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Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Pendants, uplights, downlights, LEDs Do you know all the options out there in kitchen lighting when it comes to creating the illumination you need to prep, cook and dine? What lighting types and the main things to consider in planning an effective design.

Why is kitchen lighting so important? 

For most of us, the kitchen is the workplace of the home and a busy spot at night. Good lighting is essential, as it allows you to perform tasks such as prepping food and cleaning up quickly .And it adds character to a space and can quickly take the mood from functional to cozy, perfect for an eat-in kitchen. 

Plan lighting as early as possible.

Moving light fixtures after a kitchen has been installed can be expensive, or not sometimes possible. Rewiring and repainting mean costs can add up quickly. For that reason, it’s best to plan kitchen lighting during the design stage.

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What is a layered lighting design?

Light layering involves creating different shades of light, playing with shadows and using different colors to highlight a room’s best features. In the kitchen, it generally incorporates task lighting for food prep and cooking, ambient lighting for general illumination and character, and accent lighting to highlight specific features such as a gorgeous backsplash or a piece of art.

Consider safety first.

The first priority of kitchen lighting is to provide sufficient illumination for safe and efficient meal prep, cooking and cleaning. This is mostly achieved with task lighting — think LED strip lights under an upper cabinet. These create a even light with no shadows or heat.

This will minimize shadows in your prep zones. The best way to do is this is to install task lighting in front of or above you, rather than behind you.

Add ambient lighting for character.

Soft, ambient lighting will wash your kitchen with light and create a warm, welcoming glow. It could be in the form of a pendant above a counter or dining table, downlights around the perimeter of the room or a central ceiling light.

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Highlight your best features with accent light.

Use accent lighting to draw attention to special features such as a backsplash or a island. Installing strip lighting under cabinets or counters is a great way to achieve this. You could also add accent lighting to glass cabinets or open shelving to highlight your displays.

Choose the right style.

When it comes to choosing kitchen lights, take your cues from your home’s architecture and the lighting styles in the rest of the home. Choosing similar styles (or at least having a unifying theme such as shape or finish) will create a sense of flow among the spaces. This is particularly important in an open-plan kitchen that flows directly into a living or dining area.
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Get the proportions right.

With pendant lights and other decorative styles, size is also important: too large and the fixture will overwhelm a small kitchen; too small and it may get lost in a large space. 

It’s also important to hang the pendant at an appropriate height to reduce the risk of people bumping their heads. Generally speaking, it should be about 32 inches above a table or counter.

Take control.

Lighting control systems allow you to alter the illumination as needed and change the mood of the space. With dimmers, for example, you can go from bright lighting for precision cooking to a warm glow for dining. Having controls on separate switch plates lets you control lights in different areas separately. 

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Minimalist Kitchens

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

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

Below are some ideas for a minimalist kitchen

 

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The Dream Home Office

Are you planning to add a home office to your home? Whether your home office design will be located in an annex, a small bedroom or just the corner of a room, there are a few essentials you will want consider. If you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, it’s important that your home office be a comfortable and inviting place to spend time and to get your work done efficiently.Are you planning to add a home office to your home? Whether your home office design will be located in an annex, a small bedroom or just the corner of a room, there are a few essentials you will want consider. If you spend the full work week there or even just a few hours, it’s important that your home office be a comfortable and inviting place to spend time and to get your work done efficiently.

1. Location is key

Home offices come in many different shapes and sizes. It can be in a separate room, a quiet corner or even in your kitchen. The key to selecting the right place for your home office, is to think about where and when you do your work.

2. Allow enough space

Make sure you allow enough space to work comfortably. Ask yourself if you will be able to move easily from side to side, stand up and sit back from your desk. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s easy to underestimate how much space you need.

3. Selecting a desk and chair

Choosing the right desk and chair for your home office is essential. Select a desk that is wide enough for your computer and anything else necessary to do your work.

 4. Storage and Shelving

Storage is often overlooked when designing a home office and can really affect your productivity. Make sure to include enough shelving, filing cabinets or cupboards for your storage needs.

5. A Place to Meet

Will you have clients or customers visit during the day? If you have room to have a small meeting area, that is ideal.

6. Natural Light and View

Good lighting is critical for any home office space. Choose a location with some natural light and a view if possible. Position your desk to face the windows or in a location where your computer screen will not be affected.

7. Tame Your Technology

Nothing makes a home office look or feel more cluttered than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere.

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Maintaining your kitchen herb garden

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1. Using the right growing soil.

Indoor herbs have a better shot at healthy growth if you plant them in a sterile growing soil. Choose a “potting mix” or “growing mix” that has the word “sterile” on the label. This type of growing medium contains a germ-free mixture of lightweight ingredients, such as peat moss, vermiculite, and shredded pine bark, which resist compaction so roots can develop easily. Avoid using soil from your garden that can become dense and compact, and also contains bacteria and/or tiny insects that could kill your kitchen herbs.

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2. Startig seeds can go further.

If you purchase young plants from a garden center, you’ll be harvesting in no time—but once those plants “go to seed” they’ll quit producing herbs. So for kitchen herb gardens that last, buy seed packets, from which you can grow multiple plants. A single young plant runs R40 to R60 while a packet of seeds can provide you with 20 plants, or more, for about R20. Most herbs will be ready to harvest in two to three months from the time the seeds sprout.

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3. Keep soil moist until sprouts appear.

Kitchen herb seeds are quick to develop but they require a consistent level of moisture until they sprout. Fill your pot with damp growing medium. Place two to five seeds on top of the medium, and then lightly sprinkle dry soil on top—just a dusting will do. Cover the entire pot with plastic wrap and put it in a dark location until the seeds sprout. Then, remove the plastic and set the pot on the windowsill.

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4. Start new seeds often.

The average herb plant will reach maturity and go to seed in about four months, after which it will no longer produce fresh herbs. By about every two months, the new plants will be producing vigorous growth by the time the existing ones are declining, and you’ll always have a fresh supply of herbs.

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5. Don't use too much fertilizer.

You can feed your kitchen herbs with a vegetable fertilizer every two or three months, but dilute the solution to one-third the recommended strength. Indoor herbs do well with a small amount of fertilizer, while too much can cause rapid growth that reduces the flavor of the herbs.

 6. Harvest often.

Harvesting leaves from the tops of herb stems will encourage the plant to grow more. Just be sure to snip carefully. Remove no more than 1/3 of a stem when you’re ready to add the herb to your food. Cutting too much can damage the plant and cause it to stop growing.

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7. Water spray your herbs.

Spraying your herbs once a week is usually sufficient. Most herbs prefer slightly damp, but not soggy, conditions. Give plants enough water so that a little excess runs into the drainage saucer below. An hour after watering, dump out the saucer to ensure that the roots aren’t sitting in water. If the soil dries out very quickly, which can happen if the herb is growing rapidly and its roots are absorbing more moisture than normal, water every three to five days. 

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Custom Television Units

{Weizter} {Kitchens}The heart of your TV life is likely the living room. However, if your household is like most others, you probably have a TV in the bedroom, as well. Some people perch their TVs on top of dressers or side tables, but this isn’t ideal. Attractive media storage is equally important in every room. This is especially true in your bedroom, a space that should be a calm and well-organized sanctuary.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}To tame cords and keep TV paraphernalia under control in your sleeping space, opt for a sleek and attractive entertainment unit instead of furniture that was designed for other purposes. Even if your bedroom isn’t large, there’s always room for a compact and lowline TV unit to keep things stylish and sane. Whether your space is big or small, contemporary or more traditional, you’ll be able to find a TV unit that perfectly accents it. Especially if you are switching from a piece of furniture that wasn’t designed with media in mind to a modern entertainment unit, you’ll be amazed at the difference.
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From a stressful and cluttered mess to sleek and organized sanity, a TV unit will make rotting your brain an absolutely enjoyable experience.
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BEST COLOURS FOR KITCHENS

Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colors that work best in specific rooms.

When it comes to kitchens, white, grey, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.

Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Red is incredibly versatile and there are multiple shades that would really pop in a kitchen, either on the cabinets or the walls.

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Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.

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Grey is a neutral that's been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.

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Like a ray of sunshine, yellow can instantly brighten up a room. Also believed to make people hungry, yellow has a soothing quality and will instantly make people feel calm and happy in your kitchen. A good option for small spaces, yellow can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it pairs well with white and gray accents.

Blue is another color that works well in kitchens. When lighter shades of blue are used, they can create a crisp, clean look and are recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. Blue is an invigorating color and works best when used sparingly; otherwise it can overpower a room. Dark blues also work well in kitchens, but it's important to accent the rest of the room with hints of white, gray or other neutral tones to keep it from feeling too intense and dark.

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Green is also a smart shade to use in the kitchen. There are many different shades to choose from including mint and apple green, which pair nicely with white and wood accents. If you're willing to be more adventurous, try emerald green, Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013. A striking shade, it can add a jolt of energy to the kitchen when used for an accent wall, cabinets, an island or even the floor.

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Kitchens with Accent Walls

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

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

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How To find a reputable kitchen company

What makes the perfect kitchen? A kitchen needs to be a perfect fit for your house regarding functionality and design. Its fixtures and fittings need to look good while work as expected. They need to that give your kitchen a classy, traditional or cozy feel – depending on your preference. So how do you ensure this? This is where your kitchen manufacturers come in.

Where Do Kitchens Go Wrong?

When a kitchen is being constructed there are many ways things can go wrong. This commonly occurs when installing major fittings like cupboards and table tops. It’s for this reason that you need to work with experts with experience in the industry, backed up with an impressive portfolio of clients. Here are four characteristics to look out when choosing a reputable kitchen cupboard manufacturer:

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  1. Quality of Products

You need to understand what products they’re using and how durable, sustainable and easy to maintain they are. Good kitchen cupboard manufacturers will stock a range of products. If they manufacture the products themselves, even better. It means they can construct your cupboards to meet your exact needs.

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2. Warranty

This is vital. If the company believes in their products, they’ll offer you a warranty. It’s an assurance to you that you can go back to them if you have any issues, provided it’s still within the stipulated warranty period.

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  1.  Portfolio History

This should be displayed on their website or with a visit to their showroom so that you can gauge for yourself their level of expertise and product quality. Look for reviews or testimonials by previous clients as this will help you ascertain how easy it is to work with them. Word of mouth is also a good referral, as is knowing a friend or family member who has a beautifully-designed kitchen after enlisting their services.

  1.  Industry Accreditation

You need to check if they comply with industry standards in terms of their products and service to clients. 

At Weizter, we can meet all the above requirements. In fact, we’ve been doing so for over 25 years and have established ourselves as one of the most sought-after kitchen cupboard manufacturers in South Africa. Designing or renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to be a hassle, as we’ll get it right the first time.

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Focal Points in the kitchen

Focal Points in the kitchen

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

 

For example, you can add a large island to your kitchen.

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

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Open shelving where you can display neatly packed groceries, homemade jams and pickles, even bought jams and pickles decanted into glass jars, or even your collection of cook books is another way to incorporate a focal point.

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

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

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

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

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

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Make use of an attention grabbing backsplash

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

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Making your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

It is actually quite easy to go green in the kitchen and create an eco-friendly kitchen. There are many elements you can control that helps to reduce your carbon footprint. A simple way to start will be to use kitchen utensils made from recycled or biodegradable materials. Look at the cleaning products you use, there are many products which contain toxins so it is vital that you read the labels and be conscious of the products you buy. Go for eco-friendly items that are good for the environment and your home. Look at your kitchen flooring, the recommended option would always be recyclable materials. One of the best options would be wooden flooring made from bamboo – it is green and it there are cost effective options available. Your kitchen appliances consume so much of energy. So consider replacing existing appliances or if it is a new build then be aware of the appliances you buy.  Look for appliances with the energy star label as these are eco-friendly appliances and have an energy star certification, it may be more expensive but you will save in the long run. Your kitchen countertops, typically recycled wood would be your first choice but recycled glass countertops are also a suitable alternative to quartz. And they look stunning – you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics to be eco-friendly.  Waste reduction in the kitchen – eco-friendly kitchens are recycling every day. It’s one of the simplest steps you can take toward sustainability.  A simple item like a pull-out recycling bin makes it easier to recycle even consider starting a compost pile in your yard. Creating an eco-friendly kitchen is a lot easier than you think and small steps go a long way and changing your habits will make a huge impact.

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Pros & Cons of Country Style Kitchen Sinks

The country style or farmhouse kitchen is a favorite for many home owners and it is a style which does not suite every personality. Some designs can take on a very ornate and detailed approach whereas others are subtle and simple. When looking at this style of kitchen, many contemplate the idea a country style kitchen sink but there are many pros and cons to consider before doing so. Understand exactly what a farmhouse style sink is being a very large and deep sink. Unlike other sinks it takes up the area where a cupboard would be and sits flush with the countertop. The farmhouse sink material varies from fireclay white, copper, stainless, black slate and granite. Pros It is a popular feature, draws the eye and becomes a great focal point. Due to its size it makes cooking and cleaning easier. Ergonomically sound due to its shape and size it takes less strain on your back and supports a healthier posture. It is a timeless look that is here to stay Cons Cost implications, generally farmhouse sinks are more expensive and is also dependent on the choice of material. Installation would require a professional and cannot be done on a DIY project. Its weight and size needs to be considered during installation so as not to damage the cupboards or countertops. Maintenance, it has to be well maintained so that no water damaged occurs to the cupboards. There are pros and cons to a country style sink, most of the time the pros out-weigh the cons. ultimately, the choice and decision is yours to make. It will be a beautiful addition to your kitchen. 

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A GUIDE TO KITCHEN ZONES AND ZONING

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What’s the best way to set up a kitchen? If you’ve been cooking for any length of time, you’ve either figured this out for yourself, in your own kitchen — or you are still looking for that magic solution. This diagram might not be how your kitchen actually looks, but the way it divvies up the space is useful information for any kitchen. Here’s what we can learn from it.

If you’ve ever planned out a kitchen, or even just read enough cooking blogs, you’ve no doubt heard of the kitchen work triangle (the idea that in an ideal kitchen, the line drawn between the refrigerator, hob/stove, and sink creates a triangle within which the cook can easily and efficiently move about).

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But some say it’s more useful nowadays, given the variety of kitchen sizes and arrangements, to think not in terms of a triangle, but in terms of work zones. You probably can’t change the placement of the refrigerator, or where the sink is in your kitchen, but you can change your relation to these spaces and what you choose to store and set up in their vicinity.

Here are five things we learn from this diagram that you can apply to your kitchen — no matter its size or shape!

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  1. Divide your kitchen into five zones.

The basic work zones to think about in your kitchen are as follows:

  1. Consumables zone: The area used to store most of your food. This may actually be split into two zones: one for your refrigerator (fresh food) and one for your pantry or food cabinets (dry goods, oils, etc.).
  2. Non-consumables zone: The area used to store everyday dishes, including plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware.
  3. Cleaning zone: The area that contains the sink and dishwasher (if you have one).
  4. Preparation zone: The area where most of your kitchen prep happens. This may be a stretch of countertop, or a kitchen island.
  5. Cooking zone: The area that contains the stovetop, oven, or range, and possibly the microwave.

Most kitchens can be divvied up into these areas. Even if you have a tiny apartment galley kitchen, you still probably have the essentials: a fridge (consumables zone), some cabinets (non-consumables zone), a sink (cleaning zone), a little countertop space (preparation zone), and a stove (cooking zone). Once you’ve mapped out your zones, you’re ready for the next step.

  1. Store items as close to their related zone as possible.

The point of dividing your kitchen into zones is so you can store things in the right place to improve your cooking flow! For example, knives, mixing bowls, chopping boards, spices, and other prep utensils should be stored where you do most of your prep work, in the preparation zone. Cooking utensils, pots, pans, and bakeware should be stored as close to or near the stove or oven, in the cooking zone.

  1. Store your everyday dishes in the cabinet closest to the sink or dishwasher.

Digging into the details on this a little more, this diagram notes you should store your everyday dishes (the non-consumables) right next to the cleaning area, or where your sink and dishwasher are.

This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. What are you normally unloading from the dishwasher? All your everyday plates, glasses, and silverware! So whatever cabinet is closest to your dish rack or dishwasher, that’s where you should store your dishes if possible.

  1. Create prep space as close to the stove as possible.

Another thing we noticed in this diagram is how the prep area is situated next to the stove. We agree.  We note that one of the most important things in setting up a kitchen is to have adequate counter space close to the stove. Ideally you shouldn’t have to take more than a few steps to put your prepped food into a pot on your stovetop, or in the oven.

If you don’t have a lot of existing countertop space next to your stove, this is where you need to get creative! Whatever space you do have, clear it off and prioritize it as a prep space. Remove the microwave and move the fruit bowl! You need that space to chop vegetables or mix ingredients, so let it be just that.

When that’s still not enough, you might consider adding a small kitchen island.

  1. Just do your best!

Of course, keeping items precisely within their zone isn’t always entirely possible if your kitchen is tiny and you need to, say, store your bakeware on top of the cabinets, or the only available pantry space is in a cabinet across the room from the fridge. But this idea of seeing your kitchen as a collection of zones and grouping things together by their purpose is something to work towards! There will always be exceptions unless you have a perfect kitchen. (Does anyone?)

 

 

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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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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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