Tips for Designing the Right Kitchen for Your Home

Tips for Designing the Right Kitchen for Your Home

Trying to figure out exactly how much kitchen you need? It is sometimes harder than you might think to find the perfect balance of your dream kitchen versus what’s actually practical and affordable. Here are a few tips that might help you in your decision making process: Keep the neighborhood in mind. If you ever plan on selling your home, the value of the homes around you means just as much as the condition and value of yours. If yours is the only home on the block with dated cabinetry and worn fixtures, you could be jeopardizing your long-term home value. Likewise, you’ll want to avoid frivolously over-spending on unnecessary features that would be uncommon in homes of a similar value. Don’t be too personalized. Not only will potential buyers not like the overly personalized look of your home, but you’re also more likely to get sick of it at Continue reading

Factors to Consider When Looking at Kitchen Window Treatments

Factors to Consider When Looking at Kitchen Window Treatments

While cabinets, appliances and utensils are certainly the most important aspects to look at when improving the functionality of your kitchen, don’t forget aesthetics! Window treatments can be a huge help to getting the exact look you’ve been hoping for in your kitchen remodel, whether you’re going for sunscreens, blinds, curtains, shades or shutters. Here are a few factors you should consider when looking at kitchen window treatments: Visual appeal. There are a lot of options available, including curtains of all lengths, the various shades and textures of rollers, many colors of shutters and numerous styles of blinds. If you’re looking for a fresh, breezy feeling, you’ll probably want to look for light colors or patterns. If you want something a bit more sophisticated, try wooden shutters or blinds. Light control. Keep in mind that direct exposure to sunlight can harm furniture, wooden floors and fabrics, as well as dull Continue reading

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

When you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, it can be difficult to get your layout exactly how you want it. After all, you need to be able to balance the size and shape of your appliances with the goals you have for space and functionality. One concept you can use to create a more efficient layout in your kitchen is the “kitchen work triangle.” The three points of the triangle are the three key elements of your kitchen—the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. The general theory is that having these three elements in close proximity to each other (but not coo close) will make the kitchen easier to use. Obviously exactly how you set up your kitchen depends on the space you have available, but it’s a good theory to keep in mind. Here are a few other things to take into account when determining the right layout for Continue reading

Common Problems Associated with Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Common Problems Associated with Installing Kitchen Cabinets

One of the biggest challenges when putting together your perfect kitchen remodel is making sure the cabinets get installed exactly as you planned them out. The slightest mistake could mean a loss of storage space, uneven shelves or poorly fitted doors. Here are a few of the biggest cabinet-related problems to avoid: Changing the dimensions. If you are remodeling your kitchen and changing the dimensions of the cabinet, it can be difficult to make sure everything aligns with your existing plumbing and lighting, as well as with the general space you have in the area. It’s far easier to swap in new cabinets with the exact same dimensions, but that doesn’t necessarily give you the results you’re looking for. Precision.  Believe it or not, it’s just as possible to be overly precise as it is to be not precise enough when figuring out your new cabinet situation. Most people buy Continue reading

Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

We form strong feelings about colors. These associations impact how we feel in a room, and thus how we behave. The color of your kitchen can dramatically impact the kind of activities it sees. Have you ever noticed most fast food chains incorporate red and yellow into their design? Red, yellow and orange are associated with happiness, which in turn helps stimulate appetite. Cool colors like blue and purple signal sadness, and are less appetizing. Does this mean your kitchen needs to look like a burger joint to welcome hungry visitors? Of course not! Get inspired Choose one element to help you design your color scheme. Maybe it’s bold tile flooring, or sleek brushed steel appliances. Don’t commit just yet. First, envision what the rest of your space will look like. Once you have an idea, you can begin researching and dreaming, but stay flexible – the perfect complement to Continue reading

Not Your Grandma’s Formica

The best designers of the day are working with an ever-expanding array of different materials, from natural stone to engineered quartz, and even… <gasp> laminate. That’s right, laminate is making a huge comeback right now, and it’s not without good reason. Laminate countertops, from such old stalwarts as Wilsonart and Formica, are a fantastic product that can lend verve and style to a kitchen or bath remodel in a way that natural materials can’t match. It’s not just for kitchens, either; laminates are being used so widely in commercial and industrial applications that few people realize just how commonplace they have become. Not only that, but it’s one of most cost-effective options to specify in a designer kitchen. When most people think about laminate countertops, the mental image is of the plastic-like material that was so commonplace in the 60s and 70s. In reality, there is very little similarity between Continue reading

Tips for Planning a Winter Remodel

The midst of winter is when we find ourselves stuck inside staring at our perhaps unsatisfactory kitchen and bath. Families come to our home and we seem to spend more and more time cooking in our kitchens as the days get shorter and colder. Winter is a fantastic time to start your kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Remodeling can be one of the more expensive and time consuming projects a home owner can start, and it’s important to make adequate plans prior to starting such an impactful project. Here are some things a homeowner should consider before taking the plunge into a kitchen or bath remodel. You can save yourself and your designer a huge headache by beginning with a budget. How much are you willing to spend to get everything you’ve ever wanted in your new kitchen or bath? Depending on how much you would like to see changed, Continue reading

“Kitchen-Centric”: The New Standard for Home Design

The role of the kitchen in the house and in the family has changed. Where kitchens of the past were rooms of utility, hidden away in the recesses of a home, now designers and families are recognizing the beauty and function of this space as the core of a home. Almost any host can attest that, try as they might to prevent it and encourage guests into other rooms, the kitchen draws us in. We gather around islands and the kitchen becomes the emotional center of the home. Kitchen-centric design reflects this feeling and creates a space that is as comfortable and well lived in as any living room. In the late 20th Century, the idea of the open kitchen came about, and the walls between family rooms and kitchens were torn down. Now, this idea has evolved, and kitchens are becoming integrated rooms that are completely livable as architecture Continue reading

The Designer Kitchen: Custom, Quality, Personal.

The kitchen is often the heartbeat of the home; it is where memories are made, where friends gather and where family members connect. Something this personal should not be one-size-fits-all. A designer kitchen takes a family’s needs into consideration instead of using a standard mold. “Designer” equates to a kitchen where the finishes are thoughtful and unique to the client, where the space performs at the highest level and still looks beautiful, and a comfortable and functional workspace is created. While builders or general contractors may have seen hundreds of kitchens, they don’t have the same design sensibilities as a designer, says Debra Toney. Designers like Michelle Ku ask specific questions geared toward getting to know a client well before the design and finishes are considered. Everything from how often you play bridge to how often you clean is relevant in designing a kitchen that’s catered to your needs. A Continue reading