Best Ideas and Solutions for Your Small Kitchen

Best Ideas and Solutions for Your Small Kitchen

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] It may seem impossible to get creative with a small space, but with a little imagination and inspiration, you can make your small kitchen look like a work of art. Just an inch of space can spur miles of ideas. Here are some solutions and ideas to make the most of your small kitchen and keep you cooking in style.

Art

Do not be shy about using paintings and portraits to dress up bare kitchen walls. These do not need to be restricted to a living room or hallway. Use images of food or restaurant inspired pictures to get your appetite going.

Lights

If you do not have much wall space to work with, then try dressing up the ceilings instead. Inset lights can easily be used in a kitchen, but hanging light fixtures add so much more personality to the area.

Plants

Liven up space by adding fresh, small plants for a pop of colour and some movement. Winding vines and flowing leaves add texture to plain walls and counters. You could even make this addition more practical by planting herbs and having them within an arms reach as you cook.

Embrace the Old

Instead of covering up old brick walls or re-doing vintage tile, consider working with it instead. Older accessories do not have to look dated.

Experiment with Materials

Leather, chalkboard, and classic moulding may not seem appropriate for a kitchen, but they can be used creatively to make something unique. Consider leather handles for drawers, a chalkboard wall to write your grocery list on, or fancy moulding to help your kitchen stand out from the rest.

Colours

A splash of paint can drastically change the vibe of a room. Neutrals are typical for a kitchen so trying adding colour in different ways. You could keep the top cabinets and walls neutral and paint the drawers a bright colour. Using a vivid colour for part of a kitchen avoids overwhelming a small space. If bright colours are not your thing, trying incorporating metallics as an accent or use a colour like rose gold all over to make the space sparkle.

Shelves

One of the most inconvenient things about a small kitchen is the lack of storage space. If you cannot build out, you might be able to build up instead. Add shelving above your cabinets if you have the space to spare.

Keep it Simple

Sometimes, it is best to opt for a simple colour palette to keep the area as light and airy as possible. Using one or two neutrals is especially beneficial in a narrow space.

Soft Touches

If your home or apartment is an open concept where you have rooms spilling into each other, consider adding drapery. Your space will feel cozier than if you were to use solid blinds. And, translucent curtains can still let some light in making your home appear bigger.

Create Cabinetry

If you run out of wall and counter space, tap into your ceilings potential. A hanging bar with hooks can hold dozens of pots, pans, and kitchen tools saving you precious pantry space. You could also bring in storage space with a rolling rack or cart that can either sit against a wall or act as a mini island. Temporary fixtures are an excellent option for renters. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

5 Premium Quartz Countertops that Look Like Marble

5 Premium Quartz Countertops that Look Like Marble

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Marble as a construction material has a charm like none other. It has been immortalized in the pages of history through the magnificent Taj Mahal in India among other famous structures worldwide. Centuries later, the Taj Mahal continues to command regal presence over all other modern structures just as it did back then. Today, marble continues to upgrade the look of home interiors with a variety of choices in colours and styles. Marble countertops can withstand a range of temperatures and weather conditions, and lasts a lifetime. However, integrating marble into a home is expensive. It is also high-maintenance and has low resistance to stains. If you are looking to revamp your kitchen, you may want to consider quartz countertops that look like marble.

Advantages of Quartz

● Quartz is more durable than marble. ● It resists scratches, spots and stains better, even though it may not be as heat-resistant. ● Quartz is non-porous. It does not harbour bacteria, hence makes the perfect countertops. ● Quartz is aesthetic. It comes in a wide range of colours, looks and styles. ● There are quartz countertops that look just like granite or marble. It’s hard to tell the difference. If you are looking for a cool, classic look that’s cheaper, easier to maintain and lasts just as long, quartz countertops that look like marble might be for you.

Quartz is More Easily Available than Marble

Quartz is more widely available than marble. It also comes in a wider variety of colours. This is because marble is a natural stone that needs to be mined from the quarries hence available in limited quantities. Quartz is a manufactured stone that is made from the mineral quartz which is abundantly available. The manufacturing process ensures consistency in colours and designs. Below are a few quartz countertops that look just like marble. 1. Calacatta Vicenza Quartz: This premium quartz is available in soft shades of gray and white with blends of gray, brown and white weaved through the surface to make it look like marble. This stone is the best of both worlds because it requires no maintenance. 2. Carrara Grigio Quartz: Quite like Carrara Marble, Carrara Quartz makes a soothing statement in white or soft gray. It is perfect for statement islands, countertops and backsplashes. 3. Cashmere Carrara Quartz: If you love the ivory and alabaster look of marble, you will love this quartz. Use it for countertops, backsplashes or floors. They are available in 2cm to 3cm polished slabs. 4. Glacier White Quartz: This milky-white quartz blends white and muted grey to make a soothing countertop in residential and commercial applications. Use it for countertops, backsplashes, flooring and walls for a pristine look. 5. Romano White Quartz: This premium natural quartz features gray and white veins and flecks in an elegant white surface. Use it to create aesthetic countertops, islands, accent walls or backsplashes

Leenlong Construction Limited, Langley: Premium Quartz Countertops

Engineered quartz, made with 90 to 94 percent ground quartz and 6-10 percent of resin and pigments is one of the newest favourite materials to create kitchen countertops. Quartz with a marble look brings you the best of both worlds. This premium countertop that resembles natural stone is resistant to abrasion, scratches and other issues that plague marble countertops, is easy to clean with soap and water and resistant to bacteria and viruses. Here at Leenlong, we carry many different brands, colours and textures of quartz that are sure to meet the specifications for your next project. Visit our showroom for a closer look through the entire range. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

6 Cleaning Tips of Keeping Your Kitchen Countertops Good as New

6 Cleaning Tips of Keeping Your Kitchen Countertops Good as New

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6 Tips to Maintain Your Kitchen Countertop

  1. Prevent Scratches: It is easy to leave scratches on your kitchen countertop even if you don’t intend to. Your kitchen has sharp objects lying around from assorted knives to cutlery with sharp edges. Keep knives away safely in the grooved sections of a knife block. Store cutlery in drawers or cutlery holders. Never make the mistake of slicing fruits and vegetables directly on countertops, always use a thick cutting board.
  2. Keep Hot Food Away: Excessive heat can damage your countertop. Always place freshly cooked dishes and oven-baked food on a heat-resistant mat, cooling rack or potholder.
  3. Remove Stains: Food can also create hard to remove stains on your countertop, especially if it’s light hued. Make sure you sweep off crumbs and wipe clean stains with a damp cloth or absorbent tissue and a multipurpose kitchen cleaner. Dry with a clean towel or microfiber cloth to remove any water stains from the damp cloth. For stubborn stains, make a thin paste of baking soda and water. Cover the stained area with a layer of this mixture; let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean gently with a damp cloth and dry with a clean cloth. Don’t leave it there for too long or it could discolour the counter.
  4. Reseal Granite and Marble: You need to reseal high-end countertops such as granite or marble when they have done their time. How do you know when to reseal? It’s easy! Sprinkle or spray water drops on the surface. If they remain there, you’re good. If the water gets absorbed into the countertops, call us at once for the best results. DIY methods to save you money can create more damage and cost you more if you are not proficient.
  5. Wipe Clean Laminate Countertops: An easy way to maintain laminate countertops is to wipe up spills at once. The longer spills sit there, the more likely it is to stain the area. Laminate is inexpensive and durable. It is also more delicate. Do not scrub hard with nylon bristle brushes or steel wool or it will leave scratches. Use a baking soda and water paste mixture to clean stains, but don’t let it lie there for too long. Baking soda can be abrasive. Try nail polish remover to remove ink stains. You can call us to seal laminate surfaces with a coating to keep off future stains.
  6. Oil Wood Countertops: It is important to wash wood countertops to remove stains, spills and scrapes. Oil the surface once a month with a good quality mineral oil that won’t turn rancid.
  • To remove stains, cut half a lemon and rub the area with the juice.
  • For tougher stains, mix lemon juice with salt for extra abrasion. For the toughest stains, add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to a cup of warm water and apply on the spot. Let it sit for a while, then rinse off with water.

Rely on Leen Long Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Combining expertise and contemporary designs to suit your lifestyle and requirements, we ensure our products last you for years to come. Whether you are renovating or designing a new home, we offer high-quality cabinets and countertops that fit any budget. From quartz and granite countertops to sinks and faucets, we offer all you want at the best prices. Call us to design your dream kitchen or to upgrade your countertops for a new look.   All credit goes to Leen Long Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

What Makes Quartz the Best Material for Countertops?

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Why is Quartz Countertops a Premium Choice for Your Kitchen?

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Langley Quartz Countertops Helps You Understand the Pros and Cons

Quartz is increasingly climbing up the ladder as the top choice for Canadian kitchens. There are several reasons why; quartz looks premium, contemporary and luxurious, yet is as tough as concrete. It is durable and is available in a wide range of colours. The finish has a depth and richness that is hard to beat. There are many other reasons why quartz scores over others. Leen Long, the experts in Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops, tells you more.

Pros of Quartz Countertops

Non-Porous: Quartz has a non-porous surface so it stands up to scratches, abrasion, spills and stains better. This means it is easy to clean, glistens for years and retains its attractiveness for far longer than granite or marble. You don’t need any sealing ever. Variety of Colours: Also known as engineered stone countertops, the manufacturing process of quartz allows for a wider range of colours and patterns than other materials such as granite or marble. Durable: Quartz is made to last as long as marble or granite but is far more flexible. It is also far less likely to chip or crack than the other two. Even though it is tough as stone, it has an elegant depth that makes it ideal for home finishes. Stain Resistant: Quartz is low-maintenance. It can handle spills from coffee, wine and tomato juice without discolouring. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth. Repels Bacteria: The non-porous, stain-free quality of quartz allows it to resist bacteria and viruses better since food is not absorbed into the surface.

Cons of Quartz Countertops

Contrary to other countertop materials, quartz does not come with too many disadvantages. The only caution you need to observe is that it is not as heat-resistant as some of its counterparts, such as granite, so avoid placing steaming hot foods directly on the surface. Cooling racks or heat-resistant mats work well to keep off the heat from your quartz kitchen surfaces. On the flip side, with so many pros in its favour, quartz is usually priced higher than other materials. This also means that it offers more value than granite, marble, concrete, laminate or slate.

Different Quartz Brands at Leen Long Cabinets and Kitchen Countertops

We have a wide variety of engineered quartz countertops. Unlike granite slabs that are excavated from the earth, engineered quartz is manufactured with a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin and other pigments to make it last for years in good condition. At Leen Long, we offer an impressive choice of quartz brands. Our in-house fabrication shop can also create custom-made countertops to meet your specifications, style, budget, and quality. Check out a few of the quartz brands we carry at our store: Caesarstone: For decades, Caesarstone has set new standards for innovative quartz technology and craftsmanship. Silestone: The unique brand offers one-of-a-kind, exclusive pieces associated with the highest standards in the industry. Quartz Forms: Cutting-edge technology combined with unrivalled versatility, resistance and maintenance that has won the trust of architects, designers and home-makers the world over. Radianz: Blends nature and technology to offer versatility and aesthetics. Yet it is low maintenance and comes in a variety of colours. Colour Quartz: The world’s leading producer of quartz surfaces designed for high-quality applications worldwide. Explore our website or call us to see our complete collection of premium quartz countertops.   All credit goes to Leen Long Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

The Best Countertops for Outdoor Kitchens

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] When it comes to your outdoor kitchen, you want it to both look good as well as function. Choosing something that will not only look good but will also survive the outdoor conditions is something that will go a long way into making your outdoor kitchen something unusual. You need to think of the sunlight, the rain, the temperature, and other outdoor conditions when you are choosing your outdoor kitchen countertop. If you are looking for different types of countertops to use in your outdoor kitchen, read on.   Kitchen Quartz Countertops Surrey  

Quartz

Quartz countertops are a very durable countertop material. They feature a wide variety of styles and colours which makes them one of the best outdoor countertop materials for a wide range of different situations. The countertops should be the go-to choice for anyone looking for a safe option that will provide a look that can fit a wide variety of different conditions. Quartz is a regularly chosen material for kitchen countertops both indoor and out. The look of quartz is timeless and elegant, providing your kitchen with a modern look that will help to tie together your outdoor kitchen.

Marble

If you are looking for a convenient and comfortable countertop material, then marble may not be your best choice in an outdoor kitchen. Marble as a stone is something that can provide a beautiful and clean look to any indoor kitchen. However, in an exterior environment, the marble countertops do not have what it takes to survive the outdoor environment. The weather conditions are not kind of marble, and the stone can quickly be ruined. Stick to keeping the marble indoors where it can be protected from the elements.

Granite

Granite is a beautiful choice for any outdoor countertop. Granite is a sturdy material that can withstand anything that nature may decide to throw at it. Granite has a very luxurious appearance and is something that can be picked up if you want a high-end look for your outdoor kitchen. With proper care, a granite countertop can be long-lasting and become a focal point of your outdoor kitchen.

Dekton

A synthesized countertop material, Dekton is the latest in countertop technologies that is sure to bring you the very best. It features a unified look, and a offers a robust and resistant surface that is sure to handle what you throw at it. Dekton is UV resistant, abrasion resistant, and is also resistant to extreme heat and cold. If you are looking for a countertop material that will be there to provide you with a long-lasting look for your outdoor countertop, you can’t go wrong with Dekton. If you are installing an outdoor kitchen and want your next custom made countertop, then look to the professionals at Leen Long. We provide a custom fabrication service that will allow us to create the perfect countertop for whatever your project may bring you. We offer clean cuts and the ability to create any look. If you want to see what we have to provide you with, come into our showroom, and we will be happy to help you.   All credit goes to Leen Long Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

5 trends for Quartz Countertops 2018

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Quartz countertop Quartz countertops are always in. They are incredibly strong and durable, no scratches or stains ever marking its surface. There is a ton of variety because it is made out of engineered stone. It is low maintenance, not needing sealing, polishing, or oiling. It is nonporous and non-absorbent so it is safe for food preparation. It really is the superior option for countertops. One of the best parts about quartz is that because there are so many varieties of quartz there are different trends each year that reflect on what's new and what looks best with that year's kitchen and bathroom trends. These are the top six 2018 quartz countertop trends.

Brown

There has been a real return to the natural in 2018, a pulling away from synthetic and into an earthier world that has room for new textures and materials. As a result of this brown quartz is becoming more popular as an option for those redoing their kitchen, as it elicits that earthy feel without all of the downsides associated with having a wooden countertop.

Beige

If brown is too dark then beige is a great option for those who want a natural feel for their kitchen or bathroom. This light and the airy colour is also an elegant choice that pairs incredibly well with a variety of themes, inspirations, and colour choices. Due to its versatility and its closeness with nature, it is a top choice for those looking to renovate in 2018.

Soft Grey

Grey as a neutral colour, especially used in place of off-white, is a huge trend in 2018, and not just in countertops. The colour is popular for walls, sheet sets, furniture and more. While being neutral it does add a certain depth to a room that white or beige do not, without being as dramatic or eye-catching as black or dark grey. The soft colour also goes well with pastels and brights, making it versatile over its counterparts.

Shimmering Black

If you want to really make a statement with your countertop then a shimmering black quartz countertop is the way that you'll want to go this year. Black countertops that feature sparkling bits of white, as well as some grey lowlights for dramatic effect, can actually brighten up space due to the reflective pieces in it. They also make an amazing contrast to white kitchens and bathrooms.

White with Grey Veining

White is always popular, but this year what is really on trend is white with grey veining. The soft bit of interest added to your countertop will draw the eye and will make a standard white a lot more interesting. This pairs beautifully with a white kitchen, as it makes the grey vein stand out even more and pop off of the quartz.

Areas of Interest

Regardless of the colour of the countertop, this year people want something unique. As quartz countertops are engineered, they are made to look like stone. Stones, especially marble, have imperfections and pieces of intrigue in them naturally - whether that is veins, swirls, dots, or even fossils. Adding these imperfections into quartz actually makes it look more natural, which is what everyone is striving for in 2018.   All credit goes to LeenLong Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]