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Design Ideas – White Kitchen

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

So much happens in our kitchen, the good, the bad and all the fun and entertaining. The kitchen has become a center in our homes where people gather and mingle. The design trend is going towards white and neutral kitchens. White always looks clean, inviting, pretty and added bonus is that it never looks dated. Here are some tips to master the look of the white kitchen.

On the example below we have a white stone for your countertops and island has a current and neutral effect. It is both beautiful and calming. The variations in the stone give it a unique character. Those grey or tan lines in the stone help you find the perfect paint for your kitchen walls as well. No need to worry about wear and tear on a light countertop either, once the stone is sealed it will stand the test of time. While keeping it white on the counter tops, to ground the look you might consider a natural base for the island like a weathered wood table. This gives the mostly white kitchen and warm visual center point. For the pantry, open shelving breaks up the white lines and shows off pretty china or serving pieces. A creamy white sink will nicely tie in to the rest of the kitchen, keeping it light and neutral. In the image below we see a kitchen with grey tile as an accent, again complementing the darker vanes in the countertop and creating an interesting back splash.

Regardless of specific details, a white kitchen is never going to get old and will always have the feel of bright and clean. When finished off with white solar shades for a great view out it could make the most inviting spot in your home.

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Fighting Afternoon Sun

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

ROLL-027-EcoGrBrnzLRHorClsNow that it’s spring the afternoon sun feels nice. But I know down here in Texas the temperatures are about to skyrocket and that means the afternoon sun can become brutal. What are good solutions to keep the heat and sun out to get some relief?

First you want to think what your main goal is. Do you need to keep the heat out? Or is it more pressing to keep the light and glare out? In case privacy is not an issue, solar shades could be a wonderful solution. Solar shades will cut the heat, reduce UV rays and help to protect furniture and decor from sun damage. With solar shade you the view can be preserved when the shade is lowered. That’s why solar shades are perfect for an area where privacy is not needed. And yet the glare will be cut down and the heat will be kept at bay.

What would be a good product if privacy is an issue? Cellular shades are fantastic for insulation and privacy control as well.  Designed like a honeycomb cell the heat is trapped inside the comb, keeping rooms cooler. Cellular shades are available in light filtering of room darkening fabrics. The darkening material is often lined on the inside with an aluminum lining, which makes for a top-of-the-line insulator. Light filtering materials allows lots of light in which is welcome in living areas. Even though light filters through the shade, privacy is insured while insulating the room. Blackout materials are typically used in bedrooms or media room they darken considerably when lowered.

One product that isn’t often considered when looking for insulation is wood blinds. Painted white or off white wood blinds actually insulate very well, while a wood blind with a stained finish wouldn’t be such a good choice for a window with afternoon sun. I would recommend a wood blind with routeless upgrade to eliminate light gaps.

Any of these products will greatly help with afternoon sun, which will make a big difference to increase comfort in your home and help with energy efficiency.

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