Updates to Create Your Dream Kitchen

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Updates to Create Your Dream Kitchen

An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home; whether you make just a few changes or completely renovate the entire space, a kitchen that feels new is always refreshing -- especially since it's a space where you spend so much time. From basic cooking to frequent entertaining, your dream kitchen should look as good as it functions.
 
Since the kitchen is ever evolving, so are the products available. Skip the fads and include ideas that are aesthetically pleasing and withstand the test of time. Here are a few updates that will turn your current space into the one you've been dreaming about.
 
Go Bold with Fixtures
  • When remodeling a kitchen, the sink space is often overlooked, but it's one element that can make a valuable style statement. While you're searching for a new sink, remember top off the highly used area with a fashionable and functional kitchen faucet.
  • With a great number of faucets on the market, there's a design for everyone. For a sleek, contemporary look at the sink, try the new Tilt™ kitchen faucet from Moen Canada, which features a distinct, top-mount handle -- allowing the faucet to occupy a small horizontal space for the utmost in urban minimalism. The thoughtfully designed faucet also combines the best of style and functionality with its innovative pullout design and integrated swivel ball joint to make it easier to maneuver the wand in and around the sink.
Be Smart with Appliances
  • Unlike a rug or lamp, kitchen appliances are not simple to return, so be smart -- not flashy -- when upgrading these items. Before making a purchase, it's best to work with a professional for guidance, and weigh all factors, such as who uses the kitchen, how many people are cooking at one time and how often your family cooks.
  • If you're an aspiring chef, consider a gas range that allows you to control the flame with precision. If you're a busy mom, electric versions allow you to heat food and boil water faster. It's also important to consider finishes -- if the rest of your fixtures are brushed nickel, you may want to opt for a stainless steel range, refrigerator and dishwasher for a coordinated look.
  • It's best to purchase what suits your needs and lifestyle. By making smart choices, and not splurging on unnecessary features, you'll have the budget to spend money where it matters most for you.
Add an Island
  • Add beauty, function and value to the heart of the home with an island. Whether you're hoping for more storage, seating or cooking space, an island can do it all. Many homeowners choose to build an island within their kitchen as a place for family and friends to gather and socialize. A multi-level design with stools on one side can provide casual seating for guests, leaving the other side available for you to prepare food or serve appetizers.
  • If you like to cook and entertain, you may also want a design that includes a bar/prep sink and beverage faucet -- this will aid in prep and provide fresh drinking water. The SIP™ beverage faucet from Moen offers a coordinating style for every decorating taste; traditional, transitional or modern. Enjoy cold, filtered water on demand, and the high-arc rotating spout allows for extra convenience when filling pitchers, coffee makers and more.
Amp up Lighting
  • Merely changing out the decorative lighting fixtures over the breakfast nook or centre island can have a significant visual impact, creating a fresher, more up-to-date design.
  • For a warm and inviting environment, combine four layers of lighting: task, ambient, accent and decorative. This will help you obtain your desired style while still providing the appropriate amount of light for working in the kitchen. The ability to adjust light levels is also important. When cooking or cleaning up, a bright punch of illumination makes the job easier. For lingering over a meal and conversation, dimmed lights help create ambiance. To accomplish this, make sure the design calls for separate dimmers for each type of lighting.
Every home has different needs, and whether your dream kitchen involves a complete overhaul or a simple spruce up, take the necessary steps, plan accordingly and make your design dreams a reality.

Moen.ca
 
Monday, May 2, 2016