WHAT KIND OF KITCHEN CABINETS DO I WANT?

 

If you’ve ever built or remodeled a home you are well aware of the multitude of decisions that have to be made.  Everything from paint color, to baseboard style, to kitchen cabinets.  And you become acutely aware of the most minute details….the sort of details that you’ve never even given a thought to before.  It can be a bit of a challenge and decisions are often difficult to make. 

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One of those key decisions is the cabinets. 

When it comes to your kitchen cabinets – there are several factors that come to play.  What kind of cabinet style do I want?  What kind of wood?  Should I paint or stain?  Heavy grain, light grain…….raised moldings, raised arches…..?????  Decisions, decisions, decisions.

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Is your overall style preference traditional, contemporary, transitional, rustic…..arts and crafts????

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Do you find a dark stain with raised moldings more appealing?

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Paint and glaze?

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Medium tone stain with a glaze?

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Added detail?

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Take the time to look at magazines, peruse Houzz online, go to model homes……

And, take your time making this important decision.  This may be a time to hire an interior designer to help you out if you haven’t already.

Happy Decorating!!!

Catchy Kitchen Backsplash Designs

One of the most nerve wracking moments for a homeowner remodeling their kitchen is designing the kitchen backsplash. 

1) What color tile is best? 2) What kind of tile – porcelain, ceramic, natural stone?  3) What sort of design would look good?  4) Lots of detail, no detail?  5) How much will it cost?

Lots of nervousness and agitation in something that seems so simple.  At least until you’re picking out your own and realizing how permanent it is.  Well, semi-permanent.  It can always be changed……just at a price.  And whatever we select we want it to be something we’ll enjoy for years to come, not grow tired of in a year or two.  The best solution – (well, hire an experienced interior designer) the next best solution – look at lots and lots of pictures and kitchens to get an idea of the look and feel you are after.  Below is a broad – very broad – range of styles in different design patterns and colors.  Take a look and see what style works best for you.

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Here you see neutral tones in natural stone, with a picture frame design over the cooktop using mosaic tiles for a border and etched tiles for the patterned “picture”.  Subtle, but full of impact.

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A Tuscan theme with the gold’s and rusts – staggered natural stone subway tiles (that’s the 3×6 shape)  and painted tiles to create a mural.

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Another look with painted tiles.

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Admittedly, not for everyone, but wouldn’t this animal mural would be a conversation starter?

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Natural stone on a diagonal with 2×2 inserts.  Notice the horizontal row at the bottom outside the cooktop area.

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More natural stone.

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Simple, elegant.

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Incorporating metal tiles and accents with natural stone is always an interesting, fun look.

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Glass mosaics make a striking backsplash.  They come in a multitude of colors:

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Fun and interesting kitchen backsplash for the daring and fun-loving..

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There’s always the new approach to good old white ceramic tiles of the past.  Very clean and timeless.

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And for the more industrial or modern types check these out.

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There are a multitude of styles and colors and patterns to choose from.  Your overall  design style will dictate much of it.  Are you modern, Tuscan, traditional, funky, etc….?  Kitchen remodeling can be expensive and scary so as I said your best defense is hiring an experienced interior designer.  Aside from that I would suggest you peruse magazines, books, wander through home improvement centers, tile stores and model homes – snapping as many pictures as you can to start forming your own style.  You’ll start to notice a trend in the colors, shapes, styles you are drawn to.  And, if you see a look you really like tear the picture out of a magazine or take a picture with your camera and just duplicate the exact same look for your own kitchen.  That’ll ease your mind and you’ll know what you’re getting.  No surprises.

But, take your time and be sure you know what you want.  It’s an expensive thing to fix if you make a mistake.  So take a deep breath, take your time and do your homework before you make those final decisions.  Then have fun and get excited!  You’ll soon be cooking in a new kitchen!  How exciting!

Happy Decorating!

Define Your Style: Another Look At Your Dream Kitchen

 

If you could plan your dream kitchen…….any style at all…..what would it be?  Would you prefer clean, sleek lines, no clutter, stainless steel and smooth rich stained cabinets (no grain showing)?

Or do you see yourself in a cozy country kitchen with different paint colors on your cabinets – maybe distressed – some bright, fun flowers, a little decorative clutter, and café curtains on the windows?

Maybe you prefer Old World, Rustic, Transitional…….how do you define you style?

Do you know what you like?  Or maybe only what you don’t like?  Take a look at the kitchens below and see what style suits you best.

Do you like the look of these contemporary kitchens?  No clutter, clean lines, rich stain?

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Maybe that’s too contemporary?  You want more stuff, more color, more curves and textures.  See if these country kitchens are what you see yourself in:

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Notice the curves, the two tone cabinets, the baskets, the country hardware as opposed to the sleek style of the contemporary kitchens above?

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Still yet, you may prefer the “Old World” charm.  Like the oversized farm sink, a cozy iron pot rack, the oil rubbed bronze fixtures, rich earthy colors and lots of European charm:

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Like these rich, earthy textures, and the touches of iron?  Make sure to check out the ceiling in the picture below.

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Maybe you prefer some  rustic touches?

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Like this flagstone floor and stone entrance, beams on the ceiling.

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Or the tree trunk chairs, bead board ceiling, leather and iron chairs.

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Or these log walls.

If you’re somewhere in the middle of all these you might be dreaming of a more transitional space like these below:

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So what’s your dream kitchen?  Can you define your style?

It can be a tough decision remodeling a space like this.  Remember your kitchen is one of the most important, if not the most important selling feature in your home.  So in addition to designing a space for you to enjoy with your family and friends, be sure to keep that in mind. 

If you are seriously considering a remodel do like I always suggest and start a file.  Pull tear sheets of everything you like.  Take pictures of models, restaurants, friends kitchens, etc….  You’ll start seeing some consistency there in what colors, textures and overall style you like.  It will help you immensely once the selection process begins.  Remodeling can be a very costly venture and one that you might find best done with professional guidance.

 I hope these pictures helped you to define your style!

Happy Decorating!

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