Choosing Marble Countertops for Your Kitchen

Black marble kitchen countertop

Black marble kitchen countertop

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, you will need to consider what type of material you will be using for your kitchen countertop. If you have not made up your mind as to the material, just yet, marble is something that you should look at. The texture and the feel of marble is by far one of the greatest experiences when shopping for your kitchen countertop material. If you ar doing a small kitchen remodel, you may get away with a remnant piece of marble. If you have a large kitchen, you will need to look at full slabs that will accommodate your kitchen countertop requirements.

When a kitchen countertop is made from marble, it has that element of sophistication and beauty to the room. Besides the elegance and the beauty of a marble kitchen countertop, a marble countertop is heat resistant and can handle hot items real well. [Read more…]

Grohe captures major Kitchen design styles with three amazing Faucets

Grohe Bridgeford Faucet

GROHE Bridgeford Faucet

When you look at the ever evolving world of home remodel and interior design, you will find that there are three major design styles that people will gravitate towards when planning a kitchen remodel or even an entire home renovation – traditional, transitional and contemporary. In all facets of a home remodel or renovation, you will see that these design styles help shape products from paint, tile, cabinets, lighting and plumbing.

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Kitchen Backsplash Basics: How to Create a Stylish Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen backsplash

Kitchen backsplash- glass mosaic tile

Let Your Design Style Shine Through in Your Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash provides an important artistic and stylish detail to your kitchen area. In the past a kitchen backsplash was just an after-thought feature that was primarily used as a way to keep behind the sink or stove clean. The choice is yours when it comes to what materials to use for your kitchen backsplash.

When you are planning your kitchen remodel and researching materials, you will find that a kitchen backsplash can come in a wide variety of materials. You can play it safe and continue your countertop up along the walls as a kitchen backsplash; that is if you are going for more of a monochromatic look. You can be creative and use a glass mosaic, ceramic, or porcelain tile that complements the tones and colors in the kitchen countertop. The design possibilities are limitless when it comes to options for your kitchen backsplash. [Read more…]

Kitchen Lighting 101: Lighting Basics for your kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen Lighting – Recessed Lights and pendants

 

It is important to understand the importance of lighting in your kitchen when you’re planning a kitchen remodel or kitchen makeover. New lighting fixtures not only dress up the kitchen décor but kitchen lighting also creates an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment for cooking and entertaining.

First let’s take a look at the primary types of lighting that that you should consider when planning your kitchen remodel, which are:

  • general lighting,
  • ambient lighting,
  • task lighting and
  • accent lighting.

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Why You Should Use LEDs in your Home Remodel

LED kitchen lighting

Kitchen remodel – LED Lighting

 

When you are planning your kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or overall home remodel, LED lighting should be on your purchase list. They can make a remodel look so much more appealing than traditional lighting. If design and style are on the top of your list, LED lighting should be in the purchasing and shopping items.

In addition to adding design and style to your kitchen remodel, LEDs bring a great deal of efficiency to a home. Since an LED bulb is more energy efficient, they require less energy to be used by a homeowner, they have a much longer life, and they produce less carbon emissions, than traditional light bulbs. All in all LEDs are just better for the environment and they help save a tremendous amount of money on your energy bill, when you look at the annual cost savings. [Read more…]

Deciding on Your Kitchen Design Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchens come in many shapes, styles, designs and themes. Since a new kitchen can be a large part of your overall home improvement budget, making the right decision on your kitchen design style requires serious thought and planning for a successful kitchen remodel.

It helps tremendously if you know what style look you prefer, such as classic, modern, rustic, country, etc., before you embark upon your kitchen remodel. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as French Colonial or Art Deco, provides you a design platform to build your kitchen design.  Mixing and matching styles typically is called eclectic, while a look that blends traditional and contemporary elements is considered transitional.

Traditional Kitchen Style

Formal, Elegant and Classic

Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

What You Can Expect to see in a Traditional Kitchen Style:

  • Crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim
  • Cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany
  • Raised panel cabinet door styles
  • Antique fixtures and appliances
  • Wood, stone or other natural materials

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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink and Faucet

PHOTO CREDIT: BLANCO PRECISION SINK

In today’s modern household the kitchen is the heart of the home and is a place to entertain and enjoy the family. This puts the kitchen sink and kitchen faucet center stage in today’s kitchen. Therefore, it is important to invest in quality and style, since a sink and faucet can last over 10 years.  These two items get a lot of daily usage in a kitchen and really add a finishing style on the overall look and feel of the kitchen remodel.

Sadly, the kitchen sink and kitchen faucet do not always get the attention they deserve in a kitchen remodel. But the reality of the matter, these two items are critical to your kitchen looking dated or timeless. They are also important items that can make your life in the kitchen much easier when it comes to doing standard chores in the kitchen.

Questions: Before You Buy a Kitchen Sink or Faucet

Before you actually make a purchase of a kitchen sink or faucet, there are several things you need to consider. Since there are so many great styles and options to choose from when looking for a kitchen sink and faucet, you have to understand a few basic things about your tastes, preferences and habits before you make your final decision. [Read more…]

Your Kitchen Cabinet Style: Frameless vs. Framed Cabinets

Photo credit - Dura Supreme Cabinets

Photo credit – Dura Supreme Cabinets

If you are in the market to remodel your kitchen, you will be faced with lots of decisions to make. Budget, style, cabinetry, layout, appliances, lighting, increasing the footprint, countertops and many other choices.They all are important and need to be taken into consideration to achieve a world class kitchen remodel that you will enjoy for years to come. [Read more…]

Dream Kitchen Design Ideas from Celebrity Kitchens to make your kitchen more fun

Celebrity Kitchens Ideas to make your kitchen more comfortable and Enjoyable

If you love to cook and entertain then you will enjoy feasting your eyes on some magnificent kitchen that are kitchen lover’s dream.

Every issue of Architectural Digest features pages of inspiring designs from the homes of the rich and famous.  This month’s issue is no exception.  Featured Writer, Leslie Anne Wiggins, highlights several kitchens in the slideshow article, Perfect Kitchens for Holiday Cooking and Gathering.

One after another they are just breathtaking. Unfortunately the average homeowner, does not have the unlimited funds of most of the kitchens featured in the slideshow, however, there are so many elements that can be used even in a modest kitchen remodel or kitchen renovation project.

Take for instance the High Gloss Kitchen cabinets in the following photo from Architectural Digest. This kitchen was decorated by Francis Sultana features an updated kitchen in a 19th Century London triplex.  You can steal the look by using Acrylic High Gloss Cabinets with a monochromatic color. Add a wood floor or faux wood floor using Porcelain wood planks that resemble the real thing.  You can Add track lighting relatively cost effectively. For the countertops you can use a nice quartz with a color shade close to the cabinets to give you that monochromatic look and feel. Top it off with a sleek stylish kitchen faucet and a stove top instead of a standard range with oven at the bottom.

Photo credit Architectural Digest

Photo credit Architectural Digest – Designer :  Francis Sultana

In the following kitchen, home of John Legend and Christy Turlington, Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design used beautiful teak wood cabinetry and stools by Emmerson Troop in this elegant yet simple 1960’s home to create more space in the kitchen/dining area. [Read more…]

Moen Hits a Home Run with New Kitchen Faucets

Have you seen the new Moen kitchen faucets?  If not, you are in for a real treat…

Four new Moen kitchen faucets really come to the forefront of great design, style and functionality. Don’t take my word, have a look at these faucets for yourself and you will fall in love with these sleek new designs.

We all know that a kitchen faucet is a necessary standout feature in any good kitchen redesign or kitchen remodel.  However, style has to also be met with functionality of the end user in the kitchen.

Here are four Moen kitchen faucets that exemplify kitchen trends worth mentioning for that dream kitchen we are all looking to create.

photo credit: Moen STO kitchen faucet

photo credit: Moen STO kitchen faucet

STO – Kitchen Faucet

Let’s start with the Moen Sto – kitchen faucet. The STO faucet is sleek, sexy and streamlined.  It is a perfect complement for the contemporary kitchen. This modern faucet comes in chrome, Spot Resist Stainless, and the new stand out color  “Matte Black”. The STO faucet has a hybrid design that is somewhat square and cylindrical, which are must have features in a contemporary and modern kitchen design.

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