As you move forward in 2013, Cabinet-S-Top is available to help you set the trend in your home. Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 or give us a call at 330.239.3630. www.cabinet-s-top.com
Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Glass Mosaics (above)
Beadboard Plate Glass
Need help deciding which backsplash to choose? We'd be happy to help. Just stop by Cabinet-S-Top located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630. www.cabinet-s-top.com
Monday, December 17, 2012
Those who have their finger anywhere near the pulse of kitchen trends, probably already know that stainless steel appliances are the new must-have for a kitchen. But what one might not know is that even more unusual appliances are going to be at the forefront of 2013 kitchen design trends. First, there’s going to be a lot of appliances designed to blend in with the rest of the kitchen – specifically ones fronted with the same wood or lacquered material as the cabinets. Secondly, a major 2013 kitchen design trend is hidden appliances. This goes a step beyond the cabinet material camouflage and means an increased emphasis on small or odd shaped appliances, like under-counter or mini refrigerators, and other compact appliances (from trash compactors to wine coolers) that will provide more counter space and keep the kitchen at a seamless waist-high level, and are perfect for installing into a kitchen island.
Good kitchen lighting is becoming more and more important. Because large, open kitchens are becoming the primary entertaining center of the home, lighting should be layered, combining lots of task lighting with ambient lighting. Built in LED lights will be more popular in 2013, so look for under-cabinet LED lights and appliances that come with ambient lighting. 2013 kitchen design trends say no to lighting that’s merely functional, and make ample lighting a must for creating an inviting living space.
The inclusion of big kitchen islands in designer kitchen remodels has been becoming more and more ubiquitous in the past several years, and that isn’t about to change in 2013. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find a decently sized kitchen without one. 2013 kitchen design trends move away from dining rooms and towards eating, drinking, and interacting in the kitchen itself, and a large kitchen island complete with bar stools is the perfect way to make this happen, while creating a nice open-air feeling – especially if one can be used to bridge kitchen and living areas, another major 2013 kitchen design trend. If the kitchen isn’t big enough for a full sized island, one might still want to consider a kitchen island cart for added utility and prep space.
Likewise, the green movement isn’t going anywhere, and 2013 kitchen design trends reflect this in almost every way. Basic materials will be more eco-friendly (like bamboo floors and modular MDF kitchen cabinets), and even appliances should have an Energy Star rating or other energy efficient features. The more extensive the renovation, the more important it is that it gets done right, because it’ll save on the startup (in the form of government subsidies) and in the long run (in the form of lower utility bills).
Nature isn’t just showing up in the form of natural friendly building materials, either. 2013 kitchen design trends have neutral colors on the rise, especially grays and greens, with a continued emphasis on a variety of wood tones. Classical black and white is making a comeback, too, but bold, bright colors should be reserved for small pops and accents. Bright orange cabinets or wild wall paint are definitely out this year, but neutral textured wall papers offer an excellent way to add visual interest to a light neutral décor.
As the kitchen increasingly becomes the entertaining center of the home, restaurant quality kitchen appliances are starting to become more common as well. That’s why the big appliance go-tos for 2013 kitchen design are professional gas ranges and induction cooktops. Each have their own advantages – gas cooktops have rapid, responsive, and very high heat, while induction cooktops provide even, energy-efficient and child-safe heating. Either way, both are fit for gourmet kitchens and make a nice pair with a kitchen island for a Benihana-style cook-and-dine.
To go with those high powered stoves, one is going to need a high powered kitchen range hood. But 2013 kitchen design trends away from a conventional stainless steel trapezoid shaped hood to more decorative range hoods like those from Elica. Ones with built in bright LED lights double nicely as island chandeliers, adding a fashionable modern style to a traditionally highly functional fixture.
Oft-overlooked but not to be ignored, the kitchen sink should be a focal point for the 2013 kitchen design, especially if looking do smaller facelifts rather than a major overhaul. Perennially popular stainless steel sinks are going to find their heyday again in 2013 for their modern style, durable structure, gourmet culinary style, and low maintenance. Though if looking for something a little more traditional and less modern/industrial, look into stone composite, copper sinks or fireclay farmhouse sinks that will boost the eco-friendliness of the kitchen and offer a smooth, non-porous sink that won’t show wear and tear.
In the same light, one shouldn’t overlook the kitchen faucets, either. The right faucet can add oodles of style and seriously update kitchen space. For the 2013 kitchen design, look for culinary style sinks, especially those with pull-down faucets to streamline the counter space. High tech faucets are a plus for those who do a lot of messy cooking, but the most important thing is to get a simplified, restaurant style tableau packed with practical utility.
Last but certainly not least, 2013 is a good year for glass. High gloss abounds everywhere, from cabinets to appliances, but nowhere is this more striking than in the rise of single-sheet, back-painted glass backsplashes. These are seamless, easy to clean, and slightly reflective and add a lovely polished finish to the kitchen. The look of a single glass sheet can be replaced by also-popular glass mosaic tile sheets like those from Martini Mosaic for example, for a quick, easy, and inexpensive weekend project that will dramatically update the kitchen for the new year.
Cabinet-S-Top is a kitchen and bath remodeling company located in Medina, OH. Keeping up on the latest trends is what makes Cabinet-S-Top a wise choice for design, product selections and installation services. Stop by our showroom located at 1977 Medina Road. Medina, OH 44256. 330.239.3630 www.cabinet-s-top.com
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Solid wood is just what its name implies: Each plank is a solid slab of wood, usually about 3/4-inch thick. A traditional floor often has 2 ½-inch-wide planks, but for a different, usually more rustic, look, you can opt for planks as wide as 6 inches. A hardwood floor can be finished in your kitchen for a truly custom look, though that means additional down time for sanding, staining, and sealing. Pre-finished planks let you use the room right away; however, you have to choose from the colors the manufacturer offers.
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Medina, OH 44256
Monday, December 3, 2012
in your kitchen, these pulls and knobs will put you on the right track
Raised-panel kitchen cabinets are typically seen in more traditional-style kitchens and typically need more ornate and detailed hardware to counterbalance the heaviness of the door style. They need hardware that has visual weight as well.
Most of the time, people choose hardware that matches the style of their kitchen — be it Victorian, colonial, Craftsman etc. — but that doesn't mean you can't mix it up and break the rules. Love the look of raised-panel cabinets? Here's help choosing the right hardware style.
This style of hardware has a feminine touch. You might expect to see it on a piece of furniture rather than on a kitchen cabinet, which is why it works so well on a raised-panel kitchen cabinet.
What they work well with: Traditional-style kitchens, leaded glass inserts, inset cabinetry
Hardware such as this makes a strong unfitted, furniture-style statement. It's ornate and decorative, and often a bit fussy, but it really sets the tone of a kitchen the way jewelry sets the tone of an outfit.
What they work well with: Unfitted furniture-style cabinetry, furniture-style toe kicks, glazed and stained cabinet finishes.
What they work well with: Glazed and distressed cabinet finishes, custom wood hood surrounds, architectural details such as columns, legs and fluting
What they work well with: Sleek and stylish (but not too modern) stainless steel hoods, modern faucets, thick marble countertops.
What they work well with: Black-grouted subway tile, bronze industrial light fixtures, black enamel appliances such as a range or hood.
These have a very old-fashioned furniture style. They might not be the most practical for a high-use kitchen, especially in a painted white finish, but they look great.
Bin Pulls and Knobs
These look great on Shaker-style cabinets, but as you can see, this is a very versatile design that works well on many different door styles.
What they work well with: Knobs on white or off-white cabinetry, vintage light fixtures, wood floors, butcher block countertops.