Kitchen Style October 07, 2017. The disadvantage of galley or L-shaped kitchens in comparison to U-shaped kitchens, of course, comes down to space. U-shaped kitchens by their nature generally are larger and provide more space for cooking, cleaning, food preparation and storage. In most U-shaped kitchens, these elements are separated into distinct zones.
Countertops March 06, 2017. Concrete. Manufacturing concrete countertops requires a lot of energy, and cement production pollutes more than most processes. Some redeeming environmental qualities of concrete, however, are that recycled materials such as fly ash and glass can be included in the concrete mix for texture and variety, and concrete can be recycled into aggregate at the end of its usable life. When coloring concrete for countertops, be sure nontoxic, natural pigments are mixed into the concrete rather than applying surface stains. Concrete looks exotic and unusual, it’s heat- and scratch-resistant, and new treatments help eliminate cracking and diminish porosity.
Sinks March 29, 2017. Soapstone has been used to make sinks for hundreds of years. It's called soapstone because it feels soft to the touch, but don't let that fool you. It's the densest of the stones used for sinks; it won't stain or etch, and it's heat-resistant. It does require oiling to maintain an even, dark charcoal color, but that's the only thing you have to worry about.
Sinks February 21, 2017. According to Jack Healy, of www.StoneSinksOnline.com, the increasing popularity of stone sinks is part of a larger design trend toward Old World style natural materials, such as stone, wood and copper, and away from man-made materials like stainless steel. Jack, who's been selling what he terms "functional art" for more than 10 years, says that people want utilitarian objects to be beautiful, and stone is a good way to have both form and function. And, he notes, your kitchen won't look like your neighbor's, because every piece of stone is intrinsically different.
Kitchen Style March 17, 2017. Lighting in coastal kitchen designs is often subtle and soothing, in concert with the commonly light and bright color schemes featured. Task, decorative and main lighting may be used to illuminate key areas. Understated track lighting can be used for main lighting, hanging pendants can hover over the sink, stove and cooking preparation areas, and rope lights or soft LED lights can brighten spaces above and below cabinets for decorative touches.
Cabinets & Drawer February 08, 2017. Replacing kitchen cabinet doors can be a good way to get a completely new style with brand new material, and it's the best option if your cabinet doors are in really bad shape. Cabinets come in four options based on quality, so you'll have to decide on a budget and choose accordingly.
Kitchen Style February 18, 2017. Tables, stools, chairs and benches are available in an array of angular and flowing designs. Materials like wood, plastic and metal are employed in a modern or industrial style, often featuring bold and bright colors that can add great visual interest to any elegant and efficient modern kitchen design.
Kitchen Style March 01, 2017. Table and chair legs and back supports may feature rich detailing, and chair backs may even incorporate carvings featuring pastoral or farmhouse scenes. The use of certain fabrics and patterns for curtains, tablecloths and placemats in farmhouse kitchens is quite common. Plaid, gingham and toile are quite common choices, with the latter often featuring pastoral or historical scenes from farming eras gone by.