What kitchen layout will inspire your inner chef?

What kitchen layout will inspire your inner chef?

 What kitchen layout will inspire your inner chef?

Have you ever felt like all you needed for your culinary skills to flourish was the right kitchen? No matter what kind of cook you are (or what kind you aspire to be), the perfect kitchen layout is out there for you.

Food for thought:

There are many things to consider before you choose the perfect kitchen style. The space available is a major one! Unless you’re willing to expand your space, this aspect will be a huge deciding factor on what kitchen type is available to you. An efficient space means an efficient cook.

Other considerations include:

  • Budget, budget, budget!
  • Storage requirements
  • Time available to cook
  • Number of cooks in the kitchen
  • Appliance preferences

 L-Shaped kitchen

  

For the modestly sized kitchen space.

This layout can be achieved in almost any space but is optimal in apartments or condos. Not every kitchen can afford enough space for the addition of an island, so this is where the L-shaped kitchen is a top design choice.

A well-designed L-shaped kitchen layout can provide ample counter space, with or without an island. The shape provides great flow and efficiency for any cook. 

I-Shaped kitchen

 

The minimalist kitchen.

I-shaped kitchens extend along the length of one wall to optimize the space as much as possible.

Fancy a sink built into an island? This is the design for you! Space allowing, the addition of an island enhances this layout option by providing more counter space for prep and the option to move appliances around to suit your needs.

The excellent use of islands, counter space and cabinets make this an affordable kitchen style great for a smaller space.

In addition, choosing small or slender appliances can further enhance the space available. 

U-Shaped Kitchen

 

Perfect space for the energetic cook.

The chef who chooses this kitchen doesn’t have to worry about an island getting in the way!

Not only does the U-kitchen style offer plenty of counter and storage space but the option to upgrade to larger appliances is available. To make this the most efficient space possible, the U-shaped kitchen uses the appliance triangle. The working triangle offers close proximity between the range, sink and fridge.

Everything is within arms reach for the busy cook as they create culinary masterpieces!

 C-Shaped kitchens

  

Excellent for the busy cook.

C-shape kitchens dazzle with their excellent layout and efficient use of space. The middle area is kept clear for the busy cook to jump between prep areas and cooking tops. The use of the appliance triangle is also a key aspect of this layout.

With space available, appliance upgrades are definitely an appealing option – even professional series can be added to this kitchen for the experienced cook.

An attached peninsula completes this design and offers extra storage, increased counter space and seating!

With so many design options to entertain, an interior designer can alleviate the design burden and help tackle the small details of renovating your space into your dream kitchen. Decca Design’s 7 step design process eases the stress of finding your kitchen style and transforming your space.

Check out our kitchen examples in our Portfolio Gallery at www.decca-design.com

If you would like to discuss your kitchen layout options please book a complimentary Design Exploration Call today at www.decca-design.com/contact-us/. Fill out the form and we look forward to connecting.

Managing your space at home

Managing your space at home

Has being at home made you look at your space differently?

Like many of you, I too have been working from home and self-quarantined. Our world is evolving rapidly and we are all having to adapt. This is a scary time. No doubt we are dealing with fear, high anxiety and uncertainty. How can we stay healthy and positive right now?

I have appreciated the great tips for physical and emotional health during these unsettled times.

  1. Minimize negative media exposure
  2. Maintain a sleep schedule
  3. Maintain an eating schedule
  4. Do 20 minutes of physical activity daily
  5. Connect socially but safely
  6. Practice self-nurturing
  7. Laugh
  8. Do one positive thing a day

Have you been altering your home to better nurture and support yourself at this time? I think we all have a little trapped energy right now, so how can we use it in a constructive manner?

I completed my first ever virtual consultation last week. It was great to connect, see a friendly face and experience the virtual tour of the home. With an already longer than expected self -isolation period, they were thinking it was time to change things up. In an hour, we discussed a few options, exchanged new ideas, and made an action list for the next steps in executing the plan. There were simple items on the list that would make a good impact in a short amount of time.

  1. Purging the clutter – Sort those ever-growing piles of papers on your desk or the corner of the kitchen counter. File the important stuff and recycle the rest! Get a bag and pull out 5 things from each closet in your house that do not fit or haven’t been worn in a while. You will be amazed at how quickly you can fill up a bag.
  2. Eliminating non-essential furniture and reorganize – Do you have that piece from a relative that has been sitting there for a while… It’s not your favorite! It doesn’t go with your look. Take it downstairs. Keep it out of sight for the moment and reorganize the remaining pieces. Reconfigure the room and see if that breathes new life into the space.
  3. Attack your “Spring Clean” – Now is the perfect time to pull out the contents of those cupboards and give everything a good wipe. Wipe down the baseboards and light fixtures that have been neglected. Be proud of your space.
  4. Complete one item on the ever growing to-do list – Pick the easiest thing to do. Replace a light bulb, hang that picture on the wall or fix the screen door. One day soon you will need it.
  5. Paint or refresh – Make it a group project and change out the color on a feature wall or freshen up the kid’s bedrooms. We are spending lots of time at home – Make it a happy space.

 

As a family, they have some great ideas to execute together. A virtual consultation helped them get renewed energy for their home and the projects on their list.

There are great programs to help you chose a new paint color. You simply take a picture of the current space and digitally alter the wall color. Check out:

  • Home Depot Project Color
  • Olympic Paint Visualizer

If you are needing some inspiration, check out Pinterest.com. We can be found at Decca Design.

Did this resonate with you? Has this been helpful? Please respond with your thoughts and tell us what’s on your Design Mind.

New Product – Residential

New Product – Residential

Beale Measure Fill

Touch Kitchen Faucet

Impressive Ingenuity for your residence.

This faucet delivers a precise set volume of water on demand; you can take the guess work out of baking and cooking by filling a desired amount of water with ease.

Provides touch on and off functionality as well.

 

Metro Wall coverings – Arte

Collection: Flavor Paper for Arte – Highway 66

This bold collection is truly unique!  Your walls will do the talking!

Available in other colorways.

Mad Men Fahrenheit Design – Polar Vortex

A mix of different blue tones makes this Polar Vortex stunning!

85% cotton and 15% polyester

Hand finished

Made in Belgium

Available in many sizes

https://www.louisdepoortere.be/the-mad-men-fahrenheit-collection.html#polar-vortex

How the Art of Cooking is like Designing

How the Art of Cooking is like Designing

How the art of cooking is like designing. Designing spaces, like cooking, is a creative process. Both begin with an idea or concept followed by the planning and further exploration of available choices; and culminating in the refinement of materials or ingredients.  When completed successfully, the result will excite the occupants or please the consumer. “To Cook is to Design Food” – Ferran Adria At Decca Design Inc., we are forever critiquing or analyzing the cooking space.  Discussing the latest appliance or tool and how our designs need to bring improvements and efficiencies to this central hub of every home – the kitchen. Being cooks, we understand the fundamentals of this space.  We are better equipped to analyze what works and what doesn’t work.  We explore ways to enhance the “working triangle” (storage/preparation/cooking areas) of a typical kitchen.  As part of our design process, we complete a detailed inventory of your current cooking space.  Each cook is unique in their style, tools and methods.  A true measure of design success is when the finished kitchen optimizes the chef’s individual abilities. As with the recipe; execution determines largely the praise or failure of a dish; similarly – the plans and details contribute to the success of the built environment. We pride ourselves on detailed plans, processes and the Rev-it 3D tool to help with the visualizing of the finished product. As the Decca Design family, we appreciate the opportunity to sit face to face and share a dining experience together.  As with most families, this is an event for conversation, thanksgiving and connection. We would like to share a recipe from our cookbook “Tasty Designs”.

We encourage you to share “What’s on your Design Mind?” Until next time… Happy Cooking

Why Introduce New Products?

Why Introduce New Products?

As designers, one of the many exciting aspects of our profession is to see the new products as they come to market. It is our job to keep on top of the latest colors, finishes and equipment that will enhance your new space. There is a steady flow of architectural representatives that keep us up-to-date and educates us on the benefits of these new introductions.

Another aspect of our role as a designer is to educate our clients on the materials that they are selecting. We elaborate on the benefits, costing and maintenance protocols, as just a few of the features necessary to review prior to making a decision.

We will periodically present a snapshot of these products to better inform you of the latest offerings.

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect. We would love to know what’s on your design mind!

         

Black and White is Always Stylish

Black and White is Always Stylish

Why are black and white always in style?

These two contrasting shades remain one of the most popular and enduring color combinations thanks to their adaptability to almost any decor style. The two colors help in making the living room appear far more urbane and classy. While black anchors the room and helps highlight its prominent architectural elements, white lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop.

There’s a rule in decorating that says that “every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones. But think a minute.

Using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.

Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking.

Below are a few products that embrace black and white.“What’s on your design mind?”

Matte Black – Simply Sophisticated

https://barildesign.com/en/produits/cuisine/classique/arteh16/robinet-de-cuisine-monotrou-haut-avec-douchette-retractable-2-jets/

Kravet’s Black and White Fabric – so versatile and always in style

https://www.kravet.com/fabric?color_group=3727%2C3737

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