Glossy Kitchen Worktops and Kitchen Doors

January 19, 2019

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Bored of your existing kitchen setup

It is quite boring and monotonous to work in the same kitchen for years. People usually go for a change in living room, guest room and even bedrooms but rarely do they prefer a change in the kitchen set up. However with the change in the mindset, introduction of new age technology and interior designers introducing new concepts for innovative and attractive kitchens that people have now started to focus on their kitchens too.

What kind of changes you should have in your kitchen?

The change should be a real change. It should not only be a fancy or a cosmetic change with just a new paint or change in the crockery. A dull or overused stained kitchen can have a glossy and new look by changing the kitchen worktops with glossy designer kitchen tops that would accentuate the entire image of the kitchen. Cost is one factor but if you go for a planned change with just changing the worktops and the doors you would have a completely renovated kitchen at a very low cost.

What is a designer kitchen?

You must have heard of modular kitchens. These were introduced almost a decade before, and brought a great relief to the women and the housemaids that used to spend a considerable time in the kitchen. Modular kitchens made the work place more hygienic, sleek and comfortable with good storage space and ease of working. With the passage of time, architecture and interiors have become more technology-oriented with artistic designing and sufficient use of space and gadgets. Electronic accessories are now placed in such a way that the worktops and shelves get more attractive by the use of glossy and designer material.

Are Open Kitchens out?

Designers still patronize the concept of open kitchens. Yet, gradually people have realized that kitchens with doors are more hygienic, safe and better. With open kitchens, the privacy of cooking food gets lost. Moreover, the entire preparation and the mess that happens while cooking a main course meal gets reflected to everyone. Moreover, there is always the pressure to maintain and upkeep the kitchen all the time as it gives a very bad impression if anyone sees your kitchen to be untidy and chaotic. With glossy kitchen doors, you get the opportunity to maintain the privacy of your kitchen along with giving a sleek look with ample of space. So you need not worry about the space that the door will occupy as we are experts in designing the kitchen according to your room specifications.

What kind of Designer Kitchens is available?

The designer kitchen worktops and kitchen doors depends upon the taste and preference of the client. There can be one section for children where the tiles and the shelves can be very colorful so that it sparkles. The grocery and the grain section can be of different shade and texture. Poultry, meat and other ingredients can be managed in a separate section.


5 Reasons to Choose Wallpaper For Your Walls

January 19, 2019

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Some people prefer painted walls over wallpaper but those people may be missing out on some real advantages of wallpaper. It seems that wallpaper tends to go in and out as a popular trend, but no matter if it is popular or not, here are 5 reasons why you should choose wallpaper for your walls.

1. Wallpaper Offers a Variety of Styles

With paint all you can choose is the color of the walls and if you are not handy with a paintbrush you usually choose one color. With wallpaper you have a ton more variety to choose from. You can pick from different patterns, textures, and colors. With wallpaper you have thousands of options to pick from, while with paint you are quite limited. With wallpaper the options are endless in what type you can choose for your home – you may be surprised at the types of wallpaper they make nowadays.

2. Wallpaper Can Help Disguise Imperfections

Wallpaper is a great way to hide any imperfections or uneven surfaces that a wall may have. You can easily take wallpaper and cover the wall so that a crack in the wall or a dent in the wall is not visible anymore. Wallpaper does a much better job at disguising things than paint does.

3. Wallpaper Displays Your Real Personality and Interests

If you happen to love boats, then you can easily express that interest in your life with wall paper. When you choose wallpaper for your walls you can truly express your personality and interests. No matter what thing or hobby that you want to show off, there is most likely wallpaper that goes with it.

4. Wallpaper can Improve the Appearance of the Room

Depending on what type of wallpaper you decide to go with, it can actually make a room look much better than before. Some wallpapers can make a small room look larger or can bring together the items of the room into a cohesive style. Putting wallpaper up on the walls is the biggest thing that you can do to change a room. If you choose a wallpaper that is pleasing to the eye and fits well with the style it can actually look much more appealing than just paint on the walls.

5. Wallpaper Borders Are a Great Option for Extra Style

If you are unsure if you want to paint or wallpaper a room, try painting and adding a wallpaper border to the wall. This gives you the personalized style and added character to the rooms but without the big commitment of wallpapering the whole wall. A wallpaper border in the middle or top of the wall is a great way to incorporate more of your sense of style in the room.

Wallpaper is a home decorating tool that is not going anywhere. It may always come and go in the décor trends, but there are permanent benefits to having wallpaper on your walls at all times.


Types of Wallpaper

January 19, 2019

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Today’s wallpapers are convenient and practical to use in case you want to renovate or change the appearance of your walls. You can choose from various widths (18 to 27 inches) of wallpaper in the market. A whole sheet of wallpaper can cover an area of 36 square feet but since walls too have different sizes, certain parts of the wallpaper sheet are trimmed so one sheet usually ends up with a covered area of about 30 square feet of wall area.

Wallpaper has indeed undergone important innovations. These days, if you are shopping around for wallpapers and related supplies, you can choose from a lot of wallpaper with extensive designs. There are wallpapers which need separate pastes so they can be attached to walls. There are also wallpapers which are pre-pated at the back, installers need only to remove the protective covering and the wallpaper is ready to be installed on the wall. Today’s wallpapers are also made of different materials depending on which type of wallpaper they are.

  • A Common Wallpaper is one which requires the installer to apply adhesives at the back before it can be attached onto the wall. It is the classic wallpaper that adds grace and elegance to homes. Common wallpaper is ideally used in walls and areas where it is less likely to be damaged or worn such as in dining rooms, bedrooms and living room.
  • A Foil Wallpaper can create a small area to be interesting with details on the walls. It is wallpaper made with a metal foil printed with a variety of patterns. This type of wallpaper requires serious and considerable amount of effort when being attached to the wall. Once folded or wrinkled, the foil wallpaper will not look very inviting. It also tends to reveal and show the flaws of the walls on which it was attached.
  • The Vinyl Wallpaper has been replacing the Common wallpaper in popularity. This wallpaper may be used in variety of purposes; can be bought from paint hardware store and other home renovation shops. It may be used in almost any room of the house including bathrooms, kitchens and nurseries. Some vinyl wallpapers are manufactured with mildew resisting materials. It is easier to work with, durable and can endure some light scrubbing or exposure to moisture.
  • The Flock Wallpaper is most commonly attached to the walls of dining rooms and more formal area which needs some decorative highlights. Flock wallpaper was originally made by gluing onto the sheet of paper some wool waste product. The loose flock particles must be vacuumed first before application. The flocks are washable yet may be damaged when rubbed or scrubbed.
  • The Fabric Wallpaper is made from cloth and textiles. It is difficult to work with fabric wallpaper and prevent it from getting stained.
  • The Grasscloth wallpaper is an exotic type of wall covering as it is made of grasses woven together. Areas or spaces where it is likely to get worn are ideal to be decorated with grasscloth wallpaper. Since it has intricate and interesting design, children are likely to touch it and thus result to possible wear.


Intelligent Home Lighting Solutions That Will Fit Into Your Lifestyle

January 19, 2019

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Lights play an important role in your home. They create an ambience and can add drama and create moods to an otherwise normal plain environment. The home automation system makes it possible for intelligent lighting controls to go that extra mile to blend in with your lifestyle. Intelligent lighting goes beyond wireless home lighting controls using your Smartphone. It requires other household devices, including motion sensors, light sensors, timers and dimmer switches, to work in sync with your home lighting control.

Below are some common scenarios of how intelligent lighting provides homeowners more than just the facility to remotely switch on and off their lights using their Smartphones.

Improve Safety & Security

Smart lighting can give the impression that your home is occupied even if you are away at work or enjoying your holidays. This is possible by scheduling your outdoor or living room lights to switch on as soon as the motion detectors sense movement. So, whenever a movement is detected around your home, the lights will come on and simulate your presence as if somebody is at home. This is how automated lighting can help add to your remote home monitoring system.

Save Energy

Intelligent home lighting control can reduce your energy usage considerably. As well as allowing you to remotely control all types of lights using your Smartphone app, you can schedule them to switch on or dim at certain times of the day using timers and dimmers. You can also sync the photo sensors and lights to work in tandem so that the lights come on whenever sensors detect low light. This ensures none of the lights are inadvertently left on and that the electricity is optimally used thereby reducing your utility bills.

Return to a Well-Lit Home

Another scenario where intelligent lighting helps is when we return home from work. All of us like to enter a well-lit home after a hard day’s work. You can schedule your living room lights to turn on as soon as the magnetic door sensor is activated when the front door is opened. This means you will no longer have to unlock your main door and hunt for the light switch panel.

Control Ambience

Intelligent lighting control helps you to create the ambience you desire by illuminating or dimming a collection of lights. For instance, with a single tap on your phone you can switch all the indoor lights off and dim all the garden lights for a perfect campfire evening with your friends. You can also dim and change the colour of your living room LEDs to have a faint blue hue to enjoy an evening watching movie with friends.


Top Trends In Living Room Decor


Your living room décor is often a reflection of your aesthetic sense. It makes a statement about your artistic skills. So the question is what are the top trends in this space and how can you decorate in a way that makes heads turn.

Well, first and foremost, you have to decide on a theme and plan the rest of the décor as per that. But there are some basic trends that you must follow to bring about the cozy, comfortable feel to your house.

The Top Trends
Bright Colours: Increasingly there is a shift to bright shades from muted colors. Cheerful and vivacious, these bright tones invariably lend an unusual warmth to your living space. Be it the cheerful green or the lemon yellow, it is hard to surpass the glow of these shades.

Natural Light: Again the focus is on bringing in as much of the natural warmth in your house as possible. You might have the best of the designer lighting but nothing quite compares to the natural glow of the sunlight. Therefore, open up the windows and make the passage for as much natural light as possible. Even the moonlight on full moon evenings can add magic tour décor.

Warm Wooden tones: The idea is to continue with the earthy natural tone in every element of your décor. Therefore go for wooden furniture in natural and warm tones. The rich brown of the teak wood and the gorgeous black of the fragrant rosewood is sure to add a lot of warmth. They also enhance the aesthetic essence in your home décor.

Mix & Match: Let’s say you have Italian furniture but if a Turkish rug goes with the overall colour scheme and theme, go ahead and add it. The idea is to mix and match accessories in a healthy and cohesive fashion. This will give your living room a distinct identity. It will also grab the attention of anyone who comes to your house. Additionally, it also adds to the cozy factor.


Living Room Decoration and Design Ideas

January 19, 2019

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Your living room takes up a number of different roles which requires challenging decorating techniques and demands proper planning. You may want your room to cater and entertain your guests, or you might want it to be your relaxing casual space accommodating only your leisure activities for example watching TV, reading or mingling with family members. So before you begin to decorate your living room, plan out your budget and accommodate your planning according to it. This article will present your some economic ways to bring color to your living room and enhance its decoration.

Splash Your Niche

You can add a dash of color and shade by painting a single wall with a bold color. This will change the central point of your room without the help of any expensive or lavish decorating item. Niches and alcoves are perfect places to paint. A splash of some bold color which may be a darker tone of the rest of the walls or be compliment to your general color theme of the living room, is the perfect way to bring a creative change in your living room.

Toss Some Sofa Cushions

You can also add some cushions or pillows to your furniture, which adds color to your solid furniture. Bright and patterned cushions add the right color to your room furniture and also include comfort to your seating.

The Mother Nature effects

You can use the help of green plants or flowers to add not just color to your living room but also personality and fragrance. It adds a good and soothing feeling to your room. However, if you are not fond of plants inside the house or cannot take much care of the plants then you may opt for artificial flowers which only need to be dusted.

Install a Fancy Lamp

For a more classic look, add an interesting, fancy lamp inside your room. You can install electrical components inside some pot or sculpture of your choice which gives exclusiveness and personality to your room. The yellow lights play a soothing role and are immensely seductive.

Color the Floor

You can start to clear the floor by adding a colorful rug in your living room which adds texture and some fun element in the room. Using it on top of hardwood flooring or plain carpets can create an interesting effect. Try to opt for rugs which share the theme of the entire living room.

Artsy personalization

Personalize your family room in an artsy manner by adding a family photo gallery on a plain wall. Frame your photos and place them strategically on the wall to add color and uniqueness to your living room. You can further add decorative objects around the room on shelves, racks or tables. Antique objects, photos, jars of dry fruit or candies may be used.


Advantages and Disadvantages of 5 Popular Kitchen Counter Top Materials

January 19, 2019

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Counter tops play a crucial role in setting the mood in a kitchen. They also have a functional role to play as they serve as a suitable worktop for your cooking, baking, prepping, and other needs. Such work surfaces in the kitchen can be made with many materials. Each of them works for different interior settings, and has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here is a look at 5 popular picks for kitchen counter tops.

• Granite

Granite is possibly the most widely used materials for kitchen counter tops. This mottled appearance of granite displays a beautiful array of colors and patterns that works just fine traditional and transitional themes. Each piece of granite is unique, so you also bring in this exclusivity to your kitchen when you opt for this material. Additionally, splashes, nicks, cuts, heat marks etc. do not show up on such surfaces, and hence, wear and tear is less visible on granite counter tops. On the downside, granite needs to be sealed well to avoid stains. The material is also extremely heavy, so it can only be fitted over cabinets that are strong and sturdy.

• Marble

Marble is a material that looks and feels rich in any interior setting. Its luminescent surface and unique veining make it an unmatched choice for traditional homes. The elegance exuded by a marble counter top is unmatched by any other stone. It tolerates heat well, and hence is an apt choice for pastry and baking needs. However, marble forms stains easily, even when sealed. It also forms cracks and chips easily. As a result, it becomes less sensible to use marble throughout the kitchen counter top – most home owners restrict the use of marble to a limited space.

• Zinc

This metal that is seen in commercial kitchen is now a favorite in residences too. This old-fashioned material is a good pick for those who love metallic counter tops. Zinc has a soft, matte look, and develops a rich patina with time, and over use. The material is also malleable, making it a great pick for detailing. The anti-microbial properties of Zinc also add to the appeal of this metal in kitchen work surfaces. Zinc can also be cleaned easily with just a swipe of a cleaning cloth and mild liquid. The metal however, is expensive. It develops scratches and heat marks easily, which can spoil the appearance of the counter top. Acids and liquids can also react with the surface and leave undesirable marks on the worktop.

• Laminates

Laminate counter tops are made with a blend of paper, resins, and particle boards fused to one another. It has been a popular pick for decades, also owing to its considerably lower cost. Laminate counter tops today are as stylish as work surfaces made from any other material. Many improved designs mimic actual stones, wood, and other expensive materials, but can be fitted at a fraction of the cost of the original. Laminate is also easy to clean and maintain, and can be fitted over light cabinetry as well. On the other hand, this material is prone to scratches, burns, and some kind of stains. Also, the layer that make the laminate can peel over time and use. Laminates also don’t work with under mount sink, and can be difficult to repair or replace if damaged.

• Wood/Butcher’s block

Wooden counter tops are a classic addition to kitchen spaces. They always retain their freshness, and are ideal for country, rustic, and cottage styled kitchens. The warm and natural feel of wood tones is inviting in kitchen spaces. Even if scratches develop, you can buff them down, or leave them as is for that shopworn look. On the downside, wood expands and contracts with exposure to moisture and heat. It can also warp or crack if not treated properly. The block also needs to be oiled to fill in scratches, and to keep the counter top well protected.

In addition to the above, you can use soapstone, engineered stone, recycled glass, pewter, and many other materials on your kitchen counter tops.


Lighting and your Kitchen – How to Design a Lighting Plan that Cooks!

January 19, 2019

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Your kitchen, more than any other room in your home, needs a good well thought out lighting plan. Today’s kitchens have many more functions than just cooking a meal. For many families it is the most frequently used room in the house. Besides the obvious preparation of meals, kitchens today are also a place for the kids to do homework, parents to pay the bills, reading, eating and watching TV. For this reason it is important that the light not only be adequate but flexible.

The first place to start in any room when devising a lighting plan is to address general lighting. This is the light that will be used most of the time. In the case of a very small kitchen, one light in the center of the room will provide the general light. With most of today’s kitchens being larger, a single light fixture in the center of the room probably won’t satisfy your lighting needs. The most common solution is recessed lighting. Depending on what part of the country you are in they may be called high hats or pot lights or can lights. All these terms mean the same thing. Recessed lighting is a good way to provide general lighting in a kitchen in a neat and clean way.

The placement of the lights is very important. When designing a layout for the general lighting in a kitchen, we want to take into account the areas where tasks will be done. This includes counters, islands and tables. In most cases, by designing the light to illuminate these areas, the rest of the room gets a good spread of general light as well. Try to have the recessed lights fall out on the ceiling so that they are directly above the outside edge of the cabinets. The key here is getting the lights close enough to the work area so that you don’t create a shadow with your body. Putting the lights to far away from the counters is a sure formula for shadows. Don’t overlook any nooks that may be dark.

Islands can provide a great outlet for adding a decorative fixture or fixtures to the room. There are a multitude of pendants to choose from that can really enhance the room. I find it is probably one of the most commented on aspects of a kitchen lighting plan when the homeowner sees the finished product. Simply installing 2 or 3 pendants in line over an island can be quite stunning.

The next step is the task lighting. In a kitchen this is the light directly over the counters, stove and sink. Having one or two small recessed lights on a separate switch over the sink is both attractive and useful. The stove these days is almost always lit from a fan hood or microwave but if it is not it should be addressed. The way the counters are illuminated is with under cabinet lighting. This can be in the form of simple fluorescent fixtures on an economical level. A very nice effect is to use low voltage linear track. These can be dimmed and provide very good light to the counters. There are also xenon fixtures and halogen fixtures. If you can try and stay with xenon as they burn cooler and have a longer bulb life than halogen.

After you have your general lighting and task lighting covered the last thing to consider is any accent lighting. On some kitchens where there is a space above the cabinets, lighting on top of the cabinets can look spectacular. Tray ceilings with crown molding can also benefit greatly from this type of lighting. Using either a low voltage type track or rope light, you can add that extra touch that makes your kitchen unique.


The Benefits of Under Cabinet Lighting in Your Kitchen

January 19, 2019

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Installing under cabinet lighting in your kitchen has many benefits. Under cabinet lighting uses low-voltage bulbs to make tasks easier and safer by delivering directed light to a specific area. Under cabinet lighting can provide two functions in your kitchen. It can provide task lighting for countertop food preparation and accent lighting to highlight your countertops and backsplash. Although under cabinet is also useful in workshops, garages, and basements, here we will focus on the kitchen.

Benefits of Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting

1) Energy efficient – Can save energy by eliminating the need to light up an entire room.

2) Variety of bulbs – Energy efficient lights bulbs are most often used for under-the-cabinet lighting fixtures. Common under cabinet light bulbs include fluorescent, halogen, LED, and xenon bulbs.

3) Eliminate shadows – Under cabinet lighting reduces the shadows created by wall cabinets and overhead ceiling lighting. Proper spacing of under cabinet lighting eliminates the dark shadows under your countertops. To eliminate shadows, install one light for every 20-30 inches of counter space.

4) Add unique style and distinction to your kitchen – Many kitchen countertops are made from granite or marble. A kitchen under cabinet light can make your stone countertops shine.

5) Simple installation – Many DIYers can install under cabinet lighting in just a few hours.

Types of Under Cabinet Lighting: Strip Lights, Puck Lights, Linear Lights

Strip Lights: These are rectangular shaped fixtures and they work well with fluorescent bulbs. They are great for providing diffused light to the kitchen.

Puck Lights: These are round fixtures that got their name from their round, hockey puck- like size and appearance. These lights are best for highlighting countertops and backsplashes. Puck lights work with LED, halogen and xenon bulbs. Puck lights can be mounted in different positions to either aim downward or at the backsplash. As an alternative, puck lights can usually be recessed into cabinets.

Linear lights: Linear lights are often used with fluorescent bulbs. They are the most popular types of fluorescent under cabinet kitchen lighting because they are thin, which allow them to be concealed behind the cabinet trim.

Types of Bulbs Used: Fluorescent, Halogen, Incandescent, LED and Xenon.

Fluorescent bulbs – These are commonly used for under cabinet lighting fixtures. They create a bright work area by providing clear light. The disadvantage of fluorescent lights is that they cannot be dimmed and they sometimes flicker.

Halogen bulbs – Homeowners seeking a bright, white light choose halogen bulbs. The light emitted from a halogen bulb is warm and bright and provides a nice amount of light from under the cabinet. These bulbs have an extremely long life, lasting up to 2,000 hours.

Incandescent bulbs – These bulbs are the least popular under cabinet bulb type as their light is not very bright. Incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient and they emit heat. They last half as long as halogen bulbs.

LED bulbs – These bulbs are becoming a more popular choice among homeowners as they become more commonly available at lighting and home improvement stores. LED bulbs are available in different colors they and provide homeowners with the ability to create unique decorative features. LED bulbs are best for puck lighting.

Xenon bulbs – These bulbs have the longest lifespan of all under cabinet light bulb options. They can last up to 10,000 hours. They are energy efficient as they do not create heat.

Tips for Successful Under Cabinet Lighting

o One 12-inch lighting fixture or 3-puck light fixture should be installed for every 4 ft. of countertop.

o Install the lights toward the front of the cabinet so that they will highlight the surface best.

Marcy Tate is a home improvement writer with over a decade of experience in the electric field.


The Importance of Good Kitchen Lighting

January 19, 2019

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With the kitchen being one of the most traveled rooms in many homes, good kitchen lighting is important to its overall design and feeling.

The practice of implementing good lighting design is a popular and cost effective project that many homeowners choose to undertake in order to give their kitchens an extra personal touch and have it stand out from others.

There are several places, many of which some don’t ever consider, to add lighting. Did you ever think about kitchen cabinet lighting or kitchen lighting over the sink? These are just two places where extra lighting to go in order to accent your appliances and other kitchen fixtures.

Through the right design decisions, you can improve your kitchen’s look and create a positive ambiance that you, your family and guests will greatly appreciate.

In order to do that, however, it’s important to know what the different types of kitchen lighting are and how they are typically implemented into the design of a kitchen.

The four types of lighting to consider before beginning a kitchen remodeling project are task lighting, ambient lighting, decorative lighting and accent lighting. Each of these types of lighting serves a different purpose than the others, so getting acquainted with each one would be to your advantage while you’re in the planning stages of your project.

Ambient lighting is often the most prevalent type of lighting. Its low intensity creates a soft glow that makes it safe to work in most areas of the kitchen. Many people associate ambient lighting with setting the mood in a room not just in kitchens, but in places like restaurants and bars as well. The right amount of ambient light can make a room welcoming and homely.

Task lighting is a type of kitchen lighting that provides a more high intensity glow. It’s because of this that task lighting is often limited to places like the sink and cabinets, where being able to see is important. To get the most use out of this type of lighting, look into putting it not only over your sink, but over type other heavy-use kitchen items like cutting boards and stoves as well.

Accent lighting is designed to show things off. If you have an expensive new refrigerator or another item in your kitchen such as rare dishware that you want people to notice, then this is the type of lighting to use for that. It doesn’t make the working areas of your kitchen more functional places, but its aesthetic value has made it popular with homeowners performing kitchen renovations nonetheless.

Lastly, there is decorative lighting. This type of kitchen lighting allows you to make the space truly your own. Whatever the design of the lights, it’s important to remember the old adage of “less is more” with decorative lighting. Overdoing it with decorative lighting can make for a gaudy and flashy appearance whereas a minimalist approach can bring an understated refinement to the room.