Ring the Changes with Your Kitchen Curtains

Most of us rarely change things in our homes without having a whole new room scheme. So we might change our kitchen curtains when we remodel the kitchen but not just because we feel like a change.

If you have a colored kitchen with, for example, blue painted doors, then ringing the changes is a bit difficult anyway but now that the fashion is for more neutral kitchens with lots of white or wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances then we can have a change whenever we feel like it. In fact changing the curtains along with a few other accessories is a great way to give our kitchen a new look without having to completely redecorate.

If you are updating your kitchen bear this in mind because if you choose a colored kitchen you will not be able to change your color scheme very easily. You may love that shade of green or blue at the moment while it is so fashionable but how will you feel about it in five years time when the interior magazines have long ago moved onto something else?

To make changing your kitchen curtains even easier you can always hang neutral blinds up at your windows and then buy dress curtains for your windows. These are very inexpensive as the fabric does does not have to be wide enough to be able to be drawn across the window (while still being gathered at the top). Instead of one and a half times the width of the window you can probably get by with two thirds or one times. As long as the fabric looks as if it could stretch across the window that is fine.

If you can make your own curtains, you can create new window coverings for your kitchen very cheaply indeed and ring the changes whenever you like. If blue is the latest color add blue curtains, a couple of tea towels and a few pieces of new china an you have a new color scheme. If next year, green is in vogue, change everything to green without too much expense!

Kitchen Island Designs

An effective method of creating more counter space in the kitchen, particularly in an overly large kitchen, is to have a kitchen island installed. There are a surprising number of kitchen island designs to choose from that can serve all kinds of functions. The kitchen is the busiest room in most households and a well designed kitchen island can very well become the hub of the home.

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Rather than entering into the possibility that a kitchen island will not meet the needs of a bustling family, take the view that you can have a kitchen island built would not only solve this issue for you but also give your children an area to sit and do home work while you prepare dinner or to expand a natural gathering place in your home. Having an island designed and built is a cost effective way of expanding your kitchen’s ability to manage the traffic of your family and friends.

Kitchen island designs are very similar to each other. There are two options for design and those are the kitchen island cart and the fixed island. Of course the difference between these two is the ability to move them. Each design has general dimensions that can be increased or decreased according to the needs of the specific customer. These changes of course will change the amount of storage space that is available but not the overall function of the island. The size of your kitchen will likely determine if you want to be able to move the countertop to accommodate guests or have a permanent countertop to accommodate your family.

So what are some of the more popular kitchen island designs? Let’s start with the permanent islands and you can go with a simple small countertop with under bench storage, something that might complement a traditional L-shaped kitchen. In a larger kitchen you might go with an oversized square kitchen island that will give you extended cabinetry underneath and perhaps a cooktop in the center.



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Another popular kitchen island design is the island that accommodates seating on one or a couple of sides. This creates the perfect gathering place in the kitchen and turns it into the heart of the home.

Floating kitchen islands take a number of different forms and starts with the small cart, moving up to a butcher’s block and up to a more extravagant mobile table. These are perfect for the smaller ktichens where you only need the extra coutner space on a temporary basis.

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The cost of course, will depend of the extent of material and complexity of the design. Islands construction can be done from most any type of wood material as long as it is sturdy and has some durability. The countertops also vary in style and material. A few of the most common countertop materials include laminate, butcher block, marble and granite. The cost will also be determined by availability and whether or not the island is custom built.

A feature that is a popular addition to the kitchen island is a sink, which will require some plumbing to be done before adding the cabinets. A stove top, particularly one that sits flush with the rest of the counter is another nice feature for the island. However adding this to the kitchen island may negate some of the other possible functions such as using it as a servery or a place where children can sit.

Islands that are already fabricated can be purchased right away and delivered or installed with minimal planning. Many of us have specific needs, though, and for this reason they will decide to install a custom island that requires more planning, a solid design and lengthy discussion with the builder. If the island will be added to the existing kitchen and unmovable, serious considerations will need to be discussed and planned before construction begins. Moveable islands are a great deal less complicated but if building, will need to be given the same considerations so that style and efficiency are well thought-out.

As with all new features the kitchen island design that you choose should attempt to meet the needs of the entire family. Safety issues must be considered as well as the most efficient use of the space.

An Apron Kitchen Sink

When flicking through the kitchen sink brochures or the home renovation magazines you will be sure to find a large, deep kitchen sink with the font side exposed, nestled in the bench cavity. This is an apron kitchen sink and it is a strong reminder of the past giving the kitchen an overwhelmingly traditional ambience.

Here we will take a look at some of the most popular and successful apron fronted kitchen sinks that are being sold today. We will cover each of the most common materials used to get a good range of the different designs across the major manufacturers that are available.

Kraus 33 Inch Stainless Steel Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Krauss Stainless Steel Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

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This is a single bowl design that offers enormous capacity with its 10 inch depth. It is an undermount sink that features scratch-resistant stainless steel that has a commercial-grade satin finish. The sink is made by Kraus which is one of the foremost manufacturers in the business. The full dimensions of the sink are 33 inches long x 20.75 inches wide x 10 inches high. The internal bowl dimensions are 30 inches long x 16 inches wide x 10 inches high. The sink will fit cabinets up to 33 inches.


 

Farmhouse Copper Apron Sink with Towel Bar

Farmhouse Copper Apron Sink with Towel Bar

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This copper sink has a huge capacity and is made from high quality 16 gauge copper. The sink is large enough to accommodate the largest pots, pans and other utensils that require cleaning. As well as providing the rustic charm that you get with the attractive copper finish, this sink also offers the additional functionality of a towel bar along the front face too. The outside dimensions of the sink are 36 inches long x 22 inches wide x 9 inches deep.


 

Rounded Copper Apron Front Sink

Rounded Copper Apron Front Sink

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This is a handmade copper double sink that has been designed to provide deep washing bowls as well as decorative value. On the front wall of the sink is an impressive leaf design that has been hand hammered. This will provide the ultimate rustic touch to the kitchen with the added embellishment of the rounded front wall giving it an even more interesting appearance. The dimensions of the sing are 33 inches long x 22 inches wide x 9 inches high.


 

ALFI Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

ALFI Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

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This is a slightly smaller kitchen sink that offers a tapered appearance as opposed to the straight walls that other sinks provide. It is perfect for smaller spaces while still offering plenty of washing capacity. Although it is made with a traditional look the fireclay adds a modern feature to the design. The dimensions of the sink are 23.5 inches long x 16 inches wide x 8 inches high.


 

Whitehouse Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink with Gothic Swirl

Whitehouse Fireclay Farmhouse Kitche nSink

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This is a large white single bowl made from fireclay that is particularly generous in its size. It features the traditional farmhouse style and provides an extremely attractive under mount sink. The most compelling feature of the sink is the gothic swirl pattern that adorns the front wall which would provide significant decorative value to the kitchen. As an added bonus this is a reversible sink with the option available for displaying the fluted rear wall. The dimensions of the sink are 30 inches long x 18 inches wide by 10 inches high.


 

The obvious characteristic of the apron kitchen sink is the method of installation which has it surrounded on three sides by the counter top area but with the front edge exposed it allows you to stand right up to the edge of the sink without having to lean over the unused countertop space.

It adds decorative value and rustic charm to the kitchen

Some of these sinks are very impressive to look at. The sink face is an obvious feature with the entire surface area visible to the room. For this reason the external surface of this type of sink is just as important as the internal tub.

As an additional decorative feature of the kitchen, the apron kitchen sink provides tremendous great value.

Here is a perfect example of the type of rustic charm that can be brought into the kitchen just be installing this type of copper farmhouse kitchen sink.

Copper Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

If you’re going for the traditional or country kitchen style then the apron kitchen sink will be one of the front-running options to choose from. The fact that the other name by which it is known is a farmhouse sink indicates well and truly the origins of the style.

It provides a deeper bowl without taking up space

Apart from the style qualities that they bring to the room, there are a few other features that many people find appealing. They are a compact sink but, because of the steep sides which make it look rather like a box, they can hold a lot of dishes for washing. But the sink doesn’t take up a lot of bench space. The depth of the sink almost makes using it a luxury.

The materials that you usually find these sinks made from a quite attractive, simple yet effective. Among other materials you will find apron kitchen sinks made from fireclay ceramics, stainless steel, copper or cast iron. All of these types of Kitchen Sinks make impressive statements because you see more than just the inside sink face.

In general, these sinks are also very durable with the quality of the surface able to withstand just about any heavy blows that may be applied to it.

The range of apron kitchen sinks available is remarkably wide with feature designs on the front end of the sink ensuring that what would have otherwise been a plain wall of white is instead an eye-catching centrepiece for the room. That being said, the contrast of the white front edge of a sink against the surrounding cabinetry also makes the sink a feature of the room.

An apron front kitchen sink gives you a traditional look that will fit in nicely with both a contemporary surrounding and the typical country style kitchen. You get a solid, deep and extremely functional kitchen as well as a focal point that draws the eye the moment you walk into the room.

It isn’t surprising that a product as simple and elegant as the apron kitchen sink has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. The adaptability to any style of kitchen has allowed a wide range of renovators the chance to stick one into their new kitchen. Other attractive and very functional types that you might be looking to consider include corner kitchen sinks.