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Aug

29

Use a Low-Contrast Color Scheme

By Bathroom Designer

Use a Low-Contrast Color Scheme

When there’s little difference between the colors of the walls, the countertops, the cabinetry, and the woodwork, your eye glides over the surfaces looking for a place to rest, and that movement tricks you into thinking the space is larger than it really is. Here, the cabinets, backsplash, and flooring are close in color value — a soft gray-green — so the eye doesn’t trip over sudden shifts from dark to light. The effect is serene and expansive.

Aug

29

Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger

By Bathroom Designer

Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger

Paint It White

White is your best friend in a small kitchen. It reflects light, which enhances the sense of space and makes the walls seem to recede. When you carry the white from the cabinetry to the countertops, walls, and ceiling, you create a seamless space without edges or boundaries to stop the eye. Use several shades of white and combine contrasting textures to keep an all-white room from feeling sterile. Recessed-panel cabinets and crown molding create subtle shadows that add interest, too.

 

Jan

4

Cool Minimalist Kitchen In Dark Grey From Toyo

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Minimalism is one of the most popular styles in design nowadays: strict lines, simple colors and shapes. This stylish minimalist kitchen INO Leone by Toyo Kitchens & Living products is a symbol of modern technologies and minimalist style. Strict metal grey and straight lines look graceful and modern; the kitchen is adorned with a winged lion emblem and finished with wood on your choice – light or dark; T-shape is very comfortable for a functional place. Why lion? A winged lion was a symbol of protection in Venice. Such a kitchen would be a great variant for those who love things without anything unnecessary and it’s fantastic for a bachelor’s apartment. Classics of minimalism – practical, functional and beautiful.

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?

Jun

16

Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Plastic laminate is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets because it is durable, stain resistant and available in an array of colors, patterns, and textures. It is also easy to clean, but just because it easy to clean doesn’t mean that you can neglect to give it maintenance.

Unfortunately, there are two common problems with plastic laminate countertops which include chipping and torn edges. However, due to advances in technology; you can repair a small chip for less than $20. Edge repairs cost about the same. The process for repairing a small chip in a counter top is exactly the same as filling the seam when repairing a torn edge.
Plastic laminate is nothing more than Kraft paper, resins bonded together under heat and pressure, and a plastic coating. You will notice with plastic laminates that the Kraft paper that it is constructed of leaves a brown edge. However, this brown edge can be covered and decorated with a stainless steel, brass, or wood trim. If you decide to go with a more expensive solid-color laminate, you will notice plastic sheets of the same color throughout so that no dark edges are revealed.

Laminate cabinets have several benefits that cannot be found with other cabinet materials. For one,they’re stain resistant. Due to their incredible
resilience, maintenance is a cinch. So when the next food fight breaks out in your kitchen, you can rest easy. Because they are man-made items,they are not limited to tones/patterns, and they come in a varied palette of colors. Additionally,laminate cabinets do not warp and are very strong,which means that you can store heavy items with confidence, knowing that there will be no structural damage to your cabinets.

Even if your kitchen layout is just what you want and the cabinets are in good condition, you can still give your kitchen a fantastic facelift by refacing the cabinet doors. If your doors are laminate, you can make your cabinets look brand new by following these simple ideas.

Refacing laminate kitchen cabinet doors need not be a difficult job and the results can transform your kitchen from a room that looks tired and worn-out to one that is bursting with style and color.Here are two ideas for refacing your laminate kitchen cabinet doors that should be relatively easy to carry out and will not cost a fortune.

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Sep

24

Antique Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

The one thing about antique kitchen cabinets is that they have never gone out of style and likely never will, no matter what other types of décor move in and out of the current trends. 

Even with the latest in technological developments, electrical appliances, tools, gadgets, and fashionable colors, these, just like country kitchen cabinets, will always have their place in the room that is the true heart of most homes.  The difference that the older style makes is that even with all of the modern accessories, it still has charm and appeal, while never looking out of place. 

Antique kitchen cabinets can seem perfectly right even when hanging next to microwave ovens, digital coffee makers, and an electric hand mixer.  In fact, they have the ability to calm the overall stark and harsh appearance that all of these technological pieces can often bring about with their shining plastics and stainless steel. While your room still remains functional, it also keeps a comfortable overall feeling because of the border of the cupboard style.

This means that when you decide on antique kitchen cabinets, you can still design the rest of the room exactly as you’d like it to be.  Even if you choose colder elements, you can be reassured that the cupboard doors will keep the room from becoming uninviting.

Antique Kitchen Cabinets – Where To Find Them

So now that you’ve decided that antique kitchen cabinets are for you, where do you go about finding them so that you can select the precise look for your own home?  The answer to this question is multifaceted.  After all, you can buy actual pieces from times past, making sure that they have been well maintained so that you won’t be investing in problems.  Or, you can buy brand new ones that have been specially designed and “antiqued” to look as though you’ve had these cupboards since a time long ago when things were still lovingly and simply built.

Your third option is to have a look at what you currently have and decide whether you can turn those into the style of antique kitchen cabinets or antique country kitchen cabinets without actually replacing anything.  Often, all you need is a stain in a dark color and the right kind of hardware such as hinges, knobs, and drawer pulls. 

If staining isn’t the look you’re going for, then distressing can also give that feeling of a piece that has gracefully aged throughout the years.  This has to do with sanding down wooden country kitchen cabinets instead of adding color to the wood that you then fade out.  There are many techniques for doing this.  If you aren’t certain how, you can look up helpful guides online or talk to someone at a home renovation store who may be able to show you how.

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.

Jul

5

Kitchen Design – Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Design – Kitchen Cabinets

Because cabinet doors are the face of the kitchen, it will be very important that you choose a finish you want to look at for quite a number of years. Keep in mind that, whichever material you choose to use for your cabinets, durability and low maintenance have to be the key to your choice.

kitchen-design-kitchen-cabinets.gifAs most of the cabinet carcasses nowadays are made of chipboard, the only thing you have to worry about is the finish of the cabinet doors. First of all it is important to choose which material you want to use for the cabinet doors. In this section, the different finishes and their possibilities will be explained. Read more »

May

26

Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When installing new cabinets, plan to do the job after completion of rough wiring and plumbing but before the finish flooring has been installed. By installing the flooring after cabinet installation, you won’t use more flooring than needed and the new floors are less prone to construction damage.

Unpack your cabinets and make sure all components are on hand. If your cabinets arrive disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. Wait until after cabinet installation to add drawers, doors, and shelves. If you remove any parts, be sure to label them so you can return them to their proper places.
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The wall that backs cabinets should be level, smooth, and clean. To check it for flatness, place a long straightedge against it. Mark any bumps or voids so that, during installation, you can adjust for them.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy–just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware and food. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened very securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet such as a support rail that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws which penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches. For cabinet installation techniques, see How to Install Kitchen Cabinets.