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How to design a master chef kitchen

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How to design a master chef kitchen

You may have mastered the art of creating a culinary masterpiece out of just about anything but without an efficient “workstation,” cooking can be a hassle. When you have limited space, barely any storage, and are ill-equipped with the right appliances and tools, you become frustrated and uninspired to cook. The best way to resolve the matter (if you have the budget for it) is to redesign your kitchen to suit your needs.

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Start with the layout

Want to know how master chefs can seamlessly move throughout their kitchen without even thinking about it (or so it seems)? The layout of the kitchen is conducive to their movements. While you don’t want to feel cramped in the kitchen, you also don’t want to have to move too much from one area to another trying to prepare a meal.

You can look at photos on social media, home improvement blogs, and even house plans (like those found at monsterhouseplans.com) to get an idea of how you’d like to set things up in your new kitchen. As you view images and floorplans as inspiration, just remember to keep your pattern or routine of cooking in mind.

Divide into stations

If you’ve ever watched a master or top chef show you realize their kitchens are divided into sections or stations. When deciding on a layout for your kitchen, you can make things easier by doing the same. Decide the best area for prepping, cooking (stove and oven), cleaning, and storage. You might place seasonings next to the cooking or prep station while dishes would be stored in cabinets on top of or beneath the cleaning station. If you have a larger kitchen, you might even like the idea of adding an eating area such as a kitchen nook and a place for storage like a pantry.

Don’t forget about storage

When redesigning your kitchen for more efficient cooking don’t forget about the importance of storage. Clutter and disorganization only slow you down and cause frustration for something that should be therapeutic and fun. So, you want to make sure that the new design has a space for everything you use in the kitchen. Take a survey of your kitchen and get rid of anything you won’t need or use once the design is complete. For everything else, make sure you’ve made a selection on the type of storage. From cabinets and drawers for food, silverware, and dishes, shelves and hooks for pots, pans, and cooking utensils everything needs it’s own space.

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Invest in high-quality appliances

They say an artist is only as good as the tools they use. The same is true for a chef. It is your skills, experience, and culinary style that allow you to make such great dishes but the quality of the appliances you use matters. You may not be able to spring for industrial or commercial-sized ovens, microwaves, and stoves, but you do want appliances that can withstand the frequency of use and enhance your cooking experiences. There are a lot of energy-efficient high-tech appliances to choose from. Look at not only the style and brand name but the features and overall quality to decide which items are best for your new kitchen.

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Colors, texture and decor

The last step to remodeling your kitchen to make it more efficient for cooking is the colors, textures, and decor. You want an inviting space the inspires your creativity while also making you feel comfortable. Most popular kitchen colors right now are gray and white with stainless steel appliances. You can, however, go off the grid choosing a vibrant yellow and a soft gray or a dark navy blue paired with beige. Try to bring in some texture and decor into your kitchen as well. You can create a feature wall, add a unique backsplash pattern, or decorate with common houseplants, flowers, and bowls of fruit.

Anyone who loves to cook or cooks with a passion deserves to have space where they can do so without the frustration. Whether you’re making a stir fry or looking to make more advanced dishes you’ll love how much easier and more enjoyable it is when you’ve designed a kitchen that is just as aesthetically appealing as it is functional and efficient.

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Embrace your space, no matter the challenges

Embrace your space, no matter the challenges

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Embrace your space, no matter the challenges

We’ve all been witness to the ongoing condo boom in Toronto, and now this popular housing class is moving into the suburbs. Every time you turn around, it seems, another large, new condo building appears. However, not all of us are owners of these modern builds, with their soaring ceilings and large windows. Many condo-dwellers reside in buildings that are 20 to 30 years old. They don’t have 10-ft. ceilings, or open concept floorplans with integrated kitchens. Instead, many of these older spaces lack some of the architectural features of today’s builds and, in fact, often pose design challenges for us.

One such condo came our way last year. Our client had resided in her large, uptown Toronto unit for more than 20 years. She loved her home, but knew it was time for an update. The condo itself was spacious, more than 2,000 sq. ft., with a large wrap-around terrace. But there were significant challenges that arose when it came to a design. Though the footprint was large, it was oddly shaped, creating issues for space planning. It had a beautiful amount of natural light in some areas, and others – such as the entrance – felt dark and cavernous. The greater challenge, though, was the multitude of dated glass block walls, which could not be removed.

We addressed the issues one by one, and when it came time to the issue of the glass walls, we embraced this initially overwhelming feature, and garnered inspiration from the pattern and texture of the glass block. By introducing more pattern and texture to the space, the glass block began to feel more at home and a little more current.

We also had to work with the lighting within the space. Relocating or adding lighting in a condo can often be an impossible task, but there are ways to address this, as well, when you get creative and work with a good electrician.

We went one step further to help our client embrace her new space, and refurbished many of her personal belongings. From artwork to furniture to small mementos collected over the years that meant so much to her, all the items that were transitioning to the “new” condo received a face-lift of their own. Artwork was reframed to reflect a more contemporary look; furniture was upholstered; and family heirlooms received a place of honour. Where possible, we upcycled, as opposed to buying new. This enabled us to create a completely new and upscale environment that still felt like home.

In the end, this condo received a new lease on life. It transitioned from being an outdated space to a large, bright, airy and welcoming home for our client. It not only reflects our client’s personality and living style, but it has now become a condo with its own great features that can compete in the world of the new condo builds.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Think pink

Pink is the hot new trend in decor

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Pink is the hot new trend in decor

Every room tells a story, and for the moment the story is pink! We’re not talking about exaggerated pinks such as bubblegum pink or hot pink. Instead, the pinks we are inspired by range from rich earthy, dusty tones to salmon and soft corals, or lovely greyish blush tones to deep, rich cerise. These are pinks that are universal in design and decorating, without being overly feminine. A beautiful earthy pink pared with deep greens and the newly popular ochre creates a warm, inviting and comfortable colour palette for almost any room in your home.

Shades of pink were ever-so popular in the 1980s, and we are seeing a rejuvenation of that pink and grey as a classic colour palette. The soft grey of that period has matured into a rich charcoal that is perfectly complemented by the everlasting blush pink. For those who like to push the design envelope, this combo can be further transformed with a deep rich smoky navy, a touch of mustard and a beautiful earthy pink. The versatility of this colour is endless.

Blush is today’s new neutral, especially when it comes to wall colours. Multi hues of pink can create a bold monochromatic statement in your room. Pinks can also be forceful, almost bordering on overpowering while at the same time simplistic and calming.

If you are feeling that pink is a trend you are itching to explore but just can’t bring yourself to go all the way, try easing into today’s trend with some light accessories, or toss cushions. Or perhaps if you’re ready for tad more, try creating a feature wall with a great wallpaper pattern. There are so many possibilities that allow you to inject a bit of this fun trend into your home… so many beautiful fabric and wall covering patterns, so many wonderful shades of this great colour to service every mood, every style, every room.

If you’re looking to incorporate multiple patterns and textures into your space, there are a few things to keep in mind to achieve that “designer look” in your own home. To blend fabric patterns together successfully, you need to remember to vary the scale of the patterns from small to large and maintain the same depth or magnitude of colour to avoid an imbalance in the space. Starting with the blending together of a minimum of three fabric patterns should give you a solid base to expand on. Your first pattern should be your most impactful one, so selecting a pattern that is larger-scaled might be wise. The second pattern should be completely different, about half the scale of the first one and should incorporate some similar colours or tones. The third pattern can be smaller scale and similar in pattern to either of the first two, with at least two to three of the colours found in the other patterns. So, for example, if you have selected a large-scale floral as your first pattern, the second could be a bold stripe or perhaps a geometric fretwork pattern, and then blend in another small-scale floral for the third or an alternative geometric. You can still add another pattern or two, or three, if you wish – maybe a small check, dot or something in a solid small-scale texture. If you’re more adventurous, consider throwing an animal print into the mix for a bit of fun. There are a lot of fabulous pink animal prints available today that can spice up a room – and remember to maintain balance throughout your space.

Pink is in so be bold and explorative in your decorating. Enjoy this trend. You may be surprised where it will take you!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Redesign your bathroom with safety in mind

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Redesign your bathroom with safety in mind

No matter your age, safety in the bathroom is paramount. Many of our clients are redesigning their homes, not only for themselves, but also for their young grandchildren. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to add additional safety features that are not only functional, but are great looking.

Slip-resistant flooring

Slips and falls are the most common accidents in the home. Tub surfaces can be especially slippery, so consider adding slip-resistant strips.

When installing tiles, the grout lines actually reduce the slippage rate. If replacing your bathroom floor, or tiling a shower, consider anti-slip mosaic tiles with grout lines that are no more than two inches apart. If you prefer the look of large-format tiles, look for textured porcelain with a honed finish.

Stylish support

Regardless of your age or physical ability, grab bars are not only functional, but they can be decorative. Having a grab bar by the toilet and in the shower provides extra security. They can also double as towel bars. Sleek options are now available from a wide range of companies in various colours and finishes that match faucets and shower fixtures. Textured finishes prevent your hand from slipping when holding on.

When extra support is required, install hand grips and grab bars.

Consider adding grab bars in the bathtub and shower areas. Also, lower the height of valve controls and handheld shower heads. When selecting a tub, choose one that’s low profile, so that it’s easy to get in and out of.

Curb-less showers

This has become a popular trend. Not only do curb-less showers look sleek, but they also help to reduce the risk of tripping when entering and exiting. If you’re not a bather, consider removing the tub altogether and replacing it with a large shower that includes handheld sprays and a bench seat. If you’re going this route, make sure that your contractor knows how to grade the floor and where to place the drain.

Commode considerations

If you have arthritic knees or other limitations, standing up from a low toilet can be excruciating. A standard bowl height is 15 inches off the ground. Today’s ‘comfort height’ toilets feature bowls that are 17 to 19 inches high. The higher bowl is not only good for knees and backs, but also for taller people and those with mobility issues.

Further tushy comfort can be found on ‘intelligent toilets’. These smart privies come with seat warmers, and also have built-in cleansing sprays and warm air dryers to assist with personal hygiene. Some brands offer a night light feature, as well.

Seat-ability

Falling is often a concern when in the shower. And, for some, standing can be very tiresome. A shower seat is a great addition, along with an accessible hand-held shower. If you’re tight for space, fold-down shower seats can be stored when not in use. When sitting, it’s easier to shave and bathe, and it’s far more relaxing.

Single handle, or touch-activated, faucets are ideal for those who have difficulty turning knobs. The same concept holds true for doors – lever handles are much easier to operate.

When outfitting your bathroom, there’s no need to compromise on beauty – or safety.

Rebecca Hay is well-recognized for her professional design work, and has appeared on HGTV. rebeccahaydesigns.com

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Design: Bathroom Bliss

How to build some bathroom bliss – no matter how big the space

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How to build some bathroom bliss – no matter how big the space

Over the years, we have seen the bathroom morph from a simply utilitarian space to a highly stylized, and yet functional room that not only evokes personal taste but customized lavishness. Whether you desire a “spa-like” retreat or simply a classic look that is big on efficiency and storage, today’s bathrooms deliver large on luxury.

It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is large or small, if you prefer a relaxed boho design, a charming rustic look or something more refined, if you desire a Zen-like oasis or a fun space for the kids, when looking to renovate a bathroom your design should bring together all that is the best of what you envision, while delivering for you the absolute maximum of storage, usage and aesthetic.

Trends continue to remain tailored and refined. The world of tile continues to offer an abundant amount of options from the classics, to bold textures and colours, to Terrazzo, which has re-emerged in the world of design. All things vintage are ever-so popular in design. Whether it’s the relaxed boho vibe you are striving to create in your bathroom, or you simply desire an upcycled vanity, there’s no denying that vintage design remains strong. Bathroom fixtures are showing many wonderful warm metals, as well as matte black, all great alternatives to the typical chrome finish. The multitude of body sprays that once cluttered our shower walls are on the decline, and instead we are seeing the use of multiple shower heads, both ceiling and wall mount. Texture is also big in our bathrooms and, as always, maximum storage is high on the list.

If you’re planning to give your bathroom a whole new look, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Set a realistic budget

As a designer, I often find many believe that since the bathroom is a small area it will not cost a lot to renovate. On the contrary, once you start looking at all the options available to you today, whether in tile, fixtures or storage, you might be surprised at what is out there and how much it can cost. Do some investigating to see what the best options are for you, and look to working with a designer to maximize your bathroom design options.

Use tile to add personality

When shopping for tile, don’t be swayed into believing that because your room is small you must stay with a small-scaled tile. In fact, a simple large-scaled tile can create the illusion of a much larger space. Also, tile is a great way to add personality and charm to your design, so mix it up a bit and consider adding some pattern to your space.

Keep storage in mind

Think through your storage space wisely. There are many ready-made vanities on the market today. However, a custom-made vanity will be able to truly accommodate and maximize your storage needs. We have designed many clever storage solutions for our clients, from hidden hampers to hidden steps for children to brush their teeth.

In the end, be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating a wonderfully luxurious and inviting room that reflects your individuality, while offering optimal convenience and relaxation for years to come.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Colour

Colour your world

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Colour your world

Full of design “inspo” colour is a major influencer in the world of design. It can enhance and punctuate a monochromatic space, it can create drama in a room or do the opposite and create a relaxing serene environment. However you use colour in your space, you definitely know it can set the direction and complement the style of your home.

Whether you enjoy the simplicity of “white” walls with the flexibility of injecting colour with your furnishings and accessories, or whether you are drawn to using colour on your walls, undoubtedly a splash of this year’s popular bold and rich hues are sure to leave you feeling all the love for colour in your life. Rich jewel tones, deep earthy plums, corals, and soft pinks as the “new” answer to neutrals, or bright cheery greens and yellows and blues of all shades — there’s a broad spectrum of possibilities available, and inspirations galore.

Richly patterned fabrics and area rugs, coloured saturated tiles and bold wallpapers lend themselves well to creating a space with a personality all its own. However, if this all seems a bit too much for you and your comfort zone lies deep within the monochromatic white-on-white look, never fear as colour can still find its way into your home in the subtlety of artwork or even the lushness of this year’s hot trend of fresh green plants. Whatever your heart desires, there is definitely an abundance of ways to colour your world! Colour can find it’s way into every room in your home, especially the kitchen, where white cabinetry has moved aside for everything from shades of soft and pretty blue greys to deep blues and greens. However, let’s not forget about our appliances, both large and small, which have taken on a life of their own when it comes to colour.

So, give your home a little “facelift” with an inspirationally stylish and sophisticated blend of colour, pattern and texture. Then sit back, relax and enjoy all the beauty you have created.

Here are a few tips to get your colour inspiration started:

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint, and when you’ve tired of the colour it’s easy enough to change.
  2. Wallpaper is a fun and fantastic way to inject life into your room. With the abundant selection of patterns and colours available, you’re sure to make a great impact.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale such as an accent wall.
  4. Add a touch of black to your mix; it doesn’t need to be a large item – a black box, vase, picture frame or other accent. By doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Bringing the outdoors inside!

Bringing the outdoors inside!

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Bringing the outdoors inside!

We’ve been seeing a notable movement towards decorating with house plants. With the seasons always feeling so short-lived, decorating with plants is a great way to bring the outdoors inside and enjoy the lushness of greenery all year long. In the world of decorating, plants have a way of making a space feel bright and alive. They add a burst of great colour to a room while creating a relaxed and welcoming ambience.

Plants are very versatile and can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance and revitalize your space. They add colour and texture, and with a bit of creativity in your selections can really boost the character of your home. A large fiddle-leaf fig tree cannot only simply fill a corner of your home, but the scale of this plant with its beautiful dark green, waxy foliage and structured sculptural shapes is a great asset to any design aesthetic. You can find this striking plant equally comfortable in a relaxed “boho” design, as it is in a well-curated modern home.

Plants are a wonderful decor accessory adding life and beauty to your home. However, beyond just the aesthetic value, they also have actual health benefits as they reduce the toxins and improve air quality. They also provide a variety of aromatherapy perks and have been known to lower stress levels, make you feel energized or even simply add a lovely natural fragrance to your home.

Cut flowers are a stunning addition to any room, but can often be costly to maintain on a regular basis. A collection of plants displayed on a vintage silver tray can be a great alternative for a centrepiece, while adding a new layer to your decor. Or perhaps a great little grouping of hanging plants in the corner of your bathroom, with the added accessory of a trendy macrame hanger – a small nod to the 1970s – that would be a perfect complement to your home.

Whatever inspires you, there’s definitely a plant or two that will be perfect for your home decor needs. And should you be thinking that you don’t have a green thumb and will likely end up torching a beautiful live plant, there are fantastic alternatives in the world of faux plants that you can indulge in and still stay on trend with adding the lush look of greenery to your space.

4 tips to bring the outdoors in!:

  • Work with an assortment of plants that vary in heights, scale, colour and texture.
  • Planters and baskets are a great way to further enhance the decor element of your plant selections, but don’t just limit yourself to these items. Air plants and succulents can look fantastic displayed in many different container options.
  • Make sure you don’t keep all your plants on the ground or on table tops. Think about different ways to elevate them off the ground, such as a stack of books.
  • Make sure you are aware of the needs of your plants prior to purchasing them to ensure you benefit from the maximum enjoyment and decor aesthetic.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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What's underfoot? Some inspired flooring

Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

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Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

With the renovation season in full gear, many of you are feverishly exploring decorating magazines for inspiration and direction for your home. As small-space condo dwellers, you many have resolved that many of the renovation options available often can be a bit limited because you do live in a condo, but that’s not necessarily the case. When designing a space, many of us look for inspiration in fabrics and colours; why not look down and get inspired by your flooring? It may be a bit unconventional to imagine that flooring could, in fact, be the root of the design for your room but, with today’s flooring options, it’s definitely a possibility.

Vinyl and laminates

It doesn’t matter if you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walkup, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions have in the past been a tad sparse. Recently, though, we have been seeing a surge in beautiful new luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core and laminate flooring options that are definitely on trend and set to inspire our design creativity.

Laminate flooring has been around for quite a while now. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using material such as medium or high-density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options, providing not only a great look but comfort as well. Luxury vinyl is available in an abundance of fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is still a relative newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. Boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, this is not to say that you should shy away from porcelain or ceramic tiles for your condo. Tile designs have come a long way and the colours, patterns and textures available offer much to the imagination!

Use your vision

So, the question remains: How can flooring be inspirational? Envision a great distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add some wonderful custom millwork and a charming vintage chandelier. Play off this look by adding a great curvy 70s inspired sofa, inject a great pop of colour with your paint and accessories, and then top it off with bold patterned billowy drapes. You have now created for yourself an elevated, yet relaxed, living space all inspired by your flooring selection.

Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. If you’re looking to start your next renovation project, instead of looking to paint colour, fabric or cabinetry to inspire you, why not try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot? You may be surprised by where it takes you.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Kitchen Appliances aren't what they used to be!

Kitchen appliances aren’t what they used to be!

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Kitchen appliances aren’t what they used to be!

Kitchens are and always will be the heart of any home! The kitchen has come a long way from simply being a utilitarian space, to a space that exudes personality and character while integrating beautifully with the rest of your home. The personality of your kitchen develops with the design — through your cabinetry, finishes, colours and design details. However, recently we have been seeing our appliances becoming more of a focal point and contributing to the overall aesthetics of our kitchens. Whether appliances are integrated or a stand-alone feature, they are definitely making themselves noticed – and for all the right reasons.

The appliances alone cannot create a beautiful kitchen. However, they are critical to the overall design and function of your space, and when well-selected can deliver large on aesthetics. Appliances are colourful, bold, streamlined and impactful. They can elevate your kitchen while delivering the “restaurant-quality” professional-grade features that many of us desire. Whether large or small, they are meant to be seen and are inspirational to kitchen design.

The selections these days are endless. French door refrigerators or door-in-door refrigerators, gas range or induction, double ovens or perhaps French door ovens, dishwasher drawers, undercounter microwaves, refrigerator drawers, warming drawers, built-in coffee centres — the list can go on and on. All have their own benefits, whether it’s space accommodating, ease of access or luxury features, the appliances of today deliver large on all fronts. They are being outfitted with Bluetooth capabilities to easily integrate into our Smart-Home systems to make our lives just a little easier; and some are bypassing the traditional “knobs” for the sleek look of “touch and swipe” controls that are inspired by our smart phones.

When you are looking to purchase new appliances, it’s really best to do your research and have a good understanding of what is available, what works for your budget and what features you will actually require, or use. Small appliances have also made huge strides in design, professional-grade features and, most excitingly, in colours. Fun coloured Kitchen-Aid stand mixers or Breville barista stations are a fantastic complement to any kitchen counter. Not only functional, they add a great pop of colour to any kitchen. Also, we have seen the emergence of exciting new small appliances such as a countertop beer brewing station.

Stainless appliances still have their popularity. However, white appliance are coming back in full force. The modernized white appliances feature stainless accents and fit beautifully with many design styles. Matte black stainless is also a great finish for kitchen appliances, offering a sleek and modern alternative to the traditional stainless appliances. Truth be told, the colours and finishes of some appliances are downright amazing and offer a great deal of “design inspo.” Custom finished range hoods that create a focal point in your kitchen can be a great design touch, but so can a fun vintage-inspired retro pink fridge. Highlights of antique brass for the knobs and handle on your range might be just enough of a detail for you, or a bright fun orange for your range is more in line with the inspiration for your new kitchen. Whichever way you decide to go, the options are available and the inspirations are countless.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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DESIGN: Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

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Finishing Touches – Many inspiring options await when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade

Planning a kitchen renovation is always exciting, and often overwhelming. The enthusiasm of pouring over the multitude of Pinterest inspirations often morphs into the stress of decision making of cabinet styles, colours, layouts and product selections.

Today, we have hundreds of options available to us when it comes to all of the finishing touches. Our sinks and faucets are no longer simply utilitarian, countertops come in an array of colours, textures, patterns and product compositions – whether natural or man-made, and appliances have taken an almost artful approach to complement our kitchens. Even accessories such as lighting, stools and hardware have upped their ante to become statement makers in today’s kitchen.

Classic white kitchens will always remain, but right now it’s all about colour! Whether it’s a deep rich green or charcoal grey for our cabinetry, or perhaps richly antiqued brass lighting, the new popularity of injecting colour into our kitchens is creating a character and style all its own. Warm metals can be found everywhere, from custom range hoods making dramatic statements to our kitchen faucets, now being designed as “showpieces.” Faucets have matured beyond simple chrome or satin nickel to a modern vibe of matte black, the warmth of aged golds and the new revival of blackened pewters. One of the hottest new trends in faucets is the two-tone blending of black and metals – and companies such as Blanco have a great selection. Also, and a favourite of mine, are their Silgranit composite sinks that come in a variety of colours and styles. Not only durable, heat and stain resistant, these sinks are also a step up in style, finish and colour from their stainless counterparts.

Black remains a powerful force in kitchen design, and it is moving past the accessories to become a strong colour for cabinetry as well as appliances. Black has the ability to add an element of drama and yet simplicity, modernism and yet a traditionally classic feel to any room – and the kitchen is no exception. Whether your comfort level allows for matte black appliances, or simply a touch of it with your faucet, sink or lighting, matte black undeniably will elevate your kitchen from lifeless neutrals to bold and impactful.

Regardless of your personal style, one thing is for certain – our finishing touches have become strong influencers in the kitchen. Find your own inspiration and comfort when it comes to colour, metals and textures, and look to inject some life into your kitchen space. These accessories have progressed from being just functional. With the choices available to us today, they have been designed to be statement-makers that not only elevate our kitchens but create stunning focal points in what was once simply a practical room. Kitchens remain the heart of any home, but that does not mean they need to be boring!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

@LindaMazurGroup


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