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Top 3 Color Palettes for 2008

Top 3 color palettes for 20082007 is far from being over, but the new 2008 colors are already here. Let’s see the new transa as Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute sees them.

“Consumers’ increasing color confidence and personal style makes any color fashionable for 2008”, Zimmer says. “From glass-like blues, botanical greens, dramatic black and white and whisper soft pink, color directions will drive towards individual self-expression, glamorous living experiences or an increasing awareness of important environmental causes.”

Well, it’s not a great help to be honest, please help us a little, is there some guidance beyond “anything gooes” ?

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5 Kitchen Design Trends That Are Here to Stay

Kitchens that are larger, open and multi-functional are here to stay according to industry experts. A generation ago, the kitchen was the room where mom cooked meals alone. Now it’s the “centre of the home,” filled with family and friends.
Instead of pricey fads like glass countertops and large-sized microwaves, look at these few kitchen design ideas that will be worth the time and money.

A quick prep area with a small sink, cutting board and microwave or a larger sink in the island helps with gourmet cooking. Mixed and matched cabinet finishes, exotic woods, jewelry-like hardware and display areas that show off glass collections give the kitchen an eclectic look. Wrap-around desks that extend into the family room provide more space. Cabinet storage for pull-down spice racks and buffet storage for beverage centers make the kitchen run more efficiently. And that’s a goal worth investing in.

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Kitchen Lighting Design

Kitchen lightingYour kitchen is one of the most important areas of your home. This is exactly why you should design it to provide maximal comfort and efficiency? If you are not happy with your current kitchen, you should consider redesigning it to suite your taste.

One of the most forgotten, but crucial element to having the kitchen of your dreams is good lighting. Most people spend all their time focusing on the rest of the kitchen, such as the cabinets, counters, appliances, etc. As a result, they forget about this important, yet most often forgotten part.

When looking for the right kitchen lighting, first decide what kind of atmosphere you want your kitchen to have. Kitchen lights come in an infinite number of varieties, so it is important to know what you are looking for first.

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Step 3 – The kitchen layout

You might put the most beautiful cabinets, technologically advanced appliances and high-end finishes in your kitchen, but if you screw up with the layout, the rest doesn’t matter. Here’s how to plan the best kitchen layout for your needs and fit your space.

MAKE IT WORK
When planning your kitchen, it’s important to give careful consideration to how you will use the space.

Think about these first:

  • your cooking style (what, how often, with what ingretients, ect. You know…)
  • the appliances that you are going to want
  • whether you want people in the kitchen with you and how many
  • or do you want people sitting on the other side of the bar, talking while you cook

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Step 2 – Your budget

Woody Allen said once: “Money talks. All mine says: goodbye!” Funny it is for sure, but believe me, you don’t want to tell things like this.
After you’ve spent hours paging through design magazines, imagining every aspect of your dream kitchen, it’s time for a reality check: the budget. Sure, it’s not as fun as contemplating countertop choices, but giving careful consideration to budgeting can keep a project from turning into a nightmare.

SET A BUDGET

While the national average cost for an upscale kitchen remodel is roughly $107,000, according to Remodeling Magazine‘s 2006 Cost vs. Value report, you may spend more or less depending on a number of factors. First, conduct a thorough and honest examination of your finances to reveal how much you can afford to spend. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) offers a worksheet that makes this easy to do. With that number in hand ask yourelf, “How long do I plan to stay in my home?”

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