Plan your Way to the Kitchen of your Dreams

Each room in your home has its own character, and when combined with your own personality, can be decorated, equipped and furnished to reflect them in perfect harmony. A bedroom is traditionally a place of calm, a refuge from the day, and can be decorated to encourage sleep and tranquillity. A living room may be a place for comfort and entertainment. A dining room is perhaps a place to appreciate company and good food and drink. Yet it is the kitchen that is often referred to as “the heart of the home” whether it is a small galley kitchen or a large kitchen combining a breakfast bar.
The kitchen is a place of creation, whether it be a three course meal for you, your family and your friends, or something whipped up quickly such as a supper for one. It needs to be functional, and have all the necessary equipment you might need for food and drink preparation. Yet it also should look slick, clean and like other rooms in your home, reflect you personality. That can be quite a challenge.
You’ll need to address a strategic issue first. Should your kitchen style be modern or traditional? Modern kitchens tend to be light, bright, fuss-free and have clean lines and have a crisp appearance. Traditional kitchens are “slower” and present a warm, cosy feel, with more natural wood in evidence. They may well have nooks and crannies, canopies and pilasters.
Following that key decision on style, the layout of the kitchen needs to be designed. It’s always best to seek professional help here, and a kitchen designer can find the optimum layout (often presented in 3D) taking into account where your water pipes, waste-pipes and electrical points are (although these can be moved in many cases). The plan or plans should always be checked out with your supplier and/or kitchen fitter to make sure the theory can be translated into reality.
The kitchen designer and kitchen fitter are professional people and it’s worth investing in their expertise. You don’t often re-design your kitchen- perhaps once or twice in a home before you move on, so it should be seen as an investment rather than something to scrimp on.
When providing your input into the design layout, remember that you don’t want to have too much distance between your hob, your sink and your fridge. Do you have a dining room? If yes, then will you really be using a breakfast bar or table, which will take up valuable space? If cooking is you passion then you may want additional storage capacity in your kitchen for all your devices and a larger worktop area for your food preparation.
One thing to plan for is the amount of time your kitchen will be out of action. If significant changes are taking place, you will need to plan for how you can feed your and your family for a few days up to a few weeks. You won’t be able to live on take-aways for more than a couple of days, so perhaps prepare some food in advance and use a neighbours fridge and microwave. Perhaps utilise a room such as a utility room or dining room, to have a few electric kitchen devices there on hand to serve as a mini kitchen.
Once the kitchen is installed, the look should be completed with wall and floor tiles, new paint and accessories (in the chosen kitchen style) and thus you will have created your dream kitchen!

How to Bring the Outside In

There’s the outdoors outdoors, and then the outdoors indoors. Does that sound bizarre? However much you may like being outdoors, in the country, in the garden, on a walking holiday, it’s nice to get home indoors. Especially in a country where the weather is so unpredictable. So, how do you create and outdoors indoors?
The answer is not to change your carpets for earth and grow grass of course! Here are some suggestions for bringing the best of the outside into your home:
Light. When you are outside, even if the day is not particularly sunny, it is invariably lighter than indoors. Therefore you should try to get as much light into as many rooms as you can. The best option is to increase the amount of natural light that can get into your home. Some new homes have very small windows or have walls where there are no windows. Explore the possibility of widening the window areas, or putting in new windows. This isn’t like 200 and more years ago when there was a window tax! Another way is to build a conservatory at the rear of your house. Modern conservatories are 85% windows, and therefore you can relax in oodles of natural light while still being within your home!
Plants. Indoor plants can bring a real touch of the outside indoors. There are indoor plants that can be placed near windows in sunlight, or ones that will still thrive in the darker nooks and crannies of your home. Rubber plants have a great colour and texture to them if properly maintained. Indoor ferns are also good especially if you have a fan playing on them, making their fronds wave. If you have a fond memory of a holiday in arid climes, you can even get many species of indoor cactus that will thrive under a roof.
Pictures. Whether a print, mural, a painting or a photograph, there’s nothing like looking at a representation of the outdoors on an internal wall. With high resolution cameras, it is possible for you to take a picture of your favourite location and then have it blown up to mega-poster size without a significant loss of quality. My Mother has a picture of the village where she was born in Yorkshire, that was taken by a local crop-sprayer from his plane and then blown up and framed. It looks great!
Sounds. This may seem a bit “new-age” crazy, but a background soundtrack of natural sounds can give your home a great outdoor feel, even though you are indoors. From chirping birds, through waves lapping on a beach, to the sound of nigh-time cicadas, many people love to bring these ambient outdoor sounds into their homes.
Patio Doors. Finally there are patio doors to consider that create a great gateway between indoors and outdoors that you can straddle, with one or the other just a key-turn and a step away. The doors, when fully open will allow the scents and the sounds of the outside to come into your home. You can hear the birds singing and perhaps smell the honeysuckle.

Tips to Choose Best Feather Pillow India

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