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January 18, 2022 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Incorporating the Pantone Color of the Year 2022 at Home

Pantone Color of the Year 2022

Some say dogs only see in black and white. Others believe it to be more like hues of blues and yellows. Either way, imagine going through life with the inability to see a full range of colors. It would be rather sad, wouldn’t it? 

Colors bring life to things. It has an impact on our mood and our motivation. It can drive us to do amazing things and feel good doing it or it can help us feel mellow and get a great night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter what room it is, you control the vibe in that room based on the color you place in it. 

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the place where you and your family spend so much time, whether intentional or not. It should be a room where you feel good and serene. You should want to feel encouraged to cook nourishing meals there. You should want to help your algebra student ace tomorrow’s exam. You should want to have that glass of wine with your bestie while catching up on the chaos of life. And, of course, you should want to have that romantic candlelit dinner with your person after the kids are fast asleep. 

The kitchen holds a lot of memories and a lot of secrets. It’s definitely a happening spot in your home – and it should be treated as such. Why not transform it with the Pantone Color of the Year 2022?

What is the Pantone Color of the Year 2022?

The Pantone Color Institute is composed of all types of marketers, designers, and creators that come together to give a splash of color to the world. They are known as being a defining voice in the design industry as well as for those looking to drive consumers. As we said, color can make you feel all sorts of ways. 

So, every year since 2000, this trusted voice unveils the color of the year. And this year, the color is Very Peri. It is like a rich color of periwinkle – but, whatever you do – don’t call it purple. 

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Color Institute, “As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, “Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”

Very Peri and Stainless Steel

If there were a million dollars in our back pocket we would be willing to bet that you have never considered adding the color periwinkle throughout your kitchen. But, what if you did? Just think about it!

Very Peri could find its way into your light fixtures, your walls, cabinetry, and more. Maybe even your kitchen table? It can be all around and be so dazzling. Just deciding to use the color in your kitchen pushes you to be bold, just like the psychology behind the color. How about that? 

Truth be told, having Very Peri in your kitchen could look really nice right next to some stainless steel appliances. Can you picture it? The deep color that it brings combined with the shiny stainless steel is a great combination. They compliment one another very well. 

There is no rule book that says you have to choose Very Peri for your kitchen. But, if you do, you don’t have to use a lot. Even small doses of this dominant color are all it takes for it to make a great first impression – and a lasting one, too. 

If you are ready and are interested in this color of the year, find ways to make it work in your kitchen. 

The Importance of Color in the Kitchen

We keep talking about how important color is in the kitchen because it is not something that is usually given a lot of thought. Sure, we think of things like the color of cabinets or flooring or countertops – but color, color? Not usually. But this one, often overlooked, piece of design can transform an entire space. 

Below are a few commonly used kitchen colors that you may want to consider, as well as the psychological meaning behind them. Who knew?

Black. Yes, it is dark. And sure, it doesn’t brighten up the place. But, black is always symbolic of elegance and sophistication. When placed in a kitchen alongside stainless steel appliances, it is stunning.

White. When we see white we think clean lines, clear or clarity, and pure. According to color psychology, a kitchen decked out in white looks clean and neat. 

Red. The color most associated with passion, red, is a positive, feel-good color. It can be eye-catching in a kitchen and completely transform a space simply because it demands attention. 

Yellow. Color psychology says this is the color of joy and happiness. It is also energizing. Yellow works great in brightening up a kitchen and works beautifully alongside stainless steel appliances. Besides – a shade of gray and yellow was Pantone’s colors last year so you know they pair well together.  

So, whether it is Very Peri or something else, consider the power of color in the kitchen. It really has more of an impact than you would think. 

Your Kitchen, Your Design

As kitchen experts, we know who ultimately has the final word when it comes to adding things to a kitchen – and that’s you. If you are very happy with your kitchen the way it is, then keep it. If you are looking for a change, then change it. Your color could be Very Peri or it could be something else entirely. Or maybe you prefer a plethora of colors. 

Sometimes staying on top of the trends can help you find something that makes you feel good. Since you and your family spend so much time in the kitchen you want it to be a nourishing place of warmth and comfort. It is up to you to decide if that includes Very Peri. 

November 10, 2021 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Ideas

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Your kitchen sure is one popular place in the home, isn’t it? You spend a lot of time there cooking – and eating – but you also socialize with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company. Maybe it is where you help your kids with their homework. Maybe it is the spot where you and your significant other can quietly start your day or end your day while the kids are fast asleep. Or, maybe it is just the go-to spot for music, dancing, and easy access to drinks with your friends on a Saturday night. 

No matter what your kitchen space does for you, you need it to be comfortable and functional. And, sometimes that means it is time for a renovation. So before you go transforming your kitchen into the space of your dreams, why not opt to transform it into the space of your dreams – that is also sustainable? Do something good for yourself and the world around you.  

What Does a Sustainable Kitchen Look Like?

According to UCLA, sustainability is “the balance between the environment, equity, and economy.” And it means meeting “…the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 

We all need to do our part. And we can start by renovating our kitchen to be more sustainable. So, what does a sustainable kitchen look like? 

A sustainable kitchen is one that is made using building materials that provide benefits to the environment, from the raw material, installation, and disposal. It also means having energy-efficient appliances and other items when possible – as well as bringing in ways to conserve water, provide better air quality, and repurpose items. 

There is so much you can do to make a kitchen more sustainable. Use some of these ideas to help you begin renovating your kitchen into something more sustainable. Are you ready? Let’s go make a difference!

Use Sustainable Raw Materials

When renovating your kitchen, you may consider adding new countertops, cabinets, and the like. If so, then opt for sustainable raw materials. These are options that not only work well through the years in your kitchen, but are natural resources that are renewed quickly, such as bamboo and oak. Plus they look fantastic, too. 

Energy Efficient Lighting

You need your kitchen to have sufficient lighting. You want to make sure you can see when you walk in the room, of course. But lighting is so much more important than that. You also need to make sure you have a healthy dose of lighting while cooking, working out that Algebra problem with your kid, and more. So, while you may not want to sacrifice your ability to see well to save energy, you can take steps to see well and be sustainable. 

LED lighting is a great choice – one that is becoming more and more popular in light sources around the world. Curious why LED lights are so sustainable? They give off much less CO2 emissions and greenhouse gasses than other lightbulb options. They shine bright and beautiful, illuminating everything just right. And, you will see a decrease in your electricity bill too, thanks to a reduction in the use of electricity. 

A Great Ventilation System

Healthy air is important. When renovating your kitchen, you never want to underestimate the power of having a great ventilation system. This not only breaks down all the nasty toxins floating around in your air, but it can reduce cooling costs and energy costs as a result. 

Every time you cook in your kitchen, there are all sorts of food particles escaping into the air.  Certain levels of carbon monoxide have also been found in everyday kitchens. By investing in a ventilation system, such as a range hood, you are taking steps to confirm that the combustion process is complete – and that the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and safe. 

This helps you maintain a sustainable kitchen environment. 

Add Some Plants

As an additional means of cleaning the air and adding a sense of overall freshness, add some plants. Potted plants throughout the kitchen offer sustainability. They are also known to reduce pollution in your kitchen space – and throughout your home too. 

If you really want to make your plants even more sustainable, opt for those that you can benefit from in the kitchen. For instance, growing herbs allows you to use them in various recipes you are cooking. They offer an organic and eco-friendly option for you to benefit from.  

And, let’s be real, having a kitchen of potted plants looks beautiful, too. 

Choose Energy Efficient Appliances

You may think that energy-efficient appliances come standard on new appliances but that would be a faulty assumption. You have to look for those that are energy efficient but also run efficiently, too. 

Appliances that are made with durability and quality construction is important, too, as it allows you to use the appliances for years to come. Each time you have to get rid of your appliance because it doesn’t work, it is a waste. So, spending the extra money now on a quality product allows you to own an appliance that will serve your family for a long time. 

When renovating your kitchen, consider replacing all of your appliances with an appliance suite as part of your sustainability efforts. 

Making the decision to renovate your kitchen into something more sustainable is important for your future – and the future of the world around you. The best part is that it is something that can be done on either a large or a small scale. You can get new sustainable cabinets and countertops, simply invest in a new appliance suite or a range hood, or add some potted plants to your kitchen. 

Any small step that you can take toward sustainability will have lasting impacts on your future. Now is the time to take that step. 

October 20, 2021 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

5 Smart Kitchen Remodeling Tips

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Change feels good sometimes. It happens all around us – just look at the seasons. It’s only natural to seek opportunities for change and growth. You may buy yourself some new clothes, reorganize the furniture in your living room, or even switch from having oatmeal to frittatas for breakfast. With every change, no matter how big or small, you get a sense of freshness and a feeling of renewal. 

In this article, we’re exploring a few smart kitchen remodeling tips to help you get started.

 

Smart Kitchen Remodeling Tips

How wonderful, then, do you think it would feel to remodel your kitchen? Imagine it – the space where you spend so much of your time. What if you could suddenly transform your kitchen space into something that will allow you to enjoy cooking rather than feel like you have to cook? You know, a kitchen that just feels good. 

Before you head off into dreamland – or get stuck in the feeling that it only ever is a dream, consider a few of these smart kitchen remodeling tips that will help you get started on creating the kitchen of your dreams. 

Tip 1: Have a Strategy and Plan it Out

To achieve perfection, you need to have a plan that is well thought-out and flows easily. If you are going to put money into your kitchen and do a huge remodel, you better make sure it works. And, believe it or not, your planning period should last a while. Like, a long while. 

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (yes, there is one of those) you should take about 6 months working out the planning of your new kitchen space. Why so long? Well, the longer you sit with your decisions, think about them, and make sure they work well with you – and any situations that arise during that time – the less likely you are to make last-minute, irrational changes that may come back to haunt you after the remodel. 

In other words, take your time and make sure you know what you want. 

  • Take time to study your current kitchen. What do you or don’t you like about it? What would you change? Where are there logistics issues? 
  • Consider the ergonomics of your kitchen. Are you comfortable with the height of your cabinets and countertops? Is everything accessible?
  • You can always consult a designer for help and additional inspiration – even if it is only just to get you started on ideas. 

Tip 2: Focus on the Appliances

When considering a remodel, it is so easy to not know what to focus on first. After all – there are so many different aspects that need your attention. But, let’s be real for a moment, ok? Your kitchen may be used for a lot of things, but there is one thing that is needed most for – and that is nourishing your family. That means you need the right appliances to make cooking enjoyable. So, focus on them — and build the rest of your kitchen around them. That way you make sure you get the tools you need to have an efficient, functional, and absolutely beautiful kitchen. 

Oh, and you can eat well, too. 

  • Consider opting for an appliance suite to help save money. This means ordering four (or more) appliances together, rather than one here and there. In the long run, you will find you save much more when you buy a suite. 
  • Stainless steel is a great option that will go with any design style. If you invest in durable appliances, then they will last a long time. So, if you choose to redesign your kitchen, you can feel confident that your stainless steel appliances will match any decor. 
  • Buying appliances in an appliance suite means they will all be uniform and match beautifully.

Tip 3: Keep the Same Layout

When remodeling, there are certain things you will want to do to make things a bit easier. For instance, keeping the same layout. Just as your kitchen is now, you can change out everything in the kitchen, but if you can reduce the need for moving the plumbing and vents and forego knocking down any walls, you can not only help the entire process move along more smoothly (and perhaps faster), but you will also save some time, too. 

To recreate the kitchen exactly how it was, just keep the same layout you had. 

Tip 4: Invest in Quality For Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one space that acts as a hub in your home. A lot goes on there. And, let’s be real, if you are going to be doing a remodel, you will be sinking a nice chunk of change into it, right? Well unless you want to do this every decade or sooner, choose to invest in quality products. They will look great and serve you well. And, should you decide to sell, updated kitchens boost the value

It is so natural for us to be swayed by a deal. Who doesn’t love a bargain? But when it comes to the look and durability of your kitchen, you want to opt for quality – even if it costs a little bit more. 

Tip 5: Storage, Storage, and More Storage

Many people have the misconception that they need a bigger kitchen to house all their stuff. But, really, it isn’t space that they need, but storage. They need to be able to fit all of their dishes, small appliances, and more into a designated space. They also need to have a pantry and more. 

There are so many innovative ways to create storage. Take the time to review your options so that you can find something that works for you. That way everything has its place – and you won’t have to increase your kitchen space to find it. 

Ready, Set, Go

Now that you have a few smart kitchen remodeling tips, making the decision to remodel your kitchen can be exciting. You get all these new options, from countertops to refrigerators and lighting to flooring. So, don’t rush the process, but take your time so you get it all right the first time. Choose quality, add more storage, make the same layout work for you in new ways, and always choose an appliance suite. 

5 Types of Pro-Style Kitchen Appliances

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Are you building a new kitchen from scratch? Are you remodeling your kitchen? Looking to update your appliances? Want to change things up a bit?

There are so many choices you have when it comes to choosing the right appliances for yourself. You are probably thinking that you have seen them all already. A quick internet search or a walk through a home improvement store and your head may be spinning. How on earth do you even begin to choose which one would best fit your kitchen?

Ready for a life-changing tip? You need to opt for pro-style appliances. These are designed with the durability that commercial appliances have, but with a softer appearance beautifully fit for every home kitchen.

Don’t believe us? Here are 5 types of pro-style kitchen appliances that you must have.

A refrigerator is an important addition to the kitchen. Sure, you need a range, a dishwasher, and so on – but you definitely need a refrigerator to keep your food healthy and your drinks cold. This stainless steel, French door refrigerator is both beautiful and sturdy. In other words, it is built to last without looking dull.

Inside, you will find a ton of space that can aid in keeping things organized as well as two large freezer drawers. Did we mention there is an automatic ice maker, too?

This refrigerator comes with a handy feature – a digital display on the outside of the door that lets you know its health at a glance. Plus, these additional features:

  • Counter-Depth French Door
  • 2-Drawer Freezer provides better organization
  • A full-width chiller drawer provides flexible storage
  • Retractable shelf designed to fit taller items with ease
  • Dual cycle and dual air-cooled refrigeration system
  • 2 large humidity controlled fresh food drawers

2. Thor Kitchen’s 48-Inch Pro-Style Professional Dual Fuel Range, Model Number HRD4803U

If you want a professional style range because you do a lot of cooking, then you may want to consider this large dual fuel range that gives you the right fuel for the right type of cooking. If you ask any chef or baker, you will learn that gas stoves are the go-to heating type and that electric ovens lead to thorough, even baking every time. With a dual fuel range, you get the best of both worlds.

Of course, this pro-style range also gives you 6 burners with continuous cast-iron grates and porcelain underneath for easy cleanup. And, not only does it have one 4.2 cubic foot range, but it also has a second one with 2.5 more cubic feet of baking space. It, too, has porcelain inside so it is easy to clean.

Looking for more features? No worries – you will definitely find them:

  • Black porcelain drip pan on the cooktop
  • Blue porcelain oven interior
  • Thermostat controlled griddle with dishwasher safe drip pan
  • Heavy-duty continuous cast-iron cooking grates
  • Convection oven fan (30 in.)
  • Three (3) halogen oven interior lights
  • Thermostat controlled electric oven
  • CSA certified metal burner control knobs

3. Thor Kitchen’s 30-Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven, Model Number HEW3001

A built-in wall oven will offer your space a unique look with plenty of beautiful kitchen design options. With a wall oven, you are not limited to keeping the oven underneath your cooktop or rangetop. Many designers choose to place the wall oven on an adjacent wall with the addition of a storage cabinet underneath the cooktop or rangetop.

Not only does it look beautiful, but the THOR self-cleaning electric wall oven is also multi-functional. It offers different modes including bake, multi-convection modes, and more.

Check out all the features below:

  • Touch Operated Glass Panel
  • Multiple Convection Modes
  • Hidden Bake Capacity
  • Large 4.8 cu. ft. Oven Capacity
  • Stainless Steel Exterior
  • 3500W Top Heater
  • 3000W Bottom Heater
  • Self-Cleaning Function
  • Easy-to-Clean Interior
  • White LED Display

4. Thor Kitchen’s 30-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range, Model Number LRG3001U

 If you are looking for a gas range that looks good, gives you long-lasting durability, and fits any size kitchen, then look no further. With a stainless-steel finish that can’t be beaten, this range is sure to blend perfectly with all of your other kitchen appliances – regardless of your design style. Yes, it is that versatile.

Believe it or not, this 30-inch range brings 5 burners with it and 4.5 cubic feet of oven space. You can cook up the main course and all the sides without running out of space. And, well, that’s important for those who love to cook for others.

Thanks to the porcelain drip pan on the stove and the porcelain in the oven, cleanup is a breeze. But, that’s not the only great feature. You’ll find these, too –

  • Heavy-Duty Continuous Cast Iron Cooking Grates. They will not rust or tarnish with your heavy cooking. That means they will always keep your gas stove looking sharp.
  • Black ABS Knobs
  • Halogen Lights
  • Commercial Convection Fan
  • Triple Layered Glass Window
  • Storage Drawer at Bottom
  • Broiler burner

5. Thor Kitchen’s 24-Inch Top Control Dishwasher, Model Number HDW2401SS

Every commercial kitchen is going to have a dishwasher. And, if you are going for pro-style cooking appliances, that must mean you are pretty serious about cleaning, too. You will get clean, sanitized dishes each and every time while also saving water, energy, and money.

With a top control dishwasher, you get a sleek look without any buttons to accidentally hit. It’s quiet and uses a smart wash system, too. Like the other appliances above, there are even more features for this dishwasher –

  • Delayed start-up to 24hrs in advance
  • Multiple filter system
  • 45 dB noise level
  • Smart wash system
  • 3-arm jet sprayer
  • Removable utensil basket
  • Child lock safety protection

THOR Kitchen offers the best professional appliances for your home kitchen at an affordable price. Browse our collection of professional appliances or find a dealer near you so can join the ranks and #COOKLIKEAGOD.

The Best Drop-in Cooktop: Professional Grade for an Affordable Price

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The Drop-in Cooktop, also known as the “built-in” cooktop, features all the same functions of a traditional cooking range except the oven. Like any other cooking appliance, there’s a ton of cooktop options on the market. Some of the most popular types of cooktops include: Coil cooktops, induction cooktops, electric cooktops, and gas cooktops. Also, sizes will vary based on use case. But when it comes to drop-in cooktops for your kitchen, there are two common sizes: the 30-inch kitchen cooktop and the 36-inch kitchen cooktop.

Now that we’ve established a few basics of the cooktop category, let’s get to the point. We’re here to help you make the best purchasing decision possible for your next professional-grade drop-in cooktop at an affordable price. Keep reading.

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Key Distinctive Features

Before we begin, it’s important to note the key distinctive features of the drop-in cooktop appliance. Firstly, it drops into a pre-cut section on top of a countertop. Secondly, the controls are placed on the top side of the appliance. Moreover, they lay flat alongside your burners. Here are the benefits of this design choice:

  1. Safety: The knobs are placed above the countertop away from the reach of small children.
  2. Custom Space: You have complete freedom to place what you want underneath the drop-in cooktop. The most common solutions are kitchen cabinets or a built-in oven. The kitchen cabinets are a popular kitchen design choice. This solution is often supplemented with the likes of a dual built-in oven on an adjacent wall – a luxurious kitchen aesthetic with equal functionality.

For more on the cooktop, check out our helpful blog on the Rangetop vs. Cooktop.

Determine Your Cooktop Size

As stated above, the two most common drop-in cooktop sizes are the 30-inch or the 36-inch. These are the standard dimensions. Most home builders use these dimensions to cut out kitchen countertops. To determine which cooktop size you need to purchase, simply measure your pre-cut countertop.

30-Inch Cooktop vs. 36-Inch Cooktop

The best drop-in gas cooktops in the professional-grade market are built by THOR Kitchen. You have two gas-powered options to choose from. The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Four Burners in Stainless steel or the THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Six Burners in Stainless Steel. Both options include:

  1. Four or Six Sealed Burners, Depending on Model Size: Includes 1 or 2 high-intensity 18,000 BTU power burners that produce fast, intense heat and contain spills to make cleaning quick and easy.
  2. Professional Illuminated Knobs: Constructed with metal and illuminate a striking blue when in operation.
  3. Stainless Steel Cooktop: A sleek, modern design to any kitchen; designed with a single piece of stainless steel to withstand spills and grease for easy cleaning.
  4. Continuous Cast Iron Grates: Heavy-duty, edge-to-edge, porcelain-coated cast-iron grates allow for easy movement of pans between burners.
  5. Automatic Electric Ignition: Eliminates the need to light the burners and saves money by using less gas than a standing pilot range.
  6. Liquid Propane Option: Liquid propane convertible with a liquid propane conversion kit.
  7. Wok Ring: Features a wok ring that provides extra stability for cooking with round-bottom woks.

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice…

Find your local THOR Kitchen dealer and visit them today.

Like a bolt of lightning, our beautiful craftsmanship and thoughtful design functions are going to stop you in your tracks. But the real shocker comes with the second strike; we mean the price tag.

Compare our prices with other professional kitchen appliance brands. No other brand of gas-powered professional cooktops can pack such thunderous power at such an affordable price.

They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Well, that’s true when you’re out there still cooking like a mere mortal. It’s time to #CookLikeaGod.

The Convenience of an Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet. Keep the Mess Outside.

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Modular Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet in Stainless Steel by THOR Kitchen

 

 

Introducing your grill’s ultimate wingman – the outdoor kitchen sink cabinet. Your grill needs a friend. A friend that can stick by their side and lend a helping hand when needed. A friend that enhances what your grill has to offer. This friend is not co-dependent and has a lot to offer even on their own. The outdoor kitchen sink cabinet functions as such. And, the convenience factor is certainly a 10/10. Here’s why.

 

What is an outdoor kitchen sink cabinet?

First, let’s get to know the kitchen sink cabinet. If you’re new to the realm of high-functioning backyard spaces, then you may or may not be 100% familiar with this product. Don’t fret – we’re here to help you learn all about them.

A sink cabinet – like the THOR Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet in Stainless Steel –  is a premium professional appliance that can take your backyard space to the next level. Sure, you have a grill. Maybe you even have a table or some comfy outdoor lounge chairs. But…

Do you have a sink?

A sink cabinet is designed to bring many benefits to your barbecue experience. It’s a convenient outdoor addition to any backyard. Don’t believe us? Keep reading.

Close Convenience

You can skip the age-old routine of prepping the food inside and carrying it to the grill. The running back and forth from the house for that extra seasoning. Maybe a little oil or BBQ sauce.  And, when you’re done grilling, having to haul all those utensils and ingredients back into the house for cleaning and organizing.

Sound familiar? There’s nothing wrong with routine. We just want to add some spice into it – spice that’s stored away within an arm’s reach. The outdoor kitchen sink cabinet allows you to prep the food, get it on the grill, quickly access the storage area, and clean up all within the vicinity of your outdoor cooking area. Of course, no grilling expedition would be complete without an ice-cold beer in your hand. And, since we’re talking about convenience, you know that this cabinet has to come with a bottle opener, right?

An absolute UNIT

The outdoor sink cabinet by THOR Kitchen is entirely designed with shiny, timeless stainless steel. This unit has been tested to withstand the outdoor elements.

It will not rust.

It will not corrode.

And, it features a convenient bottle opener. You’ll find it to be a long-lasting, easy-to-clean appliance that will match all of your other kitchen appliances. And, uniformity is always a good thing.

Prepare Your Food Outside

Who doesn’t love a clean kitchen? We all do. Sometimes, if your house is clean, the idea of cooking is enough to make you order takeout. Grilling, though, is much easier. And, when you have the benefit of a sink outside – you don’t even need to use your in-home kitchen.

With this outdoor kitchen sink, you don’t just get any sink, you get a stainless-steel sink. It’s well-designed with a drain hose and a water pipe. This way you can prepare everything outdoors without having to dirty your kitchen!

Since you’ll likely be using raw meats in this sink, knowing that stainless steel is a non-porous surface can be huge a relief. There is no place for germs to hide, so you can reduce the chance of contamination and protect your family’s health.

Outdoor Storage Space

Let’s talk about storage for a minute. We discussed above just how much of an inconvenience it is to have to lug your food, utensils, and spices from the kitchen to the outdoor grill every time you want to use it. It takes time and sometimes even requires balancing skills. Not to mention that you’re going in and out of the house – which expends your home’s energy (increasing the cost of your utilities) as well as your own.

This high-quality outdoor kitchen sink cabinet was designed to make your grilling life a bit sweeter. While it does have a sink, and a bottle opener – which we know is a nice little bonus – the features don’t stop there. You are going to find plenty of storage space. You can keep all of your grilling essentials inside the cabinet so they’re nearby and ready to go when you need them. When you’re done cooking, you can wash them in the sink using the cleaning supplies you also have stored in the unit. And, who would we be if we didn’t include a storage tray to hold all the flavors of your special spices and rubs?

Easy to Move

While this stainless-steel outdoor kitchen sink may look heavy and solid, it’s rather easy to move. Underneath you will find two 3-inch fixed casters and two 3-inch locking casters. Both make it extremely easy to move. And, when you’re ready to have it settled in the perfect spot, you can lock it in place.

Most importantly, getting outside presents a wonderful opportunity to breathe in some fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and stock up on some natural vitamin D.

Whether you’ve got grilling weather now or will have it shortly, don’t go another day without a pro-style outdoor kitchen sink cabinet on your back patio. Your grill needs a friend – and this convenient appliance is it.

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January 13, 2020 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

High End Kitchen Design Essentials

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From the design to the professional kitchen appliances, there are a few essentials that every high end kitchen needs.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at some of the high end kitchen design essentials so you can bring your dream kitchen to life.

High End Kitchen Design Essentials

Getting to design your own kitchen is such a privilege to so many. Rather than finding yourself stuck with the standard kitchen that comes with a home, you are presented with the opportunity to create your own dream kitchen. And, it can be just the way you want it – the layout, the appliances, the countertops and cabinetry, and everything in between.

While the opportunity sounds amazing, the task itself could seem a bit daunting. To give you a little boost, we’ve put together a list of the important key aspects that you are going to want to take into consideration as you dive headfirst into this venture.

Here are several high end kitchen design essentials to help you get started.

The Kitchen Workspace Triangle

Professional kitchen designers will tell you that there is a kitchen workspace triangle that allows you to have the best flow while working throughout your kitchen. Picture your current kitchen (or your future kitchen). According to this design flow, if you draw a line from your refrigerator to your sink and to your range, it will create a triangle.

The idea is you go back and forth from these three places in the kitchen constantly as you cook. Having this triangular design allows you to maneuver from one to the next without any jagged edges or disrupted movement.

In other words, no matter how you decide to create your kitchen, whether it be a small galley kitchen or a large u-shaped kitchen, you should be able to draw this triangle with an easy flow.

Your Storage Needs

Kitchens need storage, don’t they? Food, dishes, cookware, rarely-used small appliances, and more need to have a place to go. It is so common to hear people complain that they don’t have enough storage, right? But, did you know that even the smallest kitchens can have adequate storage? It is all about being smart with the design.

And, well, since you are designing your high-end kitchen, you have the say-so when it comes to meeting your storage needs. Consider these:

  • A walk-in pantry with plenty of storage space.
  • Large drawers to store pots and pans.
  • A large storage area designed specifically for housing small appliances. This gets them off the countertops but allows them to remain very easily accessible.
  • Opt for hanging storage for pots and pans – especially those most frequently used.

As you begin filling the cabinetry and such around your kitchen, be sure to put things where they are most likely to be used. The items need to be convenient and remove the need for you to have to walk across the kitchen. For instance, when it comes to spices, store them near the range. This is where you will be doing most of your cooking and therefore the spices should be within reach. Make sense?

The Function of Your Future Kitchen

Alright. Before you think this block is wasted space, pay attention. Yes, everyone knows that the main purpose of a kitchen is to cook. However, kitchens are the heart of a home. There is so much activity that goes on within them.

What does that mean for your dream design?

It means that you need to take into consideration the function of your future kitchen. Of course, you will cook in it. But, will you be having some drinks with your friends? Will you be hosting social dinners? Will you be spending time eating breakfast with your kids? Will you help your kids with their homework? Do you intend to have a table for less formal eating in the kitchen?

What you do in your kitchen is going to impact its design. For instance, if you want a table within your kitchen, you need to make space for it. If you would rather have a snack bar, then you will need to make sure you add a large enough island.

Your high-end dream kitchen should encompass everything that a kitchen is to you and your family.

Professional Kitchen Appliances

The appliances you add to your kitchen are often the first thing people see as they enter the space. Therefore, you want them to look good. Investing in a high-quality, pro-style appliance design allows you to have appliances that look great and offer you the delightful cooking experience you want.

Thor Kitchen offers pro-style appliances in stainless steel and black stainless steel that add a solid level of elegance to your kitchen. Just be sure to take your cooking habits into consideration and purchase the appliances that fit your type. For instance, gas vs. electric. Or, 4-burners vs. 6 burners.

The choice is yours.

Choosing the Right Materials

Part of a high-end kitchen includes the materials that are in it. After all, having a perfect layout with amazing high-end appliances would look a bit silly with a less conductive material used for things such as your countertops, cabinets, backsplash and so on.

Even the worst kitchens can look beautiful and elegant with the right materials. So, yes, they are that important.

The following are some of the most spectacular materials to choose from. Consider opting for them when you can to create that dream high-end kitchen.

  • Not all granite is alike – and each slab will vary in veining and its color. It looks great, is durable and heat resistant, too.
  • Quartz. This is a combo of minerals, color & resin and it is, by far, the most durable surface you can choose for your kitchen. Naturally beautiful, it is a non-porous surface so it resists stains, spills, scratching, and germs very well.
  • Marble. This is a natural stone and it is beautiful, too. Naturally. Unfortunately, it is not as strong as quartz and granite, and may actually stain.

As for the wood used in your cabinets, consider choosing from red oak, poplar, maple, and mahogany. These are durable woods that provide elegance and durability to your high-end kitchen.

Conclusion

Now that you know the essentials every high-end kitchen needs, you can start planning your own.

Designing your dream high-end kitchen should feel like a thrilling experience rather than a chore. Not many people are presented with the opportunity to create the perfect kitchen. So take the time to get some ideas, take everything into consideration, and design a kitchen you will never want to leave.

November 30, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

10 Inspirational Modern Kitchen Ideas

Modern Kitchen Ideas

If you’re interested in updating your kitchen or want to redesign it so it’s more modern, you’re probably looking for inspiration ideas.

In this article, we’re taking a look at the top 10 modern kitchen ideas.

Modern Kitchen Ideas

Are you currently designing your kitchen? Are you considering a remodel?

There are so many kitchen design styles to choose from. From country farmhouse and cottage charm to coastal, traditional, and Mediterranean, you are sure to find something that fits your tastes. For many, however, it is the modern design style that beckons to be followed.

Maybe it is the sleek look or the minimalistic approach to the clutter that has drawn you in. Or, perhaps it’s the stainless steel surfaces or the sophisticated look. Whatever your reason for falling in love with the modern kitchen, we’ve got some ideas that you won’t want to miss in your modern kitchen.

Here are the top 10 modern kitchen ideas.

1. No Raised Edges

The modern style is all about sleek and smooth appearances. This means that you want no raised edges – especially when it comes to your cabinets, flooring, backsplash, etc. Everything should flow in a horizontal manner and seem like one.

Raised edges, textures, and so forth bring a jaggedness to the smooth design style and are a bit disruptive.

2. Reflective Countertops

In any modern kitchen, you will see the reflective surfaces. It is one of the main staples of the design. For countertops, your modern kitchen will want to stick to surfaces that will show the power of lighting. These include granite, stone, concrete, and marble.

3. Modern, Stainless Steel Appliances

Kitchen appliances catch the eye when you walk into a kitchen. So, in a modern kitchen, these appliances need to appear shiny, sleek and fit the part.

Stainless steel, pro-style appliances are the best option for a modern kitchen. The stainless steel shines and is reflective. Opting for, say, a refrigerator with recessed handles and such will also add to the design style. Because they are such a huge part of your kitchen, your appliances will need to match your style – and for a modern design, you need stainless steel appliances.

Want a tip? Consider purchasing an appliance suite. Because of the role they play in your design, you want your stainless steel to be uniform and match entirely. Since this finish will vary between manufacturers, you want to purchase the same brand of appliances for all. An appliance suite is a way to do this and save money with the bundle. It’s a win-win.

4. Incorporate a Rustic Look in Your Modern Kitchen

Having a modern kitchen is all about having smooth, sleek surfaces. By adding a touch of rustic, you can still have your modern look, but you are adding some texture, as well. For instance, if you have stainless steel appliances and smooth countertops and cabinets, then you can pair this with, for instance, a more rigid backsplash. Also including exposed beams in the ceiling or architectural design in the ceiling, as well.

Sure, it deviates from the sleek look, but it’s a great combination of both worlds. If rustic is not your best choice, then go ahead and mix your modern kitchen with another design style – you may be surprised at what happens!

5. Brighten it Up with Color

Many modern kitchens are often neutral in color. But there is no guidebook that says they have to be. By including one bright piece, whether in artwork, backsplash, barstools, or the like, you will see a bright pop in a color that will brighten up the entire kitchen. There is no limit to what color you can choose to make this happen.

6. Recessed Lighting for Reflection

Remember that modern kitchens want smooth edges and sides. This applies to light, too. Having bulky lighting or a massive centerpiece will take away from the entire look. Your lighting should be bright and reflective, but out of the way. This is exactly why recessed lighting is perfect.

Recessed lighting can give you all the light you need in your kitchen – and is bright enough to get the reflection off of your surfaces – without disrupting the flow of your kitchen’s surfaces.

7. Streamlined Layout for Simplicity

Modern kitchen design is a flowing kitchen. You move freely without any disruption from one area of the kitchen to another. Cooking is a breeze, cleaning up is a breeze. When designing your modern kitchen, you will want to make sure the layout is streamlined for simplicity.

In other words, as you cook, you move easily from the refrigerator to the prep area to the range to the sink and so on. There is nothing to get in your way. It is streamlined and simple.

8. Little Ornamentation is Enough

You don’t need to try to go overboard to decorate a modern kitchen. Less is more with this design style. In fact, trying to add to ornaments will only ruin the look you are going for. Stick with one or two decorative pieces at most. This may be a vase or decorative picture. Nothing more.

9. Ditch the Cold Kitchen and Bring in Warmth

Many people complain that a modern kitchen is cold and stark. Of course, the idea behind the modern kitchen is bare, bright spaces that could be interpreted as cold. But, it does not have to be. There are ways to incorporate some warmth into a modern kitchen that feels a bit too cold.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by bringing in some darker cabinets that have a less-reflective surface. If these cabinets can show some of the wood grain for texture, that, too, will be a bit warmer. Of course, you can always keep your shiny, reflective cabinets and opt for a more textured-appearing floor or wall. The choice is yours. Just remember that it is the texture and reduction of shine that brings warmth.

10. You Need Windows

Windows allow more light into the kitchen, which can affect how much space is actually available. In a modern kitchen, windows can add to the reflective nature – and they can also make the sleek space seem larger. Windows are especially helpful in smaller modernly-designed kitchens.

When adding windows, be sure to make them large, with very minor – in any – window dressing.

Conclusion

A modern kitchen design style has been around for years and shows no signs of diminishing. In a world full of chaos and clutter, a modern kitchen can bring simplicity and peace.

10 Inspiring Contemporary Kitchen Ideas

If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen, you may be looking for ideas to spark your inspiration.

In this article, you will discover 10 inspiring contemporary kitchen ideas to get you started.

contemporary kitchen ideas

Contemporary Kitchen Ideas that will Inspire You

Are you ready to makeover your kitchen? Are you designing it from the ground up? Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is where you drink your morning coffee, helps your kids with homework, prepares holiday feasts for friends and family, and even socialize with loved ones on a Friday night.

Everything comes back to your kitchen.

So, why not make it look how you want it to feel? You can get an inviting, warm, and clean feel with a contemporary design. You will find that this style takes a mix of neutral colors and pairs them with natural textures, such as stone and metal. Lighting is also very impactful with this design style.

Contemporary kitchen design is sleek, clean, and simple.

Related: 8 Inspiring Kitchen Design Styles and Ideas

1. Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances are one of the best looks that fit into a contemporary kitchen.

The sleek metal gives a nice finish, and it flows for the overall appearance. The stainless steel appliances can match with the sink, lighting, metal on seating, etc.

Over the years, stainless steel has become a staple of contemporary kitchen design that’s clearly here to stay.

If you’re a fan of dark appliances, you may be interested in the best of both worlds – discover black stainless steel.

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2. Lose the Knobs and Pulls

Imagine how clean your kitchen would look without knobs and pulls. The cabinetry doesn’t need it. If you are looking to design a contemporary kitchen, forego the hardware and opt for smooth, uninterrupted cabinets, drawers, and other storage spaces.

3. Ditch the Cabinets Altogether

Of course, you could just ditch the cabinets altogether. While they seem to be a staple in most kitchens, they are definitely not a necessity. If you want to make a bold statement, get rid of them. Instead, opt for a more open storage area, such as elaborate shelving.

If you are not ready to totally abandon the cupboards, consider changing out the opaque doors for glass – or no door at all.

Sure, this will require you to practice your organization skills and reduce your clutter. But is that necessarily a bad thing? We don’t think so.

4. White Makes the Color Pop

If your entire kitchen is painted white, what do you think will happen when you place a bouquet of flowers on the counter?

They are going to pop!

White kitchens are very common in contemporary style. And, one of the reasons why is because you can take a simple item, such as a turquoise bowl filled with green apples and it will stand out and be the centered, eye-catching piece of your entire kitchen.

5. Industrial Lighting

Lighting is another large part of the contemporary kitchen design. It is the way that the lighting not only lights up your space but also looks and fits in the design. Because the contemporary style is all about maintaining a clean design, you have several choices when it comes to your lighting.

You can choose to minimalize it. Make your kitchen light up without any focus being drawn to the lights, such as recessed lighting or magically-suspended lighting fixtures that dangle high above.

Or, you can take your lighting needs and make them the focal point of your kitchen. This could be with the use of one (or more) elaborate chandeliers, or perhaps with large, industrialized lighting that will stand out yet fit the space. By choosing an industrial metal, it not only keeps the look uniform throughout the space due to its contemporary nature but also keeps it in line with the stainless steel appliances.

6. Dark Wood is Still Contemporary

When you think of dark wood, it is common to think of more traditional, dark and rustic kitchens. And, definitely not contemporary. But that is far from the truth.

Believe it or not, dark wood can still be contemporary. When paired with bright tiles, countertops, appliances, lighting, backsplashes, etc. the other areas of the kitchen can accent the dark wood and it just works. Some of the most amazing contemporary designed kitchens have dark wood features.

7. It is All About the Backsplash

Have you thought about your backsplash? You are going to want to, as it is a must-have when it comes to a contemporary kitchen. Sometimes the backsplash is used only behind the stove or the sink. Some are small and have a repetitive and simple design. Others, however, are extravagant.

Imagine a backsplash of flowers that start at your countertops and reach your ceiling. When someone walks into that kitchen, the elegant backsplash is likely to draw the eyes from everything else. In a contemporary kitchen, it would be the focal point.

A backsplash can add the color and texture that is just what your kitchen needs.

8. Add Gold for the Win

Many people tend to focus on silver when it comes to adding metal to a contemporary kitchen. More and more, however, gold is becoming popular. Whether used in the seating, the lighting, the sink… don’t dismiss this option for your kitchen design.

9. Big Seating

Want to make a big impression?

Instead of that small little breakfast nook, why not build a kitchen where you can cook – and eat – in the same space? What better way to get your friends and family together to partake in a feast?

Forego that kitchen island and, instead, add a large table with lots of seating.

10. Sculptured Ceilings

You can choose to keep the lines in your kitchen smooth and contemporary. Or, you can take it a step further and opt for sculptured ceilings. Here is how they work:

The solid, simple lines that are found throughout your kitchen will draw your eyes upward. There, in the midst of the solid white lines, will be an intricately designed sculpture in the ceiling. Add some lighting within it to make it something that others talk about for a long time.

Conclusion

Designing a contemporary kitchen does not have to leave you with a kitchenlike everyone else’s. Adopt the ideas that you like and combine them for a style all your own.

December 20, 2018 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Arrange Kitchen Appliances Like A Pro

How to Arrange Kitchen Appliances

If you ever do a search online to determine the best way to design a kitchen, you may be overwhelmed with the results. There are rules. There are guidelines. And there are probably details you have never even considered (and may not apply to you anyway). The list is long – all to figure out how to design your kitchen with its appliances.

The professionals know how to design a kitchen – but what do you do if you want to design it yourself? After all, it is your kitchen, right?  You should not have to leave this decision up to others.

No one ever said you “have to” always follow the rules. And this is especially true when it comes to designing your own kitchen. You can place your appliances in any manner you wish – as long as they are functional and keep your kitchen flowing. But, if you’d like some ideas of how the pros would do it – just as a guideline, of course – we’ve got some ideas and tips for you.

Understand the Zones

You may have not ever considered it, but your kitchen has a few zones within it.

About five in total, such as:

  • The food prep area, where you will be preparing your meals and cooking them. This area will include your oven, your stove, and your microwave.
  • Your food storage area, which includes cold and frozen foods. You will find your refrigerator and freezer in this zone.
  • The pots and pans storage area, that is big enough to contain these larger, hefty items.
  • The cleaning and waste area where most of the cleaning up will take place after cooking. If you choose to have a dishwasher in your kitchen, this is the area you will find it.
  • The storage area for cutlery

Once you know the zones of your kitchen, you can more easily assemble it. This helps with the flow and convenience of the space. For instance, you will want your pots and pans storage area to be near your food prep and cooking area. This gives you easy access to the tools you need for completing the meal. You will also want your food prep area to be close to the food storage zone. Cleanup is good when waste and cleaning are in their own zone – away from the food preparation area.

Keep these different zones in mind when determining where you will put your appliances.

Design It with An Open Flow

Kitchens are typically designed with a triangle in mind. This generally refers to the refrigerator, stove, and sink – the area of greatest activity. You want this area to be unobstructed at all costs.

The goal should be to allow you free, open-flow access to the main appliances in your kitchen. There should not be anything that gets in the way of you moving from the refrigerator to the stove, for example. And, if you have many doors or entryways, you will want to be sure to not have the flow of traffic disrupt your major kitchen zones. This will be crucial in the design of the space.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, it is best to keep your working area on one side and leave the other side for those who are either eating or just keeping the cook company.

Keep Appliances Proportionate

It’s best to have your appliances be proportionate to one another – and to the space. Be honest about the size of your kitchen. If you know that you don’t have space for a full dishwasher, then don’t get one. If you go for an oversized refrigerator, don’t opt for a small range.

These types of details can make or break the look of a kitchen. The key is to make it look well put-together and uniform. When you don’t buy appliances in matching sizes or buy something that is either too small or too big for the space, it is going to be noticeable.

Consider the Details

The details about your appliances are important. Those with doors and drawers will require space for you to utilize them. However, if you don’t take the time to measure and research which appliances will best fit your space, you may find yourself with something that just won’t work.

For instance, most professional ranges will need ample space so you can open the door and work comfortably. If you put this appliance in your kitchen directly across from the island, you will want to make sure there is enough room for the door to open. Otherwise, you may find using your stove to be a hassle.

Refrigerators are the same way. Placing one near an entrance way, for example, means that you will want the door to open in just the right manner. You will also want to keep in mind that you will be blocking the entrance every time you choose to open the door.

Final Pro Tips

There are a few final tips from the pros that can help you in your appliance design and arrangement. You will want to take these into consideration if you want to have an easy flowing kitchen:

  • Never place your refrigerator directly next to your oven and stove. The heat from a range can require the refrigerator to work harder – thus potentially shortening the life of the refrigerator.
  • Measure everything carefully. While some appliances are standard, there are many others that aren’t. This could very easily throw off your space. So, before you buy, measure diligently and know the areas you are designing.
  • Keep in mind that the installation requirements for appliances may require additional space. For example, refrigerators usually require space behind them to allow for air to vent. If you find an appliance that fits your space, but you don’t account for the installation requirement, you could find yourself in a sticky situation.
  • Whatever you do, don’t disrupt the kitchen triangle.

Designing your own space can make you feel good and accomplished. These tips can hopefully help you discover the best design for your kitchen.

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