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Inspiring Kitchen Designs!

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Flipping through all those glossy kitchen magazines is so much fun. Even if what you see on those pages falls way beyond your budget, there are probably tweaks you can make to get the design elements you love at a much lower cost.

Check out these kitchens!

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Kitchen islands remain as popular as ever. They are work spaces, allow for seating, and easy entertaining.

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Closed cabinets are no longer the only way to store our stuff. More of us are opting for open shelving in the kitchen.

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Even range hoods have become the focus of designers. There are so many design options to choose from!

Call us to find out which range hood would be best in your kitchen.

Kitchen Trends – Roll It Out!

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Most of us struggle to find storage space in our kitchens. Sometimes, we barely have room for an eat-in section. Well, kitchen designers have heard our cries of frustration. The latest trend is … wheels.

Yup, you read that right. Designers are putting wheels on pretty much every piece of furniture in the kitchen. It’s a great idea that gives homeowners the ability to rearrange the pieces as necessary. Imagine that you’re having a party, and you want to be able to stand behind the counter so you can cook, serve, and interact with your guests. All you’d need to do is pull the lower cabinets away from the wall and rearrange them as you’d like.

Of course, that’s not possible for any cabinetry housing the dishwasher or the stove and range hood set-up. But, it’s a great option for the remaining furniture.

Would you discard all of your existing cabinets and replace them with moving parts?

Read more about the perfect kitchen layout options: How To Layout An Efficient Kitchen

High Style – Discrete Kitchen Cabinets

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I love large spaces. Large living areas, large kitchens. But, unless you’ve managed to purchase a very large home, large rooms aren’t possible. Now, I’m not the only one who craves space. Many people have satisfied that need by renovating. Knocking down walls between the kitchen and living area creates an extra large space for entertaining. You no longer have to deal with guests squeezing into a small kitchen while you’re trying to converse and prepare meals.

There is one drawback to the open concept kitchen-living room space. Dirty pots and pans.

I’ve never been keen on the idea of guests seeing all the equipment, mess, crumbs, etc that were generated while I prepared all the food and drinks. I guess I’m not the only person to dislike that, too!

Designers have now begun creating spaces with discrete cabinets. These cabinets might go right up to the ceiling. The drawers might lack obvious pulls and handles. The color of the cabinets will probably be uniform. In short, the design of the kitchen is such that used equipment, food scraps, and splatters of wine won’t be visible. There are receptacles ready to hold stuff as it awaits cleaning or disposal.

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Some designers have installed retractable doors in between the kitchen prep area and the eating and living area. That’s one easy and ingenious way of hiding the mess.

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Sometimes, the most difficult part of entertaining in a small space isn’t the cooking mess. After all, that’s a common side effect of entertaining, right? Finding space to accommodate all your guests comfortably can really be a challenge, especially if you’d like to offer a sit-down meal. One designer has a solution. It’s the pull-out table!

Photo: Houzz.com/Minosa

Photo: Houzz.com/Minosa

Which is your favorite discrete solution?

Monthly Pick – DIY – Choose The Right Kitchen Paint Color

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Have you spent much time in a paint store lately? The last time I stepped foot in one, I ended up spending much more time in there than I thought I would. It’s hard to choose a color (or not question a choice you’ve already made) when faced with walls of paint chips all lined up according to every shade and degree of every color imaginable.

So, I thought it would be helpful to gather together some tips on how to navigate the choices. First, start with a source of inspiration. For me, my old range hood had been painted a beautiful copper color. So, that’s what I used to choose the pale green color I had in my pre-reno kitchen.

Bright colors, like red and yellow, are said to stimulate the appetite. That’s a good thing in the kitchen, right? White, which many kitchens are, is actually quite energizing. Especially if it’s punctuated with a bright accent color or artwork, a white kitchen will definitely wake you up in the morning.

Neutral browns and grays are often labelled as boring. But, with the right accent colors (even if that accent is the cabinetry), neutrals can be both energizing and calming.

Have a look at these:

Minty green, black, and a neutral beige background bring this kitchen to life:

Photo: housebeautiful.com

Photo: housebeautiful.com

This kitchen design combines blues, whites, and patterned wallpaper to create a fun and cool space.

Photo: bhg.com

Photo: bhg.com

Living in a small space? No problem. Neutral colors can make a small kitchen seem much larger.

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

Over to you: how did you choose your kitchen color?

How to Choose the Right Floor Color

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One of the most difficult decisions I had to make when I renovated my kitchen was the type and color of the flooring. At the time, my range hood was painted a kind of coppery color that I really liked. So, I used it as a foundation for all the other colors that I had to choose. The backsplash tiles were cream-colored. The maple wood cabinetry was a warm, copper color. The countertops were a kind of marbled mish-mash of brown, copper, and cream.

Since all of those elements were of a similar family of colors, I wasn’t sure what to do with the floor tiles. Were I to re-do that renovation today, I’d probably end up with some kind of engineered wood floor product. But, at the time, tile seemed like the only appropriate material (other than vinyl!) for the kitchen floor. So, I ended up choosing a kind of orange-yellow natural stone look that still impresses today.

There are so many alternatives available today, that choosing any of the finishes makes for a complex and difficult decision! So, I thought I’d lay out a few tips to help you choose among the huge array of colors available to you.

  • Know what you like. Trends will come and go, and if you choose your finishes according to those trends, you’ll end up unhappy and needing to renovate again just a few years later. Figure out what one or two dominant colors you really like. Then choose a third accent color.
  • Focus on the countertop. Whether or not you’re replacing the kitchen countertop, always base your flooring color on the countertop. Countertops are probably the most expensive element of your kitchen. Make sure everything else matches it.
  • Stay neutral. Whether you’ve opted for wood, vinyl, or tile kitchen floors, keep the color of the flooring neutral. Even if the wood has a darker grain, or if the tiles are speckled, or if the vinyl has a colorful design, always make sure that the base color (the most dominant) on each type of flooring is neutral. That way, you shouldn’t have too much trouble at all matching it to the other elements in your kitchen.

Over to you: how did you decide on your kitchen color scheme?

 

Monthly Pick – DIY Kitchen Cabinets

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I have found that the cabinetry surrounding my range hood really takes a beating over time. Some of that grease and grime that cooking produces is not always picked up and exhausted by the range hood fan. That’s the stuff that tends to end up stuck to the cabinetry.

There aren’t too many people I know who can embark on a whole or even partial kitchen renovation just because some of the cabinets are starting to look a little long in the tooth. I’m certainly not in that camp either!

So, the question is, how do I keep my cabinets looking great when some parts suffer more use than other parts?

This is where the do-it-yourself comes in. One weekend of effort can turn your tired-looking cabinets into brand new-looking cabinets. Here are some quick and easy ideas:

  • Make your own cabinet doors. If you’re at all handy with tools, I salute you. I love woodworking, but I’m not all that expert at it. However, home hardware and lumber stores will do the cutting for you if you provide the measurements. That’s how I get around my spotting talent. Once the doors have been cut to size, painting and attaching hinges is a snap.
  • Paint it over. Not willing or able to invest in brand new doors? No problem. All you need is to paint over your existing cabinetry. You’ll need to purchase stain or paint stripper to remove the product that’s currently on your cabinets. Sand the doors and wipe clean. Then apply the paint or stain of your choice.
  • Go country. If you’re not into building your own cabinetry, and you’re not interested in stripping, sanding, and painting. There’s another option for you. You can embrace that worn out look and expand it to the rest of the cabinetry. Take sandpaper and rub it over your cabinets. You’ll get a kind of distressed wood look that’s very popular.

Over to you: How have you refreshed your kitchen look?

How to Choose the Right Dishwasher

When the dishwasher breaks down, it’s never fun.  Is there a kitchen appliance that’s more inconvenient to replace? Maybe it breaks one day out of the blue and it’s completely unexpected; or maybe it’s been hanging on by a thread for the past few months and you’ve been hoping it holds out just a bit longer, dragging your feet when it comes to buying a new one. If you’re like most contemporary families, the dishwasher is one of the kitchen’s must-haves. Yet, it can also be costly and time consuming to replace. Not only is there the price of a new dishwasher, but unless you’re an expert, you’ll probably need to find someone to install and set it up for you, not to mention finding an eco-friendly way of disposing of the old dishwasher. Simply put, while a better dishwasher might be more convenient, no one ever wants to go to the trouble of finding a new one or lay down the cash for it. Check out the tips below to make the process as easy and painless as possible.

Size
The first, and possibly most important thing to consider when buying a new dishwasher are    the size constraints that your kitchen holds. Unless you’re doing an entire kitchen remodel, chances are that you don’t want to have to reconstruct your whole kitchen just to fit in a new dishwasher. Many people assume that all dishwashers come in the same standard size, but this is actually incorrect. The average dishwasher is meant to fit in a space that is 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 34 inches high, but this doesn’t mean that all dishwashers fit into these dimensions. Some dishwashers are built to fit into petite spaces, and others are larger than normal to accommodate bulk loads and unwieldy dishware. Before you start looking for a new dishwasher, make sure you know the measurements of your opening and choose accordingly.

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Price
Another important factor for your decision is the cost of the new dishwasher. There are some very nice, very luxurious dishwashers on the market, but it doesn’t necessarily make them the best fit for your budget or your dishwashing needs. Rather than choosing a style first, consider your budget. Know your ideal price, and keep that in mind so that you don’t waste time looking at something that is over your budget.

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Cleaning Requirements
A great way to narrow down the many choices available is to decide what cleaning features are going to be key for your new dishwasher. Do you like to rinse your dishes before loading them? Then it’s probably a good idea to skip the high-cost models with scrubbing and power washing features. Maybe you like to load the dirty dishes right to the dishwasher and let the washer do the work for you. If so, you probably need to invest in a model with a built-in hard food grinder. For those who aren’t sure about their specific needs, there are dishwashers with settings that vary. Are your loads small or large? The interior dimensions of the washer can be compacted or enlarged to accommodate your load size without change the outer dimensions.

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Style
Finally, here comes the fun part – choosing your style. If you haven’t purchased a new dishwasher in the last 10-15 years, you may be surprised to find just how diversely the styles can vary. While the more common styles come with a traditional stainless steel design that differ in the placing of the control panels, other dishwashers can be custom-made to blend in with your kitchen’s cabinetry so that when the dishwasher is closed it is not even visible. Other styles come as double roll-out drawers that operate individually for flexible washing and additional storage room. There are many different styles and designs, and it’s up to you to find the one that is most suitable to your needs.

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These are just a few of the considerations to keep in mind when choosing a new dishwasher for your kitchen. While having to replace your dishwasher might never be considered “fun,” it doesn’t have to be so painful as you might think. Try to get excited about the new possibilities that will come with the new machine, and find the one that’s right for you.

2015 Under Cabinet Range Hoods

Range hoods are all the rage these days. Not only do they aid in the removal of heat, air pollution, and unpleasant odors, but they also have aesthetic value that can make any kitchen look a bit more sophisticated.  Yet, with the varying range hoods available, it can be intimidating to understand the difference between the many styles and brands; and to know what options are best suited for your kitchen’s unique composition.  A popular choice for smaller kitchens or kitchens with limited storage space is the under cabinet range hood. Possibly the most common type of range hood found in the average kitchen, this petite range hood fits conveniently under cabinets and above the stove just as the name denotes.

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An under cabinet range hood can be used in apartments or rented homes where construction and renovation are not permitted. They are also a handy choice for those with limited kitchen space, as cabinets can either be installed or remain untouched while the range hood seamlessly performs its ventilation duties.  Under cabinet range hoods are very affordable and can even be an easy DIY project if you already have ductwork and cabinetry installed.  Under Cabinet1                                                          Photo Credit: ixerion.com

With so many options to choose from, it can be intimidating to pick out the right under cabinet range hood for your kitchen, and unless you’re a home improvement expert, you might not be familiar with the most trusted brands when it comes to upgrading your kitchen ventilation system.

As such, we’d like to share with you a couple of our favorite under cabinet range hoods.  Feel free to visit Range Hoods Inc to view our entire collection of premium kitchen appliances.

This simple, yet effective Imperial Hoods 1924D 24” range hood is small enough to fit snuggly under almost any cabinet area. For those who don’t particularly enjoy the unsightly nose of a range hood peeking out from beneath the kitchen cabinets, this petite machine is the ideal candidate, providing subtlety and efficiency. Discounted to $150.00, this range hood should be considered a bargain for any modern kitchen.

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Features Include:
-7 inch vent size
-Height 6” / depth 18” (front/back)
-Single two-speed fan
-Independent control variable fan speed and lighting intensity
-1.5 (low) – 4.6 (high) Sones
-Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty on Parts

Another one of our favorites is the Cavaliere Euro AP238-PS12-30 30” Under Cabinet Range Hood. With similar features to the Imperial Hoods’ 1924D, Cavaliere offers a slightly more sophisticated model with a prestigious LCD display and a convenient remote control for easy operation. With prices only slightly higher than Imperial Hoods, Cavaliere is definitely a brand worth checking out.

Cavaliere Euro AP238 PS13 30 30 Under Cabinet Range Hood with Remote Control

 

Features Include:
-Dual squirrel cage ultra quiet monitors
-900 CFM centrifugal blower
-Four-speed touch sensitive electronic LCD control panel with heat sensor and remote  control
-Unique Heat Sensitive electronic LCD control panel with heat sensor and remote control
-Credit card-size wireless remote control system, operates the range hood from more than  20ft away.
-Delayed power auto shut off (15 minute pre-set)
-Two 35W halogen lights (GU-10 bulbs)
-Stainless steel baffle filter (dishwasher friendly!)
-Heavy duty 10 gauge stainless steel brush finish
-8” round duct vent exhaust

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Kitchen projects can be fun, and they don’t have to be unaffordable.  So, if you’re in the market for a new range hood, check out these two fabulous brands and let us know what you think in the comments below!

How to Degrease the Kitchen

In a perfect world, kitchens would be greaseless. Unfortunately, the more we cook in the kitchen, the more we need to clean it up. There are some tips and tricks for keeping the kitchen cleaner and for making it easier to clean. Always remember to cook with the range hood on as well to reduce the amount of grease that builds up in the kitchen, on the stove, on the cabinets and on the walls.

The first step to degreasing your kitchen is to have the right degreaser on your side. You can purchase degreasers at your local hardware store or you can create your own degreaser out of natural materials. If you find the natural materials aren’t cutting it, you may want to invest in a bottle of store-bought degreaser. Alternatively, some people like to remove the range hood exterior and wash it at a car wash because auto degreaser is effective on stainless steel.

There are auto degreasers, kitchen degreasers and green degreasers on the market. Make sure to read the bottle and follow the instructions. Whatever you use has to be non-abrasive and you have to use a non-abrasive cleaning material, like a sponge or soft cloth. You never want to end up scratching your stainless steel appliance or wood cabinets, so make sure the cleaner you purchase is safe for the surface you’ll be using it on.

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Depending on the instructions that come with your degreaser, you may need to let the cleaning solution soak on the appliance and then wipe it off. Always wear gloves when using a degreaser and be careful with your clothes.

You can use natural degreasers, including vinegar, baking soda and vegetable oil. You can create a mixture of baking soda and water or a mixture of vinegar and water. Also, a mixture of vegetable oil and baking soda makes a great cleaner for dirty cabinets. Always test your cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t damage your appliances or cabinets. You can fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water for easy use.

Turning the range hood on each time you cook will help decrease the amount of grease that builds up in the kitchen. The range hood ventilates air in the kitchen, freeing it of grease, smoke and smells. To degrease your range hood, first turn off the unit. Then, use a degreaser to wipe the exterior. You can also use baking soda and hot water or dishwashing liquid and hot water. Remove the cleaner with hot water and a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Next, run the aluminum grease filters or stainless steel baffle filters through the dishwasher. Let them dry before putting them back in the range hood.

If you have a ductless range hood and charcoal grease filters, be sure to replace the charcoal filters once they are saturated with grease. These cannot be cleaned.

If you have more questions about cleaning or purchasing a kitchen range hood, browse RangeHoodsInc.com. We are happy to assist you in creating the perfect kitchen.