Do you need more kitchen storage? Are you on a budget? Is it not possible to tear down walls to add more space? We have 11 tips, to get even the tiniest of kitchens to accommodate your needs! Continue reading →
In the run up to the German bathroom tradeshow, ISH 2015, the Association of the German Sanitation Industry is using its Pop Up My Bathroom trend forum to address designing for different stages of life.
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen countertops, there are several things to consider before you get started tearing out the old ones. You can have what would appear to be a simple job go very wrong if a few important things aren’t taken into consideration. Read on to find out how to ensure you have the best possible experience when it comes to updating your countertops. Continue reading →
We will never get tired of spreading awareness about our environment as well as providing our readers with the latest trends in green design.
Do you know what 2013 will bring to the world of kitchen design? Organic. That’s right, warm, earthy gourmet spaces. Mixing wood, slate, stone, and other rustic materials with industrial pieces.
Terry Mulligan of Yahoo gives us the latest trend in kitchen design:
Greens, blues, grays, browns, yellows, reds — these colors will be making a grand appearance in kitchens across the country. Whether on painted, weathered cabinets or handmade, upcycled tile, earthen colors will warm up our cooking spaces like never before. All shades are fair game, unless they glow neon. Stick to what you find in nature, and you’ll be right in style.
Organic Wood Cabinets
Instead of traditionally styled, stained, and glazed cabinets with fancy millwork, look for a more understated display of rustic wood on cabinet surfaces. Spalted maple or natural birch drawer fronts will be mixed with clean, industrial-styled cabinet doors and brushed stainless steel. And this year, austere shaker cabinets will be reinvented in many ways. It will be a welcome, yet unusual departure from the kitchens of the last 10 years.
Wood, Stone, or Tile Counters
Granite may not be the material of choice for countertops anymore. Wood and stone like slate should dominate — then add tile tops and backsplashes with a handmade look and feel. It’s all about color and textures that make you feel at home and comfortable this year.
Materials in Their Natural Form
Anywhere you can use materials in their natural form, it’s time to do so. Exposed beams on walls and ceilings will add a rural touch in some kitchens. Wood counters will sport natural, unfinished edges in their shift to a more organic style.
Rustic floors will be the rage. Reclaimed wood or polished concrete with amazing stain work will pull the other organic elements of the room together. Slate floors will also be in demand over highly polished marble or tile. Yet even in their natural form, these floors will still be a work of art. Artisans will be lending their expertise to make them part of a unique and extraordinary kitchen design statement.
At Plumbtile, the leader in all things bathroom and kitchen design related products, we have a wide array of green products from counters, faucets, and even tiles that are that are made from renewable resources that have none to minimal impact on our environment.
We at Plumbtile are thankful to our friends and all our loyal customers online. We have extended our Photo Contest promo to give everyone the chance to participate and win. The promo is now extended up to April 15, 2013.
If you haven’t heard about the contest yet, you will be pleased to hear that we are giving out $1000 worth of kitchen and bathroom products!
The rules are very simple. You just have to go to our Facebook fan page and upload a remodeling photo (past or present), and you will get the chance to win.
Again, thank you from all of us at Plumbtile!
Here are the rules:
For more information visit Plumbtile’s Facebook page.
Porcelanosa, one of our main tile vendors, is known for holding their Architecture & Interior Design Awards every year; which now has a new award program to it. This program is held in the United States and it is a design contest for design and architecture professionals. This contest will be judged by notable professionals in the industry. Finalists, who are picked by the judges, will then fly to Spain where the rest of the awards competition will be held; approximately 15 teams will be chosen to go. In Spain, the finalists will get to finish competing with the other projects that were picked from all over the world. Get ready to be excited! The finalists will get to go visit and tour the Porcelanosa factory themselves as well as tour places in Spain at no expense to them!
In Spain, at the Architecture & Interior Design Awards, there will be two types of awards given out and a contestant can have up to three projects in any of the two categories they choose or both. The first category is Forward-Looking Projects. This section is for contestants to create and design an area that follows set guidelines. These guidelines include using Porcelanosa products, building the inside of a restaurant, and including certain features in the restaurant. Contestants in this group can use their imagination and design whatever they want as long as they follow the basic guidelines. The second type of award is the Completed Projects award. Unlike the Forward-Looking Projects, the Completed Projects can be any type of design as long as the project was completed between January 2011 and February 2013 and used Porcelanosa products.
All projects will be judged using specific criteria that includes but is not limited to functionality, product use and creativity. The prize includes getting recognized nationally and internationally through different publications. This is a great way for designers to show off their talent and definitely get recognized for it. For more information about this wonderful new award program, click here.
Porcelanosa is known for their quality and beautiful products. The company has many years of experience and is a top notch kitchen, tile, and bath manufacturer. Distributors of Porcelanosa, such as Plumbtile, make it easy for you to decorate your home and make it look good using top products on the market today. Plumbtile offers many choices of wall and floor tiles by Porcelanosa to help you design your new space.
Visit the vast selection of Porcelanosa products at Plumbtile, go to www.plumbtile.com/plumbing-tile/Porcelanosa.html.
It is necessary for manufacturers to keep on their toes when it comes to new faucet design, as it is becoming more popular for technology to enter into the mix. KWC’s answer to the new high-tech trend is the ONO touch light pro, which offers the ability to control volume and temperature settings remotely. This wireless electronic faucet operation has a conveniently portable touch-operated control. The control can be placed virtually anywhere, as long as it is within 26 feet of the operating faucet. A magnet securely fastens the control in place and can be easily removed for relocation. There are three preset temperature settings that are programmable by the user. Each setting offers a 100 percent flow rate and the device even has a color coded light ring that corresponds with the temperature that has been selected.
You can also find other similar products made by Grohe on the Plumbtile website. If you are unable to find a specific product, please contact Plumbtile’s customer service department and they will be happy to assist you.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that more easily become outdated during a home’s lifetime. Designer Gloria Graham of Kitchens for Living (www.kitchensforliving.net) took on a tough project of transforming an older style kitchen for a homeowner Florida.
The need for change was obvious from the peeling cabinet paint to the lack of counter space and storage. Though in need some upgrades, the kitchen still had good bones and is located at the center of the house, making it the heart of the home. The most important factor was to keep the homeowner’s footprint, while incorporating strategic improvements that would go a long way. The homeowner also had some products on her wish list there were able to be incorporated.
Gloria’s design inspiration stemmed from the desire to creatively utilize existing kitchen space. She chose to bring in a British Colonial feel by incorporating the “X” motif and rattan inserts in certain pieces the cabinetry. Due to limited natural light in the kitchen, it was best to steer clear of the more traditional deeper colors as the room would have become much too dark. In order to meet the homeowner’s need for more counter space and storage, the center island size had to be expanded. There is now counter space available in almost a full 360 degree area throughout the kitchen. Completing the package are a few small sneaky details that make this kitchen unique and fresh. These details include discreet cabinets that house the coffee maker and toaster oven as well as microwave drawer, keeping these appliances hidden when not in use.
The updated cabinets have a maple stain and darker glaze on them and rattan panels were included in order to create a balanced flow with the other dining room furniture. The cabinets were designed by Gloria, herself, and custom built by Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co. (www.Brendandonovancabinets.com). Appliances in this kitchen include Thermador (gas range top), Subzero, Wolf and Bosch.
The homeowner’s favorite new feature was a durable white BLANCO SILGRANIT II Precis Super Single Sink. This classic style sink works nicely with the surrounding upgrades and its convenient size allowed for the surrounding space to be fully utilized.
With Gloria’s help the homeowner was very pleased with the end result. Her love of her new BLANCO Sink and the kitchen as a whole is extremely evident. This is the perfect example of how to increase storage space and functionality of a kitchen, while also brightening up the space and giving it a traditional airy feel.
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