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Kitchens gone bad!!!

Applying the ‘each to their own’ rule works for choices of taste. However, there are some absolute no go zones when it comes to functional design. Unfortunately, this kitchen has mowed over every one of those no go zones. It’s a new kitchen gone nasty! Take a deep breath, lean in and let us fill you in on what’s gone wrong so you can avoid replicating this nastiness at your place. Let’s start with the narrow cabinets to the left of the oven. It's anybody’s guess as to what could be stored in them, a single baking tray perhaps? A better fix would have been to move the oven very slightly to the right, added a fixed panel to each side just like the ones already at the top and bottom of the oven and voila! Awkwardness gone. Using that space for open display shelves with access from the side would have worked a treat. Venturing a bit over into personal taste territory, but honestly it has to be said. How about the splash back? It doesn’t exactly match or definitely contrast the floor tiles. In cases like these, it's always better to go high contrast over low contrast. We think this was a moment to just paint it black. The absolute worst design nastiness in this new kitchen is the two gable ends running to the floor on either side of the oven. Aside from introducing intersecting vertical lines, which have no purpose, they’ll make floor cleaning a real pain. That’s double nastiness that could have been easily and simply avoided. Maybe we’re being ultra picky, but we’ve been dismayed to see these types of flaws in new kitchens. We can’t honestly recommend using a cabinetmaker to design your kitchen, as they are primarily manufacturers. However, if you do choose a cabinetmaker who offers design as part of their service, don’t be afraid to ask what design qualification they hold. That one simple question could be the difference between delight and another new kitchen gone nasty. If you have a kitchen horror story - let us know on our Facebook...

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I’m Dreaming of White Kitchens…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   White kitchens are trending – and probably always will be. Being able to create a beautiful white kitchen is an essential part of any kitchen designers skill set – and here’s why: Think about every doctor, optician or dentist you’ve ever been to – they all focus on white – from the machines they use, to the clothing they wear – and the reason for this is: white conveys hygiene. Cleanliness. Space. Simplicity.   And, in the kitchen, white can mean this and so much more. In this post, I’ll discuss 3 amazing advantages of introducing a white kitchen design to your home…         ‘Get it Light’ when designing your dream kitchen.   The kitchen, above all other rooms, should be filled with natural light. When considering kitchen layout ideas and lighting plans, natural light needs to be one of the main considerations.   Where black and darker colours absorb light, white reflects it. This is a HUGE DEAL, especially when you are working with restricted natural lighting.   White kitchen cabinets promote natural light better than any other colour or combination of colours out there. The right shade of white kitchen cabinetry combined with the right counter top is the ideal solution for making the most out of your natural light sources.       Promote your colour.   Now that you have all that wonderful light spilling across your kitchen, think about your colour scheme. White is a blank canvass to paint your inspiration on. A space where the natural colours of food & wine contrast and stand out.   Ultimately, the stronger the colour you use in your kitchen cabinets, the more you drown out the surrounding colour scheme. White on the other hand, allows you to boost your secondary colour scheme through the use of contrasting, accented items.       Fashion costs money.   Fashions change when people get bored and want to move on. Just like the song on the radio that you got sick of listening to, or your hip new jacket that so quickly became ‘last seasons collection’, interior design trends change and the new becomes the old all to quickly.   One of the challenges with choosing strong or dark colours is that they are more ‘fixed’. It’s hard to alter the ambience without substantial re-investment on new counter tops or cabinetry.   White allows you to create longevity through evolution. You can dramatically change the colour scheme of your kitchen by introducing new wall hangings, plants or fruit baskets – simple, low cost items that can refresh your kitchens appearance without the headaches and cost of a kitchen re-design.       This is just a sample of the broad range of benefits white kitchen designs can bring to your home. In one of my next posts I will look at how beautiful, white kitchens can be created in both rural and urban environments by leveraging the benefits of ‘white’.   If you would like to discuss your options for white kitchens with one of our kitchen designers please visit our contact us page or email us at info@designswithjessica.com   Working out of Toronto & Montreal, Jessica Bélanger is a full service Interior Design professional with over 15 years experience. Jessica has had her designs featured in numerous television and magazine publications including set design for TVA Television studios (TV show Yamaska) & Les Idees De Ma Maison (Quebecs leading interior style...

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