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Monthly Pick – Stone Sinks

Photo: Sonoma Cast Stone

So, you’ve bought a gorgeous range hood, added stylish chandeliers, and the right kitchen flooring for your needs. What’s left? How about really kicking up the style temperature by opting for something truly unique?

Photo: Signature Hardware

Most kitchen sinks are made from stainless steel. But, there’s a growing trend toward natural stone. Marble and granite have been around for awhile. And they still are as gorgeous and as popular as ever. But, other types of stone have entered the market now.

Photo: Vigo

Look for petrified wood, soapstone, limestone, or travertine. The key is to reinforce the kitchen cabinets and countertops before installing the stone sink. These fixtures can weight up to 300 lbs! Maintenance will be an ongoing task, too. You’ll have to reseal your stone sink every 3 months or so. The biggest benefit of a stone sink, beyond its wow factor, is that it will last hundreds of years if cared for properly.

Featured Product: The Island Mount Extension

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Oh, it may not be much to look at. But this stainless steel extension connects to an island range hood and stretches to accommodate extra tall ceilings.

Most new buildings – whether they are units in condo towers, townhomes, semi-detached, or detached homes – feature sky high ceilings. If your home doesn’t feature 10 foot ceilings, you may have seen them on HGTV.

Home buyers love the sense of extra space and airiness that the extra high ceilings give a home. The problem is that fitting any fixtures that typically hang from ceilings, like range hoods and chandeliers, requires special consideration.

This chimney extension attaches to the regular chimney that wall mount and island mount range hoods come with. The extension matches the steel of the range hood allowing for a seamless view.

Think you need one in your kitchen? Give the experts on our Support Team a call. We love hearing from you!

Tips On Using Reclaimed Materials In Kitchen Design

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Whether you’re looking to save some money, or you’re looking for that super unique look, using recycled and reclaimed materials to re-design your kitchen makes a lot of sense. Give a lot of thought to which kitchen pieces would work used and which wouldn’t. For instance, I’d probably opt for a brand new range hood that’s built according to the best and latest technology. Other parts of the kitchen, however, can be switched up easily.

Check out salvage shops for these great finds:

  • vintage or unique chandeliers
  • cabinet doors and hardware
  • vintage vinyl or reclaimed wood flooring

Keep in mind that, even if you’re trying to save money by buying used pieces, you shouldn’t just go for cheap. Look instead for inspiring and unique pieces that will make your kitchen stand out. Used, high quality pieces stand the test of time. Unless they’ve been harshly treated, they will still shine. Low quality pieces cost less in the short term, but they won’t necessarily look as fantastic, and they may not hold up under daily use.

Consider these out-of-the-box ideas, too:

  • an old blackboard can be used to cover an entire kitchen wall
  • vintage stoves from the 1940s were often made with built-in storage
  • the wood floor of an old bowling alley would make a great table or kitchen floor

Over to you: Have you considered using recycled and reclaimed materials in your kitchen renovation?

Monthly Pick – Kitchen Lighting Tips

Wed-kitchen lighting

Lighting isn’t just functional. If it was, that old ceiling light centered in the middle of the room would be enough. After all, it sends light off in all directions, right? Except that it isn’t really all that functional.

It’s a good thing that range hoods come with their own light source. Otherwise, cooking would be a very dark task indeed.

Luckily, we’ve come a long way from the days when we’d rely solely on that central ceiling light fixture.

The first change is the look. Central ceiling lights are no longer indistinct covers for a bulb. Now, they take on personality. Designers incorporate colorful and fancy chandeliers that, at another point in time, would have been found only in hallways or dining rooms. But now, the kitchen has really become the heart of the home. We not only prepare meals in that space, we also hang out there. Most people who have the kitchen space will place a couch or comfy seating there so that the kitchen also becomes the family room.

The next change to lighting in kitchen design set its sights squarely on functionality. If you’ve ever tried to cook in a kitchen with poor lighting, you’ll know how hard it can be. The shadows cast by the light, usually a centered ceiling light, make it hard to see what you’re doing. That’s definitely a drawback when you’re chopping quickly with a sharp knife!

When you’re designing your kitchen, think about where you will be doing most of the food prep. That’s where you’ll want to install under-the-counter lights or ceiling track lights that can be moved and angled according to your needs. You’ll find that focussed lighting actually reduces your overall need for lighting in the kitchen. One small bulb aimed at your work surface might provide enough lighting so that you don’t even need to turn on any more lights. Remember: task lighting is key.

Kitchen traffic patterns are built into the design. Are there two entrances to your kitchen? The type of lighting you choose will encourage people to move through the kitchen in particular ways. Place a pretty chandelier, perhaps with dimmable lights, over a table or island. That ambient glow will direct family and guests to station themselves there, share a drink, eat snacks, all while you continue to prep the meal.

Over to you: have any lighting ideas or questions? Let us know!

Kitchen Lights Make An Impact

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If there’s any room in the home that needs special lighting, it would be the kitchen. That one room fulfills so many different functions. Office space, family space, eating space, cooking space – there’s no way that one overhead ceiling light fixture is going to provide enough light for all of those different activities. Spot lights are the way to go. Like the lights on a range hood (that I always turn on when I’m cooking), lighting that’s aimed directly toward the space in which you happen to be working is best.

Pot lights are now a common and obvious choice for kitchens. Usually, they’re on different switches and dimmers which allows you to operate just those lights that shine solely on the space you’re working in.

But, there are other options, too.

chandelierCombine ceiling pot lights with an accent chandelier over the eating area. This is an especially great idea if your kitchen features a little breakfast nook. The whole nook can be designed in a different way – with its own color scheme and style – and a unique light fixture accents the special area.

pendantAs I mentioned, ceiling pot lights are all the rage. But, if you’re not quite into that look, pendant fixtures are the way to go. They’re super functional because they direct light exactly where you need it, and they come in a nearly infinite variety of styles and colors to suit your taste and decor.

track lights

Believe it or not, track lighting did not disappear with the 1980s. It’s back, and better than ever before. Stylish and modern, track lighting has the advantage of allowing you to literally direct the light in the direction you want it to go. The fact that it’s installed into the ceiling doesn’t limit its ability to move.

Over to you: What’s your favorite type of kitchen lighting?