Revamp the Central Part of Your Home: A Few Crucial Things to Keep In Mind (Part 1)

As the center of all homes, the kitchen is a very special place for the family. With that, countless homeowners spend extra miles to ensure they acquire what they want in their fantasy kitchen. This is also one of the grounds of the frequent remodeling of kitchens. There is also a large belief that a number disputes and lapses along the way to stumble upon.

The kitchen has a number of crucial fine points that had to be tackled, making it 100% operative as well as a magnificent work of art. Included are some suggestions that would aid to put together the kitchen that you fantasize without having a hard time.

Take note that “Being timeless is more important than being trendy.” Always remember there are a lot of ways for your kitchen to still be in vogue even after five years than just being hip. A reliable example of this is the traditional kitchens. Your selection of materials and furnishings are aspects that make a lot of variation.

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Supplying your kitchen with the latest appliances, finishes and fixtures means that you might have to renovate your kitchen frequently as soon as that trend becomes outdated. It might negatively affect the revaluing of your property, in the incident that your house may be in the market. It would also be sensible to make use of the newest colors in your “accent” pieces like your cushions or your potted kitchen plants along with other trend-safe furnishings and fixtures.

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Another crucial point to remember is to “Be mindful of the lighting details.” This is undoubtedly one that gets ignored vital characteristics of kitchen building. On top of the list is overlooking to assess and fault to visualize the lighting set-up that for now and that of the future. Mainly, reorganizing the way your recent lighting set-up is installed when renovating your kitchen as they wouldn’t be successfully lighten up the nearly all the needed areas.

There are a lot of assessments reckoning that a vast fraction of homes fail to notice the safety and advantages via task lighting. Setting up under-cabinet lighting is not only very strategic as they would be lighting up your work area, it also improves the aesthetic value and kitchen ambiance.

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Nowadays, kitchens are loaded with many electrical appliances as before. The most excellent moment to cautiously assess on whether to add, replace or realign every electrical outlets and every other electrical circuitry is the planning stages of remodeling. You need to guarantee that your kitchen is exactly “Free from electricity related accidents and hazards.”

Keep in mind to make sure all the electrical outlets are child-safe yet certainly nearby working areas where you mostly need them. Never think twice about asking assistance from licensed professionals when in doubt.

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Painting Your Kitchen In the Most Unique and Trendy Colors

The construction of the kitchen that you desire is nearly complete and as you check it, all of it looks as if it is precisely in order and just the way you visualized it. The room has been meticulously and professionally arranged to secure all kitchen equipments to give you enough space to freely move around. To finish everything, an appropriate paintjob for your kitchen is required to color the room.

The ostensibly easy job of picking the correct paint color could simply go out of hand if you unsuccessfully use nearly all suitable hues that would accomplish the quality of your kitchen. Nearly everyone would as much as possible desire to be distinct and disregard the unchanged traditional shades that mostly used by everyone.

The secret in picking out the best stylish paint to color your kitchen is by making your own color palette as a guide. Keep in mind, that there are no wrong choices when it comes to colors. You’d only be careful when it comes to combining colors. To assist you in picking the finest color combinations to apply, a few suggested ideas listed below can be of use.
By making use of the color wheel as a guide in selecting an ideal blend of colors is the most common method.

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Cool Color Palette – This would provide your kitchen an unusual character as well as a vigorous and vibrant feel. It’s also an excellent method to attain a cool and calm ambiance. The shades for this unique color palette are those that are receptively towards the cool end of the color wheel like blue and green.

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Warm Color Palette – For those who love using bright and bold colors, warmer side of the color wheel provides you unlimited limitless artistic possibilities. Try working with shades that are related which lets you to have fun with a lone root color but with varying point of contrast in specific areas for that vigorous yet sensational outcome.

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Warm, Rich Kitchen Palette – Desires a kitchen that aids to arouse one’s appetite? Color your kitchen with changeable hues of red. Have you ever question why nearly all of the elegant, high-end restaurants and dining establishments are colored with red as supposed to being painted in cool shades of blue or green? These colors are regarded as a psychological stimulus that optimistically influences your appetite.

Utilizing this color can be mainly complicated since it has this affinity to attract light from any room so as an alternative for coloring your walls and every other large surfaces all in red, why not try applying this exact color in smaller areas or, selecting red kitchen furniture is better such as kitchen cabinets, tables and chairs to match the orange painted walls.

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Bold Traditional Palette – Making use of bright, stimulating colors isn’t only restricted to contemporary kitchens. It is also ideal for traditional kitchens. The color schemes consists a variety of red orange to dark chocolate and other contrasting shades of brown. Elaborative designed tiles set in a background of neutral colors can as well appear marvelous.

Avoid All Unnecessary and Costly Mistakes in Building your Dream Kitchen

Remodeling or building your own kitchen for the first time is something that could prove to be a little too stressful and disruptive for a lot of us. This is besides the fact that it could also be too costly especially if you need to redo some details because you didn’t spend enough time for careful planning. Don’t let yourself get caught spending more than you should by doing your own share of researching on the best kitchen designs and also make it a point to acquaint yourself with the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes from the first-hand experience of others.

Here are some of the most common mistakes and issues that people come across with as they go through the process of building or redesigning their kitchen:

The Absence of Planning (Not Having A Plan) – Building a kitchen from scratch or even just doing some minor remodeling is definitely a multi-faceted process that needs a great deal of careful planning contrary to what most of us think to ensure the success of our project. Planning is an integral part of each and every endeavor whether it is meant to be accomplished as a group or individually. Poor planning or not having a plan at all is a sure way leading you to failure.

When in the process of planning there are some questions you need to ask yourself and several key elements that you have to decide on based on these considerations:

– Who will be using the kitchen most of the time?

– What basic tasks will they be doing in the kitchen?

– Do you have a floor plan prepared in relation to the basic workflow patterns?

– Have you already figured out the layout and placement of your cabinets, shelves, drawers etc.?

– What kitchen appliances do you currently have, what do you want to add and which kitchen gadget goes where?

– Have you decided on what materials, lighting, and kitchen fixtures, colors do you want to use, where to get them as well as who will be installing them?

A sound plan only shows that you have a clear understanding as to how these basic kitchen elements correlate to each other and how they greatly affect functionality.

Misunderstanding or Downplaying the Correlation Between Your Appliances and Your Design – The kitchen appliances you currently have as well as you would want to add should certainly be given some serious thought consideration. After this has been decided on, you would then be able to designate a place for each of them without compromising or wasting important kitchen space.

Taking the Importance of Proper Lighting for Granted – Lighting plays a huge role when it comes to safety while working in the kitchen. We should keep in mind that it does more than just setting the ambiance. It’s also imperative that you try as much as possible to integrate the use of natural light as well as pinpoint the strategic locations to install your lighting fixtures in the early stages of planning.

Never think twice about consulting a professional to help you in planning the best layout and design as well as give you a rough estimate of the total remodeling costs. It would also be advantageous on your part to do your own research just to help direct you in making informed decisions.

The Four Most Stylish Appliances in the Kitchen That Are Here to Remain

It is a clear reality that any trend or style that comes in an era is sure to be obsolete as soon as something fresh comes out the market. It’s the same as kitchen design is concerned. However numerous designs elements for your kitchen as well as materials that will be a huge part of traditional kitchen necessity.

With the recent advanced technology, the latest trends in appliances and fixtures for our kitchen that are used in restaurants and hotels are available to those who can afford and are now accessible to everyone. Here are some latest items worth investing for your kitchen.

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Multi-Function Ovens – Majority of people choose to have the regular 36 inch cooking range for simple reasons that is a massive oven. Apart from a fixed range oven, it’s also a requirement to have a microwave oven in today’s modern kitchen. Separately buying them is an alternative. The question would now be, why not purchase an oven that can do both functions in one appliance? There are numerous multi-function products available in today’s market. These come in convection/steam, convection/microwave and convection/grill oven abilities.

Side-by-Side ovens – Another required equipment for the kitchen and definitely rising in popularity. Some of us are settling with the common single-stack double oven which is a very reliable equipment for one’s kitchen. Also in a single unit with double ovens have its disadvantages with its functionality. The main disadvantage would be having the whole unit unusable while waiting to be fixed or serviced.

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Side-by-Side ovens have comfortable height which gives you a relaxing state while working. It can also be included and installed beside your usual range rendering you a wide kitchen floor area. But the advantage would be having an extra oven to be used while you have the other fixed or waiting for your replacement. Now that’s being practical with functionality.

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Integrated refrigerators – the expanding fame of kitchen fashion nowadays is totally unquestionable. If you want a kitchen setup that will never go out of fashion; this will be the answer. This existing style in kitchen design uses wood sheets that correspond around the outline of the cabinet and giving the refrigerator an impression of minimalism for being just like another kitchen furniture. Some use stainless steel accent than wood-like panels have a brilliant clean and eternal look.

This trend comes a little retro-feel refrigerators that are ideal for people who have conventional or country inspired kitchens. These equipments undoubtedly turn out well with ones retro-feel equipments in the kitchen.

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Built-in-Beverage Centers – These are surely one of some trendy kitchen innovations that would never go out of trend soon. This is best for homes that don’t have the comfort of having their own wine cellars. These fixed wine and other beverage cooling rack is ideal for housing wine and your sodas and beer.

Kitchen Design For Dummies

Remodeling or building a new kitchen is one of the best rewards that you and your family will surely enjoy. Next to the living room, this place is perhaps the most important part of the house where members of the family gather to share and enjoy meals, help the kids do their homework, share experiences and late-night conversations and celebrate achievements and milestones. This is where the fondest memories of so many families happen.

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Timeless Kitchen Design –
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It is aptly called the heart of the home since this is where food and nourishment is lovingly prepared for those that we love. The countless hours spent with our loved ones and all the sumptuous meals we share with them are very important elements that feed both the physical and spiritual aspects of each individual. Because of this, we all want our kitchen to be as pleasant, as attractive and as conducive as possible.

With this, the first question that comes to mind is “Where do I begin?” Here are some ideas and suggestions that would help even the inexperienced create and design the perfect kitchen.

Evaluating Your Kitchen Needs – Planning and evaluating your needs is the first step to building your dream kitchen. Do a bit of research on the different designs that in consideration to the size of your family, the size of the kitchen you want to build in contrast to the actual space that you have to work with and the actual budget that you have prepared for this particular project. It is very important that you settle with something that is both feasible and realistic without having to compromise the outcome of your venture.

Building a New Kitchen Versus Remodeling – Having an old kitchen does not necessarily require you to tear the whole place down and build a new one. Kitchen design and construction falls under four major categories. These categories are; new construction, remodeling, renovation and decorative changes. Take a step back and carefully assess what your best course of action would be.

Each of these categories has their own specific requirements and budgeting considerations. For all you know, your kitchen might just need some minor renovations or a few decorative changes here and there to make it more functional and look absolutely stunning. This could also help you avoid unnecessary building expenses.

Designing And Building A Kitchen On A Budget – Overspending is one of the most common aspects of kitchen building that could easily get out-of-hand. Regardless of whether you’re building a new kitchen or just doing some minor renovations, there are absolutely a lot minor expenses that you may not have foreseen in the planning stages that could accumulate and put a dent in your pockets. Though these costs may be unavoidable, you should remember that there are indeed several ways that could help lower your overall building expenses.

You could save money on labor by doing your share of the work as well as save money on materials by finding less expensive yet functional substitutes.

Hiring a Professional to Design Your Kitchen – It is true that designing and creating your own kitchen layout would save you money. However, the stress and the trouble of having to go through several revisions to make it perfect are certainly not worth it. More often than not, hiring the services of a professional could help simplify this task as well as help you take control of the actual expenditures you might incur in the building process.

Most Recent Designs and Requirements for Our Kitchens

An annual survey is being conducted by NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) to identify the latest updates in design and improvement for our kitchens. This year alone, over 300 members participated in the survey that gave a vivid picture differentiating numerous trendy designs, materials and products that are developed by their team of designers in making and displaying the best in the world of modern kitchen.

Here is a quick peek at the facts in today’s most recent designs for our kitchen all over United States and across Canada:

Using Darker Paint Finish – Kitchens with light to dark hues of paint are very common to over the years. Last year’s survey present that light, medium and dark hues are used by people 30%, 54%, 55% of them respectively. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). This year’s 4% increase in 44% for the past 2 years of glazed finishes are also noted by NKBA.

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Kitchen Cabinet Painted in White – when dominant colors in the cabinet is concerned, white has been the top choice over the years. With the increasing kitchen fashion three years back, it’ll be safe to say that this trend is going to stay for a while. Surveys indicate predominant white-painted cabinets increased to 67% this year compared to 47%-59% of last year’s survey.

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Using LED Lights – Light-emitting diodes or LED is another type of lighting known to be the most highly recommended lighting vital to kitchen design according to experts. Almost NKBA members and designers across U.S.A. and Canada have chosen this technology of lighting due to its energy efficient characteristic aside from it being stylish; 77% of kitchen designers recommend LED shows increase from last year’s 70%. This rising kitchen fashion from 2010 50% shows that this design will not go out of style anytime soon.

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Satin Nickel on your Faucets and Metal Fixtures – Conducted surveys from 2011 indicate the most popular materials chosen for the kitchen’s faucet will be satin nickel. Usage of it sky rocketed from 42% to 60% from 2010 to present. The rising popularity of finishes such as oil- rubbed bronze has also been noted. Demand for these finishes is increasing, most likely attributed to the decreasing popularity of chrome and polished nickel. Polished chrome has been noted in 2012 seen a major downtrend from 52% to 47% according to a recent survey. Data gathered in polished nickel usage on the other hand indicates a 25% to 20% declination currently.

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Glass Backsplash Accents – Almost three years of glass backsplashes dominate the kitchen at an increasing 42% in 1 2010 survey to 64% to date. According to the current surveys, natural stone usage drop from 60% to 55% even though ceramic and porcelain tiles still remain at the top for three years and counting, its major use seen a downfall of 88% in 2010 to 77% on the recent survey.

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The Most Frequent Kitchen Design Faults to Avoid

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The kitchen is most likely the busiest place in every house. This is the place where numerous meals are being prepared whole day, from breakfast to dinner and even just a snack in between meals. It’s a place where a lot of family discussions take place and it’s also a nice place to entertain with really close acquaintances. In short, a lot of action takes place here.

Moments spent with family and acquaintances are very special and it’s also one of the main cause why we should make our kitchen a favorable yet functional area to work on setting up food as well as also being able to spend moments sharing food and laughter in them. Generating a perfect kitchen environment could be a challenge but being aware of the most common drawbacks in kitchen design could help make it a breeze.

There are quite a few common mistakes that architects and kitchen designers warn about. Let’s take a good look at some of them:

Obstructing entry to the kitchen triangle – For those who are not familiar with this phrase, the “kitchen triangle” refers to your sink, your stove and your refrigerator. This is clearly the area where most of the kitchen commotion happens with the sink being used frequently. This arrangement should be created with cautious planning so that anyone working inside these three points in the kitchen should have easy and clear access.

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Wasted storage space – For anyone who loves working in the kitchen, I’m pretty sure you have observed that it contains a lot of odd shaped kitchen tools and devices that sadly eats up a lot of very important kitchen space. This phase of kitchen planning should be presented in a way that you have an area for everything and have easy access to them at the same time.

There is a little chance for error when it comes to making the most of your kitchen space. It’s a relief to know though that making a few wrong estimates here and there is pretty much tolerable since a huge percentage (about 85-90%) of all kitchen designs do have minor flaws when it comes to using and maximizing all important kitchen workspace.

Poor preference of lighting and lighting equipment – It’s an absolute fact that, of all the rooms in your household that involve the need for sufficient and strategically placed lighting; the kitchen would be the most important. Aside from improving your kitchen’s ambiance, safety is the main reason why we should choose the best lighting fixtures and calculated installation should be included in the planning stage of your kitchen building project.

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Don’t forget to install sufficient ventilation – There’s no better (way) of getting rid of unwanted kitchen smell than providing plenty of ventilation. If you have experienced walking into someone’s house and still be able to distinguish (what) last night’s dinner was because of the lingering odor that stayed, you would realize the worth of installing adequate ventilation in your kitchen.

Aside from mounting range hoods to help filter the odor of whatever you’re cooking, it is crucial that you also invest in ventilation equipment such as exhaust fans that should be placed in strategic areas to help improve the air quality in your kitchen.