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What is the most dangerous part of your home?


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The kitchen has long been seen as the heart of a home, functioning not only as a place to eat, but also somewhere to socialise & entertain. With plenty of more modern homes being built around open plan living, keeping the space safe & in lovely working order could be even more important.

Irrespective of how your home is set up, & how safety conscious you think you are, it’s still a lovely suggestion to keep in mind that the kitchen can be the most hazardous room in the house. It is filled with a considerable number of potential hazards, & in the UK, 2.7 million people were treated in hospital for accidents in the house last year. So it makes sense to keep your kitchen as safe as feasible to make sure you can avoid the most obvious pitfalls.

Safety conscious? Get home insurance and make sure your kitchen is covered too! Continue reading →

Popular Kitchen Lighting Questions – the most common errors


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So from today, I start a new series on kitchen planning topics: let’s collect the knowledge, pepper it with a few ideas. Here are the things you should consider – first, when planning your kitchen lighting.

What are the most common kitchen lighting errors made when planning the lighting?

  1. The most common lighting error is trying to light all your kitchen with one hanging lamp in the middle of your room. Not only does the single light  become a source of glare any time you look into the kitchen (from the dark to the light.. you planned to use a biiig light, yep?). You also won’t get the needed light on your countertops. Every time you try doing any work you are working in your own shadow. Continue reading →

Moving and colors again


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Finally, moving home is completed, new kitchen galore! Back to this blog, finally.

(You only realise how much time you spent in stores, with contractors et al looking back after you’ve completed the project. Ah, bollocks, it’s never completed 🙂

Today’s theme is colors again. Interior designers, painters, etc and probably you all use color swatches (those little stacks of colored papers) when trying to find “your real colours”. Colors here are usually presented linearly, one after another, in the order they are on a color wheel.

The color wheel can be a very useful tool for you: it not just shows the colors, but also help you find contrasting or complementary colors if you know how to use it.

But what do you do if you don’t have the time, or decide that the color wheel is simply not for you? If you use the net (ehh… reading this, I presume you do 😉 you can find inspiration in every corner.

Today I’d like to show you three sites full of color and inspiration.

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Tip of The Day – How Does Color Impact Your Mood?


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Color samplesConsider these when choosing your kitchen color scheme:

  • Yellow is a cheerful, uplifting color that is also known to help with digestion — making it a perfect choice for your kitchen!
  • Blue is a calm, soothing color that not only lowers blood pressure, it is also known to decrease hunger. The perfect choice for a diet!
  • Red is a stimulating, upbeat color that adds visual punch and a high-energy feeling. Beware! It can also raise your blood pressure and induce hunger!
  • If you are a very orderly person, white is an ideal for your kitchen color scheme, as it creates a sense of cleanliness and order.
  • If white is too white, a soft gray might be a better choice for your kitchen. Gray has calming properties and also decreases hunger — but avoid using it heavily, it can also be depressing!
  • Black is the new black! Black is a classic, elegant color choice for your kitchen, creating a feelng of depth and richness. In a large room, black will make the space feel warm and more intimate. However, in a small room, black is overwhelming, making the space feel too small and closed. Use it moderately unless you have a large kitchen.
  • Green is a pleasing, tranquil color. It’s your ideal choice if you want to create a feeling of nature. Even better, it can reduce allergic reactions to certain foods and lower blood pressure.
  • For a sense of casual warmth, brown is your color. Various shades of brown can be used together to enhance the sense of natural comfort.

Tip of the day: Reface your cabinets


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So you want a brand new kitchen without the hassle and expense of remodeling? Why not give your kitchen a brand new look? A great way to do this is refacing your kitchen cabinets – at about third the cost of a new cabinet, refacing is a very affordable makeover for your kitchen.

Kitchen cabinet before refacingKitchen cabinet after refacing

Besides this is maybe the less expensive option for remodeling your kitchen, cabinet refacing does have some unique advantages. It offers long-lasting results with only a small inconvenience, but you’ll still be able to choose from a number of cabinetry styles. Though it may cost slightly more than a $2,000 to $4,000 refinishing or repainting job, kitchen cabinet refacing is usually completed in a few days and won’t leave all those chemical smells.If you are looking to fix up your kitchen within a tight budget and want to spend your home improvement dollars the most wisely, cabinet refacing could be the perfect solution for you.

Tip of the day: two dishwashers


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When I’ve heard it first, I thought: what a lazy guy! He told me he hates having to put the dishes away once they’re clean. So here’s his solution – install two dishwashers in your kitchen instead of the usual one.

two dishwashersThis means that once his dishes are clean, the dishwasher in regarded as the cupboard. When you’re hungry, just take the plates and spoons from the dishwasher/cupboard, then – upon finishing your meal, – put the dirty dishes in the second, vacant dishwasher. As soon as this second, vacant dishwasher is full, get it to clean your dishes. Once clean, this second dishwasher is now the cupboard, and you put your dirty dishes in the other one. Just like the circle of life.

(Actually, the lazy guys are relatives living in Australia)