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“Smart” Kitchen

“Smart” Kitchen

In today’s day and age everywhere you look there is new technology from a new cell phone every couple months, new computers, and now even new kitchen accessories. Here at Summit Kitchens we wanted to show you five different appliances and accessories that are tech savvy. First the orange chef prep pad, this is a cutting board as well as a smart food scale. The prep pad gives you a detailed look at the over all nutrition of what is on the board. The prep pad is compressed of a unibody aluminum base and food scale, it is also a non-porous recycled paper composite top. The prep pad only works on an iOS device. Another tech savvy product that works with an iOS system is the ispoon. The ispoon allows you to navigate through recipes on your ipad and keeps the wooden tasting & mixing spoon clean. Not all smart products for your kitchen are tech savvy. The Joseph Joseph elevate kitchen tools improves hygiene and minimize the mess made by placing utensils on kitchen countertop. This product is available in different colours and a variety of essential kitchen tools. The fourth product is the ISI Basic flex-it measuring cups. These measuring cups are microwave and dishwasher safe, no spills with smooth inside and textured outside. Last but not least, Samsung has created a slide in induction chef collection range. This oven counter top is a state of the art range and a flex duo oven. The flex duo oven allows you to cook two dishes at two different temperatures at the same time. A disclaimer we have not tried any of these products and we are not endorsing any of these products.

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White Kitchen

White Kitchen

With every season comes different trends and styles for your house and very own personal style. If you follow every trend out there for your home you will constantly be buying new wall colour, different counter tops and will be renovating your kitchen 4 times a year. Who has time for that ? One thing that you can do is have a clean classic white kitchen, the white is like a clean slate. If you want your kitchen larger but don’t have the room or finically can not do it a easy fix is to make your kitchen appear larger is with white. White kitchens never go out of style since its like a blank canvas, you can decorate it anyway you want. It works for very season no matter the trends by add a bold dark colour for winter, a pop of colour for spring, a pastel colour for summer and natural colours for fall. You can dress up your kitchen by choosing a unique backsplash and hardware.  White is not a boring kitchen colour anymore it is simplistic, classic, open and clean.

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Kitchen Maintenance

Kitchen Maintenance

Kitchen cabinets are exposed to more dirt, bacteria and grease more then any other area in the home. Summit Kitchens & Fine Cabinetry would like to give you some help on how to properly clean your kitchen.

For everyday care and cleaning we recommend wiping down your kitchen cabinets and counter tops with a damp towel. Give special attention to areas around the sink and dishwasher. When it comes to your cabinets you can also clean any finished wood cabinets with mild soap and water solution. Take a slightly dampened cloth to wipe down the finish wood, making sure to dry the cabinets afterwards. Not only should you be cleaning your kitchen cabinets but you should also clean your kitchen hardware. Cleaning your kitchen hardware is simple just take a dry cloth and wipe down the handles to get the grease off of them. To clean the hinges on cabinet doors take a cotton-tipped swab to get the dust off. Some cleaning products you should avoid are ones with harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaning products such as tub & sink cleaning, solvent based or petroleum based products and bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.

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Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Every room in your house tells a story about you and your life, what does your kitchen say about you? Your kitchen shouldn’t be just about your cabinets and kitchen islands, you should also pay attention to detail likes kitchen accessories. Some kitchen accessories that people should focus on are hood ranges, wine racks, backsplash, pullout shelves and spice racks. Having a custom hood range built has a couple of great benifits. It allows you to add contrast to your kitchen like an island or a feature wall, but mainly it hides the look of a large stainless hood fan. A larger hood fan is a common request for kitchens that cook a lot or cook spicy foods. These larger fans remove the smells more efficetly that come from cooking, hood range can be customized to your kitchen and personal style. Another popular accessories thats on trend in kitchens are wine racks. A wine rack has a advantage over most other forms of bottle storage because you can tailor them to your taste. The wine rack can be completely customized to match your kitchen cabinets and kitchen style. One last kitchen accessory you should think of to help organize is a spice racks. Drawer spice storage is a very good option because you will not only keep your spices organized but also keeps them hidden from plain sight. Keeping the spice rack next to your range for easy access for cooking. When planning for your next kitchen up grade think about what kinds of kitchen accessories you might want and need.

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Spring Trends

Spring Trends

Spring has sprung !! With the snow melting and weather getting warmer its time to think about transitioning your home between seasons. This can be a lot simpler then you might think, you can change your home decor instantly by carefully selecting accessories to add to your space.  Some of the big trends popping up this season are gold in the kitchen, bring the outside in, patterns, mixed metals and blue.

Gold In the Kitchen

Adding gold elements to you kitchen gives it a je ne sias qui look and feel. With a modern or traditional kitchen adding gold creates a more luxurious feel. When it comes to trying gold out take baby steps start off with changing your drawer handles, add a couple little gold accessories. If you want to go bold try changing your main light fixtures, adding gold detail to your chairs or change you hood vent to have gold details on the inside.

Bring Outside In

With last week being the official start to the spring season its time to freshen up your interior. You can go with a beautiful flower arrangements or you could go with some very simple green foliage. When it comes to bring the outside into your kitchen a very budget friendly way is to have your herbs be displayed in the planters. Bringing the outside in allows you to make home small spring fresh and look spring ready.

Patterns

This seasons patterns are very much relaxed graphics and loose geometrics. The trick to working with patterns is not to over do it take it slow. Start with a pattern that is not to cluttered and/or very loud, nothing to bold and in your face. Adding patterns to a wall in your home will transform your space, set the tone for the room and reinforce the vision you are going for with the decor.

Mixed Metals

Many people think mixing metals is not a good idea with the different finishes and styles, but thats not the case this season. Mixing metals in your kitchen keeps things interesting and bolder. From warm metals like copper and rose gold to cool metals like silver pair beautiful with most colours. Mixing metals can be done on light fixtures, noticeable plumbing fixtures, furniture and home accessories.

Blue

Every season there is one or two colours that stand out from the rest, this spring season that colour is blue. Blue will bring that necessary pop of colour that your house might need. Darker blues like navy, indigo, inky blue is a good alternative for black this season. Lighter blue tones like aqua to teal works to make the decor of your home have a more claiming effect. Try it out with some accessories from couch pillows, lamp shades to rugs.

And remember to inquire with Summit Kitchens & Fine Cabinetry Inc. for all your spring cabinetry projects.

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Carrara Marble

Carrara Marble

When deciding on a solid surface material for the countertop in either your kitchen or bathroom, you might want to think about using Carrara marble. Watch Brain Flynn discuss the timeless and elegant marble. With its different finishes and styles see if Carrara Marble is the right countertop for you and your home.

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