Aug
18

4 Ideas To Improve Your Kitchen Flow

4 ideas to improve your kitchen flowLove looking at your kitchen but not actually being in your kitchen? Have you invented a new kitchen dance anytime you need to share your space? Then it’s definitely time to improve your kitchen flow.

Designated areas

If you’re a coffee lover, it just makes sense to have all your coffee supplies in one location. Keep your coffee maker on the counter under the cupboard of coffee mugs. You can even store your coffee grinds nearby. Make it as easy as possible to wake up in the morning.

Likewise, if you are an avid home cook. Keep your knives freshly sharpened and hanging on a magnetic wall strip next to the cutting board. Keep your spices nearby to help season your food. The more set up you are in a station, the happier you will be cooking.

Optimize drawers

One of the most efficient ways to stay organized and improve your kitchen flow is to optimize your drawers. Keep all your cloths together in easy reach of your sink. So often smaller objects take up too much space in a cupboard. Instead, place these small objects in a drawer. You can put all your spices in a drawer, and if this drawer is near the stove, all the better.

Keep it seasonal

Yes, it’s great that you have a collection of Christmas dishes, but do they really need to take up prime real estate in your kitchen? The answer is most definitely no. After each season or holiday, give your special dishes or mugs a good clean. Place them all in an air-tight container. Then, store them elsewhere, such as the attic or garage. You can take them out again next year and they will be ready to go.

Once you get rid of unneeded items, your kitchen flow will naturally become better. You can put all your everyday kitchen dishes at arm height for easy reach. Even the appearance of space can naturally calm your nerves and allow you to appreciate your kitchen even more.

Switch it up

Tired of always having to traverse your kitchen to put clean glasses away? Maybe it’s time to move the glasses closer to the dishwasher. Let’s face it. You probably use your dishwasher on a daily basis. So, make it easier to unload that appliance. Store your plates in a cabinet that can be accessed while having the dishwasher door open. Put on a trial run of emptying to see what makes the most sense. All of your day to day dishware should be in close proximity.

If you’re not sure about moving things around, it’s best to just go all-in. Take everything out of your kitchen for a fresh perspective. It might take a few days to determine the best, new location for everything, but the end result will be well worth it.

Aug
18

The 3 Best Ways To Invest In Your Kitchen

the 3 best ways to invest in your kitchenYou’re ready for a change in your kitchen. You’ve saved up and are ready to start spending. But where do you start? Before you start signing cheques, take a minute to understand what are the best ways to invest in your kitchen.

Countertops

Your countertops will be the focal point of your kitchen. Waist-high, they are front and center when you enter the room. Even if you have a beautiful floor and walls, your countertops should bring them together and bridge the divide, so to speak.

Invest in your countertops. This does not mean blow your whole budget on them. In fact, we would caution you greatly on this. The trick to creating this amazing focal point is to find something timeless and durable.

You could go the way of design fads, but they might just leave you cringing in a few years, way short of their actual lifespan. Instead, opt for something simple, classic, and that will adapt to any future décor changes.

Appliances

You need appliances in your kitchen. The fridge, the stove, the dishwasher: all are needed to not only create nourishing food but to perform to their best ability.

The problem with appliances is that they are expensive. What’s more, is their unexpected break down is rarely budgeted for, leaving you with a race to find something that fits a meager budget and is available for delivery right away.

If you have set aside money for a kitchen remodel, look at the best options for appliances. Many places will offer package deals, which is a great option. Another way to save a bit of money is to buy different brands. If you don’t care about the brand name, and instead just want to have the same finish, you could pick up separate pieces that are on sale.

Finally, for bulk orders, be sure to take advantage of price matching. If you can find all your appliances at one store, you could potentially save on delivery. So if your dishwasher is on sale at one store, and your stove at another, bring in the flyer to just one place and ask for a price match.

Kitchen cabinets

Your cabinets are large and therefore should look as good as possible. There are many options for your kitchen cabinets as a way to invest in your kitchen. If possible, keep the current layout. Custom cabinets look great but cost way more than other options.

If you like the storage part of the cabinets, try to replace the doors, instead. You could paint them or reface them.

It’s amazing, but even just changing out the hardware on the doors can make a huge difference. Invest in your kitchen cabinets but keep everything in budget. Don’t worry – you can still make your kitchen shine.

Jul
19

5 Tips On Hosting A Summer Party In Your New Kitchen

5 tips for hosting a summer party in your new kitchenCongratulations! You’ve slogged through the toil of renovating your kitchen. Your cabinets are gleaming, your countertop is pristine, and you’re ready to unveil all the hard work. It’s time for a party! We hope these tips on hosting a summer party will help keep the vibe relaxed yet festive.

Simple eats

A sit-down dinner in winter is the perfect time for an epic, elaborate meal. But hosting a summer party means good food that can be eaten anywhere. Unless you have a mass amount of utensils stashed around, opt for finger foods. Veggies and dips, chips and salsas, fresh fruit. Sometimes the simplest fare is the best.

Classic burgers

For the main event, you can’t go wrong with burgers. There are now plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options to please the whole crowd, so burgers have become especially versatile. The really nice thing is that grilling helps ease the pressure from the kitchen. The kitchen, no matter how nice, can fill up quickly and if there is a second food station outside it can better ease the congestion.

Ice, ice, baby

Provide coolers of ice. Chances are, in the summer, you want a nice cold drink. And there’s only so much room to be had in the fridge. Bust out your camping cooler and fill it with ice. Place it outside and have drinks available there. This will free up your fridge for other tasty food and increase the flow through the house. It also relieves pressure from the host or hostess and guests will find it easier to help themselves when the drink options are in plain view.

Rental options

Did you know you can actually rent plates and cutlery? And you can send the dirty plates back to the rental company? Sounds like a win-win. As more and more people are going green, gone are the days of Styrofoam plates. If you’re having a larger party and don’t have enough of your own plates, or don’t want the hassle of cleaning, renting is the best option.

Keep it organized

Yes, you are having a party to see all your friends, but also you want to show off your kitchen. Try to control the chaos so everyone has a chance to be impressed with the reno. Create specific stations on the countertops and clear off unnecessary accessories. Your countertops are gorgeous but if they can’t be seen, then no one will know how nice they really are. A little bit of organization ahead of time will really help. Instead of the kitchen island, use the kitchen table, especially if you will be eating outside. Make sure everyone leaves after complementing your new kitchen.

Jul
19

3 Alternative Design Trends For Your Kitchen

3 alternative design trends for your kitchenWhen it comes to your kitchen, why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Your kitchen is the life of your house, so shouldn’t it represent your unique personality? Find out what the top alternative design trends for your kitchen are, and start your reno now!

Unique cabinet colors

When it came to the color of kitchen cabinet doors, your choices were white, black, brown, or grey. Now, you can have just about any color imaginable. Your kitchen is all about your unique self, so why not play around with color for cabinets? From bright green to glossy red, to slate blue, there is a color choice for you.

If you’re not in love with the color choices on display, you can actually create a custom color for your cabinets. That’s right, you can perfect a color that only you have, thanks to the new design innovations. No more settling for a dusty cream if instead, you want a bright canary yellow. Whatever you envision, you can have.

Oak wood cabinets

As with most design trends, everything old is new again. In the 1970s, oak cabinets were hip and trendy. The softer wood tone and striking wood grain were a real design inspiration. But, as kitchens became sleeker, oak fell to the wayside. Now, they are in again. Alternative design trends for your kitchen often take inspiration from the past, and oak wood cabinets are no exception. There’s a reason people liked them in the first place, and why they have rediscovered them again.

If you are opting for natural wood cabinets, be sure to check out an oak wood sample. You’ll be impressed by the grain. You’ll also understand how they can lighten the mood of a kitchen. You don’t need to settle for either black or white. Instead, go for something in the middle.

Trough sinks

Somewhere along the line, fashion and utility decided to team up, especially in the form of a kitchen sink. One of the most striking alternative design trends for your kitchen is the large, trough-like sink. Meant to take the place of two side-by-side sinks, as has been the custom for so long, these longer sinks are a very striking feature. Many also include an apron section on the front so their unique design isn’t hidden by a false-drawer, which was so often the design case.

With the return to home cooking, many cooks will understand the need for more cleaning room. You can easily clean baking sheets, roasting pans, or griddles in an oversized sink. There’s a lot more versatility to them. A lot of trough sinks will be accompanied by smaller prep sinks, placed in the island. This gives you a separate prep station that allows for multiple home cooks to create their next masterpiece.

Jun
19

4 Colors Not To Use In Your Bathroom

4 colors not to use in your bathroomTo be honest, it can be really fun decorating your bathroom. They are there own little oases from the rest of your home’s décor. You can have a bit of fun, try out new things, and show off your eclectic tastes. But remember, other people will want to use the bathroom at some point. So, if you’re looking for a few rules, here are four colors not to use in your bathroom.

Gold

Gold accents are great. Gold textures bring a bit of sophistication to a room. Gold-like metals such as brass, add a bit of old-world charm. Gold paint? Not so much. Unless you’re as flamboyant as Elton John, don’t go overboard with gold. All-over gold is most definitely one of the colors not to use in your bathroom. Too much and you won’t be able to focus. The shininess of the color will make everything seem wonky and as if it is starting to move. Stick to accents with this metallic shade.

Black

Black is one of the colors not to use in your bathroom because it rarely comes out right. Black is, of course, dark, and you will need a lot of lighting to see well. Because bathrooms are often used to get ready, the more natural light, the better, and this black will just absorb everything. If your plan is to create a relaxing oasis, then there’s absolutely no reason to choose this dark and dismal color.

Red

Seeing red? There’s no wonder it’s making you angry. There are many shades of red that work well, but a bold, bright red is one of the colors not to use in your bathroom. A warmer raspberry color will have a softer elegance. A deep burgundy will create a bit of regal opulence. And a more neutral blush will create that warm, calming environment you always envisioned.

Pure red will likely turn out too close to the color of ketchup for comfort. Red can be an irritating color, and definitely not peaceful. Look for softer tones if you really want this bold shade in your bathroom.

Orange

We feel for orange. It’s so often left out of the color pallet when it comes to home décor, but there is a good reason for it. Even with subtler shades of orange, it can feel like you are stuck in a never-ending Halloween event. And while Halloween is great, it’s not meant to continue year-round.

Softer shades of orange can just make the bathroom look aged. Darker shades can make it hard to find complementary accents. While orange can still be your favorite color, it’s best to leave it in Autumn and appreciate it then.