Monday, August 31, 2015

12 Designer Details for Your Kitchen Cabinets and Island

by Sam Ferris

Take your kitchen to the next level with these special touches

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, most of us crave custom design. Whether it’s posh crown moldings or ingenious storage solutions, custom design is all about the details. Add a personal touch to your kitchen cabinets with these 12 ideas that bring designer style to the heart of your home.

1. Crown molding. Few things leave designer fingerprints like crown molding does. It can bridge the gap between your wall cabinets and the ceiling, allowing for a seamless transition. In traditional kitchens, it can cap off the design with one final touch of detail.

2. Matching ends. Instead of a flush skin, go with matching panels for your cabinet ends. Like decorative legs, they have a furniture-style look. This type of detail especially thrives in traditional or Mediterranean spaces.

A matching end comes integrated into the cabinet or as a separate piece. You can install your own; just make sure there’s enough room first. Some panels are up to ¾ inch thick, depending on the manufacturer.

3. Decorative legs. From chunky to Mission style, table legs always catch the eye. Place them at the ends of your island or work them into your cabinet layout for a true furniture feel.

In general, legs with detailing are better suited for traditional and rustic designs. Simple, straightforward legs work best with contemporary and modern designs.

4. A splash of color. Neutrals remain the go-to hues to use for kitchen cabinets, so a stroke of green or blue is a daring design choice. It can be a risk that pays off. The effect is a bright and bold design with just the right amount of spice. Your neutrals will also pop, as they do in this contemporary design.

5. Glass door fronts. Whether transparent, frosted or seeded, a glass door front sets the stage for a glimpse of fine dishware and dazzling decor, especially when there are lights involved. This type of display can make your kitchen design open and inviting, which lets you and your guests feel right at home.

6. Corbels. Ornate, oversized and even plain corbels add traditional elegance to an island and kitchen cabinets.

7. Mixed door styles. If you’re stuck between two cabinet door styles, don’t be afraid to use both. Complementary styles can strengthen your kitchen’s overall look, while opposites can produce an attractive transitional design. This kitchen shakes it up with a mix of modern slab door fronts and Shaker-style cabinets.

8. Beadboard. As timeless as black and white, beadboard is perfect for rustic, farmhouse or beach-style kitchen designs. It also adds a smidgen of detail without compromising the simplicity of your design. Use it as the finishing touch for your cabinet ends or find a door style that has it built in.

9. Creative storage spaces. Don’t always settle for cookie-cutter storage options. A custom wine rack drawer is one way to give your cabinets a designer touch (and house a growing wine collection). Other popular options are spice rack drawers, peg pullouts for utensils, and tray dividers for baking sheets. Custom built-ins like these show personality and are a perfect marriage of form and function.

10. Wainscoat panels. Not to be confused with matching ends, wainscoat panels adorn the backs of cabinets. They can dress up the back side of your island and make it look like an authentic furniture piece with the help of decorative legs and matching ends.

11. Fluted molding. Here’s where a little extra detail goes a long way. Put fluted molding on both sides of a cabinet (preferably at a center point, like a sink or stove base) to make a statement.

12. Unique stains and glazes. An antique finish can add charm, and a custom glaze brings unparalleled character to kitchen cabinets.

At Cabinet-S-Top we specialize in the details.  Stop by our showroom to let one of our designers assist you in taking your kitchen to the next level with these special touches.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

9 Kitchen Color Ideas with Staying Power

by Yanic Simard

If you’re looking for a timeless color scheme that will keep your kitchen out of the trends and in style for the long term, then look no further than one of these nine classic color combinations.

1. Shades of blue. One of the best aspects of blue is that, while any individual shade is bound to get dated, a combination of shades will always look beautiful. If you stick to neutrals and blues, you can easily add new accents over the years and never feel like you have to start from scratch to stay up to date.

Feel free to mix in green-blues, purple-blues or both. The overall effect will still read as monochromatic, and you can adjust the vibe by replacing one or two items.

2. Black and white. A black and white scheme, especially with a checkerboard floor, is one of the most iconic styles, and it can work in any size space. It’s safest to stick to about 10 to 20 percent black to keep the kitchen from feeling too dark. Feel free to cheat by using a charcoal off-black or some pale gray to subdue the drama.

Additionally, black window sashes are a timeless detail and an excellent way to add some black to a kitchen in an architectural way that doesn’t feel intrusive.

3. Black, white and wood. To warm up black and white, add wood floors and wood accents for a look that feels lively despite not having any true — and possibly trendy — colors. In a larger kitchen, try black cabinets with a white island to make the island a focus. In a smaller kitchen, reverse the colors to keep the walls open and airy.

4. Olive. Pulling color inspiration from food is an excellent way to stay timeless, and olive green is one of the most understated and tasteful hues there is. Instead of accent colors, mix it with warm metals and woods. Look to olives, herbs and champagne for color references when choosing finishes — they’ll always be kitchen-appropriate.

5. Off-white and white. If a crisp white kitchen is too stark for you, but you like the timeless serenity, use a mix of off-whites to create an architect’s dream palette. Accentuate with pure white to make the subtle details come alive.

6. Hints of mint. One way to avoid passing trends is to pick a charming hue that’s already retro. A hint of mint gives a kitchen a certain 1950s charm, and if you love it now, you won’t have to worry about changing your mind in the next decade.

Just a classic cool mint fridge is enough to give a white kitchen a feeling of mint-chip fun, as in the kitchen at left. You can also mix the color with other shades of blue (see idea No. 1) to balance retro with contemporary.

7. Italian red. What is more kitchen-appropriate than tomato red? One of the safest ways to add red is through accessories. That way you know you won’t overdose on the color, which is easy to do with bright red walls, because the paint is guaranteed to seem bolder on the walls than the color swatch suggests.

However, red cabinetry can be beautiful, especially when applied only to the lowers (and picked up in details like red spices in clear jars). Look to authentic Italian food packaging for inspiration. This red will always feel tasteful.

8. Red, white and blue. This classic color trio mixes some of the most ideal hues for a kitchen: white for a sense of modern cleanliness; blue for beautiful, livable softness; and red for that appetite-inducing punch. If you’re unsure how to implement this combination, trying using navy blue just for accents low to the ground, like the island face or seating, and keep red for small accents, like curtains, books and towels.

For an edgier twist, reduce the white to an accent, replacing it with stone, gray or more blue. Put the red and blue right next to each other, and the colors become extra vivid and create a sense of lively energy.

9. Trend colors. If you have an unstoppable craving for some hot colors, have no fear. Add them to one of the above schemes through small accents such as bar stools, lamp cords, placemats, slipcovers, knobs, art or simply fresh flowers, and you can easily update the look without changing the base every time your tastes change.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Ways to Open Up a Windowless Bathroom

by Yanic Simard

Got a bathroom without natural light or a view?
Here’s how to brighten it up

When planning the interior architecture of a home, whether it’s a cozy house, a slick condo, or something in between, usually the bathroom is one of the last places to get precious window real estate. That leaves many of us with a windowless bathroom that feels a little boxed in. Luckily, designers have lots of tricks for brightening bathrooms. Here are five tried and true ones.

1. Embrace White

White is one of the best ways (if not the best way) to reflect light through a space. It’s even more powerful than a mirror.

Keep in mind that white can also be introduced through accessories, and not strictly walls. The paint here carries a hint of color, but the room still feels fresh with all the hits of white introduced via the breezy chair, petite rug, tiles and fixtures.

2. Learn to Love Glass and Lucite

If you don’t have a window letting light in, then you won’t want something that takes light away. Polished metal, glass, mirror and Lucite are great materials for adding interest and drama without absorbing light. The space will feel uniform, even if there’s very little color.

Lucite accessories are particularly useful for the functional items you need on the counter; they’ll feel like they encroach less on your space than opaque pieces, so the entire vibe is less cluttered.

3. Get a Leggy Vanity

A leggy, open vanity will admittedly provide less storage, but if you can tuck bathroom items in a closet, the longer sight lines of an open vanity will help you feel less boxed in. I use this style often in compact bathrooms.

An airy vanity can also include a towel shelf (also usable for baskets of smaller items) and still feel very light. Again, white, metal and glass will help it appear to float. A front rail will provide a place for a small towel.

4. Have Multiple Mirrors

Mirrors in unexpected places really help to expand the space, especially near the ground, where they let the floor stretch out (you can also create the look by using mirror for bathroom toe kicks or closet doors).

Also notice how this bath and the one in the previous photo have glass doors instead of a curtain for maximum openness. A fixed glass panel with a swing door is one of my go-tos, even with a standard tub installation.

A full wall of mirror (or at least extending to the vanity) really goes the extra distance to double the space visually. Here some antique character helps to bring warmth back in.

You can even layer a second mirror (or just a frame) over the large panel to create a focal point, added interest and a more intimate mood.

5. Layer Your Lighting

Windows bring in horizontal light to counter overhead lights. Without a window, all you’ve got is vertical light coming straight down — not flattering. Wall fixtures will bring back that glow to your face (and your space).

Layering lighting right over the glass is a great solution in a small bathroom.

You can create the look with a hanging plug-in pendant when cutting an existing mirror isn’t an option.

6. Fake It

Consider adding elements to make the room feel like it has a window. I’m sure the window in this space is real, but can you tell? Ultimately a bathroom shade is usually closed, so adding one in front of a blank wall (with a cool-running light behind it) will create the illusion of a window and a diffused glow.

Of course, with a crackling fireplace nearby, who needs a window? 

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

24 Hot Ideas for Stashing Spices

by Rebekah Zaveloff

“A place for everything and everything in its place" is my mantra for kitchen design. When it comes to storage, many people think it's about needing more, but it's not — it's about having a home for every little thing. A dedicated food pantry, a cabinet for cutting boards, and a cabinet for Tupperware will give you peace of mind in the kitchen and keep everything from being shoved willy-nilly wherever it will fit. That said, let's start with spices:

Carve out a spice niche. A nook behind your stove is a good place to stash spices you use everyday. A stainless shelf installed across a stone tile backsplash is all you need to store the items you need at arm's reach.

Tip: Note how these spices are in tins. Ideally spices shouldn't be exposed to light or heat, because they lose their intensity, but this looks great and it's easy access for everyday. We use certain spices so frequently that the chance of them losing their flavor due to exposure is pretty slim.

When you have the space for a built-in hood like this, it's nice to have spices exposed for easy access but also tucked away from direct heat from the stove.

Creating a niche in the drywall, whether or not you tile it, is another great little spot for stashing spices at arm's reach.

This is super-clever and something I've never seen before! The rail of the library ladder doubles as a shelf rail to hold spice jars. I love how this design creates a space between lower and upper cabinets for this to work.

 Stash spices on the wall. There are many wonderful wall-mount storage systems on the market. If you're not embarking on a kitchen remodel but want to reorganize, a magnetic wall mount system like this is a fabulous option. It looks super-sleek and stores knives too. Check out this 6-spice version from Kamenstein.

Wall-mount systems can store dozens of spices and can fit on a blank wall inside a walk-in pantry, closet, or on the back of a door.

Wall rail systems can do double and triple duty. This one has a place for spices, utensils and bowls — and gets items up off the countertop.

Wall-mounted racks are sleek and simple and can fit in a small section of unused wall space.

A simple shelf installed under the wall cabinets is a great stealth location for spices.

Make a handy spice drawer. A drawer insert is a great way to get all the smaller and medium spices into one place.

Spice drawer inserts are available from most cabinet manufacturers, and there are also some after-market options available. Wood inserts that can be trimmed to fit any drawer. Or for instant gratification, opt for an adjustable plastic one.

Keep smaller spice containers inside the drawers and taller items in a wall cabinet above.

These spice organizers have useful handles so that they can be removed from the drawer for easier access.

Add a pull-out mini pantry. If you have a little extra cabinet space, don't use a filler or spacer, give yourself a 4" or 6" pull-out spice pantry.

In a traditional style kitchen, decorative columns flanking a range can double as pull-out spice storage.

In a modern kitchen, narrow pull-out cabinets flanking the cooktop are the perfect spot for spices — and they clear out space in the wall cabinets for other items.

A wall cabinet pull-out spice pantry can be the ideal thing for a narrow space at eye level next to the cooktop.

A larger pull-out pantry is wide enough for spices and oils and vinegars on both sides.

Reclaim space in an island. At the end of an island with decorative columns or legs, there's a shallow space created between them that is often a fixed panel. This doesn't have to be wasted space. Put doors on hinges and give yourself some extra space for spices.

Use a cabinet door. Wall mounted spice shelves are terrific and are available from most cabinet manufacturers. They also can be done in an existing kitchen cabinet. When storing spices I prefer not to have a cabinet too deep; things get lost. This solves that problem: Shelves are shallower to allow for the door mount spice holder. Rev-a-Shelf makes something similar to the one we see here.

Tip: If you want to install something like this in an existing kitchen, measure the depth of your spice holder and hardware and cut down your shelves by that amount to make everything fit.

Give spices a home in the pantry. In this mothership of all pantries, spice shelves on the doors are easy to see and easy to store. Everything is one jar deep, which is ideal. If the spice shelves are too deep, you start to lose track of what you have.

If you want to have deeper storage such as roll outs for pantry staples and extra storage for spices, do a combo unit like this one.

This pantry was carved out of the space between wall studs. A sliding barn door makes for easy access. You can leave the door open when you're cooking and grab as you go.

An organized pantry with shelves set at specific heights for specific items makes all the difference. Most people don't realize how much storage is lost simply because of the shelf heights. Fit the organization to the stuff that you're organizing! 

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