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Feb-19-13

Kitchen Design Mistakes – 1

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Do: Know when to stop.
Don’t: Overdo it.
“It drives me crazy when a kitchen is over-designed. Knowing when to stop is the real challenge,” designer Christopher Peacock says. He used restraint in designing this New York kitchen, achieving a soft, mellow look by using old wood floors and vintage marble counters. The Country Kitchen sink is paired with the Amarillis Heritage faucet, both by American Standard.

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Do: Bring cabinets up to the ceiling.
Don’t: Have cabinets that fall short of the ceiling.
“They collect dust and un-needed accessories,” designer Joan Schindler says. In this Connecticut kitchen, cabinets are full height and create the maximum amount of storage, while glass fronts keep the space feeling airy. The panes are restoration glass, which is uneven. The cabinets are painted Decorators White in semigloss by Benjamin Moore.

Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative.
Don’t: Be boring.
“The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to sing.” Adhering to that principle, he updated an Illinois kitchen in an old barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel.

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Do: Use cabinetry to conceal some appliances.
Don’t: Go overboard with stainless-steel appliances.
“Stainless steel can be a wonderful accent. However, as with all good design, there should be a rhythm with the placement. Splashes of stainless all over the place make any kitchen look and feel choppy and small,” kitchen designer Matthew Quinn says. For this kitchen in Atlanta, the designer chose white cabinetry over stainless to create a more room-like, livable kitchen. “Be especially careful with those stainless-steel coffins — giant stainless refrigerators,” he warns. “They can quickly overpower a kitchen design if it’s not balanced correctly.”

Jul-10-10

Fitted Kitchen Design Advice

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Fitted Kitchen Design Advice

If you’re planning a fitted kitchen design and aren’t completely sure about what to choose then here are some really useful things to keep in mind.

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Firstly, start by writing down what you want from your kitchen. For example, do you do a lot of cooking? If so, what appliances do you use the most and how would it most suit you to have things arranged? There’s no point having an excellent looking fitted kitchen if it doesn’t suit your needs.

Once you’ve decided the things you need in your ideal kitchen and where you’d like everything to be located you can then start to think about the theme. The theme will dictate what kind of fitted furniture you have installed. For instance if you go for a contemporary theme, then you’ll probably have more sleek finishes that create a very clean image. A country kitchen design on the other hand will be much more homely and employ wooden surfaces and cupboards.

By taking these things into consideration you’ll be in a much better position for when you eventually look around for your new kitchen. It also means that you won’t be easily persuaded by salespeople to accept the first suggestion they come up with.

Remember, a fitted kitchen design shouldn’t just be easy on the eye; it should also be functional and allow you to go about your day to day lives that little bit easier. It’s amazing just how many people get this wrong and end up with a kitchen that they never want to use because things haven’t been thought out properly. Doing your homework early on in a design can have a monumental effect on the success of your fitted kitchen.

Toby Beckett is a kitchen design guru who publishes his thoughts, opinions and advice on kitchen design at the KBC Kitchen Design Site.

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Oct-11-09

Grey Kitchen Inspiration by KBC

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Grey is a nice color like black.If you like this color anyway and want to have a grey kitchen then below you could find an excellent example of such one.Interior decorating ideas, and projects that require construction, cabinet reconfiguring, or sofit removal should began first. Contemporary grey matte laminate kitchen cabinets look elegant and modern.

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Sep-16-09

Elite Kitchen

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Elite Kitchen – kitchen furniture with moldings along the doors

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Basic product description

Elite, a model that revives tradition and its prestige by means of its elegant forms and attention to detail: impressively framed doors; moldings that run along the doors, plinths and cornices; fluted columns that set the beat of the arrangement. Yet it chooses the silk-effect lacquered finish to add modernity and its novelties.

 

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Sep-13-09

Modern Kitchen Inspiration

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Modern kitchen design inspiration comes after I’ve started Bedroom Inspiration series that now is at #4 set of pictures today I’ve decided that I should concentrate also on other rooms, and I’ve selected the kitchen. Like in Bedroom Inspiration series Kitchen Inspiration will be a collection of beautiful kitchen pictures for your inspiration. Today let’s see some modern kitchens .. enjoy !

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KBC– I’ve gathered these pictures in my daily web surfing. If you have pictures that you think I should mention on this blog, don’t hesitate and send me KBC an email using Inqiry, I read every email.

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Sep-8-09

Kitchen Design Basics

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Nothing can help freshen up an older home, or help in the sale of a property or inspire your kitchen workspace like a new or remodeled kitchen. Kitchen design is becoming increasingly more important as space is rapidly growing smaller. Designing or remodeling your kitchen can be an incredibly exciting adventure but with it can come a lot of stress, and complication! Although there will always be some element of stress felt through a kitchen renovation it is possible to eliminate much of it with a solid plan. If a kitchen make-over is in your near future you should consider the following and make the best of this otherwise stressful period.

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Build a Foundation

During the design process the most important question you can ask yourself is “Why do I want a new kitchen?” Is it because you are looking for more storage space? Is your space not being maximized? Does your cabinetry need to be replaced? Are your appliances in need of change as well? Is your kitchen too dark? Is your space too small or too big? Too Boring? Or simply, too much??!

By asking yourself these important questions you will have a much better idea of what you need to get out of your kitchen space.This information will become the foundation for your kitchen design plan.

Make a Wish List

Once you have your “foundation” in place it is important to ask yourself a few more questions. Now that I know what I need, what is it I want? What you would like to have in your kitchen? Give this a lot of thought because design today can incorporate special storage and space savers into your cabinetry design. Write a list of everything you couldn’t live without. This list will also become a very important guideline for you, your contractor or designer to follow. Here are a few questions to paint an example for you:

Do you want stainless steel appliances? Granite counter tops? Tiled flooring? Is it heated? Gas or electric? What will your color palette be? What kind of cabinetry will you use? What can I not live without?

Budget

How much can you afford to spend on your kitchen space? This is a big question that can affect the entire project. Kitchen design projects are rarely inexpensive so you must get out and do some pricing on items that are necessary for you to fulfill your foundation and wish list. Beware that if you plan on replacing your cabinetry it will account for more than half of your budget!!
When building your kitchen design budget you also want to include the cost of all labor (electricians, carpenters, gas technicians, plumbers, contractors etc.) and then consider the possibility of hiring a designer.
You must stay within your budget when planning a new kitchen. Account for as much as possible and add on another 20% or more just incase. Unexpected costs arise all the time in kitchen renovations and the best way to overcome it is to create a great budget. Dreaming big is one thing, but placing importance on price and affordability will ensure that you get what you are expecting and save some money for unexpected emergencies.

Time Frame

It is also very important to know when your project needs to be completed. Kitchen projects are notorious for being drawn out. Set realistic goals. The remodeling and new construction industry is booming and this can have a direct affect on your project. Many crews are working on several projects at a time so be sure to communicate your completion date with your contractor and demand a realistic response. Labor is not cheap so the shorter the time frame the higher the cost. It is also helpful to plan for you and your family to prepare meals at an alternate location or account for dining out into your budget. Remember that being inconvenienced at home can also cost you more money at the end of the day.

Designers

Hiring a designer can really help you get onto the right path sooner. These professional consultants can take care of every aspect of the design process like choosing the appropriate layout for you and your home. Coordinating color & lighting that is appropriate. Making sure all your trades and contractors are working in unison and of course ensuring that your dream kitchen becomes a reality. Designers will sit with you and go through a detailed interview process to get the best idea of what you are looking for. Their objective is to design a plan and develop a kitchen that works best for you. Your designer will combine your foundation and wish lists and weigh the pros and cons to balance them against your needs, space limitations and budget. Your designer will put together all the planning, logistical needs and contractors for your project. They can be expensive but many kitchen and bath showrooms will have in house designers working for them. You can set up an appointment or walk in and speak with someone almost immediately. This service helps the supplier get your business and they will do everything for you, from measuring your space to arranging packages for you that suit any budget.

Designers are usually well worth it, but do your research and find a design consultant with a portfolio that really connects with your own personal style.

You can also use your contractor to help you in planning out your workspace or even use a kitchen design software to personally plan out your kitchen space if you think you have what it takes!

Contractors

If you plan to do the design work yourself, make sure you use a professional contractor. There are lots of contractors out there who will undercut prices and offer you promises that are not realistic. Ask to see some portfolio work or for references. Make sure that your contractor is using accredited plumbers and electricians. Be wary of anyone willing to start immediately or who asks for cash upfront? Do not proceed with any payments unless you have an agreement with your contractor and make sure they detail all work on labor and materials. You do not want a poorly installed kitchen and any subsequent repairs will far outweigh the cost of using a professional.

A kitchen renovation can be a very stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. Stress is no good for anyone, besides getting a new kitchen should be an exciting journey not a nightmare! Enjoy your new kitchen and let the cooking begin!!

Michael Kyle has been an Special event coordinator and hospitality expert for over 18 years. His passion for event planning and guest services helped lead to the successful launch of http://www.trade-exporter.com ; a web-site dedicated to kitchen design, renovation, party planning, hospitality essentials and more. Perhaps you have a passion or hobby you’d like to write about. Discover how to turn your passion into a successful website, visit http://www.kitchen-bathroom-cabinet.com  to learn how.

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