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Focal Points in the kitchen

Focal Points in the kitchen

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make use of an attention grabbing backsplash

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

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Making your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

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

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Pros & Cons of Country Style Kitchen Sinks

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

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A GUIDE TO KITCHEN ZONES AND ZONING

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

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

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

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

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  1. Divide your kitchen into five zones.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Just do your best!

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

 

 

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Old Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the Most expensive improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home. A big kitchen renovation is one of the most expensive improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home.

Over-the-Range Microwave

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Saving space by installing the microwave over the range has been standard kitchen protocol for years. But that practice is on its way out. As home buyers begin to favor universal design principles, keeping necessities accessible for the entire family becomes ever more important. Consider moving the micro to under-the-counter nooks and drawers instead.

Pot Racks

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Pot racks certainly had their moment in kitchen design. Placing a large pot rack over a central kitchen island, however, is no longer your best bet. Pots are now stashed neatly in drawers as opposed to living out in the open. Opting for a redesign that's sleek and minimalist will remain a safe choice for years to come.

Farmstyle Sinks

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It once seemed that homeowners would never tire of the throwback charm of the farm style sink, yet you'll rarely see one installed in a kitchen renovation today. Stick with stainless steel, which will always be practical and in style.

Appliance Garage

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It is nice to keep your appliances off the countertop. But at the expense of the space an appliance garage requires? The trend of large cabinet drawers is here to stay, and there is plenty of room in there for your small appliances.

Tiny Backsplash

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Minimal backsplashes are out, and for good practical reasons. Spills and splatters don’t necessarily have good aim. A tile or glass backsplash that goes all the way from counter to cabinets is much easier to keep clean and looking nice.

Skipping Window Treatments

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Keeping windows open and unfettered by shades or curtains has been a trend for several years - mimicking the urban style of loft living. But the trade off for this chic style is a complete no privacy and contending daily with the constant glare of unfiltered sun. Luckily, this is a trend that’s easy to reverse. There are lots of simple, minimalist window treatments that will keep your windows uncluttered while serving their important practical purpose. Not taking care of these will lead to replacing kitchen windows which can be a costly exercise.

Tiled Countertops

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Tiled countertops were big in the 70’s and 80’s and made a comeback recently in more minimalist designs. It is cheaper thn granite other solid natural countertop surfaces. But regardless of tile size and design, it is a maintenance headache. It’s hard enough to clean grout on a vertical surface in a shower. Bright AppliancesThere’s been a recent bright pop up in colour appliances to break up the sea of stainless that’s reigned supreme for years. Just beware that a trend is a trend, and will eventually (sometimes sooner than later) fade.

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Modern Contemporary Kitchens

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

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How to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting

How to make your kitchen feel bigger and more inviting

Use glass cupboard doors and mirror backboards

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

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

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

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

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Choose “small footprint” furniture

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

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

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Shine the light, create more space

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

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

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CLIENTS DESIGN AND BRIEF

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

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

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We ticked all the boxes:

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

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

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Kitchen Peninsulas

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As a designer I have noticed a definite switch in design when it comes to replacing the normal kitchen island to a peninsula.
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The 5 Best Kitchen Flooring Options for Your Renovation

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The kitchen has become the hub of the modern home, not just a cook space but a gathering place for family and friends and a focal point for activity. With all that goes on in today’s kitchen, it’s crucial that the floor can withstand high foot traffic as well as the all the inevitable spills and spatters. It also has to suit your personal style and fit your budget.

FOUR KITCHEN FLOOR MUSTS

Keep the following in mind when floor shopping:

Durability: To withstand frequent spills without staining, and to survive dropped skillets without damage, choose flooring that’s tough enough to survive your lifestyle.

Water-resistance: Your kitchen is a “semi-wet” room, so the flooring you choose should not be damaged by the occasional spilled glass of juice.

Scrub able: Messes always seem to end up underfoot, so the best kitchen flooring is one that’s easy to keep clean.

Design-friendly: When all is said and done, you want your kitchen to look just as good as the rest of your home. With today’s flooring options, you can have an attractive kitchen floor that’s resilient to boot.

Flooring manufacturers offer a wide assortment of materials that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. The following five flooring choices top the most-desirable list for contemporary kitchens. Start here when planning your kitchen redo, and you’re sure to find one that meets your needs.

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  • 1.SHEET VINYL

Pros: Water-resistant, scrub able, comfortable underfoot, and budget friendly
Cons: Heavy appliances can leave depressions (avoidable with coasters under appliance legs)

Sheet vinyl has been around for decades and has only gotten better. The fact that it comes in a large sheet, as opposed to small, stick-down tiles, means there are no seams where water can seep down to the subflooring. Sheet vinyl offers wall-to-wall waterproof floor protection, which is always welcome in busy kitchens that see a lot of spills.

Vinyl flooring doesn’t get cold in the winter (as, say, ceramic tile can), so it’s comfortable underfoot all year round. It is easy to clean too; regular sweeping and occasional mopping with an all-purpose vinyl floor cleaner is sufficient.

Sheet vinyl is available in a wide variety of patterns and colours. The thicker the vinyl, the more durable and the more expensive. Expect to pay R300 to R1000 per square meter depending on quality. Professional installation will add another R100 to R300 per square meter. Pro installation is recommended because the vinyl sheet must be perfectly cut to fit the exact dimensions of the room and then carefully glued and rolled with a heavy press to prevent air bubbles.

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  1. PORCELAIN TILE

Pros: Extremely durable, waterproof, stain resistant, and good for high-traffic areas
Cons: Grout requires periodic sealing to prevent stains

For the ultimate in durability, it’s hard to beat porcelain tile. Though similar to ceramic, porcelain is fired at higher temperatures, which makes it stronger and more resistant to damage. It comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, from 300mm squares to 1800mm planks that mimic hardwood. Like other hard flooring surfaces, porcelain can be slippery when wet, and it’s extremely hard—glasses and plates that fall on the floor will likely shatter.

Porcelain tile is heavy and will add substantial weight, so it’s not usually recommended for a second-story floor. If you have questions about whether your floor system is adequate for installing the tile, contact an engineer or a reputable tile setter. Depending on brand and quality, you’ll pay R250 to R800 per square meter for porcelain tile and an additional R350 to R1000 for professional installation. Unless you’re familiar with laying tile, it’s best to leave this to a professional. Installing porcelain requires the use of a special type of underlayment and thin set mortar.

Though porcelain tile is easy to clean with an all-purpose floor cleaner and a wet mop, the grout between the tiles should be sealed every three to four years with a grout sealer to reduce the risk of stains.

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  1. ENGINEERED VINYL PLANK (EVP)

Pros: Waterproof, DIY-friendly, closely resembles real hardwood flooring
Cons: Heavy appliances may leave depressions

One of the newer flooring products on the market, engineered vinyl planks (EVP) are getting a lot of attention. The planks, which resemble hardwood, are completely waterproof. On the surface of the plank is a layer of luxury vinyl, bonded to a waterproof core that’s slightly cushioned to give the floor a soft feel underfoot.

Like other engineered flooring (laminate flooring or floating flooring), EVP planks do not attach directly to the subfloor. Instead, the planks snap together, which makes installation DIY-friendly. The flooring runs R500 to R700 per square meter and includes installation instructions. If you choose to have it professionally installed, expect to pay another R300 to R600 per square meter. Unlike a lot of flooring choices, such as sheet vinyl or tile, EVP can be installed directly over existing tile, concrete, or linoleum.

In terms of downsides, EVP is not as resilient as porcelain—and moving a heavy fridge could leave a scratch, so care should be taken when moving heavy appliances. It’s a breeze to clean, however, with just a mop dampened with soapy water.

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  1. STONE TILE

Pros: Adds a natural, one-of-a-kind ambiance (no two tiles are identical), non-slip surface
Cons: Expensive and can stain without regular sealing

If you want natural flooring at any price, check out stone tile. You’ll pay R240 to R600 per square meter, depending on the type of stone, and factor in an additional R250 to R550 per square meter for professional installation. Hiring a professional tile setter is highly recommended because of the special underlayment and thin set mortar required. Even slight discrepancies in the thickness of the mortar or failure to use the correct product could result in stone tiles popping off.

Natural stone tile adds beauty to any kitchen and, unlike manufactured tiles, it’s by and large non-slip due to its semi-porous surface. Choose from a handful of natural tan, gray, red, and brown earth tones, depending on the type of stone you choose. The following types of stone are commonly available in flooring tiles:

  • Travertineis smooth underfoot, non-slip, and available in light-to-medium soft earth tones.
  • Marbleis very hard and can be polished to a high sheen. Unfortunately, it can also be slippery when wet. Marble is available in a wide variety of colours, including green, brown, gray, and near-black with pink, red, gold, and burgundy veining.
  • Slateis one of the best kitchen flooring choices for many reasons, but namely, because it’s slip-resistant and very durable. It comes available in blue, gray, red, and orange tones, with attractive veining in the same colours.
  • Granitetile is very hard, making it a good choice for high traffic areas. It comes in deep gray’s, blacks, tans, and mottled white tones. Granite resists scratching and can be polished to high shine, although the higher the sheen, the greater the slip factor.

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5. Cork

Pros: Budget-friendly, DIY-friendly, warm and cushioned feel underfoot
Cons: Can be scratched by heavy objects

A relatively new addition to the flooring market, cork is quickly becoming a preferred choice for those who want a warm soft floor at an affordable price. Expect to pay R300 to R800 per square meter for cork tiles in square or plank shapes. Cork tiles can be installed by an enthusiastic homeowner—they’re available in peel-and-stick, glue down, or snap together assembly. Professional installation, if desired, can run an additional R250 to R400 per square meter.

Composed of ground-up cork combined with resins and then compressed into firm tiles, this flooring is available in a variety of gray, tan, and brown shades. While cork flooring can depress under the legs of heavy appliances, given time, the depressions will return to their original state. Cork flooring is soft underfoot and slightly springy. It reduces sound transfer, so it’s a good choice for homes that have a living area beneath the kitchen. Cork flooring resists stains but it is not stain-proof. Spilled wine that’s not promptly wiped up may leave a stain, but one of the cool things about cork is that it can be refinished by sanding down the surface and then applying stain and a sealer.

Cork can fade if exposed to direct sunlight, so protect your floor by using curtains or blinds. Clean-up is simple; wipe up spills promptly and mop with soapy water when necessary. Follow up by wiping the floor with a clean, dry microfiber mop to remove excess water.

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Kitchen Island Design Ideas

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

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5 ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen

5 ways to incorporate marble into your kitchen

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

 

Colour blocking

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

 

Embrace the marble dark side

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

 

Don’t forget the basics

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

 

Now you see it, now you don’t

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

 

Go wild

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

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Minimalist Kitchen

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

{Weizter} {Kitchens}Over the past decade, open plan kitchens have become very popular and we have seen architects designing more and more houses with an open plan kitchen concept.
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Whilst an open plan kitchen can look attractive it is important to make sure the flow from your kitchen to the dining or lounge areas are done correctly and that the kitchen does not look like an eye sore from the rest of the area. I would recommend that the kitchen dining and lounge areas all complement  each other through flow of colour and texture, it would be recommended that the colour scheme be monochromatic. I would suggest using subtle hints of white, grey and other hues of grey in order to have the correct flow.
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Vanity Units

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

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

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

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

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Ways you are accidentally damaging your kitchen counter tops

The most important work surface in the home, the kitchen countertop is built to accommodate food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains, and more. But despite their durability, countertops can suffer from costly damage whether they're made of laminate, marble, granite, or any other material. Here are ways people unintentionally damage their countertops, with tips on how to keep yours in tip-top shape for years to come.

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1. Many hard surfaces crack under pressure. Placing heavy objects near unsupported edges or joints can cause cracks, ruptures, and fractures. You had better think twice before purchasing that extra-heavy microwave or standing on the countertop to reach a high shelf!

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2. Heavy duty cleaning products containing bleach or ammonia can cause stone and granite countertops to lose their luster. To prevent them from fading, stick with soap and hot water for daily cleanups.

3. Check the manufacturer's recommendations before you put toaster ovens, slow cookers, and other heat-generating appliances on your countertop, because temperature changes can cause some materials to crack. Rather place a trivet or cutting board between the appliance and the counter.

4. Because marble countertops are made of calcium carbonate, which is chemically a base, they're especially sensitive to anything acidic. One simple splash of vinegar, wine, lemon juice, or tomato sauce will cause dull spots, known as etches, on the surface. If you spill anything acidic on your marble countertop, clean it up right away with water, then neutralize the stain by sprinkling baking soda onto it.

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5. Pools of water, especially hard tap water, can cause stains and white crusty buildup if left on the kitchen counter. After wiping up the spilled water, be sure to completely dry the countertop with a towel to prevent future problems.

6. Chopping, slicing, and dicing directly on the kitchen countertop is not good. Fine scratches can disrupt the waterproof sealant on most countertops, making them more susceptible to damage down the road.

7. Splitting or peeling edges are common problems on laminate countertops. Reduce the stress on your counters by never leaning on the edges.

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8. Placing a hot pot directly on a countertop can cause discoloration or cracking. Use trivets or pot holders as a barrier, or risk creating a burn mark you’ll forever regret.

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9. Everyone wants a sunny kitchen, but direct sunlight can cause laminate countertops to fade. Sunlight can also fade some sealants used on granite and wood countertops. Pull down a shade during peak daylight hours to minimize long-term damage.

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10. Do not always prepare food in the same spot. Over time, that section of the counter will suffer from scratches, etches, and other signs of wear and tear. Try migrating to different parts of the counter regularly.

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Modern TV Cabinets

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

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

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

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

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Appliances - Built in VS Integrated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One Wall Kitchens

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


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


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

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

Transform your kitchen into the perfect place to get together

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

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

Go open plan

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

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

Divide the space

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

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

Set the light

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