4 Current Trends In Kitchen Design

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It seems like there was a rather extended period during which kitchen design fell into a status quo. Designs have been beautiful every year, but not necessarily new or innovative. Dark wood with dark colored granite counter tops is still eye-catching, but how many people do you know who have that style of kitchen? Probably a lot! It’s time to step into the new and try some stylish kitchen designs ideas. Here are four that are very of the moment…

  1. Combining white and wood: Variations include white cabinets with natural wood countertops, natural wood cabinets with white countertops, and natural wood floors with white cabinets. If you want it a little stark, incorporate a shot of black somewhere, for example a painted black wall.
  2. Minimal wall cabinets: Traditionally, high-end kitchens have always featured a substantial spread of cabinetry, floor to ceiling. Now, we’re seeing luxury kitchens that have few to no wall cabinets. If you have sufficient storage space in your lower cabinets and pantry, this is a great way to make your kitchen feel big and open. It works particularly well I you have windows that let in enough light to make all that open space seem airy.
  3. White subway/polished tiles: These traditional tiles are still around for a reason. They offer a clean, classic style and they can be incorporated in myriad design schemes. You could easily use them in a vintage styled bathroom, then turn around and use those same tiles in the kitchen. If you like the idea but are leery of cleaning white grout, simply use a dark contrasting color of grout.
  4. A change in metal surfaces: Stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome, and silver will always look chic an appropriate in a kitchen. But we’ve seen a lot of that stuff over the last twenty years. Now, on trend homeowners are opting for warmer tones such as copper, bronze, and even gold. Or, you might also want to consider matte black metal for things such as faucet handles. 

What Type of Flooring Should I Use in a Modern Kitchen?

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Modern kitchens are some of the most unique looking places around. Homeowners creating a modern kitchen often choose extremely avant garde materials to create some of the most interesting styles available. This use of innovative materials extends right to the flooring, which must match the rest of the style of the kitchen to help complete the design.

Tile Floors

Tile is one of the best materials for use in a kitchen simply because it’s so durable and easy to care for. You can drop a jar of spaghetti sauce on it and it’s unlikely to get hurt. That said, not every type of tile is going to be right for a modern kitchen. In fact most types of tile would look completely out of place, so what to use instead? Here are a couple different tiles to consider in order to complement your space.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is made of compressed clay dust that has been fired to extremely high temperatures making it extremely durable.  It is highly resistant to stains, scratches and chips. It also comes in a wide range of styles, many of which are perfect for modern kitchens.

Look for large format porcelain tile of at least 18-inches in size to make the most of the space with relatively few grout lines. Porcelain that is designed to look like metal, concrete and glass are all great choices for the modern kitchen because their clean lines and unique surface textures complement the space around them.

Quartzite

You’ve probably seen quartz and recycled glass countertops, but did you know you can get this same material in a tile? Many of these tiles have bold colors and complex textures that are perfect for use in a modern kitchen

Modern kitchens demand floors that can keep up with their low-maintenance, high-style needs. Consider these options for your modern kitchen to bring out the best in the space.

At What Point In The Kitchen Design Do I Pick Out The Backsplash?

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Many homeowners in the process of designing a new kitchen wonder when they should tackle the backsplash. After all, the backsplash is one of the most purely decorative elements in the kitchen, and often the most personal as well. If you find yourself half way done with your new kitchen design and find that you still haven’t picked out the backsplash, don’t worry; this is one area of the kitchen that can wait.

Backsplashes were once considered a functional part of your kitchen designed to keep the walls in good condition by protecting them from splashes and splatters. With the advances in washable paints, however, as well as newer cleaning supplies and wall building technologies, backsplashes no longer need to be functional. Instead, they have become purely decorative.

Think about it for a minute: You couldn’t use your new kitchen without cabinets, counters, flooring, or appliances, right? But you can use it without the backsplash, so if you want to take your time in this one area, it will not affect the kitchen’s use.

In fact, in many cases, the best thing to do is wait. Unless you know exactly what backsplash you plan to install and it’s merely a question of finding the right tile, sometimes waiting lets you live with the kitchen and your choices for a little while. You get to see what it is the kitchen is lacking, such as color, whimsy, light, or movement. For example, a kitchen that turns out too dark would benefit from a glass backsplash that could reflect light, while a kitchen that is a little too neutral would benefit from a pop of color.

Therefore, wait until you have all the other components of the kitchen picked out first before choosing the backsplash. This way you can ensure that the colors and style of the backsplash matches your other choices. You can also wait until the kitchen is installed to pick it out so you can see if there is an element lacking that the backsplash could provide. It isn’t uncommon for new kitchens to go without a backsplash for as long as a year as the homeowners make up their minds. Take your time and don’t rush; the backsplash could end up being the keystone that pulls the whole design together.

Why Have A Backsplash?

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Let’s be honest. The alternative to not having a backsplash in your kitchen is not pretty. It is a discolored wall due to remnants of dinners long gone and bleach spots from overzealous attempts at removing ugly marks. Without a doubt it is one of the most important features in a kitchen and can speak volumes about the homeowners.

For many of people, the backsplash serves a utilitarian purpose by protecting and preserving the area behind the stove from grease stains, food splatter and ugly smoke marks. While these are definitely important jobs, the backsplash can go a long way in adding to the visual appeal of a kitchen.

One of the greatest features of installing a backsplash is the ability to customize your kitchen to showcase your taste. There is a sea of options available that can cater to each homeowner’s style, all while bringing cohesion to the look and feel of the overall house. You may choose to tie in other design elements featured in separate rooms, like tile colors that match the neighboring family room or the continuation of a pattern used throughout the bathrooms.

Backsplashes come in different colors, textures and even materials. They range from the more trendy mosaic tiles to quirky tin squares that offer a more vintage feel. A well thought out backsplash can also change the perceived size of the kitchen.  A backsplash can run the entire length of the kitchen walls or it can be concentrated solely behind the stove. The sky is truly the limit as some home owners may choose to make it the main showcase in the room, going so far as to extend it to the top of kitchen cabinets or even to the ceiling. This in turn affects the overall feel of the kitchen and can create an atmosphere that can be either cozy or industrial.

A backsplash saves on the hassle of constantly repainting walls  or reapplying wallpaper and drastically cuts down clean up time to just a quick swipe of a towel. It provides an expression of self that is both extremely functional as well contributes an important design element in any kitchen.

 

Make sure that the backsplash pattern you have chosen reflects the tone and feel of your home while still expressing your individuality.  Please share pictures if you have a creative design or just a beautiful backsplash!

The Four Basic Kitchen Designs

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When you are designing your kitchen, there are basically four kitchen designs or styles. While all are basic variations on the same ultimate purpose, they all function very differently and present very different options for the occupants of the home.

Traditional

First you have the most commonly found, a traditional design. A traditional design is the kind of kitchen you will see on your favorite television show with the family gathered around the table. It is the sort of kitchen you can hang out in and make a pot of coffee in the morning.  Usually featuring a kitchen table or a breakfast nook of some kind, you can complete all your meal duties in one place – preparing, eating and cleaning up.  This is the kind of kitchen that is referred to as the heart of the home.  Many different types of activities will happen in this kind of space.

Transitional

This kitchen is exactly what it sounds like – it is a kitchen in Transition between the traditional and the contemporary.  Usually it is based largely on the traditional with some features from the contemporary brought in.  Sometimes it is as simple as bringing in art, newer lighting styles or opening up one of the walls to provide more access to the rest of the house.

Contemporary

Often times, people think that contemporary and modern are the same. This is not true when it comes to design, especially the design of your kitchen. The contemporary kitchen started presenting itself in the 1960’s or so. You would find contemporary furnishings with smooth lines and no frills design. The trending colors in the 60’s were turquoise and tangerine, with a touch of black.   The “modernized” kitchen was centered around time saving gadgets and design that evoked the industrialization of the American kitchen.

Modern

The modern kitchen is for the busy person on the go and has the latest features in design and technology. You will not be able to tell where the kitchen cabinets are because they are skillfully built into the walls with touch open cabinets.The modern kitchen is similar in design to a jet liner. Smart Homes will most likely have a modern kitchen, with voice commands and smart phone control as standard options.  The lines of a modern kitchen are sleek and sophisticated, and also the most expensive direction to take in kitchen design.

 

Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks

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There are some very good natural materials for kitchen sinks. Gone are the days of cast iron coated with porcelain showing the darkened areas where it has been chipped. Metal core porcelain is also thrown out the door when it comes to natural kitchen sinks – you can say good-bye to stains and hello to natural and lasting beauty. Forget stainless steel with all of the scratches and go for the many advantages of natural kitchen sink materials. 

What Are Good Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks?

Copper: Copper sinks are very beautiful and come in a variety of styles. Copper is antimicrobial, which means it has the natural property of inhibiting and killing micro-organisms which is always a good thing in the kitchen.

Granite: Granite is a beautiful choice for a kitchen sink and it will last longer then any substance in your home.

Soapstone: Soapstone is the stuff that sculptures were made of in their days of glory. It is possible to have a solid counter of soapstone with the sink carved right into it.

Marble: Marble is an excellent choice for kitchen sinks and comes in a very wide variety of colors and shades.

Onyx: Onyx is immensely beautiful and makes a perfect kitchen sink. Black Onyx is especially superb and works well in a very tasteful decor. It can be polished or unpolished. 

The Many Possibilities of Natural Materials for Kitchen Sinks

There are many possibilities and benefits of using natural materials for your kitchen sink. Copper a warmth and charm that is completely unique, plus it is very lasting and durable. The stone materials are virtually indestructible, easy to maintain and clean, and almost impossible to stain. There is no rim or separate edging on stone sinks to catch germs or leak. Often a drain board is cut right into the stone along with the kitchen sink.  Soapstone almost sounds like it might be soft, but it is a metamorphic rock that is extremely hard. It is next to impossible to put scratches or abrasions on it. While it is true that some of the stone sink styles need to be combined with the right countertop choice, the benefits to having a stone sink are tremendous.

 

Best Ideas to Decorate a Kitchen

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What are the best ideas to decorate a kitchen? Although the living room is the main room of the house, as it makes an impression about the owner, the kitchen is also very important. This is basically because it gives an impression about the lady of the house. As such, the kitchen needs to look good, as it is the heart of a home with many activities taking place. 

What Are the Best Ideas to Decorate a Kitchen?

The best ideas to decorate a kitchen are allowing for creativity and choice of favorite themes and colors. 

The choice of a beautiful theme allows one to decorate the kitchen using various shades depending on their preference. Lucky enough, one can also include the traditionally renowned colors. This allows for personal taste and can be personally satisfying. 

The decor of the kitchen and its accessories are some of the things to look out for. Keeping few accessories in the kitchen helps to add a touch and define a particular theme. Themed pictures or pictures that connect to one another help here.

 The curtains and the floor should be inviting to allow for a feeling of warmth and accommodation.

The shades of color for the kitchen walls should be chosen wisely. Painting different colors on different walls is a great idea and they can be tied in using a wallpaper border to decorate the walls with a new themed decor. 

On the walls, artwork, kitchen utensils or even a clock can be cheerful while useful.

A kitchen should have large windows to allow for free flow of air and also for illumination into the kitchen during the day. The lighting of the kitchen, again, should be well arranged so activities in the house during the night can be done with ease. 

The space in a kitchen should be ample to allow for movement. A kitchen needs to be well arranged so that it is neat and tidy. This encourages a healthy environment at the end of the day. 

Putting the Best Ideas to Decorate a Kitchen in Action

A well designed kitchen can add a great amount of satisfaction to your life.  It is the center of family life and a busy place both day and night!  Putting extra thought into the decor of your kitchen will pay you back greatly.  If you are not sure where to start, feel free to consult with a trusted flooring dealer, Century Tile, to help get you going.

 

Ceramic Tile Care 101

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Due to its ability to resist contamination and  withstand common sources of wear, ceramic tile flooring and wall coverings are a great option throughout your home in decorating.  Ceramic tile is quite easy to clean and has very low maintenance requirements. Once installed correctly ceramic tile is easily  cared for and maintained and do not demand more than a normal cleaning regimen. 

Although tile is not demanding, this does not mean you should not make any effort to ensure that your floors and walls remain in optimal condition. The following are a few care and maintenance tips that will help keep your tiles looking great for years to come:

Daily Ceramic Tile Cleaning

Dust and debris can easily be removed by sweeping or vacuuming. Unless an area has heavy traffic, mopping your ceramic floor once a week should be more than enough. Avoid using soap or detergent or any type of cleanser which contains acid, vinegar, or ammonia as they might cause the surface of your tiles and the grout (the material used to fill the spaces between your tiles) to discolor or fade. Go for cleansers with a neutral pH instead. To prevent residue build up or fungus or bacterial growth, make sure that your tiles are always properly rinsed with clean water.

Grout Care

Grout is an important part of ceramic tile flooring. Without it, water and other types of contaminants can easily seep through your floor installation. Because of this, it is important that as soon as the tiles are laid down, the grout is sealed immediately.  

The two types of grout are available: cement-based and epoxy. Cement-based grout, which is usually used for DIY projects, needs to be followed-up with a penetrating protective sealer. Epoxy grout, on the other hand, more commonly used by professionals,  can be used by itself or without a sealer. The latter is more resistant to water and stains, but is also much higher in price. We generally recommended that you apply the sealer twice a year.

Ceramic Tile Protection

To prevent scratches and fading, attach pads at the bottom of the legs of your furniture. Pay special attention to those made of metal as they might rust and cause stains. You can also place mats on areas with heavy traffic to prevent dust, oil, and other contaminants from being in close contact with your tile flooring.

By following these tips for care and maintenance, your tile will bring you joy and protect your floors for years to come.

 

 

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