Cabinets & Drawer September 09, 2017. When your wood is chosen, you'll need to decide if a fully unfinished look is right for your kitchen, or, alternatively, if you want to paint or stain your new kitchen cabinets. Generally, a fully unfinished look can pair well with a country or rustic kitchen style, but it can also feature well in a range of traditional kitchen styles. If you do choose to finish your kitchen cabinets yourself, you'll want to keep in mind that certain woods accept stain and paint better than others. If it is your plan to stain your unfinished kitchen cabinets, do some research beforehand to ensure that your wood choice will accept the stain and preserve its natural beauty at the same time.
Countertops September 07, 2017. Concrete. It's at the top of the trend heap right now thanks to its clean, contemporary look, but choosing concrete’s not a no-brainer. Why? It's prone to cracking if not installed correctly. "When we do custom concrete counters we reinforce them with tensile steel," says Steve. "And you still have to worry about cracking." Finding an experienced installer is everything. If you do, you'll have virtually infinite range of custom color options, and can even integrate features like a draining board beside the sink. Concrete must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 23, 2017. Finally, ancillary design touches like artwork or antique farm equipment may be used to add visual interest to a farmhouse kitchen design, artfully hung from walls or integrated into the design next to more contemporary cooking implements.
Kitchen Design Ideas September 16, 2017. Countertops often dictate the backsplash color and style, says Kira Van Deusen, designer at Covenant Kitchens & Baths in Westbrook, Conn. Also consider fixtures like your lighting and hardware. Try mixing metallic tiles in different shades with various finishes, such as brushed stainless steel, oil-rubbed bronze or even an antique brass. By including small tiles of marble or granite, you can pull in the countertop color without being boring with a panel of granite that extends up from the countertop, says Barrie Spang, interior designer at Lee Meier Interiors in Westlake, Ohio. As for glass tiles, check out some of the newer tiles with a bit of crackle or frosted finish, Spang says.
Kitchen Island September 10, 2017. Adding rustic style to the kitchen can be as simple as installing a reclaimed wood countertop on an old table and painting the base in a burnt orange, yellow, brown or green. To create a rustic kitchen island that's truly part-and-parcel of its surroundings, choose woods that are indigenous to your region—oak, pine, birch, rosewood—and custom-design a kitchen island that looks and feels personal to your particular space.
Kitchen Design Ideas September 12, 2017. The use of certain fabrics and patterns for curtains, tablecloths and placemats in farmhouse kitchens is quite common. Plaid, gingham and toile are quite common choices, with the latter often featuring pastoral or historical scenes from farming eras gone by.
Cabinets & Drawer September 05, 2017. And remember that black doesn't have to mean darkest midnight or ink black—most paint manufacturers now offer a wide variety of black hues, many with interesting tones that almost cross over into gray. The color and style of the rest of your kitchen, and how bold a statement you want to make with your cabinets, will likely determine the shade of black that's right for your kitchen cabinets.
Cabinets & Drawer September 15, 2017. When preparing to renovate an old kitchen or install a new one, exploring the range of kitchen cabinet components will be an essential first step in creating a custom kitchen to reflect your own unique style.