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Kitchen Extractor fans mostly used in the modern market

{Weizter} {Kitchens}Kitchen extractor fans is one of the most imported parts when it comes to adding beautiful aesthetics to your kitchen, it can be the same as usual or you can wow it with something different.

Mostly used lately but with it own style is the Glass extractor fan. Elegant but practical.

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Integrated extractor fan. Hidden but usefull.

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Latest trend is ceiling extractor fans, for places like islans were you don't want something in your eye view.

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Or the new technology Downdraft extractor fan, simply a stunning picture when hidden.

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Color match your extractor fan to blend in with the rest.

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Angled wall mount extractor fans are also bocoming fasionable and stylish in the modern kitchen.

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Kitchen inserts that is a must have to make your life easier.

When re-doing or installing a new kitchen always look at making it as comfortable and accessible as possible. There are so many ideas and ways to do this with simple added inserts that are available on the market and doing it without killing your budget, a simple must have....

Lazy Susan. Simple, but makes that  corner so easy to use

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Bin units. Hide it but keep it close to your work area. The latest trends are recycling, put two!

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Magic corner. Don't leave voids or unused spaces utilise them.

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Small inserts for hiding the everday used but sight for sore eyes.

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Pull out larder. Make organising and access simple and easy.

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Storage baskets. Not only built for veggies, you can utilise them in many ways.

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Kitchen Faucets

To find the perfect kitchen faucet, tap into the details
 
Though their most practical application is to provide hot and cold water, kitchen faucets play a large role in a kitchen’s design. There are so many to choose from. The styles and costs vary wildly. Simply put, one faucet does not fit all!
 Though investing in a kitchen faucet may seem overwhelming. The right information makes it much easier. Here are some practical how-to's for you to consider while buying a new kitchen faucet.
 
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Looking for a new kitchen faucet is lots of fun, but there are a few functional considerations:
 
1. Mounting style
The most typical kitchen faucet mounting styles are: countertop mounted, sink mounted and wall mounted.
 
2. The internal parts
Are they individually replaceable? If so, you won’t have to replace the entire kitchen faucet if a part breaks.
 
3. Valve type
Ceramic disk valves are the latest faucet technology. Two ceramic disks control the water flow and form a seal when locked together. They are the most expensive valve type, but the most reliable. Compression valve faucets are the cheapest, but most prone to leaks. Ball valve faucets have a rotating ball that regulates water flow. Cartridge valve faucets use a rubber O-ring to control water flow.
 
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Brass is by far the best material to invest in. Ideally, both the body and the controls of the faucet should be made of brass.
In terms of finish, brushed nickel is exceptionally robust. An additional coating with a material like titanium prevents scratches and tarnishing. Chrome is the least robust, but the least expensive.
Brass, nickel and pewter most readily hide fingerprints and smudges. Chrome is the most difficult to keep visibly clean.
 
There are currently 3 distinct kitchen faucet handle styles. Each has its pros and cons. One will be right for you.
 
A single handle faucet enables flow and temperature control in a fluid motion. Though the temperature control is not as precise as a two-handle faucet, they are popular because they are very convenient.
With its separate hot and cold handles, a two-handle faucet enables more precise temperature control. They are the most traditional faucet, but managing two temperatures separately can be an inconvenience.
Hands-free kitchen faucets are a fairly recent innovation with a range of benefits. They minimize mess. Children and those with mobility issues can access water much easier than with a traditional faucet. The only con? Temperature control is still done by hand.
 
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Consider all of the details brought up thus far. Determining the correct faucet for you and your kitchen relies on a combination of function and style.
Functionally, consider your lifestyle. If you have young children, a durable and easy to clean finish is ideal. If accessibility is an issue, then handle-free may be a good option. Pullout handles are great for cleaning up the sink after heavy food preparation.
 
Stylistically, think about your current kitchen design. It should be well established by the time you are ready to purchase a faucet. If your kitchen is sleek and contemporary, a simple faucet design with clean lines is best. On the other hand, if you have a farmhouse-style kitchen, a wall-mounted kitchen faucet with a patina finish and two-handled control would suit. A chef’s kitchen demands a high-arc stainless steel model with pullout nozzle.
 
Modern, unadorned and angular designs are on-trend. Ninety-degree angles are making a comeback. Pullout nozzles remain highly desirable. In terms of finish, gold and warm metals are trendy and timeless options. Matte black is thoroughly ahead of the curve.
A faucet with a high arc, however, is always hot stuff.
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Family Friendly Kitchen's

A place where meals are prepped, homework is reviewed and family and friends gather. Having a family-friendly kitchen is doable with the right vision and planning. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen to accommodate a growing family, here are ideas to help you design and organize.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Develop an open floor concept An open floor layout allows you to keep an eye on kids while working in the kitchen, is great for entertaining and increases natural light in the space. Having a small home doesn’t mean an open floor concept isn’t possible; in fact, these floor plans usually work well in homes with less square footage, making the space feel much larger. Plan for storage and appliance arrangement. Be sure to think about including ample storage space, extra drawers and appliance locations. Consider where you might want to place an island, bar stool seating, cabinets, pantries, doorways, sinks and electrical outlets based on how your family will use the space. If you’re having a hard time envisioning how all of those pieces will work together, our skilled space experts and interior designers can help you figure out the best possible layout for your new kitchen.
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Choose materials for your floors and counters that make cleaning up spills and messes easier for you by choosing the right materials for your lifestyle. Pick a laminate flooring that cleans up with a damp mop or rag or wood floors with a matte, nonskid finish that will withstand heavy wear and tear. Laminate countertops or natural stone with a strong sealant will provide good durability and are easy to clean. Make your appliances kid-friendly Having your appliances in kid-friendly locations are a great way to make your kitchen more functional. Consider placing the microwave on a lower shelf instead of above the range—this way, kids won’t be trying to reach above the hot stove and allows them easy access to use the microwave to reheat snacks. Refrigerator drawers are a popular feature in homes today; keep kids’ snacks in there for convenient access. If you have very young kids, look for appliance models with child lock settings or extra safety features. Include an activity zone Having a space designated to homework or hanging out in your kitchen allows for the family to be together in one room without being too crowded. A low counter or bar on the side of the kitchen creates a great space to have your family hang out in the kitchen while doing more than just cooking or eating.

Be mindful of where to place electrical outlets and shelving to ensure that there is space for kids to work on their activities or homework. Feature a meal-mapping center To help keep the family organized, dedicating a corner or wall for a meal-mapping or notes center is a great feature to include in your kitchen. Consider hanging a chalkboard, bulletin board or large calendar in that area to help keep the grocery checklist, coupons and recipes organized. Equipping your home with a family-friendly kitchen is an investment that will benefit your family for years.
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NO WALL CABINETS...GORGEOUS OR JUST UTTERLY INSANE?

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Why oh why would anyone not want wall cabinets in their kitchen? Why oh why would anyone not want wall cabinets in their kitchen? Something interesting is happening in the world of designer kitchens and we’re excited about it!  No wall cabinets seems to be a trend that’s gaining more and more traction.  What is it about this style that makes these kitchens so damn attractive?  It must be staged for the photo shoot?  Its not practical, where would I keep all my must have cooking items?  

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Let’s understand what it is about this style that draws us in.For starters, it’s easy on the eyes and clutter free, with its clean lines and simple appeal, taking us back to stylish Parisian kitchens which make us think we’re movie stars sipping on an espresso and munching on a pain au chocolat, reading the morning news on the sidewalk of some little café.  But where would I keep my novelty mugs and my collection of pots and pans accumulated over the last 20 years?  Good point?

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Well, the truth is that we usually have more than we need and over many years become numb to the fact that our kitchens and cabinets become overrun with clutter and unnecessary knick-knacks.Think about it!  When you take your family of four away for the weekend to a self catering resort, what do they supply you with?  Do you manage? Are you able to cook and survive on the bare essentials?  Of course you miss your Kitchen Aid mixers and your Le Creuset pots and pans, but what stopping you from decluttering and offloading some of those items that you haven’t used in over 6 months?  That doughnut maker that sits at the back of your not so easy to reach corner unit or the million and one mix match Tupperware containers that nearly always fall out of your cupboards when you need that special one at the bottom of the pile.

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This style is in no way a style for everyone, but would it not be better to come home to a neat, clean de-cluttered space with a sleek low level quartz splashback or a full wall of subway tiles and just stand in awe of the beauty that is simply breath taking?  More is less?


Okay, so not everyone is happy to do away with wall units…enter the open floating shelf.  Dust trap!  Yes, it looks pretty, but is it practical?  Surely your ugly, yet essential, pots and pans wouldn’t be an attractive sight, but ask yourself the same question…how much of this stuff do I actually use frequently.  If you’re honest enough with yourself, I think you will find that you could actually make it work and at the same time offload some of your older items to people that may find better use for them.

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This style offers you that chefs kitchen look with an industrial flair.  You dont have to just do floating shelves, open units could also be a very appealing addition to your kitchen.

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The fact is, this style may not be for everyone, but it could work for everyone if we just gave our cupboards a proper clean out and stuck with the essentials.  Let Weizter show you how!

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When Renovating, new kitchen and bedroom colors you simply have to look at.

Renovating your home always leaves you with the opportunity to go for something newer, more trendier and the latest in the market. With melamine boards there is always new development taking us deeper into new revolutionary colors. Kitchens with a difference from the usual "wood look", defy your bedrooms and studies with "softer feel" tones.

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These stucco colors is something new and out of the ordinary. You simply have to feel them!

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Give your kitchen a different look, something away from the usual.

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How much easier for you to get that "wow!" factor in your kitchen with something new.

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Get away from the mindset the "wood look" persists with kitchen cupboards, do a mix.

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Kitchens that are small but very efficinient in color.

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Aquariums as a centre piece for your kitchen

Aquariums have always been a beautiful centre piece of any room. Why not add one to your kitchen to create a space of peace and tranquility. Aquariums add colour, light and beauty to any space therefore in a kitchen it would make the space stand out.

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 Whether you go for a tropical or a marine tank, either will give a focal point to your kitchen that will make your space stand out compared to other kitchens.  When planning the kitchen around an aquarium it is important to go with a monochromatic space that will allow the aquarium to stand out.

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At Weizter we can plan your kitchen around your aquarium. Enquire today for a kitchen that stands out.

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Two-toned kitchen cabinets is a trend that’s not going away

Two-toned kitchen cabinets is a trend that’s not going away

Not surprisingly, many kitchen renovators are opting for two-tone when it comes to choosing cabinetry. And it doesn’t take much to realise why this style is catching so many people’s attention. Whether or not you’re having your kitchen designed professionally, or doing the renovation yourself, two-toned kitchen cupboards and cabinetry add an inviting dynamic to your space.

There are many different colour combinations to choose from; but in the end, the goal is to create a cohesive space with just the right amount of contrast. Here’s how to get the look right:

 

Choose a focal point

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The simplest way to apply the two-tone trend to your kitchen is to decide on one set of cupboards to turn into a focal point for the space. A kitchen island, for example, is an excellent starting point, because of its central position in the layout. But don’t feel limited by the arrangement of your kitchen. Before making any hard-and-fast decisions, try planning out the area to see how your choice of colour will draw the attention to various angles of the room.

After you have decided on the where to apply your focus point, it’s time to think about the colour. If you decide to go this route, remember that your choice has to be appealing to the eye. It could be a big bold shade that stands out or something a little more subtle. Some people like to opt for trendy colours like dark blues and pastel yellows.

 

Thinking past paint

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If you are not a bold colours kind of person, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to get the two-tone look. Certainly one of them is to use separate materials for your cabinet design. A wood finish would be a good option for at least part of the design. That way you can combine your wood element with laminate for a stylish, contemporary look, or a glass and aluminium combo to give the kitchen an industrial feel.

If you’re planning on mixing and matching, remember that the design is always the key to success. Your starting point should be to choose your kitchen style and the materials you’d like to use. By doing so, you can ensure that the final product will exceed expectations.

 

Darker on the bottom

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Another common way to incorporate the two-tone trend is to use a darker colour on your bottom cabinets and a lighter colour on the top. On the one hand, it’s a design that lets you make a statement by using a bold colour on the bottom to help ground the space. On the other, the lighter top cabinets will make the space to look bigger by drawing the eye upward.

If this is your chosen two-tone route, you have a choice to make. You could pair a bold shade with a lighter colour. Or, you can consider an Ombre appearance. In both instances, the key is to copy the lighter colour in other areas throughout the room.

 

Don’t forget coordinating elements

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Whatever you decide when it comes to your kitchen cabinets, there’s one key element to bear in mind: every single one of your cabinets should have some form of coordinating detail. Consider that if you have two very different sets of cabinetry in the same space, it’s super important to include a few details that indicate that they belong together.

You can go about tying your cabinets together in a number of ways. You can, for example, try using two different shades of the same colour as an equaliser. But if you’d rather include 2 distinct hues, you should seriously consider using the same hardware throughout the space to run a thread through the whole look.

The two-toned kitchen cupboard design trend is here, and it looks like it’s going to be around for quite a while. Use the ideas above as your design inspiration to create a look that suits your style and taste. With a few little tweaks, you can create an on-trend look you’ll love for years to come.

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CHOOSING THE CORRECT HANDLE FOR YOUR KITCHEN

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It’s often the most daunting task when faced with the question on which handle you would like in your kitchen.  This could be due to the fact that there are literally thousands of different handles to choose between all with some difference in colour, texture, shape and size yet when looking through samples, these all become distorted as they tend to look as though most of them would work with your design...but they wont.

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Having said this, it is imperative that we take note that when it comes to handles, form should not take preference over function and that these two elements need to work seamlessly together to form a coherent bond between aesthetics and functionality.

It is key, that your handle selection looks good, but it also needs to feel good, comfortable on the grip, after all, this is the actual part of the kitchen that receives the most contact other than your work surfaces.

One could select a handle that emphasizes the length or width of a cabinet door.

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In contemporary kitchens, this is usually the case where longer sleeker handles are used to accentuate certain features.

Concealed handles are also important in this regard because they allow for one to really focus on the linear lines of the kitchen and  don’t detract from the overall design.  Although, these do tend to become dust traps and one often finds that it can be confusing as to which side the door is hinged and you’re not always certain on which side to pull open from.

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In some instances, it is worth considering no handles if you only want to focus on aesthetics.  However, the same problem with hinging presides and its worth mentioning that the push open mechanisms usually cost a pretty penny.

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In more traditional designs, one may consider a combination of two different types of hanldes and dont forget, knobs.

Knobs have evolved somewhat from your grand mothers kitchen and now come in an array of finishes from pewuter, bronze, copper, rose gold, glass and even crystal.  One could match up to three different handle types in one space as is the case in the image below.

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Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, just remember that your Weizter Designer is there to assist you and guide you.  They’ve done this before and have extensive knowledge on what works and what doesn’t work.  Ultimately, the choice is always yours.

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11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size

Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. Remodeling a small kitchen can be a big success if you keep a few key concepts in mind. First, minimize clutter and maximize efficiency. Get rid of uni-taskers and anything that doesn’t have a real practical purpose. Find the very best storage for every drawer and cabinet, and if storage elements are out in the open, make sure they add to the overall design of the room. Next, focus your design details. Make the most, visually, of the space that you have. Open up the areas that you can. A counter bar with backless stools will create an open sense of flow, while providing necessary seating, and consider open or glass shelving instead of traditional cabinets. When you use color, make a statement, whether it’s an accent wall of tile, or a bold color choice for cabinets. The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your kitchen is small, does not mean you have to skimp on style when remodeling. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can remodel a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.

Play with Pattern

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One design benefit of having only a small amount of wall space to work with is that you can mix and match colors and patterns without fear that the look will overpower the room. Here, a tiny patch of wall surrounded by white cabinets becomes a canvas for a cheerful checkerboard of blue and green tiles.

Open Up

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If it's structurally possible in your home, open up one wall of a small kitchen and install a high counter to separate it from the other space, like these homeowners did. Not only does the counter become a place to eat and do homework, it's also a gathering spot that will allow you to converse with guests while you prepare food.

Textural Tiles

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In lieu of paint, gleaming tiles can add an element of fun to a small kitchen. Further punctuate the space with details that catch the eye, like black hardware, colorful canisters, and a sculptural stove hood.

Look Up

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Maximize storage space by choosing cabinets that reach the ceiling. This kitchen's all-white color scheme, which embraces the walls, cabinetry, counters, pendant lights, and seating, helps keeping the space open.

Rustic Charm

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Blond wood cabinets echo this cottage's exposed beams and ceiling slats, while a stainless steel backsplash gives the room a modern edge. Along the windows, a wide sill that matches the countertops provides a casual spot for morning coffee.

Color Confidence

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While it's true that whites and lighter hues can visually expand a small space, a bold use of color creates a welcoming atmosphere as well. Here, apple green cabinetry pairs well with the black and white details of the room. Glass-front doors keep the color from overwhelming the space.

Galley Reimagined

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To create a U-shaped space, this homeowner closed off one end of a walk-through galley kitchen with a glass block wall behind the stove. The floor tiles echo the grid pattern of the glass blocks, emphasizing the graphic, modern feeling of the room.

Personal Style

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Whatever size room you're working with, let it reflect your taste. This cozy kitchen is brimming with country accents, from the butcher-block counters to the sink skirt and fabric-covered stools.

Fun Underfoot

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Never underestimate the power of a floor pattern to enliven a small space. A classic black-and-white checkerboard has timeless appeal and can be made with either tiles or paint. Maximize the floor's decorative punch by choosing a streamlined, all-white scheme for the rest of the room.

Classic Details

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Tucked into a sunny alcove, this charming space capitalizes on the decor that is so popular in kitchen design today: white walls, white cabinets, black granite counters, and warm wood floors. Recessed lighting and bare windows underscore the room's clean-lined look.

Take a Seat

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Much loved for their nostalgic charm, banquettes can be a great seating solution in small kitchens. Here, two benches (one with additional storage built into the back) are positioned in front of a sunny window. Other eye-catching details in the room include colorful collections housed on open shelves and a playful linoleum pattern on the floor.

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Celebrity Kitchens, which is your favourite?

Prepare to be seething with jealousy in just a few moments: Your favorite stars have the most stunning kitchens ever. The world’s rich and famous really do seem to have the best taste and have effectively infused their style into their beautiful homes. For us food-obsessed people, these gorgeous kitchens are the epicenter of these glamorous lofts and mansions. Whatever your tastes are, we are absolutely certain that you will be inspired and in awe of every single one of these state-of-the-art celebrity kitchens.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

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Lauren Conrad

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Naomi Watts

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Roberto Cavalli

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

 

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Galley Kitchens

When you live in a city, galley kitchens are a reality. They’re everywhere. If you don’t have one, one of your friends probably does. Galley kitchens present a unique set of challenges because of their limited space and aisle-style layout. This can make using the space a huge pain, especially if the original layout isn’t conducive to cooking with ease.
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A galley kitchen doesn’t have to be your nightmare kitchen. With proper workflow and the right design, it could become the kitchen of your dreams. Galley Kitchens Are Not a Design Choice Not many people choose a galley kitchen on their own. The kitchen works in the space, but not so much for the people who end up living there.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The Biggest Complaint? The Lack of Storage, The constricting space means that your storage options are limited. For people who have a lot of cookware, a galley kitchen often won’t have the room for it. Design Solutions for Your Galley Kitchen The stove should also be close to the serving area, and the fridge close to the sink. This gives you a more seamless transition between collecting, prepping, cooking, and serving. If your family has a host of culinary fanatics, or even if the chef just needs a little help with prep, a galley kitchen can propose some problems. There is a lot of back and forth and members of the family will get in each other’s way, make sure there are dedicated spaces in which you can prepare beverages without interfering with the cook.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}To compensate for the extra people in the restricted space, I recommend scattering the appliances further apart. Arranging your appliances for the space will let everyone have a little more room to negotiate.
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Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Those who say "good things come in small packages" probably don't have to contend with small-kitchen challenges like crammed cupboards and limited counter space. If your kitchen seems more cramped than convenient these days, it may be time for a shake-up.

Create Space with Light Colors

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Create Space with Light ColorsThe three main design components that determine how spacious a room feels are color, lighting, and the contents of the room. The easiest quick fix, particularly if you're not ready to cut back on your cookware collection or install additional lighting, is repainting. Walls that are dark and bold can make a kitchen feel crowded (or cozy), while, conversely, lighter hues offer an airy feel. Create a sense of openness with antique whites, off-whites, creams, light yellows, or pale shades of gray.

Avoid Strong Visual Contrast

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Once you pick a light color, commit to it. To liven things up, some homeowners make the mistake of incorporating an accent floor—one strong, bold-hued wall in an otherwise light-toned kitchen. In a large kitchen, that can work but in a small kitchen, strong visual contrast creates a feeling of segmentation and restriction. A better way to add a little optical oomph into an otherwise monotone kitchen is to play with the extras. Keep all the walls light and bright.

Accent Lighting

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The human eye is naturally drawn to the highest contrasting point in a room and in a kitchen, that’s usually the top of the cabinets. When shadows create a strong visual line between the cabinets and the ceiling, the kitchen can feel as cramped as it would with a high-contrast accent wall. You can erase or soften those shadows by installing up lighting above the cabinets. It casts a gentle illumination that eases the visual contrast created by shadows and as a result makes the whole room feel more open. Lighting installed beneath upper cabinets and directed onto the countertop works in a similar way.

Find a Place for Everything

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When they're left out on the countertop, cookbooks, spices, and small appliances eat up valuable work space and draw attention to a kitchen's insufficient size. Aside from taller upper cabinets, options like concealed storage racks and pull-out or swing-out shelves maximize storage space behind tidily closed doors. Remember: The less cluttered the kitchen, the larger it will feel.

Reflective Materials

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Shiny surfaces can bounce light and ultimately make any kitchen feel larger. It has a lot to do with the way shiny surfaces pick up and reflect the hues of the walls and cabinets. For example, if you have antique white cabinets, the sheen of stainless steel appliances will reflect some of this off-white hue and amplify the space-enhancing effects of your choice in cabinet color.

Natural Light

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The view from a kitchen window should make the outdoors—be it a deck where you entertain or a large, lush backyard—seem like an extension of the kitchen. Swap out heavy draperies and blinds for sheer curtains or simply a valance, and leave the rest of the window uncovered. The additional natural light will not only visually expand the space, but will also help instill that coveted airiness.

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THESE ARE THE TOP KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2019

This year is all about refreshing your cooking space.

In the New Year, many homemakers will look to refresh their favourite spaces, often starting in the kitchen. In 2018, we saw everything from banquette-style seating to two-toned kitchen cabinetry, and will continue to see innovative new designs prevail in the New Year. 

Whether you're planning to remodel your kitchen or get inspired for a simple refresh, there's a whole new crop of design trends to consider for 2019.

 

CLEVER, CONCEALED STORAGE

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Clients continue to gravitate towards concealed and clean integration in our kitchen designs, with maximized and clever storage solutions.

 

PEWTER AND GUNMETAL HARDWARE

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Pewter and gunmetal are the trends we love. They're not as harsh as matte black or as specific as brass or gold, but it gives fixtures some texture and depth

 

OPEN SHELVING

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A new trend is replacing kitchen upper cabinets with metal, wood or glass shelving. This adds to the overall bold statements many want to make in their homes, forgoing the minimalism that was popular in years past.

 

VINTAGE VIBE

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We’ll continue to see traditional elements and forms in harmony with modern design in 2019. Think honed, natural stone, organic basalt tiles, hand wrapped rattan furniture and vintage-inspired fixtures and lighting.

 

COLORED UPHOLSTERY

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In 2019 we are officially closing the door on pure white kitchens. Even if it's just one element of accent color such as blue counter stools, a patterned roman shade or powdered coated island pendants. Pops of colour will be sneaking into the pure white blank slate of kitchens past.

 

USE OF WOOD

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People are increasingly seeking connections from nature. It creates a welcoming and calming environment, and is a timeless, versatile material we love. We see a growing desire for lighter, airier spaces, and wood is a wonderful material to incorporate to achieve this.

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The work triangle and work zones

The concept of the kitchen work triangle was developed in the 1940s by the University Of Illinois School Of Architecture. The goal was to show that by designing and building a kitchen with efficiency in mind, overall construction costs could be reduced. 

The aim of the kitchen triangle is to create the best work area possible in this busiest of rooms. 

Since the three most common work areas in the average kitchen are the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator, the kitchen work triangle theory suggests that by placing these three areas in proximity to each other, the kitchen becomes more efficient. If you place them too far away from each other, you waste a lot of steps while preparing a meal. If they are too close together, you end up with a cramped kitchen without adequate space to prepare and cook meals.

Here are some examples of standard kitchen layouts with their work triangle:

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The kitchen triangle concept has faded in recent years, as it's become somewhat outdated. For instance, the kitchen triangle is based on the idea that one person prepares the entire meal, which isn't necessarily the case in 21st-century families. 

And open concept kitchens which are popular with newer-style construction often don't require such uniform layout. In these kitchens, the design tends to focus less on a work triangle and more on kitchen work zones that may even spill over into the dining or living areas. One example of a work zone would be placing the dishwasher, sink, and trash can close to each other to make cleaning up easier.

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Remember, your lifestyle should determine the functionality of your kitchen, not the other way around. The work triangle is not a law, merely a suggestion. Although it can be a helpful tool, don't let it inhibit you from thinking outside the triangle when it comes to designing your kitchen.

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HOW TO TELL ITS TIME FOR A NEW KITCHEN

A kitchen renovation is a big, big project. There’s the planning to be considered, and the budget — not to mention the fact that your kitchen will be out of commission for at least a couple of months. So how do you know when you’re ready to take the plunge? Here are seven tell-tale signs that it’s time.

#7: You’re precariously short on counter and/or storage space

Do you find yourself scrambling for counter space every time you cook? Are your cabinets so packed that you have to store kitchen items in other parts of the house? If either of these things is true, a remodel that expands your storage and/or counter space could save you a lot of hassle.

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#6: The layout is awkward and/or dangerous

A poor layout can make working in a kitchen very inconvenient, while other features, like the hob only islands that were so popular in the ’80s, can be downright dangerous. (Imagine a child or passerby catching the handle of a pot cooking on the stove — not great.) Whether your layout is truly hazardous or just a bit of a pain, a reconfiguration could be worth it.

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#5: Cleaning your kitchen is a nightmare

Tile countertops with deep grout lines and mottled linoleum floor tiles that never quite look clean are just a few of the culprits. If you have a high-maintenance kitchen, you definitely know it, and you’ve probably spent time complaining about it, too. Renovating your kitchen could go a long way towards enhancing your happiness with your space, and your cleaning routine, too.

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#4: Outdated appliances are running up your electric bill

Older appliances can be a real energy suck, which means money that’s coming out of your bills every month. If you suspect that your appliances could be a drain on your budget. Over time, new appliances could actually pay for themselves.

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#3: Your kitchen just doesn’t suit your lifestyle

Maybe you have a small, cramped kitchen but you love to cook. Maybe you love to entertain, but your kitchen is separated from the rest of the home and you feel isolated from your guests. Maybe you’re a two-cook family with a one-cook kitchen. If your kitchen is significantly affecting your lifestyle, and you’re planning on being in your home for a while, this could be reason enough to renovate a kitchen that by other people’s standards might be perfectly acceptable. (Just remember to donate and/or sell those used appliances and cabinets!)

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#2: A decrepit and/or dated kitchen is dragging down the value of your home

You may not be particularly concerned about your older kitchen’s odd quirks or unusual style, but if you’re planning on selling your house anytime soon, this could be a hang-up for potential buyers, and a feature that could lower the sale price of your home. If you’re renovating only for financial reasons, a consultation with a real estate agent or kitchen designer is probably in order.

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#1: You hate the space so much you don’t actually use it

Whether it’s falling apart, or just very ugly, if you hate your kitchen so much that you can’t stand to set foot in there, and you find yourself eating out more often than you should — it might be time for a change.

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Ways to Get More Kitchen Counter Space

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

Roll Me Away

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

Hang Time

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

Sink It

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

Beyond the Block

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

Top-Shelf Idea

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

Another Way to Look At It

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

Island Idea

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

Hole in the Wall

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

Corner Pocket

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

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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

Jar Ingenuity

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

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Minimalist Kitchens

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

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

Below are some ideas for a minimalist kitchen

 

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Maintaining your kitchen herb garden

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1. Using the right growing soil.

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

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2. Startig seeds can go further.

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

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3. Keep soil moist until sprouts appear.

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

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4. Start new seeds often.

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

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5. Don't use too much fertilizer.

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

 6. Harvest often.

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

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7. Water spray your herbs.

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

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BEST COLOURS FOR KITCHENS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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