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What’s new with cabinets?

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant

 

Have you been considering a kitchen remodel or upgrade, but don’t know where to start?

Here is a list of the current trends, and new ideas of ways to get more function from your cabinets and kitchen.  In many homes, our kitchen is not only a place to cook and eat, but it is the craft room, the homework station, and more often than not the main entertainment room.

Cabinet makers have taken all of this into account and come up with some pretty great space savers for kitchens.  Here are just a few that have been great additions.

Hidden spice cabinet pulls out
Hidden spice cabinet
Garbage can cabinets
Garbage can cabinet
Corner cabinet accessibility
Corner cabinet
Plate racks
Plate racks

Pictures compliments of www.midcontinentcabinetry.com

The “Art” of Picking the Right Paint Color

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant

 

For many people, picking a new paint color for a room can be overwhelming. There are at least a billion different choices in white, so how do you know that “snow white” will look better than, “brilliant white”?  Well here are some paint choosing tips that can help with the decision.

What is the feel of the room?  Is it a quite relaxing place? – Then softer cool tones would work nice.  Or is it a more vibrant, active room in the house? An entertaining space? – keep with the mood of the room and use bolder colors that make a statement.

What is the lighting like in the room?  Natural lighting from windows will give you the truest color.  So look at your paint sample in indirect natural light, vs. the light of the room.  Then you can adjust to what you want the true hues of the paint to be.

The art of picking paint125Sample, sample, sample!  You can get small sample paints at most of the paint stores, and local hardware stores.  I would recommend you get three or four that you think you like in the store to sample them in the room you plan to paint.

NOTE:  When sampling paint, use a white poster board.  There are two reasons for this. A white background will allow the color to show at its truest.  Two: painting over paint swatches on the wall can be hard to get to look smooth with the final coat.

Change the finish.  Give the room an extra pop with glossy trim and millwork and a flat or eggshell wall.

Get help from the color wheel.  Looking at the colors side by side on the color wheel can be helpful to see what you like together.  Colors that are directly across from each other are complementary colors, which tend to look great together.  Also, explore the different shades of a color.  Monochromatic schemes don’t have to be black and white.

Choose a color and live with it for a day or two.  The color will look different depending on the angle of sunlight and at night.  Waiting 24 hours or so to see how the color changes, is well worth the wait.

Not happy with your decision?  The good thing is, paint is easily changed.  If you need help, consider consulting with the experts at any reputable paint store, or hire an interior designer.

Contemporary Interior Design is making a Comeback!

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant

Contemporary Bath Design

Contemporary Bath Design

 

Throughout the first quarter of 2015, it’s easy to say that contemporary design for home remodels is leading the way for interiors.  From the space saving techniques to the clean lines and simple maintenance, contemporary design holds true to its style.

Below are a few trends we have seen repeating themselves so far this year.

 

Chrome fixtures
There has been a big increase of chrome finishes being used in both kitchens and baths.  From cabinet pulls, to faucets and shower components, chrome is coming back!  Chrome is contemporary, yet it also lends itself to a timeless design.

 

Clean lines
This is one thing that flows throughout the entire design. From flat panel cabinets and straight bar pulls, to geometric patterns and vertical tile installation; clean lines are all the rage right now.

 

White
Again, white is something that is classic and timeless, which makes for an easy pallet to design around.  White has become a very popular countertop choice, with a flat panel stained or painted cabinet.  We have also seen a big increase of white tile and accents being used.

 

Keeping it simple
A few years ago, oversized furniture and multiple fluffy throw pillows were what everyone wanted.  This year- simple space saving furniture is the trend.  Think 70’s retro, but with a modern twist.

This picture above pretty much sums up everything I mentioned.  Clean lines; chrome fixtures, white pallet and simple.

Gray is in

by Sue Tughan

Think gray, if you are looking for a change in color for your kitchen, bath or even bedroom.  This popular trend can be a great alternative to traditional colored cabinets.  It works well with modern, Old World, traditional, contemporary or modern spaces.
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When choosing this versatile neutral color, be sure to consider the size of the space you are working with, sunlight, how it is influenced by surrounding colors and whether you prefer painted or stained cabinets.

 

Gray cabinet
If new cabinets are not in your budget, using accents with gray floating shelves, hardware, furniture, accessories or paint color are good options to give you that updated look.

The options are endless.

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Remodel with your pet in mind

by Sue Tughan

Pets are members of our families.  They no longer require just a doggie door, plain old dog bed or outside dog house.  Over 73 million U.S. households have a dog as a pet, and 90 million have cats, so why shouldn’t your pets be considered when making home improvements? If you are looking for some creative ideas, here are a few ideas that can easily be incorporated into your remodeling project.Pet-Alcove-Cabinet

What was once “wasted” space under the stairs, housing seasonal storage, outdoor gear, etc.  consider an out of the way cozy dog house, that will certainly give you style points from both your four legged friend and guests alike!

You might consider a room with a view. Floor-to-ceiling windows will not only let more natural light into the house, but they can also provide your pet with a way to see or maybe catch a breeze. As an added touch, you can install bird feeders near the window for extra visual interest.

Hidden catboxWhere to hide the litter box or dog bed?  Many people settle for the laundry room, but the box is still there and in plan sight.  This is an easy project.  Just remove the door or cut a cat size hole in the door of your cabinet for your kitty to get in and out. That’s it.  An out of the way litter box that is easy to access and change.

If a mudroom is in your plan, be sure to include a tiled area with a handheld showerhead that allows you to wash the dog without having to lift it into a tub and tracking dirt throughout the house.Pet dogwash

 

 

 

No matter what you decide, keep your furry loved-ones happy by giving them a home they’ll love!