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ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A WELL-DESIGNED KITCHEN

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A WELL-DESIGNED KITCHEN

One of the most important steps in any project is starting with a great design. It’s not just about looks, it’s more about function and adding value to your life. More than any other room in the house, a kitchen must be well thought out, carefully configured and designed to accommodate multiple functions. You probably spend more time in your kitchen than any other room, and that’s exactly why it’s so important to start with a great design. Here are some essential elements of a well-designed kitchen to consider with your upcoming renovations.
Makes Good Use of Space
There are two parts to this design feature. The first is using all the available space so nothing goes to waste. The second involves using the space well. For example, keeping commonly used things in your kitchen close together so you don’t spend all your time walking from one side of the room to the other.
Has Enough Storage
A common mistake that people make when designing kitchens is not including enough storage. In addition, the smaller the available space there is, the more important it is to come up with creative storage solutions.
Takes into Consideration Traffic
Designing a kitchen well involves thinking carefully about how people use and walk-through it. For instance, walkways should be big enough to pass while safety is important too. For example, you should keep ovens and knobs away from walkways if possible, particularly if children use the kitchen.
Add an island if there’s room
Let’s face it, people love to hang out in the kitchen — especially when there’s something cooking that smells delicious. For families a kitchen island can help make the kitchen a space where everyone can gather and spend time. Space and kitchen layout will impact your island’s efficiency, so it’s not for everyone. But it’s worth considering.
A great meal doesn’t have to cost any more than a regular one. It needs to start with a great recipe, have quality ingredients and be carried out with confidence and execution in the kitchen. The same thing could be said about your next kitchen design. Make sure it’s a great one!

Dos and Don’ts for your kitchen island design

Dos and Don’ts for your kitchen island design

        In most kitchens now a days, the island can be the heart of the entire kitchen, where families gather to have meals, and to share their daily stories.  Apart from their social function, islands should be designed and installed for a specific purpose.  Homeowners are now opting for a multi-functional island, equipped with sinks, cooktops and even bar fridges.

Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to designing your kitchen island:

Dos:

  • Plan for electric: If you are planning on using your island as extra countertop space, having an outlet on either one, or both sides can assist in extending your space for your cooking needs.
  • Design: It is always best for your island to match the style and theme of your kitchen, but playing it up with different colours to textures can make for a nice subtle pop.
  • Design the right size island to fit your space: On one hand, an island that is too small for your space, won’t be functional. On the other, an island that is too large may cause interruption in the work flow of your kitchen.
  • Docreate a kitchen that allows for more uses than just cooking. Other common areas include a computer work area, or a seating area apart from the eating table where children can do homework.

Don’ts

  • Not enough storage: Homeowners can get caught up in the ideas of an island that they forget to allow room for storage to help make their island function more efficiently. Make sure to plan for organized storage, it can save you steps and make your island more functional and easier to use.
  • Wider isn’t always better: islands that are too wide are a very common mistake. Islands that are too wide can prevent you from reaching the center of the island, which makes it more difficult to utilize all the space, or even properly clean your countertop.  Instead make sure your placement and function is based on the size and layout of your kitchen.
  • Don’t sacrifice safety for aesthetics.
  • Don’tassume a family has only one cook. In a lot of dual-income households, families participate in meal preparation, so individual work areas are important. This might mean including a second kitchen sink or a cooktop on an island away from the primary food preparation area.

Hopefully this list helps you prepare for your kitchen remodel and reminds you of the little things that can easily be forgotten! For any of your kitchen island needs make sure to call or visit Verbeek Kitchens and speak with one of our experienced designers today.

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4 ways to update your kitchen

4 ways to update your kitchen

 

From breakfast until dinner, the kitchen serves as the hub and is the heart of any home. With a room that is used so often, it is easy to get caught up and before you know it your once trendy kitchen becomes yesterday’s news.  Here are 4 ways to rejuvenate your kitchen space, helping you combine practicality and style for years to come.

 

  1. Modernize your countertops

Kitchen countertops play a huge role in the overall look of your kitchen.  To update, consider ditching your vinyl countertops and replace them with stylish and functional granite for that modern look. Not only does granite look great, their hard and durable properties make them a very functional addition to any kitchen. This means you won’t need to replace them again anytime soon – and when they look as great as they do, why would you even want to?

 

  1. Make your kitchen accommodating

As we talked about before, the kitchen has evolved in recent years. Where it was once only a space for cooking, the kitchen now serves as the center of the daily workings of the family. Consider adding a seating area to accommodate everything from friends coming over to catch up, or even the kids doing their homework.

 

  1. Start thinking eco-friendly

As our society continues to develop a greater environmental consciousness, eco-friendly is becoming an increasingly popular design feature.  So it is well worth updating this space with the latest eco-friendly designs and appliances.  Adding the latest energy efficient appliances to your kitchen is an excellent way to keep up to date ensuring your kitchen doesn’t get left in the dark ages.

 

  1. Don’t forget about lighting

Lighting often is an afterthought when it comes to your kitchen design, but the truth is lighting can influence a kitchens ability to make an impact.  The important thing to think about is ambience.  While a big bright kitchen might have worked kitchens in the past, the modern spaces rely on versatile lighting to match the rooms new role as a social hub.

 

Following these tips will help you refresh your kitchen and achieve a stylish modern space that will remain trendy for years to come.

 

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How to find the right cabinets for you

With so many options of kitchen styles to choose from, how do you find the right one for your home? Finding a style that fits your needs, desires and aesthetic preferences is not always an easy task.

The kitchen is the hub of your home, a place to not only cook and eat but to entertain, gather and to even work.  Whether its large or small, picking the right style for you is important. A new kitchen is a big investment, so it has to stand the test of time.

It used to be that you would match your kitchen to the style of your house – rustic, or country style for cottages, for instance, and shiny, modern designs for new builds. But now picking from both modern and traditional can give you a kitchen that is timeless and practical.

Modern kitchens are usually sleek and simple.  Imagine no moldings on doors or slab door cabinets.  An emphasis on the materials used for construction: granite or concrete countertops, stainless steel appliances, glass backsplash and finishes ranging from matte to shiny.  Traditional kitchens are usually defined by their detail and are usually made of wood. Imagine decorative moldings, wooden doors, countertops, and ‘antique’ finishes. Transitional kitchens take the best of both worlds and combine features from both styles to suit your personal taste and needs. A shaker-style, with minimal lines is a prime example of a mix of classic and contemporary.

Stop by our showroom or call and speak with one of our designers regarding any questions you have about purchasing new cabinets for your kitchen, 189 Exeter Rd, London, ON 519-685-1811

Things to consider before remodeling your kitchen

When you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, there are a few things homeowners should consider before you remodel, these include:

  1. The age of your home

In your kitchen remodel, there are more things to keep in mind other then cosmetic. The age and state of your home structure will almost play a factor in your kitchen remodel, more importantly your plumbing.  Having your plumbing checked before you remodel is a very important thing to consider.

 

  1. Your budget

Your budget is another big thing to consider. There might be areas you  want to splurge on but cut back on others. Alongside your kitchen design professional, you can work with your budget to make the most of what your kitchen remodel has to offer.

  1. The size of your space

The size of your kitchen is the most important thing that one should consider in the early stages of your remodel.  Unless you are removing walls, your kitchen size will determine your layout, storage and counterspace that you will be able to fit in your new remodel. If you are planning on expanding the size of the space, what would you include in the space? An Island or peninsula is a great idea for some extra storage and countertop space, providing you have the space to easily get around.  These are very important things to speak with your designer about before starting your remodel.

 

  1. Find the right professionals for the job

A great place to start is to head to a kitchen showroom so you can checkout the latest design and get ideas by talking to the designers.  It is also important to look at websites such as Houzz and Pinterest to get some ideas of what you are wanting in your kitchen remodel.

 

When you are ready to begin the remodel process, call us at Verbeek Kitchens to speak with one of our designers 519-685-1811

 

Why White Kitchens Work

Kitchen fads will come and go, but if you want something that will stand the test of time, a white kitchen is the way to go and here’s why.

If your ready to remodel your kitchen, then your ready to drop some serious cash and you don’t want to drop it on something that will end up disappearing faster then sour milk down the drain.

Two words: white kitchen.

White kitchens stand the test of time because they are “fresh and clean” and there isn’t a better way to approach design other than that.  As the brightest colour, white reflects light and makes even a small kitchen feel and look spacious.

Flash back to the 1920s, white was just about the only colour offered by kitchen manufacturers.

White is marketable! The Home Appliance Manufacturers Association says white appliances have outsold all other colours and the same goes for cabinets. White almost always tops the list in most popular kitchen and baths annual surveys, which is great news when it comes to resale value. The simple beauty of white kitchens takes the worry out of marketability.

 

Think white cabinets are too boring? No way! Cabinet doors and trims create incredible details and dimensions of contrast that give depth and interest to your cabinets.  Don’t forget, every colour looks great paired with white! Think of all the fun you can have decorating and making your kitchen come alive. White kitchens let you be you! Think of an art canvas, it starts off as a perfect white backdrop for your favourite colours. Paint the walls, add open exposed wood shelves, anything you imagine can come alive.

At Verbeek, we create dream kitchens to match the needs of all our customers. Our team will be happy to answer questions on all the latest trends and innovative technologies. Call us direct at 519-685-1811 or come into our kitchen showroom at 189 Exeter Rd. London, ON

 

 

 

Top 10 autumn design trends

2018 has certainly had no shortage of amazing kitchen design trends and they just keep on coming! This autumn, it’s all about contrasting colours and juxtaposing textures. Trends include the contrast of industrial style concrete and cool quartz countertops, and eye-catching kaleidoscopes of kitchen essentials against dramatic dark cabinetry.

What’s in and what’s out for autumn 2018

1. Smart technology: 2018 has been all about combining technology with style. As the smart kitchen market continues to grow, it’s a design trend which is set to continue into the autumn and beyond. From motion sense-equipped faucets to awe-inspiring smart refrigerators, the smart revolution is here to stay.

2. Darker shades: While white and grey remain the staple choice for cabinetry, daring to go darker will add a touch of drama. Navy blue is this season’s signature colour, but close on its tail are emerald green, sumptuous plum and classic black.

3. Mixing it up: If darker hues are too overpowering for your smaller kitchen, you can still stay on trend. Inject a little personality into your space with a two-tone cabinet scheme. Use one colour or material for the upper cabinets, and another for the lower ones. Try blending black and white for a classic kitchen look, or combining rich maple with glossy grey.

4. Open shelving: Open shelves are another great way to introduce colour against a neutral palette. Make a statement in a white kitchen by painting them a bold navy blue. Alternatively, stick with the all-white theme and let your kitchen essentials speak for themselves. Brightly coloured bottles, striking spice jars and carefully placed cookbooks can be transformed into eye-catching décor.

5. Metal features: Prefer to stay with a neutral palette? There are other ways to add a splash of colour to your space and you won’t be needing a paint brush… Brass, copper, and gold finishes bring warmth to your cabinetry, the wow-factor to your sink, and vintage glamour to your light fittings.

6. Composite sinks: Made from the same material as your countertop, composite sinks are a firm favourite this autumn. The popularity of concrete is also set to continue. In addition to sinks and countertops, furniture, wall coverings and tiles are all emerging as this season’s surprise concrete choice.

7. Cool quartz: For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still beats granite to the No.1 spot. This autumn’s trend is moving towards the softer, more neutral colors like grey, taupe, cream and white.

8. Black is back: This season’s latest must-have appliances come in a cool matte black which is both practical and stylish. Unlike their stainless-steel counterparts, matte black appliances won't show every fingerprint.

9. Appliance garages: As featured by us back at the start of 2018, appliance garages are a real winner. Reduce counter clutter with a built-in space especially devoted to your toaster, coffeemaker or food processor.

10. Individual lighting: Well-planned kitchen lighting design can make all the difference between a functional kitchen and a spectacular space. This autumn, move on from tired track lighting and the traditional trio of pendants. Instead, choose prime positions for hanging individual pendants. Then place your favourite serving dish, artwork, or appliance under the spotlight … literally. Still not convinced about coloured cabinetry? LED colour-changing lights allow your kitchen to be bathed in rich colour whenever you choose.

At Verbeek, we create dream kitchens to match the needs of all our customers. Our team will be happy to answer questions on all the latest trends and innovative technologies. Call us direct at 519-685-1811 or come into our kitchen showroom at 189 Exeter Rd. London, ON

Top brass kitchens

Industrial style kitchens are an established part of many on-trend loft or urban bachelor apartments. For many designers and customers alike, the clean lines of sparkling stainless steel against a stark palette of black, white or grey will never wane. However, there’s a new majestic metal on the kitchen design scene and it’s adding a deeper solid shine to urban chic. It’s brass – and it’s back!

Getting down to brass tacks

Brass is a wonderful addition to any kitchen. It adds a glamorous glow to the functional family space and a warmer, more ‘vintage-feel’ to its urban counterpart. Whether you’re embarking on a brand-new renovation or simply refreshing an old design, getting the ‘brass-look’ couldn’t be easier. Here are six design ideas to get you started:

1) Kitchen islands

Limiting the metallic look to a single defined area can often have the biggest impact. For a classic combination, add burnished brass cabinetry to your kitchen island.

2) Countertops and sinks

Countertops crafted entirely of brass create the wow-factor and add that special vintage vibe, especially as they begin to age. Over time, the surfaces used most will get shinier, whilst the underused areas gradually darken. Add a pure white, apron-front sink for a stunning contrast. Alternatively, turn the idea on its head. Brushed nickel sinks create a convincing brass-look against glossy white worktops and look equally eye-catching.

3) Walls, tiles & backsplashes

Exposed brickwork, concrete, and subway style tiles are all part of the established industrial look. For a bigger statement, choose brass mosaic tiles or spruce up plain subway-style tiles with golden grout. A bold brass backsplash will certainly attract attention, and last for decades. For a touch of brass class without the price tag, run a seam of brass along the top or through the centre of a tile or glass backsplash.

4) Lighting

Low-hanging brass pendant lights are a great addition to any industrial style kitchen, adding a warm glow without compromising on the overall styling. Oversized bulbs will further enhance the urban chic appeal.

5) Accessories

In a pared back space, token brass pieces will add a rich hint of glamour. Minimal, simple touches work best: try a bold brass fruit bowl on a kitchen island, a striking brass vase on the kitchen table, or casually displayed brass saucepans on open shelving.

6) Floors that enhance brass

Exposed steel surfaces are often a feature of city loft apartments, offering a simple background for the other elements of the kitchen. More often, you’ll find antique wooden floors as a more subtle choice for the family kitchen. Floors with herringbone or chevron patterns will soften the look further, and add to the warm vintage feel when set against brass cabinetry and accessories.

Thinking outside the brass box

Recycling is a key component of the industrial design trend. Visit local flea markets and antique stores and consider mixing and matching the furniture you stumble upon. Add brass legs to wooden chairs, stools and tabletops. Or, for a touch of warmth in an unexpected place, why not compliment timber cabinetry with some brass kickplates?

For that finishing touch, swap your faucets and cabinetry hardware for antique brass equivalents. You can find them at local stores, thrift shops, and auctions. It won’t matter that they don’t all match – the beauty is in the objects themselves. Look for brass accessories for elsewhere in the home too; hooks, door handles, front door furniture. Don’t polish antique brass items. Simply wash them, dry them, and rub with a soft cloth to bring up the shine a bit. This way your brass will keep that long-established patina so beloved of designers.

At Verbeek Kitchens, we create kitchens to match the needs of all our customers. Call us direct at 519-685-1811 or come into our kitchen showroom at 189 Exeter Rd. London, ON. Make your kitchen dreams a reality!

Outside kitchens: the ultimate in year-round entertaining

Outdoor kitchens are a growing trend and a fabulous addition to any large garden. But before you multiply your kitchen (and your budget) by two, step away from that pizza oven brochure and consider your options.

Some of the most desirable kitchens are those that flow seamlessly from the interior to the exterior. Extending inside design themes into your outside space creates so much more than just an outdoor kitchen. It can define the ultimate area for outside entertaining. If that sounds perfect for your social lifestyle, it’s time to turn your kitchen inside out!

Blurring the boundaries

Start thinking about how to bridge that inside-outside gap right from the initial design of your new kitchen. Here are some suggestions for reducing boundaries between inside and outside.

1. Get close to nature

If you’re planning a kitchen extension, include as much glass as possible and let the natural light flood in. For the real wow-factor, consider triple glazed, low frame profile bi-fold doors. These doors simply fold back at the lightest touch to effectively remove the fourth wall of your kitchen and allow step-free access from inside to outside space. Look for bi-folding doors that offer the highest ratings for UV protection, heat insulation and security.

2. Stay connected

If your budget doesn’t extend to bi-fold doors, there are other ways to create the perception of a single space. Start by linking your design themes with matching colours and textures across both your indoor and outdoor furniture. Look for other ways to create connections between your inside and outside areas, such as lighting, finishes and use of specific woods.

3. Let your floor flow

Using the same flooring materials inside and out gives a seamless feel to the transition between inside and outside spaces. Flagstones, for example, are hard-wearing and work particularly well in a glass-box extension. Another neat design trick is to use one material for the majority of the kitchen, then merge into your outdoor flooring just before the doorway to your outside space.

4. Put on a performance

Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be all about a basic brick-built BBQ or even a fancy pizza oven. Add a cooktop to your kitchen island and position it as close to your outside space as possible. With guests able to see you in action from both inside and outside, the stage is set to astound your guests with some culinary theatre!

5. A trick of the light

For the final deception, extend your inside lighting outside. Use small spotlights to create the ambience in your kitchen, and then continue the mellow mood by embedding solar lights into your deck or under the eaves of a summerhouse. If low hanging pendant lighting creates a central feature over your kitchen table, why not mirror the effect with string hung lanterns over your outside table or dining area.

When to keep the outside, outside

Of course, not everything on the outside is welcome inside. There are some things you’ll definitely want to keep out of your home if possible, including:

Fruit flies

Keep a lid on compost bins, cover fruit bowls and plates to avoid attracting these little pests. Set fruit fly traps: pour red wine or vinegar into a ramekin, cover it with plastic wrap and poke holes in the top with a toothpick. Attracted by the smell, the flies crawl through the holes and then can’t find their way out.

Mosquitos

If you have any garden water features, make sure they are fitted with a pump or recirculating system to avoid standing water, which mosquitos breed in. Also, watch out for hidden water sources, such as pots, grill covers, sand buckets, baby pools and other children’s toys.

With some imaginative planning and a few precautions, the outdoors can be as much a part of your kitchen as the room indoors. At Verbeek, our expert design team are ready to help turn your kitchen inside. Call us at 519-685-1811 or drop by our kitchen showroom at 189 Exeter Rd. London, ON.

Kitchen Entertaining: Beyond the Barbeque

There’s nothing like sunshine to bring out the beers and the barbeques. Summertime is the season for socializing, yet there’s one golden rule when it comes to guests – you’ll always find them in the kitchen at parties!

Whether your event is indoors or outdoors, winter or summer, there’s no getting away from it. Kitchens are, quite simply, a people magnet! So, why resist? ‘Go with the flow’ and create your perfect party kitchen.

6 kitchen design tips for your summer party

The best kitchen design is often about striking the right balance between practicality, style, and fun. Our kitchen design team share their top six kitchen design tips to ensure your kitchen is ‘party ready’:

1. The open plan phenomenon

If you like to be part of the action, nothing can beat the open plan kitchen. Dedicated zones for food prep, dining and relaxation are ideal for seamless socializing. Your guests have ample space to sit back and relax, and you can still enjoy their company while you create a culinary masterpiece. Even the smallest space can offer opportunities for social seating. Why not use that under-utilized space beneath your window for a bench seat? Finish it for comfort with silky soft cushions and throws.

2. Island life

For those with sufficient space and who love to entertain, building your kitchen around a centre island is a design must. Adding under counter storage will mean you can prepare food and chat with your guests without ever having to move from your work triangle!

Use it to lay out those pre-dinner appetizers or a light buffet. Or, for a warming winter treat, have your guests help themselves to a steaming array of hot dishes brought straight from the stove. In summer, serve chilled salads and tasty dishes direct from the fridge, free from outside pests and insects too.

3. Seeing double

For hosting large dinner parties, a double range oven with a 5-burner cooktop is a stylish centerpiece. Plus, all that extra cooking space means your culinary delights will finally reach perfection at the same time. Where possible, make room for a double sink. As every experienced party host knows, the double sink is worth its weight in dirty dishes!

4. The party mood

For the ultimate entertainment space, lighting design is crucial. Be sure to combine isolated areas of bright lighting with softer mood lighting. Installing separate dimmer switches will help you create an atmosphere to suit any occasion.

5. Clear countertops

Keep your dining table and countertops as clear as possible until the moment you serve. Why not invest in a oversized fridge and maximize your kitchen cabinetry to gain additional storage for special occasions. Store small appliances like toasters, blenders, etc. out of sight for clearer countertops every day.

6. Cool Countertops

Easy to wipe countertops (and plenty of them) are invaluable when it comes to that big party clean-up. Laminate is a cost-effective choice, but for that real touch of cool all year round, stone such as granite or quartz is a must. Stone countertops are also easy to clean, long-lasting and look great too.

At Verbeek Kitchens, our expert team can design a dream kitchen to suit your everyday needs and your party lifestyle. Start the fun today by calling us at 519-685-1811 or dropping by our kitchen showroom at 189 Exeter Rd. London, ON.