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Inviting color into your kitchen and bathroom

Whether you’re totally remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or hoping to give a drab, monochromatic space a facelift, adding splashes of color can be as simple as a coat of paint, as subtle as accent lighting, as drastic as new cabinets, or as fiery as bright accent rugs and eye-popping countertops.

The Big Guns

In a new kitchen, the first place to contemplate color is your cabinets. These days, cabinets come in a range of colors and hues, from painted surfaces to natural wood stains. If new cabinets are not quite what your budget allows, here are several fun alternatives:

  • Paint your old wooden cabinets a bold color.
  • Remove a few doors for open-air, painted shelving solutions.
  • Replace a few solid doors with glass doors to display your colorful and most interesting dishware.

 

New countertops account for a great deal of space, particularly if you’ve got a kitchen island. They can add color to your kitchen or bath without overwhelming the room. Non-porous, stain-resistant quartz and Corian® come in an array of colors ranging from deep, earthy tones to light, airy ones. Because both surfaces are factory-made (Corian with minerals and acrylic, quartz with ground quartz), color pigments can be added during the fabrication process. Whatever the material, countertops are a great way to invite exciting colors into your space.

We don’t often think of it, but appliances come in various colors, from farm-style ceramic basin sinks to retro-style refrigerators. A few colorful, well-placed appliances can make a huge difference.

Wall-to-Wall

Don’t underestimate your wall space! In bathrooms, particularly, the right color paint can enliven. Accent walls in a kitchen are great ways to invite color without overcommitting to a hue, and you can take the guesswork out of painting by visiting a variety of paint stores and taking home palettes and idea books.

If you’re looking for an artful touch, brightly colored focal points like mosaics or a playfully glazed tile behind the range or in the master bathroom work wonders. A tile backsplash that runs the perimeter of your kitchen can complement the colors of focal points as well.

Throw Some Color Around

Smaller, moveable accents like throw rugs, pillows, blankets, towels, and shower curtains are often overlooked ways to give your rooms depth and interest. Create interest by adding:

  • A brightly colored runner in front of the kitchen sink
  • Patterned bath rugs
  • Mix-and-match patterned pillows and bright cushions in a breakfast nook
  • Boldly painted barstools or linen cabinets
  • A shower curtain that draws the eye

 

Good Lighting … Goes a Long Way

From mini-indoor spotlights that highlight the mosaic tile in your kitchen to the warm glow of pendant lamps over the bar, lighting is one of the most effective ways to highlight your room’s colors. Harsh, bright white light like the kind in old-fashioned fluorescent ceiling units — which we find in many bathrooms — washes out color and makes surfaces seem drab, while up-to-date, well-placed, varied light brings a room together. As a matter of fact, many pendant lights come in translucent colored glass that bring rich hues to your space.

Floor ‘Em with Floors

Finally, it’s possible to bring color into your kitchens and baths from the ground up. If you’re going for a beach house look, try painting your wood floors. If you’re looking for industrial chic, cement floors come in an amazing selection of color. Tile can give you a retro checkerboard look or a clean, Florida living feel.

You’re not alone in the process of revitalizing your kitchen and bathroom! Our professional design team is here to help. Contact us today to discuss your next project.

 

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DIY kitchen and bathroom: when and when not to jump in

Whether you’re making an army of apple pies for a holiday get-together or microwaving leftovers; taking a two-minute shower because you’re late for work or brushing your teeth before bed, your kitchens and bathrooms are some of the most well-traveled rooms in your home. If only wear-and-tear weren’t a byproduct of all those family dinners and bubble baths. Fortunately, there are several secrets to sprucing up these spaces on your own — and some definite reasons to call in the pros.

When to Do-It-Yourself

One of these easiest ways to give your kitchen or bathroom a fresh look is to replace grimy, water-stained plumbing fixtures with shiny new ones. Just remember to buy fixtures that fit your particular space.

Give your walls a breath of fresh air with a new, clean color. It’s been proven that paint can change the whole mood of a room. A fresh coat of paint does wonders to take a room from drab to pleasant.

Replace your greasy, out-of-date door handles and knobs with new ones. All you need is new hardware and a screwdriver.

Install in-drawer spice racks, roll-out trays, and trash bins with minimal time and effort. Your local hardware store has supplies and kits to help make your life easier.

For more dramatic changes, many people opt to paint cabinets or replace doors. While this is a good idea if your cabinets are in good shape, it’s important to remember that laminate cabinets don’t last as long as hardwood — they are made from particleboard layered with a thin coat of laminate material. After years of wear and tear, those boxes and shelves may not be in optimal shape. When it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets and countertops, it’s best to call in the pros.

The Pro Solution

Replacing countertops is an intricate and time-consuming job. Even if you’re looking for a cost-effective option, the countertop space must be measured, cut to fit around sinks and appliances, and fitted with matching backsplashes. With more complex materials like granite, marble, quartz, and Corian, cutting surfaces to fit your space requires special tools and well-trained fabricators and installers who know how to do things like dress seams and maneuver heavy materials without damage.

The same goes for cabinets: The pros measure your space, draw up plans, and understand specifications. If you have corner cabinets, or particularly high or low ceilings, a pro can adjust for dimensions and angles. Installation, too, requires not only heavy lifting but on-the-job problem solving, mounting, and detail finishing.

While laying tile is certainly something many people attempt themselves, when you have a more complex space like a kitchen with an island in its center — or even a larger expanse that requires long, straight lines — a lot of measuring, calculating, and tile-cutting is required. If you’ve never used a tile saw before, you may be surprised at the level of skill required to cut a straight line — and the degree of messiness you encounter!

Finally, unless you really know what you’re doing, any electrical work or moving of plumbing pipes should be relegated to professionals. It goes without saying that electrocution and floods can cause havoc. This goes for structural changes, too. The last thing you want to do is tear down a load-bearing wall.

Home improvement can be a fun DIY challenge, but knowing when to call in the pros can save you from any headaches or, worse, damage to your home. Do it right so you can get back to enjoying your newly renovated kitchen or bath.

Need a professional hand? Contact us today to talk about your next project!

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Sterling kitchen and bath vendors take home gold in 2015 Brand Use Report

As with our craftsmanship, we pride ourselves on the excellence of the products we use in kitchen and bath projects. That really comes down to the vendors we work with. So we were highly pleased to see so many of our vendors appear on the 2015 BUILDER Brand Use Report. Each year, BUILDER performs a survey of the building industry in every product category to identify the most trusted brands based on familiarity, use, and quality.

Of course, Kohler was a very familiar name in the study, with the highest familiarity in faucets, whirlpool baths, and shower doors. Their bath fixtures are also the most-used and have the highest quality rating. We think that it may have something to do with Kohler’s commitment to having a net-zero environmental footprint by 2035. It is this kind of striving for excellence that has them working with the EPA and USGBC to create more water-efficient and sustainable products.

Daltile is the most trusted name in ceramic tile. Given that they’ve been offering quality products since 1947, it’s no wonder that they’re the most familiar brand. Daltile continues to refine their customer service and product quality; as a member of the Green Building Council, their use of recycled materials and pursuit of LEED certification does make them stand out as being the most trusted.

The most-used custom and semi-custom cabinets are those made by Kraftmaid. Since they’ve been doing this for 40 years, growing from a meager cabinet shop to a 1.5 million square foot manufacturing center, the company has the experience necessary to earn the highest quality rating in stock cabinets. Their versatility and custom craftsmanship have certainly earned them our respect and appreciation.

And it seems like we’re not the only ones who have realized that Moen is one of the best choices for faucets. Of the survey respondents, 32% said that they’ve used Moen products in the last year, and 66% reported using them in the past two years. No matter the look you’re going for, Moen is sure to have a faucet that will fit.

We were also happy to see Corian® make a sweep across the board in the ratings for solid surface material. It’s been gaining a lot of popularity as of late, and DuPont makes it so easy to use Corian® in finding just the right color and fitting just the right space.

We’re really proud of each of our vendors, and we take great care in selecting just the right materials for every home and workspace we renovate. If you’re considering some remodeling in your home or business, rest assured that we only work with the best. Contact us to learn more about our vendors and their excellent products.

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