtle yet still modern, creating a wonderfully styled kitchen for your home.
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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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Old Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the Most expensive improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home. A big kitchen renovation is one of the most expensive improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home.

Over-the-Range Microwave

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Saving space by installing the microwave over the range has been standard kitchen protocol for years. But that practice is on its way out. As home buyers begin to favor universal design principles, keeping necessities accessible for the entire family becomes ever more important. Consider moving the micro to under-the-counter nooks and drawers instead.

Pot Racks

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Pot racks certainly had their moment in kitchen design. Placing a large pot rack over a central kitchen island, however, is no longer your best bet. Pots are now stashed neatly in drawers as opposed to living out in the open. Opting for a redesign that's sleek and minimalist will remain a safe choice for years to come.

Farmstyle Sinks

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It once seemed that homeowners would never tire of the throwback charm of the farm style sink, yet you'll rarely see one installed in a kitchen renovation today. Stick with stainless steel, which will always be practical and in style.

Appliance Garage

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It is nice to keep your appliances off the countertop. But at the expense of the space an appliance garage requires? The trend of large cabinet drawers is here to stay, and there is plenty of room in there for your small appliances.

Tiny Backsplash

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Minimal backsplashes are out, and for good practical reasons. Spills and splatters don’t necessarily have good aim. A tile or glass backsplash that goes all the way from counter to cabinets is much easier to keep clean and looking nice.

Skipping Window Treatments

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Keeping windows open and unfettered by shades or curtains has been a trend for several years - mimicking the urban style of loft living. But the trade off for this chic style is a complete no privacy and contending daily with the constant glare of unfiltered sun. Luckily, this is a trend that’s easy to reverse. There are lots of simple, minimalist window treatments that will keep your windows uncluttered while serving their important practical purpose. Not taking care of these will lead to replacing kitchen windows which can be a costly exercise.

Tiled Countertops

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Tiled countertops were big in the 70’s and 80’s and made a comeback recently in more minimalist designs. It is cheaper thn granite other solid natural countertop surfaces. But regardless of tile size and design, it is a maintenance headache. It’s hard enough to clean grout on a vertical surface in a shower. Bright AppliancesThere’s been a recent bright pop up in colour appliances to break up the sea of stainless that’s reigned supreme for years. Just beware that a trend is a trend, and will eventually (sometimes sooner than later) fade.

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How to choose the right kitchen colour scheme

Colour whether it be monochromatic, dark, light, two-tone, the choices can be endless. When designing a new kitchen colour choice is everything as it sets the mood for your entire kitchen. It is one of the key designing principles used during the design process. Colour evokes an emotion within every human being; it has a psychological effect on us and changes our moods easily; from feeling comfort and warmth to hostility and coldness.
 
So think carefully of the mood you would like to create in your kitchen and follow these useful tips.
 
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Identify the colours you love
This may seems rather obvious but it is a starting point, as these are the colour you find most attractive or give you a positive reaction. It is very easy to follow colour /design trends but always bear in mind these are guidelines and are constantly changing; rather think of this as a living space that reflect your style and is almost permanent for +/- 10 years.
 
Understand complimentary colours
You don’t always have to stick to one colour; sometimes one may use multiple colours, creating a two-tone kitchen. Have a look at the colour wheel as a useful tool. You can use opposite colours to contrast each other or similar colours; both in actual fact complement each other. One can even go as far as using neutral colours with bold accents to create a stunning impact.
 
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Remember the size of your kitchen
Colour can make any space appear smaller or larger than it really is, so make use of it wisely making it your advantage. It is an aesthetic choice but should also be functional. Darker colours make a small room look even smaller whereas light colours make it appear larger. Adjust your colour scheme to suit your space appropriately.
 
Think about your house
Think about how your kitchen fits into the rest of the house. The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home and its colour scheme should relate or lead the style for the rest of the house. This does not limit you in terms of a wow factor although a common thread throughout the house is always pleasant.
 
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Colours can also bring in different textures
Different textures have their own intrinsic colours which can be added to your colour scheme in your kitchen. Timber can bring in natural earthy colours and add a sense of warmth, whilst stainless steel and other metals refer to industrial type kitchens through its shades of grey. Your worktops in granite, marble or engineered stone have their own unique colour within its texture.
 
Every kitchen is unique to its users and generally reflects their preferences in terms of function, style and look.
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Seating in Kitchens

There are various options when looking at adding seating space in a kitchen. Choose an option that will suite your family and your needs in your kitchen.
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Island seating offers various seating heights and can often give you needed additional worktop space. When opting for your seating to be bar stools it is ideal for you to have the counter top be the same height as your other counter top spaces. Additional work space is created when the seating is not in use and the surface would be easy to clean as it is only one surface.
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Lowered seating offers an intimate social setting and either a nook or booth option can easily replace a dining room table in a room you never use.
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Tables in the kitchen have been done for years and offer a cost effective way to add seating space to a large or small kitchen space. So when redesigning your open plan kitchen consider a breakfast nook or island seating to create a social space you can enjoy cooking in.
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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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The 5 Best Kitchen Flooring Options for Your Renovation

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The kitchen has become the hub of the modern home, not just a cook space but a gathering place for family and friends and a focal point for activity. With all that goes on in today’s kitchen, it’s crucial that the floor can withstand high foot traffic as well as the all the inevitable spills and spatters. It also has to suit your personal style and fit your budget.

FOUR KITCHEN FLOOR MUSTS

Keep the following in mind when floor shopping:

Durability: To withstand frequent spills without staining, and to survive dropped skillets without damage, choose flooring that’s tough enough to survive your lifestyle.

Water-resistance: Your kitchen is a “semi-wet” room, so the flooring you choose should not be damaged by the occasional spilled glass of juice.

Scrub able: Messes always seem to end up underfoot, so the best kitchen flooring is one that’s easy to keep clean.

Design-friendly: When all is said and done, you want your kitchen to look just as good as the rest of your home. With today’s flooring options, you can have an attractive kitchen floor that’s resilient to boot.

Flooring manufacturers offer a wide assortment of materials that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. The following five flooring choices top the most-desirable list for contemporary kitchens. Start here when planning your kitchen redo, and you’re sure to find one that meets your needs.

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  • 1.SHEET VINYL

Pros: Water-resistant, scrub able, comfortable underfoot, and budget friendly
Cons: Heavy appliances can leave depressions (avoidable with coasters under appliance legs)

Sheet vinyl has been around for decades and has only gotten better. The fact that it comes in a large sheet, as opposed to small, stick-down tiles, means there are no seams where water can seep down to the subflooring. Sheet vinyl offers wall-to-wall waterproof floor protection, which is always welcome in busy kitchens that see a lot of spills.

Vinyl flooring doesn’t get cold in the winter (as, say, ceramic tile can), so it’s comfortable underfoot all year round. It is easy to clean too; regular sweeping and occasional mopping with an all-purpose vinyl floor cleaner is sufficient.

Sheet vinyl is available in a wide variety of patterns and colours. The thicker the vinyl, the more durable and the more expensive. Expect to pay R300 to R1000 per square meter depending on quality. Professional installation will add another R100 to R300 per square meter. Pro installation is recommended because the vinyl sheet must be perfectly cut to fit the exact dimensions of the room and then carefully glued and rolled with a heavy press to prevent air bubbles.

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  1. PORCELAIN TILE

Pros: Extremely durable, waterproof, stain resistant, and good for high-traffic areas
Cons: Grout requires periodic sealing to prevent stains

For the ultimate in durability, it’s hard to beat porcelain tile. Though similar to ceramic, porcelain is fired at higher temperatures, which makes it stronger and more resistant to damage. It comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, from 300mm squares to 1800mm planks that mimic hardwood. Like other hard flooring surfaces, porcelain can be slippery when wet, and it’s extremely hard—glasses and plates that fall on the floor will likely shatter.

Porcelain tile is heavy and will add substantial weight, so it’s not usually recommended for a second-story floor. If you have questions about whether your floor system is adequate for installing the tile, contact an engineer or a reputable tile setter. Depending on brand and quality, you’ll pay R250 to R800 per square meter for porcelain tile and an additional R350 to R1000 for professional installation. Unless you’re familiar with laying tile, it’s best to leave this to a professional. Installing porcelain requires the use of a special type of underlayment and thin set mortar.

Though porcelain tile is easy to clean with an all-purpose floor cleaner and a wet mop, the grout between the tiles should be sealed every three to four years with a grout sealer to reduce the risk of stains.

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  1. ENGINEERED VINYL PLANK (EVP)

Pros: Waterproof, DIY-friendly, closely resembles real hardwood flooring
Cons: Heavy appliances may leave depressions

One of the newer flooring products on the market, engineered vinyl planks (EVP) are getting a lot of attention. The planks, which resemble hardwood, are completely waterproof. On the surface of the plank is a layer of luxury vinyl, bonded to a waterproof core that’s slightly cushioned to give the floor a soft feel underfoot.

Like other engineered flooring (laminate flooring or floating flooring), EVP planks do not attach directly to the subfloor. Instead, the planks snap together, which makes installation DIY-friendly. The flooring runs R500 to R700 per square meter and includes installation instructions. If you choose to have it professionally installed, expect to pay another R300 to R600 per square meter. Unlike a lot of flooring choices, such as sheet vinyl or tile, EVP can be installed directly over existing tile, concrete, or linoleum.

In terms of downsides, EVP is not as resilient as porcelain—and moving a heavy fridge could leave a scratch, so care should be taken when moving heavy appliances. It’s a breeze to clean, however, with just a mop dampened with soapy water.

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  1. STONE TILE

Pros: Adds a natural, one-of-a-kind ambiance (no two tiles are identical), non-slip surface
Cons: Expensive and can stain without regular sealing

If you want natural flooring at any price, check out stone tile. You’ll pay R240 to R600 per square meter, depending on the type of stone, and factor in an additional R250 to R550 per square meter for professional installation. Hiring a professional tile setter is highly recommended because of the special underlayment and thin set mortar required. Even slight discrepancies in the thickness of the mortar or failure to use the correct product could result in stone tiles popping off.

Natural stone tile adds beauty to any kitchen and, unlike manufactured tiles, it’s by and large non-slip due to its semi-porous surface. Choose from a handful of natural tan, gray, red, and brown earth tones, depending on the type of stone you choose. The following types of stone are commonly available in flooring tiles:

  • Travertineis smooth underfoot, non-slip, and available in light-to-medium soft earth tones.
  • Marbleis very hard and can be polished to a high sheen. Unfortunately, it can also be slippery when wet. Marble is available in a wide variety of colours, including green, brown, gray, and near-black with pink, red, gold, and burgundy veining.
  • Slateis one of the best kitchen flooring choices for many reasons, but namely, because it’s slip-resistant and very durable. It comes available in blue, gray, red, and orange tones, with attractive veining in the same colours.
  • Granitetile is very hard, making it a good choice for high traffic areas. It comes in deep gray’s, blacks, tans, and mottled white tones. Granite resists scratching and can be polished to high shine, although the higher the sheen, the greater the slip factor.

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5. Cork

Pros: Budget-friendly, DIY-friendly, warm and cushioned feel underfoot
Cons: Can be scratched by heavy objects

A relatively new addition to the flooring market, cork is quickly becoming a preferred choice for those who want a warm soft floor at an affordable price. Expect to pay R300 to R800 per square meter for cork tiles in square or plank shapes. Cork tiles can be installed by an enthusiastic homeowner—they’re available in peel-and-stick, glue down, or snap together assembly. Professional installation, if desired, can run an additional R250 to R400 per square meter.

Composed of ground-up cork combined with resins and then compressed into firm tiles, this flooring is available in a variety of gray, tan, and brown shades. While cork flooring can depress under the legs of heavy appliances, given time, the depressions will return to their original state. Cork flooring is soft underfoot and slightly springy. It reduces sound transfer, so it’s a good choice for homes that have a living area beneath the kitchen. Cork flooring resists stains but it is not stain-proof. Spilled wine that’s not promptly wiped up may leave a stain, but one of the cool things about cork is that it can be refinished by sanding down the surface and then applying stain and a sealer.

Cork can fade if exposed to direct sunlight, so protect your floor by using curtains or blinds. Clean-up is simple; wipe up spills promptly and mop with soapy water when necessary. Follow up by wiping the floor with a clean, dry microfiber mop to remove excess water.

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Ceasarstone Kitchen Work Tops (Part2) Maintenance

Taking Care of Your Quartz Surface

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Taking Care of Your Quartz SurfaceCaesarstone quartz surfaces blend modern sophistication and timeless luxury with unbeatable strength and durability. The ever-lasting finish requires only simple and routine care to maintain its good looks. To clean Caesarstone, use warm water and a mild detergent or quality spray and wipe type cleaner in order to enjoy enduring beauty and unmatched performance for years to come. If you have stubborn stains or dried spills.If needed, apply a non-abrasive household cleaner (a non-abrasive cleaner will not dull the surface shine) and rinse to remove residue. To remove adhered material such as food, gum, nail polish or even dried paint, first scrape away excess material with a plastic putty knife and then use a damp cloth to remove any marks or residual dirt. For extra-stubborn stains, a no-scratch Scotch-Brite® pad is recommended along with the non-abrasive cleaner such as Method Daily Granite.

Cleaning Agents to Avoid

It’s important to be aware that like any other surface, Caesarstone can be permanently damaged if exposed to strong chemicals and solvents that can damage its physical properties. Never clean your Caesarstone surface with products that contain Trichlorethane or Methylene chloride, such as paint removers or strippers. Avoid the use of highly aggressive cleaning agents such as oven/grill cleaners and dishwasher polishing agents that have high alkaline/pH levels (pH 8.5 or higher). Products containing oils or powders may leave a residue and should be rinsed off thoroughly. Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with clean water to neutralize the effect.

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Minimal Maintenance

Virtually maintenance-free, Caesarstone’s hard, non-porous surfaces require no sealing to renew its luster and are simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is enough to keep your Caesarstone surfaces looking like new. If necessary, use a non-abrasive soft soap along with a non-scratch or delicate scrub pad. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse with clean water to remove residue.

Heat Tolerance

Caesarstone is more heat resistant than other stone surfaces including most granite, marble and limestone; and is not affected by temperatures lower than 150°C (300°F). However, like all stone material, Caesarstone can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Therefore, we suggest that hot pots and pans never be directly placed on the surface. We also recommend a hot pad or trivet be placed on the surface under cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster oven

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Scratch Resistant

Caesarstone is a highly scratch resistant surface; however avoid abuse of the surfaceby refraining from using sharp objects such as sharp knives or screw drivers directly onto the surface.


Click link below for a video on cleaning your Caesarstone topshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0mgYtUBzaI

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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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Kitchen Flooring Part I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fit your kitchen with more drawers..

Fit your kitchen with more drawers..

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The normal standard kitchen only have on average one set of four drawers, and if you one of the lucky ones a pot drawer cupboard. Look at your own kitchen how many cupboards do you have that have doors and a shelve in the inside. How do you find it to bend down looking for something, ore how many times did you got groceries and while packing your pantry or where ever you put your groceries and find that you have some of the items already. You totally missed it when you were making your grocery list. Why because you couldn't find it or see it. How inconvenient  is taking your plates out of a cupboard with shelves, first you have to bend down take the plates and be careful not to drop it while getting back up to a standing position. O yes then the pantry , shelves from bottom to top, everything everywhere. The frustration of looking for anything. Shelves in your bottom cupboards and pantry, can get annoying. not comfortable  and convenient at all, I do believe you will agree.

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 The solution is simple and easy. Just add more drawers. Drawers make it so so much easier to get to everything and you can see up to 90% more of what's going on inside your cup boards. Adding drawers to your pantry unit o what a blessing. Doing it the right way you make your time spend in your kitchen so much more fun and practical to use . With all the type of drawer dividers you get these days you can fit the whole kitchen with drawers and every drawer will have its specific use. Pot drawer, inside your pot drawer cupboard you can add a additional internal drawer. Take a look at your top pot drawer go open it, you will notice that there is space left ,your pots don't go all the way to the top, now that's wasted space. Add a drawer... Where do you have your plates? I guarantee that its in a cupboard on the bottom and top shelve. And there is still allot of space above these plates of yours. And your glasses let me guess its in a wall cupboard close to your coffee, or water points. Putting it into a drawer unit makes it so much more convenient ,easy access. To make your kitchen more enjoyable and convenient drawers is the way to go.

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Ways you are accidentally damaging your kitchen counter tops

The most important work surface in the home, the kitchen countertop is built to accommodate food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains, and more. But despite their durability, countertops can suffer from costly damage whether they're made of laminate, marble, granite, or any other material. Here are ways people unintentionally damage their countertops, with tips on how to keep yours in tip-top shape for years to come.

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1. Many hard surfaces crack under pressure. Placing heavy objects near unsupported edges or joints can cause cracks, ruptures, and fractures. You had better think twice before purchasing that extra-heavy microwave or standing on the countertop to reach a high shelf!

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2. Heavy duty cleaning products containing bleach or ammonia can cause stone and granite countertops to lose their luster. To prevent them from fading, stick with soap and hot water for daily cleanups.

3. Check the manufacturer's recommendations before you put toaster ovens, slow cookers, and other heat-generating appliances on your countertop, because temperature changes can cause some materials to crack. Rather place a trivet or cutting board between the appliance and the counter.

4. Because marble countertops are made of calcium carbonate, which is chemically a base, they're especially sensitive to anything acidic. One simple splash of vinegar, wine, lemon juice, or tomato sauce will cause dull spots, known as etches, on the surface. If you spill anything acidic on your marble countertop, clean it up right away with water, then neutralize the stain by sprinkling baking soda onto it.

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5. Pools of water, especially hard tap water, can cause stains and white crusty buildup if left on the kitchen counter. After wiping up the spilled water, be sure to completely dry the countertop with a towel to prevent future problems.

6. Chopping, slicing, and dicing directly on the kitchen countertop is not good. Fine scratches can disrupt the waterproof sealant on most countertops, making them more susceptible to damage down the road.

7. Splitting or peeling edges are common problems on laminate countertops. Reduce the stress on your counters by never leaning on the edges.

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8. Placing a hot pot directly on a countertop can cause discoloration or cracking. Use trivets or pot holders as a barrier, or risk creating a burn mark you’ll forever regret.

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9. Everyone wants a sunny kitchen, but direct sunlight can cause laminate countertops to fade. Sunlight can also fade some sealants used on granite and wood countertops. Pull down a shade during peak daylight hours to minimize long-term damage.

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10. Do not always prepare food in the same spot. Over time, that section of the counter will suffer from scratches, etches, and other signs of wear and tear. Try migrating to different parts of the counter regularly.

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Modern Kitchen - High Gloss Finish

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What do you need to consider when choosing kitchen finish for a new kitchen? Colour, size, style and handle types, right? But what about cabinet how it feels when touched. It is also about surface textures and finishes. No doubt, your kitchen designer will ask you whether you prefer matt or gloss, but don’t be half-hearted in your reply. Gloss kitchens is now past it's prime in popularity and the latest trend are matt finishes. The cabinet finish you choose can create a dramatically different look regardless of the material the cabinets are made from. Your designer will help you choose the right finish for your kitchen cabinets will explain what’s available, the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as some tips to ensure that the look of each finish will work best in your new kitchen. But you need to be careful choosing a finsih which is fading in popularity and you will be stuck with it for at least a decade.

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Finish Materials
Whether you have chosen MDF or particle board for your kitchen cabinets, there are a variety of finishes that you can use to achieve the look and functionality you want. Manufactured boards, such as MDF and particle board from any of the big brands are coated in polyurethane or with a layer of melamine, depending on the look you’re going for. But no matter what material or coating you decide on, you still have a choice of whether to go with a gloss or matt for the end product. There are some advantages and disadvantages for each option.

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High Gloss

What is a high-gloss finish?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contemporary Melamine Kitchens

Contemporary style kitchens are popular due to the simplicity.  Bold solid melamine finishes work well with achieving a streamline design that does not distract the eye.  Melamine is also a great option when doing a stylish kitchen on a budget.

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Melamine works well with a contemporary design as the product comes in a flat finish and is finished off with either a 0.4mm,1mm or 2mm PVC edging.  When done correctly the glue line is neat and tidy and you can barely notice it.

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Melamines are available through various suppliers and at Weizter we are able to offer several Brand names.

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Choose Weizter today to make your kitchen a beautiful space in which you can enjoy making meals for the family, friends or business associates.

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