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How to Make a Small Kitchen Appear Larger

 

Contrary to popular belief, a small kitchen can be useful in a variety of different ways. Less to clean, and typically more affordable. While there are benefits of a tinier kitchen, there are ways to make your space appear larger.

  1. Similar colors- Keeping the design in the same realm, its best to keep your cabinets the same color as your walls. Lighter and pale colors tend to make your space look brighter and more open.
  2. Keep it neat- A useful tip for smaller kitchens is to keep clutter away from countertops and shelving. If you have a pantry, maximize that space by storing as much as you can in it.
  3. Glass cabinets- Removing cabinet doors and replacing them with glass doors. This will pull the eye to the back of the cabinet frames, making the walls feel as though they are farther away.
  4. Windows- Maximize the amount of light shining into your kitchen with as many windows as possible. Blinds are also a good idea, because they add more depth without blocking the light.
  5. Horizontal stripes- Long, wide stripes have the ability to stretch the space. You can achieve this with broad striped floor tiles or a striped rug.
  6. Mirrors- One of the most common ways to enlarge any space is by adding mirrors.  Place them where the reflection holds the most depth, the natural light will reflect off the mirror, making the room look bigger.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs to make your kitchen appear larger at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

How to Renovate a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with family, especially children, can be a true test of patience. Kids are prone to mess making and typically have a lot of stuff. Here are some of our best tips for a family bathroom renovation, or simply adding ways to make yours more child- friendly.

  1. Make sure your appliances are the right height- Consider lowering countertops and vanities to a lower height. This way, children will be have easy access to the sink, faucet, etc.
  2. Stow away spacing- Kids come with a lot of baggage, and their belongings can easily take over the house, including the bathroom. Opt for a vanity with full cabinets and drawers to keep the clutter hidden. Consider a decorative storage basket to keep extra towels or washcloths.
  3. Flooring- With younger children, it’s important that your picking an appropriate flooring. Opt for non- slip surfaces that are also easy to clean. Textured floor tiling are best for avoiding slips and falls, while ceramic is more durable. Shower and bath floor grips are also a great alternative to ensure your little one doesn’t slip.
  4. Backsplash tile- Kids have a tendency to splash water around while washing their hands and face. A tiled backsplash will protect your wall from getting stained or soggy.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Timeless Kitchen Trends

 

Just like anything else, kitchen trends will come and go. The only difference is that it’s not particularly as easy to switch a trend after an entire kitchen has been renovated. Continuing reading for a few popular kitchen trends that aren’t leaving anytime soon.

Glass front cabinets have been a staple in traditional and modern kitchens. Not only are these cabinets great for adding depth to your kitchen, making it seem larger, but they are an elegant touch to any room. Since the doors are transparent, the cabinet shelves are great to use for storing decoration, or fancier china.

Marble and marble-like countertops have been used as decor for centuries. These counters are heat resistant, which makes them popular amongst chefs and bakers. Depending on the type of marble, it can be cost-effective. Carrara marble, a gray color with softer veins, is usually the cheapest alternative. If you’re opting for a more luxurious stone, Calacatta marble offers more dramatic veining with a whiter surface.

Kitchen islands have also been trending for quite some time. Especially with an open layout design, counter- height islands are more inviting and practical. It creates more of an open space within the kitchen, which encourages interaction. The extra counter space is great for hosting and entertaining.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Which Flooring is Best for your Kitchen?

 

Choosing the best flooring for your kitchen can be an overwhelming task. It’s a major part of your room, and it affects every other part of your designing plan. The materials and textures of the room will work coherently to tie the room together.

Tile is typically the best option for families with young children or pets. Tile can withstand spills, and doesn’t absorb odors or bacteria that would arise in your kitchen. With tile’s durability, it could be uncomfortable to stand on for extended periods of time, and any dropped glassware would most likely break on impact.

Wood is a common choice for kitchens for various reasons. It’s comfortable to walk on, and will match with almost any kitchen design. The wood is durable, resulting in a longer lasting floor.

Pergo Laminate is well known for its elegant style, and multiple layers. These layers fuse to mimic wood flooring. The cost is much cheaper than hardwood, and has the same durability and resistance.

Cork is also a great option, as it’s softness and springiness makes standing for extended  periods of times a bit easier on your feet and back.

Bamboo is an up-and-coming floor trend, as it is ecologically friendly and shares a lot of the same qualities with wood flooring. This material is slightly more resistant to stains and damage than hardwood.

Choose from any of our luxurious floor designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Spring Clean Your Kitchen!

 

With today being the first day of Spring, cleaning might be on your mind. Along with the new season comes the pressure to deep cleanse your home- especially the kitchen. Luckily, we can help you break it down step by step.

1. Pre-cleaning is an important first step! Wash and dry dishes, and put them away accordingly. Wipe down countertops, while clearing off any miscellaneous items that do not belong in the kitchen.

2. Organize! Remove food from the refrigerator, pantry, and cabinets. Check all of their labels and dispose of anything stale or expired. You can even fill up a box for donation if you have any unopened, non perishable items that you want to get rid of.

3. Wipe down the surfaces of the shelves and refrigerator. Once you’ve finished, put all of the remaining food back where it belongs. To make things easier for the future, arrange all like items. Put oldest items in the front; newest in the back.

4. Clean any other appliances. Wipe down the exterior of the microwave, oven, dishwasher, and any small countertop appliances. Wipe cabinet exteriors, and spray countertop with kitchen cleaner.

5. Clean floors. Sweep the entirety of the flooring. Spot clean any sticky, stained, or dirty areas, and then mop.

 

If the stains on your floors are un-fixable, or the spots on your cabinets just aren’t coming out, consider a spring kitchen renovation. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

How to Match Counters, Cabinets, and Floors

 

Selecting the perfect color scheme for your kitchen can be quite difficult, especially without a certain theme in mind. With a variety of materials to choose from, it may seem overwhelming.

Decide on a color scheme– Use color charts to determine which colors compliment each other, and which clash. Pick two dominant colors, and one accent color. The dominant colors should be simple and compliment each other. The purpose of the accent color is to tie the three together.

Start with the countertops- It is highly recommended that you choose your countertops first, as this is typically the focal point and base scheme of your kitchen. It tends to be easier to match cabinets and floors to counters, as opposed to the other way around. Review samples to coordinate the finishes with floors, so the textures are unified.

Accessorize and accent- Chrome, brass knobs, and metallics are a great way to highlight and brighten any kitchen. Accessories and decor are the best way to tie up a visually appealing space. If you’re ready to nail down on your choices, contact Dream Kitchen and Bath, and we’ll help you transform your kitchen into a luxurious, beautiful space.

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

The Electronic Bathroom

 

       Technology is one thing that always continues to grow and progress over time, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Whether you’re in the market to update your home’s digital atmosphere, or just browsing for ideas, these new design trends will keep you up to date.

       The programmable shower- with these certain digital controls, programmable showers allow each individual to personalize their own settings, such as pressure and temperature. This luxurious feature is great for large families, and can also track your water usage.

      High-tech faucets- Not only will these faucets track your water usage as well, but the faucet is programmed for certain settings with the appropriate buttons for different functions; such as brushing your teeth, or washing your hands.

     Chromotherapy baths and showers- Chromotherapy uses LED lights in your bathtubs and showers to emit various different colors while you bathe.

     Shower remote controls- Similar to a car keys ‘push to start’ button, these remotes will start your shower or bath without having to even leave your bed.

     Automatic toilet seat- This touchless toilet seat automatically lifts when you approach, and if you wave another time over the sensor to lift the toilet seat for male use, both the lid and seat will close automatically.

Stay up to date! To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Quick & Easy Ways to Clean Kitchen Appliances

 

 

Contrary to popular belief, cleaning the kitchen doesn’t always have to be a tedious task. Continue reading for our best and simplest kitchen cleaning hacks.

  1. Get  all of your appliance cleaners together. Dish soap, white vinegar, and a scrub brush or two usually work best.
  2. Sink- Fill up your kitchen sink with warm, soapy water. This will allow any extra residue to fall off the sink.
  3. Microwave- Remove the glass dish from your microwave and let it soak in the sink for a few minutes. While it’s soaking, take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside of the microwave. Once you’re finished, scrub off the glass dish.
  4. Refrigerator- Remove all old, expired foods from your fridge. Utilize the drawers to organize the different products. Don’t forget to wipe the front down with a damp cloth!

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Three Reasons Why Every Kitchen Needs an Island

 

An island is an essential part of any kitchen design. They’re convenient, inviting, and can quickly beautify any kitchen. Just to name a few, here are three reasons why your kitchen needs an island:

  1. Additional Counter Space- With everything going on in the kitchen, it’s merely impossible to have too much counter space. An island can ensure the extra counter space you didn’t even know you needed, as well as act as an extremely accessible area from all sides, making it easier to grab anything while heading out the door. Luxurious and expensive countering, have your choice of wood stained, granite, quartz, or any other countertop.
  2. Workstation- Being that an island is such a convenient space in the kitchen, it’s easy to multitask. With a busy, on the go life, it’s important that your family has a close space to sit down and get work done. An island is the ideal spot for parents to make dinner, while also ensuring their kids homework is being done.
  3. Additional Storage– It’s easier than ever to store all your kitchen appliances with an island. You can choose to transform the sides of your islands into cabinets, drawers, or even a place to hide trash cans. With your new island, you can ensure that your countertops are clean, and your objects in place.

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Cabinet Organizers

    When most homeowners renovate their kitchens, cabinetry is often overhauled. When upgrading the cabinets, there are a number of organizational and space-saving options available, so you can get the most out of your new kitchen. 
    Organization is one of the most important thing to get out of a new kitchen. There are a number of organizer inserts to cabinets, or specifically designed drawers and shelves, that can keep your kitchen much more together.
    Cookie sheet drawers are one of the most common upgrades seen in today’s kitchens. Tall, thin drawers that can house your cookie sheets and serving trays provide a unique method of space saving. These types of drawers often take up minimal space. 
    Spice rack organizers come in all shapes and sizes, from cabinet door shelves to carousels. Spicing up your spice rack can make it easier to find the ones you need more efficiently. 
    It almost goes without saying that most homeowners want cutlery and utensil organizers. These organizers are vital to any kitchen. Drawers dedicated to your silverware and cooking tools are in almost every kitchen in America.
    Lazy Susans utilize the the corners of your cabinets, that might otherwise go unused. Lazy Susans are rotating circular shelves that allow you to reach the back corners with ease.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.