How to Design a Timeless Kitchen

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A timeless kitchen is a dream for all practical folks who don’t want to compromise on design and aesthetics. Indeed, trends come and go, but a classic kitchen will always remain the same–beautiful, stylish, and functional. Elevate your kitchen with timeless elements and make it stand the test of time! 


Use neutral colors 

The color says a lot about the theme of a kitchen. While bold colors seem enticing at the moment, they’re not always sustainable for longer periods of time. On the other hand, neutral colors like white, cream, pale grey, earthy green, light blue, or beige, create a more individual look without affecting your kitchen’s long-term appearance. 


Keep the lighting chic but practical 

The perfect lighting will never go out of style. To keep in mind: kitchen lighting needs to be bold for practicality, yet can still switch up subtle when you want to create ambiance. For this, you need two types of lighting: shadow-free bright lighting for cooking and prep, and ambient lighting for when you need the space for unwinding and entertaining. Practical tip: use a central lighting source in combination with practical, space-saving wall lights and spotlights. 


Incorporate contrasting wood 

What is a great kitchen without wooden cabinets or wooden flooring? To offer variation, you can use both dark and natural wood for some of the key elements in the kitchen. For instance, using dark wood like walnut for your cabinets can serve as an accent against a light wooden flooring. It creates a modern feel, but with warmth and depth that is so timeless. 


Use cabinet and drawer hardware elements that will never go out of style 

The cabinets and drawers inside the kitchen are among the first elements you see at first glance. That’s why it’s important that they have a timeless vibe if your intention is longevity. One way to do this is to dress them up with classic hardware like gold pulls and brass knobs in classic minimalist shapes. 


What other classic elements are you incorporating in your kitchen to make sure that it stands the test of time? 


Factors to Consider When Choosing Handles for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet handles come in all types of sizes, shapes, finishes, colors, and more. There are so many options out there, so how do you even begin to pick the perfect ones for your kitchen? Get ready to go shopping for new kitchen cabinet handles with these factors in tow! 


The environment 

If your place is located near water or in moist conditions, the handles and other hardware will tend to get vulnerable to external elements and will corrode or wear out much faster. Keep this in mind when choosing new handles, because some finishes are more prone to corrosion when exposed to watery and most conditions. For instance, aluminum handles have a reputation for pitting easily in damp environments, whereas brass is unshakeable. 


The style 

You want the handles of your cabinets to be completely in place with the rest of the kitchen. If your kitchen is on a more classic side, then your handles should have a more vintage-inspired, intricately-detailed look. On the other hand, if you have a modern kitchen, stick with clean, minimalist, geometric handles. 


The use 

How often will you be using your kitchen? Is the kitchen located in a holiday home? Are you going to be living alone? Or are you with a whole family who loves to cook? Depending on your foreseen usage of the kitchen, determine the quality of the handles you’ll be needing. If you know you’re going to be using the kitchen heavily, then it’s definitely better to invest in more durable handles. 


The finishing look


For a finishing look in the handles, the trend these days is that it’s all about contrast–it’s not supposed to blend and disappear into the background. The handles and other hardware are supposed to be the accessory, after all. If you look at modern kitchens, the hardware really does tend to have a contrasting look against the color of the cabinets, as well as other fixtures like appliances, plumbing, and lighting. Keep in mind that warmer-toned spaces look good with brass finishes, while cooler tones work best with darker cabinet handles. 


What other factors are you looking for in shopping for new kitchen cabinet handles?

How to Make Your Kitchen Look Classy

How to make your kitchen look classy

Is the overhaul for your kitchen long overdue? There will never be a right time to get started with that project. The best thing to do is to simply begin right NOW! If you’re worried about the budget or logistics, we’re here to remind you that you don’t need to do a massive renovation and spend a lot to make your kitchen look like a classy space for happy memories. You can achieve the look that you want with these simple, affordable tips! 

Display some art and other decorations 

Make your kitchen feel like it’s not just some extension of your house where you do all the wet and messy things to prepare meals. A simple trick for this is to add some decorative elements to specific corners of the kitchen. Hang a painting on walls, add some ornaments on open shelves, and put some plants to make the vibe more refreshing! 


Lighting is key 

We’ve mentioned this a couple of times and we still believe it to be true–lighting really does make a huge difference in creating a classy vibe for a room. You don’t need to put chandeliers and other expensive fixtures for this. Some DIY-ers simply use attachable LED yellow lights that are strategically placed in the right corners to give your kitchen that illuminating glow. 

Pay attention to your kitchen cabinets and drawers 

The cabinets and drawers are some of the elements of your kitchen that are highly visible. They take up so much space in the visual, so it goes without saying that they need to be repainted when you’re giving your kitchen a new look. When choosing a color, go for classic, neutral colors that will never run out of style and match well with the rest of the elements of your kitchen. 

Aside from giving the cabinets and drawers a fresh new color, complete the look by accessorizing them with fancy-looking knobs and pulls. These accessories give an instant update to the look and the best part is that they’re not too pricey for your working budget! 

If you’re looking for quality, affordable and classy hardware for your kitchen’s cabinets and drawers, you can check out IGRAB’s shopping page now! 


What are the Different Types of Taps?

What are the different types of taps?

Need to change your bathroom or kitchen tap? With so many options available these days, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. More often than not, you’re still left wondering, which type of tap should you actually choose? We’ve listed the top picks and a quick description of why you should certainly incorporate them in your sink today!  

Pillar Taps 

This kind of tap usually has a lever or mechanism that allows you to turn the tap on or off. Often mounted on a basin or bath, it has separate outlets for hot and cold water. You can choose the type of handle for pillar taps: the traditional capstan head (the one with a crossbar at the top); as well as the more modern lever head and bib handles. 

Mixer Taps 

Mixer taps comprise two pillars that are joined together to share one spout. This single spout has the capability to produce both hot and cold water instantly. This kind of tap allows you to achieve the perfect, consistent water temperature–one that’s neither too hot nor too cold. 

Monobloc Taps 

Elevate the look of your sink with a modern monobloc tap. Like a mixer tap, this type only requires a single tap hole from which both hot and cold water can be dispensed. Many contain a single lever that can be manipulated to control the flow and temperature, but there are other variants that come with twin levers for separate functions. This type of tap comes in a range of styles, from modern to traditional, curved to squared, waterfall spout to aerated spout–giving you more options to choose which style would suit your bathroom or kitchen best. 

3 Hole Basin Taps 

Functioning much like the monobloc tap, the 3 hole basin tap’s significance is that it requires 3 holes, as its name suggests. One hole in the middle is for the spout, while the other two are for the hot and cold levers. People often choose this type if they’re feeling a little bit fancier and have enough sink and counter space.

Which type of tap are you considering buying for your kitchen or bathroom?

How to Clean and Polish Brass Kitchen Handles

How to Clean and Polish Brass Kitchen Handles

Are you about to DIY restoring your brass kitchen handles? Many will say leave it to the experts to do it for you, but we’re here to tell you that yes, you CAN certainly do it all by yourself. While brass kitchen handles have gained a notorious reputation for easily corroding when not cleaned and polished properly, it’s no sign for you to get intimidated by it.

Get ready for a quick, step-by-step process on how you can clean and polish your own brass kitchen handles. 


  1. Determine whether your kitchen handles are solid or plated brass by using a strong magnet. Magnets are attracted to solid steel or zinc, but will not stick to brass alloys, whether lacquer-sprayed or not. 


  1. If the kitchen handles happen to be sprayed with a protective lacquer finish, remove it first using denatured alcohol, paint stripper, or nail polish remover, but make sure to use it sparingly as you don’t want to damage the surface with too many chemicals.  


  1. Continue to scour the kitchen handles to remove built-up grime, corrosion, and tarnish. For this, you can use a lacquer thinner or simply a mixture of vinegar and salt. You can scour a solid brass handle with steel wool, while being careful on plated surfaces. For brass-plated surfaces that are more fragile, just use an old soft cloth.  


  1. Heavily tarnished brass can be soaked with ammonia. You have to be careful, however, because ammonia can pit or degrade brass if left for too long. Watch the chemical reaction carefully and if you see that it’s too much and the process needs to be stopped, you can neutralize it with a spray of diluted vinegar. 


  1. Next, you can apply a thick layer of commercial brass cleaner or polish, then dry. You have two options when it comes to cleaners and polishes: caustic or acidic formulas. You’ll have to experiment with what works best for your kitchen handles, but generally, acidic formulas react only with tarnished brass. Caustic ones, meanwhile, only react with the brass itself. 


  1. Buff the kitchen handles with a soft cloth, making sure to remove all polish. Continue buffing until the brass shines and all the tarnish is removed. 


Share with us your experience with cleaning and polishing your own brass kitchen handles! We’d love to hear from you through our social media! 

Tips on How Choose The Right Kitchen Cabinet Handles

Cabinet handles serve a very important functional reason (obviously, to easily open cabinets), but aside from that, they also play an important role in the overall look of your revamped kitchen. You might think that it’s just a small part of the whole picture, but notice the details of the Pinterest-worthy kitchens that you rave about–the subtle hardware, also known as the kitchen accessories, are like the cherry on top of a fantastic-looking kitchen. 

Here are some things that you can keep in mind in order to find the right kitchen cabinet handles for your kitchen. 


Choose a finish 

When choosing a finish for your kitchen cabinet handles, it’s all about contrasting. Cabinet hardware works best when the finish adds contrast to the room. The color of your cabinets, as well as other fixtures like appliances, plumbing and lighting, should have contrast with your hardware finish. You can choose the correct style to suit you kitchen, hampton styles, modern styles or minimalist. Whatever you choose our tip: warmer-toned spaces look good with brass handles, while cooler tones work best with black handles

Make a dry run for the size and placement 

The size and placement of your cabinet handles can have a massive effect on your space. Try to order multiple sizes of handles for samples, and try it on your actual cabinets. This way, you can get an accurate measure for the size and placement of your handles. 


Quality above all else 

Aesthetics are certainly important, but other than that, you must also consider that your handles are going to be used and abused in your daily kitchen routine, so you’ll definitely want hardware quality that you can rely on. Consider quality hardware as a wise investment you can enjoy for the years to come; it’s all worth it, trust us! 


Do you think it’s time to upgrade your kitchen cabinet handles? What are you looking for in your kitchen cabinet handles? 

Affordable Ways to make your kitchen look expensive

Affordable Ways to make your kitchen look expensive

It’s hard not to get jealous of Pinterest-perfect kitchens, and wish the same thing was true for your own kitchen. But think about it: A fancy-looking kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank…you just need the right hacks, and we’re here to share them with you! 


Add in greenery in the nooks and crannies


Nothing says rich and luxurious than adding some of nature’s priceless resources, right? A common option is having hanging plants and herbs along window sills, as it’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for the plants, with the sunlight coming in. You can also scatter some small pots throughout the counters, and even an attention-grabbing planter prominently placed. 


Use peel-and-stick tiles 


The look and feel of luxury tile for a fraction of the actual cost? Yes, please! There are so many affordable yet quality sticker tiles out there you can choose from. They’re easy to apply and easy to replace too! That way, you can regularly change the look of your kitchen. Truly a boost on the value of your cooking space! 


Install your own new faucet 


Does your sink need an upgrade? You can splurge a bit with the faucet and tap, then free yourself from the guilt by installing it yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it. There are many resources you can easily find on your own! Not only will you save money with a fancy new sink, you can also gain a new skill from this experience! 


Paint your tired, old cabinets a fresh new color then add some accessories 


Your kitchen cabinets take up so much attention in the kitchen, that it causes a drastic lift when you change their look. A simple repaint with a fresh new color is enough to lighten the mood, making for an expensive-looking ambiance. Go for plain, solid colors or if you’re feeling more adventurous, pick bolder shades like orange or red. Don’t forget to accessorize the cabinets and drawers with brand new hardware such as beautiful kitchen handles. You can also update your kitchen by simple installing a new kitchen taps. These aren’t expensive at all, but would create a nice finishing touch.  


What inexpensive but fancy-looking touches are you thinking of adding to your kitchen? 


Bathroom Ideas to Feel Like Royalty

Bathroom Ideas to Feel Like Royalty

The bathroom is a space where you can just be completely yourself. It’s your refuge after a long day’s work–a nice, hot bath can instantly take all the stress away. It’s only right to transform your bathroom into a luxury space that makes you feel like royalty; it’s what you deserve. But before you get intimidated by the idea of it, read these tips and you’ll realize how easy you can actually transform your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary that’s fit for a king or queen.

Light it up 

Notice how everyone looks good in hotel bathroom mirrors (hence, the million mirror selfies on Instagram). It all boils down to the lighting, and you can easily recreate that at home too. Glaring bare bulbs just won’t do–use recessed LED lights hidden in alcoves or opaque panels to achieve a glowy, low-lit look. For brighter lights, even out the lighting in the bathroom with wall lamps or hanging bulbs on either corner to limit the shadows. Some luxury bathrooms even have soft floor spotlights that could be dimmed for the best mood lighting. 

Invest in big mirrors 

Speaking of mirrors, it’s practically the focal point of a bathroom so it’s a must to go all out. A big one not only steps up the elegant appeal of a bathroom, it also makes the space look much bigger. On the practical side, you’re going to be using it every day–helping you remind yourself how much of a royal you are, both on the inside and out. 

Bring mother nature inside 

Welcome nature’s richness inside your bathroom. Tropical plants like luscious ferns and philodendrons beautifully thrive in bathroom conditions. Let such plants trail down from window sills, or you can hang a bundle of branches from the ceiling and let the heat and steam from the shower release the plant’s therapeutic natural oils. Potted plants like succulents and flowers like orchids are also a great idea to include in the bathroom because these react well to the humid environment and low light. 

Accessorize like a king or queen 

In fashion, accessories complete an outfit. When it comes to bathroom interiors, accessories (otherwise known as hardware) do the same thing. Gold and brass hardware installed in cabinets and drawers instantly create a luxurious feel into a bathroom space, and you don’t have to spend much or do major renovations for it. 

Which modifications are you going to follow to transform your bathroom into a royal space? 

How to Add Modern Touches to a Traditional Kitchen

You like to modernize your kitchen but you can’t fully commit to saying goodbye to your traditional kitchen just yet. So how do you make this happen? How can you converge both worlds and make it work and not look too forced in your kitchen design? This is actually very possible (and highly encouraged especially when you’re on a budget!)–when you artistically blend contemporary elements into a traditional setting, you’re embracing a juxtaposition that makes for a relaxed yet eclectic space. 

Let the parts of your traditional kitchen remain and have contemporary accessories and hardware add new life into it without dissolving all the culinary memories and all the in-betweens you’ve made throughout the years. 


Tie the look of your old furniture with new elements  

Your old cabinets could serve many purposes for your revamped kitchen. You can tie the look to the contemporary vibe by having some similar elements for both sides. If it has space on top, you can add some decorative crockery and other items that are a mix of traditional and contemporary. 


Have a cohesive color scheme 

Not everything in the kitchen has to be matchy-matchy and perfect. In fact, there’s a certain charm to having mismatched colors, as long as they belong to the same color scheme and that you’re consistent in following these colors. What’s great about colors like black, brown or white is that they are timeless. They are as loved today as they were back in the days. You can decide on choosing neutral colors that transcend time so you can successfully match both traditional and contemporary elements together. 


Don’t be afraid of displaying your vintage collections

 A carefully curated display of eclectic pieces brings a homely feeling to a modern, minimalist area. So take out the china sets and other vintage treasures that have been handed down to you. You can make it work by organizing them in an open shelf with a white backdrop. As you add in the antiques, collectibles and other sentimental hand-me-downs, you will slowly see a vintage, rustic display right in your newly-made contemporary space. 


Accessorize your old furniture with contemporary kitchen hardware

Smooth-to-the-touch frosted black handles for a sophisticated finish for your old cupboards, cabinets, drawers and doors? How about brass mushroom knobs? Or artsy rectangle knobs? Yes please! You can add the perfect contemporary touch to your old cabinet fixtures by simply paying more attention to the hardware. This is such an effective yet cost-efficient trick all designers swear by! 

How would you add a more contemporary vibe to your traditional kitchen? 


Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Considering labor and costs, a kitchen makeover is one of the most ambitious makeovers you can do at home. But that doesn’t mean you need to get intimidated by it. At the end of the day, it’s one of the most overused areas of the house so it does need much attention. There are many ways you can follow to make sure that you do not go over the bank when you

Reuse parts of your old kitchen 
Anything that’s still working and in fairly good condition can still make its way back to your remodeled kitchen. Why replace when you can reuse? Skipping your purchase of certain appliances or areas of your kitchen can help cut back your costs. By this, we don’t just mean the obvious. This could also imply, say, an old wooden worktop–instead of getting rid of it for good, why not turn it into a new shelf and save on buying new wood?
Refresh your cabinets rather than replacing them 

Cabinets can be so costly, especially when you need them custom-fit. So why replace them when you can simply refresh their look? From repainting, refacing, or changing the hardware, there are various ways you can easily do to change the look of your kitchen cabinets. Because these cabinets take so much part of your kitchen space, giving them a new look can already make a drastic change for the overall appearance of your kitchen.

Consider track lighting 
Lighting can drastically change the look of your kitchen–it’s easy to get excited about cool pendants, downlighters, even chandeliers to be incorporated in the interior but these can obviously be pretty costly too. An alternative with the same dramatic lighting effect is track lighting. These are cheaper, easy to install, adjustable, and create the right kind of sophisticated lighting mood that you want. You may want to install it in a spot (say, right above the island counter) that can easily direct multiple spots of your kitchen.
Don’t feel the need that everything has to match 

Who made the rules that the color and pattern of your cabinets need to match with the color of your floors and counters? While a seamless, matchy-match kitchen is satisfying to the eyes, that doesn’t mean that a mix-and-match kitchen isn’t good. When they work visually, like the colors are at the same spectrum, various elements can work together and can give your kitchen its own lively personality. For instance, you’ve done coloring your cabinets a nice shade of peach. Then you’ve run out of the same paint color for your counters. Do you really need to buy more paint? Why not make do with the spare brown pain you already have? Peaches and browns work well. Feel free to add more textures and patterns–the end result is a whimsical kitchen that’s also chic!

What thrifty ways are you excited to try for your kitchen makeover?