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8 Creative Ways to Fully Benefit from a Small Kitchen

8 Creative Ways to Fully Benefit from a Small Kitchen

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing everyone to self-quarantine or practice social distancing, we’re spending more time at home. With more time in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas, we are likely to notice problems, particularly spacing issues.

Nuenza Design Studio—formerly known as Cuisines Nuenza—has prepared a list of innovative ways to optimize on space when you have a small kitchen.

#1 – A Backsplash with Functionality

This idea originates from an upcycling mindset. When you have too much clutter on your counters, it’s time to head to the walls to make space. A stainless steel pegboard can act as a backsplash to protect your wall while giving you the ability to hang utensils and shelves.

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#2 – A Folding Dining Table

How many bruises do you have on your hips and legs from running into your oversized dining table? Replace it with a folding table that’s attached to the wall. It’s out of the way when not in use and provides more flow that perfectly complements a small kitchen. It can be used as a dining table, extra prep space, and a desk.

#3 – Cabinet Layouts

This will require you to really think about how you personally use your kitchen. If it’s U-shaped, it may be worth replacing some of your cabinets with ones that are half the size.This way, you can put taller items together without them falling over and making a mess. 

Additionally, think about how often you have to organize your cabinets. If you replace them with drawers, it’d be easier to gain access to items at the far back while keeping everything tidy.   

#4 – Unconventional Shelving

“Don’t cut corners” is sound advice for people optimizing on space. Corner shelving can be the answer to cleaner countertops. Stacked dishes and vertical objects, such as vases and canisters, can find a place on corner shelves while still looking tidy.

#5 – Seat Cabinets

A breakfast nook is more than aesthetically pleasing. If your kitchen has built-in seating or you’re thinking about putting it in, take advantage of the space underneath to store pantry items and cookware. 

#6 – Magnets

A knife block is bulky and takes up room. An alternative is a magnetic knife bar that will hold all of your essential metal tools out of the way in a professionally organized look. Just make sure to keep your electronic devices at a distance! 

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#7 – Baskets

Whether you store items on the top shelf or in your cabinets, they can fall down and break. Using wire baskets will keep your jars and bottles grouped together, making your search easier and your kitchen neater. Moreover, a wired basket lets you see all of the items from a distance, saving you a trip up the ladder.

#8 – Undersides

The space under shelves is often overlooked. You can attach hooks to hang tea cups with the rest of the dishware nearby. If you have mason jars on your counter, you can attach the lids to the underside of a shelf and screw in the jar. Voilà! You now have a clear counter! 

Get Creative with Nuenza Design!

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Our team at Nuenza Design wishes you well during this troubling time. We are always here for you, ready with suggestions to make your space feel like home. Call us at (514) 400-2579, or fill out our online form.

Remember to wash your hands and stay safe!

5 Top Questions You Should Ask Before Renovating Your Kitchen

5 Top Questions You Should Ask Before Renovating Your Kitchen

We know you’re anxious to roll up your sleeves and get to work, but your Montreal kitchen renovation needs to be planned out before Demolition Day. 

There are many aspects to consider, from the colours to the materials to the layout. You want to minimize problems and maximize your efforts. We’ve prepared some questions that will have you go into your renovation with a clearer outlook.

1) Why Are You Renovating Your Kitchen?

If you’re selling your home, gutting your Montreal kitchen is probably not the best way to spend your money. Potential buyers will be looking at the more important aspects of your home, such as the roof, foundation, windows, plumbing and wiring. Look into what’s absolutely necessary in terms of repairs, and nothing more if you’re selling. 

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2) What Do I Want to Accomplish with This Renovation?

Whether you’ve recently moved into your home or you’ve put up with a subpar kitchen for years, chances are that you’re finally renovating for more than one reason. 

Take a deep breath and consider all of your kitchen’s aspects with these big questions:

  • Does the kitchen need to be larger to accommodate your big family?
  • Is this a room that you spend a lot of time in?
  • Is cooking something you love and want to do more of?
  • Do you need the fanciest high-tech appliances on the market? 
  • Should this space be kid-friendly?
  • What changes are non negotiable, and which ones can you compromise on?

Kitchen renovations require a thought-out plan that accomplishes your goals. You need to devise a layout that provides the maximum amount of space, seating, and lighting. 

3) Which Trends Do You Want in Your Kitchen?

You’ve looked at a lot of magazines and watched a myriad of home renovation shows, noting all of the latest 2020 designs: 

  • Open shelving
  • Sustainable materials
  • Two-toned cabinets
  • Open-face pantries
  • Handleless cabinets

But embracing too many trends will leave you feeling frustrated because the designs don’t fit in with your lifestyle and preferences. It’s essential to never incorporate trends into your kitchen for the sake of it. 

Think about your preferences and day-to-day routine. Can you stand to look at open shelving or an open-face pantry? Remember that it will become disorganized. Can you tolerate handleless cabinets or are you too used to reaching out for the handle? Make a list of what you want in your new kitchen and imagine how life would be with these new kitchen designs. Better yet, reach out to a company that specializes in customizing kitchen renos, one you can trust. Getting their input might be the best possible investment of your time.

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4) Have You Hired a Trustworthy Contractor or Company?

You’re hiring someone to come into your home—your sanctuary—and improve it. You don’t want some run-of-the-mill person who boasts about renovating their kitchen themselves. Hiring the wrong person is not only a waste of time and money, but it can be a traumatic experience, since that person may have come into your home and taken advantage of you. 

Researching contractors and companies, conducting interviews, reviewing testimonials, and looking into references are all part of your due diligence. You’re renovating your kitchen to make it better, so go the extra mile and hire a reputable company.

5) Should You Call in a Professional?

Renovating isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you have a family to take care of, errands to do, and a 9-to-5 job. Cuisines Nuenza will give you peace of mind and work with you from the conception to the finishing touches. Our services guarantee a flawless new kitchen that’s ready to cater to your every need. Contact us today for a free consultation!

How to Choose the Best Walk-in Pantry Design for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Best Walk-in Pantry Design for Your Kitchen

A well-designed kitchen is only as good as the sum of its parts, and that means having to consider every component, down to your storage. Your pantry might be small and inefficient now, but it doesn’t have to be!

So how do you plan out the perfect pantry? Let Cuisines Nuenza be your guide through all of the dos and don’ts of great walk-in pantry design. Get familiar with what makes a perfectly-designed walk-in pantry, and then start researching ideas for your next kitchen renovation project!

The Benefits of a Walk-In Pantry

Walk-in pantries are a great addition to any home, and if properly planned, can be the backbone of your dream kitchen. In fact, the advantages they provide make installing a walk-in pantry a real no-brainer!

The most obvious benefit to a walk-in pantry is its storage capacity. While bigger isn’t always better, a lack of storage space is often the biggest complaint that people have about their kitchens. With floor-to-ceiling shelving, walk-in pantries are perfect for storing not just food, but also cookbooks, pots and pans, and even larger appliances like mixers and coffee machines—those tend to be real hogs when it comes to kitchen counter real estate.

The added space provided by walk-in pantries also makes them much easier to keep organized. They give you the room to dedicate entire sections to your oils and spices, and can easily fit baskets that allow you to tidily store your non-refrigerated fruits and vegetables. By keeping everything viewable, a well-designed walk-in pantry helps restore order to the chaotic mess happening in your current kitchen.

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What to Consider When Designing a Walk-In Pantry

While a walk-in pantry does give you more space to work with than other pantry solutions, good planning is required in order to get the most value out of that space. The three most important factors to keep in mind are visibility, accessibility and convenience.

  • Visibility: Can all of the items in your pantry be seen at a glance, and are they organized in a way that makes things easy to locate?
  • Accessibility: Can you easily reach every item in your pantry without having to dig through or reorganize things every time?
  • Convenience: Is your pantry located close enough to the main areas of food preparation?

By carefully considering these factors when planning out your pantry, you’ll get the most out of your space, and you can ensure that your kitchen area is working for you, rather than the other way around. 

The Most Important Elements of a Well-Designed Walk-In Pantry

1. Location, Location, Location

Aesthetically speaking, it’s more pleasing to the eye to have the fridge and the pantry at opposite ends of the kitchen, as it balances out the bulkiest parts of the room. But from a practical standpoint, it can be a nightmare, forcing you to make multiple trips to each side of the room when gathering ingredients.

For this reason, it’s practical to try and keep your cold storage as near as possible to your dry storage. Good kitchen design is all about well-thought-out location planning and minimizing travel. Try to keep your pantry and fridge within three steps of where food is prepared

Also, try to be mindful of the areas where you and your family relax and spend downtime. A well-located pantry means less traffic through the busiest part of the kitchen whenever someone wants to grab a snack.

2. Walking Down the Aisle

When planning the layout of your walk-in pantry, it can be tempting to prioritize storage space over walking and standing space. After all, you have so many things to fit in there! But this is a common mistake, and many people only realize it too late, usually as soon as they bring in the first bunch of groceries to unload.

42” should be the minimum width you consider for the aisle of your walk-in pantry. If you’d like two people to be able to pass each other without having to turn sideways, opt for 48” instead. And if you’re concerned about ensuring your pantry is safely accessible by wheelchair, plan for a 60”-wide aisle.

3. Shelf Improvement

Another common mistake in pantry design is unpractical shelving. Once again, the temptation to maximize storage space can easily lead to a scenario where your shelves are too deep, and both visibility and accessibility are compromised. Fortunately, it’s a problem that’s a lot easier to avoid than it is to fix after your pantry is built.

Make sure your pantry shelves will be no deeper than 16”, and 14” is preferable. You can go as shallow as 10” for general storage, and all the way down to 6” for shelves that will be used only for bottles and cans.

Keep in mind that any shelving above eye level will need to be shallower, otherwise you won’t be able to see what is stored in the back of them. A good rule of thumb is to make each successive shelf above eye level 2” shallower than the one below it. 

4. Let There Be Lighting!

It will come as no surprise to you that one of the most important components of pantry visibility is lighting. However, it is still one of the most overlooked areas of pantry design.

You can’t find what you can’t see. LED light strips are very useful in helping to illuminate shelf contents while not taking up valuable space. Just be sure not to place above eye level.

Cuisines Nuenza Can Help Make Your Kitchen Dreams Come True

As you can see, the perfect walk-in pantry starts with good planning. The experts at Cuisines Nuenza have the knowledge and the experience to help turn your kitchen renovation dream into a reality.

So stop putting off your plans of having a beautiful walk-in pantry! Contact them today and get started building the kitchen you’ve always wanted. 

Fall into the Dark Side: Why Black Is a Must-Have Colour in Your Kitchen

Fall into the Dark Side: Why Black Is a Must-Have Colour in Your Kitchen

While designing or revamping a kitchen, most people are often more than willing to embrace bright colours. In fact, a majority of modern kitchens have a white theme—which is okay—because white adds a classic theme to any kitchen style. Nonetheless, as everyone in the magical world of Montreal kitchen designs embraces bright colours, we recommend giving black a second chance.

Why Black?

Due to the myriad of stereotypical assumptions made about it, black is not the first colour that comes to mind when designing or revamping a home’s kitchen. However, black exudes elegance, professionalism, and class, which is why modern cafés and high-end restaurants have recently adopted black in their kitchens and uniforms. If you’re still not sold on the idea of adding black to your Montreal kitchen, here are a few reasons why it’s a must-have colour:

Black Creates a Fantastic Colour Scheme

Black is a neutral colour, so it naturally contrasts with other colours to create a stunning palette. It also absorbs light instead of reflecting it; this makes it the ideal colour to use if you want to draw your guests’ attention to details.

For instance, if you want to bring out or show off your lighting choices, use black accents on the fixtures and lighter accents on the other areas. The brighter colours will naturally recede, letting the black stand out, thus creating a beautiful contrast.

If you’re not bold enough to go with black on everything, combine light and dark elements to create a picture of contrasting vibes in your Montreal kitchen design.

Black is Easy to Pair with Metallic Colours

Black is closely associated with the industrial style, which encompasses a blend of wood with worn metals.

Metallic colours, such as gold, copper, steel, or chrome, adds character and brings in much-needed light to a dark-coloured kitchen. Metallic colours also create a pleasant and inviting ambiance. Such colours are associated with luxury, and when paired up with black in the right manner, they create an atmosphere of glamour in your kitchen.

When gold is against a matte black backdrop, it exudes warmth and comfort, adding an air of sophistication to your kitchen. Therefore, you can try using the two colours by having black as the primary colour combined with gold accents on various surfaces, such as door handles and small appliances.

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Imagine black on your cabinets, your countertops, and the walls. The way to incorporate warmth into your design is to make the following aspects gold in colour:

  • Cabinet handles
  • Lights fixtures
  • Faucet
  • Sink
  • Utensils and pots (if displayed in the kitchen)
  • Small appliances

The gold will act as a focal point because it contrasts with the large black areas. If gold isn’t your colour, replace it with other metallic colours, such as stainless steel or brass; they’ll work equally well.

Black Creates a Relaxing Atmosphere

When it comes to relaxing colours, most people think of white, green, and blue, but never black. However, when done well, it can work wonders in your kitchen because it pairs seamlessly with other colours. Black makes for the ideal shade to base your kitchen on and bring out some of its best features.

Some homeowners find any shade of white to be too bright, so black acts as a subdued choice, alongside grey.

When paired with brighter colours, black creates a seductive and sophisticated allure that we all yearn for in a Montreal kitchen design. Additionally, black appears glossy when used on the right surfaces, such as marble, and it creates a cool uniform appeal that inspires warmth and comfort, bringing about a relaxing atmosphere.

In feng shui, black contains the energy of protection and power. It is also the colour of yin, which is associated with the North, water, and femininity. Black is believed to be a necessary grounding element in décor. Because of its stable quality, feng shui recommends not putting it above eye level in a home. If black is used in the northern area of your space, it is believed to attract career opportunities. Lastly, a modest amount of black on a door or its frame will incite courage and connection.

Black Comes in a Variety of Shades

Due to the function they serve, all kitchens are usually made up of cold, hard surfaces. Creatively combining black with other colours will not only soften the hard surfaces, but it will also produce a chic and futuristic design.

If you visit your local paint store, you’ll be confronted with many swatches of black. Black can change in brightness. Maybe you want a pitch black or a black that has more grey in it to pull in the rest of the room? Black can also be combined with colours, giving it a tinge of green, blue, or brown, for example. Take a good look at the other elements you want in your kitchen and think about what kind of atmosphere you want. Keeping these aspects in mind will simplify your decision on which type of black would be most suitable.

Final Touches

With a black-themed kitchen, lighting is everything. Therefore, maximize on both natural and artificial light to bring out the beauty in the dark. Other than the above, there are so many different reasons why you should embrace this colour for your kitchen. For instance, it’s now among top kitchen trends, and if you like being among trendsetters, the time to paint your kitchen black is now.

At Cuisines Nuenza, we know that the kitchen is a reflection of the homeowner’s personality, and colour is a big influencer on our mood. If black makes you think of death or influences you to feel depressed, you don’t have to use it in your kitchen renovation. You have all the colours of the rainbow—as well as thousands of shades and hues—to work with! We can assist you in finding the right colours and designs that welcome you into your kitchen every day.

If you think you still have some homework to do on black kitchens, contact Cuisines Nuenza today, or view our portfolio for more chic ideas.

Stunning 2019 Trends for Your Kitchen

Stunning 2019 Trends for Your Kitchen

Are you planning a kitchen renovation or sprucing up some old fixtures in 2019? The sheer number of options for your kitchen can be overwhelming. Here are some kitchen trends in 2019 that can inspire your new kitchen design; in general, popular kitchen designs this year incorporate modern, industrial, and bold looks. Within these trends, there are many ways to combine texture, colour, and materials to create a kitchen that reflects your own personal style.

Matte Black

For a sophisticated, modern look, consider matte black for your cabinets. This finish is now available from many popular cabinet manufacturers. When done correctly, matte black cabinets will give your kitchen a stylish twist. If you don’t love black, find another bold colour choice for your cabinets. If you want to stay up to date, stay away from white cabinets; they’re are out of style.

Industrial Details

Materials, like finished concrete and stainless steel, are showing up in kitchen designs, and the possibilities for creativity are endless. Concrete can be polished or finished with a patina to achieve a variety of desired effects, and it lends a professional flair to any kitchen.

Forged Iron Fixtures

To complement an industrial look, many designers are turning to forged iron for shelf supports, light fixtures, and other details. Iron pipes lend a bold touch without standing out too much.

Gadgets Galore

Now that smart devices and controllers are making their way into all kinds of appliances, it’s ok to show off your tech rather than hide it. Whether it’s a high-tech light switch or a stylish wall-mounted tablet, you can find a way to work your modern touches into your overall design.

When you’re ready to start creating your new kitchen, work with a professional like Cuisines Nuenza. Contact us today or call (514) 400-2579 for help in bringing these kitchen trends to life.

7 Themes for Your Vacation Rental Kitchen

7 Themes for Your Vacation Rental Kitchen

When people book a vacation rental, they look for charm, relaxation, and fun. A properly themed kitchen can make the difference between a “meh” stay and an Instagram-worthy photo shoot. If you’re looking for theme ideas to design your vacation rental kitchen, you have come to the right place!

Country Cozy

One kitchen theme sure to win hearts is a cozy country theme. You can use light wooden tones on your cabinetry, open shelving, a farm sink, and charming décor complete with farm animals, wood beams, and rustic patterns. It’s a surefire way to make anyone feel instantly at home.

A Day at the Beach

Even in the middle of a Canadian winter, your beachy Montreal kitchen design can make anyone feel warm and welcome. Grab some palm trees (fake ones will do!), and add a light tan or blue for the walls. You could even give your cabinets a weathered look to really tie the beach theme together.

Ultra-Modern

One way to wow vacationers in your Cuisines Nuenza kitchen is to present an ultra-modern theme. Get the latest stainless steel appliances, minimalist art, and black cabinets with shiny chrome knobs. Your guests will feel as though they have stepped into the future and will never want to leave.

Monochromatic

One new trend for kitchen designs is to go with a monochromatic look. Choose a colour, and decorate in varying shades to give a fantastic impression. Certain colours have been known to evoke different moods: blues, grays, and violets tend to be relaxing. Reds, bright yellows, and oranges are more energizing.

Café Bistro

You can give your vacation renters a taste of café comfort with a bistro-themed kitchen. Use dark browns for the cabinets and gentle yellows for the walls to give it a small restaurant feel. Put out a selection of coffee, tea, wine, and pastries to really go the extra mile and give your guests a unique experience.

Indoor Garden

Bring the outdoors in with a garden-themed Montreal kitchen design. Use greens and whites for the cabinets and the walls to remind your renters of a small, home-tended garden. To give your kitchen that extra special something, place in-season, colourful fruits and vegetables around. An inside herb garden will really bring the experience to life.

City at Night

A unique idea for your vacation rental kitchen is to show off city nightlife in a comfortable and relaxing way. Use dark cabinet colours, light blues or yellows for the walls, and a subway tile backsplash. On the walls, showcase cityscapes of Paris, London, and, of course, Montreal. Finish it off with soft, recessed lighting and watch your renters fall in love with the space.

Need more ideas? Visit our showroom, or contact Cuisine Nuenza today!