The Beginner’s Guide to Kitchen Sinks

Gorgeous Stainless Steel Sink

When remodeling your kitchen you may think that cabinets, counter tops, and flooring may be your most critical decisions, and that’s fair. After all, these materials can represent a large portion of the remodeling budget and will be responsible for creating your kitchen’s aesthetic.

However, a good deal of attention also needs to be paid to the kitchen sink. Remember, your kitchen sink will be frequently used, dealt a lot of abuse, and needs to last for years to come. Below, you’ll find an outline of the basic options that you’ll find when shopping around for the purchase.

Number of Basins

Generally, kitchen sinks have one, two, or even three basins. Which you’ll enjoy the most depends on your lifestyle. Many people love the space a single basin sink affords. However, single basin sinks don’t multitask very well.

Width

Designing a kitchen is always a process of balancing out space, and the kitchen sink is no exception. You need a sink big enough to fill your every food preparation and clean up need, but you’re sacrificing valuable counter space for every inch your sink widens. A good starting point is the sink you have now. Think back to all the instances you wish you had a larger sink. If this is a frequent desire, then get a bigger sink.

Depth

Generally speaking, most designers consider deeper kitchen sinks the way to go. After all, the deeper the sink, the more room you’ll have to fill large pots, hide dirty dishes, and wash produce without splashing your counter top. However, deeper sinks leave less storage space under the cabinet and cost more.

Material

While options are always broadening, you’ll see mostly stainless steel and porcelain sinks while shopping around. Stainless steel tends to be the most affordable, but many argue that there is just no beating the warmth afforded by porcelain. In recent years, however, granite and natural stone sinks have grown in popularity. Just make sure that the material you choose can hold up to your lifestyle.

Thickness

When talking about stainless steel sinks, you’ll also need to look at the thickness of the sink. Generally speaking, the thicker the steel, the harder it is to damage. Of course, thicker steel is more expensive and harder to form into a sink, so you’ll pay a higher price as well.

Picking the right kitchen sink really is a process. Don’t be afraid to shop around or drop a fair chunk of change of the purchase. After all, your kitchen sink will be heavily used; it’s a product you’re going to want to enjoy.

This post entitled The Beginner’s Guide to Kitchen Sinks is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

Top Bathroom Colors in 2015

Marsala Colored Bathroom

At Kitchen Cabinet Kings, we are always on the hunt for the latest trends and inspirations that will take ordinary cabinets and turn them into the kind that are truly fit for royalty. Ask any interior designer, inspired homeowner, or decor-enthusiast and they will tell you that the right color scheme can truly take any space and elevate it to new heights. When it comes to the bathroom, there are many different options when choosing the aesthetic that suits you best. Whether you prefer something more utilitarian, inventive, timeless, or creative, there is a color out there that can help you achieve your vision. If you would like to learn more about what’s trending now, read on to find out about the top bathroom colors of 2015.

Greige

Greige Color Swatch

If you want your bathroom to have a minimalistic feel, a blend of grey and beige is your best bet. A combination of these neutral colors is a look that will never go out of style and is guaranteed to flatter a room of any size, since using light colors plays a trick on the eye and creates the illusion of more space.

Marsala

Marsala Color Swatch

As the Pantone color of the year, Marsala is not just a trendy pick for 2015, but one that will give your bathroom a hint of sophistication. This rich hue is Earthy, warm, and inviting for both family members and guests.

Dark Grey

Dark Grey Color Swatch

 

If you want to give your bathroom a bit of drama and unexpected edge, painting a wall or two dark can provide a fun pop of color that will give your bathroom a modern feel. What was once frowned upon has now become more commonplace, as decorators are taking risks and making bolder choices.

Turquoise

Turquoise Color Swatch

For clients looking to give their room a nautical feel, shades of blue are always the best bet. One color that we see becoming more popular throughout 2015 is turquoise, since it is both flattering and easy to blend with other shades of blue and green.

Citrus

Citrus Color Swatch

If you are decorating a child’s bathroom or just want to inject some brightness and energy into the space, citrus colors are an excellent choice. Rather than painting every wall a shade of yellow, brighten up one accent wall and balance that out with other neutral shades; that way your bathroom will look cheerful without feeling overwhelming.

If you are in the midst of decorating your bathroom and not sure which paint color to go with, the staff at Kitchen Cabinet Kings is here to help. Simply fill out this contact form and we will reach out to answer all your questions and help you choose the bathroom color that not only reflects the trends of 2015, but suits your personal taste, vision and needs as well. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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How to Plan for a Doorless Shower

Modern Gray Bathroom with Doorless Shower

There’s no doubt that the next big trend for your bathroom remodel is an doorless shower. By ditching shower doors and curtains, you can open up the area, make the room feel larger, and instantly turn any bathroom into a luxurious space. However, creating a doorless shower requires more work than just removing the curtain. Without proper planning, the project may create more work that you’re able to handle.

Plan for Extra Moisture

You’d be surprised how much steam your shower door or curtain traps. As a result, you’ll need to think about the effect all that extra water vapor will have on the other materials in your bathroom. Make sure that all the materials will be able to handle it. Additionally, if you haven’t yet, now is the time to install a powerful bathroom fan.

Plan for Splashed Water

It’s difficult to keep water contained in a small area. Ideally, you’ll have 6 feet of space for the shower floor. However, you can still have an doorless shower in a smaller space if you use divider walls appropriately or if you the entire bathroom floor toward the drain.

Plan out Your Drain

With doorless showers, you’ll need to make sure that the water drains appropriately. Otherwise, it may spill out into the rest of the bathroom. Not to mention, standing water is a great way to slip and fall in what was suppose to be your luxury bathroom. Work with your contractor to make sure that your drain also meets local plumbing code requirements.

Plan for Less Privacy

Doorless showers may not be the best choice for large families. After all, no one else will be able to use the bathroom without the person showering being completely exposed. You can mitigate that problem with some walls, but they pretty much defeat the point of a doorless shower.

Plan for a Loss of Heat

Just like a shower door traps steam, it also traps heat. Once you switch to a doorless shower, much of that heat will be lost. Heated floors and towel racks can help combat some of that. If you have windows in the bathroom, make sure to have a professional energy auditor check them out for heat loss; otherwise, you may be freezing during cold winter months.

While a doorless shower does take a bit of work to create, most designers argue that the effort is worth it. After all, you’ll have a dream bathroom that will be the envy of the neighborhood afterwards.

This post entitled How to Plan for a Doorless Shower is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

4 Simple Questions to Help You Design the Perfect Kitchen Island

White Kitchen Island

When planning your remodel, you need to decide if a kitchen island will be part of your design. After all, putting in or remodeling a current island can make your kitchen much more functional. However, far too many homeowners shy away from the idea of putting in an island because they fear the unknown. Their dread isn’t justified. After all, your dream kitchen island may be just 4 simple questions away.

1. What will your island be used for?

It’s your kitchen, and it’s going to be your island. Before you start designing anything, ask yourself what your island will be used for. Generally, a kitchen island can provide more food preparation space, a spot to eat dinner, an area for kids to do homework, or create more storage options. Think about which of these features is most important to you. In other words, think about why you want a kitchen island. Keep this key purpose in mind as you make design choices.

2. What will be under your island?

Just as important as the purpose of the island is what will be underneath it. If the island will be used for dining, homework, or a bar, you will need to sacrifice cabinet space for extra leg room. Likewise, placing appliances in your island will remove possible leg room and storage space.

3. How much room do you have for your island?

Many homeowners fear that their kitchen will be too crowded with an island. Thankfully, there are a few standard guidelines. Designers suggest that you leave roughly 3 feet of floor space around the ends of the island. Additionally, your island should have roughly 4 feet of floor space on each side.

If you don’t have an island now, or if you’ll be dramatically increasing the size of your current island, put some painters tape on the floor to show where the new island will go. Keep the tape there for a few days, and consider if you’ll be able to live with the lost floor space.

4. How tall do you want your island?

Kitchen islands are generally 36 or 42 inches tall. One isn’t necessarily better than the other; it’s entirely up to personal preference. However, there is always the option of adding a 42 inch tall bar to the back of a 36 inch island to get the best of both worlds.

If you’re really feeling stuck, consider hiring a designer. While it may seem a bit excessive, just think about how much time per day you spend in the kitchen. It only makes sense to spend the extra money to ensure that your kitchen remodel turns out perfectly.

This post entitled 4 Simple Questions to Help You Design the Perfect Kitchen Island is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

4 Ideas to Create the Perfect Kitchen for a Baker

Whether you are a skilled baker or a novice perfecting your technique, you want to work in a kitchen that will an asset rather than a hindrance. When you want to remodel your kitchen with your baking aspirations in mind, you can use these strategies for creating the perfect baker’s kitchen. These renovations will help you create pies, cakes, cookies, and more for you and your family’s enjoyment.

1. Open Shelving

Open Kitchen Shelf for Baking

Baking the perfect dish requires that you have your ingredients on hand and readily accessible to you. When you do not want to waste time searching through a deep cupboard for flour, sugar, and other ingredients, you can have what you need immediately available by adding open shelving to your kitchen.

Open shelving lets you see what ingredients are on hand and reach for whatever you need conveniently. You also avoid getting butter, flour, or grease on your cabinet doorknobs or having things fall on you as you open the door to a crowded cupboard.

2. Rolling Carts

Rolling Kitchen Cart

It can be a real challenge moving unbaked pie dough, cakes, and more from the counter to the stove without dropping or ruining your unfinished product. When you want to avoid spilling cake batter, sugar, sticky pie dough and more, you can easily move your baked goods from counter to stove and back again by including a rolling cart in your kitchen.

A rolling cart can also be used to keep your utensils handy as you work in the kitchen. You can have spoons, mixers, knives, and other important utensils on hand without having to search in drawers or leave the area where you are working.

3. Peg Board

Kitchen Peg Board

Another great way to have your utensils, pots, and pans readily available would be to use peg board as a backsplash behind your stove or oven. You can hang your favorite baking utensils on the peg board and easily reach for whatever you need while baking without having to search in a drawer or cupboard.

You can also hang handy tools like a colander, frying pans, and more on the peg board. This addition frees up space in your cupboards and drawers and lets you get whatever utensils you need quickly for your baking project.

4. Resource Corner or Nook

Kitchen Computer Nook

Great bakers always keep their best recipes close at hand, which is why a resource corner or nook can be a great addition to your kitchen. Setting up your nook or corner can call for you to include bookshelves on which you can keep your favorite cookbooks. You also can set up a desk for your laptop and wireless Internet if you like to surf the web for new recipes.

Many people now have TVs in their kitchens. Your nook can be a great place to include a TV on which you can watch your favorite cooking shows.

When baking is your passion, these remodeling tips can help you create the perfect baking haven in your home. You will have everything you need to try out new recipes or create favorite baked dishes for you and your family.

This post entitled 4 Ideas to Create the Perfect Kitchen for a Baker is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

5 Secrets to Creating Your Dream Bathroom on a Budget

Designing a dream bathroom sounds great, but it’s not always financially possible. After all, materials and labor add up quickly. To make sure that your budget stretches as far as possible, you’re going to need to make smart choices. Below are listed out the places you can cut corners as well as the places you should spend big.

Get Creative with Tile

Two Tone Bathroom Tile
Compared to other bathroom material options, tile can be pretty cheap. While tile is beautiful, versatile, durable, and affordable, many homeowners fail to realize the product’s full potential. To get the most out of your purchase, use alternating colors to create a trim, put a unique pattern on your bathroom floor, or add a bit of pop with a contrasting grout.

Look at What You Can Reuse

Cast Iron Bathtub
It’s possible that components in your existing bathroom can be reused. A bathtub, for example, can be reglazed at a fraction of the cost of a new one. However, please don’t reuse water wasting fixtures or toilets; the saved money on your utility bill will offset the cost of new ones.

Skip Shower Doors

Walk-In Shower with No DoorShower doors are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Besides being a pain to clean, they can make your space feel a lot smaller. A walk-in shower is really your best bet. If you don’t have the space, then find a bold shower curtain instead. Make sure to match the shower curtain’s hardware to your bathroom fixtures.

Don’t Buy Mirrors from Big Box Stores

Gorgeous Blue Bathroom with Round MirrorYour bathroom mirror is a great opportunity to add pop and style to the space. However, standard mirrors available at big box stores are expensive and boring. Instead, shop antique shops and even thrift stores; there you will find mirrors to match any decor at a fraction of the price.

Splurge on a Bathroom Vanity

Dark Brown Bathroom VanityIf your home is like most, your bathroom could probably use some more space. The best way to gain those precious few extra square feet is with a properly sized bathroom vanity. While it will increase the overall price of your project, this is an area you should splurge.

Bathrooms remodels on a budget really are possible. With careful planning, you can save costs in key areas. That way, you’ll have funds available for critical pieces. Once you’re done, you’ll have your dream bathroom without breaking the bank.

This post entitled 5 Secrets to Creating Your Dream Bathroom on a Budget is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Gorgeous White Retro Kitchen

Do you dream of a pure white kitchen? Do you long for stainless steel appliances? Do you fear the endless scrubbing of fingerprints, stains, and smudges? Here’s a little secret you may not realize: all kitchens get dirty. After all, the only way to keep a kitchen spotless is to never use it. Obviously this isn’t practical. However, even a white or stainless steel kitchen can look immaculate once you understand the key enemies of cleanliness.

Grease

When you cook, grease is released into the air. The best way to combat this is a powerful range hood. During your remodel, get the best hood you can. Additionally, make sure that you’re wiping off grease right away. The longer grease sits, the more damage it can do.

Sunlight

There’s no doubt that nothing can ever look as good as natural light. However, direct sunlight is a great way to fade cabinets. A pair of sheer drapes or thin shades can filter out just the right amount of light; you’ll still enjoy a bright, cheery kitchen, and your cabinets won’t be yellowing right before your eyes.

Harsh Cleaners

Sometimes in our attempt to keep our kitchens looking clean and new, we actually do more harm than good. Harsh cleaners and abrasive scrubbers can remove finishes and scratch surfaces. When this protective coating is damaged, it is much easier for stains to grab on. As a general rule of thumb, a damp cloth and mild soap gets the trick done.

Stains

Counters, cabinets, appliances, backsplashes, and flooring can all stain if you’re not careful. Sure, there are some stain-proof options out there, but what if you’ve already fallen in love with granite countertops, wood flooring, and a tile backsplash? Generally speaking, proper sealing is your best offense against stains. Make sure that grout lines, counters, and wood floors are adequately sealed. Additionally, make sure that you mop up all spills right away.

Fingerprints

Grimy fingers leave their mark on appliances, cabinets, handles, and more. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to mitigate the problem: wash your hands more. After all, it’s the grease, dirt, and oil on your hands that leave such obvious prints behind. As an added bonus, frequent hand washing is the best way to keep yourself and your family healthy.

Don’t let fear keep you from your dream kitchen. Now that you know the secrets of maintaining a spotless space, you really can have a white or stainless steel kitchen. Your friends and family will wonder how you keep the area looking so great, but you’ll know the truth about how easy it really is.

This post entitled How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Gorgeous White Retro Kitchen

Do you dream of a pure white kitchen? Do you long for stainless steel appliances? Do you fear the endless scrubbing of fingerprints, stains, and smudges? Here’s a little secret you may not realize: all kitchens get dirty. After all, the only way to keep a kitchen spotless is to never use it. Obviously this isn’t practical. However, even a white or stainless steel kitchen can look immaculate once you understand the key enemies of cleanliness.

Grease

When you cook, grease is released into the air. The best way to combat this is a powerful range hood. During your remodel, get the best hood you can. Additionally, make sure that you’re wiping off grease right away. The longer grease sits, the more damage it can do.

Sunlight

There’s no doubt that nothing can ever look as good as natural light. However, direct sunlight is a great way to fade cabinets. A pair of sheer drapes or thin shades can filter out just the right amount of light; you’ll still enjoy a bright, cheery kitchen, and your cabinets won’t be yellowing right before your eyes.

Harsh Cleaners

Sometimes in our attempt to keep our kitchens looking clean and new, we actually do more harm than good. Harsh cleaners and abrasive scrubbers can remove finishes and scratch surfaces. When this protective coating is damaged, it is much easier for stains to grab on. As a general rule of thumb, a damp cloth and mild soap gets the trick done.

Stains

Counters, cabinets, appliances, backsplashes, and flooring can all stain if you’re not careful. Sure, there are some stain-proof options out there, but what if you’ve already fallen in love with granite countertops, wood flooring, and a tile backsplash? Generally speaking, proper sealing is your best offense against stains. Make sure that grout lines, counters, and wood floors are adequately sealed. Additionally, make sure that you mop up all spills right away.

Fingerprints

Grimy fingers leave their mark on appliances, cabinets, handles, and more. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to mitigate the problem: wash your hands more. After all, it’s the grease, dirt, and oil on your hands that leave such obvious prints behind. As an added bonus, frequent hand washing is the best way to keep yourself and your family healthy.

Don’t let fear keep you from your dream kitchen. Now that you know the secrets of maintaining a spotless space, you really can have a white or stainless steel kitchen. Your friends and family will wonder how you keep the area looking so great, but you’ll know the truth about how easy it really is.

This post entitled How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

The Great Bathroom Tile Debate: Marble vs. Porcelain

Marble Vs. Porcelain Bathroom Tile Floor
Marble is more popular than ever in bathrooms, and this shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, marble is versatile and beautiful. However, it can also be incredibly expensive. Because of the high cost, more designers are cautioning homeowners that porcelain tile might be a better option. After all, marble may be elegant, but it isn’t perfect.

Stain resistance

Most people associate stains with just food and drink, but that’s an oversimplification. Hair dye, cosmetics, and even some lotions have the ability to stain porous surfaces, and marble is very porous. Properly sealing the marble every six months can mitigate this problem, but it won’t eliminate it. Additionally, higher quality marble is likely, but not guaranteed, to be less porous.

Tile, on the other hand, is far less porous. This isn’t to say tile can’t stain too, but it’s significantly more difficult. Rather, it’s the grout lines of porcelain tile that are more at risk to absorb color. Again, the way to avoid this is through proper sealing.

Rust Avoidance

It may sound strange, but some marble can rust. This is because of the iron content in the stone. When the iron concentration is high enough, the marble can start to rust after it’s been exposed to water. This is especially a problem in bathrooms; after all, it won’t take long for water exposure to happen in a room with showers, sinks, tubs, and toilets.

At the beginning, the rust on marble looks like yellow patches. This yellowing can frequently be removed, but it will likely come back. Higher quality marble is considered less likely to rust. Porcelain tile, on the other hand, cannot rust.

Durability

Don’t assume that rock is harder than porcelain tile. Sure, while porcelain dishes aren’t known for withstanding heavy forces, porcelain tile is. Drop things all you want because this flooring will be hard to break. Marble isn’t exactly a pushover, but it is significantly softer than porcelain tile. After all, it’s this soft quality that makes marble the perfect material for statues.

Environment

Marble is significantly rarer than the materials needed to make porcelain tile. Additionally, mining it can leave a rather large carbon footprint behind. That’s not to say that a home with marble is automatically stamped as not being eco-friendly, but it is wise to do some research on the supplier you’re considering.

If you’re dead set on marble, then there’s probably no alternative that can give you exactly the same look. Just be ready for a lot more maintenance than other bathroom flooring options bring.

This post entitled The Great Bathroom Tile Debate: Marble vs. Porcelain is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

5 Kitchen Countertop Options That’ll Look Great In Any Home

Planning a kitchen remodel can feel like an overwhelming process. Besides picking out new cabinets, coordinating contractors, and ordering matching appliances, it can be easy to let important details, like countertop materials, slip through the cracks.

However, letting such an important part of your remodel wait until the very last second is a big mistake. After all, your kitchen countertop needs to match your overall design concept, lifestyle, and budget. That’s why we’ve outlined the most common materials used for kitchen counters below.

1. Soapstone

Soapstone Kitchen Countertop
It’s really no wonder why soapstone is such a common choice for kitchen countertops. After all, it’s durable, beautiful, and doesn’t need to be sealed. However, you’ll want to make sure that you select a soapstone hard enough for your needs; some varieties are softer and are thus more likely to chip or scratch.

2. Concrete

Concrete Kitchen Countertop
As surprising as it may be, concrete isn’t just for driveways and garage floors anymore. In fact, thanks to a variety of stenciling, stamping, and staining options, your concrete countertop can be made to look like just about anything.

3. Granite

Granite Kitchen Countertop
Many homeowners feel strongly that the look of granite just can’t be beat. After all, it’s hard to match the luxurious feel that granite counters bring to a home. However, granite is one of the more expensive options out there. That being said, you do get quite a bit of bang for your buck thanks to the material’s durability and variety.

4. Tile

Tile Kitchen Countertop
Want to add a fun style, texture, or color in your kitchen? Then you should consider going with a tile countertop. Far too many homeowners assume that tile in a kitchen should only be used for a backsplash or flooring. However, since tile is durable, affordable, and fairly easy to repair, it also makes a great counter. If you do choose tile, please remember that the grout lines can be difficult to keep clean if they aren’t properly sealed.

5. Laminate

Laminate Kitchen Countertop
Thanks to limitless variety, easy care, and affordability, many homeowners on a budget choose laminate countertops. If you’re worried about durability, consider how often you’d like to update your kitchen’s look; laminate is cheap enough that getting new counters every so often won’t break the bank.

Once you start the kitchen countertop selection process, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Stay on task by listing what qualities in a counter are most important to you. Through careful shopping and research, you’re sure to find a material that will fit both your needs and your budget.

This post entitled 5 Kitchen Countertop Options That’ll Look Great In Any Home is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.