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6 Things to do before meeting with your designer

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If you are planning to renovateyour kitchen, we recommend working with a kitchen designer from a recognized comapny such as Weizter. Given the investment that a kitchen If you are planning to renovateyour kitchen, we recommend working with a kitchen designer from a recognized comapny such as Weizter. Given the investment that a kitchen remodeling project involves, it is important to have the expertise of an experienced design professional to address all of the details. A kitchen designer can help you save time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.

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1.    Develop a Wish ListMost homeowners begin the remodeling process with a “wish list” where they identify what they NEED and WANT in a new kitchen. “Needs” are the items that are essential to meeting your project objectives. “Wants” are items you’d like to include in your kitchen remodel but are optional. 
2.    Set PrioritiesNext, you will want to set priorities for your wish list. Establishing priorities can help you contain costs over the course of the project. To help you set priorities use our free Kitchen Planning Guide. In the guide you will find a handy checklist designed to help you prioritize your wish list items.

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3.    Collect Ideas and PhotosBrowse through magazines and books on kitchen planning and design ideas. Visit online galleries to view kitchen projects. Here are a few great resources:
Houzz's "Kitchen Design Photos"Pinterest's "Kitchen Design Ideas"You can also create an “ideas” book on Houzz or a Pinterest “board” to email to your designer or you can make a scrapbook with photos and design ideas that reflect what you want to include in your project. Bring the scrapbook or a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) with photos you’ve collected to your meeting.
4.    Determine Appliance OptionsWill your kitchen remodel include all new appliances, all the appliances that you currently own, or some combination? It is helpful to identify appliances early in the process because the dimensions installation requirements will be factored into the overall kitchen design. A good designer will address this with you.

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5.    Establish a Budget RangePerhaps the most impotant part of your planning is budget.  An area where people tend to get sheepish about.  Prior to meeting with a kitchen designer, it is helpful to have some idea of the budget you have to work with for your kitchen remodeling project.  A designer is knowledgeable about product lines, vendors and costs. Your designer will make suggestions to help you achieve your desired outcomes and keep within the budget limits you set for the project.  Remember, ferraris dont cost the same as other cars, so be realsitc.
6.    Develop a List of Questions to Ask Your DesignerPrepare a list of questions you would like to ask your kitchen designer at the initial meeting. Here are some suggestions:
How can the efficiency of my kitchen be maximized?Where can appliances be placed?What built-ins can be used in the design?How can pantry storage be factored into the layout?How should cabinets be organized? Discuss the purpose of each unit.Consider stackable shelves, rollouts, cup and plate racks and dividers to meet your needs.

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Wall Finishes for your kitchen

There are many different ways to add character to a new kitchen.  Often, wall finishes are overlooked, but, could uplift an already gorgeous kitchen very easily!

Take a look at these great alternatives to paint or tiles.

1.  Wallpaper

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Now that wallpaper is stain and water-proof, it's about time it made its way into the kitchen. With new digital-printing techniques, you can have realistic finishes to your wallpaper. Choose from abstract geometric prints to patterns that replicate wood, stone and concrete

 2.  Marble

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Marble has always been associated with grandeur. Take a cue from the Ancient Greeks and drape this luxe material across not just your walls, but also your floors, countertops and even your sinks to up the opulence quota of your kitchen.

 3.  Concrete

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Another popular choice is exposed concrete. As it goes well with other materials, it easily lends itself to industrial, minimalist and contemporary styles.

 4.  Wood

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A wooden panelled wall is a great way to bring in that rustic, log cabin feel, especially if you choose ones that have pronounced grains and grooves.

5.  Exposed brick

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In this coach house conversion, the designer strips away the plaster to expose the red brick walls of her kitchen. The designer pairs them with industrial lighting, floating shelves and matt white cabinets, further complementing the rustic yet industrial interiors.

6.  Rough stone

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You can achieve that rough stone finish on the wall through masonry work or with tiles. As shown here, it can be the ideal accompaniment to a smooth all-white interior.

7.  Tile

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Metro tiles envelope this kitchen in a way that gives the space a subtle symmetry. In addition, they also offer a smooth transition from one living zone to the next.

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ARTWORK IN KITCHENS

The kitchen is a room, often overlooked when it comes to hanging fine art. It is true that, many kitchens are wide open, but if your space has even one wall The kitchen is a room, often overlooked when it comes to hanging fine art. It is true that, many kitchens are wide open, but if your space has even one wall (even a backsplash), or is self-contained, there are plenty of opportunities. Not only can artwork bring in color, it can set the mood, and add life and soul to sometimes sterile environments. For inspiration, have a look at how art, both figurative and abstract, is displayed in these modern kitchens.

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Blue Kitchens

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

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

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Moveable Islands

You can barely even classify this as a kitchen island, but we do have to start somewhere. Moveable islands are more like portable prep areas that you keep to the side of the kitchen rather than featuring prominently and permanently alongside your primary counters. The butcher block trolley is a familiar type of rolling "island."

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Pros: Cheaper and easy to move in and out.
Cons: Moveable islands tend to roll. These wheels tend to become unlocked with surprising frequency. When locked, these types of wheels do not provide enough grip on floors, especially when cutting or mixing on them.

Freestanding Island - non-fitted

These islands differ from the portable, moveable islands, listed above, in that they do not have wheels on the bottom. More importantly, they actually strive to emulate a "real" kitchen island. 
At just under a meter, they are the right height for prepping food. They don't have the annoying tendency of those rolling islands to slide away when you're trying to cut something.

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Pros: If you want something resembling an island, this is the way to go. 
Cons: You may be surprised at the smallness of these islands. 1.2m long tends to be the maximum length. Is that big enough for you? 

Kitchen Tables

It's got four legs and a flat top, so it's a table, yet it's positioned where the island usually is, so it must be an island. It's nothing more than a table that's used as an island for preparing food.

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Pros: Easy to bring in and "install." Easy to remove if you don't like it (it's not attached to the floor). Using a table as an island also gives your kitchen a certain Martha Stewart charm, but in a good way.
Cons: It's just an extra flat surface--no fancy frills, no extra storage, no sink, no backsplash. It's just a table.

Fitted Kitchen Island

An island built out of pre-existing materials: a base cabinet (or two or four) topped with countertop material.
Now this type of built-in island, which is fixed to the floor, is considered to be permanent. Usually, these islands range in size from 1.2m up to as long as the countertop slab size allows(without a join) or as long as your space allows (with joins).  Stone countertop sizes range from 2800m up to 3.2m.
Pros: By far, the easiest built-in kitchen island for a homeowner to build but not the cheapest. 
Cons: The back side, which is ordinarily not seen in cabinet form because it faces the wall, must be covered with a veneer or finished piece.

Fully equipped Kitchen Island

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Alternatively, if your kitchen has space for it, you can marry two base cabinets back to back. Also, you'll need to have countertop material cut "to size."
The fully functional kitchen island does everything that the primary countertops do:  electrical, sink, drainage, and ample countertop space.

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Pros: This isn't just "auxiliary counter space." This is almost an entire second kitchen.
Cons: Your costs have skyrocketed due to the addition of plumbing. The sink's supply and drainage do not conveniently tap into the main sink's lines (in the same way that a dishwasher, located next to the sink, will do).  Your island's lines run into and under the floor, eventually meeting up with main supply and drainage lines.

Dual use Kitchen Islands

Is it a kitchen island for cooking or is it a kitchen island for eating?  It can't quite make up its mind, so it has decided to be both. This island combines the two functions but still delineates them so that cooking is done on a lower level and eating on a higher level or even a lower, dining height level.
Pros: This type of island is ergonomically correct. Optimal counter height for a standing cook is 900mm. Best height for a bar top is 1.1m and seating height of 750mm.

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Cons: By providing dedicated eating space, you reduce your cooking space. There is no way you can prep food on that upper deck, even if you wanted to. With a flat cooking/eating island, you could always impinge on the eating area if you had to.

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE...GRANITE VS QUARTZ

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Many customers face the dilemma of whether to purchase a quartz or granite worktop and often ask what is the difference. Many customers face the dilemma of whether to purchase a quartz or granite worktop and often ask what is the difference. In this article we will explain the main differences between a quartz and a granite worktop.

Granite Worktops
Granite is a natural igneous rock which is formed in the ground over millions of years. This is quarried out of the ground in blocks the size of a mini bus. It is then cut into large slabs approximately 3 meter by 1.9 meters. Finally it is polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to South Africa if not locally sourced, ready to manufacture your granite worktops. Granite offers more random veining and uneven colour patterns, specially in the light colours compared to a quartz worktop.

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Granite Advantages
More cost effectiveSecond most durable worktop (after quartz)Natural lookHeat ResistantStrong specially dark colours

Granite Disadvantages
Porous specially light coloursRequires Re-sealing

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Quartz Worktops
Quartz Worktops is a natural crystal which is mined from the ground it is one of the hardest stones in the world. This is then crushed into a fine sand and mixed with 3 to 7% polymer resin and other components. It is then set into slabs which are approximately 3 meters by 1.4meters. These engineered slabs are then polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to South Africa ready for fabrication. Quartz is manufactured on patented breton spa machinery by silestone, caesarstone, cimstone, zodiaq and technistone.  In recent years quartz has become more and more popular due to the fact it comes in a vast range of colours. Many quartz manufacturers have started producing quartz that look like marble, but with the exceptional properties of quartz.

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Quartz Advantages
Heat ResistantNon-porousMost durable worktopWide range of colour choiceStain ResistantAntibacterial

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Quartz Disadvantages
ExpensiveRestricted width size compared to granite.In summary quartz and granite are both very durable surfaces, with quartz having the slight edge over granite. Both are very popular choices that will add value to your property and provide years of use.

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Splash Backs - Adding Depth to your Kitchen

A splashback is important in a kitchen as it helps protect the walls from greasy cooking splashes and other grime. It also adds to the overall look of the kitchen. Mostly located above the stove, you can also have one above the sink and above counter spaces where you do your cooking prep.
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{Weizter} {Kitchens}Stainless steel – Modern and sleek, stainless steel is low maintenance and easy to install and keep clean. It’s unaffected by grease and steam, but acidic spills (like tomato juice) can cause discolouration. It also tends to show up fingerprints, smudges, scratches, dents and water marks easily. Choose from polished and brushed to powder-coated in a range of colours and shades, including metallic, sparkle and mirror effects.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Glass – A popular choice for its reflective qualities, streamlined look and flexibility, glass is also easy to maintain. Choose from plain glass to textured glass, matte, gloss, frosted, back-painted glass, or a panel with a digitally printed image copied onto the glass. Back lighting for your glass splashback can also be installed to highlight certain areas, create moods or draw attention to an image. Stained or fused glass designs can be made and installed by hand to produce a stunning effect – albeit quite pricey.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Tiles – Most tile types are cost-effective and easy to install. Choose from ceramic and porcelain, to mosaic, glass, metal or stone materials in many different shapes, colours, patterns and textures. They hold up well to heat and most are easy maintain. On the downside, keeping grout clean can be a bother and there’s always the risk of cracks and chips over time.
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ADDING VALUE TO YOUR HOME

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Moving home can be a complex process due to all the moving parts and logostics involved, from those first tentative glances in estate agent’s windows, browsing through Moving home can be a complex process due to all the moving parts and logostics involved, from those first tentative glances in estate agent’s windows, browsing through hundreds of potential homes that are right for you and your family, up to that moment six months after you get the keys and you finally unpack the last box, the whole process is fraught with potential anxiety.

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Add to that the fact that the average cost of moving currently stands at a record R25 000.00 and it's clear why many families are finding it makes sense for their sanity as well as their finances to stay put and improve, rather than move.


Wheres the sense in that you ask? Where would you start?

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Maybe you’re the sort of person who’d struggle to put a shelf up, but don’t let that put you off. Paying other people to do improvements can add tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands to your house price, making your home a more enjoyable place to live – BONUS– but also making it easier for you to move up the housing ladder in the future, as your home’s increased value will help bridge the funding gap to your next home.
With all home improvements, planning is key, as one in four projects ends up going over budget. We’ve all seen those TV home improvement shows where the hapless homeowner ends up bemoaning their overspend – so it’s worth doing a little extra planning work upfront to avoid this.

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Kitchen improvements are the single most expensive benifit to any home....yes, ANY home.  On average, an upgraded kitchen, when done properly, could add as much as between 6% - 10% to your homessale price.

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Things to bear in mindThe suggestions below will potentially add value to your home if carried out well. Bear in mind though that the costs and potential impact on your home’s sale value indicated here are only intended as guides – the actual figures could vary significantly. And of course, for any home improvements you should take necessary precautions to help ensure the work is completed to satisfactory quality and to time and budget:
Take the time to plan exactly what you want to achieve – consulting structural engineers and architects if necessary.

Agree the cost beforehand – set aside a strict budget but allow a contingency in case of overspend

Agree on a realistic time frame upfront, but remember there may be unavoidable delays, caused by bad weather for example

Keep up regular communication with the builders

Have a contract in place to cover both parties.  You could possibly save money with special discounts by paying in full upfront.


The popularity of open-plan kitchen and dining spaces means kitchens are increasingly the focal point of a home, providing everything from the dinner table to the place where kids do their homework.


A basic makeover, focusing on changing fixtures and fittings such as door and drawer handles and adding energy-efficient appliances, can make a surprising difference at minimal cost.


If you're wanting to fit a completely new kitchen, including appliances, research shows you can expect to pay R80 000.00 - R100 000.00 on average and in doing so could add around 6% - 10% to the value of your home.

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Tips to turn your kitchen into a cosy corner of home

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

Vanity units are a unique addition to any bathroom, providing additional storage solutions around your basin in a subtle yet refined way. Because of this, we a Weizter believe that vanity units are one of the most essential furniture items that every bathroom should have. Instead of having a basin create wasted space, there are a number of styles and designs of vanity units that will allow for a more effective use of space in the bathroom. If you aren’t yet convinced, here are five reasons why you should include a vanity unit in your bathroom.

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Choose from a range of different styles: Vanity units come in an exquisite range of styles and designs, giving you full reign when it comes to building the bathroom of your dreams. Whether your bathroom is elegant, with a modern twist or traditional with a vintage feel, you can be sure to find a vanity unit that suits your style.
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 Available in different sizes: As well as having the option to choose between a freestanding or wall hung unit, you will also have the choice to choose select sizes to suit the needs of your bathroom, or your style preferences. Choose between sliding drawers or cabinet doors, double sink units or even counter top units – you’ll be sure to find the perfect match.
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With most vanity units, you will find that they belong to a range of furniture too. So, if you are wanting to redecorate your bathroom entirely, you may be more reluctant to buying a vanity unit that comes with matching furniture to complete the overall look and feel of your bathroom.
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Easy to install:
Most of our vanity units are available with fast delivery and come pre-assembled. This makes for simple and efficient installation, allowing you to feel at peace with your bathroom without the hassle of assembling all of your furniture beforehand.
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Monochromatic kitchens

Monochromatic kitchens are a smart choice. First, most people who opt for the monochromatic look also opt for a neutral look, which creates a more timeless canvas with which to work. Secondly, monochromatic kitchens often have a timeless look.Monochromatic kitchens are a smart choice. First, most people who opt for the monochromatic look also opt for a neutral look, which creates a more timeless canvas with which to work. Secondly, monochromatic kitchens often have a timeless look.Timeless designs remain stylish long after other "trendy" kitchens are of date, they're more pleasing to future home buyers, and they allow you to update or change the look of your kitchen using more affordable, temporary accents rather than having to change out expensive finishes.

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One of the reasons we all love jeans is that they can be paired with anything.

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Well, monochromatic kitchens are just like that.Take a look at this kitchen. The owners chose a beautiful, warm cabinet glaze but wanted to keep the smaller kitchen looking open and spacious. So, they chose lighter, neutral shades of cream and beige for countertops and walls. The effect is classy, timeless and - as the stacked cup of coffee mugs on the rear counter attest, their kitchen looks great with just about any accent color they would ever choose.

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We're often asked how to use dark cabinetry without overpowering a kitchen. From now on, we might just send a picture of this gray-on-gray kitchen as our answer.

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This White and Black kitchen is a great example. The patterned tile adds a shimmery stone texture, cabinets have the white gloss covered, and the black glass appliances and no handles look gives that seemless look into the works.

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 Are you interested in designing a monochromatic kitchen that has timeless appeal? Schedule a consultation with a Weizter professional.

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Accent walls in your kitchen

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, gray, 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.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, gray, 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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Gray 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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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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Warmer ideas such as bricks are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Bricks are 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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Open wardrobes

Built in cupboards are not always plain and simple in any bedroom, they can add quite a lot of flair to those not seen by everybody areas. The flexibility of an open wardrobe means it can suit any space and what you want to store. You can put together your own combination in your bedroom, hall or even inside a walk-in closet or cupboard. It takes care of your things, gives you a good view of them, and you can add to it as your needs change.

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Open wardrobe combinations offer lots of options for organising your clothes. By mixing and matching different clothing storage — like drawers, shelves and rails — there are wardrobes for rooms of all sizes.

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Fancy creating your own open clothes and shoe storage? There are systems that have different parts that you put together the way you want. You get a personal combination that suits your space and your things, and that you can adapt or re-arrange whenever you feel like it. 

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Your open wardrobe, made easy and elegantUse open storage to put the clothes you love on show.

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With a custom-designed wall unit, it’s easy to see what you have and find outfit inspiration.

 

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KITCHEN DESIGN MISTAKES THAT MAKE CLEANING DIFFICULT

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

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

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

A kitchen island adds versatility and beauty to a kitchen. A highly practical addition, a well-made kitchen island can add needed workspace, dining space, and make the overall cooking process more organized. Many kitchen design plans include islands as a part of their initial design due to their desirability with property owners and residents.A kitchen island adds versatility and beauty to a kitchen. A highly practical addition, a well-made kitchen island can add needed workspace, dining space, and make the overall cooking process more organized. Many kitchen design plans include islands as a part of their initial design due to their desirability with property owners and residents.
An island is a versatile addition and can be designed to fit in smaller kitchens. Kitchen islands can be designed to have reduced depths or with wheels. Also, alternative options such as bar carts are an available alternative to the ‘traditional’ kitchen island. Overall the size of the kitchen itself is rarely an issue and how space is used, the number of residents and the overall shape of the kitchen area are far more important.
There is more to an island then the overall size of just the island itself, clearance is a key part of proper island installation and placement. A clearance zone refers to the space between the island and the kitchen’s base cabinets (generally 3 feet or 1 meter). When installing an island make sure nearby cabinets can open completely and applicants, such as the dishwasher, have enough clearance space. You don’t want your island getting in the way of existing structures, appliances, or bumping into doors when they are opened.
When adding an island to a smaller kitchen, or one that doesn't have extra-space to spare, room is at a premium. So the island has to be practical and multifaceted in its use. A well-designed island can combine surface area, a cooktop, wine fridge, seating areas, and storage for pots and pans. Another good scenario is an island that houses both the sink and dishwasher, in addition to ample storage.
In terms of measurements, the recommended size for a fixed island is 40 by 40 inches or 1 by 1 meter with 31.5 inches (88 millimeters) of clearance. In small kitchens, even a well-placed island can be a bit snug when being used by two people for cooking (but not impossible) and perfectly usable for one person.
An island, on average, is 3 by 6.5 feet (or 1 by 2 meters) and has a clearance of roughly 40 inches or 1 meter. The distance around the island determines its size. It's important to consider these proportions because even in a very large kitchen, an island can take up too much room if it's too large or improperly placed. It can also be a hassle to use as you have to walk around it, reach across it, and it may not be centrally located near other surfaces or cooking equipment.
There is more than one way to add an island into your kitchen. A kitchen peninsula is three sided and attached to a wall at one end. This creates the additional features an island provides while taking up less room in the process and also requiring less clearance. Fittingly, peninsula means ‘almost an island’ in Latin. A peninsula is ideal if your kitchen is small and every foot has to be used in the most efficient way possible.

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Gloss or Matt kitchens...Which is best?

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With regards to the title of this articles post most people have already got their favorite. That's an excellent position to be in, but given that you are here reading this post we will assume that you are undecided.  Gloss or Matt Kitchen? What one is the best?  Well, put quite simply, it all boils down to 'Personal Choice'. 


The popularity of matt or gloss changes over the years. Six or seven years ago there was a real move towards a matt finish being the most sought after.  Gloss had a few years 'of fame' in between then and now ... however, in 2018, we can quite confidently say that matt kitchens are by far the most popular. We would predict that the popularity of a matt finish will continue into 2019 and even 2020.

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The key to achieving the right look in both styles is by choosing a quality product and installation. Matt and gloss kitchens can form the basis of a visually stunning design that is timeless in appearance, easy to maintain, and very durable. But if you compromise on quality, then you risk having a kitchen that lets you down in the years ahead.We have now established that a high-quality product is essential for a successful gloss or matt kitchen; however, the problem still remains on how to choose between a gloss or matt kitchen! 

Gloss Kitchens

 

The quality of installation is essential to your kitchen’s appearance, but it is also important to realize that gloss kitchen colours can look slightly different in appearance under different light settings. Eye level units will, in general, reflect more light but you can also reflect other colours. It might be worth considering the installation of LED lights which will alter the visual appearance of the doors. This is something that we have done on many occasion and can work really well in both matt and gloss kitchens but especially well with the reflective properties of a gloss door. The effect of light in the space is an elegant look, but an added bonus is that reflected light also creates the impression of a larger area, particularly within lighter gloss kitchen colours. Ideal for some smaller kitchen spaces. The smoother the surface and lighter the colour, the more light is reflected, and the bigger and brighter a kitchen space will appear. High Gloss white can really help maximize the space.  

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Gloss kitchens are easy to wipe clean making them a stylish and practical choice for families, amateur cooks, or pet owners. Gloss kitchen finishes are widely accessible in a range of materials, colours and prices too. 

  • Can make small spaces appear bigger
  • -Easy to clean- A wide range of colours
  •  Can mark easily

 

Matt Kitchens

 

As with gloss kitchens, the quality of product and skill set is one of the primary requirements for getting the best possible looking kitchen, and the matt kitchen is one of the most stunning possible looks for a kitchen.

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As suggested by its name, it is different from the gloss kitchen because it has a non-reflective surface for a more subtle look.The matt kitchen has a more solid base of colour than a gloss kitchen as it doesn't rely on a light source to maintain its colour. 

The matt kitchen can be described as one of understated class and elegance and convey a feeling of pure luxury. 

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The matt kitchen, like the gloss kitchen, is durable, scratch resistant and also easy to clean, but with the added benefit of fingerprint and smudge marks being less noticeable.  As with gloss kitchens, white doors will give the impression of a bigger space, but to a lesser degree due to the lack of reflection. However, graphite or charcoal grey is proving to be extremely popular... and looks absolutely stunning.

  • A look and feel of luxury and elegance
  •  Easy to clean
  •  A wide range of colours
  •  Finger marks less obvious  

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So is a gloss or matt kitchen best?  Ultimately, it's still about personal preference, so it’s actually not about what is best, it's about what is right for you. At Weizter we have plenty of examples of both, and we would be happy to meet up to show you samples in person so that you can make a proper comparison.  Above all, we suggest that you recognize that high quality is the key; even if it's not the lowest in price, the quality of your kitchen is what will remain when the 'price tag' has long been forgotten!

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5 Ways to create contrast in the Kitchen

Contrast is an art design principle that can also be applied to the design of your kitchen. Basically, it’s the placement of opposite elements, like light and dark or smooth and textured, to create interest or drama in a space. Creating contrast is the perfect way to add a striking statement to your space. Add contrast to your own kitchen with these five simple ideas from Weizter.Contrast is an art design principle that can also be applied to the design of your kitchen. Basically, it’s the placement of opposite elements, like light and dark or smooth and textured, to create interest or drama in a space. Creating contrast is the perfect way to add a striking statement to your space. Add contrast to your own kitchen with these five simple ideas from Weizter.

 

1. Balance dark-colored kitchen cabinets with lighter countertops.

Black and white is one of the most popular forms of contrast you’ll find. It’s a classic pairing that will add timeless style to your kitchen. Create this contrast by installing dark color kitchen cabinets.

2. Pair light-colored cabinets with dark hardware.

Changing out your cabinet pulls and knobs is a simple and budget-friendly way to add contrast in your kitchen. Weizter has a wide selection of kitchen hardware, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for. Pair dark cabinet pulls and knobs with white or light-colored cabinets to really make them pop. 

3. Try white cabinets with a black kitchen island.

Another place to add contrast is the kitchen island. Create a focal point in the kitchen with a black or dark color kitchen island surrounded by white or lighter-colored kitchen cabinets, or try a white island with darker color cabinets. The island is also a great place to add a pop of color if you’re feeling adventurous. 

4. Balance dark color kitchen cabinets with a lighter backsplash.

Make dark color kitchen cabinets stand out by installing backsplash tiles in a lighter color.

5. Add wood to create contrast.

Contrast isn’t just about light and dark, it’s about texture too. Wood’s natural texture is great for creating contrast in the kitchen. Try wooden countertops, a butcher block island, or wooden cabinets to create a warm and inviting vibe in the kitchen.

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