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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!

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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.

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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.
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Why You Should Have A Back-lit Mirror

    When remodeling a bathroom, many homeowners choose to upgrade to a back-lit mirror for their vanity space. Back-lit mirrors bring drama, depth, and of course, light to a bathroom space. They can revitalize the room, and an extra element to the room that helps bring it all together. 
Back-lit mirrors provide great light for the vanity, and help provide even light for makeup, hair styling, and shaving. They reduce shadows that you would normally get from overhead lighting, which helps you make the most of the vanity mirror. The soft lighting of a back-lit mirror makes you look younger, too.
Since back-lit mirrors come off of the wall slightly to provide enough space for the lighting. This adds depth to the room. When other lights in the room are turned off, or dim, the soft lighting behind the mirror can create a dramatic and visually pleasing look.
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Most Popular Changes to the Kitchen of 2017

    A recent survey from home design idea website Houzz led to some interesting insight into renovations from homeowners nationwide. The survey delves into the changes that homeowners like you looked for this year.

Major Changes

    In terms of major overhauls for a kitchen, most homeowners moved towards opening their kitchen space to the rest of the home. 51% of renovations included changes that made the kitchen more open to other rooms. 36% increased the overall size of the kitchen. 20% of kitchens were opened up more to the outside. This may include bigger windows, the addition of doors, etc. 

Countertops

    What were the most common countertops? 41% of renovations added granite countertops to the space. The second most used countertop material was engineered quartz, with a close 40%. The next highest was only 9%, for butcher block and/or wood slab. This wood material is often used in sections of a kitchen, and not overall, which explains the limited percentage. But it seems like granite and quartz are here to stay. 

Walls

    With new innovations in heat and stain resistant paint, it’s no surprise that paint is the number one wall finish in new kitchens this year, at a staggering 72%. Ceramic and porcelain tile is next at 34%, and then marble at 5%. Discrepancies may suggest the mix of paint with tiling for the walls for a unique personal style. 

Add-Ons

     41% of homeowners chose to add on a pantry to their kitchen space. 40% added an island to the room. Breakfast nooks were added into about 23% of kitchens this year. These three design choices continue to be essential to kitchens nationwide, and are generally a good choice to add if the space and budget will allow. Pantries, islands, and breakfast nooks are good ways to raise the property value of the home during a renovation. 

Flooring

     Hardwood was the flooring used in 31% of the renovations. At a close second, ceramic/porcelain tile came in with 30%, up from 23% last year. Engineered wood was the third most common flooring option, with about 12% of homeowners deciding on that option. 

Replacing Appliances

    The number one appliance replaced this year was the dishwasher. 79% of renovations included the removal or addition of a dishwasher. Also high on the list included the refrigerator, microwave, and range. 

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High Tech Bathrooms

    Technology is always advancing, to make our lives easier both inside and away from home. One of the last places we look for new technologies is the bathroom. A toilet is just a toilet, right? What innovations can truly be found in the shower? It turns out, there are a lot of new and unique changes in our bathroom that can make your bathroom remodel into a true upgrade.

Sinks

    Sink innovations look to reduce the spread of germs and reduce water waste. The most common example of this is the touchless sink. Motion sensor sinks reduce the likelihood of germ transmission, while only running the water while your hands are near the sensor. Unlike the models seen in public places, home motion sensor sinks often have temperature controls as well as a standard control for the water.

Toilets

    High tech toilets are in a league of their own. While some of the higher end models have a wide variety of features and functions, we will explore some of the most common examples of these innovations.
    Heated toilet seats are the most common upgrade to the home toilet. It makes it more comfortable on cold mornings or in the winter to sit on the toilet. This is also common because the upgrade is often on of the least expensive choices.
    Bidets have been popular in Asia and, more recently, Europe because it is more hygenic, and more eco-friendly. There is no need to worry about toilet paper with a bidet. Bidets are also better for septic tanks, which can otherwise have a build up of paper in them.  
    Touchless toilets are great for reducing germ build up on the flushing valve or button. A relatively inexpensive upgrade, this is a good option for children or the elderly, who may forget to flush otherwise. Additionally, there are motion sensor upgrades for toilets that can raise/lower the seat, or even close the lid. 
    Some toilets have self cleaning options. While the technology is not perfect, a self cleaning toilet will be much cleaner than a standard model.

Spa Upgrades

    A bathroom should be a place of relaxation. These upgrades can help provide a spa-like atmosphere and enhance your experience in the bathroom.
    Rainfall shower heads are often noted as the most relaxing shower-style. Rainfall shower heads require less water pressure, letting gravity do all the work. 
    Aromatherapy is becoming more popular in the US, and especially in the bathroom. A relaxing and stimulating aromatherapy scent can be the perfect upgrade to your bathroom space. Many shower heads and toilets on the market now have diffusers built in. 
    Refrigeration in the bathroom may sound odd, but adding a drawer or cabinet with it can be a huge upgrade to keep your wine cool for your evening soak in the tub. Along the same lines, many homeowners are opting to install bathroom TVs, waterproof models that are meant to withstand the steam of the shower or the occasional splash.

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Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

    Kitchen lighting comes in all shapes and sizes; from chandeliers, to wall sconces. Recessed lighting is becoming more popular, for its sleek design along with growing performance of newer bulbs. In the past, recessed lighting was a way to trade quality of light for a smoother design. But with today’s bulbs, there is very little difference. 
    Recessed lighting provides accent lighting when used in specific areas, and can provide full room coverage when used in groups. Under cabinets, or in rooms with low ceilings, recessed lighting can be a simple way to light the space without taking up space. It is also relatively simpler to install than most other lighting fixtures. Targeted recessed lighting can act like a spotlight for the workspace.
    Lighting with recesses rather than one central light helps create more even coverage. There can be a better distribution of light throughout the room; from the stove, to the sink, to your prep station. 
    While chandeliers bring your eyes upward, recessed lighting won’t usually attract attention. This gives a greater emphasis to the rest of the space. Recessed lighting also is almost always in the trends. While it comes and goes, it is never truly out of style.
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Mediterranean Decor in the Bathroom

     The Mediterranean region inspires much of our modern culture. From ancient Greek civilization, to a wide variety of cuisines. When you think Mediterranean-style decor, many people think of the sun, the sand, the sparkling sea, and the colorful culture. But what can this mean for your home? One place the wonders of the Mediterranean inspires American culture is in design style, especially in the bathroom. A Mediterranean inspired bathroom brings the beauty of the region to your home. 
Mediterranean decor blends colorful jewel tones, deep blues, and earthy shades. These are often contrasted with whites or yellows to produce elegant saturation and a bright color scheme. This color style adds natural beauty to a space in an incredible way.
Texture is an important quality in this type of design. Texture on the walls is a way to add drama, depth, and beauty to the space. Stucco and raised plaster, as well as 3-dimensional tiles can add this level of design. 
Terracotta and limestone are huge in Mediterranean style. Often featuring striking, hand-painted designs, these tiles add an old world feel, while still bringing together the modern look. Arabesque-shaped or Moroccan-inspired tiles are often a common choice by homeowners looking for this type of design.
Windows are important in the design of a Mediterranean style bathroom. In many cultures of the region, there is a flow between the indoors and outdoors. There should be a continuity between the room and what is outside. As such, many homeowners look towards the use of larger windows, skylights, and an overall increased use of natural lighting in these rooms. 
Accenting the room with Mediterranean flair brings it all together. Tapestries, art pieces, and colorful textiles can complement the other decor choices while bringing aspects unique to your very own bathroom. As for the fixtures in the room, many Moroccan and Mediterranean bathrooms feature wrought iron. It is used for light fixtures, pull bars, towel racks, and more. Curves and soft edges are much more common in Mediterranean design than corners are. Look for curvatures in design, especially in the use of the wrought iron fixtures; as well as the tub, shelves, and even the windows.
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Designing a Blue Kitchen

    Blue color often evokes peace and calm; and a bit of blue in a kitchen can be very visually appealing for this reason. While earthy tones and grey tones have long reigned in the modern kitchen, other colors have been popping up more and more. This especially true for blue.
    Pairing blue in a kitchen allows you to create a two-tone space that brings out the best in both colors. Lighter blues tend to pair very well with whites and beige tones. Navy blue hues mix well with greys and rich browns. Lighter blues brighten up the room and make it feel more spacious. Darker blues can add drama and elegance to the room. 
    Blue can be added to a room in another of places. In cabinets and appliances, blue hues can enhance the room in a soothing way. Blue backsplashes add tasteful color without being too overbearing. Subway tile is becoming a thing of the past. Consider a mosaic design or a colorful tile layout for your backsplash. Even faucets and other small accent pieces in a kitchen can benefit from a bit of a color splash. 
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Linear Shower Drains

    The traditional design of a shower drain stems from the bathtub, a circular drain that is at the bottom of a slight slope. But when many homes are separating the tub from the shower; this drain style is less necessary. Homeowners are moving towards the use of linear shower drains. A linear shower drain is a rectangular drain that follows a length of the shower space in order to maximise the collection of wastewater to be more efficient than the traditional circular drain. 
    Linear shower drains are more aesthetically pleasing. The general design of a circular drain is simple, without a lot of design innovation. But the nature of the linear drain allows for a design tailored to accent the design and color scheme of the rest of the room. There are a number of drain cover designs that allow for you to have a large number of choices, so you can get your dream bathroom. These drains can be more easily built into and installed within tile floors.
    Linear drains are safer. Linear drains reduce the need for slopes in the shower space, which lowers the risk of slipping and falling. They are recommended for showers for the elderly and disabled because of this lower risk. Rather than sloping towards the drain in the center of the shower, a linear drain calls for a less steep slope targeted to an entire side of the space. The use of a linear drain also allows for a curbless shower, which is safer and more aesthetically pleasing.
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