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Sep

1

Kitchen and Bath Counters That Inspire

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

From butcher block to marble, countertop surfaces come in an array of materials and colors to suit your style and your needs.

The counter: It’s a key component to the kitchen or bath. It has to be sturdy, practical, and, of course, look good. The best countertops are timeless, not trendy, and stand up well to wear and tear. Top-notch materials span a range of styles, from industrial-chic stainless steel to classic marble or granite, so there’s an option for every taste. Looking for inspiration?

May

13

Modern and Minimalist Kitchen Design Ideas Kitchen Culture

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

This is the sample and pictures of modern minimalist black and white kitchen design ideas. In this year, many people like to decorate their kitchen layout with ultra modern kitchen design. This is the new trends in kitchen design 2009.

Here are two set of contemporary kitchen design pictures works done via kitchen culture, a Singapore prestige kitchen design company. I had listened regarding the company at times back and what I know is that they produce high quality kitchen cabinet design suitable to the design trends and lifestyles of the modern living.

It is an observe aperture knowledge when you want to visit their showroom. Perhaps, you are looking for fresh and original kitchen design ideas for your kitchen interior design.

Jan

10

Modern Contemporary Kitchen Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Contemporary kitchens tend to modern design. And they are many people who like a modern contemporary kitchen design. It’s impression that there is clean, modern and functional kitchen. Furniture materials that are popular to use today are wood. And perhaps most designers choose oak wood. Wooden materials are durable and high artistic value that makes the design more interesting. Counter for cooking and storage cupboard on the wall is the main furniture. In addition the bench is function as the visual elements of in the kitchen. Various colors ranging from natural color wood itself until bright colors like red, orange, black and even white can decorate modern contemporary kitchen design. Color combination’s like black with a brown and beige, or brown with gray are suitable to decorate a contemporary kitchen. Bench using a shiny marble would seem very modern. To complement your modern contemporary design you can provide a kind of circular seat bar stool, or maybe a chair with other unique designs. Lamps, furnishings will also greatly influence the design of modern contemporary.

Jul

30

7 Kitchen Design Ideas

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Authors Note: When either redesigning an existing kitchen or you are creating a new kitchen for a new home, some design ideas need to be examined. These kitchen design ideas can include whether it is a good ideas to include an island, a kitchen canopy, color of cabinets to set the tone of the kitchen, selecting the right lighting design, and the type or material used for the countertops.

Kitchens have evolved a lot over the years. Once found only in the rear of the house, today’s kitchen design takes the kitchen out the background. The challenge for kitchen design is in creating a more open-faced kitchen, that is part of a dining area, a family room or a great room.

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In deciding on how to design your kitchen, you must take into consideration such things as: will your kitchen have an island? Will it be of a modern or traditional design? What kinds of appliances will you need for your new kitchen design? What kind of lighting design?

1. Kitchen as ‘Great Room’

Whether you are redesigning an existing kitchen or planning a new kitchen in a new home there are some design considerations to keep in mind, such as including in an island or peninsula as part of the kitchen design. These can be used to connect the kitchen to a nearby dining area or family room thereby creating a ‘great room’. A kitchen island or peninsula will allow the cook to keep in visual and conversational contact with family members or guests in the adjoining family or dining room.

2. Create a Kitchen Canopy

To give the kitchen some visible borders without blocking views create a kitchen canopy. Also a high ceiling in the kitchen can create the perception of spaciousness.

3. Using Kitchen Cabinet Color to Set Tone of Kitchen Design

Kitchen cabinets will help set the tone for the whole room. The choice of wood will influence the overall look of your cabinets. To create a light look, use a light wood such as ash, beech, birch, oak, maple, or chestnut. For medium range, select cherry. To darker kitchens, choose wood that has some color to it.

4. Plan Out Use of Cabinets and Drawers in The New Kitchen Design

Plan out in the kitchen design blueprint just how your cabinets and drawers will be used and how much space and storage you will need before you start your new kitchen design. The first thing to examine is the counter surface area. Look at where you put everything in your existing kitchen and where in your new kitchen design will these things will go in the new space. Will there be more than one person cooking at a time. If so, will there be enough room for two cooks in the kitchen to work together?

5. Use The Galley-Type Kitchen Design

As for counter arrangements, many kitchen designers agree the galley-type design to be the best in terms of efficiency with it’s single aisle and counters to either side, making it easy to turn around to go from sink to cooking range.

6. Under-Cabinet Kitchen Lighting

kitchen lighting can be an overlooked area of kitchen design. Even if the kitchen has generally good lighting, the counter areas can be somewhat dark. For these areas under-cabinet lighting can help provide more light to work in. By using simple spots or fluorescent lights a smaller kitchen can be made to look larger.

7. Looking at Countertops

Granite, marble, and limestone are all popular natural materials for use in countertops are available in many colors. Ceramic tile kitchen countertops are versatile, practical, and also available in many colors, as well as many shapes, patterns, and finishes. Solid surface countertops provide seamless acrylic faces. Solid surfaces also come in almost limitless colors, patterns, and styles, and are stain and heat resistant. Laminate countertops are more affordable but not built to last. Concrete countertops are known for versatility, as well as strength. Wood countertops are long lasting and easy to clean and repair but the wood will not withstand exposure to water and household chemicals. Stainless steel countertops lack the elegance of granite or tile. These countertops do not absorb stains, but tends to scratch easily.

Jul

5

Worktops & Countertops for Kitchens

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Worktops & Countertops for Kitchens

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Countertops and Worktops for kitchens are available in a variety of materials. The most popular options include: Laminate, Granite, Stainless Steel, Wood, Quartz Surfaces and Corian.

The countertop is not only necessary for a kitchen it is also an integral part of its design. Food preparation can deliver a large amount of wear and tear to the surfaces in the kitchen. Within this article we look at the various materials used for countertops and discuss the reasons for choosing them for your kitchen. Whether its durability, hygiene or cost, you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of each material below.

Mar

13

Elegant Kitchen Countertops

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Elegant Kitchen Countertops

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Three considerations to remember:

  • When you choose your countertop, select a color and texture that compliments your cabinetry, floor or paint selection.
  • Don’t be afraid to combine two or more countertop materials in one kitchen. Complimentary colors or textures on adjacent surfaces can create visual interest.
  • Remember also that it pays to select a material that will withstand years of use without extraordinary maintenance requirements and is easily repairable should an accident occur.

Your options:

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Granite Countertops

Granite is…well…hard as a rock. Though costly, when buffed to a shine it creates a smashing look for kitchen counters. It is also riding a crest of popular style that began over 10 years ago. With granite tops, the experience and expertise of the fabricator is vitally important.

Marbel Countertops

Granite, marble, and limestone, all popular for countertops, are beautiful natural materials. In most areas, you’ll find a great selection of colors and figures.

Wood Countertops

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The quality of the countertop edge treatment is important. As an example, a solid surface counter is easy to clean and repair and will take years of use. It might look terrific with a wood edge to match the cabinets, but the wood will not withstand constant exposure to water and household chemicals like the solid surface material. Restrict the wood edge to an area such as a freestanding hutch and use matching or contrasting solid surface material for the front edge.

Consider combining quality decorative materials such as tile, granite or marble with solid surface. Many fabricators can create custom designs for a spectacular visual effect without compromising durability and easy maintenance.

When there are budget constraints, it makes sense to use the highest quality material for the counter areas that will sustain the greatest amount of use, specifying other materials to less often used areas.

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel countertops are not very elegant and look “cold”. They do not absorb stains oils or odors, but it will scratch easily and scratches cannot be repaired. You can view stainless steel countertops on this page

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Nov

19

Kitchen Storage Tips

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Providing convenient and suitable storage for small, large and variously-shaped kitchen tools and equipment is one of the most important aspects of kitchen planning.

Whether you choose to have enclosed cupboards, or open shelves , the important thing is that everything should be easily seen, accessible and in the most convenient place.

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Shelving

Open shelving

is cheap and easy to install, and suits people who like the look of their kitchen equipment and use it often. Shelves can be fitted where cupboards cannot, (for example, in front of windows, on the backs of cupboard doors, under sloping ceilings and in small recesses). An up-and-over shelf can also be fitted so that a heavy piece of equipment, such as a food processor, can sit in a cupboard and swing out, when required. Shelves can also be of different depths. Wider shelves are good for large plates, jugs and bowls, but it is useful to have some narrow shelves. One narrow shelf, running along the wall about 12 inches above the worktop and above any electric sockets, is indispensable for jars of herbs and spices and any other small items, which would get lost on deep shelves.

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Cupboards

Enclosed cupboards can be very dominant in a kitchen and will usually set the style for the whole room. You can choose the simplest wooden, Shaker-style design and paint it, or you can have an elaborate, molded wooden kitchen in a dark stain and in between these, there are many variations of wooden, veneered or plastic-finished kitchens to choose from. If you plan carefully, you should not have to cover every wall with cupboards. It is often more pleasant to have some open wall space to hang a picture on, or to act as your home office. Having too many cupboards simply means you can shove things into them, which you don’t need and never even glance at. For a narrow kitchen where cupboard doors may open straight into your face, you can get cupboards with sliding doors, but these can be irritating to use and small things can often get hidden behind them.

Plan the interiors of cupboards carefully. A narrower shelf fitted inside a cupboard will mean that you have room to hang a set of shelves on the back of the cupboard door, which can be a more convenient way of storing small items. Low cupboards are easier to use if the shelves pull out on runners, so you can see what’s on them. Wire basket shelves will prevent things from rolling off. If the kitchen is next to the eating area, equipment for eating and table laying can be kept in a double-sided peninsula unit, to make more efficient use of the area.

Drawers

Drawers are among the most useful forms of storage. They can be any depth and size: shallow for linen, table mats and cutlery, square for dry foods and smaller items such as string and labels, and deep for upright bottles, saucepans, a basket or waste bin.

You can buy standard drawers and design the interior for a specific purpose (for example, fill them with wire baskets for vegetable storage, bottles and jars or laundry). Very narrow drawers, fitted with wire shelves, are available as part of some ranges of kitchen units, which can store nearly all your tins and dry foods in a very compact space. Such units can be short in height to fit next to an under-the-worktop refrigerator, or tall to fit next to a large refrigerator-freezer or indeed into any spare, narrow space in the kitchen.

Aug

20

How to Spring Clean the Kitchen

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

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Kitchens are among the most difficult rooms in the house to clean. With their myriad loose parts, such as dishes and appliances, there are a lot of things that will need the attention of your dust cloth, sponge or broom. While it will probably take the better part of an afternoon to spring clean your kitchen, the end result is well worth it. Nothing beats a shiny, well-organized kitchen to set the right tone for a productive new year.

    Make Your Kitchen Sparkle

  1. Step 1

    Prepare for your spring cleaning by washing and putting away any dirty dishes. Remove appliances from the kitchen counters.

  2. Step 2

    Dust the entire kitchen. This includes windows, window sills, door frames, cabinet tops and lighting fixtures. Don’t forget the top of the refrigerator.

  3. Step 3

    Examine the back splashes and remote corners of counters and cabinets for previously hidden food stains. If you find any, scrub them off using mild soap and water.

  4. Step 4

    Wash down the kitchen counters. If your kitchen has a bar or an island, wash those as well.

  5. Step 5

    Clean the interior of your oven. If the oven has an automatic-cleaning feature, use that. If not, use a commercial oven cleaner and a scouring pad. The object is to thoroughly remove any baked-on food matter inside the oven.

  6. Step 6

    Remove the range coils from the top of your stove and clean them in warm, soapy water. Before replacing them, wipe down the entire surface of the stove with a damp cloth or paper towel.

  7. Step 7

    Empty your kitchen cabinets. Set their contents aside in a safe place, and then dust every shelf inside the cabinets, using a damp cloth. Give the interior cabinet walls a wipe-down while you’re in there. Once you’re done, replace the contents.

  8. Step 8

    Remove the contents of your kitchen pantry. Discard any food that’s too old to eat or that will never be used. Replace the contents in a neat, organized manner that will allow you to easily see what you’ve got in there.

  9. Step 9

    Clean out your refrigerator. Remove all the food, discarding anything that’s gone bad. Wipe down the interior, including walls, shelves and storage bins. Do the same thing with the freezer. Replace whatever food you’re keeping.

  10. Step 10

    Use a glass cleaner to wash the panes on your kitchen windows.

  11. Step 11

    Dust any window blinds you may have. If your kitchen windows have curtains, remove them for washing.

  12. Step 12

    Sweep, and then mop your kitchen floor.