Getting the Kitchen You Want: 5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling

A kitchen remodel is one of the biggest, yet best investments you can make in your home. Before you begin the process, it is important to map out exactly what kind of kitchen will fit your needs as well as your home’s style. These five essential questions will help you begin the planning process, no matter how large or small the renovation.

1. How well does your kitchen function now?

One important factor to consider is how well your kitchen’s layout works currently. If the kitchen is too small for your needs, it may be worth enlarging it. If expanding the footprint of the kitchen is not possible, you can rearrange the appliances and cabinets to maximize the space you do have to create an open space. Adding a kitchen island will create extra seating and storage space.

2. How much storage do you need?

Everything in your new kitchen should have its own place. Your cabinet design should be able to store all of your cooking and baking essentials easily. For example, large pieces of baking equipment require larger and wider storage spaces.
Those who have a small kitchen area will also want to look for ways to add storage, such as mounting your microwave rather than keeping it on the counter, or choosing cabinets that increase storage capacity. For a family with young children, adding a pantry might be a necessity!

3. What is your budget?

Creating a realistic budget prior to beginning the planning process will ensure that you will not over-spend. Make a list of the most important appliances/features that you would like in the kitchen and those that aren’t as important. This will help you decide areas in which you can save money. Once you set your budget, it is a wise idea to build a cushion into it by a few thousand dollars in case un-expected costs arise.

4. How do you use your kitchen?

If you only cook once a week, high-end appliances are probably not a priority for you. On the other hand, if you have a large family and find yourself preparing a meal most days and nights of the week, you will want appliances that are durable and will last through a lot of use. If you entertain often, people will most likely congregate in the kitchen so create an open space that allows you to cook and interact with your guests at the same time.

5. What style kitchen works for you?

If you are remodeling your kitchen but plan to sell your house within a few years, you will probably get more for your investment if you choose a traditional design. Choose neutral paint colors, granite and backsplash designs, and cabinets. You will get more back for your investment if you design a kitchen that the majority of buyers will find appealing. If you are not planning to sell, then you can choose a design that is more personalized to your style. Either way, your kitchen design should be symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing given the size and shape of the area.

Before you start your renovation, planning your goals for the space will ensure that your kitchen is exactly what you want, and within the budget that you set. Have you recently gone through a kitchen renovation? What were the biggest things that helped you when planning a remodel? Leave them in the comments below!

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Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2016

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Trends are sign posts of the times that swing and shift, they point in a specific direction and identify a general course. In 2016 we see an exciting broad range of kitchen remodeling trends that make life cleaner, simpler and more relaxed. Let your imagination run wild because the sky is no longer the limit when it comes to options. There are smart stations under cabinets, green appliances that save energy and money, and mind blowing organizational cabinetry designed to create the Zen in your kitchen that allows you to enjoy life to its fullest. We’ve identified some of the hottest trends that will help guide you as you embark on your remodeling adventure.

Kitchen Cabinet Trends in 2016

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Think of cabinets as the bones or basic building blocks of your kitchen. Once you’ve made up your mind and settled on cabinet design and color, it’s easy to build a style around your choice. While shaker style cabinets and black and white are die-hard timeless trends, gray and muted tones have been taking a big lead in kitchen remodeling this year.

The use of subtle muted and slightly contrasting colors create calm and allows for more color and boldness with furniture, light fixtures, backsplash or accent walls.

Warm Colors

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Rather than using a highly contrasting color palette, this kitchen in apricot tones immediately sets a warm cozy mood that feels inviting and begs you to linger in your favorite room of the house. Of course, good lighting and well lit cabinets are integral and help not only to create just the right environment but also let you see what you’re doing.

Smart & Sleek

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Smart and sleek are key components to keep in mind when choosing just the right cabinet. Function is just as important as fashion in this tidy galley kitchen. Cabinets are constructed and placed to accommodate a natural flow of traffic. This orientation is perfect for integrating work and storage areas.

De-Cluttering

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De-cluttering has become a huge trend, especially where square footage is limited. Pairing down and minimizing have become big business as well as the topic of many reality shows. There is no such thing as wasted space when it comes to kitchen remodeling ideas; corner drawers and lazy susans allow for optimum organization without all the clutter. Special pull out shelves hold everything from spice racks to wine bottles. There are even handy paper towel dispensers that fit nicely into recessed counter areas.

Built-In Storage

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Customize cabinets to create space for all the gadgets you need. Deep drawers are specially designed to accommodate the kitchen essentials that you can’t do without. There are also drawers with storage built on a slant to perfectly house long wooden spoons or spatulas. Tuck your Kitchen-Aid mixer and Tupperware neatly into their own secluded spots. The best thing is that you now know exactly where to look when trying to retrieve that particular baking sheet you need.

Natural Elements

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Incorporate natural elements from the environment to create an organic feel that also provides a welcomed respite from an austere office work space. This can be accomplished by using rich wood cabinets or hardware resembling river stones or sea shells. These small components make a big difference in creating the right vibe in your kitchen.

Kitchen Design Trends in 2016

Mix & Match

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Mix and match is a unique new trend accomplished by contrasting different materials, textures and genres. This look, similar to Industrial Chic, involves layering and combining various components of design, such as rustic and polished. Two different materials can be used on top and bottom cabinets, such as laminate and wood, or top cabinets can simply be left exposed.

Vintage Pieces

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The combination of vintage pieces and highly polished metals accented with exposed brick backsplashes and quartz countertops blend to create a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere. And although this look is considered trendy it will certainly have staying power and can be altered with various accessories.

Copper & Brass

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Highly polished copper or brass hoods can be paired with a concrete counter top over two-toned wooden cabinets, backed with vintage subway tile and chunky reclaimed wooden planks that serve as exposed shelving. It’s both eclectic and functional.

Kitchen Island Trends in 2016

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Kitchen islands are much more than a counter work space but a central congregational meeting space. Much attention has been given to this integral area in the kitchen. Islands have morphed into being the work horse in the kitchen, and are equipped to serve the varying needs of homeowners. There are spaces for everything from built in nooks for pets and their food and water dishes to extra seating areas for unexpected guests. They also have become a home base for docking smart technology for the entire family.

Integrated Storage

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Islands are thoughtfully designed with well planned storage and can house appliances such as microwave ovens, warmers or the increasingly popular wine coolers. Split level wine refrigerators allows for proper storage of champagne, whites and reds.

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Great features like this cutting board/trash chute perfectly illustrate how a kitchen island can be designed to suit the most intricate detail of your individual needs in the kitchen. Kitchen design is becoming seamless and making tasks and organization easier.

Splashes of Color

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Since color schemes in the kitchen are leaning toward neutral, muted and gray tones, we now see splashes of color used on kitchen islands. You can let yourself go when it comes to planning your kitchen island. It can be the place where individuality emerges, especially if the rest of your kitchen is non-descript or monotone. An array of handmade tiles make this island an integral statement piece.

Kitchen Table Trends in 2016

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Kitchen and dining tables have long been the hub of family life. Although they are utilitarian, they can be used to help create an environment that is comfortable and lends itself to conversation and relaxed enjoyment. For design sake it’s necessary to maintain continuity from the kitchen to the dining area, especially if they are in close proximity or in the same room. For this reason, you want to integrate similar or complimentary materials into your table space.

The Industrial Look

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When kitchen islands are not present or possible, a dining room table may be used as an alternate workspace. As in the case with this industrial kitchen, a polished butcher block table fits perfectly with the clean contemporary lines of the cabinetry and compliments the hues in the dark wood flooring.

Formal & Tall

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There’s been a definite trend toward more formal dining and taller tables, while still maintaining a relaxed and welcoming feel.

Kitchen Appliance Trends in 2016

Black Stainless Appliances

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There’s a strong trend towards black stainless appliances that began in 2015 and is still popular. Will stainless appliances be replaced by this sophisticated look? It’s hard to tell, but they certainly have a charm and elegance all their own that make them highly desirable. Their dark color recedes and helps showcase surrounding cabinetry. What will soon become obsolete are appliances that waste energy and money. Next to cooling and heating, refrigerators are the biggest energy hogs in a home. In the long run it pays to upgrade to a newer model with a higher and more efficient energy rating.

As far as refrigerator models go, side by side refrigerators have seen a decline in popularity. Consumers instead are preferring models that have freezer placement at the bottom and refrigeration on top.

Niche Appliances

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Niche appliances like induction cooktops and steam ovens are a fast growing trend for many who value the importance of healthier eating. Vegetables, rice and fish can be prepared seamlessly and without much fuss. According to Forbes, kitchens of the future are “ready for a hi-tech makeover.” Designers Lockhart and Drury predict that the focus for kitchens will be on “convenience for families on the go via accessible smart appliances and state of the art appliances from steam ovens to built-in coffee machines.”

Induction Stovetops

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Built-In Coffee Machines

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Early morning jaunts to Starbuck’s are a thing of the past with built in espresso stations that offer the convenience of handcrafted cappuccino in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Trends in 2016

Farmhouse Sinks

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Farmhouse Sinks continue to be recognized as a hot trend in 2016 and bring a feeling of nostalgia. They are meant for people who spend time in their kitchens and come in a variety of materials from porcelain and fire clay to copper and cast iron. They are utilitarian and add an eclectic industrial feel to the design of any kitchen. They are installed to sit just a few inches lower than countertops so that water can easily be wiped right off the counters and into the sink.

These working sinks allow large skillets and stock pots to be placed inside and allow for maximum maneuverability for prep and wash.

Kitchen Countertop Trends in 2016

Quartz

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Quartz is definitely leading over granite as the hottest trend for countertops in 2016. While the ever popular granite is still widely used, quartz has won many homeowners over for several reasons. It’s easier to keep clean, more resistant to staining and wins in durability and heat resistance tests. With quartz, chips and scratches aren’t really a concern, and unlike granite, there is no need for sealing. Overall, it makes a great choice in kitchen remodeling and adds an elegant finish to any home. The most attractive feature is-it’s less expensive than granite.

Kitchen Color & Texture Trends in 2016

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Ali Morris of Interior Design magazine says, “As modern life gets busier and more pressured, our homes become our sanctuaries. Centered around simplicity, serenity and seamlessness, the 2016 interior reflects our need to switch off and detox. Warm but calming colors are complimented by natural textures and soft shapes while furniture is becoming ever more tailored and intuitive.” Roughness, grime, and texture are key design elements that continue to captivate the attention of architects and designers alike in 2016.

Rose Quartz & Blue Serenity

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Pantone, the global authority on color selected two colors for their 2016 Color of the Year forecast-pastel pink Rose Quartz and Blue Serenity. Grays are moving to lighter, softer tones. The wall below from myfixituplife.com ingeniously used rose quartz to texture this kitchen wall to give it a soft, rich Tuscan patina.

Copper

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Copper is King in the kitchen. Accent with copper fixtures, hardware or ventilation hood. The photo above used copper piping to construct shelving above a sink. Note all the different design elements in this kitchen-contrasting the marble counter with the gritty unfinished wall and copper accents. Rose gold, gold and brass are equally being sought after for their warm appeal.

Wallpaper

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Yes, this is wall paper! What do you do if you want that cool revamped warehouse look and you live on the 24th floor of a brand new high rise? Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has developed wallpaper that mimics architectural materials such as painted bricks, marble and salvaged wood. Eek’s tromp l’oeil effect is nothing short of brilliant and completely alters the ambience of any space. It sure beats flowers and stripes, and I can’t imagine any of these wallpaper designs becoming tiresome.

“Instant aging of materials and adding texture and depth to a space always helps add to the experience,” says Jon Sherman Founder & Creative Director of Brooklyn-based wallpaper company Flavor Paper, who predicts that “papers that mimic industrial finishes will be big news in 2016”.

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There are endless ideas on how to incorporate new Pantone colors of the year into your kitchen space. This kitchen used serenity blue in the backsplash and it added character and sense of cheerfulness.

Kitchen Flooring Trends in 2016

Luxury Vinyl

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Remodeling requires much thought and often homeowners go for eye candy rather than practicality. Luxury vinyl almost seems like a contradiction of terms but you’d have to get down on all fours to tell the difference. This flooring material just keeps getting better and it’s still the most comfortable to walk on. If you spend any time at all in the kitchen, you know this is a big plus.

Concrete

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Decorative Concrete is still a major contender when it comes to flooring, and its appeal is obvious. It can be overlaid, stained, scored, textured or stamped. Its durability makes it a great option for high traffic areas and there are limitless effects that are absolutely stunning.

Hardwood

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Hardwood will always be a favorite and according to homeflooringpros.com, the clearest trend is a move toward an authentic “old world look”. Highly polished and flawless floors are lagging behind vintage styles that reproduce nostalgic looks of the past. Reclaimed Wood is highly sought after and eco-friendly. This wood has been sourced from old antique flooring or logs and timber from lakes and rivers is packed with a character and charm all its own.

Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets in 6 Easy Steps

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If your kitchen cabinets have seen better days or you are simply itching for a change, painting your cabinetry can be a great way to give your kitchen a breath of fresh air. If you’ve painted your walls before and assume that the same rules apply here, make sure to read up on this step-by-step guide before you rush out to buy all the tools and supplies needed. When it comes to cabinets, the woodwork is often coated with a glossy finish that can make it difficult for paint to adhere to it properly. Luckily, with the right preparation, you can end up with a finished product that lasts and looks beautiful at the same time. Read on to learn more!

Step One

First things first, you have to take all the hinges and hardware off your cabinets and clean the surface you plan on painting. Since kitchen cabinets tend to get greasy rather quickly, make sure to really scrub thoroughly to get waxy build-up, grime, and oils off before you move forward. By taking the time to clean every inch of your cabinets, you will have better odds when it comes to the finished product. Paint won’t apply evenly on a dirty surface, so it’s crucial to create the best possible foundation first.

Step Two

Once you’re done removing the necessary parts and cleaning all the surfaces, you will need to gently sand the area and do a careful check for any denting or grooves in the wood. After the inspection, clean the dust off from the sanding and use a wood filler to even out any pits in the material so you can have an even paint job.

Step Three

Here’s another crucial step for painting wood cabinets: priming. As we mentioned above, most cabinetry is coated with a glossy finish to make it easy to clean, visually appealing, and unfortunately, difficult to paint over. Avoid complications by applying a stain-preventing primer specifically made for glossy wood surfaces.

Step Four

Now comes the fun part: painting the cabinets! Start out with one coat, and take your time making sure the paint has completely dried. Next, gently sand the surface, and then paint the second and final coat.

Step Five

Make sure to wait as long as possible before putting your cabinets back together. When the paint is completely dry, re-attach the hinges, knobs, and other hardware.

Step Six

Sit back and enjoy your newly painted, beautiful cabinets!

While at first glance, it may seem intimidating to paint kitchen cabinets for the first time, by following a step-by-step guide and having plenty of patience, this is one DIY project that won’t require loads of money and effort to complete. If you’d like to learn more about designing your kitchen and making the most of your kitchen, simply fill out this design form and our staff will reach out to help you in no time! We look forward to helping you create the kitchen of your dreams with just a few simple steps.

What You Need in Your Kitchen Remodel Wish List

Kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to be a headache; if you nail down your must-haves early, you can turn your dream kitchen from a wish to reality. Start by selecting your cabinets — they’ll set the stage for the entire design — and then add new appliances, hardware and accessories as needed. Decide whether you want to focus on trendy or traditional in regards to aesthetic and functionality, and you’ll be well on your way to a luxury kitchen that looks like it came straight out of a home décor magazine. Here are some great kitchen remodeling ideas for your wow-worthy wish list.

Cool Cabinets Set the Stage for the Right Remodel

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Modern kitchens come in a variety of stylish options — from the ultra-popular all-white kitchen cabinets that create a clean, crisp backdrop for flawless accessorizing, to classic, warm brown cabinets — to help you find a look that matches your personal home décor preferences. Be sure to determine whether you want your cabinets to come pre-assembled or ready-to-assemble (RTA) before you place your order.

Your cabinetry wish list should also focus on utility. You want to be sure you know how much storage space you need and how much wear and tear you expect to see before you choose sizes or materials. Contemporary cabinets can be ordered with smart features such as soft-closing drawers that don’t closed with a thud and other thoughtful add-ons that will make cooking, hosting and everyday life simpler.

Handy Hardware for a High-Fashion Twist

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Every kitchen needs the right set of hardware for the detailed, special finish that makes it unique. Your kitchen remodel wish list should contain at least a rough idea of what you want your kitchen hardware to look like. Naturally, you’ll want to tailor your hardware to the overall décor of the room and to the cabinets you’ve chosen. Opt for sleek, simple hardware, like our LCP8 Handles and our LCP11 Knobs, if you naturally gravitate toward a futuristic look. Choose copper, black or brown hardware if you’re aiming for something a little more timeless and traditional.

Accessorizing with Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

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Now comes the fun part. After you’ve handled the cabinets, appliances, hardware, flooring and countertops, it’s time to accessorize. Be sure to add functional kitchen accessories such as copper pots and pans, decorative cutting boards, elegant oil carafes and maybe a large-scale kitchen blackboard, to achieve the right blend of sensible and stylish. Don’t forget that the even the most high-tech kitchens boast empty wall space, and the kitchen is as good a space as any for a gallery wall or a statement piece.

If you’re focused mainly on finishes and aren’t interested in replacing appliances, you can upgrade affordably with a new kitchen sink. Many of today’s sinks, like farmer’s sinks and hammered copper sinks, aren’t strictly utilitarian and can serve as dynamic additions to kitchens, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to selecting a new sink. Remember: designers moved past white porcelain decades ago. From simple stainless steel sinks to exquisite antique brushed nickel kitchen sinks, the right basin will inspire you to rethink the sink.

Remodel a Kitchen on a Budget with these Pro Tips

Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

A budget-minded kitchen remodel is well within your reach. With equal parts planning and patience, you can tick off every entry in your checklist without making any major comprises on your way to your dream kitchen. Here’s how:

1. Keep a close eye on sales and promotions

It may sound obvious, but stalking the catalogs and websites of your favorite manufacturers and retailers can yield big rewards. When you’re looking for high-quality kitchen cabinets, flooring, countertops and other remodel essentials, pay attention to the calendar. Local contractors and sellers tend to be slower in the fall and winter, so it may be a great time to bargain and haggle.

2. Buy direct from the manufacturer or retailer

Buying materials directly through a manufacturer or retailer may be the ticket to saving big bucks. When you choose a company that doesn’t spend tons of money maintaining a showroom or a brick-and-mortar shop, like Kitchen Cabinet Kings, you’ll noticed hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars knocked off invoice.

3. Don’t get hung up on hardwood

Although wood is a time-honored, essential building material, it’s not the only option. You can save tons of money if you consider manmade alternatives over natural wood. Thermofoil cabinets, for example, are affordable, low-maintenance and warp-resistant, yet don’t cost nearly as much as natural wood cabinets.

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4. Try DIY

Many modern kitchen materials are actually designed specifically for the savvy do-it-yourselfer. For example, you can order stylish, grade-A ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets that ship to you already cut, labeled and finished with pre-drilled holes for hardware. Of course, you can always order your cabinets pre-assembled, which will speed up installation time, but the cost is higher than ready-to-assemble cabinets.

5. Cozy up with your contractor

If you insist on custom cabinets or having a professional do the installation, be sure to get in good with your contractor. The fact of the matter is, many retailers mark up their prices significantly when selling to consumers versus contractors, so you can always inquire about having your connection do all of your purchasing, from raw materials to appliances and even flooring.

6. Don’t rearrange plumbing

Another thing to consider while embarking on a kitchen remodel is that plumbing can cost an arm and a leg. You can cut out plumbing-related costs and other fees associated with flooring and demolition when you use your current layout as a guide. In other words, keep your major appliances where they are and remodel around them.

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7. Avoid buying designer materials

Don’t let this tip deter you from browsing luxury home décor magazines. On the contrary — you can use designer catalogs and specialty showrooms as inspiration. Select a few things you absolutely love and then do the digging yourself to find marked-down versions of stylish, high-priced favorites from discount outlets, websites and big box stores.

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8. Mimic ideas with accessories

In the same vein, you can copy permanent designer style with impermanent accessories. For example, if you adore the look of a custom kitchen backsplash, consider getting in touch with your creative side and painting or mosaicking yourself. If you’ve always dreamed of a kitchen that’s overflowing with architectural opulence (who doesn’t fantasize about arched doorways and exposed beams?), use paint or light fixtures to create an ornate style.

This post entitled Remodel a Kitchen on a Budget with these Pro Tips is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

What’s Inside the Modern Kitchens of Today?

Close your eyes and imagine smooth lines and seamless edges, refined finishes and little-to-no visual clutter; for many, this perfectly describes their dream modern kitchen. With more never-before-seen elements finding their way into kitchens every day, the kitchens of tomorrow could appear vastly different than they do today. So how can you create a future-proof kitchen?

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Where to Start

Ideas for creating your perfect kitchen should always start at the core. We firmly believe that this begins with your cabinets, the heart of your kitchen. And we have all of the cabinetry you’ll need to get your heart fluttering. A few thoughtful accents, like rich bursts of color on the walls and simple, streamlined hardware, will give your contemporary kitchen the perfect punch of personality required for years of pleasant cooking and entertaining.

If you want to know what’s inside modern kitchens today, you may be able to find your inspiration from Kitchen Cabinet Kings’ many modern offerings. Straight from the pages of home design magazines, our frameless RTA Makintosh 10×10 kitchen cabinets, for instance, can give you a sleek, minimalist European look with clean and crisp lines. The solid maple construction of these cabinets features stained, soft-close doors that pair modern sensibilities with practical convenience. Finishing your cabinetry with up-to-date hardware, like our LCP8 Handle with understated finishes and sleek silhouettes, will add to the room’s rejuvenated aesthetic and encourage a detailed finish.

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Working with White Makes Kitchens Bright

For many, the allure of an all-white modern kitchen design is too appealing to ignore. And that dream is well within your reach when you shop with us; we can give your aging kitchen a style lift with these RTA Ice White Shaker cabinets. Offering all the suave sophistication found in a Park Avenue apartment, this beautiful kitchen cabinet collection boasts a 3/4-inch solid birch face frame and a convenient soft-closing feature that will have you wondering how you ever managed to do without. Complement the crisp, white cabinets with pops of color — red or blue pairs perfectly with

Kitchen Cabinet Kings stocks many premium-quality kitchen cabinets to revive your tired kitchen and enliven any space. Best of all, since we lack the heavy overhead expenses of brick-and-mortar stores, we can pass those savings on to you, offering you unsurpassed deals to turn your kitchen design ideas into reality. Today’s dream kitchen doesn’t need to strictly feature crisp lines and muted colors.

Timeless Kitchen Design

Bringing it All Together

With a balanced approach, traditionalists and trailblazers alike can find a kitchen design solution that suits them. For example, intricate flooring can provide a vintage feel that looks restored rather than renovated, making it the ideal aesthetic for older homes or restoration-minded homeowners that want to preserve an original kitchen’s charm while adding to its quality and sensibility. And the right replacement cabinets can harken back to a bygone era without sacrificing a kitchen’s vintage or retro appearance, making them a wise option for those that have grown tired of loud-closing cabinets and sticky drawers.

This post entitled What’s Inside the Modern Kitchens of Today? 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2015

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Kitchen Cabinet Trends in 2015

Cabinets are one of the most important components in defining the look of a kitchen, and any discussion about 2015’s kitchen trends would do well to start with them. There are a variety of different cabinet design trends worth talking about; let’s run through a few of the more interesting ones.

More Efficient Storage

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This year, we hope to see the end of kitchen supplies tossed at random into badly-organized drawers. Efficiency is the name of the game these days, with a variety of storage options, including pullout trays, bread boxes and spaces custom built for a variety of common kitchen products like baking trays.

Black and White

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Two separate trends are sweeping the design world at the moment, both on opposite ends of the chromatic scale. In an era where design as a whole is shifting towards minimalism, it’s only appropriate that the two most basic colors should be all the rage in kitchen design.

Kitchens with black as their primary color create an aura of class, taste and ultra-modern sophistication and are very popular with urbanites. (Not to mention it hides dirt really well.)

Meanwhile, white shaker-style doors can create a light look in a kitchen and are perfect for making an already sunlit kitchen look even brighter. It’s most popular with people who are going for a rustic look in their kitchen, but flat white doors can also lend themselves very well to a contemporary design.

Kitchens incorporating both black and white are also great for creating a very striking, stark look.

Raw Wood

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Whoa, watch for splinters! In all seriousness, polished wood is finally starting to loosen its grip on the cabinet market, with rougher wood lending a rural touch to kitchens whose owners are going for a warmer look. Paired with brown or gold metals like copper and bronze, they can go a long way toward pulling it off. Woods that are currently popular include cherry, walnut and birch.

Glass Fronts

White Kitchen With Glass Front Cabinets

Like government, transparency is rapidly becoming a virtue in kitchen cabinets. It gives the eye a welcome break from rows of identical wall shelves and creates display space for collectible dishes, decorations or well-arranged kitchen supplies.

Taken to the next level, this gives us…

Open Shelving

Kitchen with Open Shelving

One of the biggest trends in cabinetry is, well, the lack of cabinetry. Open wall shelving is becoming increasingly popular among people who prefer their kitchens to have a more airy look, or who just want to show off how much cookware they have. Don’t start mourning the death of the cabinet, though. Closed cabinets aren’t going anywhere. They’re more often paired with open cabinets for a mix of the traditional and the new.

Taken to its logical conclusion, however, this disdain for wall cabinets results in another trend…

Less Being More

Open Layout Kitchen

Open-plan kitchens featuring few wall cabinets have been popular for a while among homeowners who want to open up their kitchens, getting more stuff off the walls to increase the sense of spaciousness. Open plans are especially beneficial to kitchens with windows.

Kitchen Island & Table Trends in 2015

With the increasing move to apartments and away from large homes, people are having to fit more into less space. “That’s nice,” you might say, “but where does the kitchen fit into it?” Well, kitchens — no longer just a place to prepare food — are increasingly becoming extensions of the living room as secondary hubs for interaction with family and guests. This new double-duty is showing itself more and more in 2015’s trends.

Open Plans, Once Again

Open Plan Kitchen Island

We mentioned open-plan kitchens when talking about cabinets, but they obviously reach much further than that. Increasingly, we’re seeing walls removed between kitchens and dining rooms (or whatever room the kitchen happens to be next to), or at least cut down to half the height and turned into breakfast bars.

Furniture-Style Islands

Furniture Style Kitchen Island

Possibilities include putting your kitchen island on legs and pretending it’s an heirloom chest, adding panels to it and pretending it’s a set of cabinets or adding a contrasting top and sides. This has been popular in higher-end homes for years, according to interior designer Greg Natale, but furniture makers are starting to take the hint and develop more affordable lines for kitchens everywhere.

Multifunction Islands

Multi-Function Kitchen Island

Islands that function as both prep space and eating space are predicted to increase in popularity over the next year. Kitchen islands are inherently multifunctional, but expect to see them used as bar and breakfast area much more often. Many kitchen islands are also coming with extendable features that allow them to be used as bars, desks and full-fledged dining tables.

Bar-Style Islands

Bar-Style Kitchen Island

As kitchens increasingly become more like restaurants, the hot new feature to have in yours might just be a pub-style table. Bar stools are known to facilitate conversation, which is just the feature many kitchen designers are looking for now.

Wheeled Islands

Wheeled Kitchen Island

For those of you who prefer to use the island strictly for preparation, you might want to stash it when it starts to get in the way. That’s why wheeled islands are slowly gaining ground in popularity.

Table-Style Islands

Table-Style Kitchen Island

While overhangs that extend the kitchen island’s table space have long been a popular feature, some people are going the extra mile and turning their kitchen islands into full-on high tables, removing the bottom and replacing it with legs, letting the kitchen function as both living room and dining room.

…Or Actual Tables

Glass Kitchen Table

Why go for an imitation kitchen table, when you can just have the real thing? The kitchen table, long associated with family life, is making a comeback. Often cheaper and easier to move than islands, simply bringing in a kitchen table can be the perfect solution for those who want an extra flat surface in their kitchens, but not necessarily to use for food preparation.

And for those with built-in islands, one current trend expected to grow in the new year is to attach a lower, traditionally-sized dining table to your kitchen island, thus either expanding your dining space or keeping it conveniently close to your prep space.

Kitchen Appliance & Countertop Trends in 2015

Smart Appliances

LG Smart Thinq Refrigerator

We live in a truly amazing time for kitchen appliances. Stoves can be turned on and off from a smartphone app and are coming with tablet-like displays that allow you to download recipes. Refrigerators are also joining the smartphone revolution, alerting our mobile devices when we’re out of certain ingredients. There’s a chance these may remain cost-prohibitive for most buyers for a long time, but there’s no doubt we’re entering a new era in appliances.

Mix and Match Appliances

Mix & Match Kitchen Appliances

Transitional design is all the rage right now as designers (wisely) try to combine old-world charm with new-world class and sophistication, often with striking results.

The possibilities are endless: sinks with natural stone backsplashes next to chrome dishwashers, modern stainless steel ovens with gorgeous riveted brass hoods, all-modern appliances paired with carved wooden cabinets and hardwood floors. Out of all the current kitchen trends, this one allows you the most room for creativity.

Warm Metals

Warm Metal Appliances

Silver, chrome and stainless steel may have traditionally been associated with the future, but now, the warmer metals are finally getting their time to shine. Just as trends are headed towards brighter accent colors and more open floor plans, the metals we’re choosing to use are also becoming warmer and more inviting. This trend began in 2014, but it’s expected to go strong into the new year. Think faucets in bright gold or brilliant brushed aluminum or lighting fixtures in warm copper tones.

Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, feature an oversized square basin that juts out from the surrounding cabinets. They were huge in the first three years of the decade, then they faded out, but apparently, they’re starting to come back again.

However, don’t expect them to supplant the “normal” style of sink, though. According to the 2014 Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, the most popular choice of material for sinks remains stainless steel, and double sinks are considerably more desirable than singles.

Four-Door Refrigerators

4 Door Refrigerator

These new takes on the French-door refrigerator are perfect for neat freaks, providing an additional easy-access storage compartment, often with separate temperature controls. These first debuted a few years ago, but they’re just now working out their kinks. The 2014 models were better and more affordable than ever before, with the 2015s expected to continue the same upward trend.

Double Ovens

Stainless Steel Double Oven

Double ovens are beautifully versatile, allowing you to cook two different dishes at two different temperatures simultaneously, an undeniable godsend for people with lots of guests. These seem to be part of the ongoing trend of kitchens geared toward accommodating more family members and guests than ever before.

Countertop Materials

Stone Kitchen Countertop

Granite is currently the most popular material. It’s beautiful, durable and easy to clean, which pretty much covers all the bases most people are looking for in a countertop. It goes with most designs as well, making it a good all-around choice for anyone looking to redo a kitchen.

Coming in second is the underdog, quartz. With many homeowners looking for attractive but low-maintenance countertops, quartz is finding itself high on their wish lists. It can be used in any design, and although kitchen designers in the past complained about how unnatural it looked, manufacturers have been working on making it look better.

Marble’s longstanding popularity for countertops is expected to continue, due to its glamorous appeal. On the other hand, however, concrete’s practicality is also winning it plenty of fans.

Textured countertops, made out of materials like leathered granite, are also gaining popularity.

Kitchen Color & Texture Trends in 2015

We’ve covered the functional aspects of the kitchen, now let’s talk about the aspects that are purely decorative.

The aesthetics of kitchen design are also changing, reflecting our current cultural shifts. Perhaps predictably, they’re also tied to where we live. The 2014 Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey revealed that people in rural areas prefer traditional and farmhouse-style designs for kitchen remodels, whereas people in urban areas preferred transitional and contemporary designs.

Textures

Glass Texture Kitchen Piece

High-gloss, ultra-smooth and overly polished contemporary styles seem to be on the way out. More and more designers are looking for something real in their kitchens, and texturing is a great place to start. There’s a move toward using materials with more raised and defined textures. Natural marble is a good example; however, for those on a budget, plenty of artificial textures are available to choose from, many of which are engineered to look more and more like the real thing.

Vibrant Colors

Yellow Kitchen

Although black and white are popular, vibrant colors and rich hues are also on their way in, with some of the most popular shades for the year being deep Mediterranean blues and warm, inviting golds.

Pantone’s Color of the Year is Masala, a deep wine red that, according to the site, “enriches our minds, bodies, and souls.” This might be a bit hyperbolic, but there’s no denying that it’s indicative of the kind of rich yet tasteful colors that could well go on to define home design in 2015.

Although interestingly enough, gray is also a very popular color at the moment and shows no signs of stopping. However, maybe it’s not that surprising. Gray is one of the few colors that goes with everything, and its virtually infinite ranges, from icy lights to deeply alluring darks, can create a wide variety of moods in a kitchen.

Wood Paneling

Kitchen with Wood Paneling

Another trend we’re currently seeing on the rise is V-joint wood paneling. This style subtly introduces detail to a space, preventing the eye from getting caught on a flat, bland expanse of one color. Not only that, but it’s cost-effective and simple to install, unlike a lot of the more complex styles of decoration and cabinetry.

Wallpaper

Kitchen with Wallpaper

Although out of fashion for a long time, designers are once again realizing the potential of wallpaper for adding an easy splash of color to a kitchen. With wallpapers coming in many more patterns and designs than can be created using paint, picking a distinctive one can quickly add visual interest to your kitchen, possibly even serving as a conversation piece.

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floor Kitchen

This may be a result of the move towards urbanism. Tile, long associated with suburban tract-house kitchens, is rapidly being supplanted by hardwood as the it-material for kitchen floors.

Interestingly, this is one of the few trends that has trends within it. The newest craze in the world of hardwood flooring is gray woods. Although hot entirely gray, their muted tones endear them to a lot of people who prefer subtlety in their kitchens’ color schemes. Other trends include exotic woods like bamboo, and matte finishes instead of polished ones.

Stunning Ceilings

Stunning Vaulted Kitchen Ceiling

Designers are increasingly considering ceilings every bit as important to a kitchen design as walls and floors, and this has opened up an entirely new canvas for them to showcase their creativity. Expect more creative lighting, coffered ceilings or even skylights over kitchen islands.

This post entitled Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2015 is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

6 Reasons To Use Brick For Your Kitchen Remodel

Home improvement projects can be overwhelming. As you prepare to remodel your kitchen, you may be faced with dilemmas like keeping it affordable and choosing materials that will ultimately prove to be good investments. When you consider all of the different remodeling materials available to you, however, you could find that the solution to most of your concerns can be found when you choose brick for your project. These key reasons demonstrate why you should include brick in your kitchen remodeling efforts.

Exposted Brick Kitchen Backsplash

Reason 1: Brick is Affordable

Like many homeowners, your primary concern for remodeling your kitchen may center around keeping the project as affordable as possible. Fortunately, brick proves to be a very affordable choice, much more so than other materials like ceramic, tile, or wood. You generally can buy bricks for a fraction of the cost of other choices, which can be a great help when you have a limited budget for your project.

Reason 2: Brick is Energy Efficient

Along with saving your remodeling budget, you also might need to think ahead about your energy bills after the work is done. Brick proves to be energy efficient in all types of weather. It can keep your kitchen cool in the summer and warm during the winter. When you include this material in your project, you could notice that your energy bills stabilize or even become less expensive.

Reason 3: Brick is Widely Available

Another key advantage that brick offers to you and your remodeling efforts is the fact that it is widely available. You rarely find hardware stores, home improvement centers, or big box stores that do not have a plentiful supply of brick on hand. You can avoid your work being interrupted because of having to custom order supplies or waiting for the store’s inventory to be replenished.

Reason 4: Brick is Easy to Install

Even if you have never before worked with this material, you will find that it is relatively to handle and easy to install. It does not require that you use special equipment like saws or drills. You can place your bricks in whatever fashion you choose and cement them in place with mortar. Homeowners of all levels of remodeling expertise find that they can often install their own brick kitchens with few complications.

Reason 5: Brick is Durable

When getting your money’s worth remains a top priority for your kitchen remodeling work, you can rest assured that brick proves to be one of the most durable materials available to you. Given its sturdy design and structure, brick will last for years and be able to withstand even the harshest wear and tear without breaking, crumbling, warping, or succumbing to other damages.

Reason 6: Brick is Beautiful

In comparison to some of the other materials on the market, brick stands out as one of the most beautiful home remodeling choices available. You can find brick in colors like rustic red or brown. It can add an appealing warmth, coziness, and comfort to your kitchen in a way that ceramic, wood, tile, and others lack.

This post entitled 6 Reasons To Use Brick For Your Kitchen Remodel is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

6 Reasons To Use Brick For Your Kitchen Remodel

Home improvement projects can be overwhelming. As you prepare to remodel your kitchen, you may be faced with dilemmas like keeping it affordable and choosing materials that will ultimately prove to be good investments. When you consider all of the different remodeling materials available to you, however, you could find that the solution to most of your concerns can be found when you choose brick for your project. These key reasons demonstrate why you should include brick in your kitchen remodeling efforts.

Exposted Brick Kitchen Backsplash

Reason 1: Brick is Affordable

Like many homeowners, your primary concern for remodeling your kitchen may center around keeping the project as affordable as possible. Fortunately, brick proves to be a very affordable choice, much more so than other materials like ceramic, tile, or wood. You generally can buy bricks for a fraction of the cost of other choices, which can be a great help when you have a limited budget for your project.

Reason 2: Brick is Energy Efficient

Along with saving your remodeling budget, you also might need to think ahead about your energy bills after the work is done. Brick proves to be energy efficient in all types of weather. It can keep your kitchen cool in the summer and warm during the winter. When you include this material in your project, you could notice that your energy bills stabilize or even become less expensive.

Reason 3: Brick is Widely Available

Another key advantage that brick offers to you and your remodeling efforts is the fact that it is widely available. You rarely find hardware stores, home improvement centers, or big box stores that do not have a plentiful supply of brick on hand. You can avoid your work being interrupted because of having to custom order supplies or waiting for the store’s inventory to be replenished.

Reason 4: Brick is Easy to Install

Even if you have never before worked with this material, you will find that it is relatively to handle and easy to install. It does not require that you use special equipment like saws or drills. You can place your bricks in whatever fashion you choose and cement them in place with mortar. Homeowners of all levels of remodeling expertise find that they can often install their own brick kitchens with few complications.

Reason 5: Brick is Durable

When getting your money’s worth remains a top priority for your kitchen remodeling work, you can rest assured that brick proves to be one of the most durable materials available to you. Given its sturdy design and structure, brick will last for years and be able to withstand even the harshest wear and tear without breaking, crumbling, warping, or succumbing to other damages.

Reason 6: Brick is Beautiful

In comparison to some of the other materials on the market, brick stands out as one of the most beautiful home remodeling choices available. You can find brick in colors like rustic red or brown. It can add an appealing warmth, coziness, and comfort to your kitchen in a way that ceramic, wood, tile, and others lack.

This post entitled 6 Reasons To Use Brick For Your Kitchen Remodel is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.