Thursday, November 26, 2020

Revamping your outdated kitchen

Revamping your outdated kitchen cabinets

Do you have outdated kitchen cabinets? Don't have the finance to do a complete gut job? As a designer, I get asked this question a lot, "What can I do to update my kitchen without spending a lot of money?". There are a few solutions that you can do to update your kitchen.

The easiest and by far the least expensive with the most significant impact is to paint your cabinets.

Adding crown molding takes it up a notch!!

Add beadboard to flat panel door, then paint it any color you like.

Remember these cabinets? Very popular in the eighties? Not so much now!! Using a 2" wood strip, it completely changed the look of the cabinets. Love how they turned out.

Don't want to spend a lot of money on beadboard? Use paintable wallpaper. Easier to use, the same great effect.

Use half-round decorative molding to achieve this look. Then paint it any color you like.

As you can see, there are many ways to update the look of your kitchen without blowing your budget. It takes a little bit of time, but the results are simply amazing. And the money you just save, you can splurge on the backsplash or countertop. Maybe even both!!  For more ideas, check out Pinterest.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Pendant Lighting

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights are trending these days most commonly over kitchen Island. It serves a dual purpose. Offerings light in a much-needed area and changing the look of the space. Pendants come in all sorts of colors, finishes, styles, and lengths.

As a designer, I often get asked these two questionshow many will I need? And how big should they be? Good questions. As with anything else in designs, there are guidelines.

 1. How big? It requires a bit of math! Generally speaking, you want 12"-16" from the end of the island. The most common is 12". Let's say you have an island the is 120," and you want 4 lights. With 4 lights, you will have 5 open spaces, one on each end, and 3 in the middle (one between each pendant). Using 12" x 5 (open spaces) = 60".  Subtract from 120", and you are left with 60". Divide 60" by the number of pendants (4 pendants), and you are left with 15". This will be the diameter of your fixture. Can you figure out what the diameter would be if you were using 3 pendants? (Hint 24")

2. How many? The rule of 3. In the design world, odd numbers seem to work the best. That being said, rules are made to be broken. In the example I gave above, I use 4 pendants. Why? Because the island is very long and can handle 4 pendants. Just keep in mind if you are going with less, use slightly larger pendants. If you are going with more, use slightly smaller pendants above all, scale matters.

3. What height should I hang my pendants? They should hang 36" to 48" from the top of the counter to the bottom of the future. Be considerate of the sightlines. You don't want the pendant to obstruct anyone's views, nor do you want them to hit their heads!!

Images Via Pinterest