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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.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary kitchens

Contemporary kitchens

If you want to remodel your kitchen and do it on the cheap side, consider painting your kitchen cabinets as opposed to refacing them.  First do a visual inspection to make sure the cabinets are worthy of giving a second life.  If they are chipped, scratched, and falling off the wall, you may want to re-think the process.  These steps are all part of the analysis phase.

We are going to go ahead and describe the painting process since it is such a good idea for the budget minded home owner.

Preparation

Like any other room you paint, you are going to have to clear the area of obstacles.  This means removing all the dishes and pots and pans and finding a new home for them temporarily since you will be painting the insides of the cabinets.

Cabinet painting is a multi-coat process that usually requires about 24 hours between coat times.  This means the entire painting process will take several days so alot your time accordingly.  If you live in New Jersey and plan of painting your cabinets during the summer, it’s going to cut into your beach time.

What Type of Cabinets can be painted?

Wood cabinets made of solid wood and those made of plywood with a veneer on top. The surface needs to be able to be sanded.   If your cabinets have a vinyl veneer or a wall paper like surface, you won’t be able to do this and the paint will not stick.

Getting Started

Follow the steps below:

  • Remove the doors and drawers and all the hardware attached to them.
  • Wash each surface to be painted with TSP or a heavy duty cleaner (Spic and Span or Simple Green) to remove any dirt and grease.  Grease from cooking must be cleaned off or sanding the cabinet will be a mess.  Your sand paper will continually get gummed up.
  • Sand all areas with 100 grit (medium) sandpaper.  Don’t totally remove the old finish unless it is peeling.  If it is, blend it in to the surrounding areas.  All the surfaces must be dulled in order for paint to adhere to the surface.  Be careful on the corners.  It’s easy to round off square edges when using a medium grit paper.
  • Clean up the residue dust with a shop vac or other vacuum.
  • Use a tack cloth and run it over your sanded cabinets to pick up any residue that the vac didn’t get.
  • Apply a primer coat.

Make sure you sand the cabinets between each coat of paint applied (starting with the primer) with a light grit 220 sandpaper.  Focus on the imperfections in the paint such as dust or paint lines.

Type of Painting

Many folks will at least entertain the thought of “do you think I can use spray paint”.  That’s the first thing that comes to mind with most people simply because it is the easiest with little clean up.  Sorry guys, but the good old brush method will work best.  Painting with a brush allows you to get in corners and regulate the amount of paint applied with much better control than a spraying can.  Make sure the brush you are going to use is of high quality.  Oil based paint is what we suggest to use.  A good brush will spread the paint evenly.

Type of Paint to Use

Your first coat will be a primer and should be an oil based enamel paint.  The second coat is called a “split coat”.  The term “split coat” is titled as such because you will be cutting the paint with a 50/50 mixture of the primer and the final finish you plan on using.  The third coat is the finish color.  Use an oil-based enamel as it will have a glossy finish that will allow you to clean the cabinets.  Remember, patience, diligence, and care will provide you the best results.

Popular Kitchen Designs

Beautiful Country Kitchen Photo

Country Kitchen

Whenever you are entertaining a group of people at your house, the kitchen seems to be the most popular gathering spot.  This seems to be true at any party or holiday you attend or host.  It makes no difference if you live in Atlanta, Silicon Valley, or Phoenix, the magnetic attraction to “hang out” in the kitchen can’t be explained.  It just happens!

When designing you kitchen, there are no steadfast rules to follow.   It’s a blank canvass to work with. The kitchen is a room where you can let your artistic desires and personal tastes flow freely.  You don’t necessarily need a professional kitchen designer in Silicon Valley to make a splash.  Whoever installs your kitchen will have some great ideas and will also steer you away from ideas that aren’t trending.  It’s their jobs to install so they see all kinds.  Often they are surprised with the outcome and will steer people the way they like.   Use their experience to help guide you. Continue reading

Window Treatments for your Kitchen

Kitchen Curtains

Kitchen Curtains

The kitchen is a hub of activity in most of our homes and as a general rule families are spending more time in this increasingly important part of the house. There are many choices that go into the kitchen’s design. These include selecting paint colors, cabinet designs, appliances, as well as flooring and lighting options. There comes a time in the remodeling process when the homeowner must also consider the type of kitchen window treatments that will be used. There are several current trends in kitchen window treatments which can be discussed with your Hartford interior design specialist.

Maximize the Light Source

Many window treatment options will maximize the use of natural light that is provided by a kitchen window. Many homeowners use sheer curtains underneath an arched valance. This allows the element of color without disrupting the source of natural light. The valance can be of an acceptable fabric which can pull the colors together from throughout the kitchen. Another option for maximizing the light source is using shades or blinds as window coverings. These allow natural light to lighten the kitchen during daytime hours while providing much needed privacy during the nighttime hours. Continue reading

Home Design Trends for 2013

Although there are not fast shifts in home décor, we do notice certain trends as they begin to occur. These are more of a slow move in one direction or another that happen over time, but not all at once. As last year came to a close we observed some aspects of home décor that were beginning to trend. Some decorating habits from last year will be long gone by the end of this year and many trends seem to hold on just a little while longer. Here are some of the main home design trends that we are likely to see continue throughout 2013. Continue reading