Jan
18

5 Tips On Using White In Your Kitchen

5 tips on using white in your kitchen

Using white in your kitchen is a tried and tested décor theme. It instills a bold brightness in your room. White is inviting because it is fresh and alive. It shows that you have nothing to hide and that you want the kitchen to be the focal point of your home. If you’re not sure how to use white in your kitchen, we can help.

1. Include Natural Light

To make a really bold, bright statement with white in your kitchen, be sure to include natural sources of light. This will make the kitchen feel alive. When natural light bounces off of white cabinets or reflects off white countertops, it can make the room feel larger. Natural light will open up the room and create a space that everyone will gravitate towards.

2. Play With Textures

White isn’t simple. You can choose high gloss materials for the kitchen cabinets which will give a very modern feel. You can use a dimpled white instead for a more country feel. Using white in your kitchen could include subway tiles or it could mean using small glass tiles for a backsplash. Your tile floors can be smooth or textured as there is a wide variety of white tiles available. No matter what overall design theme you want to accomplish in your kitchen, there is a white variation out there for you.

3. Pick A Side

If you’re afraid of using too much white in a kitchen, then pick one element that will be white. This could be either your kitchen cabinets or your countertop. You can pair white cabinets with a darker countertop for a bold contrast. You can also do the opposite and have dark cabinets with a white countertop. There are many materials for countertops including quartz and marble that can give you a white tone.

4. A Few Shades Of Grey

There are many shades of white and if you’re not convinced about using all white in your kitchen, then it’s ok to add a bit of grey. White and grey pair nicely together. They are often found together in quartz countertops and backsplash tiles. Break up the all-white with some grey to add a bit of depth to your kitchen.

5. Go Bold

If you love a clean, bright look, then take a deep breath and do the whole kitchen white. It might seem overwhelming, but the finished design will be breathtaking. White on white on white creates a bold look that will create an elegant, sophisticated feeling. All white in your kitchen will let guests know that you have nothing to hide. You might have to spend a bit of extra time cleaning, and this may not be the best option if you have small, messy children, but it is a decorating statement worth considering.

Dec
18

5 Holiday Hosting Hacks For The Kitchen

5 holiday hosting hacks for the kitchen The holidays can bring a surfeit of visitors through your home and kitchen, which can quickly become a stressful time of year. But instead of worrying about every detail, focus on a few key hosting hacks so that you can enjoy your visitors and not have to worry about too much.

1. Stock your Pantry Wisely

Before the holidays hit, be sure to stock up on essential items that can easily be whipped out, even if you have unexpected visitors. Cheese and crackers are a great snack, and so are a few yummy spreads. Even something simple like Mandarin oranges make for a tasty treat.

For large parties, be sure to keep things simple so that you don’t have to spend all week preparing. If you are hosting a party and somebody offers to bring something, be sure to agree to this. Extra chips and dip are always needed. Or, if you are planning an elaborate meal, have your guests bring the dessert.

2. Choose Between Homemade and Store-bought

Even the best host relies on store-bought dishes sometimes. If you’ve made one type of Christmas cookie, but don’t have time for more, you can add to your dessert tray with other items from your local bakery. For more elaborate desserts, it’s far easier to pick something up from the store than trying to find the specific ingredients that you won’t have a chance to use in anything else.

You can get really nice meat and cheese platters from the store, and don’t be afraid to purchase these. You can add to them and put them on your own holiday trays so that they have a bit more personality.

3. Stock Up On Alcohol

Most liquor stores will have rotating sales on alcohol, so start by buying a bottle or two each month. This way you can take advantage of sales and not have to spend a small fortune all at once. Most guests will bring a bottle of wine, so stock up on hard liquor and soft drinks, but anticipate that most of the wine will be provided by visitors.

4. Create A Bar

As host, you will be plenty of busy during parties, so make it easier for your guests to help themselves. Just as you would have an hors d’oeuvres area, create a self-serve drink area. Put out a selection of bottles, plenty of cups, and an ice bucket. Be sure to give your guests a little tour of the kitchen and where to find the bar area so that they will know where to go to replenish their drinks.

5. Designate Helpers

It’s ok to ask for help. Assign close friends and family small tasks that will go a long way. One person can be in charge of refilling the ice bucket. Have your kids put coats in the closet or in a bedroom. This way you can actually enjoy yourself.

 

Dec
18

Best Ways To Save For Your Kitchen Reno

best ways to save for your kitchen reno Your kitchen is in desperate need of a face lift. It’s old, dated, and very uninspiring. Now is the time for a kitchen reno, but you’re not sure how to actually afford one. Here are a few easy ways to save for your next kitchen reno.

Create a Plan

Renovating can be impulsive, but the more practical you are about it, the more you can save. Instead of diving in, look ahead and create a plan. If you’re ready to overhaul your kitchen, plan on starting work in at least a year. This may seem like a long time, but it will be worth it in the end. Go over every inch of your kitchen to decide what can stay, what needs to go, and what can be repurposed. Maybe you don’t need to replace all of your appliances. Or maybe the cabinets can be painted or refaced instead of having new ones installed.

Once you have a plan, start to create a budget. Price out both low and high-end versions of each element that needs work. This way you can get an overall idea of the range of what you will need to spend, and you can adjust it to what you can actually afford.

Finally, look at what needs to be done right away and what can wait a bit later. If your fridge works just fine, keep it and wait until it breaks to get a new one. If your light fixtures are still working, keep them for a bit longer before you upgrade. Not everything has to get done right away.

Ask for Help

Chances are someone you know will have some trades experience. Whether it’s a plumber, electrician, or carpenter, perhaps you have a friend that is willing to do some work for free or at a discounted price. Maybe you can trade your own professional expertise for a project they’re working on. Better yet, look at what work you can take on yourself. Tiling can be relatively easy, and so is painting. There are many online videos that can take you through the steps. Remember, though, that some elements of a kitchen should be done by a professional. Countertops need to be cut accurately to work and if you have no electrical experience, you don’t want to accidentally set sparks flying.

Do Your Research

There are many ways to save on materials with your kitchen reno. If you have a small floor, you could probably find a few boxes of tile for a reasonable price. Check your local listing for re-store places that sell used or returned building supplies. The more adaptable you are, the more you can save. Remember that creativity is often the key to saving money.

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.