Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 10 Bathroom Updates for the New Year

Courtesy of Houzz
 
All in all, 2013 bathroom trends point to one thing: a more natural, simple, usable bathroom space. Emphasizing the wood, light colors, and simple lines you’d find in a spa retreat, 2013 is starting to look like a good year for R&R.
 
Luxury bathroom remodels have been gaining momentum in the past few years, and they certainly aren’t losing any steam. Once the sole property of high end hotels and the ultra wealthy, spa-style bathrooms and all their fixin’s are probably the biggest of the 2013 bathroom trends in an average middle class home. This can manifest itself in a lot of ways, from spa style vanities, to whirlpool tubs, steam baths and saunas, but jetted showers are at the top of the must-have list.
 
The spa-inspired 2013 bathroom trends don’t end with major bathroom fixtures, either. As luxury models become more common, the price of many of the “frills” has come down. Even if you aren’t planning on doing a huge renovation, installing an electric towel warmer or radiator-style towel warmer, a backlit mirror, or a chromotherapy LED color changing shower head is a good way to give your bathroom a quick luxury enhancement. For larger projects, heated floors are a must-have.  If you’re planning on building a shower enclosure, consider adding built-in waterproof speakers and an MP3 or iPod dock so you can easily listen to your music while you bathe.
 
Another trend that’s been gaining strength in recent years, 2013 is the year to green your home, especially your bathroom. Low flow and dual flush toilets are a good investment long-term,.  They also meet 2013 bathroom trends as ones with intelligently designed bowls and new hygienic glazes make them much more water efficient, effective, and easy to clean. If you have a lot of men in your home, you might even want to consider installing a waterless urinal to further cut your water use. And green bathrooms aren’t just water-saving bathrooms.
 
Nature is “in” in more ways than one, say 2013 bathroom trends commentators. Nature-inspired neutral tones and patterns are going to be big in the upcoming year, with a continued emphasis on last year’s light creams and whites, beiges, browns, and greys. But this year you’ll want to add pops of bright, vibrant color, too – especially green, blue, orange, and even pink. Remember, though, a little goes a long way; bright colors should be used to accent and accentuate.
Designers advise homeowners to accentuate that natural color scheme with natural patterns, too. That means natural wood bathroom vanities (or at least ones that emphasize the wood grain or have striking wood accents, wood veneers, or even wood-patterned finishes), granite, marble, quartz, or composite stone counter tops and tile, and, my personal favorite, wood tile. If you ask me, wood tile is the next big thing – wood plank sized tile that are printed with high-def images of actual weathered wood, and install to look just like a wood floor, but are water and slip rated for use in the bathroom.
 
2013 bathroom trends emphasize lots of light, and not just natural light. Big beautiful windows are always in style, but this is a year to take your bathroom lighting to the next level. If you’ve got a utilitarian bathroom light, nix it and fix it up with something creative and personal. Layered bathroom lighting offers the best mix of functional and ambient lighting, and bathroom chandeliers are one of the best, easiest ways to dress up your bathroom, even if you’re on a budget or are looking to do only a limited renovation.
 


Seemingly in contrast to all the natural vibes trending in 2013, it’s also going to be a year to transition to more modern, streamlined designs. That means wall-mounted toilets (especially ones with in-wall tanks) or at least ones with smooth, covered bases, and simplified fixtures. 2013 bathroom design is moving away from traditional designs, but the emphasis on natural materials, especially wood, makes transitional and contemporary bathroom vanities a good choice, with their natural wood construction but simple, contemporary lines. Modern takes on vintage styles – like simplified vintage inspired vanities, modernized clawfoot tubs, and simple but elegant chandeliers – are a great way to put many of these 2013 bathroom trends to work, with a luxurious feel but simplified design.
In the spirit of streamlining and simplicity, 2013 bathroom trends say forget old, poorly organized bathroom vanities and look for better designs. There are alot of brands out there that put a big emphasis on storage smart vanities. Look for vanities with drawers, and better yet, drawers with built in dividers that maximize storage space by accommodating the plumbing rather than avoiding it. Also, look for vanities that have internal shelves (better: internal shelves that pull out like drawers). Modern design is all about tidy minimalism, and smaller, better-designed bathroom vanities (especially wall mounted vanities) allow you both to keep your bathroom less cluttered and to make your space seem larger and more open.
 
Bathroom designers are increasingly starting to include whole sets of accessories in their major bathroom lines. From coordinating towel bars and robe hooks to soap dishes, toothbrush holders, and even light plates, it’s easier than ever to coordinate your bathroom top to bottom. 2013 bathroom trends say it’s time: for a major remodel, coordinate all your bathroom accessories with your sink faucet, bathtub filler, and shower hardware; for a quick, simple bathroom facelift, replace your current accessories with matching ones from your favorite line, and maybe add a few you don’t already have.
 
2012′s tile craze is continuing on as one of the most important 2013 bathroom trends. This year, look for bold, statement tiles. In addition to the cutting-edge wood-print and stone-print porcelain tiles, tiles with large graphic prints or other designs and mosaic tiles are gaining in popularity. Glass tiles are also becoming even more trendy this coming year, for their sleek, modern style and wide color availability. Ideally, 2013 bathroom trends would have you tile your whole bathroom, head to toe, but for a smaller project, consider installing a tile accent wall, or adding a glass mosaic tile backsplash behind your sink for a simple weekend project.

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
 
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Trend Alert!: 5 Hot Trends in Kitchen Backsplashes

by Stephanie Gibson



 
 

Back in the day (think 1970s avocado-and-orange kitchens), backsplashes were a lot like a good boyfriend: practical, dependable and a little bit boring. Sure, their primary purpose— providing walls with a surface resistant to splatter stains—was a noble one, but yawn-inducing materials like laminate do not make an inspiring culinary space. But in the design world today, the backsplash has evolved from an afterthought to a creative opportunity, says designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. "Incorporating an unexpected material, like brick or even beadboard, adds an extra layer of texture and instantly ups the impact of your kitchen," she says. "Backsplashes are a great spot to commit to a trend that showcases a bit of your personality." Ready to give yours a makeover? We've rounded up five options sure to spice up your kitchen.

Glass Mosaics (above)
Shimmering glass tiles make a space sparkle. Keep it fresh with a tone-on-tone color scheme (like white tiles and light blue or gray walls), or create a brightly colored focal point with turquoise, lime green or even multicolored tiles. You can turn it up a notch with jewel glass—patterned tiles that create a gorgeous mosaic when installed behind a cooktop. (Note: If you go bold with the backsplash, keep countertops and cabinets simple.) Maintenance is a cinch, too—spray regularly with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water, and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Stainless Steel
Even if you don't cook like a professional chef, a stainless steel backsplash will make it appear like you do. The sleek, shiny metal has long been popular in commercial kitchens and contemporary home cooking spaces, but the latest twist is stainless steel tiles. They enable more creativity than a plain sheet of stainless, allowing you to create a modern mosaic that's practical and pretty. Stainless steel doesn't rust easily (so no need to worry about pasta water boiling over), and because it has no pores or cracks, you don't have to worry about the surface harboring food crumbs or bacteria.
 
Beadboard
Beadboard is a staple in cottage and farmhouse living rooms and baths for its classic, homey appearance. But the tongue-and-groove boards can also inject a shot of cottage charm into the kitchens. It's an update to a traditional look that will never go out of style. White beadboard makes the perfect backdrop for splashy colors elsewhere—like a robin's-egg blue range or open cabinetry filled with citrus-hued dishware. Make sure beadboard is sealed with polyurethane, and routinely scrub between the grooves with a toothbrush and mild cleaner to avoid grease buildup. (We promise it's worth the effort!)
 
Brick
Brick pavers are the chameleons of backsplash materials: In cottage-style kitchens, they're a great rustic addition. Painted white in a monochromatic room, brick provides an interesting textural layer. And installed behind a commercial stainless steel range, pavers bring just the right amount of warmth to a cool cooking space. Plus, color options abound, and brick pavers can be placed in a variety of patterns, from classic to complex. Over time, moisture can deteriorate brick, so be sure to use it in well-ventilated kitchens and always turn on appliance fans when cooking.
 

Plate Glass
Plate glass cut to fit in the space behind a range is one of the most simple—yet totally unique—backsplash ideas we've seen! It's a crisp, contemporary element that works well in modern spaces, but plate glass can also blend seamlessly in traditional kitchens as well. The wall color behind the glass can vary this look from subtle to bold. Stick with white, cream or gray to reflect light in an airy kitchen, or go for an attention-grabber like hot pink, orange or buttery yellow. Cleaning this backsplash is a snap, too: Simply wipe down the glass weekly with a mild cleaner and sponge.
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

2013 Kitchen Design Trends

by S. Lewis introduced by HomeThangs

Kitchen design trends are among the slowest changing trends there are, due in no small part, to the fact that kitchens are expensive, time consuming, and invasive to re-do. There’s been a gradual but major upheaval in kitchen design in the last few years, and a major change in the way that designers look at the kitchen space. HomeThangs introduced top ten 2013 kitchen design trends to help homeowners give their kitchens a facelift that would look up-to-date for the years to come.

 
1.    Moving Toward Modern
In 2012, “Traditional” kitchen design was dethroned by the more-modern “transitional” style in the National Kitchen And Bath Association rankings for the first time ever in the history of the rating system. That means there’s been a fundamental change in all levels of design, from material used, types, sizes, and shape from appliances, down to even how the kitchen is used. So for the new 2013 kitchen design, one needs to think simplified lines and big, open spaces made with gathering in mind.



2.    Hideaway Appliances
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.

 
3.    All-Over Lighting
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.


 
4.    Kitchen Island Getaways
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.


5.    Eco-Friendly Everything
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).

 
6.    Natural Color Schemes
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 d├ęcor.

7.    Culinary Quality Cooking Appliances
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.


8.    Decorative Range Hoods
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.
 
 
 
 
9.    Super Stylish Sinks
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.


Chef-Quality Faucets
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.




10.    Glass Backsplashes
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

Kitchen Battle: Solid vs. Engineered Wood Floors

Courtesy of Cultivate
 
 
Wonderful Wood
Wood is enjoying a comeback as a surface of choice for kitchens—no surprise given how much warmth, depth, and sophistication gleaming new planks of wood can add to the hub of the home. Once you’ve made the choice to put wood underfoot, you’ll find yourself confronted with all sorts of additional decisions. Should you go with solid or engineered wood? Pre-finished or custom stained? Classic American hardwood or an exotic species? Fortunately, it’s not about right versus wrong. Your budget, your personal style, and our primer on wood flooring can help you decide.
 
Shown here: Hickory Engineered Flooring by Armstrong
 
 
Solid Wood: The Basics

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.

Shown here: Oak Solid Wood Flooring by Bruce
 

 

Engineered Wood:
The Basics
 
Engineered wood floors are made up of three to twelve layers, or plies, of wood with a top layer of veneer in the wood and finish you’ve selected. As with solid wood, the planks come in a variety of widths. A well-made engineered wood floor looks every bit as beautiful as a hardwood floor. Because engineered floors are pre-finished, your color choices are limited by what the manufacturer has.
 Shown here: Birch Engineered Flooring by Armstrong
 
Solid Wood: Pros
The thickness of solid wood means it can be sanded down and refinished many times over the years, so it can look as good as new generations from now. Solid wood can also be matched to existing hardwood flooring quite easily, lending continuity to your interior design.
Shown here: Hickory Saddle Hand-Scraped Solid Wood Flooring by HomerWood
 
  
Solid Wood: Cons
Solid wood isn’t as environmentally friendly as engineered wood, simply because it uses more high-quality wood. According to Hosking Hardwood, a North Attleboro, Massachusetts, company, every square foot of wood that goes into solid wood flooring could be used to make four square feet of engineered wood. (You can limit your impact on the environment by choosing manufacturers that use only Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods). Solid wood is a more expensive option, and it also requires a subfloor, which can be an added expense.
Shown here: Black Acacia Solid Wood Flooring by Armstrong
 


Engineered Woods: Pros
 Engineered wood is a “greener” choice, especially if your tastes run to the more exotic, less sustainable woods such as Brazilian cherry, African mahogany, or teak. It’s also generally a less expensive option than solid wood; all things being equal, a top-quality solid wood floor is costlier than a top-quality engineered wood floor. Unlike solid wood, engineered wood can be laid on concrete or even over your old tile or vinyl flooring. It also stands up to high humidity better than solid wood.
Shown here: Maple Engineered Flooring by Shaw Floors
 
 

Engineered Wood: Cons
Engineered wood is not quite as durable as solid wood. This might be perfect for empty nesters with a quiet household, but if you have lots of foot traffic through the kitchen, or if you have large dogs, engineered wood won’t stay looking good as long as solid wood will. Because engineered wood has a relatively thin top layer, it can only be sanded a limited number of time, so refinishing more than once may not be an option.
Shown here: Hickory Engineered Flooring by Bruce
 
 
 
Whether you opt for solid wood or engineered wood will depend on your lifestyle, your priorities, and your budget. Rest assured that, no matter which you ultimately choose, both make a good choice for bringing classic warmth and beauty to the kitchen.
Shown here: Northern Red Oak Engineered Flooring by Shaw Floors
 
 
Cabinet-S-Top can help you select the wood to put underfoot in your  home.  Visit our showroom located at:
Cabinet-S-Top
1977  Medina R0ad
Medina, OH  44256
330-239-3630
www.cabinet-s-top.com
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Monday, December 3, 2012

Top 6 Hardware Styles for Raised-Panel Kitchen Cabinets

by Rebekah Zaveloff
Whether you're going for a furniture feel or industrial contrast
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.



Drop Pulls
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.


 


Classic Brass Drop Pull What they do for the kitchen: Add a furniture feel to fitted cabinetry.
What they work well with: Traditional-style kitchens, leaded glass inserts, inset cabinetry

 

 


 

Knobs With Decorative Backplates
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.









Manor House Cabinet Knob

What they do for the kitchen: Create a formal and old-world feel by adding a decorative element to every door and drawer front. They put less focus on the utilitarian function of a kitchen and more focus on the style.
What they work well with: Unfitted furniture-style cabinetry, furniture-style toe kicks, glazed and stained cabinet finishes.

 

 

Accented Wire Pulls Simple and elegant, accented wire pulls are an easy choice for a traditional-style kitchen with raised-panel doors. Accented wire pulls can have fluted ellipses, birdcage accents or a simple bead — there are tons of choices within this category of more traditional-style pulls. They offer just enough embellishment without being too heavy-handed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Rosette Pull
 What they do for the kitchen: Add just enough embellishment and detail. They feel traditional without being too serious or stuffy.

What they work well with: Glazed and distressed cabinet finishes, custom wood hood surrounds, architectural details such as columns, legs and fluting
 
Tuscany Cabinet Knob
 Matching knobs are often available for accented wire pulls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Industrial-Style Face-Mounted Pulls
Going industrial on a traditional raised-panel door style everyone's first instinct or cup of tea, but it's a refreshing alternative. Mixing industrial pulls with more classic knobs and latches can help to balance out a look.
Classic Styles Medium Pull
What they do for the kitchen: Create contrast and a bit of aesthetic tension, in which everything doesn't match. Industrial pulls can even be glamorous when they're in a high-polish finish.
What they work well with: Sleek and stylish (but not too modern)
stainless steel hoods, modern faucets, thick marble countertops.
 
 
 
 
These old-fashioned window sash–style pulls add vintage flair. Mixing sizes and profiles adds to the eclectic vibe in this kitchen.
 
 
 
 

 
Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Pull
What they do for the kitchen: Create a vintage, collected-over-time feel.
What they work well with: Black-grouted subway tile, bronze industrial light fixtures, black enamel appliances such as a range or hood.
 
 
 
Wood Knobs
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.
 

 
 
Wood Cabinet Knob
 What they do for the kitchen: Create the look of furniture.
 What they work well with: Mixed wood finishes, unfitted furniture-style cabinetry, old-world details such as pot rack cabinets.
 

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.
 
 
 
 Solid Brass 3-Inch Pull
What they do for the kitchen: Help tone down an ornate raised panel door with their simplicity.

What they work well with: Knobs on white or off-white cabinetry, vintage light fixtures, wood floors, butcher block countertops.
 
If you're looking for the latest style in cabinet knobs or pulls, then you'll want to stop by our showroom to see our large selection.  Cabinet-S-Top is located at 1977  Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630.  www.cabinet-s-top.com