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Aug-12-14

Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

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Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

Overhead kitchen light fixtures are a good choice to illuminate the room a lot to allow for proper brightness. However, the design of the floor is very important when trying to create a modern kitchen. The textures and colors chosen will make a statement about the kitchen and tie everything together. Simple hardwood floors or one color tiles are chosen to keep with the simple and sleek feel of modern design. When choosing modern kitchen paint colors, lighting fixtures is another pieces that should be taken into consideration. Simple hanging pendant lighting is also an option that will add to the modern design while also adding brightness to the room. The design of the furniture should also have simplistic lines and match the lines and décor of the rest of the room.

Common to have little curves in the furniture. The most popular modern style furniture has clean straight lines that match the feel of the kitchen cabinet design, refrigerator and countertops. These simplistic lines will add to the functionality of the space while allowing for an area to sit and enjoy a meal. When designing a modern style kitchen there are many aspects to take into consideration to get the correct image and feel. Sticking to monochromatic color tones such as stainless steel metals or dark black tones will create a sleek design. In addition to the simple color tones, having strong clean lines in the kitchen backsplash tiles, furniture, countertops, and refrigerator will create a modern design.

Aug-8-14

Kitchen, Meet Dining Room

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Old houses have lots of appeal, but frequently, their interior spaces could do with a contemporary revision. For this home in Seattle, architect Nicole Starnes Taylor needed to unite the disconnected kitchen and dining room to make the kitchen the heart of the house. Awkwardly placed doors and circulation paths wasted 75% of the potentially useful space in the kitchen and dining room area; reclaiming unused space was a viable solution and also more cost-effective than a kitchen addition. The existing kitchen needed work: The cabinets were too close to the countertops, lighting was poor, and windows were badly located. In the dining room, the only logical place for a table placed the table in a circulation path through the room. Also, the windows were badly placed. By knocking down an unused chimney between the kitchen and dining room and also removing a number of doors, Taylor connected the rooms visually and physically. The removal of a mudroom off the kitchen allowed the installation of French doors that, along with a new window over the sink, bring in plenty of natural light. A peninsula between the rooms acts as a perch space and permits circulation between the two rooms.

Modern Kitchen Ideas

Oct-9-12

Kitchen Stoveside Organizer

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Stoveside Organizer

Whether you use one crock or several, it’s wise to have essential tools in arm’s reach when you’re at the stove. Martha keeps ladles, whisks, pastry brushes, wooden spoons, and flexible spatulas in separate containers.

Rolling Cart

A cart provides storage where you need it. Martha usually parks this stainless steel one, with tools for cooking, by her range. A small freestanding island on wheels can serve the same purpose and is especially useful in a tight kitchen; it provides a work surface and a casual sideboard. “By adding a custom-cut marble top, a rolling cart can also be used as a bar when entertaining,” Martha says.

Also on the rolling cart: Martha’s mise en place — ramekins of various salts and often-used spices. A pinch is easier to gauge with fingers or a spoon than it is with a shaker.

Apr-18-12

How to Design a U-Shaped Kitchen

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Kitchen design is based on a simple work triangle that revolves around the use of the sink, the cook top range and the refrigerator. Many well designed kitchens make the distance between all three of them comfortable and workable. The U-shaped kitchen design provides a work triangle that is very easy to maneuver and work in because you have three locations you can place each item.
  • 1.Measure all the walls of the kitchen for length and height as well as the general perimeter shape.
  • 2.Measure the existing cabinet lengths, depths and heights.
  • 3.Measure the height and width of the existing doors and windows and note their location in the room.
  • 4.Draw the general perimeter shape of the kitchen on a piece of paper to scale using the architectural scale and triangles Most residential floor plans are drawn at a quarter-inch or an eighth-inch scale.
  • 5.Draw in the location of the existing sink, cook top range and refrigerator.

Design

  • 6.Research what style you want your U-shaped kitchen to look like. Look at magazines and visit show rooms for ideas.
  • 7.Consider the traffic that moves throughout your house and what role the kitchen plays in your movement through the house.
  • 8.Design the U-shaped kitchen so that the work triangle of the sink, cook top range and refrigerator is comfortable. The sides of each of the three legs should add up to between 12 and 26 feet.
  • 9.Create a path in your U-shaped kitchen design from the sink on one wall to the cook top range on another wall and the refrigerator on the last wall.

Designing A Comfortable Space

  • 10.Locate the refrigerator so that the door can swing clear and possibly give two people access to reach in at the same time. Do not locate it up against a corner or blocking the entrance door to the kitchen.
  • 11.Draw the sink underneath a window if possible. Often the sink is located first and the other items are placed around it.
  • 12.Place the sink so that you have at least 36 inches on one side and 24 inches on the other side to allow for a place to put dishes. This will also give you room to locate the dishwasher underneath the counter next to the sink.
  • 13.Locate the cook top range on an exterior wall if possible. This will allow for an easy installation of the hood and ventilation system.
  • 14.Once you’ve designed your U-shaped kitchen you can take the plans to a professional to get an estimate on how much it will cost to build.

    Archive from: How to Design a U-Shaped Kitchen | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5121269_design-ushaped-kitchen.html#ixzz1sNeGR8mr

Jul-10-10

Eco friendly kitchen design

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The environment is an increasingly key issue, so wanting to plan an eco friendly kitchen design is understandable. Here are a few tips to creating a green kitchen.

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For starters, let’s talk about lighting. Kitchen lights can take up a lot of electricity, especially when being used in the daytime to light up darker areas of the kitchen. An eco-friendly solution is to install a sky light or extra windows to bring as much natural light into the kitchen as possible and limit the amount of electricity needed. Domed skylights allow you to keep UV rays out and still enjoy a bright and airy kitchen.

Your kitchen floor is another area where you can look to be greener. Using materials like bamboo, cork, renewable wood and biodegradable lino are all environmentally friendly alternatives and still function and look great.

Insulation can be eco-friendly and limit the amount of heating you need, saving you money on bills. Spray foam insulation is the latest green craze in kitchen design and keeps the room warm when it gets cold outside.

Much like you floor, you can get your kitchen storage to be produced from environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo or any other kind of sustainably harvested wood. As an added touch, you can get built in recyling units, so it becomes less of a chore to seperate your papers and plastics.

If you want to go the extra mile then you can also get kitchen taps that will only turn on when an object is placed under the faucet. This means that taps won’t be left on when they’re not needed and water won’t be wasted.

To get hot water you can use some eco-friendly solutions like solar powered heaters or tankless water heaters that both reduce the amount of energy needed to turn water hot.

Also consider fitting energy efficient windows which come with a special kind of glass to reduce the amount of UV rays that enter the room but also retain light and heat.

We’ve got more information on eco-friendly kitchen design listed below and can also divert you to some of the leading retailers of environmentally friendly kitchen solutions.

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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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Jul-2-10

Kitchen Storage

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The next step in planning your new kitchen is to plan enough storage to suit your needs. As already explained in Kitchen Shapes, different shapes of kitchens automatically provide different amounts of storage space. However, there are a lot more possibilities and styles than you might think. In this section storage solutions will be discussed and useful tips will be given to make the most of even the smallest of spaces.

Below-worktop area

It is obvious that the bigger the worktop, the more you can store below it. After you have planned the position of your sink, fridge and hob/oven, the rest of the space below the worktop is yours to play with, because cupboards are not the only option.

Storage below the worktop is especially handy for heavy items such as electrical equipment and heavy pots, pans and oven dishes. Think about how many of those items you have and how much storage space you have to give to those items. Remember to leave enough room for expansion as in the future you will buy more utensils and the items you already have will take up more space than you think!kitchen-storage.gif

 Products like bottles of wine and vegetables that don’t need to go in the fridge will also need their space beneath the worktop. Think of different ways to store them than the usual cupboard. For bottles for example a cupboard doesn’t really work, as you can’t see the bottles in the back of your cupboard. Think of a cabinet that you can pull out or maybe a pullout trolley. If you are a big wine lover you can think of special shelves to put your wine on display.

Vegetables must be kept in a dry place to prevent them from early decay so don’t store them too close to an oven or a hob. Wicker baskets will give a rustic accent to you kitchen and will keep your vegetables dry and dark.

 Most of your cutlery will be stored below the worktop as well. Try to store your cutlery close to the dishwasher or sink for quick storage after cleaning. Drawers are still the best storage option for cutlery, but you may find it handy to keep you ladles and wooden spoons in a jar on your worktop. Knives can be kept at a magnetic knife holder that you can attach to your wall or in a separate knife-block on your worktop. Make sure though that your worktop is free from too much clutter as this will give your kitchen a messy look. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun-1-10

KBC kitchens

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Welcome to KBC kitchens limited. Right now your kitchen is a blank sheet. This may be because you’re open to ideas, or because you simply don’t know where to start. Either way, you’re in the right place.

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We have an extensive range of fitted kitchens in Contemporary, Modern and Classic styles to ensure you find the kitchen design that suits you. KBC kitchens Limited are one of Ireland’s Bestselling Fitted Kitchens. We specialize in both bespoke design kitchens and also carry a large range of less expensive cash and carry type kitchen options. Browse our online showroom to create an idea of how your kitchen will look like.  
 
At KBC Kitchens we pride ourselves on are dedication to achieving the highest standards in kitchen design, with style, functionality & value for money being the key components.

Drawing from a wide range of suppliers, using the highest quality materials available, we are dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality kitchens. We can also offer an optional service for plumbing, electrical & tiling which may be required when installing a new kitchen. Please contact our sales representatives for further information.

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May-11-10

How to Install a Wall Cabinet

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To install wall-mounted cabinets, start by determining their positions and drawing a level horizontal line on the wall where the bottom of each cabinet will be located. Double-check your layout by lightly penciling the cabinets’ dimensions and placement on the wall.

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Align the top edge of a temporary 1-by-3 support rail with the line for the bottom edge of the cabinets and drive three or four 2-inch screws through it into the wall studs.

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Drill pilot holes through the sturdy part of the cabinet back or its support rail into wall studs. Screw the cabinet to the wall using two screws that are long enough to penetrate the studs by at least 1 1/2 inches.

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Mar-13-10

Kitchen Design Ideas – Free Online Kitchen Designs & Photos

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Kitchen Design Ideas – Free Online Kitchen Designs & Photos

View a wide range of free kitchen design pictures/photos online. See how different materials like wood and stainless work together. It’s a terrific way to get inspiration and help define the kitchen design you’re after. We’ve tried to cover many of the design approaches that can be taken including modern kitchens, country kitchens, medieval kitchens, French, Tuscan and contemporary.

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This kitchen design illustrates the reflective qualities of glass and stainless steel in a country kitchen. The use of wood for the kitchen island countertop and hardwood on the floor introduces an element of warmth to the space. A country feeling is achieved with beadboard cabinetry and ‘cup’ drawer pulls. View more free French country kitchen design pictures.

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The vivid splashes of blue and orange on the walls and furniture have been artfully balanced with a warm medium wood tone in this kitchen design. A high-gloss countertop adds texture, yet remains grounded because of its black color. Additional texture has been created with multiple wood tones in the floor. Because of the way the floor lays, it feels as if you are being drawn into the eating area. This is a warm, vibrant and welcoming kitchen!

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The soft sheen of stainless steel appliances and the light wood tone of the cabinetry give this kitchen design an airy, spacious feel. It is uncomplicated and uncluttered. Judging by the number of refrigerators, cooktops, ovens and microwaves, this kitchen needs to accommodate multiple users and facilitate the creation of many meals. The design chosen for the space certainly suits those requirements.

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In this free kitchen design, in addition to the ample storage and work space the cabinetry layout provides, the center island is large enough to provide even more space for work, storage and eating. It is great to have room for family and friends in the kitchen. You can continue visiting while meals are being prepared. The lighting in this kitchen has been well thought out. Ambient lighting is provided by the recessed fixtures in the ceiling and there are three height-adjustable lights over the island which can operate as task lights.

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Small does not have to mean boring! This online kitchen design photo reveals the dramatic use of a bold color on a simple cabinet style. See how the red pops against the white background. The placement of the appliances and the corner sink are a practical use of space. The design allows for work areas between the cooktop and the sink and between the refrigerator and the sink. See more small kitchen design ideas.

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The abundance of horizontal lines in this contemporary kitchen design create a sense of movement and activity. To keep this kitchen from appearing too busy, the designer applied stainless steel to the cabinets surrounding the appliances. Notice how the ceiling height in the cooking and food prep area is different from the rest of the kitchen. It helps to create a zone separate from the counter eating area. The lighting in that zone is intensified with the use of many recessed fixtures, as well as under cabinet lighting.

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