How to Design a Dream Kitchen

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A kitchen makeover that’s amazing is not only a renovation, but a careful pre plan that envisions what you want so here are our top recommendations on how to design a dream kitchen.

Function

Probably THE most important aspect to think about when planning a new kitchen is to determine what function you wish it to serve.

Cooking is likely the main function of a kitchen, however, over the years it has become so much more than that.

It has become the heart of the home, a place where we gather and spend most of our time inside. It’s become the single most important room in the house. Besides cooking and eating in the kitchen, many also work, watch tv, read the mail,  hang out with guests or sip on a glass (or two) of wine after a long day. While this may not be what you personally do, the point here is to narrow down exactly what you see yourself doing in this space, and how to make it work for your family.

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Here’s a few points to consider when thinking of the function of your kitchen:

How do you plan on using it everyday? Besides cooking, what other daily activities do you like to do in the kitchen? Do you like to entertain? How much seating do you need? Most kitchens nowadays are eat-in kitchens and have an area for an everyday family table, but if you are someone who likes to entertain, or want a more casual place to chat with your kids over an afternoon snack, you may wish to consider adding additional seating around an Island or peninsula.

The Work Triangle

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One thing to consider when planning your kitchen is the flow of your workspace, or what is also know as the work triangle. The work triangle is the distance between your stove, refrigerator and sink. A good triangle will result in an efficient workflow and allows you to move with ease between the 3 most used points. A poor work triangle will cause you to run all over your kitchen to access the most important aspects of your kitchen.

Below, an entertainer’s dream kitchen with an extra large island below.

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Light

Having the right amount of light in your kitchen is so important which includes electric and natural.

General Lighting. This is what lights up the entire space. We recommend recessed pot lights for general lighting as it’s the best way to evenly disperse light throughout the room with dimmers. Pendant lights over islands, or chandeliers over tables are also an example of general lighting but more personal in taste.

Task Lighting. Just as it sounds. Lighting that helps perform certain tasks. Under-cabinet lighting is an example of task lighting that a lot of people tend to skip, but it is really important for prep work. Integrating your lighting within your cabinet design will also lead to a seamless look.

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Accent lighting (pictured above on this island)

This is the lighting that’s not really necessary for function, but highlights the wonderful design of your kitchen, which you are going to want to show off! Uplighting, or lighting in glass cabinets are a great example of accent lights. Under cabinet lighting is necessary for tasks, but can also accent your upper cabinets and countertops beautifully.

Storage

One of the major requests we hear from our own clients is making sure there are storage solutions.

If you use small appliances regularly, think about where the easiest place would be to access them. Maybe create an appliance garage with doors that retract, or build a large pantry with pull-out drawers to easily lift out the instant-pot.

Other storage solutions that can make your kitchen function with ease could be pots and pans drawers, pantries with pull-out shelves, or walk-in pantries.

Also take advantage of spaces that might not be too easily accessible to house items you don’t use everyday, like adding hidden doors under the seating area of the Island to store them. They only come out when needed, so even though the location isn’t best for everyday use, it’s perfect for accessing every now and again.

Appliances

We recommend to figure out your appliances first so that you can figure out a proper layout with the room that is left.

(Below a Midnight Blue and Step Shaker White Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens with a built in microwave,  hood insert and fridge cabinet surround).

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Consider: If you love to cook, you may want to opt for a 6 burner stove or cooktop. Do you prefer gas or electric? When choosing your range or cooktop, there are stand alone options that usually have the controls at the back, or slide in options with the controls at the front. What kind of range hood do you prefer? An insert or a chimney hood? If you are a baker, double wall ovens may be the way to go. Refrigerators also widely vary in size and depth. You can get counter-depth options for a more built-in look, standard depth, or built-in appliances that can be covered with door fronts that match your cabinetry for a seamless look. Do you use your microwave a lot? You may want to invest in a built-in option. As you can see there are so many options available for appliances that factor into the overall design of your kitchen.

Materials 

The materials and finishes you select for your kitchen will ultimately dictate the look and feel of the room, but more importantly will determine the longevity of the space. You will want your new space to not only look good, but stand the test of time. Try to put in as many high quality materials as your budget allows.

(Below, quartz counters give the wow factor and are very durable)

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The vertical surfaces, or countertops, get the most wear and tear. We recommend splurging on stone or quartz countertops as they are the most durable option, HOWEVER laminate is still a great option that will keep the budget under control if you need to.

Also, choosing quality cabinets with high quality hinges will keep your kitchen looking fantastic and make it a joy to spend time in.

Wrap up: As you can see there are many factors involved in planning out your dream kitchen for your dream kitchen.

If you need help with a kitchen renovation, our highly experienced team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines would be pleased to assist.

Please fill out the form below for a free consultation and kitchen estimate today!

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Why Choosing the Right Cabinetry is Important in a Kitchen Renovation

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Cabinets in a kitchen renovation are important as they set its design aesthetic and are key to its flawless functionality daily.

Design Aesthetic

First and foremost, deciding on what type of design you are looking for in the cabinets is a great start in the renovation process.

Colour will make the room appear larger or more cozy, door styles can be classic or more simplistic giving a room a modern edge and hardware always affects the design sense of cabinetry in a kitchen.

Below Step Shaker White cabinets with glass inserts completely brighten the look of this kitchen and makes it appear larger.

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Below, darker wood cabinetry such as the Step Charcoal Grey below, for example, can embody a more traditional feel.

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Kitchen Space and Cabinets

As a designer kitchen supplier, we know a great deal about how cabinets affect a kitchen space. One of the biggest parts of good kitchen design is about how you use the space, and it’s your kitchen cabinetry that dictates how much of it you have.

Everyone is different in how they use a kitchen and cabinet selection will vary as a result. For example, if you are a person who cooks a lot you may need extra prepping space, storage and cabinets. If you have a large family or entertain a lot you may want an extra large array of cabinets structured in an island.

When it comes to choosing your kitchen cabinets, too, there might be far more options than you first thought. Will it be freestanding, or wall-mounted? Do you have room for it to be recessed, or have you got the space to extend it all the way up to the ceiling?

Below, wall mounted Midnight Blue cabinets set a warm vibe to this kitchen. A small island with oven insert adds great function for a family.

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Whether it’s your floorspace or storage for your crockery and cutlery, the functionality of your kitchen is essentially based on the functionality of your cabinets, so it’s definitely not a quick decision.

Below, organization in this cabinetry keeps thing neat and easy to find in a kitchen.

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WHAT DO YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS SAY ABOUT YOU?

If you’re thinking about redesigning your kitchen, your cabinetry is one of the first things you’ll need to think about.

If you are considering a renovation, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines would be pleased to offer you assistance in the design and creation of your new kitchen.

Please contact us for a no obligation quote at 905-641-2284 or contact us below and start the process of our full service peace of mind renovation process!

How to Improve Kitchen Workflow when Renovating

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One of the most important – and often overlooked – benefits of renovating a kitchen is the improved workflow that can come from a new design.

Although a kitchen can be a great place to entertain, its primary function is to make meals and this is where a well-executed workflow will come in handy. Here are our top ideas to make that happen!

  1. Make a Floor Plan

A spacious, well-thought out floor plan will help to create an ideal workspace for your kitchen. Some questions and things to consider when laying out your new kitchen floor plan include:

-How often do you plan to cook?
-What types of meal do you plan to prepare?
-Do the meals you cook the most require a lot of counter and prep space?
-Do you cook alone or with someone helping you?
-Are you short or do you struggle to reach items on high shelves?
-In addition to preparing meals, do you use your kitchen for entertaining, or other family gatherings?

With the answers to the questions, and the right kitchen contractor on the job, you can begin to form a kitchen floor plan that is not only efficient and functional but will work for you in all aspects of your life.

  1. Direct Traffic Away from the Work Area

One of the biggest problems in a kitchen workflow is foot traffic through the area where the primary work needs to be done. One of the most popular ways to help divert traffic is through the addition of an island or peninsula counter. Islands help to segregate the social areas of the kitchen from the work areas, while adding a decorative and functional element to the room.

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A great option to consider for improving the workflow of a small kitchen is to add a mobile island (on casters) that can be moved into place when needed and stores away when not needed.

  1. Designate Work Zones

Once your floor plan and traffic areas have been laid out, you can begin to determine the best places for your work zones to reside. Areas for food preparation, cooking, and cleanup should be placed where they make the most sense to you and work with your cooking habits. This “work triangle” should be the starting point for incorporating other aspects of room, including breakfast bars, microwave areas and coffee stations.

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The first thing you should consider is where you want your sink to be. Most people spend twice the amount of time at the sink as they do in from of the stove while preparing food. Something else to consider is the addition of second prep sink located in an island. This can help out greatly if you are a family or more then one cook. Talk to your kitchen contractor about ways to maximize your counter space and where it makes the most sense for your appliances to fit in.

  1. Regularly Used Items

Is your trashcan stored under your sink or against a wall in the line of traffic? If so, you may want to consider moving it.

Are your utensils and other kitchen items that you use regularly in an easy access space?

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Consider adding dedicated pullout bins for trash and well placed drawers with compartments for other high use items in places that the workflow will not be interrupted.

  1. Create Snack Centers Outside of the Work Area

Another thing to consider when setting up your floor plan is your family’s occasional before meal snacking. While you can do your best to keep traffic out of the kitchen, if your refrigerator is located within your work zone you are bound to have grazers wondering in. Try placing the refrigerator at the end of a set of cabinets or near a door to keep snackers and browsers out from underfoot. If that’s not possible, consider installing a beverage refrigerator in an island facing out from your work zone.

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A Fog Grey kitchen has the fridge placed outside of the work zone for easy access
  1. Select Multitasking Appliances

Most kitchens today contain at least half a dozen appliances designed to make your life easier, while still taking up more and more counter space. If you are looking to simplify your kitchen without loosing any of the functionality of your appliances, you may want to consider multitasking appliances. Steam/convection ovens and microwave/convection ovens are two examples that combine function while downsizing space. Also consider storing your less frequently used appliance in a pantry or storage area instead of on the counter.

Wrap Up

Improved kitchen workflow can provide homeowners with a greater sense of happiness when it comes to preparing meals for themselves and their families. It creates an atmosphere of efficiency and can save time.

If you are considering a kitchen renovation, our build team will work with you to develop a highly efficient, functional and, of course, beautiful floor plan for your new kitchen. We design, supply and install everything for peace of mind renovations.

Contact us for a FREE home estimate today. Call 905-641-2284 or fill out a contact form online.

Important Questions to Ask Before Your Remodel the Kitchen

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A kitchen remodel can be a big undertaking so it is important to ask yourself some questions before you begin.

What are my goals?
What are you trying to accomplish with your kitchen renovation?

Are you looking to just update the look of your kitchen, or do you need to improve its functionality by perhaps altering the layout?

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Thinking about what annoys you about your kitchen can be a good place to start, as well as how you wish to use the space. Most kitchen usage goals fall into one of three categories: Would you like to cook more, entertain more, or have areas designated for other use such as a desk for homework?

Also, be realistic: Do you truly need a full-on chef’s kitchen , or do you simply want a fresh look? Get laser-focused on your priorities, since this will affect how your entire kitchen renovation unfolds, including how much it costs.

What’s my budget?
Before you dive in and fall head over heels in love with pricey appliances or a new layout, know how much you can afford, then figure out where to allocate those dollars.

To help you zero in on what kind of kitchen reno you can afford, share a ballpark budget with a kitchen remodeler.

This can give you a good sense of what to do now and what might have to wait until later and remember that sometimes you can do stages to a remodel to assure you achieve your dreams when you and your budget are ready.

Where can I save money?
Many areas of a kitchen reno offer plenty of wiggle room, including the following:

Materials: Most of your material choices—such as cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and lighting—can vary greatly in price.

Layout: If you want to change your kitchen layout, you probably need a larger budget because electrical, water, and HVAC connections to support the appliances have to move, keeping the current layout is less costly.

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Appliances: How important are brand new appliances to you in your renovation? They cost a lot for the most updated models so figure out if that is something that is worth it to you. Great appliances do not have to be the latest ones. Buy slightly older products that save you money or fix up the ones you have are options if your kitchen goals align with that.

Do I have a contractor I trust ?
Before starting a kitchen remodel it is recommended that you get at least a couple of estimates in the research process.

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In this way things like budget, strategies, time lines, etc can be reviewed and compared and you can have the confidence of moving forward with your project.

Having a contractor that you have good communication with from the beginning is also crucial to make sure things go smoothly. Renovating can be stressful but having a great contracting team will make all the difference.

A great local contractor will also have good supplier connections and ideas for your remodel which will not only save you money but decrease the stress level for your project.

Final Thoughts

If you are still in the thinking process of your kitchen renovation, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to give you a no obligation in home estimate.

We specialize in full service kitchen renovations and service the entire Niagara Region.

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The team of professionals at Today’s Designer Kitchens are dedicated to bringing high quality full service kitchen renovations that are affordable beautiful and functional.

We undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges and provide  a full service kitchen solution from floor to ceiling.

Visit Our Showroom M-F 10 am-5 pm.

Address: 239 Carlton St Suite #1, St. Catharines, ON L2R 1S1

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Make Your Kitchen Look Bigger With These Tips

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Here are some tips that will make any kitchen look bigger, because we may not all have the luxury of a massive kitchen, but we can definitely maximize the appearance of the space!

Cleanliness
Keep your kitchen clean. It sounds simple and it is with a little general tidying every day to keep on top of things.

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When any room is dirty, it is hard to focus on anything else. Believe it or not, your kitchen will look bigger if it is really clean. And don’t forget the floor. No matter how clean the counters are, if the floor is dirty, then the whole kitchen looks dirty.

Clutter
Get rid of clutter. Any kitchen looks cramped when it is cluttered. Clear off the countertops, have nothing in the sink, and put away whatever is in the drying rack. Making the kitchen look sleek and minimalist will help to make it appear larger.

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Taking the time to put countertop appliances like kettles, cutlery and more away can also make a difference. Try creating some dedicated drawer space for these items so they are easy access but out of sight when not being used.

Design
There are a few design ideas that will help your kitchen look bigger. For example, in general, lighter colors expand the space and darker colors contract the same space.

Another tip is not to make the kitchen too “busy.” Too many patterns and textures will make the kitchen look crowded. Make sure your components go well together and don’t clash or compete for the eye. Similarly, you will want one focal point that draws the eye. Too many focal points will make the kitchen look crowded.

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If you are planning a new kitchen, definitely consider a kitchen professional to help you achieve harmony and rhythm in your design components. Once you have a good design, then keeping the kitchen clean and uncluttered will give you the polish that you want and the space will appear as large as possible.

Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, is your source for everything kitchen when it comes to products, services and fantastic design. We take your project from start to finish including demolition, planning and installation.

Please contact us for a no-obligation quote and we will visit your home to provide you with a professional free estimate.

Is A Grey Kitchen Right for You?

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The popular trend for grey cabinets began in 2018 and contiunes today, so we will explore the colour to see if it’s right for you.

Get Away from Traditional

These days, a growing number of homeowners are shifting from traditional white or brown cabinetry into choosing grey color schemes in their kitchen because it is unique, neutral and adds a timeless sophistication to any home. If you are feeling like something new in the kitchen, grey may be just the thing you’re looking for.

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Relaxing

Grey coloured kitchens form the backdrop for creating a sense of calm and tranquility in an otherwise busy space. The colour grey has an elegant and formal appeal which conforms well to any design scheme and because of its neutrality is easy to combine with other accents like paint colour, hardware, etc.

How to Pair Grey Cabinets with Accents

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Understanding how to properly mix and match your kitchen cabinetry with other elements is important for a good design outcome. Here are some ideas:


o Incorporate natural materials such as granite or marble countertops, wood or stone flooring or add simple touches of potted plants and flowers. The beauty of nature is a perfect way to infuse life, and natural accent into your grey kitchen.

o Combine your grey kitchen cabinets with a unique backsplash to spice things up. A backsplash such as the subway tiles, modern chevron, or a dot-patterned tile will create a fabulous sleek and modern design concept.

o Enhance your kitchen with rich textures of curtains and window treatments; this can soften and give a welcoming feeling into your grey kitchen.

o To add some subtle excitement, break up the upper and lower kitchen cabinetry by combining your grey cabinets with another neutral color such as white for the upper cabinets. By doing so, it will give your kitchen a high-end look and a feeling of luxury.

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Lots of Flexibility with Hardware Colours

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Silver is usually the most common and traditional hardware used with grey kitchen cabinetry, this works especially well with cooler grey tones kitchen cabinets.

Another stylish touch for grey kitchen cabinets is to add leather handles which can make even the off-the-shelf units look high-end.

Blue-grey kitchen cabinets looks elegant especially paired with metallic tone hardware like nickel or silver.

Dark grey kitchen cabinets are simply stunning when paired with a black finish handles and drawer pulls.

Practicality

One of the reasons why you would want to use grey cabinets is because the colour does not show dirt as white does. White cabinets have dominated the home design landscape for quite some time; however, grey cabinets tend to be a bit more forgiving.

Wrap Up

Grey is a fantastic and practical choice for a modern beautiful kitchen that blends well with almost any accents and is very forgiving to wear and tear.

Need advice in your kitchen renovation? Today’s Designer Kitchens offer free expert estimates and full service renovations in the Niagara area. Please contact us and we would be pleased to assist with your project.

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Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

Popular Kitchen Trends that Look Amazing

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There are several popular kitchen trends to consider if you are renovating your kitchen that are functional and look amazing.

Hidden Appliances

Concealing appliances within the cabinetry is a trick that has been around for years and now is on trend with many kitchen projects.

In most cases it involves using the same cabinetry fronts as the rest of the kitchen and concealing appliances like refrigerators, microwaves and more. The aesthetic result is more minimalistic and less cluttered which is preferable for some design tastes.

Sometimes this idea can be used for something called an “appliance garage” where all your appliances are concealed within the cupboards until you need to use them, thus minimizing the disorganized look.

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Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets

These days, homeowners are open to taking more risks to make their kitchens more appealing.

There is a huge rise in two-toned painted cabinets or tuxedo.
Homeowners are using different but matching colors for the top and bottom doors for kitchen cabinets.

Some common combinations include navy blue and beige, a rich cream and light brown or black and white (the classic).

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Mixed Hardware

Rather than matching all the handles, faucets, appliances and other accessories in the kitchen as usually done in the past, mixing different tones can look elegant, unique and ultimately beautiful when paired together.

Get inspired by your imagination and do not feel limited by trying to match every aspect of the kitchen.

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Mixed Metals in the Kitchen – on point with today’s trends!

Unique Cabinet Colours

Gone are the days of a small handful of traditional colours for cabinetry. Bold and beautiful options like Charcoal Grey or Midnight Blue are very popular now and actually blend beautifully with all colour palettes in a home.

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WRAP UP

Feeling inspired to renovate the kitchen with these fresh new ideas? Our local team of kitchen renovation experts would love to help you take the first step with a FREE in-home consultation.

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Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

Space Efficient Kitchen Design

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All great kitchens designs share a common characteristic—they are space-efficient.

If your kitchen isn’t well designed, every task, from cooking to cleaning to socializing, can be frustrating. Space-saving kitchens maximize the space you have and will look and function well.

If you are considering renovating your kitchen, now is the time to plan ahead and consider these design tips to maximize every inch that you have.

Increase Vertical Space.

Instead of building out, try building up. Consider stacked cabinets and/or tall cabinets. Glass inserts in cabinets can also add an illusion of space in a kitchen.

Consider hanging utensils, or wall-mounted spice and knife racks which use wall space instead of counter space which eliminates clutter.

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Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can add extra cabinetry, countertop space, preparation and cooking surfaces, etc. They can even house a second sink, oven, dishwasher, or whatever else you need. If you don’t have room for an island and don’t want to expand the space, you can always use a mobile island.

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Two-tiered islands are also a consideration for a dining area option that could eliminate completely an extra dining table with chairs if desired, maximizing kitchen floor space.

Appliances

Buy quality appliances. More modern appliances tend to be more compact—not to mention more energy-efficient and attractive—and can help you save space in your kitchen.

Install a top-bottom fridge and freezer, not a side-by-side model. Side-by-side refrigerators and freezers not only are less energy-efficient, but they also take up more space.

Paint

Use light paint colours that will add airiness and space in perception of the room.

Whatever colour you do use, consider mimicking the cabinet colour from the top of the cabinet to the ceiling to create the illusion of height in the ceiling.

Lighting

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Install bright white potlights in the ceiling with dimmers. Potlights bring the ceiling height up visually, are great for task lighting and can create ambient lighting when dimmed.

Chairs

Use chairs without arms. You may not think it, but using chairs without arms can save a lot of room around the kitchen table. These are especially helpful in small kitchens where space is extra tight.

Wrap Up

If you are considering a kitchen renovation, our expert team would be pleased to give you a no obligation quote. We design, supply and install in the Niagara Region.

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Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.





Space Efficient Kitchen Design

Kitchen Islands – Should You Get One?

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Kitchen décor trends come and go and the kitchen island is one trend that has remained popular over many years, so should you should get one if you’re renovating?

While they’re undeniably aesthetically pleasing, the kitchen island’s versatility has kept it front and center.

The kitchen island provides extra counter space and hidden storage, plus, thanks to its location in the center of your kitchen, islands offer a seamless convenience L-shaped layouts or peninsula countertops can’t match making working in a kitchen so much easier.

Below, a Step Charcoal Grey Island is paired with White Cabinets by Today’s Designer Kitchens.

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The social function of an island is also an appealing aspect to consider as kids love to do homework on them, folks love to congregate around them and they add another eating space to your home which is never a bad thing.

Got a lot of kitchen gadgets? Any island with some power in it could be just the thing to add a little extra counter space for those.

Below, a Fog Grey Island with wine racks pairs beautifully with these Step Shaker White cabinets by Today’s Designer Kitchens.

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Islands can also hold cabinets and drawers, tuck away small appliances from eye level, carry electrical outlets as mentioned, and hide a mini- or wine fridge.

Bottom Line: Whether you are looking to infuse the latest trends into your kitchen or simply want to make the most of your space, one thing’s for sure: A great kitchen island won’t go out of style and their enduring popularity will add value to your home.

Not sure where to start in your kitchen renovation? That is our specialty. We design, supply and install kitchens in Niagara Region from start to finish. For a complimentary estimate please call us at: 905-641-2284 or fill out the form for a quick response.

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Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

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Top Kitchen Reno Tips to Try in Your Home!

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If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, here are our top tips to try in your home that are guaranteed to give you the most bang for your buck.

There are certain details in your kitchen that you just need to get right. Simple mistakes can cost you hundreds of dollars and affect the ultimate look of your kitchen space so here are some very practical ideas to consider.

CONSIDER UPLIGHTING
If you are looking for suitable lighting solutions for your cabinetry, this is an excellent choice. With uplighting, you tend to create a source of ambient lighting that beautifies the space. This type of lighting works for kitchens that don’t have cabinetry that goes up the ceiling. It’s a nice way to give the kitchen a nice mood and warmth.

INSTALL ISLAND PENDANTS
Pendant lighting in kitchens will never go out of style. The reason why it works so beautifully in kitchen islands is because it is both practical and adds aesthetic value. For pendant lighting to work in your kitchen, you must ensure it is installed properly. The ideal height for the pendant lights is 30 to 40 inches above the island countertop. As a rule of thumb, try not to measure the height of pendant lights from the ceiling and instead measure it from the countertop. This is because ceiling heights vary considerably and this can make a huge difference on how the pendant lighting appears.

INSTALL THE MICROWAVE CORRECTLY
One major mistake that homeowners make when renovating their kitchens is placing the microwave too low or too high. A good height would be 48 inches above the floor. This will ensure the appliance is easy to reach and also complement the rest in the kitchen.

INSTALL A CEILING RANGE HOOD
You don’t have to go the traditional way and place a hood over the island. In fact, if you don’t want the range hood area near your cooktop to be the kitchen’s focal point, consider installing a ceiling hood. Ceiling hoods open up the space and give other elements like your beautiful backsplash an opportunity to stand out more.

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GET AN OVERSIZE HOOD
A larger range hood comes with two important advantages. For a start, it can help you to capture the odor and grease much better than a regularly sized hood. Secondly, it tends to open up the space visually by increasing the space between the hood and the cabinets. Simply choose a design you like for your range hood and go for a size that is larger than your range or cooktop.

CHOOSE A NEW BAR STOOL STYLE
The extra details such as your kitchen’s bar stools can make a big difference in its overall look. If you plan on sharing meals on the island, a bar stool with a back would do just fine. With proper back support, you should be able to comfortably enjoy a meal or do homework on the kitchen island.

With every kitchen renovation , consider details like these that count. Make sure you work out a budget beforehand and start planning for the renovation way in advance.

If you live in the Niagara Region and need assistance with your kitchen renovation be it big or small, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist in every way and it all starts with a FREE in home estimate by calling us at 289-641-2284 or filling out the form HERE.

About Today’s Designer Kitchens

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We are a full service kitchen design, supply and installation team located in St. Catharines, ON.

We specialize in high quality, low priced kitchen solutions with a fast turnaround time.

Our showroom is open 9-5 pm M-F located at 239 Carlton Street Unit#1, St. Catharines.

Phone: 905-641-2284

Email: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca