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Kitchen Cabinet Terms

Know Before You Go Visually, cabinets will set the design tone for the rest of the kitchen. This makes choosing kitchen cabinets one of the most essential parts of your kitchen renovation. You want to choose cabinets that look good, work well, and last. Picking up some basic kitchen cabinet terms before you go cabinet shopping will help you understand what designers and contractors are talking about. You can also learn what to look for in a quality cabinet. Basic Cabinet Terms There are four components to a cabinet: the Box, the Shelves, the Drawers,… 

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2021 Kitchen Design Trends

After a year of spending more time than ever in our homes, many of us are ready to give our surroundings a refresh and improve functionality. A renewed interest in cooking and baking, extended periods of studying, or working from home have all highlighted the necessity for dedicated spaces for family members. In fact, according to the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 2020 was the first year that saw a reverse of the trend towards open-plan kitchens by nearly 10%. If you are looking for some inspiration—our curated look at 2021 Kitchen Design Trends… 

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Natural Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Natural wood kitchen cabinets offer several positives not found with other materials. Our modern kitchens use stainless steel and glossy finishes. The natural warmth, texture, and durability of wood provides the perfect visual contrast. Also, any well-built quality wood cabinet will last for decades.  Plus, they can be stained to highlight the wood grain or painted to a smooth, lasting finish. Following is an overview of the available hardwood choices we have for your kitchen cabinets. Alder Alder wood is native to the Pacific Northwest and is characterized by a smooth, straight grain with some… 

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Fall 2020 Kitchen Design Trends

An increase in home improvement activity is the basis for key Fall 2020 kitchen design trends.  A recent homeowner survey on Houzz reflects that for many people, spending more time at home has homeowners realizing they would like to improve function and appearance. Nearly 4 in 5 homeowners (79%) reported that they were thinking about making changes that could help them enjoy their homes more. Additionally, 23% of respondents would like to improve their kitchens, adding storage, dedicated spaces for baking, and multi-use areas. We are highlighting some current styles below to get you started… 

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Kitchen Storage: 3 Smart Ideas

The featured photo above highlights the kitchen storage display at our showroom. We recently remodeled to install dozens of storage options for you to see and try. Every open door and drawer above contains a storage discovery. Come by and give them all a try. Consider our line-up of kitchen storage solutions below as a starting point. Spice Things Up Small items like individual spice jars are often the hardest to organize in a kitchen. Also, spices last longer when stored away from light in airtight containers. Traditionally, a counter spice rack, or a lazy… 

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2 Useful Kitchen Layouts

In our New Galley Kitchen post, we talked about new modern galley kitchen layouts. In modern homes, these two parallel rows of cabinets open up to the family and dining areas. A century ago, kitchens were relegated to a service area at the back of the house. Today we use our kitchens as a primary room for entertaining, fully integrating them into our living areas. As a result, the L-shaped kitchen has become one of the most popular kitchen layouts. It edged out the U-shaped kitchen among U.S. homeowners remodeling in 2020 -according to recent… 

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The New Galley Kitchen

A galley kitchen consists of two rows of cabinetry that face one another with a walkway between. It can be enclosed or open. This layout takes its name from the kitchen spaces in ships, trains, or planes. This kitchen layout is all about efficiency and wise use of available space. This classic kitchen layout can be one of the simplest and most versatile layout choices. The layout can work in larger spaces as well. As shown in the featured kitchen above from our partners at Bellmont Cabinetry, the design creates a streamlined look. This modern… 

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Spring 2020 Design Trends

What are the Spring 2020 design trends to watch? Whether you are considering a full kitchen remodel or looking for a fresh look, take inspiration from this round-up. The Dark Side Opt for deep, dark units and contrast with brighter shades elsewhere to add depth and character to the space.  Often overlooked as purely an accent color, black cabinetry and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black cabinetry balanced with white countertops, flooring, and backsplash – plus gray accents are both on-trend and timeless.   See more of this chic and livable kitchen… 

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Kitchen Design – The 60-30-10 Rule

A Simple Kitchen Design Rule Have you ever walked into a kitchen and it just felt right, but you couldn’t put your finger on exactly why? Chances are that proportion was a key factor.   The kitchen designer paid careful attention to balancing needed function with the colors used and the scale of the kitchen cabinets and other fittings. A simple but powerful design rule that can help achieve this balance is called the 60-30-10 rule.  It can easily be applied to color choice and cabinet layout in kitchen design.   What is the 60-30-10 Design Rule?… 

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Kitchen Remodeling Steps

There is a saying in the real estate industry: Kitchens sell homes.But in fact, because of low housing inventory, many people are deciding to remodel instead of selling. In addition, according to the Zillow Housing Aspirations Report, 76 percent of Americans surveyed would prefer to upgrade their home to meet their needs – especially their kitchen. From a financial standpoint, the best (and smartest) kind of kitchen remodel is one that you can enjoy yourself for a few years before selling. Here are some basic steps to take as you plan a new kitchen. Form vs.…