Posts Tagged ‘Kitchen’

Which faucet for the sink PART 1

December 30, 2012

Single lever or two separate knobs, polished or satin finish: the choice of mixer for the kitchen also depends on the shape, size and material of the sink. Which can be made of steel, ceramic or plastic.

Two types of mixers

For the kitchen sink, you can choose between models can be operated with one or two commands. The first one are more practical to use and easy to adjust, while others have robust internal mechanisms that do not deteriorate with use.

Single lever

These mixers are equipped with a single knob, or a lever, which allows to mix the hot water and cold water and to adjust the flow.
– Depending on the model, the knob can be placed next to, on or before the delivery spout.
– The movement of the lever is secured by a ceramic disc cartridge which is located under the handle.
– This could be damaged by the use and cause water leakage, decrease of pressure and hardening of the movement of the levers.
– It is therefore necessary to have another one to change.

A two knobs

As an alternative to single-lever, you can choose a model with a single spout for dispensing water, but two separate knobs for mixing the hot water and the cold.
– In this case there is no disc cartridge: the locking mechanism of the handle of the faucet is a ceramic cartridge that allows a rotation of 90 ° or 180 °.
In older models, was also available a greater openness, but in order to avoid wastage of water, now it is limited only to this measures.

On wall

If you want the mixer on the wall serves an intervention on the masonry, to realize a new attack in correspondence of the tap.
– Therefore is advisable to seek for this choice when you are in the process of restructuring, or if you have to replace a similar model, because otherwise you will break the tiles.
– Otherwise, with a cheaper but less aesthetically beautiful, you can connect the new faucet to the old connections with an outer pipe flush on the wall.
– The beak of the valve must be long enough to reach the sink. If the hole for the insertion of the tap is already prepared in the sink must be covered with a steel plate.

 

The sink without draining in granite or quartz

December 30, 2012

The look of this sink without draining, produced by Giquardo, is fresh and contemporary. New and original lines of the sink make the bathroom space particularly elegant. The sink Bowl is carved from a block of black granite or white composite quartz or Belgian blue, earthy materials that provide a sharp contrast.

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The overall line is particularly soft, rounded because it encounters of natural forms, we love the clean look without draining, but the features are all there, as well as the drain, but all functions are hidden and will not compromise the aesthetics. The Bowl sink comes in eight different sizes.

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Kitchen Chairs: how to choose it?

December 20, 2012

The chairs for the kitchen must be practical, of course comfortable, space-saving, in some cases necessarily folding: so the seats complets tables and counters.

Comfort and durability are the features that you need to pay attention to when you choose the chairs.

For those intended for the kitchen should be given priority to lightness and maneuverability. Better prefer washable materials, without forgetting that the wood can be cleaned easily. To match them to the table must take account of the dimensions: between the height of the sitting and that of the plane are about 25-30 cm, even if we talk about stools.

It’s good to orientate always on models without armrests, which are easier to move. They are also thin and space-saving.

Trends

With the exception of  kitchens in style, where a table and chairs are often coordinated, usually the sittings for this room have metal frame with back in plastic, although there are models entirely in wood or upholstered with leather.

You can fold it up and put it back

The possibility of closing it does not affect the comfort of the chair. Indeed, in many cases, these models have the contoured seat and backrest curved designed to ensure the most correct position. Folded, have a thickness that does not exceed 10 centimeters. And, in general, weighing less than 3 kilograms.

Chairs  made of wood

The chairs typically have seat upholstered in fabric. Should be coordinated at the table but they can be comfortable with a table in glass.

For the finishing of wood are often used water-based paints. Non-toxic, are without solvents because composed of acrylic that can be emulsified in water. Their use is specified on the card accompanying the product.

Whatever choice you make, it is important that the kitchen chairs are comfortable, and if you have a space large enough you do not have to pay any attention to size of chairs, but keep in mind to buy things with a style.

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Kitchen: ideas and solutions

December 9, 2012

Among the domestic space, the kitchen is perhaps one where you tend to spend most of the time. In these pages we want to give some ideas to design and decorate the kitchen according to taste, needs, capabilities and available space.

Wood and glass to divide

The modern kitchen is separated from the living area by a sliding glass door and a fixed panel of the same material. These are separated by a double-functioning element.

Kitchen at all light

The kitchen furniture, arranged in form of letter L is willing to have gloss lacquered beige doors, while the roofs are frosted glass. The wooden floor is cut at 45 ° from ceramic gray tiles gray in corespondency with the working area.

Techno elements

In the past almost exclusively used in professional kitchens, stainless steel is now the protagonist in the compositions of contemporary taste and hi-tech. Hygienic and resistant to impact and corrosion, is offered in various finishes – smooth, striped, satin or brushed – even combined with each other.

A highly strength material

Stainless steel is marked by different acronyms depending on the percentages of chromium and nickel in the alloy. For the kitchen is used steel 18/10 “austenitic” characterized by a particular composition and marked with the letters Aisi 304. This material has high mechanical strength and corrosion resistance and is suitable for contact with food. Lends itself to molding deep, that is, to the realization of elements of complex shapes. For durability, the steel requires a careful maintenance. Daily cleaning should be done with neutral detergent or with soap and water, and do not need to use steel wool or abrasive products.
If the steel is not dried well,it forms streaks and patches of limestone. In some cases, the material may be subjected to painting treatments, which forms a protective film and do not allow to leave traces on working areas.

Contemporary tradition

Suitable for rustic or a tavern, fully kitchen wood is warm and welcoming. Is one with the dining area, which is ideally separated from the counter used as a work surface. The furniture can be completed by the iron candlestick, from tools and pots and pans hanging on the copper grids compartment. And it is designed for moments of conviviality, for example, for wine tasting with friends.

Showcases and cabinets

The furniture of the kitchen are arranged in a U so as to maximize the space. The composition is equipped on both sides with base and wall units with glass doors. The module is flush with the sink under the window, but the valve does not impede the opening because the frame has glass sliding doors.

With free-standing modules

It is inspired by the professional models, steel kitchen consists entirely of free-standing modules. Two container elements next to each other form a single work bench. The objects of everyday use are left exposed in order to have everything near you when you need it.

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Interior Decorations

November 29, 2012

The houses can often be renewed and enhanced with decorative solutions. Easy to copy to transform our home with small interventions, such as wall tiles and clear finishes.

Applique wall: This tehnique is used for lighting and is fixed to the wall, some made in the wall itself and not simply hung on it, they are often painted in white wall paint. Outside, they are usually finished with plaster.

Painted beams: This type of decoration has often only estetical function and not structural. They are usually painted before a neutral color then extends a color of your choice which is typically acrylics water color and then finishes with a transparent product.

Hand-crafted tiles: In kitchens or bathrooms intend to use ceramic tiles or terracotta ceramic inner, hand-decorated. Can be in 10X10 cm and on walls can be placed both straight and diagonally, Divided only by cobalt color profiles. An added decorative motif on some pieces can be a small design.

The shelf to show deco items: Shelves can also be made through the overhanging floors covered with tiles and if inserted in the kitchen can contain recessed spotlights for the Lighting of the work plan. From a compositional point of view creates an overall impression of greater balance.

Paint the doors: If you have doors that close closets, pantries or wall, cabinets, etc.. so you can think to paint and decorate it. If it is a kitchen, the subject may be a nature, if it is a cabinet can be a sunset, or a decoration diamond or abstract, even if it is a room you can decorate with a flight of butterflies and if in a corridor you can paint beautiful flowers. The color spread on the wood can be a tempera, water colors always able to be fixed, but on the whole very delicate.