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Tips for Decorating Your Kitchen for Christmas

During the holiday season, the kitchen tends to be the main center of the home – guests gravitate there to chat and snack, and to help out the host with cooking and serving delicious holiday food. While you are prepping and organizing a delicious feast for everyone, you will want to enjoy the Christmas spirit too. To get your kitchen holiday ready, we have compiled this list of tips for decorating your kitchen for the holiday season. Add Greenery – garlands add wonderful texture and colour to areas of a kitchen with shelving or exposed beams. Christmas Linens – switch out your regular dish cloths for holiday themed ones for a fun twist. Christmas Flowers – consider displaying a holiday-themed vase with flowers, such as a Poinsettia plant. Edible Décor – guests will appreciate a display or cute Christmas cookies or treats, and the display can help your kitchen to feel more festive too! Gingerbread Centerpiece – have some fun building a gingerbread house, then use it as a fun centerpiece. Bonus points for trying to make a gingerbread version of your house! Baubles Everywhere – ornaments such as baubles and bells are small and simple enough to place anywhere in the kitchen – try hanging them from cupboard doors! Scents – for a final touch, use candles or aromatherapy diffusers to have your home smelling wonderfully Christmassy. Scents such as gingerbread, peppermint, or even pine can feel very festive. When you’re decorating for the holidays, don’t forget your kitchen! As the epicenter of your home, both yourself and your guests will appreciate a festive atmosphere in your...

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet?

Updating or changing anything in your kitchen can be both and exciting and a daunting task. Every item in a kitchen has a huge amount of options to choose from – colors, materials, styles, and more! When it comes to changing your kitchen faucet, you should not only look at your personal style, but also what is the most functional for you, and what suits your beautiful kitchen. Many different styles and functions exist when looking at kitchen faucets. We will explore some of those below. From the height of the faucet, to color and finish, to spray features – there’s a lot to think about when replacing your kitchen faucet! Replacing a Faucet – What Fits? If you are simply replacing the faucet on an existing kitchen sink, check to see how many pre-existing holes there are from the old faucet. To keep a project simple, it is usually best to stick to the same faucet style to avoid having to replace the kitchen sink as well. In some cases, a side sprayer or soap dispenser can be added or removed depending on your preferences. Faucet Height Be aware of any restrictions to the height of your faucet – such as low hanging cabinets above the sink. Taller faucets tend to suit sinks that are underneath a window, or on a kitchen island. Color and Finish Kitchen faucets come in many colors and finishes: nickel, polished chrome, stainless steel – just to name a few. Evaluate your personal preferences for the look of the faucet, and also check to see how your chosen color and finish will match...

Storage ideas for small kitchens

One of the most common complaints that any home owner has is that their kitchen is too small. People want more and more things in their kitchen so they can prepare the favourite foods. In order to accommodate their needs, companies offering custom kitchen design are finding better and more elegant ways of providing them more storage space. Here are a few ways that we’ve discovered to find more storage in small kitchens. Add shelving under your island countertop or bar top One part of a kitchen that is commonly underutilized is the island or bar area. Many small kitchens include them but waste the space underneath. Adding some cabinets or shelving under the countertop provides usable storage that can be hidden when not needed. Add custom kitchen cabinets that effectively use all the space Much of the kitchen space is wasted if it’s not designed efficiently. For example, many cabinets either don’t go high enough on the wall, resulting in the tops of your cabinets looking like a graveyard for appliances and plates. Why not have cabinets that use all the space available and allow you to store away what’s needed every day? Inserts and organizers By adding cabinet inserts and organizers, the storage space can be used more effectively and becomes easier to find things when looking. Everyone has had the experience of digging through cabinets to find something they think is buried in the back. After a while, the search ends and that space is effectively wasted. Use the sides and bottoms of cabinets Another great space saver is to add hooks or shelves onto the...

Choosing the right sink for your kitchen renovation

Much like choosing anything for your remodeling, selecting the perfect kitchen sink can be very time-consuming. The sink is usually the centrepiece of any kitchen and the place where most people spend a huge amount of time. What sink you choose will have a huge impact on how you work within and your comfort level. Like most kitchen renovation decisions, there is no right answer. Everyone is different and wants different things from their kitchen sink. But by understanding the differences, you can make a more informed decision and be happier with your selection. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider: Installation Type There are 4 basic types: Drop In – The sink is dropped into a hole cut into the countertop. Undermount – The exact size of the sink it cut into the countertop and the sink sits underneath. Tile-In – The edge of the tile is flush against the sink. This is similar to the Drop In method. Farmhouse – Most farmhouse sinks are undermounted, but the front of the sink is exposed and finished. Configuration and Size How many bowls do you want and need? Most commonly you see one or two bowls, and the selection here is really based on your preference. Another less-common size is three bowls, including one small one for the garbage disposal. Material Stainless steel is durable and easy to clean. However, it can be scratched and damaged. Cast Iron or Porcelain sinks are for more traditional designs and can be damaged over time. They are also much heavier than other sinks and will require more support. Composite sinks...

Choosing between traditional or modern kitchen cabinet styles

When redesigning your kitchen, one very important question to answer before beginning is whether you want a traditional or modern style. There is no right answer. Like most style choices, choose one that fits your tastes and lifestyle the best. By defining the styles, we find that it becomes much easier for people to choose. Here is a brief explanation of the two cabinet styles. Modern With a focus on functionality, these cabinets tend to be designed with user-friendliness in mind. Lots of storage space is included and cabinets are designed with a specific function. Many people would say that modern cabinets are minimalist in design, with a variety of materials used, such as glass, wood, and steel. Consider this style function over form, and with a clean, simple aesthetic. Traditional With a focus on feelings and nostalgia, a traditional cabinet design uses both old and new styles to create a functional kitchen that appeals to a person who loves the classics. When designing a traditional cabinet, many people use dark, rich woods such as mahogany or cherry and tend to use curves and slopes instead of the sharp, straight edges of a modern kitchen. Some people may consider a farm-style kitchen as a perfect example of a traditional design. When choosing for your home, consider your home first. Which style works best with the other rooms in the house? It would be rather jarring to place a modern kitchen inside a heritage home. Ensure that your new design fits with the other rooms. Many designers recommend a modern kitchen if it is a busier kitchen with more traffic....

Choosing the right bathroom vanity

With any bathroom renovation, one of the biggest choices is to decide on what is the right bathroom vanity. Some people want classic styles and others modern. Some bright bathrooms and others dark. But these are style choices, and each is correct for the person choosing. Here are some other things to consider when choosing your new bathroom vanity. Bathroom limitations Before starting to choose a vanity, consider these things: How much space do you have? Where is the plumbing? Are there any obstacles, such as the door, shower, tub, or toilet? What is the traffic flow? By answering these questions first, you can help make your decision much easier. Bathroom usage Depending on who’s using the bathroom, you will figure out how much storage space you’ll need and how many sinks. If this is a vanity for a half bathroom, or a guest room, then you’ll need a smaller vanity and probably only one sink. If this is the main bathroom for a larger family, the more storage and sinks you can get, the better. What kind of storage? The simplest question to answer is whether you prefer shelves or doors. But your space limitations may make one work better than the other. One of the best things about coming to see Elite Kitchens is that we’ll customize your vanity to offer you the exact type of storage you want and make it work in your space. Sinks and Fixtures Now it’s time to start thinking about the personal style of the vanity. You get to choose what kind of sink you want – undermount, self-rimming, or vessel....
Kitchen Cupboards Aren’t What They Used To Be

Kitchen Cupboards Aren’t What They Used To Be

Walking into an old home, or a heritage home, can be a real eye opener to how things have changed from then to now. Rooms are designed very differently these days and nowhere is that more evident than the kitchen. In the past, kitchens were designed to be used by either the housewife or the maid and no one else ever set foot into it. Aesthetics weren’t as important as functionality, but yet there was very little consideration given to what the user actually needed to properly produce a meal. Kitchen cupboards were designed as if they were cabinets attached to a wall. It was common to see heavy wood used, turning the simple act of opening the door into a workout. Instead of finding out what would go in the cupboards and then designing around that, the homeowner had to figure out how they could fit their possessions into the cupboards. Owners of older homes in Vancouver also know the problem of space in a kitchen. Many cupboards were built to be as deep as possible so they could store everything needed. The upside is that they can shove every appliance away. The downside is that there’s no way more than one person can cook at one time. That might not have been a problem in the past, but it really doesn’t work today. At Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms, we do things in the opposite way. Instead of trying to force you to fit your life into your kitchen, we fit your kitchen to your life. With our custom designed and built cabinetry, you will have a kitchen...

How to make your kitchen entertainment friendly

A kitchen is now the centre of our homes, the place where everyone gathers and guests come to visit. People spend more time in the kitchen than almost anywhere else. Instead of hiding the kitchen, modern designers want to make it the place to entertain and socialize. So how can you make your kitchen entertainment friendly? Here are a few ideas: Open it up Open kitchen designs are becoming more and more popular with every passing day and being able to entertain there is one of the benefits. The more the kitchen feels like it’s part of the house, the more accessible it is. Bigger countertops mean more seating Kitchens are getting bigger and now an island is no longer about having more cooking space. Many families are using their countertops as seating for guests as well. Bar seating is still incredibly popular, with a raised countertop used as a place for people to sit and eat. Another common custom kitchen design is to build the island with space underneath to store chairs needed for seating. Cabinets that entertain Custom-built cabinets can be designed to fit whatever entertainment plans your family may have. If you are always having people over for coffee, why not have a cabinet that can store everything you need to make the perfect latte in the morning? If evening entertainment is more your style, then create a drink station with a mini-fridge, glass racks, and wine storage. Cabinets don’t have to be the china cabinets of old. They can be whatever you choose. Take a look at the Kitchen designs that Elite Kitchens have created...

Types of kitchen cabinet hinges

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the cabinet hardware you have to think about when deciding how you want your new kitchen to look. From knobs and handles to colours and finishes, there are multiple choices that you need to make when designing a kitchen remodel. One other choice that often gets overlooked is the type of hinge used. There are many types of cabinet door hinges on the market and, although they are basic is design, they do require some thinking before making that decision. Depending on the style, the material, the size, and the colour, you may be looking at numerous options. Here are the five basic hinges to think about: Flush These hinges are inset into the cabinet, which means that the installer has used a router or chisel to create a ‘hole’ in the wood to place the hinge. The only part of this hinge you’ll see is the knuckle (the place where the hinge ‘bends’). Wrap Around These hinges are placed on the outside of the cabinet, each part of it visible. Often they are inset into the door and frame. Side This is probably the most common, sitting on the outside of the cabinet. These are usually very decorative and provide an extra bit of style to the remodel. Full Extension If you need the doors of the cabinet to open wider, in an almost 300 degree arc, these are the hinges to use. European This is most commonly used with an unframed cabinet and is entirely concealed within the wood on the inside of the door. These hinges often are self closing,...

Which stone countertop is best for me?

Choosing the right countertop can be a very difficult decision. There are many factors to consider, such as price, look, resale value, aesthetic, and installation. For each family, each home, the choice may be different. Remember that the final decision is yours – so the choice that’s best for one person may not be right for another. Here are a few things to help you decide which counter is right for you: Quartz Counters Quartz counters are non-porous and never require any sealing. Spilling liquids will not result in staining and they just require a quick cleanup. They are almost completely no-maintenance and are very durable. Quartz usually has more colour options and the colour can be more consistent. Since a quartz countertop is made from crushed quartz that is mixed together, the manufacturer can control the patterns and colours. They can, however, be discoloured by sunlight. If one part of the counter is exposed to a lot of sunlight, it may change colour over time. Quartz is usually the cheaper option, but not always, depending on the countertop you have chosen. Granite Counters Granite kitchen counters offer a more natural look, since they are basically a piece of rock that has been dug out of the ground and cut into the shape of a counter. Many people love that “back to nature” style, which accounts for its popularity. With that natural look comes some aspects that some may consider drawbacks while others consider advantages. Granite counters are not uniform in colour. There will be variations throughout the rock. In fact, the sample you see in the store may...

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