Nov
18

5 Kitchen Appliances You Actually Don’t Need

5 kitchen appliance you actually don't need Some people are fortunate enough to have an epic kitchen, with miles of counterspace and no room restrictions. The reality for most people, though, is that space in a kitchen is at a premium, and storage space virtually nonexistent. If you feel like clutter is taking over your kitchen, it might be a good time to look at all the appliances, both big and small, that you own. Here are five kitchen appliances that you actually don’t need.

Microwave

The boom of microwaves in the 1970s created a whole new way of cooking. From microwavable dinners to cookbooks devoted to the subject, food was being prepared in a much different way. Now, however, there is a return to simple, natural cooking and the microwave is slowly falling out of favor. Instead of the microwave, an oven and stove will do just fine, if not a bit longer. But if you’re short on space, then the microwave is the most obvious first choice to go for.

Toaster Oven

This hybrid of an oven and a toaster can take up a lot of counter space. And really, what does it actually offer except a few burnt fingers? All kitchens will have an oven, and most will have a toaster, so really, there is absolutely no need for this bulky kitchen appliance.

Electric Kettle

It’s amazing how an electric kettle has become a standard appliance in a kitchen. All it can do is boil water and chances are you own a pot, or five, that can do the exact same thing. Kettles are nice because they have an easy to grasp handle and spout, but after pouring out a pot once or twice, you will certainly settle into a nice routine. Ditch the kettle and free up some counter space.

Popcorn Maker

Popcorn mas still taste delicious, but how it has been made has changed a lot. From the bulky popcorn maker to the convenient microwavable packages, popcorn can actually be made in a large pot on the stove. In fact, this is much healthier and really quite easy. All you need is a large pot with a lid. You can add healthy oils to heat up and decide how much butter and salt you want to finish with.

Baby Food Maker

If you’ve ever attended a baby shower, chances are you will have seen the gift of the baby food maker. This is simply just a small blender. If you have a blender or food processer, there is no need for a baby food maker. In fact, new research has shown that babies don’t actually require extremely pureed food. So, stick to clothes and books for a newborn and ditch the baby food maker appliance.

 

Nov
18

4 Design Fails To Avoid In Your Kitchen

4 design fails to avoid in your kitchen It’s everyone’s dream to have a stunning, new kitchen. And with all the excitement you can be forgiven for wanting to dive right in and get it done. However, a bit of planning can make all the difference. Here are four kitchen design fails to avoid so that you can enjoy your kitchen and not have to worry about fixing your mistakes.

Backsplashes

In a prime example of measure twice and cut once, the same applies for backsplash tiles. The space between the cupboards and the countertop can be narrow. Add in a window on the wall, and that space now has a lot of edges to be filled in. If you aren’t hiring an expert tiler, but instead plan on some do it yourself work, really take your time. Make sure you either buy or rent the appropriate tile cutters. You might want to first make a cardboard template to ensure a smooth, perfect design fit. If you’re using small glass tiles, make sure that the edges have been properly cut and not just torn off the backing. At the end of the job look to make sure that everything still looks okay once the grout has dried. If it doesn’t, consider a piece of trip to make up for the rough edges.

Crown Molding

To finish off the tops of cabinets, many people will opt for crown molding as a design. This can tie everything together and give a polished, traditional look. While crown molding pieces will be level, be aware that your cabinets may not be. If you are piecing together a small gap between the cabinets and the ceiling, measure the space at different points along the top. You can also use a leveler to see just how square everything is. You may have to do a bit of sanding to level out the crown molding so that there are no gaps in between.

Upside Down Outlets

Larger appliances, like the fridge, should have a grounding tine in the plug. The plug will also be bulky and rather deep and in most cases will only fit one when plugged in. When installing a large outlet, be sure that the grounding hole is located in the right area. Do a bit of a trial to match your appliance with the outlet before attaching the wires.

Matching Tones

It can be hard to decide on a color palette and instead, many people will think that the same colors together will work. Colors shouldn’t match; rather, they should go together. In the case of a light wood laminate floor and a light wood cabinet, the overwhelming color block does not inspire much. It’s okay to put a bit of contrast in your kitchen. There can be light and dark colors.

 

Oct
18

Why a Bathroom Fan is So Important

why a bathroom fan is so important Almost all bathrooms have them, but not everyone understands their purpose, or even how best to use them. Bathroom fans have an important job to do, but it’s necessary to use them correctly. Read on to get to know more about this often underutilized device.

Purpose

A bathroom fan works to remove the warm, moist air from inside the bathroom. The air is drawn up, thorough the fan and vented out through the roof of the house.

Moisture can lead to mold, which is why a bathroom fan needs to be used. Moisture can also cause damage to the wood in a bathroom. If you’re not sure if a bathroom fan is doing its job, take a quick smell test. If the bathroom smells musty, then you are not running your bathroom fan often enough, or it’s not working properly.

Types of Fans

The larger the bathroom, the larger the fan should be. If you are doing any renovations to your bathroom, be sure to include the fan in your design. If you plan on knocking down any walls, the square footage of the room will increase, and the fan’s capacity may need to be upgraded.

The rule of thumb is that for every square foot of area in a bathroom, the fan should be able to provide one cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air movement. However, if your room is over 100 square feet in size, then you also need to add in an extra 50 CFM for the shower, bathtub, and toilet. As well, if you have a jetted jacuzzi tub, then add an extra 100 CFM.

Upgrade

All new houses will have bathroom fans installed. But the requirements for those bathrooms, as well as the technology, is constantly chancing. If you are in an older home, add a new bathroom fan to the list of house upgrades. Generally, look into replacing your bathroom fan every 10 to 15 years. This will ensure that if there are any new building codes, or any new technical efficiencies, that you are able to take advantage of them.

Run Time

A bathroom fan will do its job if you run it the correct amount of time. The standard time is 20 minutes after each time you run a bath or shower. If you find it hard to remember to turn off your fan, or feel like you’re not running it long enough, then look for timer options. Most newer models will come with a timer. Some more high-tech models also come with a humidity sensor. This is even better as you can program the bathroom fan to turn off once the room reaches a certain humidity level.  

Oct
18

The Top 4 Color Trends for Bathrooms

the top 4 color trends for bathroomsThe bathroom is an important room in the house, but it can be hard to decide on a color for it. It’s a smaller room, so the color can either neutral or bold. It’s also somewhat separate from the house, so it can either be a part of the home’s overarching design them or can be separate from it. To help you out, here are four color trends for bathrooms.

Black and White

What is more iconic in a bathroom than a classic black and white checkered tile floor? Take inspiration from this and create a world of neutrals. Black grounds the color scheme while white creates a clean, refreshing look. Together the colors contrast each other enough to keep the senses guessing.

Black and white colors can be included in everything from floor tiles to shower tiles to countertops. If you’re worried about too much black, then just use it as accent. Include fluffy black towels or a black shower curtain. Use small black, glass tiles as an accent in the shower and keep everything else white.

A Touch of Glitter

A bathroom is a small space, so you can have a bit of fun with it. Add a touch of glitter or sparkle to your bathroom to make it a stand out area. Use chrome fixtures that will reflect the light. Replace your vanity lights with something more eccentric. There are many light sconces that use metal or even crystal accents. Find towels with a bit of metallic thread or ribbon to pop even more. And finally, choose glass tiles that have specks of glitter in them.

Bold Colors

Bright red walls, deep navy walls, or jungle-green walls all fit in a bathroom. Really, color trends for bathrooms are all about personal taste. If you’ve always wanted a hot pink wall but don’t want to commit to it in the living room or bedroom, then try it in the bathroom.

If you do go with a bold color, try to stick to just one; otherwise the space can feel overwhelming and chaotic. Pair with ample amounts of white to neutralize things a bit.

Pale Colors

If you want your bathroom to be a tranquil setting, then opt for calming pale color. Light blue, blush pink, and mossy green will help to create your own personal oasis. Find nice, fluffy towels to create a spa-like atmosphere. And if you have a bathtub, be sure to incorporate candles to really set the mood. A bathroom is more than just function. Make it your own space to get away from the hurry and stress of life. Pale colors will help soften the area and are one of the best color trends for bathrooms.

Sep
19

What Are Transitional Kitchen Cabinets?

what are transitional kitchen cabinetsWhen looking to remodel a kitchen, it’s important to start with the theme or design trend that will tie everything together. Examples of design themes are rustic, modern, and traditional. But what if you want a mix of styles? Then a transitional kitchen is probably the style for you.

Transitional kitchens blend elements from modern and traditional spaces. An important aspect of any kitchen are the cabinets, and transitional kitchen cabinets are made to stand out. Read on to discover elements of transitional kitchen cabinets and why they are a great option for your new space.

Neutral Colors

When in doubt, go with white. Transitional kitchen cabinets should be a neutral color. The doors and the cabinet boxes themselves should all match. The insides of the cabinets should also be the same color so that everything is a streamline style. You can go with grey or cream if you really want to, and a light, tan wood is ok. But remember that if the statement you are wanting to create is a crisp, clean room, then white is definitely the preferred color.

Streamlined doors

A basic Shaker-style door is one of the most popular choices with transitional kitchen cabinets. You can maybe veer off into a deeper-set panel, but really, you want to keep the design as minimal as possible. Also, look for door panels that offer a bit of depth but adhere to a fluid design.

Transitional kitchen cabinets are usually made out of natural wood materials. The grain is slight and usually painted over. Lacquer and anything shiny are not often used. Glass doors can be used as an accent, but the purer at heart won’t include this detail.

Hardware

Keep the hardware on transitional kitchen cabinets simple. Nickel rectangular pulls work in this design, as do circular pulls. Nothing fancy or overwhelming should be in use. Remember that the goal is to keep the kitchen as a unified space. If you have hardware accents that overpower the room, then that will become the focus instead.

Simple Accents

Leave plenty of space under transitional kitchen cabinets. This style focuses on simple, unfussy spaces. Give an airy look to your kitchen by keeping the bottom of cabinets off of countertops. And be sure to put away small appliances that can quickly clutter the space.

Top molding

The tops of transitional kitchen cabinets should have crown molding that fills the gap to the ceiling. This is for two reasons. One is aesthetic. Cabinets look finished and the small, geometric design adds to the simplicity of the style. Another is that it removes the temptation for clutter. Transitional kitchens lack clutter and messes, and if there is open space on top of cupboards, there is a far too great a likelihood that something extra will be stored up there.