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AUG
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Tips on deciding on an Island in your kitchen


Kitchens design and style.  Beautiful colours and glossy working tops, a statement of personal style, and creative minds. The kitchen is personal, and emotional. Memories are made in kitchens. . Looking back from child hood to raising your own kids. This space in a house isn’t just a room or a store place for food; this is the heart of any house and the place you call home.  So how do you create a kitchen and keeping not only the aesthetic side in mind, but the functionality and practicality? And most important family friendly. Good news here is a few guide lines and info to keep in mind. If you decide to ad an island to your kitchen.

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If space allows you to have an island, always remember you need a minimum of a meter from the floor cupboards to the island. This allows you to be able to move freely around your Island. Enough space to open doors and drawer.
1-    Island Seating ...  The avag space you need for one stool is about 600mm,if you have an island with a seating area of 2.4m you will be able to seat 4 people, but keep in mind this is an the avagarage and guide line, in some cases you need more space.
2-    Hob on island... If became obvious that most Islands with a hob is normally dead centre, but this is actually not practical. Having your hob of centre you actually creating more functional working space, now you don’t have to work in two separate working areas.
3-    Prep bowl on island... Depending on the size of your island, yes go ahead make space for a prep bowl, the Avagarage Island there isn’t really space for a prep bowl. Best advices plan your prep bowl in a corner of your kitchen, space you really don’t use a lot.
4-    Drawers part of the island... The advantage of having drawers on your island, you can plan smart for this, first for what reason do you want to use the island, cooking or family time. You will use the drawers for utilities, and pots, please don’t overload your island with pot drawers you are not going to use them all. You know which pots and pans you use the most, store them in the island. You can also add drawers for plates.

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5-    Spice unit... Spice unit is best if you have a hob and planning to cook at the island, two spice sets is more than enough, with the spice pull outs you get now a days you can use one for all the spices and the other for your oils. Placing one spice unit on the left and the other on the right. Of the hob.
6-    Vegetable unit... Really think about it what vegetables do you put in your vegetable unit?? Only onions and potatoes. The rest we store in a fridge. So why a vegetable unit, good question and a valid answer none.
7-    Pop up Power point... What a blessing a pop up power point actually a creative innovated idea. Always looking for some place to charge a phone, or to use electrical appliances like a mixer. With a pop up plug you can now do all at the island, and when you’re done remove plug and push the plug down, and there you go no plugs visib
8-    BooK Shelves... Looking for some place creative to put your cooking books, use your island. With a book shelve cupboard at the end of your island, will make the island look more in style, giving it a unique look. Practical and functional.

There is many ways to create an island according to your needs. Sit and think what type of island you want, do you want it for seating, entertaining friends and family. Are you dreaming of being a chef, or being a chef at home, is it going to be a statement, or a feature.

 

AUG
01
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Farmhouse Kitchens in Morden living

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How close can we get to nature? In a city with tall sky scrapers, tar roads, and no park even in sight. A frustration to one who love the outdoors, nature and the feeling of freedom. And the closest you will get to nature in this rate race, and limited free time, will be to watch Discovery channel, bring nature into your home. Seeing that the kitchen is the most popular room in any house, a place where friends spend time, cooking and entertaining, breakfast with those you love. The heart of any home.

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With a natural wood finish, natural granite tops, and wooden floors. Add Morden light fittings, with the right light sensitivity not bright, but a soft warm white. Just to add the feel of a cottage out in the wild.  Perfect setup to arrive to from work, changing the rate race mood, to a peace full, calm and relax mood. What a good way to forget about work and enjoying the limited free time you have.

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JUL
30
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Sleek and modern kitchen design

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A conceptual design of a modern kitchen for a proposed luxury penthouse; this sleek design is brought to life through one of the very best design software on the market. This enables us at Weizter to create near photorealistic renders and panoramic views for every client to visualize the end result of their kitchen. 
 
Interior design is making the best possible use of the available space. And successful design creates liveable spaces which are focused around the client’s needs and wants. The look and feel as well as its functionality is balanced equally in order to create a harmonious design.
 
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This design was created with that in mind; derived from a client’s needs list for a modern yet functional kitchen. Specific attention is placed on the work flow of the space, whilst still creating a sleek modern design. Two floor-to-ceiling glass windows which frame the kitchen beautifully determined its shape and position. The large island; where preparation and cooking can take place define the space with a coffee station and additional working area behind. Appliances which appear to be floating are zoned adjacent to the integrated fridge and pantry unit. A unique display area sits next to this and the island shape allows for ample seating space. The colour scheme of earthy tones and variations of grey was selected to have a subtle masculine appeal; matt finishes with stone tops.
 
Minimalist cabinetry, a neutral colour palette and metal accents created a sophisticated design where the beauty lies in its unique simplicity.
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JUL
30
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Ultra modern kitchen perfection

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Vision by definition is the ability to think about or plan the future with our imagination. Acknowledging fellow designers and their designs give us the opportunity to learn, grow and gain inspiration to be implemented in designs for our clients. Vision designed to be showcased at Eurocucina 2018. A simple gesture creates a beautiful feeling. The fluid lines evoke user centred ergonomics and pure motion which lends itself to the movements of the user within the kitchen. The soft-lines contrasted with the vertical and horizontal lines appeals to eye, catching it at first glance. The concept encapsulates the necessity for a fluid dynamic space. Surfaces flow into each other and materials are kept simple and sleek. This immediately expresses a sense of clarity and sensuousness. Vision is simply a stunning kitchen masterpiece.
 
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JUL
28
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The Work Triangle

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.

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.

JUL
28
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Picture-Perfect Small Bathrooms

When your bathroom is short on space, the right vanity can help you live larger than your square footage. These small-bathroom vanities offer big style without overtaking the room.

Placing a vanity in a corner takes advantage of every inch of floor space and also allows for storage options on two walls. Corner vanities offer extra space that might otherwise go unused. Opt for a light colour to keep the area from feeling dark. An open unit with a shelf for a storage basket will also make the area appear less cramped.

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The best small bathroom vanities are those that are both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. A light colour freestanding cabinet with mirrored doors is a great example. The mirrors visually expand the space.

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A wall-mount basin appears to float and lends an airy look to a small room by freeing up the floor space below.

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A lack of space doesn't mean a lack of style. To give your tiny bathroom a sophisticated look, use a dresser-style vanity. In addition to looking great, a dresser-style vanity offers plenty of storage space in its drawers to keep toiletries and towels tidy.

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A floating vanity is a great way to give the illusion of more space in a small bathroom. Installing a large mirror above the unit will further trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it actually is.

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A rounded vanity seems more delicate and petite than its square or rectangular counterparts, making it a great choice for a small bathroom. Mimic the base's shape by choosing a round basin.

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A pedestal sink is a classic choice for saving space. Even if the top is quite large, the unit will appear smaller thanks to the slender base. To make up for lost storage, install a shelf above the basin.

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Many vanities have an open area below that’s hidden by two doors. A more space-savvy choice is one that offers wide and deep drawers to keep supplies out of sight and well organized. 

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JUL
27
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Kitchenettes

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Kitchenettes are areas that can assist you to not go to the main kitchen to make warm or cold beverages or warm up a slice of pizza or your favorite meal. It has become popular to have a kitchenette in your pyjama lounge or cinema areas as you don’t want to disturb your family time just when you need something to drink or eat.
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Kitchenettes have also become a must have when planning your guest suite, as you don’t want your guests to be inconvenienced when they simply would just like a cup of coffee or tea or just heat up a fresh scone or muffin. When planning a kitchenette, some must haves are a microwave, prep bowl and a fridge.
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JUL
27
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Bars

Bars have always been a place for friends to get together and party the night away or for friends and family to get together to discuss past stories.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}The modern bar has combined glass, chrome and accents of wood to keep it natural. When designing a bar it would be important to make sure you have a water point and a basin to rinse glasses and keep the space clean. A bar should consist of fridges, water and a sink, as well as display sections for your priced bottles of alcohol.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}{Weizter} {Kitchens}Wine racks as well as glass display sections are also popular to display wine and champagne glasses or whiskey and beer glasses. Seating at a Bar is also vital as it is generally a space that would be occupied by friends and family that would group together and sit in that area.
JUL
27
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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 attractive herbs and spices 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 window can easily become the focal point by using chic window treatments. Try adding a classy blind or characterful café curtains. If privacy isn’t an issue, you could even fix glass shelves across the window and using them to display pots of easy-to-grow herbs like parsley, thyme, marjoram and sweet basil.

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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.

 

JUL
27
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Shoes have for a long time been the pinnacle to any woman’s closet. The obsession for a closet filled with shoes will be a dream for many clients out there.
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It has also always been an irritation in terms of storage and where they should go without constantly having to unpack the entire cupboard to get your favourite pair of shoes to wear. When it comes to storage of shoes there are many options out there.
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You could consider pull out chrome shoe racks or pull out drawers, but the most cost effective and the most user friendly option will always be angled shoe shelves, where you can view all the pairs of shoes you have. Floating shelves could also be an option to keep it simple. When designing your closet space, whether against only one wall or in a walk in closet room, it is important to leave ample storage space for shoes.

JUL
27
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Mirror Sliding Doors

While framed sliding doors with mirrors are much more expensive than melamine swinging doors with hinges, they’re worth it in the long run. They add value to the house and there are many different designs in sliding doors that can complement the decor of the rest of the bedroom and the house itself. 

The most popular cupboard with sliding doors aside from mirrored doors are constructed from MDF which can be plain or routed and painted to suit the rest of the bedroom. The mirror sections are typically glass with a reflective layer on one side and for safety, and most sliding mirror doors are laminated. 

Cupboards with sliding doors are simply moulded into the design of any room, and can choose from various designs and styles as well as finishes, and also sizes that will fit comfortably in the space with the right amount of storage areas for your needs. Also, consider that sliding doors can be a feature of any cupboard or closet in your house where you need extra storage.

Subdivisions in your cupboards with sliding doors can help you organise your clothes and shoes and other accessories rather than letting them pile up in one space making them hard to find. Some cupboards come with extra shelving.

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JUL
27
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How to plan for a new kitchen

If you want a new kitchen, you may have a very clear vision of what you want, right down to the taps, sinks and flooring.If you want a new kitchen, you may have a very clear vision of what you want, right down to the taps, sinks and flooring.
Communicating both your likes and dislikes is very important in order for your kitchen designer to be able to come up with an effective solution. While you may have a clear picture in your head of what the end-result will be, others may not, so finding a way to communicate what you want could be very beneficial.
We have come up with five easy things you can do to help get the most from the kitchen planning process.

Take measurements
If you plan to visit our showroom, take your kitchen measurements with you, this will help us come up with a design. Alternatively, a design consultant can visit your home, take measurements, and then design a 3D plan with you as well as show you samples and materials. 

Make a mood board
A mood board is a great way to organise your thoughts and should include everything from the biggest parts of a project right down to the smallest details. You could include pictures of the style of kitchen you like cut from magazines or a swatch of material in a colour you love. In creating a mood board of ideas, your vision will become easier to communicate to others and will help everyone (including yourself) see the bigger picture.

Be clear on what will or won’t work in the space
You know your kitchen best and know how the space is used, help your designer come up with a design that meets your expectations by noting down what you like and what you don’t like about how your kitchen is currently configured.

Consider your gadgets
If one of the reasons you need a new kitchen is a lack of storage, be sure to mention this to your planner. If you have a bread maker or a rarely used coffee maker in the garage, you will probably want your new kitchen to accommodate all these additional items. This means that extra storage must be built into the plan if possible.

Know your budget
Whether you are throwing caution to the wind or working on a tight budget, be clear on how much you have to spend and where you want to prioritise your money.This will help you when it comes to making decisions and focus your choices.

Of course an experienced kitchen designer will be able to work with whatever information you supply. Use our design consultants to help you to make your new kitchen space work and if you are struggling for inspiration, don’t worry, on our website you’ll find plenty of kitchen ideas.

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JUL
26
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A kitchen for entertaining

Love to cook while entertaining? Here are some ideas of how to plan for the perfect entertaining kitchen.

Beauty + comfort + functionality = Entertainment. Kitchen has evolved from work space to family space. So why not feel comfortable in your kitchen?

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Explore an open floor plan if there is space. Open plan houses put the kitchen at the heart of the house. It is seen from most angles of the house. You see it from the dining room to the family room. It is a place where the hosts can mingle with their guests.

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It makes sense to repeat design elements from room to room in an open plan house. Be it from tiling, ceilings and even lighting. Having a bigger kitchen that opens to other rooms to accommodate a larger island can make all the separate rooms look like one big room.

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By creating more work zones. It will make it easier for others to help if and when needed. Just make sure that each work zone has its own appliances.  

Good parties are all about flow. So when designing an Island, make sure to have about a meter on all sides of the island.

Kitchens transform into gathering spaces when they provide comfort and beauty. Create an atmosphere by comfy sofas, upholstered armchairs or bar stools.

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Are you tired of getting your fold up chairs from the garage for your extra dinner guests? Get a second Island or a banquette. A banquette could fit 6 people or if you throw on a few pillows it will be enough for two people.

JUL
25
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Kitchen Trends To Stay With In 2018

Cooking space remodeling and upgrades are the projects homeowners most hope to take on in the coming year. With this they have to stay with the trend.

Get Smart

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A kitchen can’t be too techy these days! Hands-free faucets, fridges that remind you when to make a grocery run, and appliances you operate with a handheld device will become commonplace in ’18. Next up? Taps that deliver boiling water or even coffee!

Clever Storage

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With upper cabinets disappearing and nobody is really ready to give up tools and space, designers are devising hidden solutions to simplify and make cagey use of available space. These include deeper drawers, corner drawers, pull-out pantries, fridge enclosures, and roll-out trays and caddies, often with a particular item in mind (linens, cutlery, pots and pans—there’s a new slot for whatever you’ve got!)

Islands in change

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The island that changed from prep area to bining will continue to grow—literally—into the multi-purpose focal point of the kitchen and even the hub of the home, which is compatible with the increase in open-plan living. Islands in ’18 will be longer and larger, accommodate more storage and seating, and house more appliances.

Sinks with difference

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The porcelain and stainless steel sinks that ruled for years will make way for alternative materials like stone, copper, and concrete. Perhaps the newsiest idea is the composite sink, made of the same compound as counter tops (such as composite quartz or granite), which creates a seamless look and simplifies cleaning and maintenance.

Color Code

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While rainbow colors are still around, painted cabinets are moving toward subtler, darker hues like navy and plum. For appliances, dark gray tones with a brushed metal finish are supplanting stainless steel. One benefit to going to the dark side: These shades don’t show dirt or wear-and-tear as easily as bright, white, and shiny surfaces.

Flat Out

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One of the easiest ways to attain 2018’s new minimalism is with flat-paneled cabinet doors, as opposed to the raised panels of country kitchens. Flat panels can be super simple, with no visible knobs, or gain impact from a high gloss finish or clean-lined hardware. Sleek!

Rustic Recipe

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On the opposite end of the spectrum from glossy and glitz comes a rugged natural or industrial vibe. Think open shelving made from rough cut wood or pipes, bleached wood cabinet doors, exposed beams and finishes for flooring.

JUL
25
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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.

JUL
23
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Modern country style kitchens

Country Style Kitchens some love them and some don’t, it’s all a matter of preference. Even though it’s an old style of design it is still very popular; bringing with its sense of warmth and a timeless appeal. A country style kitchen can be modern and subtle or very rustic and ornate. Implementing a more modern country style kitchen can be done through small elements in design making it your own space.
 
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Profile doors and exquisite handles
A very popular profile that will create an immediate sense of a country style is a shaker door and its beauty lays in its simplicity but there are many other options available. Your choice of handles goes hand in hand with the door profile. A simple bar handle, an intricate handle, a square, oval or round knob or a buttercup handle. The finish of the handles can vary between chrome, brushed nickel, copper, etc.
 
Open shelving & Framed glass doors
Open shelves in a country kitchen has always been prominent and a perfect way of displaying crockery and unique items in the kitchen; adding interest and warmth. An alternate to open shelves can be behind glass framed doors, this still allows for display but a bit more organised and slightly hidden.
 
Neutral Colour Palette
A neutral palette is a common approach to colour choice as it relates itself well to the softness of a country kitchen. Designers usually stick with creams, whites or light colours. However, we now tend to see a more greys and blues in a monochromatic manner to bring a different look to the country style. 
 
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Timber accents
The use of timber adds an incredibly beautiful textural difference within the space. Timber can be brought in through the actual cupboards itself, breakfast nook or worktop surface, shelving, flooring, wall finishes or even ornaments on display. Timber has softness by nature and adds a lovely rustic feel in the space.
 
Freestanding ovens
The country style can even be implemented in your choice of appliance. A freestanding oven is ideal; it relates to the country look and functions well. For large catering and entertaining it is perfect. There are many new freestanding appliances on the market which give the aesthetic charm of a country style yet ensure modern functionality. 
 
Large Island
A large island is very common in the country style kitchen; this generally takes the form of combining a prep area as well as a seating area. With the kitchen being the heart of the home and gathering point for the family users this is perfect.
 
Country style is not as out-dated as one may think. It can be subtle yet still modern, creating a wonderfully styled kitchen for your home.
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JUL
23
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Wine cellars

Wine cellars have become increasingly popular over the last decade, I have seen a rapid interest in wine cellars whether in a basement or as a room divider. Solid Wood has always been a popular option, however in the past several years we have seen a rapid change in opinion and chrome and metals have been used paired with glass. 
{Weizter} {Kitchens}Wine Cellars that are used as room dividers are popular as it serves as a functional space. When used as a room divider this can be functional as well as aesthetically beautiful. Wine cellars are popular as they can store a vast amount of wine bottles but not limited to wine, I have come across clients who pair their wine in the cellar with whiskeys, champagnes and expensive bottles of cognac.
{Weizter} {Kitchens}While the traditional wine racks in a cellar are classical and will not date, I have found that majority of clients prefer to go with a no fuss simple design that is both contemporary and streamline, with hints of chrome, glass and accents of wood here and there.
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JUL
22
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Cluttered Kitchen Counter Tops

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We've all seen them — those neat, tidy kitchens without a jar or spatula in sight. How do they do it? What sort of magic keeps those kitchens in tip-top shape? And can it wave its magic wand over our kitchens too, please?

Here are 10 rules all clutter-free kitchen you can live by. It's no magic, just smart habits that anyone in any kind of kitchen can adopt.

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  1. Keep the countertops clear.

Clutter starts at the countertop, which is why clutter-free kitchens, you'll notice, always have clean and clear counters. Resist the urge to use the countertop as a drop-off place for mail, keys, magazines, dirty dishes, and all of life's various items.

Relocate small appliances and get rid of any non-essential countertop decor. Make sure that whatever you do keep on the countertop is functional and essential to your time for cooking only.

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  1. Keep things in cabinets.

For all you open-shelving dislikers, this is for you: Kitchens look neater when belongings are kept behind closed cabinet doors rather than stored out in the open. There! I said it. It doesn't mean I don't like open shelving, but I'm aware of its downsides, and so called fashion time.

If you're aiming for a clutter-free kitchen, you're better off sticking to cabinets so you can at least hide the clutter you do have. If you love open shelving, get comfortable with a minimalist style, have a minimum display of  more related than pretty things. Containers  and cans are a big no no!

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  1. Follow the "one in, one out" rule.

Every clutter-free kitchen has a plan in place to keep it that way, and it usually involves some form of the "one in, one out" rule, which means that for everything new you bring into the space, something else has to get taken out. This way you maintain a healthy balance, and the "stuff" doesn't begin to take over.

  1. Follow the "don't put it down, put it away" rule.

This is an essential habit for a clutter-free kitchen, too. Think of the mantra "Don't put it down, put it away!" every time you're about to put something down randomly in the kitchen. Is it dirty? Put it in the dishwasher. Is it clean or new? Put it in the cupboard, refrigerator, or pantry. Is it not supposed to be in the kitchen at all? Take it out of the kitchen and put it in its proper place.

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  1. Don't use the refrigerator as an art gallery.

Simple, but so true: Remove excess paper, notes, photos, lists, and magnets from the refrigerator, and just let the refrigerator be, and your kitchen will immediately look neater.

  1. Find alternatives to the pile.

With the exception of pretty bowls, patterned cloth napkins, or white plates, most things in piles don't look great. This is especially true of pans, pot lids, small appliance accessories, and messy space hogs like trash bags and kitchen wrap.

Clutter-free kitchens turn piles into pleasant areas. Anything that can be lined up or spread out is — it's just so much easier to store and see that way!

  1. Do a chore a day, instead of all at once.

To maintain a clutter-free kitchen you have to value tidiness, and place a priority on cleaning. But that doesn't mean you have to be knee-deep in deep cleaning every week; just do a little cleaning every day, so you're both cleaning and maintaining the kitchen at the same time.

  1. Have morning and evening kitchen rituals.

Mindfulness: It's an airy word that gets thrown around a lot, but small, attentive actions in the kitchen really can help keep clutter under control. Morning and evening rituals help us pay more attention to our kitchens, and how we feel and work in them.

  1. Let yourself have one messy drawer.

Okay, so not every clutter-free kitchen is, well, clutter-free. Every good diet needs a cheat day, right? Every clutter-free kitchen needs a cheat spot, a free-for-all place to stash something until you've found a better location or purpose for it. (And putting it in your cheat spot is better than just leaving it out!)

The key is to be very specific and intentional about where that spot is. Choose just one shelf or drawer, and don't let it spill out into the whole cabinet.

  1. Always leave the kitchen better than you found it.

And finally, a rule of living for clutter-free kitchen, you always leave the kitchen better than when they found it. This might mean quickly wiping down the table when they pass through the room, or taking the water glasses out of the sink and loading them in the dishwasher. It means always looking at your kitchen with a discerning eye and asking yourself: "What small thing can I do in this moment to make my kitchen a little bit better?" Small things grow up to be great habits.

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Less is more

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Before breaking and tearing your old kitchen apart, just wait a second. Take a deep breath and appreciate what you have. Things might look to be of no hope but there might be a jem at the end of the rainbow. Take everything that can be moved on your tops and throw it away. It is just a disaster waiting to happen. 

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If you have an empty work space. It might look more clear. Just think about your desk at work. Well, it is the same at your kitchen. It is a work space after all. Now the work space you have at the office and the work space you have in your bedroom is after all the same work space you have at the kitchen. Now if you clear the space in your kitchen it is the same s[pace you clear at the office. After all your work at the office is the same as the kitchen. Just clear your space in the kitchen and you will have so much more healthy and friendly meals. After all, what are the space in your kitchen used for? Have an open space nd have an amazing meal. 

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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.