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Aug

13

Planning an open plan kitchen-diner

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Planning an open plan kitchen-diner

An open plan kitchen-diner is everybody’s dream. If your kitchen is looking a little dingy, perhaps it’s time to rip it out and start again. Here’s how to create a stylish look in a big space – and on a budget.

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Yellow and white creates a fresh and sunny kitchen

Why have a kitchen–diner?

We all want a kitchen –diner, whether its family–sized or petite. After all, not only is a dining area highly practical it’s also one of  the  first things buyers will look for when the time comes to sell up. Knocking through a dining room to make an open–plan kitchen is worth the investment and even fitting a breakfast bar in a small kitchen is a very good move.

What goes where?

If possible, your eating area should always be nearest the garden. If you live in a flat, put the table near the windows. If you do have a garden you’ll have the option of installing French or concertina doors, which means you can open up your kitchen to the outside space. Read more »

May

2

Backlit Kitchen Cabinet Lighting by Jean Nouvel

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

 Backlit Kitchen Cabinet Lighting

Called “Corian Nouvel Lumieres”, this kitchen design was created by Jean Nouvel for DuPont and Ernestmeda. The cornerstone of the design is the backlit cabinet lighting and the visual effect it has on the entire kitchen. The backlit cabinet lighting was created by using transparent Corian panels and then installing lighting in the back of the cabinets. I applaud this concept as it presents other possibilities than the more common practice of installing lighting underneath cabinets. Via.

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Sep

20

Kitchen Lighting Tips

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Lighting Tips

Kitchen Lighting Tips

Kitchen lighting should be warm, welcoming and bright because this area can be the social hub of your home. When eating, however, it is nicer to have soft, intimate lighting over the dining area. This articles discusses different ways of achieving this.

The kitchen area is one of the most frequently used rooms in your home. And if you have a dining area within your kitchen, this makes it more so. It will be the place where you and your family, and friends, will gather together and hopefully enjoy great company and great food. In all, the kitchen can be the hub of your home. It is also the type of room that you can do wonders with if you get your home lighting properly sorted out.

If the kitchen is to serve meals then it requires flexible lighting to ensure that there is sufficient light for both dining and cooking.

And as well as having the appropriate lighting conditions for cooking, the lighting must also look sociable. Not only that, but sometimes, its nicer to have colorful, cosy, lamp lighting to create a more intimate mood when you have a group of family or friends over for dinner.

Many kitchens tend to be under-lit, with only one source of lighting for the whole room. In reality, if you think about it, there are specific areas where people spend a lot of time, for example, at the sink if washing dishes, near the hob, when cooking, etc.

Therefore, one source of light simply won’t do.

Ideally, having a long fluorescent lighting tube can help work wonders but will usually only solve the lighting needs along one end of the kitchen. This can be greatly improved by fitting at least two ceiling-mounted light fittings which are placed strategically so as to minimize problems caused by shadowing. Of course, the more of these light fittings there are, the better the quality of the light in the kitchen.

The effect of having good lighting can also be achieved by using small linear lamp fittings on the underside of wall cabinets. This has the advantage that it localizes the light to various working positions along the worktops in the kitchen and eliminates the common problem often encountered in kitchens which is of standing in one’s own light.

Further, you can avoid having a dark and dingy kitchen by using light colors throughout, for example, if the ceiling is painted a white matt color and the walls are colored a light color, this will make more of whatever lighting you have in place, by reflecting this light and spreading it more evenly around the room.

So, although getting kitchen lighting sorted out can be a tricky task, it is not impossible. Sort out the task based lighting, by fitting lights alongside cabinets and localised work areas and then concentrate on the quality of your lighting for the dining areas, perhaps by using the increasingly popular low hanging kitchen pendant lights now available in beautiful designs, colors and styles.

Sep

20

Tips For Ideal Kitchen Lighting Design

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Tips For Ideal Kitchen Lighting Design

Lighting in the kitchen is key, not only for it’s decorative value but also for your everyday tasks. Find out how to get great lighting that is both decorative as well as practical.

Having the ideal kitchen lighting design can have a pronounced impact on your interior decorating scheme. It is a good idea for functional reasons as well as adding great decorative value. When thinking about kitchen lighting design, there are certain elements which you ought to consider. Below are some tips on how you can add wonderful kitchen lighting.

The type of lighitng you go with is pivotal and florescent lighting in particular is a huge no-no. Flourescent lighting is very stark and not charming at all. You can compliment your kitchen lighting design purposes by making use of an alluring dome or chandelier. You might also install a chandelier over the eating section.

You might want to decide on using recessed lights in your kitchen lighting design plan. You can use them together with other methods of lighting fixtures. Recessed lighting won’t detract from your general interior decorating scheme as they are set into the ceiling . If you plan appropriately, they can supply even lighting all over the room. It is also practical to buy Pot lighting that you can move around to illuminate a chosen spot like cabinets or a certain display.

Installing your lighting in the most fitting place is another thing that is important. You would be smart to place the lighting where it will be needed the most. You will need to be sure to plan for lighting in the food prep area of the kitchen together with the dining section. Aim for even, moderate lighting but steer clear of over lighting, which could be harsh and give off more heat. It is a fantastic idea to have each light be operated from a separate dimmer switch so you are able to adjust the level of light.

Tips For Ideal Kitchen Lighting Design

For lighting above an eating bar or island, make use of pendant lights. They can be bought in several distinct lengths and designs to match any kitchen. If your island is used for food prep, this style of lighting is great as it illuminates directly down to brighten a particular area.

Since you will be chopping and preparing food in the kitchen, you also will need task lighting for those areas. Now, this can be accomplished with recessed lights, even still there are other places where task lighting should not be disregarded. Generally, undercounter lighting is practiced for these task areas. This type of lighting can kill two birds with one stone. They light up your food prep tasks. And they can also illuminate any decorations you have on your counter.

There are various kitchen lighting design options to make your home interior design really shine. Pick what you like, but be certain that the lights coordinate with your room design. Lighting should be practical but also balance your room design. There are a bunch of lights which you can pick, so have fun decorating with your own distinct lighting design.