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Kitchen design

 

Finishing materials

 

Formica -

 

The latest innovations in the field of Formica are enormous. Super matte formica can be found in a finish that does not fall off with epoxy paint, while the edges are also compatible and undergo special processing that maintains a uniform appearance of the door on all sides. The choice of colors in this type of formica is relatively limited compared to the countless shades in the epoxy finish, but it is quite accurate for the desired shades. It is also not possible to produce engravings of handles or various defects on this material which requires other solutions when others are interested in a kitchen with integral handles.  

 

In addition to the common smooth shades, there are wood, concrete, stone shapes with embossed and even printed textures. The number of suppliers is large and not every carpenter or company works with everyone. In leading companies you can find all the suppliers. It is recommended to "pry" in a few places and check a few types so as not to miss since in this field each supplier imports samples and shades unique to it.  

 

The uniqueness of Formica is in its durability and relatively convenient price for paint and veneer coatings.

Proper design allows the creation of quality and well-designed kitchens that emphasize the advantages of this material over its relative disadvantages.  

 

Wood and veneer -

 

In the field of wood there are no major changes. As mentioned if it is not a rustic kitchen and even then the tendency is to make paint doors (sometimes on wood) the appearance of the familiar wood will appear in a lower dose than before. Adding solid wood and veneer elements - especially oak or walnut will usually be done secondary in the island units, top cabinets or any other part of the kitchen that has its own structural definition (e.g. separate pantry cabinet or high cabinet block), with the rest of the kitchen decorated in a smooth shade.  

 

Regarding the oak tree, there are several types that are confusing. Concepts such as European, American, white, split oak, oak root, flower oak veneer and Streif oak veneer. A large number of concepts which sometimes even the carpenters themselves fail to associate the correct name with the type of wood. By far the most sought after types are the split oak and the white oak as both are less prone to yellow and more to reddish brown. As with any wood - using solid wood compared to veneer gives the most beautiful and authentic look and shade, but this is not always possible in terms of performance and the price is much more expensive.  

 

Another wood that makes a small comeback is the walnut on three-layer facades and veneer. It is a more wild-looking wood that adds a rich texture to the kitchen alongside the nobility of this material. The connection of this wood in the kitchen alongside smooth "high-tech" facades creates an impressive elegance.  

Also very popular are veneers with an exotic and wild look. There are also recovered veneers which is a print on plain veneer allowing for an extra wide range of options available. It should be noted that today there are amazing wooden figure formics that sometimes look more beautiful than real wood.

 

Color in the oven -

 

Unlimited options of design, engraving, tint, gloss percentage, etc ... puts the color in a very prominent place in the kitchen industry. Smooth doors can be painted for a clean look or frame doors of any type for a more rustic look. You can paint on MDF for a smooth look or on solid wood and veneer to see through the opaque paint the texture of the wood.  

 

Using CNC machines and special knives, it is possible to engrave recessed handles and various patterns on the MDF before painting it, thus obtaining additional design options.  

 

Quality paint is obtained only in a professional paint room. Most large companies have their own professional paint room and most carpenters send their work to outdoor paint rooms.  

Most people will fear that paint is more susceptible to peeling and blows (paint injuries) especially when there are small children around. I think it's a lot less scary than they say, it's also a repairable material - from years of experience working in this type of material.

 

Additional materials -  

 

There is another large selection of materials such as stained glass, polymer, 4 mm porcelain cladding, restored veneer, stainless steel, etc. that are worth checking out and trying.  

 

Interior cabinets  

 

This area has undergone a serious upgrade. Most companies have moved to provide kitchens with Formica in different and unique textures for each company. The rails and drawers are available in black, white and even graphite gray in combination with glass heights. The combination with the interior form of the cabinet gives a more luxurious and complete look to the kitchen cabinets.

 

Doors and handles

 

Smooth doors are still considered the most sought after especially white doors. Add to that the fact that today you can also get a base (white) freak base and white handles (exterior or a "stage" profile built into the cabinet body) and you have a perfect monolithic kitchen for white lovers. And of course there is also having completely white. You can also get all of the above in black for those who love the prestigious chic of black.  

 

Oven-painted or solid wood frame doors will be more suitable for rustic or eclectic kitchens (a combination of several styles).

 

Handles of various types, whether external from metals in their original color or painted in white or black, are in demand, along with profile handles that cross the entire body of the cabinet. It is possible to have a kitchen without handles at all! With improved, mechanical or electrical touch mechanisms in both doors and drawers. At the moment, the touch mechanisms in the drawers are too sensitive and open with every light touch and are not practical, but they are a nice (and expensive) gimmick in the showrooms. They can however be combined in tall or upper cabinets.

 

Prominent styles

 

The advent of the Scandinavian style has opened new horizons of design. A combination of frame doors with a rustic look alongside clean smooth doors, or even combinations of materials (bricks as wall cladding, blackened iron handles, etc.) without committing to minimalism allows to design a less meticulous and happier kitchen for those who like. However the clean style is still the most sought after and common.  

 

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Kitchen design

 

The kitchen is a system of cabinets of a technical and architectural nature. The amount of storage should be considered alongside the amount of work surfaces and accessibility. You must also understand and be familiar with the various solutions in the field of electrical products, lighting, faucets and sinks in order to offer the best solution in relation to space. All these elements need to be taken into account and from them to assemble a kitchen that will fit the space and budget.

 

You are usually asked to design a set of tall cabinets alongside lower units in a separate set, upper cabinets and an integrated dining counter island. Not all elements must be from the same supplier. It is advisable to take care of a concealed storage solution for the products that are regularly placed on the counter in order to avoid disorder and noise in the eyes. The height of the user must be taken into account when determining the height of the work surfaces. Sometimes it takes a change in the structure of the area like moving and building walls, moving windows to another place and the like in order to produce the ideal kitchen. It is very important to check how the kitchen affects nearby elements like dining area and living room.

 

In conclusion

 

When it comes to renovating the kitchen, it must be taken into account that this is an expensive expense that requires a great deal of coordination between several systems and several suppliers. Also understand that this is not necessarily a simple planning because there is a budget constraint alongside constraints of the area itself. An important point is the supply of a kitchen. Most companies and carpenters commit to 60-90 business days from the date of download to execution (not from the date of purchase). Keep in mind that after installation it is still not possible to work in the kitchen until the installation of work surfaces provided several days after the installation of the kitchen.

 

 

 

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2. Porcelain granite surfaces and claddings

Since the Decathlon and Helminth revolution that brought us the good news a few years ago, more importers and manufacturers have entered the field. These are the same huge pallets that marble processors make from work surfaces and wall coverings. The processing options are impressive and you can also use them to cover the fronts of doors and drawers in the kitchen. It really does not sit on the "achievable" slot but when budgeted, it certainly gives a show. 

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Apartment design in Ra'anana: Yaniv Solomon design

3.  Nordic kitchen

 

  The Nordic design is very successful in the country, but even here you can find sub-styles. There’s the minimalist Nordic and there’s the graceful seller with touches of color, exterior handles and a little less formal. Why are you more connected?

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Nordic kitchen in Ramat Gan apartment design: Yaniv Solomon design

4. Architectural lighting for the kitchen

The kitchen as a work space requires strong and high-quality lighting, but also one that will compliment the variety of materials and textures, will illuminate the right places and of course - will also be a design element. The kitchen is built from square "boxes" and surfaces and the designed lighting fixtures allow to insert more "sculptural" elements that add styling to the kitchen space. Recommendations in terms of lighting shades - between 3000 and 4000. Shouldn't be different from the rest of the house. We don't need crazy intensities that will "wash" our kitchen like a correct and balanced coverage of correct lighting in the space above the work areas. Technical lighting in a variety of styles will be combined with hanging lighting fixtures and even lighting at the bottom of the upper cabinets to illuminate the work surfaces. 

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Materials  

 

Formica / Nano

The latest innovations in the field of Formica are enormous. Since nano technology came into our lives we are more confused so let's get things in order:

 

Nano is a technology that can somehow "cure" scratches in Formica if and when they occur and that is through heating. At some point this technology began to be identified with silk matte finishes until people thought that the nickname nano is actually a nickname for a silk meter or super matte (each company calls it by a different name). The only Nano Formica is imported by one specific importer and the technology is exclusive. And yet we find in the market more formics called by this name and that is because they are similar in appearance to the original nano and not in technology (in a matte finished finish) and there are some that are not formics at all but a type of coating and still have a similar look and nano machines. And it is not difficult to get confused and the kitchen companies also contribute to this.  

 

Formica and nano of all kinds come in a huge variety of shades and textures. Smooth ranges to wood, concrete, stone-like prints with embossed textures that look like the real material. The number of suppliers is large and not every carpenter or company works with everyone. In leading companies you can find all the suppliers. It is recommended to "pry" in a few places and check a few types so as not to miss since in this field each supplier imports samples and shades unique to it.  

 

The uniqueness of Formica is in its durability and relatively convenient price for paint and veneer coatings.

Proper design allows for the creation of quality and well-designed kitchens that emphasize the advantages of this material over its relative disadvantages.  

 

Wood and veneer -

It seems that wooden kitchens are making a small comeback. And not in the rural versions we knew from the period when kitchens of this type ruled the country. Precisely exotic-looking trees with smooth doors add depth and nobility to minimalist kitchens.  

The Nordic style brought with it the more natural light shades of wood like birch panels.  

 

Regarding the well-known and sought-after tree, oak, there are several types that are confusing. Concepts such as European, American, white, split oak, oak root, flower oak veneer and Streif oak veneer. A large number of concepts which sometimes even the carpenters themselves fail to associate the correct name with the type of wood. By far the most sought after types are the split oak and the white oak as both are less prone to yellow and more to reddish brown. As with any wood - using solid wood compared to veneer gives the most beautiful and authentic look and shade, but this is not always possible in terms of performance and the price is much more expensive.  

 

Color in the oven -

 

Unlimited options of design, engraving, tinting, gloss percentage, etc ... puts the color in a very prominent place in the kitchen industry. Smooth doors can be painted for a clean look or frame doors of any type for a more rustic look. You can paint on MDF for a smooth look or on solid wood and veneer to see through the opaque paint the texture of the wood.  

 

Using CNC machines and special knives, it is possible to engrave recess handles and various patterns on the MDF before painting it, thus obtaining additional design options.  

 

Quality paint is obtained only in a professional paint room. Most large companies have their own professional paint room and most carpenters send their work to outdoor paint rooms.  

Most people will fear that paint is more susceptible to peeling and blows (paint injuries) especially when there are small children around. I think it's a lot less scary than they say, it's also a repairable material - from years of experience working in this type of material.

 

Additional materials -  

 

There is another large selection of materials such as stained glass, polymer, 4 mm porcelain cladding, restored veneer, stainless steel, etc. that are worth checking out and trying.  

 

Interior cabinets  

 

This area has undergone a serious upgrade. Most companies have moved to providing kitchens with Formica in different and unique textures for each company. The rails and drawers are available in black, white and even graphite gray in combination with glass heights. The combination with the interior of the cabinet gives the kitchen cabinets a more luxurious and complete look.

 

Handles

Handles of various types whether external from metals in their original color or painted in white or black and even gold (more properly brass) are in demand alongside profile handles in what cross the entire body of the cabinet. It is possible to have a kitchen without handles at all! With improved, mechanical or electrical touch mechanisms in both doors and drawers. At the moment, the touch mechanisms in the drawers are too sensitive and open with every light touch and are not practical, but they are a nice (and expensive) gimmick in the showrooms. They can however be incorporated into tall or upper cabinets.

 

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Black kitchen combined with oak. From the design of an apartment in Gani Tikva: Yaniv Solomon design

6. Black/graphite black kitchen with wood

A winning combination, undoubtedly giving the kitchen a rich, deep and luxurious look. The black appliances are integrated into it in an elegant way. Yes, you have to be careful when choosing the right material to avoid fingerprints all the time, so it is recommended to check with samples at the kitchen/carpentry companies. 

 

 

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Penthouse design in Holon: Yaniv Solomon design

7.  "Concepta" doors

Units with a special mechanism that allows you to hide devices that are regularly on the counter. Don't you want to see the electric kettle or the Tami 4 while the friends come to stay? You can close and hide everything in a second. The uniqueness of these doors is that they go into unique pockets in the body of the cabinet. It is also possible to cover the inside of the cabinet with a different material and thus get a rather decorative unit that adds an additional design touch to the kitchen. In fact, these units are wide - up to about 120 cm and allow you to place several appliances and are an excellent solution for a kitchen without a corner where you can hide appliances. 

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8.Urban country kitchen

It is very difficult to beat the charm of the country style. Say what you will, it's a conqueror. The warmth, the gracefulness, the little details that pop out from every corner simply give us the feeling of carpentry of the past - craftsman carpentry. We Israelis really like it. You can take it all the way to the ancient and rough look or give it a modern twist - you choose the position on the scale between the heavy and elegant Provençal look and the urban rustic that some also call "semi rustic". Complete the look with lighting, wall coverings and other styling accessories from the style and get a kitchen where every morning coffee will feel like a villa in Tuscany.

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Urban country kitchen. From the design of an apartment in Ra'anana: design by Yaniv Solomon

9. Combining metal and elements from iron frames in the kitchen

Laminhan metals add a luxurious texture to the kitchen. There is something about the metallic material that radiates nobility. This can be done in kitchen fronts made of metal-like materials in different shades or even covered in real metal such as stainless steel and aluminum. Another example of combining the "magnetizing" material is in the combination of open units made of iron profiles. The trend that conquered the libraries in the living room also reaches the kitchen to add another layer of interesting design. So it's true, we'll have to add another professional (carpenter) but the kitchen will get a cool twist. You can even find ready-made units or design whatever you like and in the color you want. You can take it one step further and combine glass facades with an iron frame (just like a Belgian profile) or interesting iron nets. 

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Penthouse design in Holon: Yaniv Solomon design

The trend of open bookcases made of iron also reaches the kitchen units -Design: Yaniv Solomon

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10. Dining area as part of the kitchen

The apartments are getting smaller and smaller (and more expensive...) and sometimes we find ourselves without a normal place for a dining area. And we are Israelis, we have to host and also show the guests that we have a huge island in the kitchen - so what do we do? Connect the island to the dining area and you get one long strip that meets all our needs. All that needs to be done is to overcome with the help of a beautiful detail the not-so-flattering jump between the height of a normal table and the height of a work surface and...we have double wear!

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Apartment design for renovation in Bat Yam: Yaniv Solomon design

11. cabinets up to the ceiling 

I promised 10 trends but I'm indulging in two more. The first is the trend of cabinets up to the ceiling.  So say goodbye to cabinets with an average standard height of 2.20-2.30 and welcome to cabinets with a height that clings to the ceiling - sometimes up to 3 meters and even more than that. Want to integrate the air conditioning shutter? There is no problem, you can make an opening in the carpentry and pass the air conditioning stripline through it, thus eliminating the need for lowering for air conditioning. The resulting look is more impressive and powerful, the kitchen gets the look of a wall covered with carpentry from floor to ceiling and creates a higher ceiling proportion in the space. 

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Apartment design for renovation in Holon: Yaniv Solomon design

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Television on the island - design sketch for an apartment to be renovated in Ramat Gan: design by Yaniv Solomon

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12. TV at the kitchen island 

The design of the kitchen often affects the design of the living room. Sometimes it happens that the back of the sofa is too close to the kitchen island, so it is better to save the transition space between the island and the living room and annex it for the benefit of the living room. How do you do it? Just planning on adding a TV unit. Such a solution is gaining momentum. The big drawback is the design. The connection detail between the island and the television can be bulky and "dirty" with bad proportions or tight and precise. Also, this detail "usurps" seats. It really depends on the length of the island and the rest of the planning.