Top 8 Kitchen Design Trends To Watch Out For

Are you looking for a new kitchen design for your home in 2021? This is the perfect time to update your space to fit your personality. However, if you aren’t sure how to change your kitchen, look at the design trends below for some insight.

Natural Look

Wood is a natural look that is truly timeless. Updating the kitchen with wood accents is a great choice. With many wood textures, finishes, and species, you have a ton of options. Replace your cabinets with wood ones for a considerable change.

Floating Shelves

If you need extra storage, consider modern floating shelves. This is a great kitchen design option that gives you functional space for storage. It’s fun to look at and completely practical.

Extra Colour

Even adding a new coat of paint can transform the kitchen. If you want an easy accent, add some colourful paint. Look for complementary bright colours and paint the walls and cabinets in different hues. 

dditional Textures

Textures in kitchens are becoming popular. It might sound complicated, but all it involves is a little creativity. For instance, wooden cabinets, tile floors, and stone countertops work well together to add texture.

Stunning Fixtures

All the small fixtures can also come into play with kitchen design. Large lights can add elegance or new faucets can make the space more modern. Think about accents, colours, and more.

Modern Metal Materials

Adding metal to the kitchen can make it more modern and sleep. Stainless steel faucets, appliances, and other fixtures offer a dose of shine in any kitchen. A silver, copper, or gold backsplash will also work well.

Exciting Backsplashes

Everyone has backsplashes in their kitchen today. Bold designs and colours are the newest way to make them stand out. Add some texture and personality in a simple kitchen design product. 

dded Storage

If you have lots of appliances, consider more storage. For example, a large cabinet can hold rice cookers, instant pots, and air fryers. You could also install a cabinet with pull-out shelves for all the extras.

When you are considering a new kitchen, make sure you have an expert kitchen design team by your side. They can help you decide the best way to rejuvenate the space and make it somewhere you want to spend all your time. 

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Learning to Fix Your Own Water Heater

Having hot water is one of the most vital resources a homeowner can have. Taking showers, doing dishes, and washing clothes all require this valuable commodity.

Water heaters can malfunction at any time with no warning. Learning to troubleshoot problems with your water heater can be a lifesaver.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to navigate your water heaters system, it’s okay. We’ve got a guide on learning how to fix your water heater. 

Troubleshooting Your Water Heater

Listed below are some of the most common problems you can encounter with your water heater. Keep reading to find out simple solutions for these problems.

Thermostat Issues

If the water in your sink or tub is too hot or too cold, there could be a thermostat problem. Testing the thermostat with a voltage meter can let you know if the component is faulty.

Dripping Valves

Does the hot water in your home not last long enough? This could be a problem with dripping valves or fixtures.

Use a wrench and check all the connections on the pipes and hoses around the water heater. Ensure everything is tight and locked correctly.

Puddles Under the Water Heater

You may have found a puddle of water under the heater unit. Is it a leak or just condensation?

If you’ve recently installed a new water heater, condensation is present on many newer models. Monitor your water heater as it turns on.

Condensation tends to build up after the first few minutes a water heater turns on. Approximately one half-gallon of vapor can form from the unit powering on. 

Winterising

Is your water heater freezing when the temperatures get cold outside? Frozen water heaters can cause severe malfunctions. 

The heater may require extra insulation around the main unit. If this doesn’t seem to help, consider purchasing insulation for your pipes. 

Recognise and Diagnose

Pay attention to how your water heater functions. Get familiar with the noises it makes and the cycles it goes through. This ensures your ability to notice small changes that could lead to bigger problems later. 

 

If you simply can’t fix it yourself, consider investing in a brand new water heater from your local plumber

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DIY: Faux Marble Candle Holders

I have this thing with the wood aisle at Lowes. They have a great selection of short poplar pieces in various sizes and they always inspire ideas, like these table leg candlesticks from last year and these basket planters a few months ago.

I spied a chunky 3×3” piece and thought, hmmm, if I wrapped that in marble contact paper I bet it I could make them look like a high end marble candle holders but on the cheap. I liked this style but wanted a trio in different heights.

These candle holders have a high end look but were really cheap to make. I wrapped wood cut at different lengths with black marble contact paper and topped them off with spray painted copper caps to create them. (Compare to versions like this and this that are way more expensive.)

To recreate these here’s what you need: one 3x3x48” poplar square; black marble contact paper; 3/4” copper caps; gold spray paint, black spray paint (optional); spray adhesive; super glue; sanding wedge; scissors; miter saw.

I found the 3x3x48” poplar square but you could also use 2” square or 3” round circle pieces too!

 

The copper caps I found in the plumbing department, the 3/4” size fits standard taper candles. There are various kinds of copper pipe connectors and caps in the 3/4” size, I chose the simple cap for my project.

Trim the blocks to desired height, these are 5”, 6 1/2” and 8” height. Sand the edges to remove any roughness.

I spray painted them black thinking the contact paper would stick better to painted surface instead of raw wood. Here they are without the contact paper wrap and these look good too!

Of course you could paint them any color and add the copper cap top in its raw state or painted a contrasting color.

A larger group of these wood candle holders would make a great Halloween candelabra!

The faux marble surface is created by wrapping the blocks like a present.

The one thing about contact paper is it has an adhesive back but to make it stick better, unwrap the block and give it a light coat of spray adhesive for greater adhesion then rewrap.

Wrap the long sides first then trim the edges and fold them over the top and bottom.

I spray painted the copper caps with gold leaf spray painted and super glued them to the top. Voila!

An easy project for adding faux marble decor to your space! You could use the same contact paper to create bookends, cover trays or desktops, planters and canisters too!

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5 Ways You’re Using Your Dishwasher Wrong

Having a dishwasher can make home living easier for you. Gone are the days when you have to go to work late because of a time-consuming kitchen chore. Using a dishwasher is as easy as loading up the device, adding the dishwasher detergent, pushing a few buttons, and you’re good to go. It only takes a few minutes of your time to be able to come home to a clean, mess-free kitchen. 

Proper usage is key to maintaining the quality condition of your dishwasher. Here are 5 bad dishwashing habits you should break:

Overloading the machine

While running a small load can waste water and energy, overloading the dishwasher has its harmful effects too. It can result in constant overheating, which can shorten the life of your dishwasher. Read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the proper way to load the machine. 

Using cheap detergents

Always go for a top-quality dishwasher detergent. Cheap products may contain chemicals and other ingredients that can be damaging to the different components of your dishwasher. 

Leaving food waste

You can rely on your dishwasher to properly clean your dishes. However, you are not supposed to load items that are too dirty. Otherwise, the machine will be forced to work harder and consume more energy. 

Forgetting to clean the interior

Your dishwasher needs cleaning every now and then to get rid of food, grease, and soap scum residue that gets stuck inside the machine. It only takes a little time and effort to get the job done, so don’t try to skip it!

Skipping regular inspections

Keep your dishwasher’s health in check by having it inspected and maintained regularly by a pro. Doing so can save you from dealing with expensive equipment repairs and replacements. 

Are you looking for a trustworthy professional to handle your dishwasher problems at home? Get fast, efficient results when you hire a licensed Osage Beach plumber. Book a service now!

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How to Prep Your Home for an Air Conditioning Installation

An air conditioning installation is essential in a home. However, you cannot rely on your hired contractor to do all the work. If you want the job to get done fast and hassle-free, you should take the necessary steps to prepare your space. Before calling the pros into your home, here are a few things you must do:

Take the time to clean and declutter your home. 

Before your AC installation schedule, do not forget to conduct proper cleaning in your home, especially around the work area. Remove obstructions, such as kid’s toys, furniture, and appliances, and transfer them temporarily to another room. A clean and clutter-free work area allows contractors to move around freely during the installation process. 

Make sure your ductwork is ready.

If you are going to install a central air conditioning system in your home, you must get your ductwork installed ahead of time. In case you have existing ductwork, have it cleaned and sealed properly before integrating the new AC system. 

Keep small kids and pets away from the working area.

Playing kids and running pets can distract your hired AC contractors at work. Put your kids in a separate room where they can play and sleep while there’s an ongoing AC installation in your home. It would also be the best time to take your pets out on a walk. 

Hire a professional air conditioning installation Jupiter

Get the most benefits from your new air conditioning installation at home by hiring a licensed and skilled AC contractor. If you are living in or around Jupiter, there is no need to look further for an HVAC company you can trust. Hire the trusted local HVAC company near you and expect no less than fast and efficient results. Get quality consultations and estimates when you talk to the pros today! 

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Factors to Consider When Choosing New Lighting for Your House

Lighting plays a crucial role in interior design. It has a direct effect on the appearance, mood, and functionality of a room. Besides placement, your choice of a lighting fixture can either make or break your home design. In your next lighting purchase, be sure to consider these important factors to save time and money. 

Overall theme

Always choose a lighting fixture that complements the overall theme of your house and the furniture design. You must decide first whether to go for a classic, contemporary, or transitional theme. Then, you can shop for lighting fixtures.

Ceiling height

Another important factor to consider is the ceiling height of the room. If your ceiling height is 8 feet or lower, it would be ideal to choose flush mount or semi-flush mount lights. That will avoid crowding the space unlike when you install chandeliers and pendant lights. 

Room size

Your lighting should be proportional to the size of the room. Choosing a light fixture that is too small for the size of the room won’t give you the right amount of light for illuminating spaces. On the other hand, too much light can make a room feel uncomfortable. 

Energy efficiency

This is an important consideration when shopping for a lighting fixture. Opting for LEDs will help you save money on your monthly energy bills. According to the Department of Energy, LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights. 

Consult a licensed San Diego electrician

Are you having a hard time deciding what type of lighting fixture to install in your home? If yes, do not hesitate to ask the experts from your trusted local electrical company. Hiring a professional San Diego electrician to perform installations and repairs in your home will help ensure your safety and the safety of your family. What are you waiting for? Call the pros now!

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5 Popular Countertop Materials For Your Kitchen

Kitchen design incorporates a variety of elements. Each plays a vital part in bringing your concept to life, from what appliances you choose to the color scheme for your worktops and interiors. One area that is not just important for function but also style is your countertops. This surface area will give you a foundation to prepare food and also ties your design ideas together. 

How do you decide on the best option with the vast array of countertop materials to choose from? Check out some of the popular kitchen countertop materials below to find out:

Quartz countertops

Quartz is an excellent example of getting a high-end look in your kitchen without the high maintenance compared to other materials. It is one of the hardest minerals on the planet and is resistant to staining and marks, which is perfect for a busy family kitchen. This material is also extremely durable, and there is more consistency within the colors from slab to slab. The finish of quartz has a glossy look and creates a luxury aesthetic in the kitchen space. Take a look at some of the best quartz kitchen countertops for examples of this material. 

Marble countertops

Marble is synonymous with luxury and is used in low-traffic kitchen spaces. The material is more fragile than other options as it has a porous surface and may stain easily. This natural material is beautifully unique and can vary from slab to slab in color and veining. There is a range of matte and glossy finishes depending on your requirements. 

Granite countertops

Granite is a natural product that originates from a variety of sources across the world. It has a raw and unmatched beauty, and the look may vary from slab to slab. While this material is durable, it does require some maintenance, such as sealing every 10-15 years. This sealant protects the granite from oil penetration and staining, so ask your vendor what is required when selecting this material for your kitchen. 

Solid synthetic countertops

Solid surfaces made from synthetic materials are a popular choice in kitchens. This countertop material is nonporous and is heat and stain-resistant. Over time you may see some scratches on the surface, but these can usually be removed with buffing. If you’re looking for a consistent color or pattern match, this is an excellent option as there is a wide selection of colors and styles. Most solid surfaces have a matte finish and vary in price depending on the color choice. 

Solid wood countertops

Wood is another option for kitchen countertops, especially if you want to add warmth to the interiors. However, it is mainly recommended that wood be used as a focal point rather than the whole surface of the kitchen. Wood is high maintenance and scratches easily. It is also susceptible to damage from water and general kitchen items. This style of countertop is usually matte, but you can have a high gloss applied to the surface for a smooth appearance. 

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Weekend Reading 10.3.21

Hello October! It’s been so beautiful the past few weeks, I’m soaking up the autumn flavors and sights all around me. We’ve been lucky to not have any wildfires locally so the air is clear and crisp. So far we’re catching a break this season.

Today I’m finishing up the wallpaper in a bathroom renovation then I’m attending an Oktoberfest celebration at a local beergarden with some lovely friends. Prost!

Favorite links from the week:

What a perfect shade of blue in this sunny cocktail room.

A garden shed becomes a teen hangout.

Fab DIY: mirrored wall using IKEA stick on mirrors.

 This interior planter built into hardwood flooring. 🙂

This unexpected use for wine corks.

Very cute for your fall table: mini plaster pumpkins & tealight holders.

How to carve your pet’s face on a pumpkin for Halloween.

Remodeling expenses by region: actual cost versus resale value.

Always impressed when celebrities recycle their gowns.

Twelve places in the world where it is never cold.

What if we all measured success by these standards?

A beautiful reflection on the month of October.

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Sculptural Mirrors in Organic Shapes

On that model home tour I shared earlier this week, I spied an amazing live edge wood mirror on the wall in the dining room of one of the staged homes. (I was also happy to see my favorite small round dining table also used in this client’s dining nook.)

 

Rounded edge rectangle and circle mirrors with pencil thin or wood trim edges have been popular in the past few years but I love that we’re seeing more organic flowing edge mirrors.

These live edge and asymmetrical mirrors mimic more of the shapes you’d see in nature. They make great focal points and as always, mirrors are that perfect solution for bouncing light around a room.

live edge 36”custom live edge

wood live edge48” live edge

 

rectangle live edge

wavy woodhickory swirl mirror

organic ovalmidcentury wood

48” brass rough edge

black wavy edge (also gold) / edgebark

black irregular edge (also brass) / brass set of 3

asymmetrical set – irregular shape

flowing woodibiza gold

gunmetalchampagne organic shape

gold asymmetrical mirror

Do you love these more organic shapes too?

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