Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. Your kitchen backsplash is a personality piece. Refined or funky, neutral or loud: What's your style? The tiles you choose to spruce up the wall space between the countertop and cabinets and above the range, should showcase the color scheme and theme of your kitchen, whether contemporary or traditional. Ultimately, that backsplash is a focal point. And it's an opportunity to be creative.
Countertops October 21, 2017. Engineered quartz countertops, which come in a variety of gem-like colors and don't require sealing, have become a popular alternative to granite for consumers turned off by granite's high price tag but who still appreciate the stone-look.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. If your style tends towards the warm and welcoming—perhaps with a pinch of down-home, country comfort—you may want to explore your options for a farmhouse-style kitchen. Farmhouse-style kitchens tend to focus on natural materials, unpretentious design, and cooking spaces that can accommodate large meals.
Kitchen Floor October 21, 2017. Vinyl flooring comes in three basic forms. Sheets. Offer a seamless look and comes in a variety of colors, designs, and patterns. Tiles. Emulate ceramics and can be arranged in any pattern. Some manufacturers now offer vinyl tiles that can be used with color-coordinated grout, making them look even more like tile. Planks. Look like hardwood, with realistic colors and textures. Vinyl planks can mimic distressed surfaces or exotic species, and have beveled edges. Underlyament. With proper prep, vinyl can be installed over virtually any flat, dry, clean surface. In most cases, a plywood underlayment is recommended for the best results.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. Cooking implements, appliances and storage are also important facets of farmhouse kitchen design. Sinks have a special place in farmhouse kitchen design. The classic farmhouse sink features a deep, wide basin often made of porcelain or stainless steel; it's capable of catering to the cooking and cleaning needs of a large, farm-to-table style meal.
Cabinets & Drawer October 21, 2017. Clean, crisp lines and angular cutouts will work best with a modern or contemporary design, whereas Shaker or craftsman-style cabinets tend toward a more traditional look for your unfinished kitchen cabinets. Decisions regarding the style may also influence the material you use for your kitchen cabinets—more traditional styles generally feature wood almost exclusively, whereas modern and contemporary styles may feature artificial materials, which are less likely to be available in an "unfinished" state.
Kitchen Floor October 19, 2017. How to Clean: Wipe up spills immediately. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly, and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth. Keep floors free of dirt and sand, as they can scratch the surface over time. Watch for separation between boards. Underlayment: Laminate requires underlayment to serve as a moisture barrier and muffle sound. Specially designed underlayment even makes laminate sound more like hardwood when it is walked on.
Kitchen Floor October 20, 2017. Hardwood floors are classic, timeless and durable. You can choose from a variety of colors and finishes to fit your needs. Considered by many to be the ultimate floor choice, hardwood never goes out of style. This classic floor lends natural beauty and warmth to your kitchen; every board brings rich details achieved with nature and craftsmanship. It's not the most comfortable floor to stand on for long periods of time, so dedicated cooks might want to put down mats or area rugs. But hardwood stands up to spills and stains.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. Countertops often dictate the backsplash color and style, says Kira Van Deusen, designer at Covenant Kitchens & Baths in Westbrook, Conn. Also consider fixtures like your lighting and hardware. Try mixing metallic tiles in different shades with various finishes, such as brushed stainless steel, oil-rubbed bronze or even an antique brass. By including small tiles of marble or granite, you can pull in the countertop color without being boring with a panel of granite that extends up from the countertop, says Barrie Spang, interior designer at Lee Meier Interiors in Westlake, Ohio. As for glass tiles, check out some of the newer tiles with a bit of crackle or frosted finish, Spang says.
Cabinets & Drawer October 21, 2017. Another way to accessorize your kitchen cabinets is to alter one or more of the actual cabinet doors. Adding glass or glass-paneled doors provides an open look in your kitchen and allows you to display stylish cookware, dishware, cookbooks or other kitchen collectibles. If you aren't sure you are organized enough to reveal the contents of your kitchen cabinets, consider semi-transparent or frosted glass instead; those materials won't reveal any unsightly jumble that might accumulate over time.