Month: July 2019

Perfecting Your Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions

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Designing your kitchen can be a fun, but challenging task.  So much activity happens in this area of the home: it’s the magical spot where community begins around food, cooking, and sharing stories.   You want the space that you’ll be spending a lot of time in to feel comfortable and be useful at the same time.  Perhaps one of the most challenging tasks of designing a kitchen is deciding on and installing kitchen cabinets.

The Art of a Perfect Cabinet

Installing cabinets can be a tricky job, especially if you’re building your own.  In order to decide on what type of cabinets are best for your kitchen, it’s helpful to start with some basic questions: what is the wall structure like where you will hang these cabinets?  Is it strong/weak, short/tall/long?  Will it need additional support?  You also want to ask yourself what type of things you’ll likely be storing in your cabinets.  Do you own a lot of heavy ceramic or glassware items?  Do you want these items to be visible through a glass?  Even if you’re hiring a professional to install your kitchen cabinets, it’s helpful to be able to communicate what you want based on your needs. 

How you choose to design your cabinets depends on the overall look you want to achieve.  Here are some key dimension factors to keep in mind when deciding.

Cabinet Depth

The standard length for wall cabinets, or upper cabinets, are about 12 inches deep, although these days they are more frequently increasing to 15 inches.  Choosing 12-15 inches will depend on your needs.  Do you need more storage than most to fit all your dinnerware and other items?  Then go for the 15 inches!  On the other hand, base cabinets, those that live below the counter, are double the size — 24 inches deep.  This is because these cabinets usually hold larger items that you don’t always need daily, such as a juicer, large pots and pans, and Tupperware.

Height

Cabinet height will largely depend on how tall your ceilings are in your kitchen, how much storage space you need, and how much wall space you’re willing to part with for your cabinets. 

It’s also important to think about how much distance to apply from the counter to the cabinet.  The standard distance between a counter and wall cabinet is 18 inches.  Of course, this doesn’t have to be applied to every situation.  For example, if you have low ceilings and need more space, you may choose to do less than 18 inches, while if you want to incorporate more light and openness to the room you may choose to leave more space between the two.

In some bigger cities where space tends to be limited, such as NYC, the wall cabinets will reach all the way up to the ceiling.  This look is very appealing to some but being able to reach things easily in your wall cabinets may be more important to you than style.  If you are interested in the counter to ceiling look, check out some of these fun styles to consider.

On the topic of base cabinets, the standard height is about 36 inches.  Choosing the height on these cabinets will, again, be dependent on your needs, on how tall or thick your countertop is, and whether or not your cabinets are framed.

Width

Choosing how wide your cabinets are will again depend on how much room you have.  The wider the cabinet, the wider the cabinet door will swing open.  Wide cabinets look beautiful in a home where there is ample space for them.  Even though they’re big, they provide an open and luxurious look to a kitchen.  The standard width of a cabinet is about 24 inches.  You may choose to go bigger or smaller depending on your situation.  You can also choose to have one cabinet door or break up the cabinet into two doors that open from the center.

Perfecting the art of cabinet dimensions doesn’t have to be difficult.  If you follow the standard lengths and adjust according to your needs and style desires, you’ll be on your way to creating a beautiful kitchen in no time.  One of the best ways to get started is to create a scaled sketch of the dimensions before committing — this way you can try out a few options without causing any detriment to your walls.  Don’t hesitate to call on a professional like Leicht NY to assist you with your cabinetry decisions.

How to Get Rid of Carpet Indentations

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A beautiful carpet can often be less visually appealing when pesky carpet indentations distract from their quality. From regular cleaning methods to dentation prevention, there is actually a decent amount of thought and effort that goes into maintaining a beautiful carpet.

Preventing Carpet Indentations

Often times the weight of furniture can compress the fibers in carpet, and leave a dent. One way to try to prevent this is to place the furniture legs on a coaster. This can reduce or prevent indentations because furniture coasters distribute the heavyweight of furniture over a wider area. It’s also a good idea to regularly vacuum your entire carpet and move aside the furniture when necessary to access hard-to-reach areas. Every month or so, nudge the furniture a few inches to the left or right in order to prevent the furniture from being in the same exact spot for prolonged periods, thus leaving dents. Dentations often happens because furniture is left in the same place for extended periods.

Removing Carpet Indentations

Sometimes you cannot avoid creating carpet dents, and usually, this is somewhat inevitable.   Often times the weight of furniture can compress the fibers in carpet, and leave a dent. You may be able to get them out on your own by trying some of these methods.

Ice is surprisingly successful at ridding carpets of indentations. Apply ice cubes to the compressed carpet area, and allow it to melt. The water will occupy the space of the indentation, and hopefully, the fibers will soak up the water and raise to remove the indent. Dry off the excess water with a towel, and use a utensil to raise the fibers.

Damp towels can also be used to remove dents. You will want to use an iron on medium heat and glide it over the towel to warm it up. You will not want to directly iron the carpet as this could burn and permanently damage the carpet. Applying the damp towel to the carpet may reduce the appearance of a carpet indentation. After applying the damp towel, vacuum the area to create heat and raise and thicken the fibers.

A blow dryer is another good option. The heat can add volume to the fibers, just like it does with long hair. Apply water to the area and then blow dry it dry, which will hopefully add “fluff” to the carpet fibers, and minimize any dents.

Consult professionals if do-it-yourself removal methods aren’t doing the job. Professionals have many years of experience, as well as the proper tools and equipment to leave your carpet dent-free. They will be able to help you consider your options regarding achieving a more beautiful carpet. Do your research and find the most reputable companies in your area. For example, Beverly Hills Carpet Cleaners is a carpet cleaning company in the LA area that has been certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, ensuring their quality of service. In addition to the carpet, they will be able to resolve your problems with indentation. If the indents are severe, you may need to consider getting that area of the carpet replaced entirely. (They also cleaning services for hardwood flooring, upholstery, rugs, and more.)

Enjoy your new carpet. Carpets create a warmer, more comfortable space. Enjoy your new carpet and keep your living areas clean to create a welcoming space for guests. Consider asking guests to take their shoes off when entering to keep your carpet in pristine condition, and vacuum regularly to maintain its cleanliness. Treat stains as quickly as possible to increase the likelihood of their removal, and be aware of dents due to furniture placement. A beautiful carpet leads to a beautiful, happy home.

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How to Best Balance Traditional and Contemporary Styles in Your Home

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Mixed. Eclectic. Transitional. These words describe the beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary styles in harmony. You can achieve this for your home to create something truly unique – yet balanced.

With the help of A. Rudin luxury furniture, it’s time to learn the best tips for achieving this blend of styles. It’s important to think about many elements: Furniture, flooring, decor, colors, textures, and more. But before becoming overwhelmed with the possibilities, check out our short guide for starting this transitional journey. For more luxury furniture and layout options, reach out to A. Rudin today.

1. Know Your Contemporary

If you are intent on incorporating contemporary pieces among your traditional home, then make sure you are truly going with the contemporary style. One of the most beautiful things about contemporary is that it was born out of traditional; therefore, it’s easy to find contemporary pieces that can complement and grow from your already-existing traditional decorations.

Contemporary floors, ceiling textures, light fixtures, and more can give you a good hint on how to achieve that styling blend. Sectional sofas, for example, have been around for centuries. As have textured or patterned ceilings.

2. Think About Form And Function

Your color schemes are your own, but keep in mind what traditional styles are rooted in. A good rule of thumb that our pros often suggest (and FINE Magazine can back us up on this) is to go traditional for color and design, but go contemporary for function.

Why?

Simply put, you want to have the sleekest tech, and most vintage looking architecture. Putting ultra modern devices in your traditional cabin-style home with your antique wooden furniture can actually make quite a good statement. Of course, you still want to take your colors into consideration. Bronze and silver-colored appliances look a lot better against a traditional landscape than stainless steel, for example.

3. Feel The Love

This blended style is, in the words of HGTV, a “marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture”. That means the blend isn’t done haphazardly; a lot of critical eyes look into it. By understanding your own style and what you personally want to achieve in your home, you will be a lot more in tune with how to create a happy mix of old and new. We can provide you with an endless list of what contemporary and traditional pieces look great together, but ultimately, it is your choice.

For the most part, we’d like to recommend traditional walls, architecture, and styles. But when it comes to furniture, some decor items, and anything that has utility, go as contemporary as you can. It turns out that small and large go together quite well!

4. Know Your Opposites

Speaking of large and small, we hope you are starting to see a pattern: That opposites can go well together. Curves in luxury furniture and bold, straight lines on walls make a pretty decent pair. Dark interior decorating with light-colored furniture and foliage can really look nice.

Expected and unexpected are also two opposites we like to play with. When a guest or neighbor visits your home, you want to lead them on a journey. Just when they think they are starting to understand your style or pattern, you hit them with a pleasant surprise. A huge room with hardly any decoration. Or a highly modern abstract piece of art inside your victorian home. Something that is unique – but not over the top – can show that you have truly grasped the art of the transitional style.

Luxury Furniture for Any Style

Looking to make a transitional home yourself? Do you love both traditional and contemporary pieces, and you want to know how to best combine them? Or, perhaps you have a completely different style in mind? A. Rudin can assist you with any project, no matter how large or small. To get started now, contact them online or call at (310) 659-2388.