Current Trends In Kitchen Design

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.

Non-Traditional Fixtures
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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Column Refrigerators from Miele, Sub-Zero, and Dacor

We’ve chosen to highlight column refrigerators from three very different brands. European brand, Miele, is well known for their top performing diswhasher, but also has a great story on their column refrigeration. Sub-Zero literally invented the built-in refrigerator category, and with their extensive new refrigerator launch a few years ago, they easily have the most complete line of column refrigerators in the industry. A cooking brand, Dacor, introduced their column refrigerators only a couple of years ago, and they are already enhancing the lineup with a unique interior. Let’s take a quick look at the column refrigerator lineups from these three notable manufacturers.

Miele

Miele’s MasterCool column refrigerators are available in 3 widths 22“, 30”, and 36″. Laden with high end features, reviewers rate Miele high for its lighting, temperature control, and quiet operation. Exclusive to Miele is RemoteVision, a feature which allows Miele to remotely monitor your refrigerator’s performance and notify you if it needs service. As a brand, Miele is known for appliances with a long lifespan, and reliability.

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero Columns

The name Sub-Zero is a giveaway for the brand that pioneered the built-in refrigerator category. With their massive re-launch of new refrigeration products beginning in 2014 Sub-Zero has the most complete line up of columns in the industry. From all refrigerator, all freezer, or combination units Sub-Zero can seemingly meet anyone’s needs. Widths available are 24“, 30”, and 36″. As you might expect, the Sub-Zero columns are loaded with popular features. Worth noting, is the Sub-Zero 2 year warranty, which is extended to 3 years if the product is installed by a certified installer.

Dacor

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.

Choose from a handle or handle-free design, and open the refrigerator with a simple tap. The Dacor interior sports a high tech integrated LED lighting system that automatically adjusts the light to the external environment. Dacor has also introduced an exclusive porcelain model which features porcelain interior panels as well as porcelain crispers.

Dacor Porcelain Columns

There’s more, much more, to learn about these brands, and the other column refrigerators and freezers on the market. Call or visit one of the convenient Arizona Wholesale
locations today in Tucson, Phoenix, or Scottsdale.

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Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

While there are no official criteria or definitions for column refrigeration units, we’re going to define them as full-height, *built-in refrigerator, freezer, and wine units.

The main advantages to columns are the flexibility of capacity and location. Depending on the appliance brand, column widths include 18”, 22” (Miele), 24”, 30”, and 36”.  Smaller families might prefer an 18” wide freezer and a 30” refrigerator, while a larger family may want a 24” freezer and a 36” wide refrigerator. The two units may be placed next to each other in a side-by-side configuration below, or they may be used as bookends perhaps with workspace, a dishwasher, and a sink separating them. 

In the configuration below, an appliance wall features separate wine storage, freezer, and refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Early on, European brands Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador brands dominated the column refrigeration category. While all are made in the same factory in Turkey, the three brands have different features. Sub Zero, with their massive new refrigeration launch beginning in 2013, quickly became a major factor in column refrigeration. More recently, Bosch (parent of the Gagganau, Thermador brands) has added column refrigeration, as has GE Monogram. Other brands promoting columns are  Marvel, and the commercial oriented refrigerator brand Perlick.

As you might expect, purchasing separate units is likely to cost more than a single refrigerator/freezer unit. Nevertheless, columns are becoming increasingly popular. It appears that to be a member in good standing in the luxury category, brands must offer column refrigeration. Hence, Dacor and Jenn-Air have recently entered the fray with refrigerator columns, and GE Monogram has just announced a 120,000 square foot expansion at its Selma, Tenn. refrigerator plant for new column refrigerators and freezers.

*Frigidaire/Electrolux needs a mention here, because of their “all refrigerator” and “all freezer” configurations. However, they are not true built-ins, but what the industry considers counter depth models. This means that they can not be installed flush with the cabinet fronts.

COMING SOON:  Part 2 of this series on refrigeration focuses on key features of specific column refrigerator brands.

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Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

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.

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, 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.

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!

How to Care for your Heating and Cooling System

What keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer? You guessed it, your heating and cooling system. We want to help inform our customers on how to care for their heating and cooling system. These six quick tips can help save energy and money to the consumer.

How to care for your heating & cooling system:

Filters. Changing your filters can help reduce the energy used by your heating and cooling system. The more clogged that your air filter gets; the harder it has to work. Also, it can damage the system by causing premature wear and tear. You should change your disposable filters regularly (approximately once a month).

Compressors. Your compressor is located outside because it trades hot air for cold air. In order for it to work properly, your compressor needs to be free of surroundings. You should check your compressor around fall and spring time to see if anything has begun to obstruct it. Take away any leaves, debris or trees that may be in the way of the compressor.

Air Filtration Systems. Newer homes tend to have air filtration systems and other households use portable air-filter systems. We encourage you to check how to change your air-filter systems because pollen and debris can be caught up in your filter.

Service Calls. Experts advise homeowners to call for maintenance before the first cold or hot night. Do not wait until the last minute.

Thermostats. Try to keep the heat down during bedtime and when you are not home. You can turn up the thermostat during the morning and dinner hours. If you keep your thermostat on a steady routine, it can help lower costs and save energy.

Reduce Heat Costs. Use curtains and blinds to help conserve home’s heat. Blackout curtains are amazing for reducing heat loss in homes.

It is extremely important that homeowners properly maintain their heating and cooling system to reduce costs and energy. The U.S. Energy Information Administration states that 41% of a home’s energy is space heating and 6% air conditioning. That means that 47% of a household’s energy use is from our heating and cooling system; therefore, it is critical that homeowners reduce energy used by this system.

I hope your new appliance fails.

Yes,  I hope your appliance fails. Here’s why:

Four years ago, my wife and I moved into a nice bungalow in Westbrook Village (Peoria). The house we purchased was a complete gut job inside. We added new paint, new floors, new fixtures, new baths, and a complete new kitchen including new appliances.

Arizona Wholesale outfitted us with new KitchenAid refrigerator, range, microwave oven, and dishwasher. We love our kitchen. However, we recently began to experience problems with our dishwasher. Then, it quit working entirely.

After a call to Arizona Wholesale, we set up a service appointment. Sergio, the technician, showed up in an Arizona Wholesale service van, a clean Arizona Wholesale shirt, and a well-organized tool box. He asked a few questions, and proceeded with a detailed diagnosis process. It was a thorough check of the machine, so it took a while, and when completed, Sergio informed me the diagnosis indicated that the dishwasher needed a new control panel.

“Oh no!” I knew that this was going to cost big bucks. I had already decided that rather than spend a small fortune on repairing the dishwasher, I’d replace it with a new dishwasher. Then Sergio told me that the dishwasher parts were covered under a 5 year warranty! My only cost would be the service call.

Fortunately, the parts were in stock locally, and we set up an appointment to have them installed the following week! Voila’, my new best friend, Sergio, showed up on time and with the needed parts.

Now, my KitchenAid dishwasher is up and running, and life is good!

But, you need to know more. From beginning to end, my dealings with Arizona Wholesale’s service department were first rate. They were friendly and courteous. Appointments were scheduled and kept on time. Sergio, was friendly, and polite, but at the same time he was businesslike and efficient.

So, I HOPE YOUR APPLIANCE FAILS, so you can find out for yourself what it is like to have such excellent service from Arizona Wholesale Supply.

Ten Budget-Friendly Tips for Excellent Curb Appeal

Your home’s exterior is a snapshot of what people can expect when they walk inside your front door and we believe that your curb appeal should not be overlooked. That being said, we also believe that updating your front yard should not cost you a fortune. To help you master having excellent curb appeal on a budget, we have created ten useful tips for you. Enjoy!

Ten Budget-Friendly Tips for Excellent Curb Appeal:

In The Spotlight.
To help make your home stand out with spectacular curb appeal, you will want to purchase yard spotlights. Your plants are something to be proud of and shining a spotlight on them can be just what your home needs. You do not need to buy that many spotlights, just a few will do the trick. This way even at night, your home can stand out from the rest.

Planted Landscape.
Speaking of plants, you want to make sure that you have focused a lot of your attention on your plants and landscape. These two aspects can be some of the most important features of your home’s exterior. The work and effort you put into designing your landscape can reflect on the rest of your exterior; therefore, you want to take time to plan it. Map out where you want your flowers and plants to go in your yard before you get started.

Beautiful Containers.
Plant containers are a quick and easy way to transform your yard without working too hard. Try adding some beautiful containers throughout your front yard to add interest and design.

Front Door Wreath + Doormat.
Nothing quite says “welcome home” like a stylish wreath and doormat for your front door. Try adding these finishing touches to your front entrance for a warm welcome.

Lawn Maintenance.
In order to have great curb appeal, you need to maintain your lawn. A happy and healthy lawn can make all of the difference in a home’s exterior. Be sure you take time to maintain your lawn’s health for a long-lasting yard.

Welcoming Porch.
Porches can be a relaxing paradise and their design should not be taken lightly. You want to focus a lot of your attention of your porch’s look. You want equal parts cozy and chic. Try adding extra seating, pillows, and decorations to make your porch more welcoming.

New Color.
Freshen up your home’s exterior with a new colored paint. You can use the new color to liven up your house numbers, shutters, and even your front door. A fresh coat of paint can help your house look put together and brand new!

Power Wash.
While you are freshening up your outdoors, it is a good idea to power wash your home’s exterior. Nowadays, you do not even have to own a power washer; you can just rent one from your local home improvement store. Just be sure that you position yourself at least 10-18 inches away from the siding. For expert advice, ask the sales associate at your local home improvement store for their tips and tricks.

Updated Hardware + Fixtures.
If your hardware and fixtures are looking dull, you can update them with modern replacements. The updated pieces will help your home look well-kept and brand new.

You’ve Got Mail.
Another great area that you can focus on is your mailbox. If your mailbox is looking run-down, now can be a great time to replace it.

If you liked what you read, be sure to check back weekly for more ideas and updates!

Five Things That Are Making Your Home Look Dated

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Chevron Wallpaper
    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.

  4. Textured Ceilings
    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.

  5. 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.

Have You Organized Your Refrigerator?

Still have last month leftovers stocked on your refrigerator shelves? The refrigerator should be cleaned out and sanitized frequently for health reasons. If you’re ready to take on the daunting task of organizing and cleaning your refrigerator, we’re going to show you how you can do so effectively. It’s time to throw out expired condiments, old food and clean the gunk from the corners.

How To Clean Out the Refrigerator

Perhaps the easiest way to clean out the fridge is to empty out the contents. You can do this section by section, or all at once. Setting everything outside the refrigerator allows you to determine what needs to be thrown away and what food items can be kept. Of course items that need to be discarded should be thrown in a trash bag, while the others can be kept to the side so that you can load them back into the fridge.

More than likely, the interior of the fridge is less than pristine. Before you load the contents back in you should take a wet, soapy cloth and wipe off the crumbs and food remnants that are stuck on the shelves. For areas with gunk that’s tough to remove you can use a solution of vinegar of water. Make sure you dry wipe the fridge dry. Don’t forget the drawers and the fridge doors.

Arrange The Refrigerator Like A Professional

When loading the refrigerator back after thoroughly cleaning it you should organize it like the professionals do. Restaurants organize their refrigerators based on food safety. Professional kitchens organize food in the fridge based on the temperature it requires to be cooked. Prepared foods and leftovers that don’t require a high cooking temperature are usually stored on the top shelf in the fridge. Chicken, uncooked meats, and other raw foods are placed on the bottom shelf. When foods are organized this way you won’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

Here’s a guide you can follow for loading the refrigerator:
Door – The door is the warmest section of the refrigerator. Therefore, you should store condiments in this area.
Drawers – The drawers are meant to hold produce which is your fruits and vegetables.
Upper Shelves – The upper shelves should be used to store ready-made foods like yogurt, cheese, leftovers, and drinks.
Lower shelves – Raw foods

Thanks for reading and hopefully this helps you with the task of cleaning out your refrigerator, and makes it a little easier!