Kitchen Style October 04, 2017. Tile floors or backsplashes of slate or granite in geometric patterns are common, as are subway tiles used for simple, elegant backsplashes. Finally, furniture choices can contribute greatly to any modern kitchen design.
Cabinets & Drawer September 28, 2017. Understanding cabinet qualities and the performance of various types of cabinet construction materials is the first thing to embark upon. Based on that, evaluate the price as it relates to the quality of the product. Because cabinetry typically dominates the cost of a new kitchen, homeowners should contact a kitchen professional to learn about the differences in cabinet quality grades.
Countertops October 03, 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.
Kitchen Style September 28, 2017. Decor in a coastal kitchen is often seaside themed. Curtains, placemats and other linens may feature seashell or sea life designs, and are often in soft, soothing colors in shades of pink, blue and green.
Kitchen Floor October 03, 2017. How to Clean: Wipe up spills immediately. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth. Avoid oil-based sprays, waxes, and polishes, as well as abrasive cleansers. Underlayment products provide a base for the floor, limits noise, and adds insulation. Cushioned materials such as cork and form are ideal beneath floating wood floors. In moisture-prone areas, vinyl- and plastic-lined underlayments are best. Many manufacturers offer multiple options featuring unique benefits and price points.
Cabinets & Drawer October 07, 2017. The most common kitchen cabinet door accessory is the hardware—the door handles and drawer pulls on cabinets (usually made of metal). There are also many other options for spicing up your kitchen cabinet doors, starting with the door itself. With a little extra budget, you can explore custom cabinet doors with recessed or cutout designs, or, for an economical option, add molding to flat doors for a custom look that's less expensive.
Kitchen Style September 29, 2017. Whereas traditional kitchen styles often focus more of their design on natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture, modern kitchen designs depart from this aesthetic fairly frequently, often featuring man-made materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics. That's not to say that modern kitchens can't, shouldn't or don't feature man-made materials—they almost always do, and often to great effect.
Countertops October 03, 2017. Laminates. Laminate countertops are made of plastic-coated synthetics. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends. Originally, all laminate countertops were manufactured with high-VOC papers and adhesives, but healthier laminates are available today. To protect IAQ, choose laminate countertops certified by Greenguard as being made from low-emitting materials that use formaldehyde-free paper and low or nontoxic glues. Laminates are easy to clean, inexpensive and available in the widest range of colors of any countertop material. Among the drawbacks, scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair, seams are visible from the start and distinctive front-edge options can be expensive. Also, laminate countertops have a relatively short life span (15 to 20 years) and can't be recycled.