Tired of looking at the same wood cabinets? Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to completely renovate your kitchen, a few trendy updates in the space can make a world of difference. While the look of dark granite countertops is still stylish, if you’re interested in stepping into the twenty-first century here are few trends in kitchen design that you may want to try.
All Gray Everything
Remember those days when white was always the choice of color for cabinetry? Times have changed. Gray has become the new white. So if you’re looking for a new hue for your kitchen cabinetry, yes, a combination of soft gray cabinets and stained wood is super stylish.
Changing Up The Functionality
Banishing the kitchen walls just to open the layout may not be an option, but you can still improve the functionality of the kitchen without making such major moves. Try new innovative cabinet doors and cabinets. Manufacturers are now creating kitchen drawers and cabinet doors that fold up out of the way with simply the touch of a button.
You can also increase kitchen functionality by adding in some automation. There many different ways to automate things in the kitchen. You can have light sensors that only illuminate the kitchen when you enter and hands-free faucet.
Induction Stove Top
Get rid of your bulky stove top and opt for induction burners. Yes, the modern kitchen utilizes an induction stove which is sleek, safe and aesthetically pleasing. The best thing about induction burners is that they use very little heat which means that no matter how small your kitchen is, the area stays cool while your cooking. In addition, they are safe to touch while in use.
Bold Color Sink
Much like kitchen cabinetry, today’s trends are steering clear from stainless steel or all white sinks. Instead, you can opt for a bold hue kitchen sink such as lime green, jet black or red can be eye catching. Such a pop of color can serve as a focal point in the space.
Another great way you can add excitement is by choosing unique and bold fixtures. Oversized, gold and rose gold are some trendy kitchen fixtures that instantly add drama to the space.
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While Miele and Sub-Zero don’t lack for high end, custom features, Dacor will not be outdone. Their new column refrigerators are equipped with dual wi-fi enabled cameras that allow the user to examine the refrigerator contents using an app on his or her smartphone.
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 wowing effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.
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, such details will draw attention.
Two Toned Cabinetry
Homeowners can create visual diversity in their 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.
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!
Does your home look like a replica of the past? Unfortunately, when it comes to home decor, style isn’t timeless. The hot trends that you fell in love with last year may not look so good this season. The key to avoid “style remorse” is to invest in pieces that are fresh and faddish. Here are eight things that could making your house look dated:
All White Kitchen Appliances
Gone are the days when all white kitchen appliances were considered stylish. It’s time to get rid of the white refrigerator and dishwasher. Instead opt for the sleekness of stainless steel with slate and matte black finishes. Such materials are timeless and are guaranteed to look good years from now. Industrial style appliances are modern and look much more streamlined. As a plus they are easier to keep clean than white surfaces.
The Chalkboard Wall
Leave the chalkboard wall exactly where it belongs; in the kid’s room. Oversized, blank canvas in the kitchen or other living spaces tend to look dusty and are not in line with a well-designed home. If necessary, you can replace it with a small message board.
Chevron wallpaper was fun while it lasted. While you’re tearing the zig zag design paper off the wall you can also throw away the Chevron accent pillows and area rugs. If you’re love the look of pattern, opt for a circa pattern with a brand new coat of paint and your home will look good as new.
The tacky, popcorn ceiling is an old decor trend that will never come back in style. Yes, textured ceilings are an eyesore and undeniably tacky. It’s time to rid your space of textured ceilings and invest in a coffered ceiling or unique beams.
Accessories With Phrases
While they are inspiring, vases, lamps and any type of decorative accessories with inspiration phrases printed on them should be thrown away. If you must include some type of inspirational decor around your home be sure to choose more personal pieces such as art renditions of your wedding vows.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.