Sunday, July 24, 2005

Reykjavik conference continues

Deep green walls in the kitchen with cherry-stained cabinets and black granite countertops.



kim said...

Sounds very dark. I recommend lighter because in a kitchen you are working and you need to be able to see what you are doing or you get fatigued more easily. Also, with lighter colors you can see more easily how clean the surfaces are, which, for a kitchen, is important for sanitary reasons.
If you insist on dark surfaces, keep in mind you will have to install significantly more lights. This is especially important if you intend to stay in the house with this kitchen past your youth or sell it to someone older than you when you want to move.
Black granite countertops also offer a lot of glare -- tiring to the eyes. You will find yourself cleaning black granite frequently because, if it's shiny, every speck of dust or fingerprint shows -- 'way more than on a light surface.
The green and cherry and black is a very pleasing, aesthetic combination, but not a practical one for cooking in. If your kitchen is just for show, go for it, but put in those extra lights, on separate controls.

(You remember I have a degree in Kitchen and Bath Design? I couldn't resist the temptation.)

Chalicechick said...

Ok, you've sold me.

Now talk the CSO out of the Japanese Gadget Toilets.


Kim said...

I just saw this reply because of you telling me how to be able to scroll down again.
I'm afraid I don't have much to say against the Japanese gadget toilets, excepts the more complex the system the more stuff there is to break.
If the toilet is "Toto", then what I know about them is that they are the only ones that really make the "low flush" work. I don't know what the regulations are where you are, but in California we are mandated to have 1.6 gallon flushes in new installations. Toto makes it work. At least better than anyone else. The real problem is that the plumbing regulations are designed for 6 gallons flushes and were rarely enforced in older buildings so the turns and slopes of the pipes are generally not appropriate for 1.6 gallon flushes. So, the Japanese toilet may be worth it for that. The gadgets is another story. Though, I really like having a bidet. (especially good for young newlyweds.)