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Tips For Lighting A Compact Kitchen

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Sensio, the kitchen lighting specialists, have released tips for lighting a compact kitchen.  Many homeowners fall into the category of having a small compact kitchen and often times find that the lighting, whether natural or artificial, leaves the kitchen feeling gloomy.  Well here are some tips to rectify this problem:

• No matter how big or small the space is in which you are working with, lighting should always be considered during the planning stages of a kitchen, rather than being an afterthought. Think about how the kitchen is going to be used, whether it will be an entertaining space, as well as a functional area and choose lighting accordingly.

• Even in a compact kitchen you can save money and help the environment. The low wattage of LED products means that energy consumption is reduced by an average of 91% resulting in far less electricity costs, compared to halogen bulbs. Furthermore, the lifespan of an LED light is twenty times greater and UV or IR rays are not produced.

• Lighting can help to improve a kitchen’s functionality, especially when you only have a small amount of space available to you. Make your compact kitchen as practical as possible by including plenty of task lighting. This can be in the form of under-cabinet lighting, which will illuminate work-surfaces during food preparation.

• Often the best things come in small packages, so why not use lighting to further enhance the overall appearance of your compact kitchen design. Ambient lighting is key, especially for smaller kitchens that are often part of an open plan living space. Include subtle in-cabinet, shelf and over-cabinet lighting to create an atmosphere suited to dinner parties or romantic evenings in.

• Make sure that the kitchen lighting you use complements the cabinets in place. Select the correct lighting temperature in accordance to your kitchen design. If you have adopted a more traditional style, then a warm light will work perfectly, or if you have chosen a contemporary, high gloss finish, a cool white will be far better suited.

As Sensio state above, always plan your lighting during the kitchen planning stage. Even if you are retro fitting lighting into an existing kitchen, plan it out and choose the right lighting for the space and kitchen style. There is no reason to have to live with a gloomy dull kitchen.

For more information on Sensio and their lighting options, you can visit their website at www.sensio.co.uk. You can also ask your kitchen designer to recommend and plan your kitchen lighting for you. After all, it is a key part of the kitchen planning process.

Kitchen Door Style Guide

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Kitchen Door Styles

Trying to decide on a door style for your kitchen can be confusing.  Your kitchen designer or supplier can mention styles that you may not be familiar with, and the names of these styles might mean nothing to you.

For that reason, we have put together an article explaining the most popular door styles to choose from.  There are of course variations to these styles, but these ones definitely are the most popular.

The doors styles we mention are Shaker Style, Raised Panel Doors, Decorative Inside Profile, Cathedral Arch Doors and Slab Doors.

You will find a photograph and brief description of each of the door styles so you can familiarise yourself with them and be sure that you understand what your designer is talking about when he or she mentions them in the future.

You can read the full article here: http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/tips-and-advice/kitchens/kitchen-door-styles.aspx

The Benefits of Induction!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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Stoves, the UK manufactured kitchen appliance brand, has a fantastic glossary that explains the benefits of induction.

If you are confused as to the benefits of an induction hob, then this glossary will help clear things up.  It really does highlight why induction hobs should be seriously considered when you are replacing your appliances or preparing for a new kitchen.

Follow the link and have a read!

http://www.stoves.co.uk/glossary/

What Type of Pans Should You Use on Induction Hobs?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I came across this short video on YouTube which was released by Bosch Appliances in the UK.

If you are wondering what type of pans and cookware you should use on an induction hob then this might explain it for you.  In order for your induction hob to work, a specific type of base is needed on your pans.

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Eye-Level Oven Height – Ideal Heights Off Floor

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

We have had a few queries lately from people asking what height an eye-level oven should be off the ground, so I decided I should do a quick blog post on the subject.

There isn’t exactly a strict rule when it comes to the height of eye level ovens in a kitchen, but there are some general rules of thumb.  I’m going to break this down in to three possible scenarios.  Double eye level oven, single eye level oven and two appliances stacked at eye level.

Double Eye Level Oven Height

Generally, a double oven should be built in at about 720mm off the floor.  This allows for a 150mm plinth and a 570mm high door under the double oven.  This could also be two pan drawers underneath.  At this height, both the main oven and the top oven are at good height for the average person.

Single Eye Level Oven Height

Again as with the double oven, the single oven can be 720mm off the floor.  However you have more scope with the height of a single oven.  For instance, you can build it in at 870mm off the floor to keep the oven at an ideal height.  This is my personal recommendation.  In the picture to the right, you can see single ovens built in at this height.

Two Appliances Stacked at Eye Level

If you have chosen a single oven and microwave/combi microwave oven for your kitchen, then you generally use the same height as with the double oven.  To keep the top oven, in this instance the microwave/combi microwave oven, at a safe and convenient height, 720mm off the floor is a good height for the single oven underneath it.

Remember this is only a guide.  Your kitchen supplier may have slight variations of these measurements.  However it is a good guide to work from and will ensure your eye level ovens are at the ideal height.

Tiling Your Kitchen Floor

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

When having a new kitchen fitted, or indeed when you just want to revamp your kitchen with some new floor tiles, there is often some confusion about when the floor should be tiled and if you need to tile underneath the kitchen units.

I get asked these questions and more all the time so I have put together a guide to tiling your kitchen floor that will hopefully answer any questions you have.

We have covered such questions as whether to tile the kitchen floor before or after the new kitchen has been fitted, how to go about tiling an existing kitchen, what to do when you have an island unit and working around floor standing kitchen appliances.

To read the article click the following link: http://www.kitchenindex.ie/retail/tips-and-advice/tiling-kitchen-floor.aspx

Shopping for a new kitchens

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Shopping for a new kitchen can sometimes be a daunting task.? What kitchen style do I like, what is the best layout, how much will I need to spend and which supplier will I choose.

Well in this article, I want to focus on the last two points, cost and supplier.

When listening to people as the look for their dream kitchen and a supplier, the one thing I hear the most is:? “I got a quote off one supplier that was ?6,000 and a quote off another that was ?10,000.”? Most people then assume that the quote for ?6,000 is the best one to go with, but this isn’t always the case.? I would bet anything that both quotes were for different quality of kitchens.

Now I am not saying that both kitchens would not be of good quality.? But lets just say that you are pricing for a painted kitchen.? One quote could be for an MDF door painted and the other quote could be for solid wood painted.? The key here is to always ask each supplier what they are quoting for.

You obviously have to keep budget in mind when pricing around.? But here are a few pointers:

1. Ask each supplier what materials they are quoting for.

2. When you have your quotes together, consider them all while keeping in mind what has been quoted for.

3.? If you are unsure what a particular kitchen supplier has quoted for, contact them and ask them to clarify.? They will be happy to do this.

There are always going to be variations in the cost from one kitchen supplier to another, but the key when shopping around is to make sure you are compairing like-with-like.? That way you will be sure that you are getting the best deal and the best quality for your budget.

Painting My Kitchen

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Question

I am currently in the process of revamping my kitchen, I currently have a solid oak kitchen and am thinking of having it handpainted in cream, I am worried about the maintenance of a cream painted kitchen ie will it chip easily? Also how many coats of paint should it require, is there a specific brand of paint which is better than others to give a stronger paint effect. Spraying my doors is not an option as I have used furniture polish on them (or so I have been told)
Any help or advice you can give me would be much appreciated.

Regards,

Frances.

Answer

Hi Frances,

Many thanks for putting your question to KitchenIndex.ie.? Our aim is to provide information and advice along with a full directory of suppliers to anyone looking to buy a new kitchen or wardrobes or revamp an existing one.

Handpainted kitchens tend to keep quite well as long as it doesn’t take too much abuse.? In my experience, I haven’t had anyone tell me that they regret having a handpainted kitchen and you will be amazed by the transformation of your kitchen once you paint it.

As your existing kitchen is oak, you may find that because oak has a heavy grain, this might show through the paint.? You will probably find that it will take two coats of paint on top of a primer to give a good finish and it is best to use an eggshell paint with a good purdy brush so that it won’t loose it’s bristles.? Any good brand of paint is good to use like Dulux or Crown or for a more luxurious finish you could us Farrow & Ball.

Just make sure that the kitchen is completely de-grease and given a light sanding before you start applying the primer. Check out these decorators in london for some inspiration.

I hope this helps and if you need any further advice please let me know.

Regards,

Colin.

Sources-
www.howcoster.com

Single Oven, Eye Level Double Oven & Double Under Oven Explained

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

A question has come in from one of our users asking if we could give an explanation on the difference between a double oven and a built under double oven.

I thought it best while we are on the subject to add single ovens into the answer and give a complete explanation on all three.

There are three main differences in these three oven types and these are size, application in kitchen design and internal capacity.

Single ovens are perhaps the most flexible oven when it comes to application in kitchen design.? The reason being that they measure 600mm wide x 600mm high, meaning they can be designed in both under the?worktop or in a tall oven housing.? By designing?them in under the?worktop you can minimise the amount of space taken up by the cooking zone in the kitchen as the hob will sit above the oven with the extractor above this again.? Typically a single oven has a capacity of 53-58 litres but they can reach as high as 70 litres giving huge cooking capacity.

Double ovens measure 600mm wide x 900mm high and as the name suggests they have two ovens.? The top oven is a grill come oven with the oven being a regular conventional oven with a typical capacity of 33-36 litres.? The main oven will usually be a fan oven with most brands having there own on the fan/cooking technology.? The capacity of this main oven will usually be 53-60 litres depending on the oven and brand.? The only way to incorporate a double oven into?your kitchen design is by housing it in a tall housing or a studio height (two thirds high) unit.? They will not fit in under the worktop as the usual base unit height it 720mm sitting on a 150mm plinth.

Built Under Double Ovens give you the functions of a regular double oven but?with a smaller capacity.? They are built specifically to fit into a standard height kitchen base unit and will typically?measure up to 720mm high so to?fit?perfectly into a base unit.? The main difference to watch out for is that while the top conventional oven will usually have the same capacity, the main oven will be slightly smaller typically with a 49-53 litre capacity.? Not usually a problem until you go to fit the turkey in at Christmas, however a 53 litre oven should be ok for most families.

Hope this helps!!

To find kitchen appliance retailers in your area go to our supplier directory at kitchenindex.ie/Kitchen-Appliances

Recessed Drainer versus V-Grooves

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I was recently asked a question about what kind of draining boards I would recommend when fitting granite worktops in a kitchen.

Basically, there are two options available. They are, Recessed Drainers or V-Grooved Drainers.

Recessed Drainer

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Recessed Drainers are when the granite is carved (or recessed)?down about 4 or 5 mm around the sink and then the v-grooves?which carry excess water into the sink are carved into this. (See Photo)

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The other option, V-Grooved Drainer, is simply when the draining grooves are carved into the granite without there being any recess like above. (See Photo)

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?So, which do I recommend?? Definitely the recessed drainer!

The recessed drainer will hold any excess water and stop it from running amuck whereas with the standard v-groove drainer you will have water sitting on the worktop.? Just be prepared to pay a few hundred euro extra for the recessed drainer as there is a lot of extra work and time involved for the granite company.? However in my opinion it is definitely worth the extra investment.

To find suppliers of worktops in your area go to kitchenindex.ie/worktops