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Announcing the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop Winner!

Today we are happy to announce the winner of the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. The blog hop featured blogs about Home Improvement & Summer DIY to celebrate the season and get everyone inspired to work on their own home design.

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The winner of the $50 Amazon gift card was randomly selected from the entries on this page. The winner is…Jennifer P.! Thank you, Jennifer, for participating, and congratulations! We hope you enjoy the gift card.

If you missed out on the Blog Hop event, be sure to read the contributing blogs, which you can find by following the links below.

July Home Improvement & Summer DIY Blog Hop Contributors

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

Thank you for entering, and we hope you all have a wonderful summer.

About Range Hoods Inc

Range Hoods Inc is an online retailer of stainless steel kitchen range hoods and kitchens products. Feel free to follow us on our social media:

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Check back to our blog for future home improvement topics and giveaways, which we will announce here as they happen. If you have any questions about kitchen design and kitchen hoods, call our team at 1-800-914-9775. We’re available seven days a week to assist you.

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.

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!

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.

July Blog Hop Post #1: 5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen by Artful Kitchens

We’re happy to announce that the first blog entry in the Range Hoods Inc July Blog Hop & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway has been posted. The July Blog Hop, hosted here on the Range Hoods Inc blog, celebrates blog posts about Summer DIY & Home Improvement.

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito has contributed a fantastic blog post on the 5 Elements of an Artful Kitchen. Read the post on her blog here. We are so happy to share Gloria’s article with you, which walks you through five important elements that go into designing a graceful and beautiful kitchen. Maybe it’s time to update your kitchen or make a few changes, and Gloria’s blog can help inspire you and/or give you ideas.

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Don’t forget to check back as we post updates to the July Blog Hop event, including posts coming soon from the blogs Snazzy Little Things and Tile Talk.

We’re hoping these blog posts inspire you to make those home improvements you’ve been pondering about throughout the years. The summer months are a great time to get working on some DIY projects.

Also, remember to enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card here. You can get up to 4 chances to enter by visiting the Facebook pages of the participating blogs. It’s fast and easy; the gift card can help the winner as they work on home improvement projects this summer. We’ll announce the winner here on the Range Hoods Inc blog on August 3rd, 2015.