The Practical Yet Classy Way of Illuminating Your Kitchen

Despite finding ways for cost-cutting of expenses for remodeling our kitchen, there are further long term expenditures such as electricity fees and other utility expenses. Presently, prices of gas and food escalated, it would be best if we find energy cost-effective and environment friendly means of kitchen restoration.

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One of the simplest methods to decrease electricity expense is by intentionally setting up energy-saving lighting fixtures. To others, might not sound like a lot but by just adjusting the location and the type of lighting you use can drastically lessen your power consumption. The grand thing about this is that it can be achieved without altering the elegance of your kitchen.

Rearranging decorative lighting accessories also improves the overall beauty of your kitchen and creates a remarkable and visually stimulating effect. The best part is that it’s cheaper than to modify fixtures like cabinets and kitchen countertops just to attain a “new” look.

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What type of lighting equipments does your kitchen presently have? Do you already have an appropriate substitute in mind? It would be helpful to canvass at various commendable alternatives that are currently available in the market. LED lighting is definitely the most common nowadays.

Although LEDs are more costly than the usual lighting such as the fluorescent, incandescent and halogen bulbs you’d still be able to save much. The fact is that LEDs are intended for optimum lighting with far less energy consumption. In contrast with the typical light bulbs, LEDs last longer thus frequent replacement of lights is no longer required.

LED’s furnishes your kitchen with an elegant contemporary look. You no longer have to be concerned about altering your old fixtures as there are LED bulbs that are compatible to nearly all usual lighting fixtures. They can also be equipped with dimmers that will let you manage light saturation and intensity. It is an advantage since you are certain of receiving only the best light quality while providing safe and efficient environment for kitchen chores. Though there are some LEDs that can be dimmed with the common incandescent dimmers, some, depending on the distinct model, may require the use of LED compatible dimmers.

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Don’t be reluctant to ask a professional when it comes to effective and harmless installation of your kitchen lights. They can give you a number of suggestions on where to install them well.

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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.

Light Up Your Kitchen With Style!

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Proper lighting is undeniably one of the most important aspects of kitchen design. Every kitchen should be equipped with lighting that would provide a safe working environment. We should make it a point to as much as possible to make use of whatever natural light that’s available to us. There would be instances however where the sunlight wouldn’t have that much use due to weather conditions as well as location issues.

In cases such as these, artificial lighting is the answer. We could use a variety of light sources in a lot of creative and efficient ways. The main idea is getting enough light in certain areas of the kitchen where it is needed most. Lighting could be installed in three different modes.

• Task Lighting – Is probably the most important lighting mode of all because it has something to do with safety when preparing food. Task lighting in general should be high intensity and shadow-free. These lighting fixtures as commonly installed under your hanging cabinets above your kitchen countertops or as hanging fixtures over stoves and kitchen tables where most of the action and food preparation takes place.

• Ambient Lighting – This mode of lighting is aimed at providing overall illumination throughout every corner of the kitchen. This is actually provided by your typical ceiling lights or by recessed lighting fixtures that are designed to reduce dark or “hot” spots.

• Accent Lighting – This is where the mood setting and aesthetic component of kitchen design comes in. Accent lighting is primarily geared towards providing a decorative component to highlight certain areas of the kitchen that are considered centerpieces that catch attention. This may be in the form of a painting, a display of antique kitchenware or the dining area. High-intensity light sources are those that are commonly used and are generally installed using hanging or tracking fixtures.

Ideally, each of these different modes should be installed in such a way that they could be controlled autonomously. Aside from energy-saving reasons, having separate controls allows you to select the right kind of lighting for every kitchen activity and achieve your preferred lighting mix to set the ambiance. Installing dimmers along with your ambient and accent lighting fixtures is a great way to change how your kitchen looks and feels and also helps in providing efficient levels of illumination.

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Lastly, there’s the task of selecting the right light sources. You could choose from incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent lighting depending on how you want to use them. Having different light sources could work to your advantage and also helps in maintaining your kitchen’s overall functionality.