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Modern Contemporary Kitchens

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

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CLIENTS DESIGN AND BRIEF

Often as designers, we are tasked with trying to understand our clients needs and requirements.  Trying to differentiate between the needs, the wants and the nice to haves all while having to consider a budget at the end of the day.  Easy?  Never!  Which is why we spend so much emphasis on meeting with all the decision makers involved with your new kitchen and really try and deliver something that you will all love...not just once its installed, but 10, 15 even 30 years down the line!

Below are some images of designs where one of our clients was specific about their requirements.

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We ticked all the boxes:

  1. The kitchen needs to lend itself to the style of the house, contemporary yet under rated.
  2. There needs to be an introduction of timber to compliment the white high gloss on the doors.
  3. We need to use quartz counter tops.
  4. The appliances had already been purchased, so we needed to incorporate existing appliances in this design.
  5. The space needs to be practical from a cooking perspective and needs to flow seamlessly from kitchen to the living areas, namely the dining room and lounge.
  6. The kitchen would need to allow for seating as it is a family home and our client often entertains.
  7. Only soft close doors and drawers would do.
  8. The budget was also something that needed to be very seriously considered.
  9. We would need to have this kitchen delivered and installed by the end of March. No later. Definitely doable.

Tell us what you think!  Contact us so we can help turn your dream into a reality through our professional designers and world class factory!

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Kitchen Peninsulas

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As a designer I have noticed a definite switch in design when it comes to replacing the normal kitchen island to a peninsula.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}A Kitchen Peninsula is different from a standalone island in the kitchen. It offers 3 sides of working space and can often save space compared to an island. Peninsulas have become popular due to space saving as well as the element of design.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Kitchen Islands can be attractive, however you do need quite a lot of space for there to be sufficient walking space around the units. Why not choose a peninsula in your kitchen to add more walk room and space that can be used for decorative furniture instead of having a kitchen filled with cabinetry.
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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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5 ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen

5 ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen

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

 

Colour blocking

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

 

Embrace the marble dark side

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

 

Don’t forget the basics

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

 

Now you see it, now you don’t

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

 

Go wild

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

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Open Plan Kitchens

{Weizter} {Kitchens}Over the past decade, open plan kitchens have become very popular and we have seen architects designing more and more houses with an open plan kitchen concept.
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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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Vanity Units

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

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

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

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

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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 TV Cabinets

Wood remains to be the hottest pick among décor lovers and interior designers alike, especially when it comes to TV cabinet units. Wooden finishing confers a textural and visual contrast to the TV stand, blending well with the existing colour scheme of the modern living spaces. Also, wood being a tough material can stand the test of time, proving durability. Irrespective of whether you are a binge watcher or a movie aficionado, chances are high that you might need a functional TV cabinet or entertainment unit in your home.

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When it comes to TV cabinet units, wood is the hottest pick among designers and décor enthusiasts. TV units crafted from wood feature visual and textural contrast without compromising the color scheme of contemporary living spaces. Wood being a durable material can stand the test of time.

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You buy your new TVs with huge enthusiasm but often get disappointed to see it doesn’t exactly fit in with your room décor.  A television can be a huge, even clumpy addition to a space. So, you have to make efforts and make it blend with your room fashion without upsetting the feng shui. Discover some inspiring ideas which manage to place TV in your spaces with utmost style and grace.

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 Purchasing a TV stand can be a difficult endeavour at times. TV and media units help set up television, but scarcely do they get the credit for the purpose they serve. Modern TV Stands offer a variety of options when it comes to practicality and aesthetics. Some entertainment units are thin, while others occupy the entire wall, providing enough storage space.

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Appliances - Built in VS Integrated

In today’s modern world, choosing appliances can be very overwhelming.  One trend that is becoming increasingly popular is that of built in and integrated appliances, often the line between built in and integrated become a blur.  We hope to explain the differences in this post to aid you in choosing your appliances a little more effectively for your requirements.

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Although similar in their function of creating a more cohesive, sleek and custom fitted look, they are however, not the same.  Lets take a look at the differences.

Built in appliances are designed to be visible.  You will always see them, however, they are usually quite attractive with stainless steel accents and tinted glass fronts.  Some have stylish LED light features and colour accents.

Often appliances such as ovens, microwaves and coffee machines etc, do create some sort of focal point in the kitchen and do add a very contemporary look and feel to the environment. Appliances such as fridges, dish washers and washing machines are considered free standing, which means they are not secured or fitted to any of the cabinetry.  What does this mean in terms of giving them a built in look?

Well, these appliances, for one usually always protrude past the counter space or side panels.  We can make them look “built in” by creating sides and tops, however, there is always a gap between these sides and the appliances.  Fridges for example now come in many different sizes and depths vary drastically, some as much as 900mm deep which means that they would stick past your cabinets by at least 300mm...that’s a whole ruler length!  Unfortunately, there is often very little that can be done to overcome this dilemma without adequate space.

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Integrated appliances on the other hand are designed to blend in seamlessly with your kitchen and the finish you select.

These appliances don’t come with a fancy front, but rather, a bland, usually white front with holes for brackets to be mounted to.  These bland doors are there so that your kitchen supplier can add the same finsh as what is in your kitchen to your appliances.

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Appliances that usually get integrated include more commonly, fridges, freezers and dish washers.  Occasionally you are able to get integrated washing machines and tumble dryers as well.

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Kitchen herb gardens

If you enjoy cooking, you know how a garden of fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add a bright zest to your creations. A handful of Italian basil, some tomatoes, olive oil and mozzarella can make a delicious and fast summertime meal, so why not create your own kitchen herb garden so that fresh ideas and herbs are at the ready all year-round? Harvesting herbs from your own garden will enhance your home and all your meals.

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The use of fresh herbs can mean the difference between decent food and truly vibrant, delicious cuisine. But purchasing such herbs at the shop can get pricey, especially if you only need a sprig or two. Plus, it’s a lot more convenient to have the likes of fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, and so much more right at your disposal, whenever you get the urge to whip something up.

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A good kitchen garden starts with a sunny – and convenient – spot in the kitchen; say, near a window and acess to water points. If cutting herbs means a long traipse to the backyard garden, you’ll not be as likely to use herbs from there as opposed to from one that is located inside.

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Supplemental lighting can let you nurture a kitchen herb garden even if you don’t have an adequately sunny spot. Grow  kits are available from garden centers or online retailers for between R800 to R1500, depending on size. And if you’re DIY-handy, you can build lighting using dimensional lumber to construct a frame and standard fluorescent bulbs and fixtures. Whatever you rig up, remember: You’ll need to position your plants within a few inches of the fluorescent bulbs for the best results.

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The Minimalist Kitchen

{Weizter} {Kitchens}Minimalist kitchens have become very popular due to the simplistic and functional design. When having a consultant design a minimalist kitchen make sure the design allows for the cabinetry to be functional and practical. By opting for a minimal kitchen it will improve your lifestyle by making your daily routine more organised and practical.
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Declutter the mess by removing the fruit bowls, toasters, coffee machines and rather opt for Appliance Garage units or built in coffee machines. Keep it simple, have functional specialized cupboard spaces that create a place for everything and everything in its place.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Keep it simple, stick to neutral tones and carry that look throughout the kitchen and living space if the kitchen is open plan. The key to a minimalistic kitchen is to get rid of what you do not use and keep what is essential to running the kitchen on a daily basis. Ditch the extra coffee machines and small appliances that you only use once a year, Rather place them behind a cupboard door and use them only when necessary.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Minimalist kitchens are the epitome of less is more, the minimalistic kitchen defines the space and allows you to feel free and easy to function in the space.

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Open Plan VS Closed Kitchens

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There will always be people that choose one side or another, open plan or closed.  Let's look at the benefits of each.

Open plan kitchens are typically better geared for entertaining or for families where you can have constant interaction with your guests or children, perhaps while you supervise their homework or with friends over a glass of wine.

Open plan kitchens generally allow for better lighting as they are usually situated in close proximity or adjacent to the lounge or dining room, areas which typically have larger windows for more light.  So once existing walls have been removed, this would allow for better illuminosity (natural light).

However, the cost of the removal of walls, tiles, relocating of plumbing and electrical points could prove costly and perhaps not even worth the exercise.  Funds could then perhaps be better utilized on upgrading your new kitchen with soft close doors and drawers or better appliances.

Another downside of open plan kitchens is that regardless of how good your extraction appliance is, there will always be lingering cooking smells in the kitchen which would now permiate the rest of the house as well.  not good if you dont really enjoy the smell of your cooking.

Noise is another factor to consider.  As there are no walls to absorb sound, it does tend to travel more easily.

Something to consider is that your new open plan kitchen would generally need to be kept pretty neat and tidy as it will now be on "display"for guests to see.

Closed kitchens are considered more private and intimate which is great if youve been cooking up a storm and the kitchen is in a bit of a state...simply close the door and worry about the cleaning later.

However;  closed kitchens do tend to isolate the cook from interacting wirh guests, so if entertaining is a high priority, open plan is probably better suited to your lifestyle.

Besides being able to close the door and forget about the mess in the kitchen, the number one complaint regardign closed kitchens is that they tend to "trap"smells and are typically noisey areas.

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Ideas for your Bedroom

Your Bedroom is the ultimate and most private space in your home. It is the place of peace, calm and relaxation. Its aesthetics need only appeal to you. The look and feel of your bedroom should reflect your style, personality and what you find comforting. When you design your bedroom you want beauty, function and every item that is essential to suit you. You should always pay attention to detail, with your choice of materials and finishes as the canvas from which you start. Essential aspects such as your bed, bedside tables, curtains or blinds, furniture, a place to sit, dressing table, mirrors; and the list goes on forever. These items are all user specific and cannot be dictated. When selecting every item make sure you consider its function and aesthetic appeal hand in hand. Select a colour palette and stick with it as a reflection of you. Ultimately the decisions are your and the options are endless so have a little fun. Have a look at these great bedroom ideas: 

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Splashback ideas for an all White Kitchen

White kitchens will always and forever be a popular choice for your kitchen space and white will never go out of style. It is a simple go to colour that can be accented in various beautiful ways from your wall finishes, to floor finishes, decor and accessories. A nice aesthetic feature to be added to any white kitchen is the choice of splashback. Where you can play around with colour, texture, and different materials which each bring its own unique characteristics. All white everything - Not many people stick to an all white colour scheme; as it can appear sterile. But an all white kitchen accompanied with a white splashback is quite stunning. A white tile can be laid in various patterns – herringbone – to break the straight lines or even a darker grout to make the white tiles stand out. Stone and Quartz - Another effective material to use when adding a splashback is stone/quartz. Matching the countertops used; it can be light or dark. It creates a sense of sophistication and is a modern sleek look within the kitchen. Pop of colour - Add a pop of colour to bring your kitchen to life. Complimentary bright colours light up the room or a colour choice that matches another accent in the kitchen – cushions, vases or decor will work well. Wallpapers are simple and an easy way to add a pop of colour to the splashback. The colour choice should also be a reflection of the families taste and personality. Opposites attract - The contrast between black and white will always be a timeless classic and never fails. Sharp and eye catching, this combination adds the ultimate sophistication. It’s bold and makes a strong statement piece in the kitchen. A black tile, marble, texture or wallpaper splashback will make compliment the all white kitchen perfectly. 

White kitchens are a timeless beauty which can be easily accented and brought to life through your choice of splashback.

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Simple Interior Design for your Kitchen

Interior design can be quite daunting, especially in the kitchen; finding a look which fits your style and your family can also be quite difficult. Most people want their homes to be appealing to their visitors, to look stunning and be up to date with current trends. And they seek the advice or assistance of interior designers or kitchen designers but you can also do it yourself. Some simple and useful tips to bear in mind when you decide to redesign your kitchen: 
 
A simple kitchen can be brought to life with an eye-catching wall; it will bring lots of interest to kitchen and is extremely inviting. Sleek tiles, exposed bricks, marble or even stone can be used to create an impact. For a more budget conscious approach; you can make use of wallpaper which is reasonably cheap, easy and beautiful. It brings in texture and immediate warmth to the space.
 
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An ideal addition of furniture pieces in your kitchen add a space to gather and mingle – bringing the family together. This makes the kitchen more inviting and homely. More importantly it creates a smooth integration between the kitchen and the rest of the house.
 
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Texture is another important aspect in any kitchen and evokes the sense of touch and feel; breaking from a sterile look. Think of all the various surfaces that can be used to entice visitors to touch and feel. Rough, smooth, soft, hard, etc. and the list goes on. Wood, concrete, stone or fabrics can all work together to create wonderful feel for the space.
 
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Adding shelves to your kitchen area is so simple and so easy. Traditionally display areas and few and far between; hiding everything inside a cupboard or behind a door. Displaying personal items like cook books, notes, sentimental ornaments make the kitchen space personal. So don’t be afraid to add shelves.
 
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Various metal surfaces have always been a feature in the kitchen. Although we usually see chrome, stainless steel and silver; now copper, brass, gold, bronze and rose gold have taken over. These metals bring lovely warmth within the kitchen. Used in a subtle manner or even more obvious creates a unique feature in the kitchen.
 
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Combining both modern and traditional aspects within a kitchen is much easier than it seems. When done in a subtle manner it creates balance and the most memorable kitchen experience.
Anything is possible Be inspired!
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Light up your kitchen

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


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


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


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


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


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

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Back splashes for a Unique Kitchen

Believe it or not, a kitchen is more than appliances, cabinets and countertops. While those are the elements that serve the greatest function, there are a host of details that bring everything in the room together, like sinks, lighting, and of course, the back needs to stand out with the help of a unique back splash.

Galvanized Metal

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Galvanized MetalMetal backsplashes are typically of the stamped variety, but a flat sheet of galvanized metal makes a clean and modern statement in a country kitchen or mudroom potting area.

Marble Slab

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The gray veins in this white marble provide visual interest in an all-white kitchen, while bringing some warmth and fun to the design. Patterned tile backsplash is a commitment, but one that makes a bold statement in a kitchen.

Wood Backsplash

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Salvaged wood creates rustic texture on the kitchen backsplash and offers eco-conscious renovators a way to reuse an existing material.

Black and White

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Like black tie for the kitchen, white subway tile with black grout never goes out of style. And although it looks sophisticated, the material costs are low, making this stylish look quite affordable. 

Antique Mirror Backsplash

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A little bit of Parisian glamour in the kitchen comes via antique mirror installed as the backsplash. Its patina makes the material more forgiving and permit less meticulous maintenance.

Concrete

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Some perfectionists shy away from concrete on account of maintenance, but if you reseal and wax concrete occasionally, it makes a great backsplash material for an industrial look. 

Exposed Brick

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If you’re lucky enough to have an exposed brick wall in the kitchen, why not keep it visible as a gorgeous backsplash? One word of caution: Brick should be sealed, since it is a porous material.

Kitchen Mosaic

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If you really want to make your kitchen one-of-a-kind, consider a mosaic . The small tiles will add texture and flair, while the pattern... is more or less up to you!

Modern Glass

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This isn't your mother's glass tile. While normal glass backsplashes feature either a whole sheet of glass or glass subway tiles, Everstone is putting out uniquely shaped designs, from pointy shards to circular bubbles. 

Coin Backsplash

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If your change jar is threatening to take over your kitchen, why not let it? This backsplash, made of over 6,000 extraneous coins, knows the true meaning of "remarkable". 

Wood Paneling

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When used as a backsplash, white tongue-and-groove board is the perfect accompaniment in a country kitchen.

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New & Notable: Ideas for the Luxury Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, be sure to consider current trends and new innovations; products that will bring efficiency and beauty…The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where friends and family gather and so many memories are created. When it's time to remodel this vital space, be sure to consider current trends and new innovations; products that will bring efficiency and beauty…

Wall Ovens

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Wall OvensThe latest line of wall ovens looks beautiful and serves up features that make it easier to whip up a gourmet meal. Are you always on the go? You can wirelessly control the oven's mode, temperature, and timer from your smartphone. They even made cleanup a snap with self-cleaning oven racks and a quick-cleaning Steam Option. Welcome to the future of cooking.

Exotic Wood Countertops

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Sources in the know tell us that kitchen trends this year are all about exotic wood countertops and cabinet veneers. New trends offers a variety of exotic and domestic woods, including zebrawood, African mahogany, lyptus, and teak.

Dishwasher

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Don't be fooled by Bosch's newest 800 series dishwashers—at 38 to 42 dBA, they're simply so quiet that you won't even realize they're on. With Energy Star compliance, a half-load option for small loads, built-in water softener, and a full-color clear text display, these dishwashers are so convenient, you just might look forward to cleaning up after dinner.

Induction Cooktops

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Induction cooktops, offer precise temperature control and heat up more quickly than traditional gas or electric cooktops. A bridge function provides the flexibility of turning two separate cooking zones into one larger zone to accommodate wider cookware such as griddles or poaching pans. This cooktop is so smart, you barely have to lift a finger.

Built-in Refrigerators

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Consider built-in refrigerators designed for those who want serious storage with a customized look. Humidity-controlled vegetable compartments and sealed snack pans maintain freshness, while upfront electronic controls with a digital readout facilitate precise temperature settings for maximum efficiency.

Tiled Backsplash

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A new backsplash is a great example of a stand-alone cosmetic project that can dramatically transform a space. There are materials and innovative manufacturing techniques to produce a range of ceramic, glass, and brick tiles that can breathe new life into your kitchen.

Walk In Pantry

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Although walk-in pantries conjure up idyllic notions of home canning and preserves, today's pantry is more likely to have such modern conveniences as a microwave or wine refrigerator nestled among the canned goods. In planning a pantry, focus on simplicity, organization, and location to ensure that items are efficiently stowed away and accessible.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

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Bamboo flooring's popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood has grown almost as quickly as bamboo itself. Flooring companies, offers a multitude of prefinished options in traditional and contemporary styles. Available colors range from Super White to Charcoal, in a nod to one of this year's biggest kitchen design trends: mixing light and dark elements.

Pot Fillers

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Anyone who has worked in a restaurant is already familiar with the advantages of a pot filler, but these convenient devices are quickly becoming a mainstay of home kitchens across the nation. The Traditional Pot Filler reduces back strain caused by carrying heavy pots of water, saves time, and adds a professional touch to the kitchen.

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Kosher-Friendly Kitchen Design

Every client has specific needs when it comes to designing their kitchens; some require a certain aesthetic appeal, others want only high tech modern appliances, some want comfort and ease and others follow certain religious beliefs and dietary requirements. As designers we need to be well informed and educated to accommodate the varying needs of our clientele. Families who keep kosher follow the Jewish dietary law of Kashrut whereby foods are prepared in accordance; hence the need for kosher-friendly kitchen designs. Kosher-friendly kitchen design requires a certain preparation and storage of foods. Meat and dairy products cannot be eaten or stored together. Utensils, cutlery, pots, cutting boards, and countertops that have come into contact with meat or used with meat cannot be used with dairy products and vice versa. Any utensil, pots, etc that come into contact with non-kosher foods cannot be used with kosher foods while the food is hot. Hence all cooking and storage is kept separately. Ideally one should think in 2’s. Two sets of appliances, two sets of cooking utensils, two sets of dishes and two sets of storage. Basically designing two kitchens in one space and providing for every possible necessity. However, designing 2 kitchens in one space that still looks like one kitchen can be a bit of a challenge. The perfect solution would be differentiating between appliances and cooking areas but still having one gathering point. This particular modern kitchen design is kosher-friendly but reads as one kitchen design catering for the needs of the family. Allowing for a coffee station, under-counter fridge, eyelevel ovens, hob, free standing gas oven, various concealed extractor fans, built in microwave, built in dishwasher, freestanding dishwasher, double sink, prep sink, free standing fridge, herb garden, various inserts and double storage areas. All following modern trends of matt grey finishes with marble tops and most importantly ample seating and gathering space for the family which brings the entire design together. 
 
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