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By Roelf Nel

Taking a closer look at Kitchen Design Styles

While you are planning your new kitchen look, the style and design you select is very important in determining the overall feel your kitchen will portray. Whether you are going for the country charm of wood cabinets to modern-looking stainless steel appliances, kitchen design styles come in many choices and styles.

What determines your kitchen’s design style?

Many of the more successful kitchen design styles consist of many components going together the right way. The colour you select and the styles of fabrics, furniture, flooring, windows, cabinetry, appliances, and lighting can help to determine a kitchen design style. You will discover that various design elements of the kitchen provide each style with its own unique flavour.

The type of kitchen cabinets you have are an important consideration in regards to the overall kitchen design style. The cabinetry can have a powerful effect on the design of your kitchen. The style of kitchen cabinet you choose will give personality and a specific atmosphere to your kitchen.

Popular styles of kitchen cabinets today are:

English Country – Consists of open china display racks, unique paints and finishes.

Shaker – This style is characterized by purity, simplicity, and utility. Uses flat panel doors that are inset and flush with the cabinet frame. Other features include wooden counter tops, wooden knobs, and brass hardware pieces. It combines simple furniture design with clear crisp lines, and strength.

Country – This style creates an old farm kitchen look with glazes and layered finishes. Includes open shelves, pot racks for cast iron cookware, butcher block, and multi-coloured cabinet pieces that look like they are separate pieces of furniture.

French Country – So many elements go into the French country kitchen including the use of large pieces of furniture that are made mainly of light coloured woods and can be decorated with ornate carving. Natural materials are an important element in walls, cabinetry, and furniture that is used in the design of French country kitchens.

Arts and Crafts – This kitchen design style is becoming a popular style for kitchens. In this type of style glass doors and natural wood tones with a matte sheen are used. The style can be eclectic and artistic.

Contemporary – Kitchens that are done in the contemporary kitchen design style often use plastic laminates, special wood veneers, enamels, lacquers, or metal foil laminate for the kitchen cabinet facings. Cabinet doors in this kitchen design style usually use frameless construction with overlay door and no toe kick panel.

Homes can come in many different styles, and built using a variety of materials. So the same goes for kitchen design styles. However, in most cases, people will want their kitchen to match the overall design and style of their home.

It may not be absolutely necessary to select a kitchen design style that is the same as your home’s exterior architectural style. Although it is considered a good idea that you should really try to select the kitchen design style that will best complement your home’s style.

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By Roelf Nel

Concrete design countertops

When considering counter-tops that are highly customizable, then the versatility and design of concrete is a good choice. Concrete tops create a simple clean look that is not formal. Whether you want a more traditional style or sleek, polished surfaces, then concrete tops offers you a range of options to choose from.

You don’t have to settle for the popular stony gray look. Concrete tops can be made in virtually any colour. A white concrete counter-top provides a crisp, clean look that is appreciated by many home owners. If you would prefer a more traditional look, then brown is a good option. Brown concrete creates a similar look to natural stone, bringing warmth to your home. Concrete offers limitless colour possibilities. If you are wanting to add drama to your home through colour and design, concrete can help you achieve this.

Concrete is a natural material which is porous and needs to be sealed to prevent staining. Ask your contractor if the sealant they use will discolour the surface. Concrete counter-tops offer minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning with non-abrasive cleaners is recommended, and periodic waxing if you have opted for a polished finish.

Benefits of Concrete Countertops
• Concrete counters can be designed to fit your space.
• It is available in a wide variety of colours to match you palette.
• It provides a textured, soft natural feel to counters.
• Properly sealed and maintained concrete tops will wear well for years and can be used indoors and outdoors.

Problems of Concrete Countertops
• This porous material will stain if not sealed properly.
• They develop minor hairline cracks which are non-structural because of the natural shrinkage of the material.
• It’s hard to control concrete’s natural variation in colour and texture.

If you are looking to design with an eco-friendly material that is durable, and will last a lifetime, consider using concrete for your counter-tops.

 

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By Roelf Nel

How to choose a Kitchen Worktop

Are you planning a makeover for your kitchen? You have the design configured, the finish for the cupboards selected, but you are still considering what worktops you could use. There are so many options available including stone, quartz composites, corian and glass, and some old favourites like wood and stainless steel. Here are 3 options to consider.

Wood
If you are considering a traditionally styled kitchen, then consider oak, maple and beech. Bamboo, wenge and Iroko helps create a more contemporary style. Since it is a natural material, each piece will vary in grain and tone. Wood worktops develop a patina and character with use. Wood requires more high maintenance than other materials, as it will require regular oiling (at least every three months), but the results are certainly worth it. Wood surfaces are best used for food preparation and dining areas, for example, islands and breakfast bars. Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink as they have a high oil content and are water resistant.

Granite
A popular choose is Granite worktops because they are both strong and durable. For the keen bakers, these cold surfaces are perfect for pastry making. Each slab of granite will be unique, as it is a natural stone, so expect different veining and colour from the samples you see. Granite tops are best used in any area of the kitchen, including next to the hob or oven and around the sink. It’s a luxury material that never falls out of fashion and suits traditional and modern styles. Choose from a classic polished finish, or a honed matt for a more contemporary look.

Glass
Consider using glass countertops if you want to create a clean, modern feel. The reflective surface makes it useful as a feature worktop in small kitchens to increase the feeling of space. Glass tops are durable and are extremely sanitary because glass is nonporous and easy to clean. It is best used around the sink or for focal-point breakfast bars.

Kitchen tops finish off the style you are creating. You want a top that is durable, attractive and easily maintained.

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Taking a closer look at Kitchen Design Styles
Concrete design countertops
How to choose a Kitchen Worktop