Posts Tagged ‘Kitchen’

Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Contrast is a principle in art that has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens. When used effectively contrast can be the key to adding interest and drama to a space. This principle involves using elements that are different in design to add personality and make a striking statement.

Here are some easy ways you can create contrast in your kitchen.

There are many different ways you can create contrast in the kitchen area. Homeowners can mix a variety of styles such as contemporary and country styles to achieve a contrasting look. Also, you can mix up your color scheme, cabinetry, and countertops.

Below are some ideas you can implement.

Mixing Up Colors
Perhaps the easiest way to create contrast in the kitchen is by mixing up colors. Don’t shy away from bold colors. Pairing two bold colors that are different from each other will have a wow effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.

Contrasting Textures
You can further add contrast by using various textures within one space. You can mix wood colors and throw in colorful fixtures. The texture on texture contrast has also become trendy in the last few years. Instead of mixing and matching textures you can utilize the same texture in variations around the kitchen. For example, the same natural stone tiles can be used on your flooring and backsplashes. While the final look is subtle, these details will draw attention.

Two Toned Cabinetry

You can create visual diversity in your cabinetry selection. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the top and bottom cabinet different colors. Using such colors as red or navy blue go well.
  • You can also try contrasting finishes. If your kitchen has traditional dark brown wood cabinets you can switch one set out for a stainless steel finish. You can also break up wood finishes with monochromatic materials.

Kitchen Island
If you’re looking to make one big statement then you’ll let your kitchen island stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Try painting the bottom of the island a vibrant color or replace the top surface with a finish that hasn’t been used yet. Don’t forget to further add emphasis by adding funky bar stools to add to the overall look.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas of ways to add contrast to your kitchen! We always love to hear from you!

2020’s Kitchen Flooring Color Trends

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Colors, Design and Decorating, Flooring, Kitchen and Bath

Are you thinking about upgrading your current kitchen floor, and you are not quite sure what is “current” with colors? If so, we first recommend going online and exploring different kitchen designs for inspiration. After, you may find now that it is 2020, dark and light floors are still popular along with contrasting cabinets and islands featuring whites, dark browns, or charcoal grays. However, do not fear, warmer colors are on the horizon, and many designers are inspired by the warm hues.

Blonde

Today’s homeowners are embracing the light and airy openness of their kitchens by incorporating blonde hardwood floors. In fact, many professionals feel that blonde floors will become a classic color this year due to its matchable tone and warm nature.

Honey

Just a bit darker than blonde floors are honey-colored floors. They are warm, cozy, and ever so inviting. In fact, honey-colored floors are making a massive appearance in today’s kitchen flooring.

Whitewashed

Spreading to the east coast are whitewashed floors that have typically been used and loved on the west coast. Many homeowners are choosing whitewashed floors for their homes on the east coast, and we can see why. They offer a carefree, light, airy, and beachy vibe that compliments any kitchen space effortlessly.

White Tile

In addition to the upswing of whitewashed floors, we are also seeing white tile floors go off the charts in the kitchen designs. In fact, white tile floors will contrast with neutral or colorful cabinets alike, and we find many homeowners are installing the marble-look white tile in today’s kitchen. The white floor will make the kitchen appear larger and pristinely clean. Plus, since homeowners have so many choices of white tiles (whether they are ceramic, porcelain, or even natural stone floors), the options are infinite.

What color trend do you foresee in 2020 kitchen designs? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

How to Hang a Mirror in Your Kitchen

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When used creatively, mirrors can add a tremendous decorative edge to a space. We are so used to seeing mirrors suspended in many different areas of the home, but what about the kitchen? The kitchen is probably the last place you thought about placing a mirror. However, a well-chosen mirror can be the right accessory to inject loads of glamour into this space.

Why Hang A Mirror in the Kitchen?

Of course, hanging a mirror in the kitchen is a non-traditional decorating idea. Some people are totally against it because the kitchen is almost always a messy workspace. From helping the kids complete a project to trying out a new recipe, all kinds of experiments take place in this area; a mirror could just be a reflection of the mess. On the other hand, mirrors can open up a space and add decorative detail to the room.

So why would you hang a mirror in the kitchen? According to the experts, whenever there is an opportunity to add dimension, we should take advantage of it. Incorporating a mirror into the kitchen can instantly boost the brightness and double the depth of the room. Depending on where in the kitchen you choose to suspend a mirror, it can visually improve your cooking and countertop space.

Depending on the style and materials, mirrors are inexpensive. There are many imaginative ways to incorporate mirrors in space. From framed oversized mirrors to medium ones with metal hardware, nothing is off-limits.

Where Should I Hang a Mirror in the Kitchen?

If you are sold on the idea, you are probably wondering where is the best to place up hang up a mirror in the kitchen. Remember, clever positioning is everything, so you will want to make sure you pick the perfect location. Here are some places you might want to suspend a mirror in this area:

Behind the Stove

A mirrored backsplash behind the stove provides a backsplash effect that will allow you to keep your eye on the kids while preparing a meal. A mirrored backsplash will also visually double the space behind it. Depending on how tall the backsplash is, it can even make the ceiling appear higher. Mirrored backsplashes are something we often see in kitchen designs, so get creative.

Behind the Sink

Do you not have a small window above the kitchen sink? Well, you can always create the effect of one with a mirror. As previously mentioned, mirrors reflect light, which makes them ideal for small or dark spaces. By installing a mirrored backsplash behind the sink, in lieu of a window, your kitchen is guaranteed to feel spacious and comfortable for socializing and cooking.

What are your thoughts on incorporating mirrors into your kitchen design? Let us know below in the comment section.

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. 

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.

Backsplashes in Contemporary Kitchens

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The backsplash has evolved over time to become one of the most decorative elements in a kitchen design. Nearly any style of kitchen can make use of the different colors and patterns that can be displayed here, but one of the kitchen styles that can benefit most is the contemporary kitchen. With their stark lines and clean contours, contemporary kitchens often run the risk of feeling impersonal. Used correctly the backsplash area can help overcome this fault, injecting the kitchen with personality.

Keeping a Cohesive Design

Use tiles in a contemporary kitchen in a way that will both liven up the space and stay in keeping with the rest of the décor. The key is in the choosing of the materials and the way that they are laid out.

Bold Statement

One way is to use tiles to create a bold statement on the backsplash. If your kitchen is a little too stark or plain in color and design, a really bold backsplash can make the entire room pop; try one of these designs to enhance the space:

  • Use a bold color like red combined with a unique pattern such as falling water which is made up of several small pieces of tile designed to look like rain
  • Use a tile that has a unique feature such as glass rods installed to look like bamboo or tiles with an iridescent finish to them

Focal Point

If your kitchen doesn’t have a focal point or a resting place for the eye, it can make you feel as if you aren’t anchored in the room. Try using the backsplash to give the space a focal point using one of these ideas:

  • Use glass mosaics to create a modern mural behind your cooktop pulling from colors within the room as your palette and using a well known work of art as your inspiration
  • Use plain, oversized tiles on the majority of the backsplash, then use something very different behind the cooktop such as river rocks or handmade glass tiles in a bold color

Inject Some Fun

The backsplash is one way to inject your personality or interests into your design. Have some fun with it in your contemporary kitchen to make the entire room come alive.

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!

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.

 

Glass in the Kitchen

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1692658_SUsing glass or Plexiglas in the kitchen can open up the space.  Clear materials are nice to mix in with solid surfaces like wood and stone. Both glass and Plexiglas can be found in clear, frosted, ribbed and textured forms—each with its own unique feeling. Glass fronted cabinets are great for displaying the pretty things in your kitchen like wedding china and glassware. Frosted Plexiglas or glass doors can lighten your cabinet fronts and still disguise the pantry goods and clutter.

This contemporary kitchen uses frosted glass on the cabinets and traditional stools.  These materials work well with the dark cabinets and neutral flooring.  The glass and dark cabinets contrast so you can really appreciate the glass detail.  However, the light walls and counter top keep the glass from looking too contrasting and out of place in the kitchen. Light colored counter tops continue the look of the room.

In a more traditional kitchen, glass front cabinets can make built-in cabinets feel more like traditional furniture such as china cabinets and hutches.  Single paneled glass front doors feel more modern than glass cabinet doors that have mullions or dividers.

There are also glass fronted refrigerators and wine fridges that can be used in the kitchen.  A fridge with a glass door requires a high level of organization to avoid adding visual clutter to a room. This is why wine fridges with glass doors are a better idea for most of us.