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Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

 

Modern kitchen design

Modern kitchen design

The perfect combination of form and function is the aim of anyone when remodeling a kitchen in Atherton. Mastering these two sides of your redesign will ensure that your kitchen has a fresh look and layout that you’ll love cooking in. This task can be both fun and easy if you stick to a few simple principles. Continue reading

Top Accent Colors for the Kitchen

Modern kitchen design

Modern kitchen design

With the kitchen being one of the most used rooms in a home, you should feel comfortable in it and enjoy its colors. Whether you are looking for an inviting space, a cozy room, a great entertaining zone or want to make a smaller area appear larger, here are a collection of colors you are sure to love.  When decorating your home in New Jersey, keep the following ideas in mind.

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.

Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Painting is the most inexpensive way to freshen and update your kitchen.  Painting a kitchen accent wall can be an easy week-end project.  If you are “old school”, you probably painted each wall the same color the first time you painted this room. A different color accent wall will both add a new visual interest to the room but will also perk up your accessories.

Which Wall to Paint?

Start by walking into the room from each entrance to the kitchen. What wall do your eyes immediately focus on first?  If you feel biased in your selection since you are performing your own test, ask a friend or neighbor to come in and do the same.  If the choice is unanimous, that’s the wall you want to highlight.  Choosing a color can be mind boggling.  If painting an accent wall is new to you, a simple rule is to pick a soft hue color, like beige or light green, and make the accent wall 3 shades darker of that same color.  It will still add some flare but not a dramatic punch.  The kitchen isn’t a place for drama.

 Select a Color

If it were only that easy.  When you walk into a paint department of a large hardware store, you are going to see hundreds of paints chips from several different paint companies (I.E. Behr, Olympic, Valspar, Glidden).  Prior to going to the paint store, take inventory of the accessories and wall ornaments currently being used.  If there are specific ones you like, you may want to gravitate to a shade of it.  All the colors usually confuse you before they will convince you.

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall color on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.

Favorites

Green– is the all-time favorite kitchen color.

Yellow-is warm and welcoming and brings a cheery vibe.  A deep shade of yellow can be used as an accent wall in a larger kitchen.

Red– before purchasing a shade of red, consider the area you are painting.  Red can make a small kitchen look smaller. If you are concerned about it being overpowering, look for a small part of the kitchen that you can color as opposed to an entire wall.  Play it safe if need be.

Neutrals (whites and beiges)-are viewed as non-committal choices of color.  You can easily change the decor with a neutral color without having to re-paint.

Things to Factor Into Your Color Choice

There are many black and white kitchen appliances still being sold but stainless steel appliances are the most popular right now. Your counter surfaces might be granite or quartz.  The common denominator here is “reflection of light”.  Stainless, granite, and quartz all have high reflective qualities allowing you to go with a bold and bright color.  There is no rule that says to stick with the traditional shades of yellow in the kitchen.  Make sure you factor in the color of your backsplash into the equation.  Let’s see, so far we are taking into consideration the color of the appliances, accessories, backsplash, and counter surfaces. That’s a lot to coordinate.  Be cautious when making your final color selection and make sure it’s within the family of colors that you can live with.

Primer

Most of the time, you’ll want to apply a primer before you paint. Primer is a must if you’re painting a light color over a dark color, or want to cover up a semi-gloss or gloss finish. Primer helps smooth out the surface to be painted and also helps the paint adhere. The only time you may not need to prime is if you’re painting a darker color over a matte white wall.

If you feel like getting a little crafty, you can try your hand at faux finishes.  Try it on a scrap piece of drywall first to make sure you get the texture you wanted.  Whatever color you choose as an accent, make sure that accent wall stands out from the rest of the room.

How To Save Money On Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen Remodeled

Remodeled Kitchen

With some strategic thinking about design, materials, and timing, you can cut costs without cutting corners.  A universal truth about renovations is that every little thing adds up. So save a little here, save a little there, and pretty soon you’re talking about lots of money .

Read the tips listed below to help you save money when doing kitchen remodeling.

Increase efficiency, not size.

If you can reorganize and equip your kitchen for maximum utility, you may not need to blow out the walls to gain square footage. Start by replacing space–hogging shelves with cabinet–height pullout drawers 8 inches wide, containing racks for canned goods and other items. You could easily shell out a few thousand to outfit cabinets with upgrades like dividers, pull–out pot trays, and lazy Susans…. but you’ll save many times that amount by skipping the addition you thought you needed.

Bring in natural light without adding windows.

Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house and rearranging the framing, consider less invasive—and less expensive—ways of capturing light.

Do your own demo

Knocking down may not be as costly as rebuilding, but you can still shave dollars by doing some of the demolition yourself—as long as you proceed with care.  When it comes to interior spaces, most professionals would dissuade folks from doing it unless they have done it before. The reason: a reckless wrecker might unwittingly take out a load–bearing wall or, worse still, plunge a reciprocating saw into live wiring or pressurized plumbing.

Limit recessed light fixtures

The more recessed lights you put in, the more it’s going to cost. In addition to the fixtures, it takes additional labor to cut all the holes and insulate them properly. A wall– or ceiling–mounted light can also deliver more wattage, which means you may be able to get away with fewer fixtures.  Be honest with yourself.  If you add 12 recessed lights, do you really think you need that many?

Do your own pick-ups

If you’re doing your own project, slash your materials–delivery fees by picking up goods yourself. No pickup truck?  You can rent a utility trailer, which you can tow behind your SUV. Get one just big enough to carry 4–by–8 sheet goods flat. Use it for a half–dozen trips, and it’s paid for itself.

Don’t move the kitchen sink

Don’t move the sink if you can avoid it. That often becomes the biggest part of the plumbing–price increase. If your new layout requires that you move the sink, use the opportunity to upgrade the pipes at the same time, that will save you money in the long run.

Plan with stock sizes in mind

Ask yourself, “Why am I building something 10 feet wide if plywood comes in 4–foot–wide sheets”. The same applies to stock windows and doors: Use manufacturers’ off–the–shelf dimensions from the outset and you will save the premiums of custom fabrication.

Make decisions early

Start browsing the aisles at the hardware store or home center way before the wrecking starts. Get a good feeling for what you want in fixtures and appliances and what they cost.  It will cut down on impulse buying.  If you aren’t absolutely specific up front about what you want, look through magazines or go to kitchen builder showrooms.

Appliances

The best way to save in this area is to use your existing appliances. Purchasing floor models that are on clearance is a good idea too.  Floor models may have a scratch or two, but the savings can be significant.

Lighting for a Modern Kitchen

There are a few ways to brighten up your kitchen, and changing the kitchen lighting is only one of them. Contemporary lighting styles have changed much in recent years along with more modern kitchen design. There are many alternatives to use when remodeling kitchen lighting. Recessed spotlights can be added to help illuminate key work areas. Adding lighting over key kitchen features like a sink or a work island can help lighten up the kitchen. Changing the lighting is a great option, but don’t over look a couple of other choices when considering home remodeling.

When redecorating the kitchen painting the walls a bright, but neutral color can brighten up the entire space. Choose a solid taupe, white or other pale tones which will help the room seem much brighter. Use bold and warm colors to accent.

Changing the kitchen countertop by selecting one that will reflect light will help lighten the kitchen. One of the newest choices in modern kitchen design is stainless steel. Not only is it easy to clean and maintain as a countertop, but it will tend to reflect light upwards which will make the kitchen area much brighter. Another choice in countertops is granite. It has a type of glossy shine that will give the same effect. These types of features will add to the quality of your kitchen as well as increase the overall value of the home.

Another way to brighten up the kitchen is by changing the kitchen cabinets. White is one of the more popular colors in modern kitchen design. It works well to use on the cabinet doors. It will improve the light in the area. Taupe, or other neutral colors, on the wall will cause white cabinets to stand out. Using bright and bold colors for fixtures and fittings can be used to add contrast.

If it is possible adding even a small window can lighten the area as well. It can be over the sink or near the door but it can let some natural light in the room. A skylight can be added if a wall window is out of the question. This can save space and add some ventilation.