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.

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.

Selecting The Appropriate Kitchen Sink: It Takes More Than Meets The Eye

Plenty of homeowners will probably agree that kitchen sinks are the ones that are mostly unnoticed or not regarded as very interesting by the majority of their house guests. Perhaps it’s because these particular kitchen fixtures will forever be seen in every kitchen and as long as they’re serving their purpose, they won’t have as much attention as the other kitchen appliances and gadgets.

Yet if we look at it in another angle, having a clogging and defective kitchen sink will surely result in an exhausting effort just to get on with our daily kitchen chores specifically food preparation, cooking and cleaning dishes and utensils. So in order to have a kitchen in full operation, it is wise to understand the proper installation, replacement or maintenance needs of your kitchen sinks.

What makes a great kitchen besides its aesthetic factor is its being completely functional and everything is working to its full capacity. There’s no better way to start than with the most essential ones, the kitchen sink.

1. Enamel-coated Cast Iron – has been the standard material used for kitchen sinks and continues to be present in today’s modern kitchens. It has become popular because it appears more attractive compared to the other options. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to choose an enamel-coasted cast iron if one has the tendency to regularly apply force on kitchen sinks such as hurriedly throwing dishes or hard materials on the sink since enamel can get easily scratched and can wear off through time.

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2. Stainless Steel – For kitchen counters made of solid stone surfaces such as granite, it is commonly recommended to have a kitchen sink that’s made from stainless steel. This is probably the best option for those who are inclined to handle things in their sink that usually leads to great impacts. A sound-absorption stainless steel design has been engineered as another option for those who don’t like using a sink that creates too much noise and stainless steel can be quiet noisy when it comes in contact with kitchen utensils and dishes.

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3. Composites – For homeowners under a limited budget, the best preference is using composite sinks. This type is somewhat newer and one commonly used variety available on the market is composed of acrylic or polyester. It costs lesser and one can enjoy choosing from a great number of color variations. But then, this example of a drop-in sink can be a bit harder to clean and polyester or acrylic kitchen sinks are not as tough and sturdy as the others.

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4. Solid Surface sink – Another selection would be a kitchen sink made of solid surface material which offers a much easier space for cleaning. Minor scratches can simply be repaired by buffing but this material is still likely to chip off. Solid surfaces are also easily damaged if hot pots and pans are habitually being placed directly on the sink.

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There are obviously good sides as well as the not-so-favorable factors on in every kitchen sink option but still, the decision on what the best one to use is totally under your control. So select the most suitable one for the type of kitchen that you have and enjoy having a fully functional kitchen.