Posts Tagged ‘kitchen design’

Popular Options for Kitchen Countertops

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

granite-kitchen-countersAre Granite Surfaces On The Way Out?

Kitchen countertops need to be strong, heat-resistant, and durable. Granite is a polished rock that is cut from a quarry and is then transported, and fitted into your kitchen. There are various grades, and no two pieces, are the same.

Granite fans enjoy the beauty of the natural rock formations, and patterns, that were formed during the process of heating, and cooling. This is a natural, and beautiful surface, for kitchens, and very strong, and popular. However, there is often debate – lively and contrary – as to what is better, quartz or granite?

There are other materials which are also being used, these days, too.

laminate1. Laminate Or Melamine (Formica)

Kitchen counter tops can be made from a number of different materials. `Plastic is clearly not a good option – as it can melt.

Instead harder, plastic polymers are used to make thin sheets that are layered over a chip board – this is melamine or laminate.

These surfaces are easy to clean and can withstand heat, however, if there is an area that is chipped off, the whole counter can swell, and rot.

In a home with rising damp, it is possible that water can climb up, your kitchen cupboards, and, in the worst case scenario, your kitchen counters, can swell.

Despite the risk of water damage, this is a very popular surface – over 80% of European homes have laminate.

concrete2. Tempered Glass, Ceramic, and Concrete

Modern trends are changing, and kitchen counters are being made of many different materials. Glass is specially made that has a very high heat resistance – like Pyrex cookware – and can be used as a surface. It can also be back painted, to match your color scheme.

It is quite a pricey option, though, and there is always a risk of cracking – especially if there is a temperature difference – from cold to hot. This is called tempered glass.

Ceramics can withstand very high heats – aluminum, for example, starts to melt at 660C while ceramics can withstand heat up to 2000C. Concrete is even trending as a countertop – and can be polished, however, it can crack, and chip.


Remodeling Tips for a Small Kitchen

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

small-kitchen-remodel8 Original Tips for Small Kitchen Remodeling

#1. Choose open cupboards

One of the biggest problems with small kitchens is that they might feel rather claustrophobic because there are too many cupboards stuffed into this limited space. Removing them is usually not an option, because there are many items that must be stored in the room. Open cupboards offer an efficient solution to this problem because they don’t create such a ‘boxed’ feeling. These storage areas also provide you with the opportunity to use fancy jars, glasses, and china as decorations.

#2. Add a kitchen island

Small kitchens don’t offer enough counter space to work on comfortably. A kitchen island can solve the problem of having a working surface, but such a major construction job will work only if the room’s design is minimalistic.

The counter of the piece must be white (preferably marble) and its bottom must be open. This way, the island won’t seem ‘cumbersome’.

small-kitchen-remodeling-tips#3. Mix materials to create interesting designs

Limited space doesn’t allow you much room for creating a beautiful interior. You can make up for this by mixing a variety of materials and playing on the differences in textures and colors. Every functional part of the room (cupboard doors, countertops, lighting, ceiling, windows, flooring, and fixtures) should be treated as an important element of design. Keep this in mind when studying the materials from your kitchen remodeling contractor and look for interesting combinations. Remember that in order to be attractive, the final look must be ‘unified’ in either color or style.


What to Share with Your Interior Designer

Friday, February 12th, 2016

interior-designer-tipsFive Important Things You Should Share With Your Interior Designer

If you have decided to re-design or design the interior of your home, villa or apartment, you would definitely need the help of an interior designer.

Finding an interior designer who understands your design needs is not easy. The designer has to be an expert capable of translating your interior designing ideas into a reality.

Once you finalize the designer, he/she is going to ask you various questions regarding your personal preferences before starting the project. A designer may ask you questions like a psychiatrist to understand what are your likes or dislikes. Though it sounds awkward, make sure you pass on the right information to the designer to have a productive relationship.

Likes and dislikes

Your likes and dislikes play an important role in designing the interior of your home. It will help the designer to understand your tastes and avoid the chance of imposing his/her preferences on you. Additionally, the designer will be able to determine the focal point of your interior and rest of the rooms will take a cue from it.

remodeling-painting-tipsColor Preference

Choosing the right color is vital for the interior of any home. Painting a home with the color you do not like or a color that does not go with the furniture won’t make it look impressive.

Sharing the information regarding your color preference will allow the designer to customize the interior as per your need.

Ideas and inspirations

Every human being has his/her own interior decoration ideas. Some people get inspiration from different sources. Sharing the information regarding your inspiration to the designer will help him/her offer you the best possible results.


Increase Your Home’s Value with a Kitchen Remodel

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

kitchen-remodeling-tips4 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas Guaranteed to Increase Home Value

1. Increase The Work Area

This is a big one with potential buyers. If one has a family, and will be cooking a lot, work space is a huge issue in a kitchen. Many smaller homes do not have much area to work on. Counter space is lacking, and things can be cramped. Even in large homes, houses can be designed so that the kitchen has better ascetics than function.

This is a good time to have your kitchen remodeled with an eye on increasing the working area. Extend the counters. Add an island or peninsula. Install a hanging track for pots and pans, freeing up counter space, and cabinet space. Even in the smallest kitchen areas, a good designer will be able to redesign so that space is maximized.

They may be vertical, using shelving to free up counter area. They may even put in a stacked area in your counter top, giving you two work areas without increasing the length or width of your counters.

kitchen-design-remodeling-tips2. Install Granite or Tile

Using stone of any kind, including tile, is a great way to increase your home’s value. This goes for both the floors (wood and carpet are poor choices for a kitchen that will be used often because they do not handle spills, moisture, and water very well).

Not only does this lessen the likelihood that your floor will get ruined by water, but it is very attractive to potential buyers. It is considered easy to clean, and will drive up the value of your home significantly. In a tight housing market, this could be the key to getting your home sold.


Interior Home Design Trends

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

living-room-designCurrent Trends in Home Design

In today’s home market, home buyers have become a study in diversity. They come from all different walks of life, they want modern amenities but still have a taste for tradition and they want comfortable and easy going floor plans but still want well appointed areas.

The current trends in home design are a reflection of this diverse new home buyer and here are some examples of what is popular among them:

Neutral Color Schemes
Gray is currently the neutral color that is most popular, and not only in paints and throw pillows. Gray has become popular in surface materials and cabinetry. Gray is always tasteful and appropriate, it enhances everything from abstract paintings to classical sculptures and even state-of-the-art technology.

rustic-bedroom-designGoing Green and Using Green
Always conscious of the planet, homeowners are choosing to bring a little bit of the environmental look indoors. They’re using more shades of emerald, sage and even chartreuse.

They are also interested in recycling, using resources wisely and preserving the past. This is why you will find new homeowners rescuing items from buildings about to be torn down or reusing wood to build new tables.


Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

kitchen-design-remodeling-tipsKitchen Remodeling: The Next Big Thing

As the hub of the house, the kitchen holds the most important place. This space is used not only for cooking but also entertaining people.

That’s why the kitchen needs the most importance while planning and designing. A lot of times one has to be satisfied with the existing kitchen but while renovating the house, one always has options of designing and creating their dream kitchen.

Remodeling your house is a challenge as the foundation is already built and one has to plan keeping in mind the space, area and most importantly the budget. Many people are now looking at remodeling their house for better and optimum usage of space and also to own their dream home.

interior-design-kitchenA functional space is the most important aspect to be considered while designing the kitchen. The planning needs to include the key aspects of having an easy and comfortable working area, these include

Utensil Cabinet: Design your cabinets in a way that it can create the maximum storage space for your utensils big and small. Create your cabinets at a height that can be easily reached by anyone in the house from young to the aged.

Electronic Cabinet: Make sure your electronics are well arranged and the sockets hidden for a clutter free kitchen.

Lighting and ventilation: Lighting and ventilation are very important for your kitchen; your kitchen needs to be well ventilated, as this is where one spends their maximum time. Also the right lighting helps in creating an illusion of a bigger space even if your kitchen is small.