Placement of New Appliances

Giving Your Appliances Some Space of Their Own

Bad things can happen if you don’t give your appliances the space that they need. Here are the most common occurrences of crowding an appliance.

1. You should not install a range or cooktop flush against a side wall. For sure, you don’t want to do this with a gas range or cooktop. Manufacturer directions are going to warn against it because of the fire hazard resulting when the flame from the gas burner is that close to a flammable wall. I’d argue that it’s also a bad idea to install electric ranges or cooktops against a side wall. Even if there isn’t a safety issue, it makes the two elements next to the wall not so useful for larger pots and pans.

2. Make sure that refrigerator doors swing open more than just 90 degrees. They need to open wide enough not only to give you access to the refrigerator’s contents, but also to allow inside drawers or compartments to slide out. Take into account that a protruding refrigerator handle bumping up to an adjacent wall may prevent a refrigerator door from opening far enough to grant full access to the refrigerator’s contents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Corner installations of appliances can prevent adjacent doors or drawers from opening. For example, the dishwasher below might have worked just fine in this design if it had a recessed handle. However, the adjacent drawer cannot be opened in this instance.

I once showed this dishwasher quandry to a designer friend of mine. She quickly pointed out the cause of the problem. “This is the reason we have CKD’s. It’s a designer’s job to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”

Of course, there are sometimes tradeoffs to be made. Consider the refrigerator below. The refrigerator protrudes into the kitchen aisle. A counter-depth refrigerator could have been purchased instead of the full-depth model shown below, but they cost more and do not store as much food. It’s up to the customer, but it’s the salesperson or designer’s job to advise the consumer and let them make the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

For the best advice on purchasing major appliances consult a professional such as the sales advisors at Arizona Wholesale.


Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

Arizona Wholesale

Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

facebook twitter

 

Furniture Shopping Tips You Should Know

In the process of furnishing your home? Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply looking for a few new pieces to update your home, shopping for furniture can be overwhelming. Picking the right pieces are essential because everyone knows that the decor can make or break a home’s design. Whether you’ve decided to take the hunt online or you’re shopping at your local outlet here are some tips you should take into consideration.

Test the Measurements
There’s nothing worse than purchasing the perfect piece of furniture only to discover down the line that it doesn’t fit into the space. That’s why you should always check the measurements of an item before you swipe your credit card. The piece of furniture may look one way in a picture or in the store but the scale of it is totally different once it’s in your home. You can use blue tape to measure furniture in the store. Use blue tape to measure the width and length of the allotted space and see if it will be proportionate based on the dimensions of the item online.

Everything Doesn’t Have to Match
Although, you want your furniture pieces to harmonize with each other everything doesn’t have to exactly match. While it’s the safest decision it can be way too much and create a bland look. It’s all about finding a balance that works for your space. Since opposites attract you can mix styles. For instance, if you’ve opted for a traditional sofa you can mix things up with an eclectic recliner or a chic coffee table.

Sample Swatches
Don’t sleep on the sample swatches. The texture of a material can be completely different from what you thought it looked like in a showroom or on the computer screen. Get samples of fabric swatches just to see how the material would look in your space.

Impulse Buys
Avoid making the final decision on impulse. Just because you love the item at the moment doesn’t mean you’ll like it later. Buying furniture is a big decision so take a day to think it over. See what kind of pieces are out there before you make your final decision.

New Appliance Color: Sunset Bronze

Stainless steel has been the dominant finish for appliances for some years now. Recently, appliance firms have added black stainless steel with some success. Now, Whirlpool is launching something new to their lineup Sunset Bronze appliances.

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Refrigerator

The new color is described by Whirlpool as a brushed, satin finish with rose gold undertones. Observers have remarked that the appearance is indeed akin to the popular rose gold iPhone.

It’s a warm tone. You might even describe it as a subdued or even neutral tint. While referred to as a modern look, the subdued color seems to me to fit well in nearly any environment. It should be compatible with many different kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring choices. As an added benefit over older traditional Stainless Steel finishes, Sunset Bronze is a fingerprint resistant finish.

While the new finish will be initially available only in select models, there will be enough choices in each category so that homeowners can have a complete kitchen with matching Sunrise Bronze appliances.

Product is being produced now, and will be availalbe for consumers this spring. Contact Arizona Wholesale Supply now, and make arrangements for your own preview of Sunset Bronze.

Feng Shui Home Design Principals – Color

When using Feng Shui principles to design the interior of your home you’ll also to give thought to what type of colors you’re going to paint each room. Yes, using colors based on how they mesh with your energy is crucial to creating a home that promotes well being and balanced energy. Just think. If you were to use all fiery colors within one space it would no doubt be draining and overwhelming.

The key to effectively using colors that harmonize with Feng Shui principles is to balance out the color scheme. Too much of a dominant color will have your energy in disarray. Here is a guide to finding the right Feng Shui colors for your home.

Yellow: In Feng Shui yellow is associated with sunlight and energy from Mother Earth. It infuses energy, hope and it increases mental clarity. The great thing about using yellow as part of your color scheme is that it creates a sense of stability. Try using yellow in area of the home such as the office area, living room or your bedroom.

Red: Red is a fiery color which is why it is associated with fire. This color has the power to increase the heart rate and blood pressure. Red also helps alleviate depressions and stimulates activity. You can use this color in areas of the home such as the living room and bedroom.

White: White is a pure color that’s often associated with serenity. White and metallic colors are also associated with metal which is one of the five elements of Feng Shui. White can be used in any area of the home.

Green: In Feng Shui, green under the wood element. It is a color that promotes growth, action and inspires internal change. Use this color in rooms where the whole family gathers to promote positive energy.

Black and Blue : Black and blue represents the element; water. Black can increase mental activity and inspire creativity. On the other hand, blue is good for the body because it decreases accelerated heart and breathing rates while lowering the blood pressure. These colors are ideal for private areas in the home where you retreat to for privacy and solace.

Different Types of Backsplashes

Many homeowners include backsplashes in their kitchen and bathrooms as a decorative layer. But backsplashes can be known for providing a protective layer to your walls. A backsplash behind your stovetop can serve as a shield to your walls during greasy, saucy, or messy meals. Although many homeowners would like to focus solely on the aesthetic appeal, backsplashes have earned their place as a protective shield. Well, at least in our books.

There are thousands of different types, styles and textures that homeowners can choose from for their kitchen or bathroom. To help you rein in all of the choices, we have created a list of the different types of backsplashes. Keep in mind, there will probably be other options that we did not list just because there are so many. The items we do list are some of the most popular backsplash choices. We hope you enjoy!

Different Types of Backsplash:
Tile: Color Glass Tile, Porcelain Tile, Textured Tile, Penny Tile, Mosaic Tile, Handmade Tile, Etched Glass Tile and Tumbled Stone & Glass Tile.
Metals: Stainless Steel, Copper Tile, and Bronze.
Stones: Natural Stone, Marble, Quartzite Sandstone, River Rock.
Other: Embossed Concrete, Tin Sheets, Brick, Patterned Wallpaper, Chalkboard Paint, and Reclaimed Wood.

Different Ways to Pattern Your Backsplash:
The Running Bond Tile Pattern. (Also known as Subway Tile)
The Herringbone Pattern. (One of our favorites!! – Ask us for more details)
The Mosaic Pattern.
The Straight Lay Pattern.
The Diagonal Pattern.
The Checkerboard Pattern.
The Basket Weaved Pattern.
The Windmill Pattern.
The Versailles Pattern.
The Pinwheel Pattern.

Different Areas to Put Backsplash in:
Above your countertops in your kitchen or bathroom
Behind your kitchen’s stovetop or sink
Lining the space above your bathtub
Wherever you want to get creative

What is your favorite type of backsplash listed above? We would love to hear from you in the comment section!

For assistance on the selection process, we would love to help you! Let our award-winning company assist you in the selection and installation of your backsplash. Just visit our showroom or call us at (602•258•7901) for more information and general pricing. We look forward to serving you.

Fall Essentials for Your Home

The season of fall is quickly approaching and with the new season comes all new decorations. Time to stash away your summer goodies and pull out your fall decor, because the nights will begin to get cooler and the days will get shorter. Although the official start date of fall is September 22, homeowners are well aware that temperatures may drop at a moment’s notice. With the sudden change in season, homeowners should be prepared with these six fall essentials.

Fall Essentials for Your Home:

A Cozy Blanket. No matter where you live, the weather will get colder when the season changes. Prepare yourself by purchasing or pulling out of storage a cozy blanket to keep you warm. Have some near your bed and couches for easy access when the temperature drops.

A Ready Fireplace. Do not forget to prepare your fireplace for use by following our guide for fireplace safety! Have your fireplace cleaned and checked before you begin using it this season.

A Pair of Warm Socks. Keep your family’s toes warm by having fuzzy socks for everyone’s feet.

A Big Mug. You may drink a lot of coffee throughout the year, but it is time for hot cider and hot cocoa. Purchase a big mug to cozy up to the fireplace with during the nighttime. If you go online, you can purchase a set for the entire family.

A Bunch of Fall Decorations. Whether or not you are big on seasonal decor, it is always fun to try out new decorations. Incorporating pumpkin-themed items throughout your home can be fun and create a lived-in look.

A Seasonal Scented Candle. Nothing says fall like the smell of fall. It is time to start burning candles that smell like your favorite fall scents. From roasted marshmallows to pumpkin patch, your home will have an amazing scent that guests will adore.

A way to warm up your home is with a cozy rug from Arizona Wholesale Supply. We provide a selection of rugs that are soft to the touch and will help keep you warm during the colder months. Stop in today to view our selection and see how we can help prepare you for fall.

Creating Privacy at Home

Currently, we are in an age where social media has made our lives somewhat well-known to others. Just by the click of a button, others can know things about your family, the coffee shop you always go to, or the name of the first pet you owned. We tend to put a lot out there but, there are some things that should be left private. Your home should be a place of comfort and privacy, a place where you are at ease. Let us consider the layout of your home and some things you can potentially update to add privacy.

Outdoors.

Your backyard can be an oasis from the busyness going on inside your home. Backyards are an escape to tranquility without dropping the big bucks for a glamorous beach getaway.

Fences are a great solution towards adding privacy in your backyard. Fences are fantastic if you have small children or pets that will be playing in your yard.

Line your yard with bushes, trees, shrubs, etc. Plants will bring life to your yard while incorporating a sense of privacy from any unwanted eyes.

Outdoor deck curtains allow homeowners to choose when they desire their privacy. These curtains will also provide an aesthetic appeal to your deck. They can provide an opportunity to add color where you did not think was possible.

Indoors.

If you are fighting for privacy in a space, a room divider can be a method for creating privacy. Whether you are blocking off an office from a bedroom or two siblings who share a room together, adding a room divider can be an inexpensive way to add privacy.

Curtains are an easy solution for privacy. You can actually use curtains throughout your home and not just on your windows.

Sometimes the arch design of a doorway makes it difficult to put on an actual door. Barn Doors are great for oddly shaped arches that need a touch of privacy.

Privacy may be an extremely important factor for you in your home. If so, how do you provide privacy in your home? Share your thoughts with us below.

Decorating with Mirrors

When it comes to decorating with mirrors there are never any rules. Yes, mirrors are a great way to quickly add visual interest to a space. Using mirrors as a decorative element has numerous benefits. It can instantly add depth and brings in natural light. In addition, mirrors can create a special effect when they reflect colors and paintings on adjacent walls. Here’s how you use mirrors to add style and increased light to your home.

Place a floor length mirror between two windows

Implementing a floor length mirror between two windows creates the illusion of a third window. This helps bring in more light to the space. By casually propping a large framed mirror against the wall creates a relaxed feel.

Use Mirrors to Enhance The Room Elements

You can use mirrors as an accent to the focal point in a room. For instance, by hanging a mirror over a stacked fireplace mantel that extends to the ceiling you can create a dramatic look. This is a great way to create emphasis in a neutral living room.

Hanging Mirrors On Adjacent Walls

Are you ready to make a powerful statement with your home’s decor? Try lining, two large equally sized mirrors on adjacent walls. This enables light to bounce all around the room. This look will especially complement the dining room area because it expands the area and gives the illusion of a bigger crowd around the dining room table.

Mirrored Backsplash

Forget the traditional paneled or tiled backsplash. Update your kitchen by installing a mirrored backsplash around your counter area. A mirrored backsplash will open up a small kitchen and add glitz without being over the top.

Forget the Medicine Cabinet

Forgo the traditional medicine cabinet hanging over the bathroom sink. Instead, you can use a mirror of any shape to make a statement. A circular shaped mirror can break up all the sharp straight lines and adds character.

When using mirrors as an accent piece in the home try to select mirrors with interesting shapes and unique frames. Check out thrift stores, retailers and flea markets for some pieces with character.

Adding Detail To Your Home’s Finished Design

So you’ve finally finished putting together your home’s layout. Every piece of furniture is in it’s proper place and the flooring material is perfect. Everything is as it should be, so what’s missing? The finishing touches that will give your house that “complete” look. Usually when people think of design, they are only thinking of the bare bones of their home’s look without taking into account all of the little details that need to be attended to after the big decisions have been made.

You’ve searched high and low for those wonderful side tables and that magnificent dining table, so what are you going to place on them to stage them just right? That beautiful mahogany desk in your study isn’t just going to sit bare and look unused is it? Of course not! This is the part of the process where you really give your design that customized look-the one that showcases your personal style and welcomes you home at the end of a long day. Your tabletop decorations tell their own story simply by the way they are arranged. Yes, mostly for convenience, but also for style. The heavy lifting of creating your home’s framework is done, and now it’s time to create ambience.

As you assess what each piece needs, think first and foremost about its main function. The key to creating the perfect look is to make a statement without creating unnecessary clutter. For example, side tables are usually on the smaller side, so stick with the essentials only: a light source, a spot to place a drinking glass and some free space to place a book and reading glasses down next to it. A dresser can afford more surface area being used on decorative items like scented candles and picture frames. Dining rooms tables can be staged with place settings, fabric napkins, tablecloth and tall candlesticks. If your dining room set is accompanied by a buffet, try placing a glass decanter set on top to create a welcoming effect for guests. If you have a study with large desk, placing a beautiful fountain pen on top with small tabletop clock and padded area for writing correspondence would create a beautiful look. A subtle lamp would provide a soft light for late night reading and writing.

Each surface of your home has a story to tell. Create the perfect look using just enough pieces to make each space functional so you will still have plenty of room left to create more memories!

Black Stainless Steel – Here to stay?

Why Black Stainless may be here to stay

Check out available Black Stainless Steel appliances at Arizona Wholesale

KitchenAid gets the nod for the early adopter that began promoting its Black Stainless Steel appliances, but it takes more than one brand to get a new appliance finish past the experimental stage (Anybody remember Jenn-Air Oiled Bronze appliances?)

But now, we've seen Whirlpool, Maytag, Samsung, and Dacor join KitchenAid in the Black Stainless Steel club. Word has it that Frigidaire is entering the Black Stainless Steel parade with it's full line, including entry level models. It looks like an appliance party to me.

Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant and is made of a stainless steel treated with a chemical baked on at 1200 degrees F for several hours. It's neither painted nor is it part of the stainless steel itself. While it should be durable, it is nevertheless, something applied to a sheet of stainless steel.

Black Stainless Steel has been touted as a color/finish that can be mixed in with other appliances. There is, however, some concern that the Black Stainless Steel on KitchenAid does not match the finish on Samsung which has a shiny coating.

It's been a challenge for other colors and finishes to take the place of stainless steel. There are some interesting alternatives out there such as GE's Slate and a host of custom order bright appliance colors from luxury brands such as Bertazzoni, BlueStar, and others. Even with all the choices currently available, industry data shows that Stainless Steel is actually gaining in popularity against the others.

While industry veterans are by nature skeptical, Black Stainless Steel could be just the change that consumers have been wanting. Long Live Stainless Steel and Welcome Black Stainless Steel.

Check out the Black Stainless Steel by clicking on our Houzz page below:

Black Stainless Steel Appliances

For more information on Black Stainless Steel, or other appliances, water treatment, window treatments or floor coverings call Arizona Wholesale Supply today.


Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

Arizona Wholesale

Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

facebook twitter