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Kitchen Cabinet and Wall Color Combinations

The cabinets and the walls are aspects of kitchen design that stand out the most. The colors of these areas give personality to the room and will communicate your taste to visitors. Selecting the colors of the kitchen cabinets and walls is one of the most fun steps in designing a kitchen.

While planning your kitchen upgrade or remodel, be sure to also check out our blog post How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen for tips on designing a kitchen that works for you.

Two Tone Kitchens – In two tone kitchens, the top and bottom kitchen cabinets are different colors. This simplistic design breaks up the room and is pleasing to the eye. In this kitchen, the top cabinets are a light color while the bottom cabinets are a dark color. The backsplash matches the top color, creating a smooth transition. The hardware is minimalistic, which allows the color to stand out.

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Below, the top cabinets are white and the bottom cabinets are a dark color. In between, there’s a simple and metallic backsplash. These colors create the perfect backdrop for the rustic kitchen furniture in the room.

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Luxury

The colors in this kitchen set the stage for a luxurious experience. The cabinets and the kitchen island are white with a gold trim that complements the marble counter top and backsplash. The result is a very elegant room with the combination of the marble and the white kitchen cabinets.

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Colorful

These kitchens feature more daring and playful colors. Here, the top cabinets feature a blue/green color while the bottom cabinets feature a simple finished wood. The brick backsplash is subtle and allows the green to pop without distraction. The task lighting underneath the top cabinets also help open up the room.

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In this second colorful kitchen, the cabinets, wall and tile flooring are all a relaxing shade of blue that creates a peaceful color scheme. This is perfect for a family kitchen where meals are prepared and memories are made.

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This example shows how color can be used to make certain areas pop. In this case, the trim at the bottom of the cabinets is yellow and so is the kitchen backsplash. However, the doors of the cabinets are actually white.

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In our last example of a colorful kitchen, you can see how different shades of the same color can be used to create depth. Here, the blue cabinets are a lighter shade of blue than the kitchen island. As a result, the island pops.

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Industrial

In this design, you can see how color works in an industrial kitchen style. The wooden cabinets are accented with rivets while the backsplash is a simple white color. The cabinet doors and the range hood exterior are the focal points of this kitchen design.

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Other areas of color to pay attention to in the kitchen include the appliances, backsplash, counter top, island, flooring and hardware. All of these will coordinate together with the cabinets and the walls.

Winter is Coming

Right now, during the warm summer months, you’re probably thinking about every way you can keep your kitchen cool. However, you may also want to consider how to update your kitchen before winter arrives. The summer season is an excellent time to gear up for winter and get your home ready for those chilly days before they happen.

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It’s also a convenient time for home improvement projects in the kitchen, because you can still grill outside temporarily if you cannot use your kitchen appliances. Cook your food outdoors in the fresh air, so you don’t have to worry about having to cook all of your meals in the microwave or the toaster oven. This is especially helpful if you are feeding multiple members of your family at once.

The following are some home improvement projects to consider starting before winter comes:

Heating Flooring – Heated flooring can be installed underneath any type of flooring in the home. Heated flooring is a perfect addition before the winter months so you can walk around in your kitchen and feel less cold. Be more comfortable in your kitchen next winter with a new heated flooring system.

Update the Backsplash – Take the time this summer to improve your kitchen backsplash. Tile Talks recently published Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash. You can reference their post for more ideas for tile designs and updating your backsplash.

Photo Credit: http://www.aventetiletalk.com/2015/07/tile-tips-for-eye-catching-backsplash.html

Go Bigger – Do some construction to create a bigger kitchen for you and your family. One of the biggest complaints homeowners and renters have about their kitchens is the lack of space. More space will provide additional storage, workspace and space for family to sit and eat together.

Add a Range Hood – Do you have proper indoor air ventilation in your kitchen? If not, you can purchase a kitchen range hood to install during your summer home remodeling projects. The range hood will ventilate grease, smoke, odors and heat from the kitchen to make cooking more convenient and cleaner.

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Cavaliere B02CL-30″ Wall Mount Range Hood

Other ideas to consider for installation during the summer include:

-A fireplace near the kitchen to keep people warm and comfortable while they are eating together.

-Purchase and install a larger freezer to store food in before winter hits. Buying and freezing food in bulk also helps save money on groceries.

-Install a pot rack in your kitchen. You can store pots and pans on it and free up space in your kitchen cabinets.

-Repaint your kitchen before the holidays and impress your friends and family with the fresh coat of paint on the walls.

-Replace any large kitchen appliances that may need updating while you are already making improvements and cooking outside.

If you’d like to improve your kitchen before winter comes, feel free to call Range Hoods Inc at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week to discuss stainless steel kitchen range hood sand your home improvement needs.

July Blog Hop Post #3: Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

Can we get a drum roll, please? Range Hoods Inc would like to announce the publication of the third post within the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop! This contribution comes from Bill Buyok at the Tile Talk blog. Bill contributed Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash; this post should guide you through choosing tile for your kitchen backsplash.

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Don’t forget that in addition to reading the blog post contributions, you have only 3 days left to enter for the drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter here for a chance to win; we hope the funds help you throughout the summer in your DIY projects and home improvement goals.

Tile Talk is the blog at Avente Tile, a company that specializes in ceramic, handmade tile for interiors and exteriors in elegant home design. In his blog hop contribution, Bill explains how artisan tile can complement your kitchen within the backsplash. As you can see in the photos in Bill’s blog post, artisan tile pops in the back of the kitchen and gives personality and character to the space and the kitchen design. Click the link above to learn more and learn how to choose backsplash tile for your kitchen.

You can find each contribution from the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop Here:

5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen on Artful Kitchens

Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on Snazzy Little Things

Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash on Tile Talk

The Blog Hop Giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card ends at midnight on August 31st, 2015. Visit our blog post (Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card) to enter for multiple chances to win by visiting the Facebook pages of the participants above. It’s easy and fast to enter.

Thanks for reading, and stay cool! We wish you the best in your Summer DIY & Home Improvement endeavors this year.

How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen

Why do you need an efficient layout for your kitchen? Designing your kitchen with an efficient layout in mind ensures that you can use your kitchen to its maximum potential and save as much time as possible while preparing and cooking food. While working on your kitchen, don’t forget to read our infographic Choosing Range Hoods for Kitchen Size for assistance in picking out a kitchen range hood.

There are different templates for kitchen design available to you depending on the floor plan of your kitchen and how you prefer to have everything spaced out. Choosing a layout that fits into the kitchen floor plan you already have will be more economical, because moving pipes and running electrical will be costly and time consuming.

The first thing to consider while laying out a kitchen is the work triangle. The work triangle is the placement of the cooking surface, the kitchen sink and the fridge. If you draw a line between these elements, the resulting shape will be a triangle. This is the most efficient way to place these zones in the kitchen. Ideally, there will be work spaces wherever possible between the points of the triangle.

Kitchen Layouts

These traditional kitchen layouts can help guide you through your kitchen design. Choose the layout that best fits your kitchen.

L-shaped: This kitchen layout consists of two countertops on connecting walls that form the shape of the letter “L.”

L-Shaped Kitchen via deHouss

Horseshoe: A horseshoe kitchen has three walls on which kitchen elements are placed. An L-shaped kitchen with the addition of an island is also considered a horseshoe kitchen.

Horseshoe Kitchen via HGTV

One-wall: These kitchens are simple and efficient with everything located on one wall. This layout is a good choice for smaller homes and kitchens.

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One-wall Kitchen via Kitchen Appliance Reviews

Galley: A galley kitchen is another layout that works well in smaller homes. It consists of two walls or two countertops on each side of each other.

Galley Kitchen via HGTV

Once you have determined which kitchen layout you have, or will have in the future, you can start to layout an efficient kitchen design.

Another way to make a kitchen more efficient is the addition of a kitchen island, if the kitchen is large enough to support one. The island can function as one of the points of the work triangle.

Kitchen islands are practical and provide many functions. They provide extra work surface and storage space. You can also install a stovetop and oven into the kitchen island, as well as a sink for washing food and filling pots. A kitchen island with wheels is great; you can move it around where you need it, when you need it.

Which kitchen layout do you prefer? Do you prefer that layout because of efficiency or because of aesthetics? Feel free to let us know!

Range Hoods Inc is an online retailer of stainless steel kitchen range hoods. Feel free to contact us with your questions about kitchen design and kitchen appliances at 1-800-914-9775. We are available seven days a week.

July Blog Hop Post #2: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks… By Snazzy Little Things

For those of you following the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop event, we’re excited to announce that the second post of the campaign is live on the Snazzy Little Things blog. You can follow the blog hop and past blog hop posts here on the Range Hoods Inc blog. (If you haven’t been following, don’t worry. You can still go back and read the previous posts and you still have time to enter the giveaway.)

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The Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop is celebrating Summer DIY & Home Improvement through a collaboration of blog posts with other bloggers, as well as a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card. We hope this blog hop inspires you in your DIY and home décor projects as the summer goes on.

We’re excited to read Jeanette’s contribution to the blog hop, which you can find here: Budget Outdoor Décor Hacks on the Snazzy Little Things blog. Jeanette is an experienced DIY-er, lover of vintage décor and the host of the #30DayFlip on Hometalk.

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Don’t forget to check back to the Blog Hop this month as more people post their blogs, including a contribution from Tile Talk.

Also, throughout the Blog Hop, you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card up until midnight on July 31st, 2015. Enter here; you can get multiple chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the Blog Hop participants. Just follow the instructions in the link. Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck and happy reading!

Choosing Range Hoods for Kitchen Size

Choosing a kitchen range hood is easy! Just follow the steps in our infographic to determine which size range hood you need for the size of your kitchen. Meanwhile, you can also browse our recent blog post 2015 Best Range Hoods as you shop for your kitchen remodel.

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Tile Tips for an Eye-Catching Backsplash

This guest post is by Bill Buyok, the Founder & Owner of Avente Tile.

A kitchen backsplash is one place you’ll be looking at a lot while you enjoy your home. It’s also one place that allows you to really emphasize your style. Creating an eye-catching backsplash that reflects your style and taste is easy with tile.

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Bright colors and bold patterns found in cement tile are used for this patchwork design.

The choices and options are endless and range from a traditional fruit-themed mural, multi-colored mosaic, colorful Spanish tile patterns, or a muted bold pattern with cement tile. Consider the style and color palette of your cabinets, flooring, appliances and range hood. Then follow these three important tips that will point you in the right direction to create a winning kitchen backsplash. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little on the backsplash. It’s a small area and one you’ll enjoy almost every day!

  1. Decide on the countertop you want first. Then you can start talking tile and backsplash designs. Make sure the two complement each other. Don’t draw attention away from a stunning counter with a busy tiled background. If the countertop is plain or simple, then let the backsplash be the focal point. Here are a few photos that show the “yen and yang” relationship of a counter and backsplash.

In the patchwork above, bold colors and strong patterns are placed next to clean white cabinets and counters with stainless steel appliances and hardware. The backsplash is both eye-catching and appealing because the cement tile patchwork is the dominant focal point.

Here’s another example of a bold, colorful backsplash that uses traditional hand-painted Spanish decorative ceramic tiles that really catch your eye. A plain counter, in a similar color that is dominant in the tile pattern, doesn’t take your attention away from the backsplash.

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A bright bold backsplash using Barcelona San Jose 6″ x 6″ pairs nicely with a simple solid-color counter.

Alternatively, the pattern in the cement tile backsplash below gets your attention while integrating a bold pattern that works flawlessly with the counter. Bold patterns can often be “toned down” with similar colors, neutral colors or colors without high contrast.

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A bold cement tile pattern is muted with neutral colors and hues similar to the counter and cabinets.

Below, the Indian Teal brown granite countertop takes center stage. The decorative dots of hand-painted Spanish tile and plain field tile are the supporting cast.

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Decorative Spanish Teruel Dots sparingly accent the Yucatan Chamois 4″ x 4″

  1. Work with the available space.You can’t fit 10 pounds of gold into a 5-pound sack. Large tiles with big patterns just don’t work in that tiny wall space behind the sink with a big picture window – no matter how much you love that tile. It sounds obvious; but pictures make it very clear.

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Find the right scale of patterned tile to fit your space.

Above, Cuban Heritage Design 110 2B 8″ x 8″ requires eight (8) tiles to complete both the cross and medallion pattern. It works well for a large wall with no cabinets. The same impact could not be achieved here. There is only 18” between the cabinets and counter. However, decorative tile placed randomly throughout the backsplash and grouped to form a medallion create a warm, Tuscan feel. Notice how the range and the hood meld beautifully with the above cement tile installation.

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Smaller tiles can be used randomly or grouped to form a medallion.

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Patterned tile with a border are the right scale for this kitchen.

  1. Define your style. A kitchen designer can really help. First, though, try to define the experience you want to achieve, the importance of aesthetics versus “ease of maintenance.” What colors do you like? Do you like clean lines and contemporary designs or classic patterns? Bright colors or muted colors? Vivid colors or earth tones?

Avente Tile 8Consider using Pinterest to collect ideas you like. Not only will you discover a theme that works, you’ll also be able to share your vision with your designer or friend who is helping with the design.

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If too much pattern scares you, consider “blocking tiles” to create an interest area.

As you find your style and look for tile, keep these three rules in mind and you will end up with an eye-catching backsplash that you’ll love for years to come.

2015 Vented Range Hoods

If you’re finally getting around to that kitchen remodel this summer, chances are that you’re faced with a decision regarding the right type of range hood for your kitchen’s makeover.  Whether you’re an environmentalist, or just health-conscious, a vented range hood is an essential part of your kitchen in order to keep your air clean and your lungs healthy.  Range hoods are made to extract the pollution in the air caused by cooking.  Grease, smoke, and harmful gases start to build up in the air with frequent or heavy cooking, and a range hood works to remove polluted air and deposit it outside of the living space or to purify the air before pushing it back out into the room.

The way your range hood ventilates the air in your kitchen is dependent on the type of range hood you choose to place in your home. There are two primary types of range hoods: ducted range hoods and ductless range hoods. The type of range hood you choose for your home ultimately depend on several different factors. Does your home already have duct work installed? If not, is installing ductwork an option? If you live in an apartment or another type of rented facility, you may not be allowed to do the reconstruction needed for ductwork to be installed. In this case, a ductless range hood may be the best option.

A ducted (or vented) range hood is one that pushes polluted air outside of the dwelling, often through a wall or ceiling.  Ducted range hoods normally have a smooth chimney that runs from the base of the range hood into the wall or ceiling, which hides the duct work, and moves to a place where air waste is deposited outside of the home.

Cavaliere B02CL-30' Wall Mount Range Hood

This wall mounted range hood from Range Hoods Inc  features a dual four-speed electronic, touch-sensitive control panel with an LCD display. The range hood has a stainless steel finish and is a great addition to any contemporary kitchen.

Unlike most vented range hoods, a ductless range hood does not use duct work.  Ductless range hoods use a charcoal filter to clean the air, and then re-circulate that air back into a kitchen. While not as effective as a ducted range hood, this type of ventilation can be used when it is not possible to add duct work to an already existing kitchen.

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Although ductless range hoods are not as effective as their vented counterparts, they can be much cheaper to install, as they do not require duct work or extensive construction or remodeling. Unfortunately, if you decide to go with this alternative, the filters must be replaced every 3 to 6 months depending on the frequency and volume of debris generated from usage.

No matter which option you think best meets the needs of your kitchen, range hoods are an essential part of a functioning kitchen, especially for anyone who spends a fair amount of time over the stove.  Don’t risk your health or the health of those around you because your kitchen is not properly ventilated. Invest in a range hood today, and enjoy a better quality of life tomorrow!

4 Important Things To Remember When Choosing Your Kitchen Lighting and Range Hood

This guest post is by Barnlight Originals.

First of all we want to say thank you to Range Hood Inc. for giving us this opportunity to talk kitchen lighting with you. Today we will be discussing how to choose range hoods and kitchen lighting that go well together.

As you’ve probably noticed, lighting and range hoods are kitchen pieces that are often thought of as purely functional, but they can actually act as helpful design accents to an entire design scheme as well. For this reason, it is especially important for you to keep both of them in mind when you are styling and/or building your kitchen. We’ve come up with four important things to remember when you are deciding on your range hood(s) and lighting.

Space

One of the very first things you will want to figure out is what you have enough space for. Many homeowners are concerned by the thought that they must choose between installing a range hood and mounting pendant lighting. This may be true some of the time, but sometimes you can actually have your cake and eat it too! With the help of professionals, measure the parameters of the kitchen. You’ll want to consider space quite carefully as you don’t want your kitchen ceiling to begin looking like a community of extraterrestrials about to land on Earth.

Of course, going the simplest route is the safest option. But don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines every now and then either. If your heart is set on having the combo of a range hood and pendant lighting, measure the space, visualize it, and see if it’s worth a try.  In smaller spaces, it is still possible for you to install both while maintaining a lovely space; you just may need to downsize on the range hood and pendants.

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Needs

Next you will want to evaluate your needs. If you know your kitchen requires a range hood, learn what lighting will be necessary for you to complete everyday kitchen tasks. Do the windows provide a significant amount of natural light? Does the range hood include lighting as a part of its makeup?

If your space is small and you need more lighting, consider installing recessed lighting. Recessed lighting can illuminate a room without taking up too much space or causing a cluttered distraction. However, if your kitchen is large enough and the layout renders it possible, you might want to also install those pendant lights, like I mentioned earlier. Pendant lighting is a great addition when you need to do some light layering, add decorative lighting, or create specific task lighting.

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Center of Attention

The third thing you will want to think about is which utility and/or décor piece you want to have as the center of attention on your kitchen stage. Knowing what you prefer when it comes to this, will help you decide on which range hood and lighting fixtures are right for you. If you like the look of a gallant range hood, then don’t choose lighting that competes for center stage. Let your lighting act as supporting players, helping to spotlight, rather than distract from, the room’s focal point.

On the other hand, if you want your lighting fixtures to be the stars of the show, consider choosing a range hood that is smaller and less bulky. Choose finishes for the hood that blend in well with the rest of your kitchen appliances, so the range hood won’t be calling for too much attention but instead will be consistent with the backdrop you’ve created.

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Coordination

The last point to think about is how well the lighting and hood range styles go with one another. If your lighting is modern, you’ll also want a modern range hood. If you’re range hood is rustic, go with rustic lighting.

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One of our favorite timeless looks is the copper kitchen. We’ve collected some of our favorite copper kitchens to our COPPER Pinterest board, and we’re delighted to share a few of them with you below. Range Hood Inc. and Barnlight Originals have many unique beautiful product designs you can incorporate into a copper-themed kitchen. Browse our Voyager Copper and Brass Cord-Hung Ceiling Light and Range Hood Inc.’s Imperial WN 36 36″ Nottingham Copper Range Hood on each of our websites to get started building your dream copper kitchen.

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