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HomeThangs.com Has Introduced a Guide to Six Unique Twists on the Classic Apron Sink


(PRWEB) March 04, 2014

HomeThangs.com – the Online Home Improvement Store – has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.

Apron sinks are usually associated with very traditional farmhouse kitchens – a style that’s classic, hardy, and designed for heavy use. But these old fashioned sinks have gotten a few facelifts in design, material, and overall style that means they can work in a variety of different kitchens. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to spice up this iconic fixture.

Farmhouse kitchens are generally pretty simple – clean and open with white cabinets and maybe wood floors or countertops. To make the style look and feel more unique, consider dressing it down: instead of full cabinets, give the apron sink a cloth skirt surrounded with open shelves, and accessorize with attractive containers, dishes, or even pantry items. This will give the kitchen an earthier, more rustic quality that’s tied together by the classic sink.

Farmhouse style kitchens dress up well, too. Take that same classic white fireclay apron sink and put it in a kitchen with hardwood floors, detailed woodwork on the cabinets, antique hardware, and elegant fabric window dressings, and the space will have a different look entirely – a sophisticated French country style than a classic American farmhouse. The apron sink will act as the focal point of the space, giving it that hint of practical usefulness that will keep the kitchen from feeling too ornate to use.

Apron sinks don’t have to be made of fireclay or porcelain. They can also be made of metal, like copper. Copper apron sinks are thick, heavy, and often handmade, with a beautiful hand-hammered texture, natural weathered patina, and ornate copper scrollwork or other detailing on the front of the apron. This type of kitchen sink should be paired with a very ornate, traditional kitchen, and works especially well with a French country style that’s a little less country and a little more aristocratic feeling.

Copper apron sinks can also have a very rugged, hand made appearance if the surface is left unadorned. These have the same gorgeous patina that more ornate sinks do, but rather than having the ornate scrollwork like the sink above, they’re left with a simple, dimpled texture that showcases their artisan craftsmanship. These are better for slightly more rustic kitchens, especially ones with a cabin or southwestern theme, where the sink will help contribute to the rugged, hand-hewn quality of the space.

Stainless steel apron sinks are also starting to become quite popular, but have a much more modern look and feel. Sleek stainless steel aprons pair beautifully with matching appliances and offer a slightly more industrial feel than classic down-home fireclay sinks. But while this pairing of old and new might seem a bit odd, it actually makes a lot of sense. After all, stainless steel is a very practical, durable material and apron sinks are specifically designed for heavy use, meaning this unique combination offers the utility of a professional grade restaurant sink with a slightly homier appearance.

Stainless steel sinks apron sinks can also work spectacularly well in a more traditional kitchen. Pairing a brushed steel sink with classic white cabinets fitted with matching hardware creates a stunning transitional style that combines the charm of a more traditional space with just enough of a contemporary feel that the space doesn’t feel old fashioned.

To see more of these styles in action, check out the full article here.

HomeThangs.com is not only a home improvement superstore, it also provides expert design tips and a comprehensive shopping guide, taking the ideas from professional interior designers, and offering tips to the consumers on how to pick the products to best suit their needs.







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HomeThangs.com Has Introduced A Guide To Alternative Materials For A Luxury Kitchen Counter


(PRWEB) February 21, 2014

HomeThangs.com – the Online Home Improvement Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.

For many years now, granite has been the material of choice for kitchen counters. But while granite remains a popular choice, a few clear competitors are finally starting to emerge. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to several alternatives that stand to match or surpass the popularity of granite within the next few years.

Solid surface countertops are entirely synthetic and non porous, which means they don’t need regular sealing, polishing, or any special cleaners. Solid surface is also one of the few material types that can be installed without any seams at all. It can be custom made to mimic a variety of natural materials (including stone), custom tinted a variety of colors, and even finished with different levels of gloss. Because solid surface counters are made of the same material throughout, small scuffs can be sanded out, but because it’s softer than stone, this type of counter is susceptible to deep scratches and even scorching when exposed to high heat.

Quartz countertops are both highly durable and very low maintenance. Unlike granite, quartz countertops are nonporous, meaning they don’t need to be sealed and are less likely to stain. They’re also highly heat resistant, and sometimes contain an antimicrobal agent that makes them more hygienic. Quartz countertops are available in a huge variety of finishes, from natural stone patterns that mimic granite to bright, bold colors. They’re more consistent in terms of pattern than granite, which eliminates slabs with undesirable markings but also means they don’t have quite the same natural character.

Concrete has a very industrial look and feel, but can be cast in a variety of unique shapes and tinted or stained just about any color. This is an especially nice option for creating unique or odd-shaped kitchen islands. Unfortunately, concrete is very heavy, and will need strong cabinets to support it. Because it’s a porous material, it will need to be thoroughly and regularly sealed to make sure it doesn’t stain. That said, they’re fairly heat resistant when sealed properly, and very durable.

Paper composite countertops are made of a combination of paper pulp (or other natural materials) and a hardening resin. These are a very eco-friendly option as they’re made from renewable resources and have low or no VOC emissions. Paper composite countertops are similar in appearance to solid surface or laminate, but are much more heat, scratch, and water resistant. Some types are also designed to inhibit the growth of bacteria, but all types can be stained by acidic foods or liquids.

Old fashioned butcher block style countertops have a great natural look and feel that will warm up almost any space, and essentially turn an entire kitchen into a giant cutting board. Some types of wood are more resistant to bacteria and water than others, so it’s important to choose carefully, and regularly disinfect the surface if it’s used for food preparation. Small scratches can be repaired with a light sanding and application of mineral oil, but knife scratches will show and if left untreated will develop into a natural patina over time.

Soapstone has a medium-gray color with some occasional white veining, but will darken to a deeper gray-black as it ages. Soapstone is a slightly more rustic type of stone, with a coarser, less glossy finish than granite or marble, but is highly heat resistant and won’t stain. That said, the rough finish can scuff glassware or china, and because it’s also a softer stone than granite or marble, it’s particularly susceptible to scratches and scuffs, and needs regular applications of mineral oil to properly maintain its finish.

Stainless steel countertops offer very practical workspace that’s resistant to heat, bacteria, and staining. Like ones used in professional kitchens, these are very durable and very easy to clean, but can show some dints and dings, scratches, and fingerprints. Stainless steel offers the most contemporary look of any of these materials, and can be designed with a very modern integrated kitchen sink.

Made of small pieces of recycled glass held together with concrete, recycled glass counter tops have a colorful, speckled appearance, but are perfectly smooth and very hard. Recycled glass countertops are fairly comparable to granite in terms of maintenance, but are more eco friendly. The surface is also less porous, which makes glass counters less likely to stain and slightly more heat resistant. Recycled glass countertops are resistant to scratching, but can chip or crack if they have something heavy dropped on them.

To see some examples of these beautiful countertop options, check out the full article here.

HomeThangs.com is not only a home improvement superstore, it also provides expert design tips and a comprehensive shopping guide, taking the ideas from professional interior designers, and offering tips to the consumers on how to pick the products to best suit their needs.







HomeThangs.com Has Introduced a Guide to the Best Rooms for a Black and White Decor


(PRWEB) February 05, 2014

HomeThangs.com – the Online Home Improvement Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.

Bright, bold colors have been trending in the home, from assertive reds and oranges to emerald greens and this year’s radiant orchid from Pantone. But one of this year’s top color trends doesn’t actually use any color at all. A striking black and white decor is becoming a popular choice, and HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to using it in just about any room in the home.

Bathroom

If there’s one room that’s really getting the black and white treatment a lot this year, it’s the bathroom. Black counter tops are just as in vogue in the bathroom as they are in the kitchen, but even more daring options are becoming common, like ornate wallpaper, black grout on white tile, and even patterned upholstery and shower curtains – the more intricate the better. To test out this look on a smaller level, consider hanging black and white linens and installing a black toilet seat (another very popular trend this year).

Hallway

Hallways are probably the easiest place to try out a black and white decor. Hallways are transitional areas that are limited both in scope and visibility, which means they won’t spill over into the surrounding décor, but can still have a pretty good payoff, as they see a lot of traffic. Hanging black and white photos or artwork in black frames creates a gorgeous display with inherent visual unity, and painting the outsides of doors or cabinets along the hallway can beautifully punctuate the space.

Entryway

Entryways are another ideal place to try out this look for a couple reasons. Like a hall or bathroom, it’s a relatively small space, meaning it isn’t quite as big an endeavor to pull off as it would be in a larger area like the kitchen or living room. It’s also a good way to set an elegant tone for the rest of the house. A white staircase with black railing and steps, paired with dramatic accents like a black chandelier has a grand, sophisticated appearance that will elevate the style of the rest of the home, even if it’s the only room done in black and white.

Kitchen

Last year, white kitchens were all the rage. But with the growing popularity of bolder, more colorful kitchens, the classic white kitchen needs a little extra something to keep pace. That’s one of the reasons black counter tops are so popular this year: without changing anything else, it adds a stunning pop of contrast that will breathe new life into the whole kitchen. Add in black bar stools at the kitchen island, dark finished industrial lighting fixtures, and a few other dark accents to keep a white kitchen looking on trend.

Dining Room

Despite the trend toward bigger, more open kitchen floor plans, recently there’s been a lot of renewed interest in the formal dining room – with a strong emphasis on formal. Unlike very casual kitchen tables used for family dining, dining rooms are getting the full designer treatment – high backed upholstered chairs, chandeliers, and lots of glitz and glam for the guests, all of which look even more stunning in a high contrast black and white.

Living Room

That said, a black and white decor also create a very clean, minimalist style. While a more avant-garde look emphasizes bold patterns and striking, unusual objects, a black and white living room with a European flair focus more on simple lines and more subtly eye-catching details set against a predominantly white backdrop. Together, this creates a crisp, clean, Nordic style that as a much more relaxed modern flair.

To see a few examples of some gorgeous black and white rooms, check out the full article here.

HomeThangs.com is not only a home improvement superstore, it also provides expert design tips and a comprehensive shopping guide, taking the ideas from professional interior designers, and offering tips to the consumers on how to pick the products to best suit their needs.