The Advantages of a 4-Inch Backsplash

4 inch backsplash

The 4-inch backsplash had been a standard in general construction installations for many years (as shown in the picture above) and many people love it.

Just to be clear the 4 inches refers to the length of the extension of the countertop itself that runs flush with the wall.

Here are a few things to consider about this style for your project.

Budget Friendly

A 4-inch backsplash is cost effective. It is made of less material than a half- or full-height backsplash and as a result, costs less to fabricate and install.

Simple

It has a clean straight line design that complements many different types of kitchen themes and design tastes.

Blends Well

When this backsplash is made from material that matches the countertop itself, it creates a pleasing and uniform look.

Keeps Wall Clean

The 4-inch backsplash does provide protection for the walls, from splatters and other kitchen activities.

Cozy

It can also make a large kitchen feel cozier. By covering part of the wall, its height alters perception and makes walls seem shorter and a ceiling seem lower.

Are Their Drawbacks to this Counter Style?

As the saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and with this said, some people do not like this counter style as they consider it a dated look for a counter (other's love it though)!

The other main drawback of this counter is that it is limited in the amount of wall protection it gives as it is lower than some other styles.

As with all design choices in a kitchen, it is really up to you as to what you like and what works with your daily kitchen regime.

There are many styles and materials available when it comes to choosing a good counter.

If you need assistance with this, or perhaps you need a full scale renovation of your kitchen space, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, ON are pros at designing, supplying and installing beautiful kitchens on budget and on time.

Call or email us for an in-home estimate today.

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Exploring The U Shaped Kitchen

U Shape Shaker White Kitchen
U Shape Shaker White Kitchen

U-shaped Kitchen:

The U-Shape Kitchen is a popular layout that has stood the test of time.

Space and storage can be maximized in this layout, it is ideal for the 2 cook household with its counter space and it even can be a place to eat with an island addition.

Essentially, the U-shaped kitchen can offer the best of all worlds. You will have all the space you need to make sure that you can use the kitchen to its full potential – perhaps separating the cooking and preparation areas and giving yourself ample storage space, but the space in the middle is yours to play with.

This is ideal for the home owner that likes to not only spent lots of time in the kitchen making meals and baking but also sees it as a communal family room where everyone can get together.

 

U Shape layout
U Shape Layout

U-shaped kitchen advantages

-Counter space

-Easy for two or more cooks to operate at once.

-U-shaped design helps to keep traffic out…

-Incorporating a kitchen island keeps cooking social

-can work in various space restrictions

Now sure about the kitchen layout that works for your home?  The team at Today's Designer Kitchens are highly experienced in assisting our customers design a layout that works for their unique needs.

There are many other layouts that can be considered as well.

For all your kitchen renovation needs in the Niagara Region, we are a full service design, supply and installation company that work in all project scopes and budgets and would be pleased to assist in your remodel.

Please contact us M-F 10-5 pm: 905-641-2284 or email us directly for an in home consultation: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

About Today's Designer Kitchens

We are a full service design, supply and installation company with a dedication to keep projects on time and on budget.

Serving the Niagara Region, our showroom is at 239 Carleton Street in St. Catharines.

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Making Open Concept Kitchens Work

Step Shaker Brilliant White Kitchen
Step Shaker Brilliant White Kitchen

Popular and gorgeous, there are a few key things to consider in an open-plan kitchen:

Materials can be used to create connections; the dining table or chairs could be in the same wood as a solid wood breakfast bar on an island, for example.

Colour is also a crucial element to think about when linking separate areas and can also be used to define the space. For example, colour used in a back splash in the kitchen might be picked up in the dining area on a feature wall.

Function: Think about how you use your kitchen and make sure your design matches your needs. For example; are you a serious cook with a need for lots of prep space; do you do a lot of entertaining and need a dedicated dining area; do the family often congregate in the kitchen – a large island may provide a perfect solution.

Focal Point: If your kitchen is to be at the centre of your family activities in an open plan room then make sure the kitchen cabinetry looks as good as possible, as it is part of your general living space.

A good design team will help you think through all your options at the planning stage and will come up with creative ideas and solutions to help you make your open-plan space as cohesive as possible.

At Today's Designer Kitchens, we make the process simple by giving our customers an in home consultation.

Then we design a kitchen that works perfectly for your unique tastes and needs, supply all the materials to make it happen and install it from start to finish at a price point that will leave you smiling.

Serving Niagara Region, please call us today to start the process: 905-641-2284, or email us at: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

 

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Top Tips for Creating Kid Friendly Kitchens

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If you're considering remodeling your kitchen and there are children in the family you may want to consider these kid friendly features:

  1. Round edge details. When you choose your counter top surface, you'll have plenty of options for the counter top slab edge details. We recommend using a style with a rounded edge, which is much more forgiving on heads that bump against them.
  2. Hygienic options. Kids spill and drop- and in a busy family kitchen, Quartz and Corian are excellent counter top solutions because they're virtually indestructible, easy to clean, maintain and are hygienic.
  3. Lowered countertop heights. Consider lowering a section of countertop to a child-friendly height. By having a kitchen surface well within their reach, children can safely prepare their own food without stretching or standing on other furniture - making them more accident prone.
  4. Touch-free faucets. Kids have a hard time turning faucets on and off, and can accidentally kick on water hot enough to scald. Touch-free faucets are the solution and can be pre-set to a safe "start temperature" that can be changed once the faucet is on and running.
  5. Kid-friendly storage. Dedicate a drawer and/or cabinet in the under-cabinet section and organize it with kid's plates, bowls, cups, and utensils, as well as some of their favorite snack items. Refrigerator drawers can be great for this too. That way, kids have everything they need at a safe level.
kid friendly kitchen

If you are looking to remodel the kitchen and you need some kid friendly features, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens have lots of experience finding the perfect balance of form and function for any busy family.

Contact us in the Niagara Region M-F 10 am-5 pm: 905-641-2284 OR

Email: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

Will a New Kitchen Increase the Value of My Home?

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kitchen from todays designer kitchens

According to a new survey by real estate firm Royal LePage, homeowners looking to increase the value of their property will get the biggest bang for their buck if they renovate the kitchen.

That makes a kitchen renovation a great investment in your property if it is something you have been considering.

According to website homeownership.ca:

"Kitchens are the single most important room in the home relating to valuation. As such, it is crucial that you invest in having a modern, fresh and desirable kitchen. Modern cabinetry, under cabinet lighting and new appliances will all significantly increase the value of your home on the market."

If you live in the Niagara Region and are interested in renovating but are concerned about the cost and stress of a kitchen remodel, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens offer a one call does it all solution.

We design, supply and install beautiful kitchens for less for our customers that they can enjoy for years to come and then profit from when they sell their home.

We welcome you to contact us for a kitchen renovation estimate today by email or phone.

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6 Things To Consider Before a Kitchen Renovation

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Off White Kitchen
WHAT CABINET HARDWARE IS BEST FOR MY KITCHEN?

For you to achieve a good flow visually, you must choose the right cabinet hardware and ensure that it is properly installed. You may want to pay attention to the minor details such as how the cabinet drawers and doors open. When you decide to change the knobs of your existing cabinets or put on knobs on new cabinetry for the first time, make sure you coordinate the styles.

WHAT SHAPE SHOULD I CONSIDER FOR THE EDGES OF MY COUNTER TOP?

While this may seem like a small detail, it can make a significant difference in the way the kitchen counter top looks and functions. Most modern kitchens are designed with counters that have an eased edge to give them a modern and elegant appeal. Though you can always think outside the box and create a design that gives your kitchen a unique personality.

WHAT FINISHES AND MATERIALS ARE BEST FOR KITCHEN FIXTURES?

Kitchen fixtures, which are usually metals, come in different kinds of finishes. You need to choose a finish that is practical and fits in beautifully in your kitchen. You don’t have to choose a single finish for all kitchen fixtures. A little mix and match is allowed. For instance, stainless steel and brushed glass fixtures go really well together.

WHAT STYLE OF SINK SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Sinks come in different style options and what you choose will affect the type of materials that are available to you. Under mount sinks are very popular in modern kitchens because they make it easier to keep the counter area clean. However, they cannot be installed in laminate counters since the cutout will make the finishing look unappealing.

WHAT FINISH SHOULD MY COUNTERS, BACK SPLASH AND FLOORING HAVE?

When you’ve settled for counters, back splash and flooring for your kitchen, the next important thing is to choose a suitable finish. Granite and quartz can look really well with a polished finish. A good finish can protect the surface, prevent scratches and make it last longer. With each stone sample you review, be sure to ask about the different kinds of finishes available. A good finish will enhance the appearance of your kitchen.

WILL THE KITCHEN DESIGN BE UP TO CODE?

There’s no harm in breaking the rules in your next remodeling project. Just ensure that the new design will still be up to building code. For instance, your choice of hood fan may be dictated by what’s laid out by your local building code. Additionally, your kitchen design should facilitate proper ventilation. Make sure you consult an expert in this department.

The professional team at Today's Designer Kitchens are here to assist you with your new kitchen and our years of experience will be at your fingertips to ensure a successful and budget friendly, beautiful kitchen.

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Antique White Kitchens

Antique White is one of the most popular kitchen cabinet colours on the market. It's bright and airy, appealing to homeowners with both small and large kitchens. Plus, white is a timeless finish.

The beauty of Antique White, is that it has a warmth to it with its yellow based undertone which makes it less sterile than the look of a pure white kitchen with its blue based undertones.

Add to that a solid wood raised panel door style and options for ornate detailing and homeowners can achieve a luxurious feel to their kitchen space effortlessly.

If you like the feel of a traditional take on modern design, the Antique White collection delivers.

Are you thinking of white cabinets in your home but are not sure what white would work in your space?

Our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist.

Visit our showroom to see all our cabinet selections in person, or simply give us a call at: 905-641-2284, or email us for an in home consultation.

Do Dark Cabinets Work in Small Kitchens?

Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen
Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen
Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen

Many of our clients love the trend of rich dark cabinetry, but are not sure if it can work in their smaller scale kitchen space.

Today we will talk about how dark colours can be a great choice, with a few considerations to keep in mind...

Light Accents

As seen in the main Step Charocoal Grey Kitchen above,  a fabulous beige based light granite counter top coupled with a matching tan wall paint make these dark cabinets stand out.

Add to that a creamy tiled floor and a neutral window dressing around the natural light source and you have a tight kitchen space that appears airy and light.

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Glass Doors and Open Shelves

Combining a solid wood cabinet with either glass inserts, shelves, or both adds dimension and interest to compact space and gives the illusion of space once again as seen in the Espresso Kitchen above.

Glass or open shelving further, allow the eye to see all the way back into the cabinet boxes - which adds at least a foot of extra "visual" space in cabinetry.

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Create Contrast with a Two Tone Concept

Consider using light cabinets on top and the dark cabinets on the bottom.

This popular design trend leads the eye up, gives the illusion of height and still gives you a rich dark cabinetry that grounds your space on the bottom.

A stunning combination as seen above in our Step Charcoal Grey and Step Shaker White Collection above.

Thinking about renovating your small kitchen space?  We specialize in bringing your dream kitchen to life, on budget and on time.

Please contact our design centre for an estimate today!

Easy Ideas to Make a Kitchen Feel Luxurious

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It doesn’t have to cost a lot to make your kitchen appear high-end. Just leverage your creativity and some of these tips. Here are 8 ways to make your kitchen renovation tricks that can make it look more luxurious.

1. LIGHTING FIXTURES

If you don’t have the budget to rebuild your kitchen, switching out your lighting fixtures can be inexpensive and make your kitchen look fantastic.  

2. FEATURE YOUR BEST STEM AND GLASSWARE 

A nice little trick to keep things looking their best in the kitchen is to make sure your nicest stemware and glassware is presented out front. No need for guests to see what lies behind!

3. YOUR BACK SPLASH

Feature your personal style by revamping your back splash. It’s not very expensive and it brands your kitchen almost as much as your choice of cabinets. 

4. REAL FRUIT

Seems basic, however adding real fruit to your kitchen in a stylish way will bring life to your space. Ever wonder why luxury homes always have beautifully bowled fresh fruit on their counters and kitchen islands?

5. GET A DIFFUSER

Burning candles or in-scents to add a nice scent in your kitchen costs a lot of money over time and the scents are usually more chemical smelling than nice. Get an inexpensive diffuser and some essential oils like lavender or clove and fill your kitchen with a light luxurious scent.

6. FRESHEN UP YOUR FLOOR WITH A RUG

Colour and texture can easily be added to your kitchen by simply throwing down a rug if you have the space in your kitchen to do so. Try an oriental style runner in between the island and the counter with a contrasting colour to make it pop.

7. GO BIG

Wall art can definitely add an element of luxury to your kitchen, but better than wall art is BIG wall art. Nothing says luxury like “over-the-top”. Invest in a painting or a print that fills an entire wall to make a statement.

8. MORE NATURAL LIGHT

More natural light makes your kitchen look friendlier, lighter, and more luxurious. Optimize your window light by making sure you’re not always covering the light with curtains or blinds. Keep them wide open in the day and let the light shine in.

It doesn’t have to cost more than a little bit of money and a lot of creativity to add luxurious elements to your kitchen. For help with your kitchen renovation, contact us at Today's Designer Kitchens and let us help guide you.

Why Hire a Kitchen Design Team?

Hiring a kitchen design team like Today’s Designer kitchens for your renovation can eliminate stress, plus save you time and money! Let’s dig a little deeper…

Designing a kitchen involves choosing materials and appliances; determining a layout; working through plumbing and electrical configurations; and so much more.

A professional full service design company can help put all of these pieces together so you get the kitchen of your dreams with ease while saving you money with their expertise and installation services.

Having professional designers, suppliers and installers working as a team on your behalf can help you budget wisely, avoid mistakes and make the space beautiful and functional in an organized and timely fashion.

That being said, it is always important to work with a company that can be sensitive to your specific needs.

At Today’s Designer Kitchens we handle small to large scale projects and listen to our customers, delivering you a unique one on one experience, customized to your needs and budget.

To find out more, give us a call or better yet visit our showroom, see our products in person and meet our team! M-F 10-5 pm.

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