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Why Are White Oak Kitchen Cabinets So Popular?

October 13, 2019

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There are a lot of variations to white oak. Most white oak is really more of a light brown than a white, with antique white oak being an exception. Most very light brown oaks are considered white.

Now, why are these colors so popular among homeowners, interior designers, and kitchen designers?

For one, it’s a neutral color. Neutral colors are very “in” right now in contemporary design because they help to bring out the subtleties of furnishings and textures.

Often times the textural components of a space can get lost in the fray. Interior designers’ education teaches that a neutral backdrop creates a welcoming interior when mixed with warm textures such as rough wooden elements, shiny tiles, nubby linens, and brushed velvet.

For instance, if the walls of a room are painted in a bright red, then the bold color will take prevalence, making any textural elements disappear into the backdrop. This can make a room feel unwelcoming by omitting a layered, textural design.

Neutral colors don’t overwhelm the senses. Most people consider this to be the greatest feature of neutral colors, you will seldom become weary of them. Have you ever painted a room in a bright, bold color? If so, did it take long before your grew tired of it? More often than not the answer to this question is no. Because it’s so overwhelming to our senses. It’s usually better to have the bright things be subtle, because then they pop more and as a result their effectiveness is increased. With neutral cabinets such as white oak, your personal tastes can come to the forefront, allowing you to show off your brightly colored appliances, or vibrant countertops.

Neutral can be applied in almost any circumstance.

We have already gone over why neutral is best for contemporary kitchens and interiors, but a wonderful thing about neutral colors is simply that they work with any style.

In addition to the color scheme, white oak cabinets are popular because they’re natural and have a pleasant texture. One goal of contemporary designers is to make things feel natural. For some reason natural settings seem to bring us peace. Perhaps it’s due to our roots as a society, perhaps we crave a taste of what once was.

Yet another reason white oak is popular is durability. Oak is a strong wood with a lot of structural integrity. Most high end cabinets are built with the intention of being able to withstand being disassembled and moved from one home to another. After all, if you’re going to spend a lot on quality cabinets its understandable that you may want to bring them with you upon moving.


A Basic Guide for Buying Bathroom Vanity Cabinets

October 13, 2019

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A vanity is an often overlooked piece of bathroom furniture. It can not only increase storage in your bathroom but can add a stylish touch to your decor. You can not only hide any unsightly pipe work, but you can also incorporate drawers or cupboards for all those bathroom necessities. However, there is a massive choice of vanity cabinets available, so you may need a little help to choose the right option. Fortunately, here is a basic guide to buying vanity cabinets.

What Kinds of Bathrooms Are Suited to A Vanity?

Bathroom vanity cabinets are available in a wide range of styles and designs, which means that they can be used in bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. Even if you have a smaller bathroom, you can make use of the potentially dead space under the sink. You can fit a slimline unit that looks stylish and adds valuable storage space.

There is no one bathroom style that is suited to a vanity. There are units available in traditional and contemporary styles to suit all types of decor and personal preference. Whether you choose an ornate design or the clean lines of a basic unit, a vanity is sure to be an excellent addition to your bathroom.

Considering Size:

The size is perhaps the most important consideration for vanity cabinets. Bathroom dimensions will determine your choice of sizes for your unit. Remember that you will need to allow space for the doors or drawers of the unit to be opened fully. Be sure to take careful measurements of the existing sink area and consider if you would prefer a little more space. If your bathroom is on the larger size, you could always opt for a double vanity unit. This will allow you to have two sinks side by side for even greater practicality.

Recessed or Semi Recessed Sinks:

The first choice you need to make for bathroom vanity cabinets is whether the sink is recessed or semi recessed. This simply means whether the sink is flush with the cabinet top or if it is raised above it slightly. This is usually a matter of personal preference, but there are some considerations you may not have given any thought. The first is how you tend to use your sink. If you are the kind of person who likes to have clean surfaces with everything tidied away, you are likely to appreciate a recessed sink. However, if you prefer to have bottles and containers around the sink, you may prefer a semi recessed sink, as there will be a more defined perimeter of the sink. It may also help to prevent bottles from slipping into the sink.


Textured and Structured Cabinet Doors

October 13, 2019

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Structured and textured cabinets are essentially the opposite of high gloss cabinets. Instead of smooth and shiny these are coarse and matte. Consequently giving the doors and drawers a more natural look and feel. While high gloss is still quite common in kitchens and bathrooms, when one is trying to achieve a more organic design they tend to go with a more textured or structured door.

Over the years structured and textured cabinet doors and drawers have become a common occurrence in modern kitchen and bathrooms. The lovely textures bring movement and depth to a bathroom or kitchen without being too loud.

In addition to structured and textured cabinets, contemporary style is also represented by cool colors, a relaxing atmosphere, stone surfaces, and elements inspired by nature. The ultimate goal is to combine a lovely ambiance and a beautiful appearance with practical functionality.

Building a nice 3/4 inch cabinet box that is sturdy enough to be dissembled and taken with you if you move houses is becoming standard in the European market. If you have a nice strong box, with high quality hardware from a company like Blum, and some nice structured and textured cabinet doors without handles. Then you have an excellent foundation for creating a very luxurious feeling kitchen (by without handles I mean with fingerpull doors or push doors with magnets).

In addition to structured and textured cabinets, some of the more popular finishes of today are gray oak, white lacquer, cedar, and stone. The finishing details and furniture are simple and use clean lines.

Cool tones are seeming to dominate a vast majority of modern kitchens. They have a very simple, contemporary appearance and can assist you in feeling calm & tranquil.

Clean cabinet lines can do wonders. One can design cabinets in a such a way that they become completely integrated with the wall. The employment of a tool such as textured cabinets gives one the ability to stay within the modern style.

Some more trends that we have been seeing occur these days are large windows, uncommon shapes, cabinets without handles, and an open floor plan. An open floor plan is most notable. This layout grants one the ability to flow through their entire home more easily and thus is more conducive to a social environment. Moreover, this layout enables people cooking in the kitchen to interact with the rest of the folks in the dwelling.


Mind Blowing Custom Closet Design Ideas

October 13, 2019

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One of the most efficient ways to organise personal items in the house is to custom design a closet space. There are two types of closets mainly, walk-in closets and reach in closets. Time must be dedicated to making an inventory of items that are going to be stored while custom designing a closet. ‘Function’ i.e. the purpose which the design intended to fulfill and ‘Aesthetic’ which is the design appealing to the senses, are two basic principles that must be taken into account. Certified local carpenters are professionals who will be able to build the dream closet as per one’s wishes.

1. Multiple rods

Clothes can be arranged more efficiently if there are multiple rods present in the closet.

2. Closet Drawers

Closet drawers are very important when it comes to storing smaller clothing items like gloves, scarfs, undergarments and socks.

3. Efficient Doors

Closets can have four types of doors. Three of them include folding, sliding and pocket doors. They are efficient in the sense they help save floor space. A hinged door opening into the room can provide space for small items, by adding hooks hangers, pegs etc on the back of door.

4. Sturdy Racks

Racks are normally designed to keep shoes and ties. Racks must be durable and sturdy.

5. Adjustable Shelves

Storage units that have built-in adjustable shelves provide flexibility in closet because the stored items changed seasonally.

6. Depths of shelves

Shelving must conform to the items which are going to be stored. For example, shelves that are 14 inch wide should be reserved for wash clothes, hand towels etc. while shelves around 24 inches are to be reserved for large bed linens etc.

7. Cubbies for Shoes

Cubbies can be designed for holding shoes but they must be cleaned often from the debris accumulated from soles of shoes.

8. Pull-out Baskets

Pull-out baskets and shelves of various sizes are available with many custom closet systems. These pull-out baskets are very useful as the contents can easily be accessed. They can be installed near the floor of the closet.

9. Closet Accessories

Closet accessories are needed to save small items. They include jewellery trays, shelf dividers, drawers and pull-out racks for belts and ties. There can be storage place for a fold up ladder and ironing boards.

10. Lighting

There are building specifications that govern which type of lightning that can be used in a closet. Compact fluorescent bulbs are safe. Incandescent bulbs are prone to catch fires in confined spaces.

11. Optimizing Walls

Walk-in closets normally offer three walls in order to storage, even if a window is included. While planning storage, the space that drawers cover must be considered and also the best use of the corners in the closet will have to be ensured.

It will be helpful to discuss the storage needs with reliable carpenters who are knowledgeable regarding the best products and design solutions. Skilled local carpenters understand “one size does not fit all”. A professional will be able to assess the volume of the space with which they have to work with and create drawings in order to optimize “the function and aesthetics” of the closet storage space.


Tips for Restoring Bamboo Furniture

October 13, 2019

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Bamboo is known for being strong and incredibly stylish. With all good aspects of certain materials comes the disadvantage. Bamboo Furniture needs to be maintained in order to retain its uniqueness and strength.

Bamboo can perish because of two reasons. The first one is that too much water or humidity breaks the wood down. The second reason is that the bamboo can crack from not having enough moisture.

Before washing or touching the bamboo with any water you have to make sure that you remove any particles or resins on the surface to avoid distasteful scratching and marks. You can get rid of this dust by vacuuming the surface or dusting it regularly. Sand down any splinters that are sticking out in order to make the furniture user-friendly. Rough and sharp edges can ruin the look of the furniture.

When you wash the surface make sure that you wring excess water from the sponge or cloth. The more water that comes in contact with the bamboo the softer it will become. More water applied to the furniture can cause it to warp or distort. The water you use during the cleaning process can have a few drops of dishwashing liquid added.

Allow the furniture to dry completely before using it. Although most of the water was removed from the sponge the bamboo can still be deformed if someone sits on it whilst it is still wet. To speed up the process you can use a fan or a hairdryer. To save energy and electricity just let the furniture sit outside in the sun for a few hours.

Once the bamboo is dry you can apply essential oil all over it to keep the wood moist but not wet. The essential oil or furniture oil also maintains the wood throughout the year and gives it a new look.

In a case where one of the legs is cracked, you can apply paste wax to create a seal. By creating the seal you are preventing the breakage from spreading throughout the furniture. When applying this special wax ensure that you have the correct colour so that the damage does not get noticed easily.

Bamboo furniture has been around for a long time and is a popular furniture type in many countries. Although it is highly popular and is quite cheap it still needs to be maintained regularly so that it can last you a long time.


Solid Wooden Tables and Table Lamps

October 13, 2019

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The most common office and home furniture is the table and we have various types of tables that depend largely on the material used to make them. The common type, however, is the wooden tables that are in almost every home. Wood has this nature elegance touch, which it adds to a home whenever it is used in home furniture and therefore it has gained popularity worldwide.

Tips on how to make your home look magnificent with solid wooden tables.

· Ensure proper arrangement such that it allows free movements and accesses to the whole room by the occupants without looking congested.

· Have proper lighting of the room, no dark corners and there is a visual balance of the entire space.

· Have your wooden tables matching up with other furniture in the room, as well as the entire theme of the room.

· Remove any unnecessary furniture in the room, this creates room and space for new ones.

· Accentuate the table appearance by placing flower vessels or table lamps on them.

Different tables are designed for specific uses, for example, we have dining tables, reading tables, coffee tables, and general office tables. Each of this is tailored in a way that it offers comfort and accommodates the essentials of that exact use. The short coffee tables are commonly found in the office foyer and in the living rooms while the long legged tables make the dining tables and the office tables.

As discussed above, one way of adding elegance to your room is by having table lamps. The following are ideas to consider when buying table lamps to be placed on your home or office wooden tables.

· Have in mind the purpose of lighting if it is reading or just illumination down lighting is preferable over the rest. Bed side lamps, for example, should be in a way that when one is reading the light does get dispersed to the entire room.

· Go for those lamps that do not emit a lot of heat. Most wooden tables have a varnish finishing that can be damaged by a lot of heat and it is also flammable.

· For decoration purposes, the lamp stand color should harmonize with that of the table top surface color. For example, a white on a black surface.

To conclude, always ensure that the wooden furniture is well maintained with proper cleaning and avoiding placing very heavy objects on them. Stains should be removed using the right cleaning detergents that are mild and do not erode the top finishing.


5 Benefits of Wooden Furniture

October 13, 2019

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Furnishing our living space with wooden furniture has plenty of practical and stylish benefits. Wood is rarely beaten when it comes to all-round strength and appearance. It is a practical choice for both modern and traditional designs. Plus, it can be made into unique designs with the possibility to engrave it, bend it and carve it.

Here are five benefits of wooden furniture:

Durability

Wooden furniture has the ability to offer long-term durability and is made from hardwood or softwood. The hardwood is the most expensive and includes mahogany, rosewood, teak, cherry and oak. This type of wood has a rich, dark finish and has the potential to last for generations. Softwoods can include cedar and pine which are more susceptible to marking and scratches. But, this can add an extra layer of character to the furniture. The softwood is lighter in color, but is likely to take on a darker shade if left exposed to sunlight.

Sustainability

There are certain woods like mahogany that are being over harvested, which can have long-term consequences. For this reason, it makes sense to buy the item of furniture that relies on the sustainable wood. This is certain to appeal to those homeowners that are looking for an ecologically safe way to furnish the living room or dining room.

Easy to maintain

Wood is a material that is relatively easy to care for. A regular dusting session will keep the item of furniture clean. A natural wax polish is a practical choice to maintain the items with a polished finish. Any non-treated or treated furniture should not be cleaned with water. Wood is very absorbent and letting the furniture get wet often can cause long-term damage.

Great versatility

Wood is a higher versatile material and easily complements the rustic, modern or traditional home. Adding a few items of furniture in cherry wood to the dining room is a great way to create the traditional look, while pine is useful for the rustic inspired theme, and ash is favored for the modern kitchen. Also, it is possible to mix and match a few styles of wood to create a really eclectic room.

Great for outdoors

Wood with its natural strength and beauty is a favorite choice for garden furniture. While there are plenty of other options like rattan, metal and plastic, the wooden furniture is the most striking and is also relatively easy to maintain. This type of garden furniture only needs the occasion treatment to maintain its good looks for the long-term.


The Benefits of Using Stoneware Dishes and Dinner Sets

October 13, 2019

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Stoneware dishes and dinner sets are just as popular and valued by today’s cooks as they have been for centuries gone by. Stoneware is a safe material for cooking food and it is also one of the most admirable kinds of material that has been used throughout centuries as a cooking vessel. The artful designs found on stoneware have always been very appealing to many people. And things are no different now. Stoneware has made a big comeback recently due to its multiple uses in today’s kitchens. Some cooks prefer to buy their stoneware dishes individually while other choose complete dinner sets but they all buy for the benefit of the wonderful material.

Stoneware dishes and dinner sets are durable and this increases their value in the kitchen even more. These cooking and serving vessels are actually made from clay that has been treated at very high temperatures. They keep the food warm for a long time because the material has an inherent ability to store heat.

They are even more resilient than dishes made from china or porcelain. The heavy coating of glaze applied to the clay base makes these dishes so much more resistant to cracking or chipping.

Stoneware dishes and dinner sets are dishwasher safe and are very easy to maintain and clean up. And to make it even better, you can use stoneware dishes in the microwave! That is one benefit that makes the sale for so many families today.

You can safely keep it in the oven or even freeze it if you would like to store something in it. But one caution when freezing in stoneware – care should be taken when taking the vessel out of the freezer. If there is too much of a sudden temperature change the dishes are likely to break. To get around this, just be sure to allow some thawing time on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator before heating in your microwave or oven.

A Kitchen Sun Room

October 13, 2019

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A kitchen renovation can add money to your home and is one of the most important things that perspective buyers look at. A renovation can also freshen up your space and get you those items that you’ve always wanted; things like a kitchen island or a new sun room to enjoy your breakfast in.

Sun rooms are also sometimes called three season rooms as you can enjoy them throughout the spring, summer and fall, but there are some that you can enjoy year round making them great additions to your home. Not only are you getting more square feet but you are bringing the outdoors inside and creating a great space for your kitchen expansion.

Some people use their sun rooms as breakfast rooms, and if you are lucky enough to have full sun in the morning you will have a breakfast bathed in natural light. If it’s raining no problem, you won’t get wet but you can still have the windows open to allow for the scent of the rain to enter.

Some people use their sun rooms for relaxing, curling up with a good book or playing games with the family. Yes, they are extra rooms but you can use them like any other and create more space in the process.

If you are creating an extra room off of your existing kitchen you may want to move your table and chairs into it which will create a separate dining room while allowing you more room in the actual kitchen. Likewise, extra storage in the form of a hutch, cabinets or shelving can accent both rooms while allowing you extra room for all of your things. Some may think of their sun room as an extension of the kitchen, having it all match and feature the same flooring for a seamless look but you can also have it as a separate entity, the choice is always wholly yours.

Just a few things to remember when planning a sun room is to make sure any windows that open out won’t interfere with important outdoor space like a seating area or walkway and that you won’t have any large trees outside that will block the light entirely or you have defeated your purpose. Trees to the side that give shade will be ideal as you then have a climate controlled area to enjoy.

They are versatile and they are beautiful: they are sun rooms!


Ideas That Can Transform Kitchen Counters

October 13, 2019

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While renovating the home, many of us are at the crossroads of Utility and Style. The common question one asks for themselves is, what should be preferred over the other? Many will go with utility part as it is significant. But if you are bored with conventional things in the kitchen, then its time to change the way it looks. All you need is the space. But if you act smart, then space will never be a constraint.

Here are some ideas to makeover the kitchen counter.

Place a Transparent Fruit stand

A normal marble Kitchen Top cannot create a long-lasting impression. So there should be some lively thing that can create a fresh vibe. A bowl with oranges can add a colorful vibe. Bright yellow Lemons can totally change the nature of the surroundings. Placing your favorite food palate (Fruits&Vegetables) on the kitchen top will tempt you to stay in the kitchen for more time.

Hang a Cutting Board

Though it is common for every kitchen to have a Cutting Board, displaying it can be more scenic. Hanging Cutting Boards with different shapes resemble a wall décor. If you want to create a contrasting appeal in your kitchen, then choose a Cutting Board, which contrasts with the existing marble color or pattern.

Use Stylish Appliances

Appliances such as Coffeemaker, Toaster, and Ovens can make a huge difference in terms of appeal. They will never let you get bored. Adding smart appliances such as E-guides can change the common perceptions regarding the kitchen. Adding to that they can bring out your culinary skills and make you stick to the kitchen.

Place a Photo Frame

Though some may feel weird about this option, it carries a good meaning. A picture conveys a lot than other means. Placing a photo on the counter will remind you the taste preferences of the family and help you in preparing favorite dishes.

Display Cutlery & Kitchenware

When it comes to cutlery there are many aspects to showcase. The alignment of cutlery speaks a lot about your family. Kitchenware such as pans and jars can be placed on the table adjoining the Kitchen counter.

Grow a Sapling

This is the trendiest thing which is gaining attention all over the world. Choose a sapling which grows beautiful with age. Climbing plants are the best option for patio kitchens. You can create a beautiful climbing pattern and trim to form an attractive shape.

Place a Flower Vase

This is the most economic option. Place a Flower Vase on the kitchen counter and fill it with fresh flowers. The aroma of flowers will spread throughout the kitchen which in turn helps you to stay back in the kitchen.