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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Serious Elements to Include When Planning To Guarantee a Successful Kitchen Design

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If there’s any place worthy to be deemed as the heart and soul of every home, there’s no doubt that it would be the kitchen. For most people the kitchen, like every other place in the house should display an inviting, warm and comfortable place to be in. These are the traits that every homeowner struggles to achieve when building their kitchen and are also the main reasons why some people find the need for renovating.

Making a few errors and missing out on some important details when building and designing what could be the perfect kitchen is quite ordinary. Frequently, these design errors would often go unnoticed only to be noticed at a time when it’s already too late resulting to further expenses just to fix them. It is therefore vital to be aware of the most important factors that we shouldn’t forget to include early on in the planning phase.

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When preparing, we should put in mind to put greater importance on the element of endurance over style. Practicality is eventually the main basis for doing so among all others. Try and avoid making the same mistake others do in deciding on designs and materials that even though they may be stylish, they could also put a dent on your finances. Besides this fact, almost all design trends only have a duration of 5 years at the most.

Permanent kitchen equipment such as your kitchen countertops and cabinets should be selected wisely in a way that they would not require renovation sooner than expected just because they’re out of style.

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Illumination is another kitchen design component that could make or break your budget aside from risking your kitchen’s safety and functionality. Miscalculating what should be the most suitably strategic areas to install your kitchen lights and lighting equipments would have a importantly negative effect in your kitchen’s ambiance not to mention the fact that it might result to disasters that could easily be avoided by taking careful and well thought of measures in this evenly important element in kitchen design.

An ideal kitchen should also be safe for the whole family. Most of us might laugh at the idea of the risk of electrocution in today’s modern kitchen. Believe me; you wouldn’t be laughing if this occurred to you or any of your loved ones. I don’t know if anybody else are aware of this but there are more modifications on today’s kitchen gadgets compared to the basic electrical equipments we had in our kitchen in the past decades. This clearly results to a greater risk of electricity related accident.

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The planning phase is however the most appropriate time to successfully include the need for properly installed electrical fixtures such as your outlets and light switches. It would be best to seek or hire the services of a professional electrician to help you estimate the best possible locations to install them.

White Marble for Kitchen Countertops: Would it be the Smartest Decision?

You would be impressed with the different choices that are available if you’re looking for the best kind of building material to use for your kitchen countertops. Laminates, tiles, stainless, cork and concrete are different processed and synthetic elements. Wood and indigenous stone surfaces such as granite and marble are also indigenous solid surfaces.

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When it comes to designing the interiors of my home through the years, I have regularly made it a point to commit myself to every stage. Each distinct part of the house, from the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen materials, colors and textures I made it a point to be the one who decides what would go best. When choosing these different items, practicality is also one of the most important considerations I needed to remember.

I have not regretted my decision in selecting white marble for my kitchen countertops during the construction of the kitchen for my new house. Aside from the durability and low cost of this material, marble is one of the in-demand kitchen supplies to date.

Black and white marbles are a couple of the most preferred colors out of other several color choices. And applying white marble for countertops in my galley definitely add to a warmer and more stylish ambiance. I found it to be extremely attractive and something about its clean, bright look makes it all the more eye-catching. It contributes more life to any kitchen and definitely an endlessly elegant piece of material.

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Nevertheless, there is also a downside that comes along with using white marble. It is basically prone to scratches. But there are several ways in preventing this and maintaining the surface resistant to scratches. Compared to granite, marble may not be as porous and as scratch and stain resistant but it is a winner when it comes to affordability.

Marble will absolutely fit within your means and not to mention its abundance in supply. Looking for it at your favorite home depot or at any hardware store will never be a problem.

Granite Kitchen Countertops: Its Topmost Qualities in a Nutshell

It is clearly a challenge to be completely assured of your final decision in choosing granite as the perfect natural stone surface design for your kitchen countertops. After discovering so many kinds of materials that can be used, one would surely think twice or even reconsider a few other varieties to be more ideal than the one you’ve initially selected.DONEgranitskivor-bankskivor

Although in totality, it all goes down to our individual conclusion on what is the most appropriate material to use in accordance to our distinct styles, ideas, personalities and the aura that we want to create for our kitchens. Therefore, in order to make things easier to determine whether granite is the best choice for you or not, here is a list of its topmost features to base your decision upon:

1. Granite’s generally clear and consistent surface makes it scratch-resistant.

2. It is an extremely hard material and is practically resilient to cracks caused by some intense or powerful impacts.

3. The surface does not blister due to its heat-resistant quality.

4. Granite is extensively available in both wholesale and retail stores. It can also be installed by a professional or custom-made.

5. Each slab of granite is known to be unique. One slab can contain intertwined mineral crystals such as quartz and feldspar and another slab has been made up of another variety of minerals.

6. Since countertops are used mainly for people to put their food and drinks on, it is important have a material that can be regularly and easily sanitized. Granite can be polished and cleansed with simply using soap and a soft cloth.

Finding out and understanding all the above mentioned qualities that the granite possess will lead you to the conclusion that this natural stone surface is the most fitting to use as your material for kitchen countertops. Granite represents the quintessential elements which makes it an effective and practical countertop surface for your kitchen.

Build a Uniquely Stylish and Elegantly Warm Kitchen with Granite

Are you in the process of building a new kitchen or maybe remodeling perhaps? I’m sure that you’re pretty excited and you have a lot of great ideas as to how you want your kitchen to look like. Even if you don’t have any problems when it comes to how much to spend for everything; you would surely agree with me when I say that choosing the right building and furnishing materials would probably be the best investment.DONEgranite-kitchen-countertop

Using natural stone surfaces such as granite for your kitchen countertop is an excellent choice. It’s reasonably priced, readily available, fashionable, and very sturdy that it could last a long time. Granite comes in different hues and textures which definitely adds a luxuriously stylish feel to your home.

It’s one of the hardest stones in the world and is known to be able to withstand use and abuse. Using granite is very popular among architects and kitchen designers due to the fact that it is very easy to clean and is fairly stain-resistant. It’s also perfect for use in the kitchen since it has the ability to withstand heat and simply because it looks good.

You don’t have to sacrifice the aspect of functionality just because of the looks. Both these qualities are present in granite. You could play around with the limitless color combinations that would suit your taste as well as experiment with the different textures that are available.

Granite is a very versatile building material that you could even use for dining table tops with colors that match or complement with your kitchen countertops. You also have the option of having your granite slabs customized for your kitchen to be truly one of a kind. It also adds to the face-value of any home.

In the event that you want to sell your house; you would probably be able to do so at a higher price because of the prevailing value of granite surfaces.

Highlight Your Kitchen’s Brilliant Architecture and Design with Marble and Granite

Marble and granite are two of the most durable and stylish materials that people use in building and furnishing their homes. These materials are often used as flooring and kitchen top surfaces since they are very sturdy and pretty easy to clean. These are often the qualities that people look for when choosing remodeling or building materials.

Granite

Granite Countertop Design

There are a lot of considerations when choosing kitchen building materials. There’s the issue of durability, affordability and practicality. Using marble and granite easily addresses most, if not all of these considerations. Given that these materials are natural and ingenious rock formations, they are very durable and could last a lifetime, which in turn makes them one of the most practical building materials.

These stone surfaces are scratch and heat-resistant and practically indestructible which makes them obvious choices for kitchen countertops. They are also available almost everywhere which explains the uniformity when it comes to their prices. Talking about the issue of affordability and practicality, marble and granite has it all.

Like most solid surfaces, marble and granite may break due to strong impact or could chip off around the edges. Though damaged, they can easily be repaired using a special granite dust and epoxy compound. Generally, granite and marble does not stain easily and is also pretty easy to maintain. The trick is using a quality stone sealer after installation to prevent oil and other liquids from soaking in or seeping into the stone’s surface.

Marble Countertop Design

Marble Countertop Design

Elegance is also one of the characteristics that these natural stone slabs posses. Theycome in various hues and colours that are timelessly fashionable. All you have to do is select the exact colours that you need. Nothing really compares to using all natural building materials to furnish your kitchen. It gives it a distinct and luxurious characteristic as well as helps provide inspiration when whipping up some uniquely delicious food creations.

Whoever thought that the only light coloured natural stone surface that you could use is marble? You’d be very pleased to know that there is currently this growing trend in kitchen design using white granite. More and more home and property owners have discovered this surface as an architecturally sound choice which helps create the illusion of having a larger kitchen space. It’s also an excellent way to highlight and accentuate the different textures and colours you use for your kitchen.

There are also different patterns and colours that can be found in white granite which goes well when incorporated with the countless interior design ideas.

Which is the Most Ideal Material for Kitchen Countertops, Marble or Granite?

Buying your first house as a couple or even when you’re still single is definitely a very exciting and truly happy occasion that deserves to be celebrated. It gives one the feeling that he or she has achieved something; a profound feeling of stability. Alongside all the other factors that come into buying a house comes the issue of choosing the right furnishing, decorations and installing some very important household fixtures.

Marble Kitchen Countertop

Marble Kitchen Countertop

One particular part of the house that obviously gets the most attention when it comes to planning, fixing, remodelling and etc. is the kitchen. A lot of people would consider the kitchen as the heart of the home. It is where food is lovingly prepared for our loved ones. Each and every meal that every family shares is an opportunity to show love, to communicate and to strengthen family ties.

It is therefore only fitting that any kitchen be given only the most beautiful, functional and top-notch fixtures without of course making a dent on your budget. Careful selection and consideration is always being given when it comes to choosing the best materials to use on kitchen countertops. There are various natural and synthetic materials available and some of the most common of which are tile, woodblock, concrete and the ever popular stone surfaces used such as marble and granite.

You should however be aware of the fact that there are several advantages and disadvantages in using marble and granite for your kitchen counters and other kitchen surfaces. From the point of view of a number of seasoned natural stone artisans, marble is a bad choice to use on kitchen countertops. A huge number of them are inclined to using granite instead.

Some of the most intelligent and experienced architects and interior designers would further comment that marble is more suited to be used as vanity fixtures in the bathroom, as framing for hearths and fireplaces and all-around flooring. Aside from the elegance and aesthetic features that marble possesses, it also has fire and heat-resistant properties.

Although marble gives any room a nice and cool atmosphere, is reasonably priced and widely available; you should know that marble stains and scratches easily and therefore does not conform to the considerations taken in relation to its use in every household kitchen.

Granite Kitchen Countertop

Granite Kitchen Countertop

Granite on the other hand is a natural stone surface that has a higher demand as compared to marble. This is because it’s practically used and recommended by a huge number of architects and kitchen designers. One common consideration that they have is durability and the ability to take on the abuse and demands brought about by the different processes involved in preparing food.

Maintaining and cleaning granite is definitely a breeze. It’s as simple as wiping it off with warm water and some mild detergent. Its porous surface also makes it quite easy to disinfect.