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.

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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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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.

Great Ideas For Maximizing Your Kitchen Space

For a lot of people having a small kitchen space may often be one of the major hindrances to achieving what could have been the kitchen of their dreams. It’s reassuring to know that there are a lot of very practical ways to address this issue. Strategic space planning usually depends on our individual needs. The first initiative that you need to take in planning the best kitchen layout would be to evaluate how much space would actually be required to accommodate all your kitchen furnishings as well as your workspace.

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Storage space is an important detail that should be taken into consideration. It always seems that there isn’t enough storage room in the kitchen. When evaluating how much is needed for storage space; we should also consider several important aspects such as accessibility, storage preferences and adaptability in relation to the ever changing kitchen functions and cooking procedures regardless of such constraints such as age and physical ability.

Having a well-thought-of storage space contributes to a more functional and less stressful kitchen environment for everybody to work in. Be sure to allot enough space to accommodate your garbage compactors and recycling bins. Remember that it’s also possible for you to provide space just for this reason outdoors.

Ample space should also be given when it comes to your kitchen working areas. Basically, work stations should include storage areas for refrigerated and unrefrigerated food items. It should have easy access to water which is an important factor in food preparation and hygiene. Decide on how much space you would also need for your cooking or heating implements such as your stove or ovens.

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As much as possible our kitchen work areas should provide us with a venue that would allow us to do multiple tasks with ease. Ideally, these particular kitchen details should be arranged in such a way that they make our kitchen tasks a breeze. Every detail must be installed in such a way that it complements each particular task while efficiently utilizing the all important kitchen space. In a nutshell, this is an important detail that should allow to easily transition from one task to another. Orientation plays a very important role in achieving this.

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Another great way to maximize kitchen space is to make as much open shelves as possible. These shelves could be mounted on walls to fill up the empty wall panels. Storage bars could also be added to hold all the most often used tools and cooking materials. Hooks, rails and pot racks could also be added in the mix which would certainly help free up cabinet or shelf space which could be used to store other important kitchen components.

Areas under our sink should never be taken for granted since it could be used to store what’s considered to be hazardous materials such as cleaning equipment and chemicals.