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Designing a Child-friendly Kitchen

Ah, the joys of having children! They may drive you up the wall sometimes, but there’s no doubt that your life would be quite dull without them.

Apart from loving them with all of our hearts, we also want to keep them safe and make sure that they grow up to well-adjusted and responsible. This starts with nurturing their independence in a safe space, like your home’s kitchen.

Let’s have a look at some of the ways to encourage this.

Consider an open-plan concept

Not only will this make your living area appear more spacious, but it will also give you an uninterrupted sight line to keep an eye on the kids.

In addition, because we spend quite a lot of time in the kitchen, whether it be cooking or making school lunches, an open-plan kitchen still gives you an opportunity to chat with the kids while you’re busy.

Add an island

This goes hand-in-hand with designing an open-plan kitchen as it’s a great way to separate the living area and kitchen while still opening the space up.

However, a multi-functional island is also a great child-friendly addition to your kitchen. Firstly, it could be a space for the kids to do homework while you’re cooking. It could also act as a storage space for all of their craft items or even books. Thirdly, it gives them a bit of space to test out their own culinary creativity while you keep a close eye on them.

Kid-friendly countertops

While rustic wood and contemporary stone might add to the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen, it might not add to your child-friendly ambitions.

You need to think of easy-to-clean materials such as quartz and even stainless steel if you’re looking for something modern.

 

Take it to the floor

Easy-to-clean surfaces need to extend to the floor. Accidental spills happen all of the time in kitchens. This could become even more common once your little one starts experimenting.

Ceramic tiles are a great option and the bigger the better. Larger tiles mean fewer grouting lines which means less potential dirt trappers.

Take care arranging your cabinets

Keep your kids’ crockery and cutlery in easy-to-reach low drawers or cabinets and place any harmful items or breakables higher up.

This would also be a great time to invest in some child-proof locks for cupboards, drawers, the dishwasher, and even the fridge.

Allow All About Bathrooms and More to design a child-friendly kitchen that takes the needs of you and your little ones into account. Enjoy safety and convenience without sacrificing aesthetics. Get in touch with us today and see why we’re the best in Colorado.

 

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

References

Top 5 Low Maintenance Countertop Surface Options

https://hollywoodbathrooms.com.au/kitchen-renovation/child-friendly-kitchen

Designing a kid-friendly kitchen

The Versatility of the Humble Kitchen Island

Eating has become more than just a way to nourish our bodies. It is a way to connect with our friends and family while enjoying a delicious meal. However, this process doesn’t start with the end product of a scrumptious dish, it starts with the preparation thereof.

The kitchen becomes a hive of activity as we prep the vegetables, season the meat or fillet the fish. This is even more evident if you have an open-plan kitchen as you’ll be getting meals cooked while conversing with friends and family in the living area.

A kitchen island is a major part of this picture as this is where you’ll most likely be doing all of the above prepping. However, this increasingly popular addition to kitchens can be so much more than just a space to prepare food.

Its versatility means that it can act as a dining area or even a bookcase. Let’s look at some of the ways that you can use your kitchen island

Room divider

Open-plan designs have become increasingly popular over the last several years and with good reason. It allows those who are cooking in the kitchen to still be a part of the conversation and activity of the rest of the house.

That being said, having a kitchen island as a subtle room divider will still give this important room in your house some independence.

Dining table

This is a great option if you’re a bit short on space. Whether you have high chairs on just one side of the island or elect to have dining chairs all around it, this could be a great way to enjoy a cohesive dining experience without losing any space to a formal dining area. 

Bookcase or Storage

A beautiful bookcase adds so much character in a room and gives your guests a glimpse into your reading repertoire. However, it can take up quite a bit of space on a wall.

Instead, you can turn the living room-facing section of your island, and even the sides, into a bookcase. You can also store other items here such as colorful bowls or even some indoor herbs.

All-in-one Prep and Cook

Depending on the surface area of your kitchen island, you could use it to house your stove top, your kitchen sink, or even just a prep bowl.

This is a highly efficient way of cooking as you can cut your veggies, rinse them and then put them straight onto the stove top.

If you’re ready to transform your kitchen with a versatile island, then we can help. Here at All About Bathrooms and More, we have the skills and expertise needed to give you a beautiful kitchen that you’ll never want to leave.

Get in touch with us today and find out why we’re the preferred choice in Colorado.

 

References

https://www.homedit.com/10-practical-versatile-and-multifunctional-rolling-kitchen-islands/

https://www.durasupreme.com/blog/versatility-kitchen-island#.XFVZmFwzbIV

https://homemademodernblog.com/2015/03/kitchen-island-with-bookcase.html

 

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

From (Kitchen) Farm to Table

As the movement for conscious living continues to gain traction, people are looking more and more towards themselves to make a change in the environment. Eating sustainably is one way to do this.

What if you could take this one step further? You could lessen your environmental impact, save money and eat healthily all with one solution – turning your kitchen into a little produce farm, and its easier than you think.

Let’s have a look at what fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can grow in your very own kitchen.

Scallions

Also known as spring onions or green onions, this versatile vegetable can be used in plenty of dishes like pizza and pasta.

All you need to do to regrow scallions is cut off the root and a couple of inches of the stalk. Place in a glass jar with some water, set in the sun and watch it grow.

 Bok choy

If you love to make a delicious stir-fry, then you’ve probably gone through your fair share of bok choy, which may also be referred to as Chinese cabbage.

Ensure that you leave the base of the bok choy intact and simply place it a shallow dish with some water. Once it gets plenty of sun, it will start growing beautifully.

Pineapples

Now, this is going to take some time, about two to three years actually. However, during this time, you can have a lovely tropical plant to add a unique aesthetic to your kitchen.

All you have to do is cut off the green part of the fruit, put in a glass jar with water and leave it in the sun. Once the roots start to grow, simply move it to a soil-filled pot and wait until it grows.  

Carrots

Whether its a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting or a delicious side dish of carrot puree, this orange vegetable is one of the most versatile that you’ll find.

Place some carrots seeds in a window box or pot filled with soil and water it. Make sure that it gets plenty of light and that the soil is always moist until it reaches the germination stage. Then, just wait for harvest time and choose that perfect dish to make with your fresh homegrown carrots.

Herbs

Vertical gardens are a great way to bring nature indoors and, of course, to have readily available fresh produce whenever you need it.

There is a range of herbs that are perfect for growing indoors. These include chives, basil, cilantro, mint, and chives. You could even get matured herb plants and then place them in a sunny space in your kitchen.

Now, if you don’t want to turn your kitchen into a disorganized version of a farmer’s market, we suggest setting aside some dedicated areas to grow your produce.

Luckily, here at All About Bathrooms and More, we can help. We’ll be able to redesign and renovate your kitchen so that it looks gorgeous while still providing a functional space to grow your fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

All you have to do is contact us today.

References

https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/herbs-indoors/8920.html

https://www.southernliving.com/garden/foods-to-grow-in-kitchen

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/kitchen-basics/photos/vegetables-regrow-in-kitchen/#!green-onion

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/kitchen-basics/photos/vegetables-regrow-in-kitchen/#!bok-choy

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/kitchen-basics/photos/vegetables-regrow-in-kitchen/#!pineapple-sliced

 

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

Kitchen Trends for 2019

Kitchen Trends for 2019

The kitchen is no doubt the hub of the home. Whether it be getting the kids’ lunches ready for school, cooking a casual weekday meal or slaving away for that all-important dinner party, the kitchen is where it’s at.

It stands to reason then that a lot of thought, energy and ideas will go into ensuring that your newly renovated ticks all of your boxes. It needs to be beautiful, stylish, and functional while still being a space that you want to be in.

If you’ve decided that 2019 is the year for you to get your dream kitchen, have a look at some trends that you could incorporate into your renovation.

Darker Tones are now the rage in kitchens, 2019, All About Bathrooms, ColoradoDarker Tones

It appears as if bright white kitchens will be taking a break for a while as darker and richer hues come to the fore in 2019.

Earth tones like terracotta and dark green also seem to be gaining popularity. Darker blues and even grey are also great options.

All of the Lights

In order to brighten up your new darker kitchen, special attention needs to be given to your lighting choices. This could be in the form of larger windows to let in natural light or perhaps some copper light fixtures for a more contemporary feel.

Speaking of Copper

Metals like copper and pewter will make their mark this year. They are definite points of interest in any kitchen and are quite versatile.

They can be used as the hardware for your cupboards, for your taps and even for your open shelving.

Pops of Color may produce the results you want in your kitchen, All About Bathrooms + more, ColoradoPops of Color

We know that darker colors won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s perfectly understandable. A white kitchen will most likely always be classic as it gives homeowners a chance to experiment with different colors while using the white as a timeless backdrop.

We don’t mean an accent wall though, we’re talking about getting that fire engine refrigerator or even that turquoise oven to inject some color into your kitchen and to break the white.

Clean Lines

There appears to be a distinct proclivity for Scandinavian-inspired designs. This includes sleek lines with no mess, fuss, and clutter.

Another trend is minimizing the sight of your cooker hood as much as possible without losing its functionality. This includes opting for a slimmer design or one integrated into the cupboard.

There is a strong emphasis on natural lighting and a heavy reliance on wood.

Natural Materials can find a place in your new kitchen, All About Bathrooms + more, ColoradoIncorporating Natural Materials

In addition to wood, raw materials such as stone, concrete and even leather can find a place in your new kitchen.

Not only will you be doing your part in leading a more sustainable life but you could be saving money as well. You could refurbish many different items and reuse them in your kitchen. For example, you could sand down and repaint an old dresser and use it as your new kitchen island.

These are just a few of the trends that you can expect to see this year. However, whatever you choose to incorporate into your kitchen, we can help.

Here at All About Bathrooms and More, we want to make sure that we give you your dream kitchen. To do this, we rely on an open-communication policy so that you’re always aware of what is going on during the renovation of the heart of your home.

Please contact us today and let’s chat about how to we can help you totally transform your kitchen.

 

References

http://www.contemporist.com/10-common-features-of-scandinavian-interior-design/

https://www.decoraid.com/blog/best-kitchen-renovation-trends-2019

https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g23693937/kitchen-trends-2019/

https://www.livingetc.com/whats-news/the-latest-kitchen-trends-for-2018-2019-197615

 

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

Creating a Pet-friendly Kitchen

Creating a Pet-friendly Kitchen

We’ve all heard the saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place to gather while a delicious dinner is being cooked, or even just to relax in while brewing that much-needed cup of morning coffee.

It stands to reason then that your four-legged family members might also want to be a part of that cheery atmosphere that can only be created in a kitchen.

If you renovate your kitchen in the right way, both you and your pet will be able to enjoy the space. Let’s look at some of the ways to do just that.

Their Own Feeding Area

By incorporating a built-in one-stop feeding station in your kitchen, you’ll be able to give your pet their own little spot in the kitchen while still ensuring that the space is neat and clear of food- and water bowls.

From the outside, it will look just like the rest of your kitchen cupboards but inside will house your dog’s pellets, treats, and even their leashes. The bottom drawer will hold their food and water bowls.

Tip: Using see-through or clear storage containers are a great way to never run out of your pet’s food or treats as you’ll always be able to see what’s left.

A Personal Water Dispenser

You could add a tap to the design of your pet’s feeding station. By having a faucet close by, you won’t run the risk of spilling water across the kitchen floor because you’ve filled the bowl to the brim.

Tip: While you’re covered against spillage, your enthusiastic pet’s excitement could still cause an accident. It might be a good idea to put a water-resistant mat on the floor.

A Space to Relax

Even your pet needs a break from being so cute all of the time. A custom built-in bed is a great space for them to unwind from their oh-so-tiring days of constant petting and hugs.

This way, they can rest up while you can carry on cooking.

Tip: It might be a good idea to have the bed as close to their doggy door as possible so that they can quickly take care of any outside business before getting back to the important business of snuggling.

Secret Pet Gate

As cute as they are, we sometimes just need our pets out of the kitchen, whether it be to clean or simply cook that roast beef in peace!

A sliding and retractable gate could be pushed into the wall when not in use and just pulled out again when your kitchen needs to be a no-pet zone. Functionality without sacrificing space.

Tip: There’s no reason why this gate cannot be used for curious toddlers either.

 

These are just some of the ways that you can make your new kitchen as pet-friendly as possible. However, we’re here to offer more than just ideas. Our experience and knowledge of the renovation industry have made us a trusted name all across Colorado.

If you’re ready to create your dream kitchen while keeping your pet happy, then contact All About Bathrooms + More today and turn that dream into a beautiful reality.

 

 

References:

https://blog.kitchenmagic.com/blog/5-pet-friendly-kitchen-ideas-youve-never-thought-of

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/pet-friendly-home-design-ideas.html

https://hatchettdesignremodel.com/designing-dog-friendly-kitchen/

Images courtesy of Pixabay.

 

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