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We get asked this great question quite regularly:
“I LOVE my new tile, but I need some advice…What should I do with the electrical outlets that fall within the kitchen backsplash area?”
Good news! We’ve got several creative solutions for you – yay!!!
These little necessary items can possibly ruin your beautiful, and often pricey backsplash! We are confident that if you consider the locations ahead of time, you will improve the finished look of your kitchen or bathroom.🙂
Details on outlets…
It’s required by law that you have electrical outlets within your kitchen – which is a good thing!
Your kitchen has many electrical needs: major appliances, small appliances, built-in appliances, lighting, exhaust fans, and basically anything you might want to plug in or switch on while you’re in there.
In regards to your kitchen or bathroom, the National Electric Code requires:
- Small appliance circuits feeding countertop receptacle outlets are required to be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected
- Any countertop wider than one foot requires a receptacle outlet
- Receptacle outlets must be installed every four linear feet at minimum – more is totally fine too
- Countertops separated by range cook top, refrigerators, or sinks are considered separate countertop spaces
Are you in the planning phase of your new kitchen or bath remodel?
If you are planning your kitchen or bath remodel, congrats(!), you are thinking ahead! Here are some helpful questions you can ask yourself and discuss with your electrician regarding your kitchen or bath’s electrical needs:
- What fixed/portable appliances do you plan to install/have in your kitchen? What are the locations and their power requirements?
- What kind of lighting do you want/need: Ceiling? Under cabinet? Toe kick? Pendant or chandelier? Recessed? Surface Mount? Ceiling fan?
- What kind of lighting controls do you need?
- Where do you want your light switches and appliance outlets?
- What materials/installation practices do you need to comply with National Electric Code requirements? Hint: ask your electrician
- Do you have special requirements due to disabilities and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- What are the brand specification of all fixtures you want? Have your electrician check these out too.
After you discuss your electrical needs with your electrician and have a final layout in mind, the electrical outlets and switches can be located and installed. Don’t worry if you already have your outlets in place, it’s really easy to move them around and make adjustments before the installation of your backsplash.
There are several different ways to approach this without ruining your backsplash with a bunch of ugly, poorly placed outlets and switches. Here are some creative solutions as to how you can address the outlets & switches within your backsplash.
Implementing Creative Solutions…
#1 – Flip your outlets horizontally to coordinate with the pattern of your backsplash (but if your backsplash has a vertical pattern to it, keep you outlets vertical too)
#3 – Install the outlets or switches on or within your cabinets…(some additional planning involved).
#4 – Install your outlets where you know you’ll need them!
#5 – Install custom pop-up grommet outlets where you know you’ll need them!
#6 – Specify outlet and switch plate covers to coordinate with your material selections: making them a design element instead of an eyesore!
#7 – [Bathroom specific] – Install the outlets or switches within your bathroom mirror and trim with a mirrored cover…some additional planning involved. Look closely for them!
Q: Have some other creative outlet and switch solutions? Share them with us and we’ll add it to this blog!
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Do you ever see a painting that would look great in your living room…if only it were a different color? Do you love art but think collecting it is for other people? Meet Jennifer Broussard Artworks.
Jennifer Broussard is a contemporary photographer and artist who starts with a photograph and then uses color and design to create a work of art. Her clients range from retail to interior designers to gallery owners, resort hotels and health care centers.
“Clients look at what I have and sometimes they’ll have specific things that they want, so I’ll create it for them; or designers will send me the design of a room – the color palette, what the chairs and walls will look like, and I’ll work with that.”
THE ART IN NATURE
She takes her inspiration from the natural world creating vibrant collages from images of oceans, flowers, mountains, animals and butterflies.
“I start with a color and then take it as far as I want. The Animal Kingdom Series started with the Longhorns and received such a huge response. I use color to layer, design and erase.”
In addition to her collection of animals and landscape collage, she has created the Auntie Jennie Series which is made up of pieces that are as colorful as they are whimsical – perfect for a nursery or play center.
“I have been selling these to the retail market – a lot of families, or for gifts; some hospitals have been purchasing them for their children’s areas. My work has been chosen by people who have studied evidence-based design because it’s seen as being healing.”
USING ART TO FEEL GOOD
Evidence-based design is a field of study on how design can reduce stress, increase feelings of well-being and healing. Research shows that patients who have access to views of nature (as opposed to a brick wall) require less pain medication and recover more quickly.
Art, lighting, furniture, texture and color are all tools that can be employed to influence how we feel, function and communicate – and businesses, institutions and decorators are taking note.
“I’ve sold a lot of my work to cancer units – like the butterfly collages, for instance. Hotels and hospitality tend towards more modern, abstract, and contemporary designs.”
HOW DREAMS EVOLVE
Jennifer began her career with commercial portraits and image development, often working with musicians, actors and other artists.
“I liked doing that, but I reached a point where I told my boyfriend, ‘I think I’m an artist without any art,’ so I sat down and, for three months, made twelve-inch squares of painting and photography. When I was done, I had 99 pieces.”
One of those pieces was a leaf collage that she showed to an sales rep who asked for five more. A few months later, he asked her for pieces with palm trees for a hotel client.
“I didn’t have any but I said I could shoot some, so I drove around Malibu, took photos, showed him, and then I had a career. Everyone went crazy over the palm trees.”
Jennifer took that model and expanded on it. She now has a collection of 250,000 photographs and 15,000 collages.
“When I went digital, I got everything under my control. I didn’t have to rely on a printer or a retoucher. All these ideas that had been pushing to come out – all this creativity that had been stuffed inside of me – just poured out, and now I have to manage that because it’s really hard to know when to stop. It just keeps coming!”
Jennifer Broussard Artworks is offering Modwalls’ customers 10% off their first purchase! Visit www.jenniferbroussard.com and enter MODWALLS during check-out. For inquiries, please email info@JenniferBroussard.com.
Micheline Auger is a freelance writer who loves art, people who make art, and all things Modwalls.
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Kitchen Before & After: A 1970s Kitchen Gets aJaw Dropping Overhaul
When we saw photos of Kitchn reader Sarah Galender Meyer’s Bay Area kitchen renovation, we were stunned! This small, dark 1970s kitchen (“horrid,” as Sarah said) underwent a complete gut remodel, which included knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room and adding French doors to bring in more light. See what the kitchen looks like now:
We love it! So pretty. Here’s what Sarah says about the renovation:
We did a gut remodel of a horrid 70’s small and dark kitchen in our 1906 house. We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. All new everything including enlarging the windows and adding french doors to the dining room to bring more light in. We also gutted the attached pantry that served many purposes – back door entry, bathroom, laundry room, and pantry storage.We did a significant amount of structural work to remove the wall between the dining room and kitchen, which involved an engineer, and we gutted the attached pantry that included a small bathroom.Materials:Cabinets – Executive Cabinetry (semi-custom)Countertop – Cambria (white), and Walnut for the peninsulaBacksplash Tile – Clayhaus for modwalls 2″x 8″ Subway Tile in SplashAppliances – KitchenaidPendants – Schoolhouse ElectricSink – Kohler
Faucet – Hansgrohe
I really love everything about the new kitchen. The tile, the wood countertop, the sink, the faucet, and the built-ins might be my favorites, though. Also, I love the French doors that went in on the dining room side. It really opened up the space and let in so much more light.
Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah!
(Image credits: Sarah Galender Meyer)
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