Unlike previous times the kitchen is now a main focus in the home and it generates an enormous amount of discussion and planning when remodeling or building from scratch. It’s one of the most commonly used spaces so it should come as no surprise that it has become the most attention grabbing room.
If you’re undertaking a kitchen remodel, you’ll probably spend hours contemplating colors, materials and products. However, it can be easy to lose sight of the most important aspect of a modern well-crafted kitchen: a cook-friendly design.
Designing a kitchen for someone who serves six meals a day can be really challenging. I wanted to create a kitchen that was much more than just a place to prepare meals; I needed to achieve the look, the experience and the emotion of a beautiful, well-planned environment. I wanted a place the host and chef would love to spend time in, a kitchen that reflected his taste and fit his demanding lifestyle and daily needs.
National Geographic had a feature on the Air Force One kitchen that aired some time ago. One of the things we found most interesting: the kitchen. If you were watching the show on mute, you’d think that this was a typical culinary kitchen. Chefs mill about garnishing dishes, rolling silverware in cloth napkins and the appliances are gourmet, professional grade. The kitchen is spacious and has an institutional stainless steel look. And then you see the list of coffee orders: Pres. Bush- Black w/ Equal, Mrs. Bush – Skim w/ Equal, Sec. Rice – Strong decaf, cream and Equal on the side. And it becomes clear that this is no ordinary kitchen! Read more »
Celebrities have kitchens, too. In shows like Road Rules, MTV Cribs, The Martha Stewart Show and movies like Speed Racer, the kitchen sinks and kitchen faucets often play a bit role. Below, we’ve highlighted a few notable kitchen sink and kitchen faucet appearances on the big and small screen.
Road Rules – Everything and The Kitchen Sink
This is a photo of the RV from MTV’s Road Rules 2007. It looks like they brought everything they needed along with them, including a microwave, a breadbox and a stainless steel dual-sink with separate hot and cold handles. While this sink was probably installed out of necessity (it isn’t easy doing plumbing for a vehicle!) you can get a similar dual handle look in your kitchen without wheels with a widespread kitchen faucet.
John Goodman’s California Kitchen
This well lit kitchen boasts two kitchen sinks and faucets: one by the window for a pleasant vista while whoever washes John Goodman’s dishes cleans up and another sink on the island for convenient access for entertaining and bar prep. If you’re considering getting a similar bar faucet, check out the California Faucets Bar Faucet collection.
Oprah’s Hawaiian Paradise Kitchen
This brightly designed kitchen is located in Oprah Winfrey’s Hawaiian home. Featured in O Magazine,the kitchen faucet and sink in the island make for easy hosting for a friendly, social breakfast. The dual handles give the sink a traditional, symmetrical look, which you can achieve with a sink and faucet such as the Grohe Bridgeford High Profile Wideset.
Speed Racer Set
This retro kitchen appeared on the set of Speed Racer. Set and art direction was handled by Owen Paterson, who also worked on The Matrix. Here you see a nice tiled backsplash and a space-saving wall-mounted kitchen faucet. If you’re looking to save on counter space and hide plumbing, check out some of our wall-mount kitchen faucets.
The King’s Kitchen
This photo of Elvis Presley Graceland Kitchen was taken by superba_. The lighting and decor is definitely 70s. If we were to update the King’s breakfast nook, we could put in a single lever faucet or maybe a pull-out kitchen faucet. Of course, we wouldn’t want to mess with Elvis’ sense of style – he is The King after all.
Celebrity homes and TV kitchens have star power, but for your less famous home, the kitchen sink and kitchen faucet play starring roles. Whether you are complimenting your carefully composed decor or simply want to have the most convenient and efficient performance at your fingertips, choosing the ideal kitchen sinks and kitchen faucets is key.
At QualityBath.com you can outfit your kitchen from top to bottom. We feature kitchen sinks, kitchen accessories and more, all uniquely designed to fit your décor no matter if you have a traditional or modern motif. QualityBath.com has faucets, hot water dispensers, garbage disposals and other kitchen fixtures from brands such as Franke, Aquabrass, Newport and Waterstone. We also have furniture for kitchens, pot racks and other kitchen accessories to add the perfect accent to your next project.
Furniture for Kitchens: Spruce up your kitchen with functional, stylish kitchen furniture. We have consoles, coffee tables and dining tables from famed designer Paul Belmont, and wood or stainless steel workstations from Whitehaus.
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Kitchen Accessories: Get all the little gadgets you want to perfectly accessorize your kitchen. Choose from soap dispensers, mesh drains, towel racks, pot racks, paper towel holders and more.
Laundry Sinks for Kitchens: Clean up the biggest messes with a laundry sink from QualityBath.com. These old-world sinks can be used for washing clothes or a pile of dirty dishes from your dinner party. Choose from brands such as MTI, Whithaus, Aquatic, Deca and more.
Visit QualityBaths.com to get all the kitchen fixtures you need, at prices you want. Our kitchen products are unique in design, superior in quality, and affordable for any budget. From soap dispensers to laundry sinks, you can find it all at QualityBath.com.
Installing hot water dispensers is similar to a kitchen faucet, but the water dispensed is typically 190 degrees Fahrenheit. These are great for making hot drinks, instant soups, and more. Installation for each brand may be different, so refer to your manual for specific instructions, but here is the general overview of how to install a hot water dispenser: Read more »
If you’re looking to spruce up a kitchen without huge projects like replacing large appliances like the range, refrigerator or dishwasher, here are ten ways to get a nicer looking cooking space.
- Sinks: A new sink installation can make a kitchen shine. Find the sink you want, whether it’s ceramic/porcelain or traditional stainless steel kitchen sinks, and renovate your cleaning space.
- Faucets: If you’re not up to replacing the entire sink, try a stylish faucet fixture that will give a sink a new look. Check out these fashionable kitchen faucets installations to give your kitchen a classy appearance. Read more »
Looking to remodel small bathroom? Still using the towels you got ten years ago for your wedding? Is the paint cracking above your shower? Well, then its probably time to update your bathroom designs. And with an average 100% return on investment with bathroom redesigns, you really have nothing to lose.
10 ways to improve your bathroom designs:
- Update the fixtures: Today’s bathroom vanities, bathroom faucets and tubs are streamlined to allow for maximum space-saving. They are decorative and functional, and add lasting beauty to your bathroom designs. Read more »
With the current volatility of the housing and lending market, many homeowners are staying in their current residences rather than purchasing larger homes. Families that may have planned to stay in their present home for just 5 or 6 years, are finding themselves staying there a decade or more. So, to increase the beauty and resale value of their home, they are upgrading their homes by redesigning their kitchens or bathrooms.
A bathroom renovation can add a 100% return on investment (ROI) to the value of a home, and a kitchen redesign can add nearly 95% ROI, according to the NY Home and Garden Show. Not to mention, an updated kitchen or bathroom design is appealing to new home owners, who won’t have to invest the time, money and effort into updating the room on their own.
As you know, the kitchen is the heart of a home. Whether you are throwing a party, or just chit-chatting with family, people mainly congregate in the kitchen. So a kitchen designed with comfort and accommodation in mind, can dramatically increase the value and sale-ability of a home. Function and convenience is paramount of course, but to implement family-friendly and comfortable features into the design as well, like new kitchen sinks and/or kitchen faucets, which will make it even more appealing to future buyers.
The same goes for bathrooms. Unlike kitchens which are a “meeting place” for the family, the bathroom is a place for solitude and private time. So with that in mind, aim to make the place as comfortable as possible. Utilize modern fixtures such as bathroom vanities and add space-saving storage.
As said before, you can expect roughly a 100% ROI on your kitchen or bathroom redesign. So, if you spend $5000 on a new bathroom, you can add $5000 to the selling price of your home. With that in mind, what do you have to lose?
Products to help you upgrade or redesign you kitchen and bathroom:
- Rohl Products
- Bathroom Vanities
- Kitchen Sinks
- Kitchen Faucets
- A Jacuzzi Whirlpool or Jacuzzi Tub
- Whirlpools & Air Tubs
- Aquatic Products & Aquatic Whirlpools