Kitchen Style September 18, 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.
Countertops October 04, 2017. Terrazzo. Originating in Italy, terrazzo was traditionally made with cement and marble. Today's terrazzo countertops are made of a host of recycled materials—crushed stone, glass, metal and even seashells—that have been bonded with a colored epoxy resin binder and polished smooth. A terrazzo countertop is made to last for the life of the home and can be recycled at the end of its usable life. The countertops are durable, easily cleaned and resistant to bacteria growth. And they make a one-of-a-kind design statement.
Countertops September 17, 2017. If low maintenance is ranked high on your criteria for choosing a countertop, consider manufactured quartz. It's highly durable, easy to clean and stain- and scratch-resistant. Composed of quartz blended with a resin binder, it imitates the look of granite, marble or limestone but still appeals to people who want a more even, balanced pattern. "It's not as busy as granite and it's warmer to the touch," says Judy Adams Hunt of Eurotech Cabinetry in Sarasota, Fla.
Kitchen Style September 18, 2017. Many of today's homes feature large kitchens that serve as spaces for cooking, cleaning and gathering. If your home is a cozier affair with a more efficient kitchen, you may want to consider options for small galley kitchen design. By following a few simple guidelines, you should be able to make a smaller galley kitchen space seem larger and function more efficiently.
Countertops October 06, 2017. While many homeowners reserve tile for floors and backsplashes, tile countertops can be an excellent—and affordable—option. Ceramic tile is impervious to heat and water, and when properly glazed, it won't stain. Proper sealant helps ensure grout won't discolor or stain, and large-format tiles cover a lot of area with minimal grout lines. Still most popular out west, ceramic tile is a solid option worth a second look.
Countertops September 17, 2017. Choosing the best material for the kitchen countertop is a design decision that's not for the faint of heart. Stone, metal, wood, marble, concrete—which surface will best complement the style of your kitchen? Which surface will provide the best return on investment? Which is designed to last a lifetime?
Countertops September 18, 2017. Wood. The manufacturing of wood countertops has relatively little environmental impact, because wood doesn't need to be processed, only sawn, which uses a small amount of energy. Choosing wood countertops that are certified as "sustainably harvested" by the Forest Stewardship Council also helps protect wood as a natural resource. Wood countertops are easily cleaned with soap and water and have inherent properties that protect them from bacteria buildup. Wood also can serve as a built-in cutting surface. Maintenance includes oiling regularly and sanding and resealing scratches as needed.
Sinks September 17, 2017. Call it counter intuitive: To design a kitchen where you can cook like a pro, you select ovens, accessories and work surfaces that are as close to what the real chefs use as you can afford. You'd think the same would apply to clean up and pouring water, but restaurant kitchen-style sinks and faucets can actually undermine the professional look of your kitchen.
Cabinets & Drawer September 18, 2017. Homeowners should compare wood or laminate finishes in their selection process. They also should ask about the way the cabinet finish is achieved. The best wood cabinet finishes use a multiple step process of sanding, sealing, hand-wipe staining and finish coating.