Having a stylish designer kitchen undoubtedly is a dream come true. In fact, there is the only thing better than this, and it comes in the form of a designer kitchen with fine details. It is the details that make the kitchen as functional and beautiful as you’d like it to be. There are few tricks to creating the features in such a way that they make the difference without you noticing them. Here are some of these secrets in regards to key aspects of the kitchen:
A world of outlets
Undercabinet plug moulding – if you are a fan of discretion, then you can feature plug moulding just beneath the cabinets on the wall. It is convenient and leaves your backsplash clutter-free.
Coordinate the colour of the outlets – electricians typically favour white outlets. Although the colour is not a bad one, it creates a contrast, which takes away from the beauty of non-white backsplashes. Well, you can coordinate the colour of your outlets with that of your backsplash tiles.
Pop-up outlets – one more outlet-free option you have is pop-up outlets. As it disappears into the countertop, this type of outlet is quite useful in areas with no wall cabinets that hide plug moulding strips.
Rotate the outlets sideways – if you are certain about wall outlets, you can have them installed sideways. That way you can position them closer to the counter, which contributes to a less obstructive profile.
Light your designer kitchen
Task lighting – if there is one thing that can make your life easier, it is task lighting. With some undercabinet lighting, you can illuminate different areas of the countertop, which makes food preparation an easier process. Install task lights at the front part of cabinets, not the back.
Glowing cabinets – installing LED lighting strips on both sides of a cabinet creates glowing shelves. Hide the strips behind the face frame, and you have yourself a fantastic ambient effect in the kitchen.
Panelling hides your dishwasher – regardless if you are panelling your fridge, you can panel the dishwasher. As it contributes to a more harmonious look in the kitchen, uninterrupted by a stainless steel grey area.
Hideaway your microwave – if you cannot do without a microwave, then you can get one and hide it. Instead of it occupying valuable space on your countertops. For this purpose, you can get a wall cabinet with one of them lift-up doors.
Don’t overcrowd the hood – if you are using a chimney hood, make sure there are at least 3 inches between it and any cabinets on the left and right. This has the visual advantage of not cramping the space. Besides, wall cabinets are sure to stay cleaner for longer this way.
Glass cabinets next to the hood – this one combo may be visually pleasing but is hardly practical. It calls for non-stop cleaning of grime and grease, which means it is best to install such cabinets elsewhere.
Now that you know these detailing secrets, you can better plan your designer kitchen. Make sure you follow the tips and the place will turn out to be even better.
Are you planning a remodeling of your house, including the kitchen? If yes, then you are in the right place. As you read through this you will learn of ways that don’t cut a hole in your pocket but give your kitchen a new look. Yes, amazingly, the ways that we will be talking about are affordable but will enhance and update the décor of your kitchen ensuring a new look.
There are many ways to make affordable enhancements to your kitchen décor. We are discussing eight of these to update your kitchen.
1. Updating the kitchen cabinets
If you want, and have the ability, you can replace the kitchen cabinets that you have but why not go with a more affordable alternative and update them to have a new look? Simple changes made to the knobs and the hinges will offer a new look to the kitchen. If you have wooden cabinets you yourself can do the sanding and paint it with a new coat of paint to make your kitchen look great.
2. Purchase cost-effective countertops
If you are not changing the cabinets that you have in your kitchen then you don’t need upscale countertops. You can easily find countertops which are affordable and replacing the old one/s with these will give your kitchen a new look.
When you are purchasing countertops keep your mind open regarding materials for the countertop and you will see that there are various affordable options to choose from. By matching the color of the countertop with that of your kitchen cabinet you will be amazed by the new look of your kitchen.
3. Have roll-out shelves
If you feel that having a new cabinet is costly, and the shape of the cabinet that you have at present is not affordable to renovate, then you can easily change to roll-out shelves in place of the old cabinets. They are cost-effective and will also help you to save space and money while giving an entirely new look to your kitchen.
Not only that, such roll-out shelves are also best suited for anyone having issues with mobility. It will make cooking in the kitchen more a matter of pleasure than of responsibility.
4. Play with the light
Lights, and their switches, can play a big role in giving your kitchen a new look without spending a lot of money. As a general rule, you must have warm light in your kitchen. You can easily shop for new light fixtures and switches at budget stores and for an affordable cost you can change the entire look of your kitchen.
You may have seen a decorative light fixture or a unique type of switch in design magazines. If you search you will be able to find a prototype of these for a reasonable price at a store nearby. So, purchase those and you will see how efficiently such fixtures change the entire look of your kitchen.
Have you found an ideal way to make your kitchen look new without spending a lot? If you haven’t, then there is nothing to worry about. Here are a few more ideas and, hopefully, you will find one which will match your taste and budget.
5. Re-paint and change the curtains
If you have a talk with an interior designer then you will find that they place high esteem on re-painting and changing curtains when they want to update a kitchen affordably. If you wish to change the color of your kitchen and have a new look then you just need a coat of new paint. It’s wise to choose oil-based paints so that it’s easier to clean stains.
Match the color of your curtains in your kitchen with the color of the new paint and see what a difference this makes to your kitchen. Curtains need to be changed regularly as they absorb oil and food smells in your kitchen. Follow these two affordable ways and have a new looking kitchen without putting a hole in your pocket.
6. Change the kitchen faucet
Having a new faucet in your kitchen will not only give a new look to your kitchen but would make cooking easier. You can change to a taller faucet so that filling and cleaning big utensils is easier to do. You can have a trendy finish so that the kitchen has a new look.
7. Have a backsplash area
If you do not have a backsplash area in your kitchen or you haven’t had one made of old designed tiles then it would be prudent to change those. This option will make cleaning easy and at the same time give a new look to your kitchen. If you feel that purchasing tiles is affecting your budget then you can use the stencil and paint method to have one which will add a new dimension to your kitchen.
8. Buy new appliances
You may wonder if this is affordable. It is you have an open eye and mind when making your purchase. There are a number of organizations making available useful appliances for your kitchen at affordable rates. You can buy these keeping your eyes open so that you get the best value for the money that you are spending.
If you have made up your mind to have a new look for your kitchen then you must have noticed that various sales and discounts are offered by reputed manufacturers of kitchen appliances. You need to grab those options and buy appliances that you need. The appliances will not only make cooking a pleasure but will also enhance the décor of your kitchen.
The living room is one of the places where you put a lot of effort because it is where we entertain our guests. However, even when we have guests, they may end up in the kitchen somehow. Regardless of whether people may want to use your kitchen or not, it is always important to put some effort in there and the design can impact the space in some amazing ways. The kitchen is one of the areas that has to look as elegant as possible and should be convenient and functional at all times.
Having a modular kitchen serves all the purposes that you may want. There are many reasons as to why you should fit in the modular option and they include:
This is one of the greatest features. A modular kitchen can be assembled very easily. You can enjoy flexibility in a great way since you can shift the whole kitchen, especially after you move. You can have the kitchen repaired or altered at any one given time without affecting any other part.
The modular kitchens are usually designed with the customers’ needs in focus. Depending on your own personal preferences and the space available, the kitchen can be customized just as you want it to be. The kitchen can easily be color coordinated or you can even choose a design that contrasts the whole theme of your home. This allows you to actually personalize the entire space and also allows you to work within your set budget.
A modular kitchen has shelves that allow you to save on space. You can notice shelves in tiny spaces and the small corners as well. There are others where you find them hanging on the doors. You can easily fit your appliances along shelves or walls. The features are a great choice, especially if you have a small apartment.
In the traditional setting, carpenters were hired to design the kitchen within your home. The approach consumed a lot of time and a lot of inconvenience in the part of the owner. As for the modular kitchens, they are created within a factory and then easily fitted in your home. You only need to place an order and you will have the installation done within a month or so.
Modular kitchens have a lot of chick and contemporary designs. There are the elegant and refined ones, and there are also the slick and modern designs that you can choose from. There are also many patterns bearing great aesthetics as well as functionality. There is nothing wrong with having a beautiful kitchen.
Storage is always a great thing where kitchens are concerned. Modular kitchens have drawers, cabinets, and shelves fir more efficient storage. This allows you to organize your items so as to make working and cooking within the kitchen efficient and easy. You can then de-clutter the kitchen giving it that clean and neat appearance.
The modular kitchens are designed in a smart way. The design is done in a way that allows you to store the things that are frequently used in very convenient positions within the kitchen. You can separate the cooking and cleaning areas as well.
Since most of Pam’s activities revolve around the kitchen area we decided that we would need to do something fast to correct this nasty and forgotten area of the house. With that thought in mind the kitchen was designated as the next priority. As you can see from the before photos this area had some serious problems, actually more than we were aware of. Our immediate concern was to establish some sort of functionality in the room. We first thought perhaps we would renovate the kitchen first before the living room but I wanted to see some progress being made and chose the lesser of the evils. Who knows it is likely that the kitchen will undergo a number of transformations in the future.
We started with a couple of coat of fresh paint on the walls and woodwork. This helped a lot. It is amazing what a little paint can accomplish for a room. We carefully looked at all the kitchen appliances (stove and dishwasher were the only appliances in the home) and decided that the filth was too much. I went out and purchased a new dishwasher and stove for Pam. We still had our refrigerator so we put that in place. Even a good scrubbing couldn’t help those appliances that were in the home.
It was almost too fearful to start taking pictures of our new home. From one room to the next all we see was vast amounts of filth. Nasty surroundings greeted us at every corner of the home however during our pre-cleaning phase when all we were doing is taking pictures I thought I would break the rooms down one by one. I must warn everyone this house is the leader in the “Cult of the Filth” so have your life insurance paid as you view these pictures. You can see the before images of the filthy kitchen which we recently encountered. First notice the unclean stove ready to haunt anyone entering the kitchen. Who would ever want to cook a meal on that? The refrigerator was not working so that was sent to the salvage yard for scrape (as was the unclean stove). Glance with caution at the image showing behind the stove as it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for many long years.
You will notice that there were many floor tiles in the kitchen that will need to be replaced. It is obvious that the previous occupant was not very clean and failed to maintain the house to standards.
The light and fan assemblies that were in the kitchen/dining room combination were in pretty bad condition and we decided to replace them with just a ceiling light. The fan in the dining area would hit the door of the cabinet when it was opened. The lights served much better for us.
We placed our refrigerator where the previous tenets frig was located and since it had a water supply line already run for the ice maker is was very convenient for us. Pam took a small cabinet that she had and placed it in the middle of the floor to use as an island for working on. This also is merely a temporary condition. The dining room area has the table and four chairs in it while her china cabinet had to be placed essentially in the kitchen. The counters at the breakfast bar cleaned up real good and once Pam put some of her items on it the area began to take on a new and exciting life of its own.
The French doors leading from the kitchen/dining room to the rear deck are in bad shape and will need to be replaced in the future. In the mean time at some point in the future we will be adding on a formal dining room for Pam but that will be later in time. Pam put some curtains up to the windows and it doesn’t look too bad. The floor was in such bad shape that we had to place a piece of wood over a section of it. Over the wood Pam put a carpet runner and it doesn’t look bad at all. It will do until we have the time and funds to redo the complete kitchen/dining area floor. At least now we have a complete kitchen and Pam can now unpack the remainder of her kitchen boxes.