Grey is the new White

White cabinets have been in style as a classic look through many areas. But watch out white, grey is on the move. Grey’s beautiful tones help to anchor the cabinets into the space and allow beautiful transitions from the simple farm feel to glamorous kitchen designs. Many people might say “Grey? I don’t think so!” but hold on, have you seen the new Bodbyn from Ikea? Stunning!!

The Bodbyn comes is Grey and Off-White, and when paired together it creates a stunning effect.

But solid cabinets are not the only thing getting a little grey. Natural wood look with a grey washed glaze can be subtle but alluring.  From Cabinets to fireplaces to oak glazed floors, grey has a little bit of something to offer to everyone’s personal taste and feel.

 

Grey is easy to match countertops with, you can choose to dress it up with high gloss white, or warm neutral quarts, to monochromatic matte black. Any of these counters allow for you to choose an accented backsplash without classing too many colours together.

 

If you are feeling that all grey will be too dark or cold, why not use a little off-white in panels or uppers to soften the edges and the contrast in the room. Grey also matches with wood tones to create alternative desired affects. The two-tone effect still gives all the desired look of matching cabinet fronts with the beauty of contrast with no extra work.

 

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How to Pick a Good Kitchen Cabinet

kitchen cabinetsPurchasing cabinets can be confusing. It’s hard to pick out what will fit best in your kitchen and look better with the rest of your kitchen and appliances. With thousands of options to choose from from several companies, finding the right kitchen cabinet can seem daunting. How can you tell what will fit best in your kitchen? How do you know if you’re getting a good deal? How do you know if the cabinet you’re getting is a quality product? We’re here to help. In this article, we will tell you what specific things you should look for when choosing a kitchen cabinet. Hopefully, we can help you narrow down your list a little.

How to spot a well-built cabinet

On a well-built cabinet, there should be no visible blemishes. Blemishes in the wood can be knots, sanding scars, pitch pockets, grain irregularities, or color variations. The flat door panels should be made of one piece of wood, as should the drawer fronts. The hinges used in your cabinets should be adjustable but strong so they will last you as long as you need them. You should also look for a strong connection between the face frame and the carcass as it is a mark of quality craftsmanship.

What extra stuff you can get

If it’s within your budget, you should invest in drawers that can bear at least seventy-five to a hundred pounds with ball bearings and full-extension glides, giving you the maximum storage capabilities. Adjustable shelves are also a nice perk in your wall cabinets, allowing you to make certain shelves taller if you have taller glasses or large bowls to store. This allows you to customize your storage space as you need to whenever you need to. If you suddenly need more space in one cabinet, but less in another, you can adjust them to fit your needs at any given time.

What to stay away from

As previously stated, blemishes in the appearance of your cabinets can be a sign of sloppy work and poor craftsmanship. Cloudy finishes on stained cabinets can point to poor quality as well and should be avoided. If the inside of your cabinet has sharp edges, it can cause splinters. Before purchasing the cabinet, you should run your hand carefully up the inside of the cabinet to check.

Finding the perfect cabinet for you can seem like an impossible task when there are so many companies and so many options to choose from. Never fear, there are a few key things you can look for to make sure you’re getting a quality product for which you have been searching. If you follow this simple guide, you’ll be able to narrow down the daunting list and find the perfect cabinets for you.

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Tips for Easy Summer Cooking

summer cookingIt’s that time of year again, the time when kids are home from school, the weather is hot, visits to the pool are part of the regular itinerary, and you’re trying to plan vacations around everyone’s summer camps and extra-curricular activities. It’s hard to plan meals during the busy summer and so we have a tendency to fallback on quick fixes like fast-food. Hopefully, this article will help you find any ways to still make a good meal for your family even though you’re busy.

Summer is definitely the time of year for salads

Salads are perfect for the summer, whether they’re the cold, crisp salads or mixes like pasta salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, and potato salad. Cold salads are a great way to ensure your family gets the good meal they deserve without sacrificing any of the nutrients for simplicity. It could save you time if you prepare these items in bulk and store them in the fridge for easy meals throughout the week. Each of these salads takes only minutes to prepare and can save you a ton of time during the week.

Picnics are an easy dinner solution and great activity

Picnics are delightful in the summer. They’re a great way to spend quality time with your family while enjoying nature. They are quick to throw together, really easy to plan last minute, and will occupy your children and keep them out of trouble. You’ll love the time away from screens, enjoying nature with your family. You can even pick dining spot with easy access to trails so you could hike as well. All you need to do is prepare some sandwiches, bring some fruit and raw veggies (broccoli, celery, carrots, etc.), and some pudding or Jello and you have a full meal! You could even throw in some of the cold salads you prepared in bulk.

Finger Foods

Another great family activity is a family game night or movie night and the perfect dinner for that is finger foods. Prepare some taquitos, chicken nuggets, mini corn dogs, diced cheeses, raw veggies and fruits, etc. and lay them out on platters for all to enjoy. You can even opt to use paper plates (recyclable) and utensils to make the evening even easier and cut out dishes. A family night with finger foods is sure to delight your entire family and be an evening all about fun.

For kids, summer is the time for playing all day long, going on vacations, and, most importantly, no school. But for parents, this time of year means hectic scheduling between play dates, trips to the pool, camps, vacations, and work, there’s practically no time to plan dinner, let alone make it. I hope this list helps you find a quick and easy solution to get your family a better meal than fast food and not require you to sacrifice quality time with your family.

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Tips For Surviving a Kitchen Reno

Having your kitchen renovation finally come to fruition after a long time of dreams and hopes, wants vs needs and the special extra touches feels exhilarating and scary all at the same time.

With Easy Installations, we are here to help every step of the way. If you just need to freshen up your kitchen we have a fabulous design team; or need a reno to change it up we work in partnership with T-Square Construction (a renovation company) to get the job done smoothly.

Here are a few steps to help you plan and concur your kitchen reno from beginning to end:

  1. Budget: It’s the elephant in the room. No one wants to talk about it, but it’s the main contributing factor to get the job done right the first time. If you are clear about budget the designer will have a better understanding of what you are looking for and how to help. If your budget is not enough for everything you want, a good designer will let you know and maybe you want to take a little more time to save up!

 

  1. Know how you use your kitchen: When a kitchen designer comes to see you, you’ll have a list of dreams. But a good designer will help incorporate your dreams with function and beauty. Kitchens are the main hub of your house, and they must work!

 

  1. Design a temporary kitchen: With the Design phase out of the way, and your totally impressed with your designer, get ready for a few bumps. The best way to get through the install process is to create yourself a small cook space somewhere else (the garage if you have one). You’ll need a few key items from your kitchen before you pack it all away. Make a space to for a temporary kitchen with these items: Crock pot, toaster oven, microwave, coffee pot and kettle. If you can move your fridge over too that would be fantastic. Grab some disposable plates and cutlery, if you don’t want to do dishes in the bathroom. You can grab a few camping supplies if you have them and turn up your heat on the grill if the weather permits. If you have a freezer of pre-cook meals in containers that can go into the microwave and toaster oven.

 

  1. Accept “Friendcations” : if your friends offer to help or have you for a night over don’t brush them off, offer to order in pizza or sushi and bring some wine. It’s always nice to get away from the chaos at home, even for a night.

 

  1. The process: You’ve been knee deep in your reno for 2-3 weeks and you’re looking for the finish line but it doesn’t seem to be in sight yet. You’ve done most of the hard work, the base cabinets are in and the flooring is installed, the walls are painted and backsplash is going on. The template for the counter has been taken but it seems like nothing is happening. Don’t panic, it’s probably closer then it seems. Trust the process, it’s happened all before, but feel free to ask us about the progress.

 

  1. Keep your neighbors in the loop: If you are doing a reno as well as a kitchen install it’s hard for you but also on the neighbors, and you want to keep a good rapport with them. They might be around keeping an eye on the comings and goings when you’re at work and hear the noise and get dust from all the construction. But when you’re done you will want to invite them over to show off the space that you all so patiently waited for.

 

  1. Children and pet dilemmas: Renos can be hard on everyone. Upsetting the time that you normally serve dinner or the regular routine you have place in your home. Remember that including your kids in measuring or going away on vacation can help it seem not so bad.

 

Every kitchen seems to have its own personality, and watching it take shape can be quite rewarding. If you have the opportunity to take photos during the process, the memento at the end may seem even sweeter. If you have a small before book to look at well sitting in your new kitchen with friends and family the ooh’s and ahh’s won’t disappoint.

 

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Top Trends for Kitchen Renovation

If yindustrial kitchen decorou are building a new home or even if you are have decided to renovate your kitchen then to keep your investment current you should take a look at the emerging trends in kitchen design. Many of these ideas will guide you but if you are in the Victoria area you can also contact Easy Installations for further inspiration.

Studies have shown that the kitchen is rated as the most expensive room in a house to fit followed by the sitting room. The kitchen can be considered the heart of a home. We cook there and in many cases socialize with friends and families there. Isn’t it worth it then to make sure that you design your dream kitchen?

Read more here: Top Kitchen Trends

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Outdoor Kitchen Tips

outdoor kitchenSo you have completed your interior house renovations. In this beautiful part of Canada it is tempting to put in an outdoor kitchen. It can be a partly enclosed outdoor cooking area which can also be in winter months or an open area set aside for family and friend’s entertainment in the summer months.

Outdoor kitchens can be anything from a simple grill space to a stunning dream kitchen with up-to-date appliances.

Read the whole article here: Outdoor Kitchen Tips

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Classic Styles – Farmhouse

We live in a beautiful city with gorgeous homes.  Sometimes, driving by them, all we can do is imagine what style the kitchen might be. Part of what I love about my job is the visions our designers create. One such vision is this Classic Farmhouse Style with a modern twist.

Classic FarmHouse Style

The door style is HITTARP (which is a long-standing favorite of mine) offered at IKEA. Hittarp is a high-density fiberboard, rather than MDF, with acrylic paint that is highly durable and easy to care for. Like usual, IKEA has a 25-year warranty on the materials! No other kitchen cabinetry on the market today has such an extended warranty!

One of the best features is the homeowners choice of a metallic looking tile, with a blending sparkle grout! I was very pleasantly surprised at just how amazing it turned out…it was a perfect choice.

tile

Copper Metallic coloured tile with a matching grout…modern and classy!

 

 

As you can see in the picture below, the contrast between the cabinet and the copper look of the tile is rich. The cream makes the tile pop, while the tile makes the colour on the cabinets go from an “off white” to a rich deep cream colour.

tile meets cabinet

The contrast between Tile and Cabinet.

 

Check out our Gallery for more ideas from our designers…after all, the consultation is FREE, and only the designers can help make your dream kitchen a reality!

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