Monday, 5 December 2016

16 Colour Inspirations for Your Kitchen

Colour is the most exciting part that most of us enjoy choosing. Since kitchen is the hub of day to day activities, it’s ideal to make it as interesting as any room in the house. Of late, the kitchen has shrugged off its neutral image and embraced strong colour, a change that signals the transformation of kitchen from a mundane look to an individualistic uplifting space. So take yours from bland to bold with a hearty serving of colours inspired by our favourite colourful kitchen fronts.

Blueberry: It’s a deep, intensive colour, neither heavy nor overpowering. It’s inspired by the delicious blueberry and it’s a special and unique colour. This hue is perfect when you want a light, airy-feeling kitchen that isn't all white. For instance: The hint of blueberry soft matte front in the Frame Lack kitchen makes it look appealing instead of a grey monochrome.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with light shades and wood hues.

Blueberry hue in a Frame Lack kitchen

Lagoon: It radiates calm and peacefulness, relaxed and harmonious, but never boring. It is inspired by the unmistakable atmosphere and unique light of a lagoon. The Soft Lack kitchen has a blend of blueberry, lagoon, emerald, opal, papyrus grey, quartz grey and arctic white hues on its cabinet front that balances a plain white hue kitchen.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with lighter shades of grey and wood.

The colourful Soft Lack kitchen

Emerald: A colour with shadows, depth and elegance. Originally from the glittering world of fashion, this colour has made it into the home. And it‘s going to stay for the next few years.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with white and light shades of grey.

Opal: A colour that unites harmony and calm like no other. It is inspired by the precious opal gemstone that reflects clarity, openness and vastness in its own special, inimitable way. The intensity of emerald requires subtle highlighting. Consider the Opal soft matte front in the Frame Lack kitchen, it makes the space look homely and imbues subtlety.
Recommendation: Combine this characteristic colour with neutral tones and wood finishes.

Frame Lack kitchen with Opal matte front

Arctic white: A colour that radiates unconditional freshness and a subtle restraint. It is inspired by the monochrome beauty of the Arctic and the mostly ice-covered Arctic Ocean. You can steal this look from our Trend Lack high gloss arctic white front and Soft Lack emerald soft matte front kitchen.
Recommendation: You can combine this shade with lots of woods and almost any colour.

Arctic white in Soft Lack kitchen

Papyrus grey: A reduced colour with an innovative radiance that can form and define rooms. It is inspired by architecture and ergonomics.
Recommendation: You can combine this shade with lots of woods and almost any colour. Papyrus grey subtly underscores the expressiveness of the combined colour.

Papyrus grey on the front of Florenz kitchen

Quartz grey: A colour with an elegant appeal that provides a timeless setting for a wide range of interiors. Inspired by the mineral quartz, which is initially completely transparent, but captured inside the stone looks elegantly grey.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with strong, warm colours or entirely neutral tones.

Quartz grey in a Lyon kitchen

White: It is pure neutrality without being too cold. It can be an exciting highlight, or the essence of it all. White is endless. White is the perfect platform for warm shades of wood.
Recommendation: The brightest of all colours can be used universally, and is the perfect base in every respect or the finished design.

White with Papyrus grey front in a Carisma Lack kitchen

Sahara: A colour for all those who find white too neutral, and a shade like magnolia which is too yellow. It is inspired by the colours of the rocks and sand of the Sahara.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with warm colours.

Sahara hue in a Frame Lack kitchen

Lava: A colour that is an impressive addition to our palette of neutral natural shades. It draws its inspiration from the rough beauty of unspoilt landscapes, the strength of nature.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with Arctic white and Sahara or enhance Lava with colour highlights.

Lava hue in a Soft Lack kitchen

Magnolia: A soft colour that is equally suitable for large areas and small rooms. It communicates versatility, openness and friendliness. It is inspired by the magnolia, which is often used for decorative purposes because of its flower. Magnolia becomes the basis for highlighting with impressive woods.
Recommendation: You can combine this open shade with lots of woods and colours.

Magma: A colour that radiates warmth, well-being and an atmosphere of security. Inspired by the fascinating colour play of the molten rock that moves deep within, hidden from sight.
Recommendation: Combine this classic shade with warm, modern colours such as paprika and rose hip or with white.

Magma front in Soft Lack kitchen

Paprika: A colour that adds a distinct highlight and can also be used to redefine a room. Inspired by the pepper, it’s the colourfulness and the associations that go with it.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with feel-good colours such as magma or light shades of wood.

Red hue in a Trend Lack kitchen

Rose hip: A warm colour that creates a homely ambience. Understated, and yet expressive. It draws its inspiration from the rose hip and the richness of its colour. Our Windsor Lack kitchen is the most colourful kitchen with a combination from Rose hip hue to Lava matte.
Recommendation: Combine this shade with elegant shades of wood and grey or highlight with shades such as opal, emerald and lagoon.

Rose hip front in a Windsor Lack kitchen

Curry: It’s a warm colour that creates a pleasant, sunny atmosphere. It takes its inspiration from the rich yellow of the spice that provides the perfect finishing touch to so many dishes. Our Nova Lack kitchen has a combination of high gloss white and high gloss curry front that instills a harmonious look.
Recommendation: Combine this shade for instance, with expressive wood shades or simply with white.

Curry front in a Nova Lack kitchen

Saffron: A colour that makes rooms glow. It is inspired by the “Gold of the Orient”, as saffron is rightly called so. The intensive colour of saffron is almost without compare.
Recommendation: Contrast this shade with cool white or the colour magma.

White, Magnolia, Sahara, Lava, Magma, Curry, Saffron, Paprika, Rose hip all display warmth, comfort and harmony and a passion for highlighting.

Deep blue Carisma Lack kitchen 

Arctic white, Papyrus grey, Quartz grey, Opal, Emerald, Lagoon, Blueberry are the new old desire for authenticity, skilled craftsmanship and tradition.

Rosso hue in a Sigma Lack kitchen

These warm and cool colours open up an unlimited range of possibilities for harmonious designs. Follow your personal taste and choose from the pairs of shades. To achieve a striking atmosphere, combine your coloured fronts with wood decors. Colour makes life in the kitchen more beautiful, richer and more individual. Nolte’s new colour concept will help you find just the right combination to make your kitchen unique.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Things to Consider Before Choosing the Right Worktop for your Kitchen

There are different things to consider before buying a kitchen, and worktop is one such. As most of the activities are centered on the worktop, measures have to be taken to make sure that when you choose a worktop you choose a surface that can withstand the daily onslaught of knocks, spills, hot pans, sharp knives and the occasional human error. The material choices are wide such as wood, granite, engineered stone, stainless steel, marble, glass and corian. The below factors will determine what kind of material will go into your kitchen worktop. 


On the top
Durability and Resistance: Some of the common accidents that happen in a kitchen include dropped pots, sharp knives, spilled wine or oil. Therefore, you need to pick an appropriate material which can withstand all kinds of toll and is resistant to stains, heat, steam, scratches, water, and grease. In other words, you need to choose a worktop that is durable, sturdy and robust. 

Whatever work surface you choose for the kitchen, areas adjacent to the cooking hobs should ideally be heat resistant. If you use your kitchen top vigourously then consider the wooden butcher’s block for chopping, or a cool marble or slate slab for pastry making. Spillage is common in kitchen, either you need to look for a top that is water-resistant or you need to go for annual sealing, and this is important to know prior to having it fitted. With children around, your worktop is susceptible to scratches, which is why you need to choose a tough material. Whatever activity goes around in your kitchen, keeping in mind the people and things that are likely to confront it is important. So, depending on your usage make sure your work surface is heat, water and scratch resistant.  


Durable and ability to withstand daily wear ad tear 

Maintenance: Strength and resilience are the greatest priority, but worktops must also be hygienic and easy to wipe clean. The best ones also resist the abrasive effects of scouring and will not absorb the stains from food, vinegar and oil. If possible use one length of worktop, keeping joins and seams to a minimum. This way there will be less of an opportunity for bacteria and dirt to build up in crevices. For similar reasons, sinks should be either flush-fitted or under mounted into the worktop. If you are someone who has no time for cleaning more than just a basic wipe down every day then you should consider a worktop that needs low maintenance. On the other hand, if you are a fastidious person, you probably won’t mind having a material that needs slightly more care and attention. 

Appearance: One of the most important things about choosing your kitchen worktop is the appearance. As they take up lot of space, worktops often become the focal point of your kitchen. Mixing materials is a growing trend so can mix and match the countertop to differentiate the space. Your island can have a different countertop and your main counter a different top finish. Besides, you need to consider practicality, if some finish doesn’t go along with the other it’s better not to mix and match. After all what matters is that the kitchen’s worktop should complement your cabinet or any other element in your kitchen. While choosing material, make sure one material doesn’t overpower another. It is also worth bearing in mind that natural materials will differ very slightly in appearance.


Perfect on the inside and outside

A match for your lifestyle: One of the important aspects to consider is to settle on a good fit countertop that blends with your lifestyle. Though you may admire a certain top finish, odds are that the material may not suit your lifestyle. Perhaps, there's another material that does.

Cost: As you can imagine, different materials come with different price tags and it is important to research each one, and decide what fits in your budget. There are so many different materials to choose from, which means that you will be able to get the look you are after, regardless of your budget. 


Does it fit your budget?

Thickness and depth: The thickness and depth of worktops plays an important role in the kitchen. Select the thickest worktop you can afford. The most common thicknesses are 30mm and 40mm, but a 40mm worktop, tends to have greater resistance to heat and damage and is less prone to cracking or warping. Main worktops should be 500 to 600mm deep (20 to 24in), while smaller work areas should be at least 300mm (12in) wide, but preferably large. 


How thick? How deep?

Height: Varying the height of your worktop not only offers practical benefits but aesthetic ones, too. Getting it right however, is all down to good planning and the skills of a professional kitchen designer and fitter. The height of worktops which usually varies from 850 to 900mm (34 to 36in), should be carefully adjusted to your own height for chopping, mixing and whisking at the right level. Some units have adjustable legs for this purpose; with others you can choose between plinths (bases) of several different heights to allow changes in counter level. Ergonomically, it’s important to have the correct height for different tasks. The standard worktop height is designed to work and cook at. The same level is not comfortable to sit at on a bar stool or chair and long-term use could potentially lead to bad posture or health problems. When varying the height of worktops for different zones, consider the materials to suit them. 

Edge form: Availability of edges depends solely on the countertop material. Some of the standard edges include square, round, bullnose, ogee, and bevel. If you have kids around, you might want to re-consider using sharp edges. 


What's best for you?
Eventually, the material you choose will have a huge impact on both the look and functionality of your kitchen. Whatever influences your choices, we hope it’s the best decision you have made. For more in-depth details about material choices visit: Choosing Kitchen Worktop Materials: Pros and Cons


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Choosing Kitchen Worktop Materials: Pros and Cons


You may be almost closer to choosing the right material for your kitchen but are certainly in a dilemma as to which material is better than the other with so many choices available. Different people will have different needs besides; different materials will not only have a different appearance, but will also require different maintenance. Hence, it is important that you know everything about each material before you make your worktop choice. We have put together the different types of materials with pros and cons for each. 

Granite

Pros: 
Granite offers versatility, toughness, and a sleek look
It's both strong and durable
It has a cold surface which is perfect for pastry making
Lot of options when it comes to pattern and colour
It stands up well to splashes, knife nicks, can withstand high temperatures (heat) and other wear and tear
It requires minimal maintenance
It is water resistant
Anti-bacterial 

Cons:
Expensive
It can stain easily. Stains like that of wine and citric acids must be cleaned up at once. 
Granite is porous hence it must be sealed to avoid stains or liquid to penetrate in. 
Extra care should be taken to make sure you use chopping boards for prepping and trivets with hot pans.
It is heavy, so you'll need very sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight. Besides it becomes difficult to transport and maneuver if it's heavy.

Glass and Stone worktops by Nolte
Glass

Pros:
Non-porous 
Looks modern, stylish and sleek
Reflective, so can create the illusion of space in smaller kitchens
It is long-lasting and toughened to increase durability
Heat, acid and water resistant
Easy to clean and hygienic
Maintenance is easy as the pores don’t hold onto stains, and it’s unaffected by water
It doesn’t need sealing and is heat resistant to 400C
Lots of colour, size, shape and texture options. It also offers a unique look with glass types that are crafted, tempered, etched and textured

Cons:
Expensive
Requires regular cleaning to keep marks and fingerprints under control and to remove smudges
Prone to scratches. Polished tops scratch and joins are visible
Can crack, chip or break, can’t be repaired must be replaced


Marble

Pros:
Adds natural look to your kitchen creating an elegant and sophisticated feeling
Highly resistant to heat, cracks, and breakage
Marble has a cold surface, so it is a traditional choice for pastry and baking stations
It can develop a patina over time
It won't chip or dent
It has a smooth surface
Wide range of patterns and colours

Cons:
Expensive
It is porous, so be prepared to cook and entertain with care
Susceptible to stains easily, even with sealing
It is delicate. It can scratch and chip. 
It can be etched by acids (citrus, coffee, alcohol, some cleaning products) even if you seal it.
It is pricey and needs sealing and protection 

Quartz

Pros:
Durable
Non-porous so doesn’t require sealing
It is hygienic and has a built-in antibacterial protection
Low maintenance and easy to clean
Highly stain resistant 
Heat and scratch resistant
Available in a far greater range of colours and patterns 

Cons:
Expensive
Very heavy (cabinets may need to be reinforced)
Needs professional installation
Seams may be visible
Exposure to sunlight over time can cause discolouration

Stone and Solid Core worktops by Nolte

Stainless Steel

Pros:
It doesn’t corrode, rust or stain like regular steel
It's nearly indestructible, durable and robust
It is practically impervious to heat and bacteria (naturally antibacterial)
It also provides a very distinctive look 
It is stain proof, spill proof and temperature-proof
Easy to clean and maintain
Helps to reflect light
It is waterproof and acid resistant
Very light in weight

Cons:
It is extremely expensive due to the custom fabrication
Can nick, scratch and dent
Can show fingerprints and must be wiped off frequently
It is noisy as pots, pans and dishware clang against the surface
Chemicals can affect its colour and cause unwanted etching
It has anti-bacterial properties
Difficult to integrate into large areas


Solid Surface (like Corian, Hi-Macs…)

Pros:
It is non-porous, so no sealing or special cleaning required
Extremely robust and Seamless
Hygienic
Easy and low maintenance 
Color and pattern options are extensive
Does not fade or age with time

Cons:
Expensive
Doesn't stand up to hot pans and can be scorched 
Not scratchproof; cannot withstand sharp knives, deep cuts, scratches and dents and can get stained. But, the scratches and stains can be resolved through proper maintenance.

Wood Worktops by Nolte

Wood 

Pros:
Matches both classic and contemporary kitchens
Develops a patina and character with use
Withstands cutting and chopping 
Long-lasting, timeless material and looks great with age
It is naturally anti-bacterial
Relatively simple to install and easy to repair
Each piece is unique, giving your kitchen its own particular character
Comes in a wide range of styles, wood grains and colours
Cheaper than granite or stone options

Cons:
Requires food-friendly sealing and routine maintenance than other materials
Easily damaged by burns, dents, spills and scratches leading to scorched and stained worktop 
Vulnerable to moisture, heat, acid, corrosive chemicals or stains if it comes into contact with rust
Water damages wood countertops easily
Shrinks or expands with extreme dryness or moisture
It needs oiling a couple of times a year to seal the surface
Will discolour if installed around the sink

Engineered Stone

Pros:
Durable and five times harder than granite
Wide variety of colours than natural stone countertops
Non-porous, so there’s no danger of mould
Low maintenance
Resistant to scratches, stains and chipping
No sealant required

Cons:
Expensive
Not heat proof

Regardless of whether you choose solid wood, glass, genuine glass, stainless steel, solid-core or stone, you might want to make a note that: Nolte kitchen worktops are premium quality and ultra-versatile. It is also possible to choose the thickness of your worktop: 50mm, 40mm, 25mm or 12mm. The kitchens are characterised by carefully matched details for additional comfort and a harmonious appearance. They all stand out through their exceptional appearance and make your kitchen something special.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Things to Consider Before Remodelling or Designing Your New Kitchen

Re-modelling or designing a new kitchen is a daunting task as it involves planning, decision making, choosing designs, aesthetics and meeting several challenges. To understand these aspects and to be able to function appropriately in terms of activities concerned in the kitchen, here are some good questions to start with. 

Asking questions is vital to determine what type of kitchen will suit your space
Questions to ask yourself: 
  1. How do I want to use my kitchen? What is my lifestyle? Do I like to cook and entertain in the kitchen? 
  2. How many people use the kitchen and who are likely to be in the kitchen at the same time? 
  3. How often do I use my kitchen- daily basis or occasionally?
  4. Will I need space for dining? Do I want somewhere to eat in the kitchen- a table or breakfast bar? Do I want to hold dinner parties there?
  5. Where will my work triangle fit in?
  6. How can I maximise storage space?
  7. Do I need to match or connect to the existing house or the adjacent rooms?
  8. Do I need more sunlight and natural warmth? How do I want the orientation of sunlight in my kitchen?
  9. What’s my budget?
  10. What’s the size of my kitchen floor space? Is there room for an island? Does space allow for a prep sink? Where can I squeeze in extra storage? This will determine what layout will suit your kitchen.
  11. Is anyone in my family elderly or disabled?
  12. Apart from cooking and preparation, what else is my kitchen used for? Bills, checking mails, homework, entertaining?
  13. What style would I like my kitchen to be? What colours, flooring and wall coverings do I prefer?
  14. How much storage do I need? Do I want open shelving or closed cupboard space?
  15. What kind of appliances do I want?
Your floor size will determine what kitchen layout is apt for you

Questions to ask an architect: If you need help to start, hire an architect or directly approach the retailer who will be able to guide you. Having an architect lessens most of your burden about the project because they will assist you from the beginning till the end. 
  1. Ask your architect his/her previous installations, how many projects have been completed, the portfolio of the kitchen projects completed, how long has their company been in business? Or what sets their firm apart from other architects with similar experience? What are their signature styles, thoughts on design philosophy, and what inspires them. Once you get answers to this, you will get to know whether the architect’s style appeals to you or matches your expectation. You will also know whether the architect is experienced enough and get guidance on what style can be implemented for your kitchen.
  2. What’s popular right now? Asking your designer what’s trending now will help establish their level of knowledge and enthusiasm for design. If you want a very on-trend kitchen, you’ll need a designer who’s up to date with the latest styles and who can help you pick colours, materials and accessories accordingly. Similarly, if you’re not interested in the latest trends, your designer should be able to suggest suitable alternatives. You could ask them what features contribute to a timeless style of kitchen and how best to create a look that will last.
  3. How do I choose the right style of kitchen for my home? A kitchen design must work with the rest of your home’s interior. If you want to complement your home’s existing style, let your architect know this so they can work towards this goal. Whatever your end goal is, it’s essential you let your architect know, so they can create your ideal kitchen. 
Architects can guide you to meet your kitchen needs


Questions to ask the retailer or kitchen brand: When you visit the kitchen showroom, first thing to do is disclose your budget so that you can achieve the look you want using materials, finishes and options within your budget. Setting a budget and sticking to it is important.
  1. Ask to check for quality. Look at showroom cabinets and inspect how sturdy they are. Don’t be afraid to pull open drawers and doors and inspect areas that receive the heaviest wear, such as edges and hinges. Find out what the carcases are made of.
  2. What are my choice of range, colour and material? Whether it’s cabinets, appliances or worktops, there are many material options to choose from. Your architect should be able to advise which is best for you. They should also guide you through the options, recommending the best ones to suit your needs and budget. You may have to choose a finish that’s fairly similar, or go for a slightly different cabinet style that does come in your finish of choice. Be flexible and ask your architect to help you select the best possible combination.
  3. Once you book for the kitchen design, ask them who will be your everyday contact? Good communication is crucial to a successful project. Make sure you keep in touch often and also meet your architect too to check on the work.
  4. Ask for care and maintenance manual as well as 3D drawings. Reading a standard two-dimensional plan can be confusing. Ask them if they can show you 3D images that can be rotated and viewed from multiple angles. Also ask for images to see how the design will look in real life.
  5. Does the company have its own installers? This is always the best solution because it will give you peace of mind that your new kitchen is in the hands of people who are knowledgeable about that particular product and know how to install it efficiently.
  6. How much time do you need to make my kitchen? Find out when the kitchen is due to arrive and how long will it take to install. Get a written estimate for extra peace of mind. Duration vary between companies. If you order a kitchen from a European company, it will generally take longer, because the kitchen has to be exported. Bespoke designs also take longer. If you know the time scale for each phase of your project, it will help you plan for it and ensure it all goes smoothly. Getting an estimated completion date from the point of order is also a good idea.
  7. What kind of documentation will I receive when the project is done? Getting a full set of mechanical photos before insulation is installed, the operating manuals for installing equipment care for things such as counter tops and tile and a well-marked electrical panel is important. Confirming that you will receive these things before you get started will help ensure that you finish the project with all the information you need.
Drawings help you visualise what your kitchen will look like

Make sure you do your research before taking any step. Asking the above questions and getting answers will help you meet the challenges that come throughout your kitchen journey. We wish you the best.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

How to Organise your Bedroom Wardrobe?


You may be a ‘she’ who can’t find her scarf when getting ready for a party, or a ‘he’ who can’t find his tie before that big wedding. That’s the story with most of us. In the ensuing hunt for the elusive accessory, the wardrobe gets turned upside down, becoming more confused than ever. To put an end to this, we have some tips that will give you that clutter-free, picture-perfect wardrobe. Let’s get started.

Get rid of old clothes and clean your wardrobe: Firstly, take out everything from your wardrobe and compute what you need and what you don’t. Keep the latest, the sentimental and the most essential clothes. Get rid of old, unused and unfitting. This will provide more space to add your new editions. Before you put back the selected items in, clean your wardrobe. 

Organising is easy in a Nolte Wardrobe


Now the most overwhelming or intriguing part - organising. Though there are lots of ways to sort your clothes and accessories, you need to select a method that’s convenient for you. After all they say if you can organise your things, you can organise your life. So, let’s get to it.

According to the seasons: Keep the clothes you use on regular basis in the front and the rest at the back or deep storage. Keep rotating this schedule depending on whenever it is seasonally appropriate. For instance, if it is monsoon you can store your summer wear in the deep storage and vice versa. In India as we have seasons like - summer, rainy, autumn and winter; you can arrange your clothes accordingly. This method can be combined with how often you wear your clothes. If there’s a pair of clothe you wear many times in a fortnight it’s better to have them in the front so you can access them easily.

According to the days of the week: You can arrange your clothes going by the days of the week for instance Monday’s formals, Tuesday’s semi-casuals…..Friday’s casuals. This way you can have four batches that you can wear for a month.

According to style or occasion: Group your clothes depending on whatever you feel fall under these categories. For instance you can group your clothes in terms of formal, western wear, ethnic wear, party wear, fitness wear, home wear, denim wear.

Organise depending on your convenience

Some other ways of organising your clothes include: by your favourite brands, colour, and size.  
By cluster: Cluster is nothing but a group of five to eight clothing pieces that work together, in other words it’s mixing and matching outfits. The main organising principle here is the colour, not season or style. Group similar-coloured garments together, and think what you can add to this group to form a cluster? For instance your blue jeans can match tops in pink, black, white, orange colours. Adding another piece to a cluster means you can wear the garment several different ways, using the clothing already in the closet. Store clothes by cluster, and you simplify the process of getting dressed and even buying clothes.

Visual appeal: Out of sight is out of mind. You’re more likely to wear a dress if you see it. This is why you need to arrange them according to your visual cue.

Visual appeal is an essential factor

Top: The top wardrobe shelves should have clothes that fall under the out-of-season. Your sweaters, warm clothes, towels, pillow case, blankets, bed spreads or linens can be placed there. This means you’ll mainly have clothes that are not used every day but occasionally.

Eye-level/Middle: Most frequently used items like your daily wears can be kept in the middle, at your eye level. This will aid in finding clothes with ease or rapidly identifying a particular item when you’re in a hurry.

Bottom: Items which you use less frequently can be kept at the bottom of your wardrobe.

Hang: Hanging clothes is the easiest way to identify the clothes you need and makes your wardrobe look clutter free.  Hang up anything made out of easily creased material, such as cotton and linen. Hang tops, jeans, pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, blazers, based on their length, from short to long or based on their colour from dark to light. Besides, you can arrange them on basis of style, for instance dresses from strapless to long sleeves and if space permits try hanging all your clothes. Swing down rail and trouser holder pull-out are some of the features in a Nolte wardrobe that are an added bonus while hanging clothes.  Avoid wasting space under your hanged clothes instead put few trunks or boxes of clothes under it.

Fold: You can fold your t-shirts, shorts, curtains and knit wears; thus allowing you to organise your wardrobe space appropriately. In fact, you can fold any item that doesn’t crease. In a Nolte wardrobe, you don’t have to worry about storage space as these wardrobes come with drawers that are enormous with extensive space to treasure all your sartorial elegance.

Roll: Another substitute for folding clothes is rolling. Rolled garments take up less room in the drawer; rolling lessens creases and rumpling. You can do this for t-shirts, ties, shorts and inner wears.

Hang, fold, roll

Let’s get to the drawers: Drawers are a great solution for keeping your belongings easily viewable. They allow you to cram your clothes or accessories into the farthest corner of your closet and still be able to see what you’re looking for. Keep folded items in the drawers. For instance-your inner wears can be neatly arranged by colour, size, and type. A Nolte wardrobe will have pull out drawers, slide out trays, and pull out organisers so you can arrange your clothes and accessories effortlessly. Moreover, you don’t have to bother about buying dividers and organisers; it’s a real load off your mind.

Organising shoes: If you can organise your shoes efficiently, you don’t have to worry about them taking a lot of space in your wardrobe. Here are some ways to organize your shoes:
  • Organise them by type like party wear, sports, sandals, heels, formal shoes and so on.
  • Organize them by how often you wear them. Keep your favorite pair of boots, flip-flops, or sneakers in the place with the easiest access.
  • Organise them by weather or season. Keep floaters in the front during rainy season, sandals for summer and the like.
  • With a Nolte wardrobe you can organize your shoes neatly on the slanted shoe rack in the wardrobe. You can even customise your requirements and have a personalised wardrobe. For tall or ankle boots, the wardrobes come with a hook shoe rack so you can hang them. Other features include slide out shoe rack.
Organising shoes is easy peasy


Organising accessories: You can organise your wallets, ties, jewellery, clutches in the drawers; hang belts, handbags, scarves, stoles on the hooks; stack hats one above another. This way everything is visible and does not get in your way. Here too there’s scope for organising your accessories in terms of type, colour and size. Nolte wardrobes have the slide out tie and belt rack, slide out tray and pull out drawers to arrange your accessories precisely.

Tricks and tips:
  •   If you have transparent boxes with clothes or accessories, label them so you can spot them easily as and when required without having to dig through each box.
  • Use vertical space to store more, but be sure not to stack so high that it tumbles.
  • Color coding your wardrobe makes finding things easier. So use differently coloured hangers to mark a different type of clothing. For example, you can hang your tops on white hangers, or your office wear on green hangers.
  • Use dividers or tags to group your clothes based on the categories like days of the week, weather, style, colour, size.
  • Every time you wear an item, turn the hanger around in the opposite way so that you don’t repeat wearing clothes in a week or so. After a few months, it becomes clear which clothes you haven’t worn for a long time and can live without.
  • Roll garments so you can save more space.
  • Use coordinated hangers for a clean look that will care for your clothes and help you stay organized.
  • Store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high.
  • Drawers are for foldable items; hangers are for easily creased materials like dresses, pants, and suits.
  • Hooks are always an extra storage space.
  • You can tie your scarves around the horizontal length of a hanger. 

A beautiful wardrobe at the end of it

Follow these tips and work your way through systematically. At the end of it, you’ll have a beautiful wardrobe that’s organised keeping in mind the visual appeal and convenience for easy every day access to all the clothes and accessories you’re planning to wear.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pros and Cons of an Island Kitchen

Island Kitchen Layouts: Kitchen islands have become pretty much the norm rather than the exception in kitchen design. One of every two new homes built have one. As many advantages as there are to an island, there are also some disadvantages. Let's take a look at some of both and from there you can make your own decision.

Top view of an Island Kitchen

Pros:

  • Added counter spaces, added storage space, and sometimes even an additional work space or cook top are just some of the positives. 
  • The added counter space and storage space are the main reasons people install them, but islands are manufactured or can be designed to fit almost any purpose. 
  • Also, they have the advantage of being able to be renovated, allowing for more flexibility in room arrangement.
  • Looks great, especially in a spacious kitchen.
  • Invites socializing and discussion, since guests can crowd around the island countertop or it permits the cook and his assistants to take an active part in the socializing.
  • For snacks and quick meals, you can come together at your island if it has seating.
  • Island kitchens provide the ultimate connection between your kitchen and open-plan living spaces.
  • When preparing food, the counter space can be easily gobbled up by toaster ovens, microwaves, coffee makers, and various other countertop appliances. 
  • An island can be used solely for cooking and preparation, and some homeowners have incorporated cutting boards and a prep sink into the design of the island.
  • Islands also can be customised according to a homeowner’s needs. Instead of cabinetry, you can have a wine cooler or even a bookshelf for keeping cookbooks within reach.
  • Enlarges Preparation and Cooking Space
  • Have multi-purposes. It can provide a place to eat (with stools), to prepare food (with a sink) and to store beverages (with a wine cooler).
  • The island can turn a one-wall kitchen into a galley style, and an L-shaped layout into a horseshoe.
Island Kitchen by Nolte

Cons: 

  • Not suitable for small kitchens 
  • Unless you have a large kitchen, it takes up more kitchen floor space and reduces the Available Space in the Kitchen
  • Has a tip-over risk. It would be better to child-proof your island to prevent injury.
  • Can make the kitchen feel cramped if the island is too big for the space so it’s best in a medium to large size kitchen.
  • Again you may have a bigger investment as an island means additional cabinets and countertops.
  • There’s nowhere to hide. Your kitchen is on display and the pressure to keep it clean is greater. 
  • The open connection between kitchen and living area means there is little separation when it comes to noise and activity.
  • In smaller kitchens, an island may be impractical because of the space limitation. 
  • Islands may interfere with walking space or cause clearance issues when the refrigerator door or cabinet doors are open. 
  • For homeowners who find space is at a premium in the kitchen, an island may not be the best idea. 
Click here for Pros and Cons of a Straight Kitchen.