Apr
18

What To Know About Butcherblock Countertops

what to know about butcherblock countertops

If you are looking for a wow statement with your kitchen, look no further than butcherblock countertops. They are elegant, warm, and also practical. Here is everything you need to know about butcherblock countertops.

What are the different types?

There are three basic types of butcherblock countertops, and it’s important to know about them they all have a very different look.

Edge grain is the most popular and the most practical. The edges of the wood are placed in an upright position. The result is a more together look that is less busy.

Face grain is a very decorative look. Here, the wide surfaces of the wood are placed upright so that you can see the grain of the wood. The emphasis is on visual appearance and not practicality as it can be harder to use as a cutting surface.

End grain produces a checkerboard pattern. This is accomplished by placing ends of the board facing upwards. While visually stimulating, it can be a lot for large areas. As a result, end grain butcherblock is often used in a smaller area of the counter. It is very durable and perfect for meal prep.

What are they made of?

There are many options for the type of wood for butcherblock countertops. In the end, it all comes down to taste and budget.

Maple is one of the most popular woods as it is strong and has a nice, neutral color. It has a clear grain which adds to a striking look in a countertop

Cherry is a great option for butcherblock countertops if you want a pop of color. It has a red tint to the brown color, and can add a bit of warmth and personality to a kitchen

Zebrawood is definitely not for everyone, but if you want a bold statement with your butcherblock, then this is the way to go. The black stripes that run through the tan wood do indeed look like a zebra. If you’re considering this type of wood, be sure to layout a picture of it over your existing countertop to make sure it is what you want.

Bamboo is a great option if you want a checkerboard pattern. It can even be steamed so that there is a variation in colors which makes a great design. The nice thing about bamboo is that it is very sustainable, and a great option if you want to make your kitchen eco-friendly

How do you protect them?

When deciding on butcherblock countertops, decide if you will be using them as a meal prep surface. If you are, then they should be sealed with a mineral oil. This means more upkeep in the long run, as they will need to be re-oiled.

If, however, you don’t intend to use the butcherblock for cutting or chopping, then they can be sealed with a resin. This protects the wood for longer, leading to less upkeep.

Apr
18

4 Color Palettes For Your Kitchen

4 color palettes for your kitchen

Color palettes can feel like too scary sometimes, but if you can take the plunge, a splash of color will make your kitchen really pop. To help you decide on how to elevate your kitchen, here are a few color palette ideas. Hopefully they bring a bit of inspiration to you.

1. Black and White Color Palettes

There is nothing more classic than a black and white color palette. The trick with this color combination is to choose wisely where you want the effect to take place. A black and white checkerboard tile can have a dramatic, decades-old feel. A black-speckled granite countertop can make the kitchen feel futuristic. Black light fixtures or handle knobs can be subtle and elegant.

As for the white elements, a classic subway-style backsplash is always a winner. White cabinets will never go out of style. There are also some nice white and grey marble or granite countertops.

2. Blue Color Palettes

There are a lot of blues to choose from, but finding one that matches your personality leads to a great experience. Dark blues should be used in small amounts as they can make a small kitchen feel smaller. Light blues, however, can be used in larger amounts as they often bring lightness and openness to a kitchen. Green-tinged blues like teal or aquamarine can lead to a seashore theme and are often found in vacation homes.

3. Red Color Palettes

Red is not often used in a kitchen, but when it’s used right, people take notice. If you choose red, go big or go home. Drastic accents like ruby red glass wall tiles can make a big splash. So too can a deep red paint color. If you have an island, that is a great place to use red as a contrast to other colors like white, grey, or even black, in the rest of the kitchen.

If you’re not too sure about how red will fit in with your kitchen, it’s ok to start small. Appliances like a stand mixer often come in red, so you can accent your place first to see if it’s a look you want to keep.

4. Yellow Color Palettes

The trick to a yellow color palette is to keep it a deep color. This means it can still be light or dark, but that the yellow doesn’t look faded or old. Light yellow will brighten the room and bring sunshine inside. Dark yellow can create a warm feeling. Yellow is great when found in curtains or wall paint.

Similar color palettes to yellow include gold and bronze. These will definitely warm up your kitchen and are a welcome change from the nickel and chrome that most kitchens use.

Mar
18

The Importance of Kitchen Lighting

 

the importance of kitchen lighting

A kitchen is not just a giant space. Rather, it is a set of smaller areas that all connect to a larger theme. One way to help differentiate these spaces, while at the same time bring them together, is through lighting. The importance of kitchen lighting should be remembered when designing your dream kitchen. Here are three types of lighting to help understand its importance.

General Lighting

General lighting refers to a light source that can illuminate the majority of the kitchen. It is important that this light source can provide enough brightness so that anyone would be able to see their way around the kitchen. General lighting is especially important when the kitchen becomes a gathering space as it helps everyone feel welcome.

General lighting can usually be found in the form of recessed lights in the ceiling. They should be spaced out so that there are no major shadows. Another form of general lighting is a large chandelier or cluster of lights. Whatever form it takes, general lighting showcases the importance of kitchen lighting.

Task Lighting

While general lighting should illuminate the entire kitchen, task lighting is for specific areas. It is most often found under cabinets so that a certain countertop has light. In essence, whichever task you are doing, chopping, mixing, washing, should have a specific light so that you can better see the area.

If you have an existing cabinet without task lighting, there are a number of solutions. Track LED lighting is easy to install. As is puck lighting. There are even special battery-only lights that can be adhered to the surface of a cabinet.

It’s always a good idea to test out the areas you want to put task lighting in. Set up your kitchen and decide which areas of counterspace will be work areas. Then, make sure there is a light above this area. This way your task lighting will sure to be functional.

Accent Lighting

One final part of the importance of kitchen lighting is accent lighting. Due to its magnitude, not all kitchens will actually have accent lighting. But, if you have a special piece of artwork or architectural feature, then accent lighting is a must.

Strictly speaking, smaller kitchen will have most of their wall space taken up with cabinets. This means that there is little room for accent lighting. But larger kitchens should have some empty wall space, which is perfect for accent lighting.

There is a trend towards more minimalistic kitchens, with fewer cabinets and more open spaces. In these designs, accent lighting will play a prominent role.

Accent lighting is a great way to show your kitchen’s personality. It can deviate from the uniform lighting already in place. Accent lighting can also show something special and unique about your kitchen. A collection of tea cups on a shelf, or a framed picture, are highlights that show a kitchen’s individuality. As such, they should be promoted with accent lighting.

Mar
18

Choosing The Right Kitchen Flooring

choosing the right kitchen flooring

 

Kitchen flooring is important as it brings all of the elements together. It connects your appliances to your table and helps bring your design to life.

The right flooring also needs to be practical. After all, you will be standing on it, and most likely spilling food on it, so it needs to meet your needs. Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen can be difficult, but start with understanding the different types of flooring.

 

Tile flooring comes in an almost unlimited amount of choices. It is hard, durable, and always looks good in a kitchen. Tile flooring comes in many different shapes. It comes in black, white, and every tone in between.

Tile makes spills easy to clean up. The grout that holds the tiles in place should be sealed after installation to prevent stains on that part of the flooring. This also prevents any moisture seeping into the subflooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood gives a luxurious and warm sense to your kitchen. It comes in a wide range of types, the most common being oak and maple. Depending on the stain, hardwood floors can be light or dark in color.

Most modern kitchens flow into a dining area or living room, and hardwood kitchen flooring is nice if you want to use the same flooring for both areas. This way you can keep the same design style so that everything comes together.

Most hardwood flooring is finished so that it is low-maintenance. It can withstand spills and shouldn’t stained; however, these should be cleaned up immediately to enable the floor to withstand the test of time.

Hardwood flooring is definitely an expensive option, but there is a cheaper alternative in engineered wood planks. These are layered planks. The top layer is real wood, but the underlayer is plywood. The cheaper material is reflected in the price tag. A nice bonus about engineered hardwood is that it sis more durable as the plywood is less susceptible to moisture like high humidity. It is a good idea to consider if you live in warmer, more humid areas.

Laminate

Laminate kitchen flooring has become the go-to flooring for most homes. This is because it looks almost like real wood, but costs a fraction of the price. It is also durable and easy to clean.

Laminate may look like wood, but it is actually an illusion. The top layer consists of a picture of wood that is covered in a clear overlay.

Unlike tile or hardwood, laminate is easier to install as it floats over the underlayment. Each piece of laminate is able to connect with another, creating a seamless layer. Many people have been able to install laminate on their own, further saving costs on their new floor. 

One of the most important things to remember about tile is that its benefit of being durable, is also its downfall. Tile can be hard on the feet, so you may want to invest in a rug near the sink if you plan on washing a lot of dishes. Tile is also unforgiving; if you drop something on it, that object will most likely break.

Feb
27

Top Kitchen Design Trends

kitchen design trends

The latest kitchen design trends may be the big style for 2018, but that doesn’t mean that they are right for you and your kitchen. Your kitchen needs to work for you, your family, and your overall home décor and design. Curious as to what some of the top trends are these days? Keep reading below!

Banquette Seating

Banquette seating was a big trend in the 80s and it’s making a comeback. It has a more modern look and can create a wonderful dining area in an alcove in your kitchen. Usually, a bench seat is placed on a single side, sometimes two sides of the table. Other ideas include having a built-in bench on one side of the table, and modern chairs on the other side. Try adding pillows for a unique look, but keep it simple.

Black Fixtures

Black fixtures and faucets will be a big trend for 2018. It’s a classic colour and works with almost all design styles. It’s simple, modern and hides dirt, blemishes and water spots well. You’ll probably need to add in a few other black elements to the kitchen. Some options are row of black cabinets, or stools, and light fixtures. This will add balance to the room, so it is not overly jarring.

Built-in Sinks

These sinks are becoming even more popular. The sink material is the same as the countertop. It creates a seamless transition between both and is visually appealing.

Concrete

Concrete is becoming more commonly used for countertops. It can be customized for colour, and it’s affordable. You can even use it as a wall covering. If you’re trying the wall option, keep it light, and you can add a soft texture to the wall.

U-Shape

If you have space, then try a U-Shaped kitchen unit that focuses on an eating area.

Hidden Hoods

Hoods used to be huge and were a showcase feature of the kitchen. Now there are more subtle hoods available. They can be hidden by a facade, or you can build it out, and cover it, or build a box around it, making it look like a floating hood. You could even create a mantelpiece above it.

No Upper Cabinets

 This will only work if you have lots of storage elsewhere, but it can create an open looking kitchen. Make sure you accessorize the areas where the cabinets would have been, or it could end up looking like it was an accident, rather than a design plan.