Monday, November 24, 2014

9 Ways to Spice Up Your Kitchen Cabinetry

by Jo Leevers

If a perfectly matched set of built-in units isn’t your
cup of tea, try these ideas to add some variety

Freestanding cupboards, mix-and-match colors, contrasting textures, individual drawer pulls — kitchens can be as creative as their owners. If sleek, clean-cut units don’t get you excited, take inspiration from these nine ways to get a more varied look in the kitchen.

1. Mix cabinet styles. This kitchen’s cabinets are all the same trendy gray, but they sidestep predictable symmetry because two pieces are different styles. They work together, but their drawers have different depths and storage options. A rail for pots and pans creates more variety.

2. Feature a key piece. To keep things interesting in a kitchen with matching cabinets, add a standout storage unit. It could be a plate rack or a bright or weathered dresser. It will break up the rigidity of a single-finish kitchen and let your personality shine through.

3. Work in an island. For impact in a large kitchen, an island needs to be a “hero” piece that can carry the space. This weathered central island doesn’t conform to any norms. Along with the industrial storage on wheels, it adds just the right amount of character.

4. Try an urban loft style. A strong dose of industrial style livens up this slim kitchen. Wood, metal, gray paint and ceramic surfaces mix easily, thanks to similar tones. Then there are the contrasts: Bare bricks are mirrored by glossy metro tiles, waist-level units by a taller cabinet. Matching kitchen pieces in this space could have looked too uniform; these look freed up and innovative.

5. Go two-tone. A blend of two shades — palest green and natural bare timber — brings a breath of fresh air to this kitchen. Tongue and groove cabinets and two types of handles are extra custom twists.

6. Compare and contrast. A creative kitchen doesn’t have to be off-the-charts unusual. Simply combining two tones, two surfaces and two heights does the job. Carefully crafted finishes give the space a quality feel.

7. Cast it in monochromes. The dark-on-light color scheme here adds visual interest, and the contrast of raw, waxy timber and smooth marble creates a look that’s unique.

8. Add your own handles. This kitchen works its magic with off-the-shelf units with tactile leather handles. The handles are eye catching and pleasant to hold — significant, when you consider how often they’ll be used. Open shelving on top combines with a stainless steel countertop that wouldn’t be out of place in a chef’s kitchen.

9. Pare it back. This converted industrial warehouse is a dramatic space, so the designer wisely didn’t try to make the kitchen steal the show. Zinc-colored doors inside pale frames, metallic tones and a pared-back 1960s vibe for the furnishings help this kitchen work in its setting — proof that statements don’t always have to be shouts.

Looking for a designer to be creative in the design of your kitchen?  Then stop by Cabinet-S-Top located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~

Monday, November 3, 2014

8 Kitchen Trends for 2015

Kitchens have become the main hub of family interaction over the past few decades. If you are considering a face lift to your kitchen, check out these trends for 2015!

2015 kitchen trends favor "less is more".   Clean lines and simple moldings with selected accents that offer some personalization.

Open shelving, cook tops, wall ovens, and under-counter options such as specialized drawers for wine, refrigeration and microwaving

Clean Lines, Less Clutter

While transitional styles are still number one, we see kitchen design trending more contemporary this year, with clean, simple lines; 
less clutter; and little ornamentation.

White cabinets will always be a classic, especially when paired with black countertops. But people have started to shift away from classic white by turning to grays and bolder colors including deep blues.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are increasing.  Granite is still a great

material, but quartz surfacing continues to gain fans - and market share.  

Durable heat-resistant and easy to maintain, the material also permits a variety of looks that granite cannot match.

  • Glass Back Splashes

    Glass back splashes will grow in popularity

    LED Lighting

    • LED lighting  was cited as an "in-demand" kitchen feature for the coming year.
          • LEDs are super energy efficient, last much longer than incandescent bulbs and offer many style options.   

        • Electronic Satin Nickel / Polished Chrome Finish Faucets 

          Satin Nickel is the most popular faucet finish and will continue to grow as will Polished Chrome.

          The idea of electronic faucets is too good to pass up.  And now that manufacturers have upped the style and improved the reliability, the products are only going to get more popular. NKBA said it's one of the most in-demand items.

          Wood Flooring

          Wood is the most popular flooring material in America. When the real material is inappropriate (in moisture-prone or high traffic areas), more buyers are turning to ceramic tile with a wood grain pattern.  The demand for it will only increase.

          USB Outlets

          Wall sockets with built-in USB parts are
          the future. The products make it easier to charge cell phones, gaming devices, digital cameras and tablets. 

          French-Door Refrigerator

          Do consumers still buy side-by-side refrigerators?  It's not hard to see why a French-door refrigerator - with two doors up top and a freezer below - is a much better idea.  It  puts everyday items at eye-level and offers full shelves for pizza boxes.

        • Cabinet-S-Top can help you choose the trends that best fit your lifestyle.  Our designers can help you accomplish building a savvy well-designed space that accommodates your lifestyle for many years to come!  Stop by our showroom to discuss your project!  We're located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~