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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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How to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting

How to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting

Use glass cupboard doors and mirror backboards

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

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

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

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

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Choose “small footprint” furniture

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

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

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Shine the light, create more space

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

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

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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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Kitchen Island Design Ideas

Many kitchen spaces are quite large and this allows for endless design opportunities. One aspect many home owners request in the kitchen area is sufficient gathering space for friends and family as well as extra worktop space. A kitchen island is the perfect tool in providing both. The island design should be based on form and function. Ultimately the size, shape and style of the kitchen influence the type of island to be designed for the space. A few modern island designs to inspire you:

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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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Minimalist Kitchen

Interior design trends come and go but one that seems to be here to stay is that of beauty in simplicity. This can be very difficult to achieve in ones kitchen but there are a few simple tricks which can help in creating a minimal kitchen. Do not duplicate - in the kitchen we find ourselves having the need for more, more kitchen accessories, more dishware, more utensils, and more cutlery. This becomes unnecessary; keep everything inside of the kitchen to a bare minimum only keep what you use and what is necessary.
Clear off the countertop – keep your countertops clean. When you not busy cooking up a storm do not storage any items on the counters. Keep it simple a beautiful vase or candle stand. One or two items “decorate” and reflect the minimal look.
Placement of appliances – appliances take up a lot of space due to its size and can appear to create clutter. Integrated appliances in the design help to counter act this or even under-counter appliances which ensure the appliances are out of sight are quite a nice addition.
Clean neutral colour scheme – your colour scheme should appeal to your personality but a neutral, white or lighter colour scheme creates a more minimal look. It is open free and relates perfectly to a minimal kitchen design.
Less is more – the less you throw into the kitchen space the better. Less is always more. Keep it simple and a minimal kitchen design with subtle nuances will add style and sophistication to your home.
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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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One Wall Kitchens

For some, a one-wall kitchen is nothing special, for others the concept is unusual. One-wall kitchens are generally encountered in small homes or efficiency apartments where floor space is very limited. By containing the kitchen space to a single wall section more space remains for other functions and features. This is very common when the kitchen is open and shares the room with the living or dining room. Of course, a one-wall kitchen can also be a valid option for large volumes too where this type of layout can maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the home.For some, a one-wall kitchen is nothing special, for others the concept is unusual. One-wall kitchens are generally encountered in small homes or efficiency apartments where floor space is very limited. By containing the kitchen space to a single wall section more space remains for other functions and features. This is very common when the kitchen is open and shares the room with the living or dining room. Of course, a one-wall kitchen can also be a valid option for large volumes too where this type of layout can maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the home.


In the case of a one-wall kitchen all the appliances, cabinets and countertops are gathered on one wall. This helps save floor space and also reduces construction costs since it’s often easier to design and build furniture this way. Of course, that has its disadvantages, mainly the fact that smaller appliances are preferred or that some don’t fit at all and compromises have to be made. Sometimes if space and general layout allow it, a one-wall kitchen can be accompanied by a separate island which adds more storage space and an extra counter. Kitchen tables serve a similar purpose.


Not everything about one-wall kitchens is bad. In fact, this is a pretty well-balanced layout, one which makes the most of small or open spaces, sometimes requiring very few compromises. An aspect that actually makes these kitchens very convenient is the fact that you can do all the prep work, cooking and cleaning in a single space without having to constantly move or turn around.

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

Transform your kitchen into the perfect place to get together

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

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

Go open plan

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

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

Divide the space

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

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

Set the light

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

 

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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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Modern Bar Design Inspiration

Almost every home has a bar area or entertainment area. And whether you are designing a brand new home or redesigning an existing home, the bar area is often a place to consider. It is a perfect space to entertain family and friends. It can be kept simple or luxurious. Some unique design inspiration:

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