Your Kitchen Is The Center Of Your Home…Make It Shine

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens.  We cook, clean, socialize, console, surf the web, along with a buffet of other activities. In other words, the kitchen is where we multitask. As a result of this trend, builders are designing kitchens to be more comfortable and stylish. In a 2010 survey, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence discovered that 30 percent of adults considered the kitchen to be the center of activity in their home.  So if we are spending so much time in our kitchen, perhaps we ought to focus a little more on making them livable and beautiful. In her article, “The Kitchen as Command Center”, columnist Marni Jameson suggests seven ways to make your kitchen more livable, see his 7 ways below.

Treat it like a living space. Kitchens should look like extensions of living and family rooms. Hang ornamental mirrors, artwork and chandeliers; add cabinetry that looks like furniture

Soften up. To offset a kitchen’s hard surfaces, add upholstered benches, easy chairs and pillows. They invite people to do what they do in the kitchen anyway — hang out. If you add an upholstered bench or build one in for table seating, beware: This won’t work if your table has four legs, because getting in and out could reduce your ability to have children. Only put a bench with a trestle table.

Make way for a laptop. In the past four years, the number of people using laptops in their kitchens has almost doubled, from 6 percent in 2006 to 11 percent in 2010, according to the RICKI survey. Thus, a laptop station is a must and great to have when checking a kid’s game schedule or searching for a recipe online.

Install a nerve center. Today’s kitchens must have a dedicated place where household members can plug in televisions and laptops, dock iPods and recharge cell phones, says Zaveloff.

Open the access. Kitchens should ideally be situated adjacent to mudrooms, dining rooms and family rooms. These spaces should share flow and connection. If the door between the kitchen and family room is small, remove the door, widen the opening and add casings or an arch. In the dining room, plan sightlines so guests feel connected to the kitchen but can’t see the dishes.

Think activity zones. Besides cooking and casual eating, create zones for homework, the laptop, media entertainment, and a little business — all activities that now happen in the kitchen.

Pull up to the island. Nine times out of 10 a kitchen island is where neighbors settle in to visit, or kids pull up for a chat. “People connect in the kitchen,” says Zaveloff. “A certain comfort happens in there. You just can’t get the same feeling in the living room.”

We’d of course add beautiful and vibrant Big Chill appliances to the list of must-haves for a livable and loveable kitchen.


Life Is Better In COLOR

Beautiful colors make beautiful kitchens. Lucky for you, our appliances are available in hundreds of colors that can transform a dull kitchen into a vibrant work of art.

The first step to finding the right color for your kitchen is to get some inspiration from the beautiful kitchens on our Pinterest board.

The next step is to check out our custom colors.

And finally, for only $5 you can order a metal powder-coated sample.


Questions? We’ve Got The Answers

Big Chill has tried to answer important questions we thought you might have, but we believe there is always room for improvement, which is why we’re opening up the floor to you! Ask us the questions about Big Chill we may have missed and we’ll have CEO Orion Creamer select a few of them to answer in an upcoming blog post. Just send your question to info@bigchill.com with the subject line “Ask Orion.”


How Big Chill Came To Be

Most great things are born out of necessity, and the Big Chill is no different. It all started with a search for the perfect refrigerator. Thom Vernon loved the look of mid-century style refrigerators, but wasn’t impressed by their small size and inefficiency. So he turned to his nephew, Orion- who was fresh out of product design school to create a fridge with that retro look he loved and the amenities necessary to fit his modern lifestyle. Thus the Big Chill was born.

Due to their success, Thom & Orion were able to expand their product line beyond retro-styled refrigerators to similarly inspired dishwashers, microwaves, stoves, hoods and wall ovens.

Read more about Big Chill’s story on Our History page.

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
~
Mark Twain


Make A Happy Kitchen

The kitchen is definitely the most used room in the house, which means that it is guaranteed to become the messiest too. A dirty kitchen can cause stress, safety hazards, and can be more expensive by replacing items you can’t find. Here are some tips to make your kitchen and family happier

Tips for Organizing

1. Sometimes you just need to start from scratch. Empty out the contents of your kitchen onto a table and start from there!

Even if you only have time to organize the fridge, start on that. You’ll be less stressed when making tonight’s dinner

2. Discard items that you haven’t seen since last Christmas, you probably won’t be using them much if you haven’t already.

3. When you are putting items back, put them in places that make sense. It’s easier to have pots and pans by the stove than on the opposite side of the kitchen.

Get creative with your space. You can use pullout drawers or Lazy Susans to save space.

4. Once you get to your food storage, make sure you get rid of the older items. Replace store containers with tupperware as these will sit nicely on top of each other and take up less room. In the freezer, put bags in clear containers so you can see what you’re about to grab and keep them all in one place.

5. Once you have your kitchen set up the way you want it, try to clean up on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean that you have to power clean everyday, just picking up the few items after dinner makes it that much less stressful the next day when you walk in.

 Having an organized and clean kitchen often seems impossible with the crazy lives we lead but you can begin to enjoy the center of your house once again.

 


Our Favorite Foods!

The kitchen is the center of a household. It’s where meals are prepared, families gather, and memories are made. With over 200 custom colors for you to choose from you can create the perfect Big Chill kitchen for your home and we’ve got the perfect sweets to help you break it in!

Treat your taste buds to this tangy treat of Fruit Glazed Vanilla Cupcakes.

Bake things “just right” with this buttercup yellow stove.

This delectable cookie cake is a delectable twist on the American classic!

Keep chill with this Original fridge in beach blue!

Bring a little bit of the south into your kitchen with this homemade banana pudding.

Customize your kitchen with our studio fridge in one of 200 colors.

 

 


HOUZZ in the House!

Check out HOUZZ’s photo gallery of kitchens brought to life with Big Chill appliances. Take a look and see how easy it is to turn your kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams!

Both modern  and vintage appliances (like this 30” stove in Jadite Green) to give it it’s unique feel.

Bold & contemporary elements create a kitchen begging for an Original Fridge in Orange.

A nod to the past, this original fridge in white is sure to provide the classic look you love with all the convenience of a modern refrigerator.


Questions for Big Chill?

People often ask us questions about their favorite retro appliances, here are 3 of the most popular questions we get asked here at Big Chill.

Where can I buy a Big Chill Fridge?

There are multiple dealers across the United States and a few in metropolitan areas in Canada. Check out our map to see which one is located nearest you. If you live in Europe, you’re in luck. As of the end of 2012, there is a division of Big Chill in France and we will ship to select countries in Europe.

http://bigchill.com/dealers/

Does the Big Chill Fridge come with an ice maker?

We love getting asked about the designs for our appliances. Did you know that you have the option of including an ice maker without changing the retro design of the fridge?  At Big Chill we design our products to keep the 1950s style while including the modern amenities that we have come to love. 

What are the advantages of using powder coat paint? 

Ever wondered what’s so special about the powder coat paint that we use on our appliances? It actually makes your appliance’s awesome look last longer. Isn’t it disappointing when you buy something and just a couple of months later the paint begins to chip off or even fade? The powder coat paint will protect appliances’ paint from chipping, scratching, fading and wearing. This nifty invention is perfect for families, pets, and daily use.

Not only is powder coating great for the look and feel of our appliances, it is great for the environment. This paint emits very little amounts, if any, of VOCs into the atmosphere. Volatile organic compounds can cause health problems, including headaches and dizziness when emitted indoors. Powder coating contains no solvents and since a lot of the overspray does not adhere to the metallic parts of the appliances, it can be retrieved and reused.

We try to make our appliances environmentally friendly and apply the same high standards you expect.

If you have more questions, shoot us an email or check out our FAQ page.


Easy Ways To Spruce Up Your Kitchen

Looking for simple, budget friendly ways to update your Big Chill kitchen? Check out these quick, fun tips to give your kitchen a new look.

1. Paint the cabinetry
Removing existing cabinetry is pricey. To achieve the same effect as a full renovation, try sanding down and painting your existing cabinets. A fresh finish, and a color change can go along way in updating your space.

2. Change the hardware on your cabinets
Changing out the hardware on your cabinetry is a fun and simple way to spruce up your kitchen space. Standard cabinet knobs are easily removed, and can be affordably replaced with colorful glass knobs, painted porcelain & more. Your local hardware, or specialty home ware store should have a large selection!

3. Paint an accent wall
Instead of adding a bold overall wall color to your kitchen, try painting an accent wall in your favorite color—like jadite green! Adding a burst of color to a sidewall, or adding fresh white to the trim is simple, and will give your space new life.

4. Get organized—in style
A simple, and useful way to change the look of your kitchen is to organize it! Declutter the junk, and choose creative and stylish storage solutions that can double as design pieces. Woven baskets, metal cubes, and space-saving open shelving are great for organization, and can bring some style to your kitchen.

5. Change out the fixtures
Love your Big Chill appliances, but feel lukewarm about your kitchen sink? Updating your sink and faucet is a (slightly more expensive) way to get the rest of your kitchen up to style speed.


The Big Chill Under Counter Fridge

Do you love Big Chill, but have limited space in your kitchen? Our Under Counter Fridge is the perfect way to bring the Chill to any sized kitchen.

At 6.1 cubic Ft, the Under Counter Fridge can be installed into your existing cabinetry, and is a stylish, space-saving solution for any kitchen. It has plenty of storage for its size, and is ideal for entertaining.

The Under Counter Fridge has the Big Chill design & functionality you want in a size your kitchen can accommodate, and is available in eight standard or 200 custom colors.