Monthly Archives: July 2015

Child Proof Your Kitchen

When designing a kitchen it’s important to keep in mind safety, especially if you have children in your home. These days there are many products that offer safety in the kitchen. In addition, there are many things you can do along with the design that will improve the safety of your kitchen.

Family in the Kitchen

A child safe kitchen doesn’t need to look like a padded nursery – there’s no reason that a child safe kitchen can’t be just as attractive as any other kitchen.

Child Proof Cabinets

Revolving doors and cabinets where fingers can get stuck can be the most obvious hazard, particularly because they conceal all kinds of interesting things that are attractive to kids. Soft closing drawers and hinges have a come a long way to reducing risks. Heavy doors are also likely to do damage, as are exposed hinges, so at the design stage it’s worth considering these things. Rounded corners and edges on cabinets will help reduce the chance of serious injury, as will using lighter materials rather than solid ones. If your kitchen has been designed with sharper corners, it’s possible to fit temporary soft, rounded corner pieces.

Cabinets and drawers with internal locking mechanisms like safety catches, internal latches and key card locks will all help to keep children out of cupboards and drawers, as will detachable handles. Some require cupboards and doors to open slightly in order to reach the latching mechanism – don’t underestimate how quickly children will learn how these work…

Child Proof Drawers

Special straps and latches can also be fitted to the outsides of cupboards which require a little strength to open – they may not look as nice but they’re very effective. Most of these measures can cheaply and easily be installed into existing kitchens with standard cabinet and drawer mechanisms, and they’re often sold as a complete kit.

Safety Flooring

Young children first learning to walk are particularly prone to slips and falls. Hard or slippery floors are also a danger for clumsy young kids. For this reason, hard concrete, stone or tile floors can be dangerous surfaces in kitchens (as much for adults as children, in fact). Vinyl flooring, linoleum flooring and floating floor are all more forgiving surfaces.

Kitchens with low glass must have safety glass installed, with a shatter resistant film placed over them. Benches with access to both sides, particularly if they are narrow, make it easier for children to reach whatever is on the bench. Tall, precarious stools can be a hazard too.

Child Proof Outlet Covers

Where possible, outlets in kitchens should be installed up at bench level, out of reach of children. For those that aren’t, special outlet guards are available to protect your outlets from being tampered with.

Child Proof Oven

To keep children away from ovens, special oven guards also exist, which block off the oven altogether. Stovetop guards are also available which create a tall barrier over which children can’t reach and play with stove controls or burn themselves on hotplates or open gas flames.

There are many other things you can do to keep your kitchen safe for young children. Consider these common sense solutions or discuss your needs with your designer. If you need more help with making your kitchen safe for children please contact The Wright Kitchen today!

The Minimalist Kitchen Trend

If you have leafed through a magazine lately, you have probably taken a moment to check out the trendy, minimalist kitchens that grace those glossy pages. Whether wood, granite, or cement, minimalist kitchens are defined by sleek horizontal and vertical lines, functional and unobtrusive appliances, frameless cabinetry and the occasional pop of trendy colour.

Minimalist Kitchen

A Wright Kitchen Designed Minimalist Kitchen

The Appeal of the Minimalist Kitchen

Above all, modern kitchen design promises cleanliness, sophistication, and functionality – all elements appreciated by the contemporary homeowner. Whether incorporated into a historic home or built from the ground up in a new build, done right, a minimalist kitchen can complement any style. Minimalist kitchens emphasize an innovative, forward thinking style, with a nod both to historic design elements and contemporary conveniences. Hidden appliances, state of the art refrigerators, and highly advanced kitchen technology all feel right at home in a minimalist kitchen alongside retro art and sterling silver cutlery.

Lighter Than Air

One of the most beautiful elements of a minimalist kitchen is their emphasis on light and space. Despite being home to industrial grade appliances, and seemingly heavy metal accents, minimalist kitchens incorporate open floor plans, natural light, and artificial light in ways that add levity to the area. Modern, minimalist kitchens use light colours from the cabinets to the wall colour to further enhance the natural light experienced in the kitchen area. Skylights, walls of windows and open floor plans are all used to add an even lighter feeling to this highly functional space.

Wood Minimalism

While classic, glossy white is certainly a minimalist kitchen go-to, streamlined quality wood cabinetry has come to define many a modern kitchen. The versatility and durability of wood cabinetry has been a homeowner favourite for decades. At Wright Kitchens, we love collaborating with homeowners on bringing the kitchen renovations of their dream to life.

Minimalist wood cabinetry have several things in common: frameless design, clean lines, uniformity, and natural grains. Using the wood’s natural grain, professional cabinet makers transform a single piece into a design element in its own right. Using a variety of lacquers, shellacs, and stains, a single grain becomes a focal point in minimalist kitchen cabinetry.

Minimalism as a Frame of Mind

A minimalist kitchen doesn’t end once the cupboard doors are opened though! Despite the fact that as a society we own more than ever before, minimalism in its own right is becoming a popular trend. People across the world are swearing off superfluous possessions in favour of a fewer belongings, in the hopes that it brings them a lighter, more clear sighted outlook on their lives. If your kitchen is anything like most kitchens in Canada, there are drawers of gadgets and tools you rarely – if ever – use. In this article, one author writes about the 16 things your kitchen can do without. Items from crockpots to juicers, and even a knife block are being viewed now more than ever as unnecessary.

If you want some help designing and implementing a sleek minimalist kitchen in your own house then Contact The Wright Kitchen today.

Tips on How to Install a Kitchen Backsplash

Installing a kitchen backsplash is an easy way to update the look of your kitchen. Whether you are installing a new kitchen backsplash or updating an old one, there are many options for you to explore. Even if you’re still debating whether or not to install a kitchen backsplash, this blog will give you a better idea of what goes into the process. You’ll want something that is durable, attractive and compatible with your current kitchen design.

A newly Installed Kitchen Backsplash

The first thing to consider when thinking about a kitchen backsplash is related to scope: How much surface area do you need to cover your kitchen backsplash? For small kitchens, a minimal backsplash just a few tiles high will be enough. A more extensive design might overwhelm the space. If you have a larger kitchen with a grand design, countertop to ceiling backsplashes can add drama and elegance while optimizing the use of available space.

Once you’ve decided on the scope of your backsplash project, its time to consider style. There is great variety of style, quality and price available in your choices of materials, colours, textures and layouts. Ceramic tile is a very common choice. It’s widely available in a great number of styles and colours. In addition it is extremely easy to maintain. The most popular choices of ceramic tile are subway tile, mosaic tile and penny tile.

Other tile choices include granite or other natural materials. Popular for kitchen countertops and floors, travertine, granite or marble tile are often used in backsplash design. These materials provide an elegant, durable option and offer a high end look. All kinds of natural stone tiles are available in a variety of colours and textures, from slate-like matte finishes to rougher, pebbled designs. Your colour choices are nearly infinite as well and many granite retailers can even dye the products to suit your design needs.

Glass tile is another excellent option for kitchen backsplashes. It can add a bright, elegant and colourful style to a kitchen. Not to mention there are many different designs to choose from, from transparent to coloured or intricately patterned.

Copper backsplashes are another great option. These offer a durable and visually interesting option. An additional benefit to copper is that they will evolve over time – as the copper is exposed to air and moisture, its colour will deepen and change. This can create an exquisite, naturally worn look to the backsplash.

Once you’ve made a decision on the materials for your kitchen backsplash, you’ll want to consider the style that’s best suited for your kitchen. You can most certainly use the backsplash as an opportunity to add colour and great visual interest to your kitchen. Keep in mind that particularly expressive designs tend to be best in a kitchen that otherwise features an understated, minimalist look. On the other hand, if your kitchen has a more intricate design, you may want to consider a more relaxed feel for your backsplash. This way it won’t create a visual overload.

Whatever your choice in material and style, know that updating or adding a new backsplash to your kitchen is an easy way to update your entire kitchen design. If you’re looking to get expert help with the installation of your kitchen backsplash, then you’ll want to contact The Wright Kitchen today.

Modern Kitchen Lighting Trends

For many homeowners, the kitchen is considered the center of family and social gatherings. The kitchen seems to be the one room that is always filled with people, vitality, delicious smells and various textures. Renovating the kitchen helps to improve its visual appeal and is a worthwhile endeavor. Studies show that kitchen remodeling can improve your return on investment by a considerable amount. And if you are going to renovate your kitchen then you are going to need a way for everyone to brightly see all your changes.  So why not read up on some modern kitchen lighting trends.

Modern Trends in Kitchen Lighting

Modern Kitchen Lighting trends

In particular, kitchen lighting is an important aspect for creating the overall “wow” effect and making your kitchen come alive. Even if you’re on a budget, a few trendy updates can create pizzazz in this space and make it look almost brand new. Today’s kitchens reflect a more diversified style of living and updated lighting is an extension of the more current look.

Kitchen lighting depends a great deal on the size and complexity of the kitchen space. Although the kitchen is still the primary place to prepare meals, many of today’s new homes have an open concept where the kitchen is adjacent to nearby rooms, like a family room. If this is the case with adjoining rooms flowing into the kitchen, it will demand a blend of general, task and accent lighting.

You can highlight your kitchen’s design by including some new styles and trends in modern kitchen lighting. With more kitchens opting for fewer upper cabinets in the kitchen, there is more space open for the many decorative task lighting styles available. Task lighting is an important aspect for most kitchen designs and routinely used over an island or counters. Bold fixtures that are over-sized are gaining in popularity for kitchen design. These accents make a dramatic statement in the kitchen while under-counter lighting is still the preferred choice for enhancing counter tops.

All-Purpose Lighting:

For larger kitchens, general kitchen lighting is best achieved using either recessed pot lights or an over sized decorative chandelier. The best positioning for recessed lighting is around the perimeter of the room and approximately 30 inches in from the wall. When you think chandeliers, the best possible light will be achieved with translucent glass for an even distribution of light and ease of cleaning.

Under-Cabinet:

Under-cabinet lighting is ideal for illuminating your counter tops. They come in many styles, including slim, energy-efficient fluorescent lights, miniature track lights and low-voltage linear systems. Remember to install under-cabinet fixtures toward the front part of your cabinet instead of the back wall. This position will allow a more even distribution of light over the area below. Another suggestion for under-cabinet lighting is to have them on their own dimmer control for creating a dramatic impact with different lighting depth.

Sink or Range:

When you’re working over the sink or range, you will get the best even illumination with recessed down-lights. They are available in a variety of styles and trims, including types of metallic finishes. For homeowners looking for a unique design look, square down-lights are gaining in approval. If space is an issue for recessed down-lights, a track system is a good alternative for the added light required in these work areas.

Kitchen Dining Area:

The lighting over the kitchen dining table should be a style and type that can function for a multitude of purposes from dining to homework, hobbies or social visits. A decorative lighting pendant is not only useful for tasks that take place at the table, but it offers a distinctive style and personality. Most hanging lights are approximately 30 inches above the table top.

Island & Breakfast Counters:

You want to have sufficient lighting over these two areas so it will be more effective to combine task and general lighting. One of the best ways to provide the amount of illumination that will do the trick is to add a group of odd number miniature pendants spaced with one every two feet of counter space. By mounting an uneven number, you will create a sense of balance in this area.

If you’re considering changing around the Lighting of your Kitchen then trust no one less than the best. Contact The Wright Kitchen today for expert advice and help on everything kitchen related.