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Using Dark Cabinets in a Small Kitchen

    Traditionally, darker colors like black or chocolate brown should be avoided in smaller kitchens; because they make the space feel smaller. But by designing around this fact, you can get the color you want without making the room feel cramped. Designing a smaller kitchen with dark cabinetry give you a unique and stunning space; if done correctly.

Natural Lighting

    The easiest way to make a space feel bigger is natural lighting. Windows, skylights, and solar tubes can help enhance the brightness of the space, cut down on electricity costs, and make the room feel more open. Skylights and solar tubes are often very helpful in small kitchens because they d not take up much needed cabinet space.

Glass Doors on Cabinets

    Glass doors in the cabinetry adds depth and makes the room feel a bit more spacious. While glass cabinet doors are often used with lighter colors, they can still have the same effect. Glass doors give you an added visual length to the room of about a foot of distance. If you do not like having the contents of your cabinets on display, consider frosted or etched glass. This will add designs to the space, while still adding some depth; and keeping things lighter. 

Open Shelving

    Open shelving takes the concept of glass cabinet doors a step further, by clearing out some extra space and opening up the area. By pairing dark-colored open shelves with a lighter backsplash, you can create visual transitions that separate the space.  You do not need to have only open shelves or only cabinets. By interspersing the two, you can still have the storage space you need, while keeping the room open.

Add Contrast

    White and black go together well for a reason. Offset the dark cabinetry with a lighter backsplash and countertops. This will add contrast and depth to the kitchen. Lighter areas will also reflect more light, making the space seem brighter.

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.
 

Keeping Your Bathroom Up-to-Date

    Just like everything else, bathroom decor trends come and go. A light decoration revamp might be necessary every now and then. Freshening up your bathroom doesn’t have to be an expensive task! We have provided a few of the most highlighted trends to help keep your bathroom trendy, and up to date. 

     Matte Black- Last year was all about the chrome and brass decor, but now the new fixture trend is matte black. Dark fixtures give off a modern ambiance, and are typically easier to clean. 
     Busy Wallpaper- Abstract wallpaper is sure to grab attention, while adding a unique quality. 
     Statement Basins- Designers are making a statement using vessel-styled vanity basins. Basins run in all different shapes and sizes, so you can easily find the perfect one to spice up your bathroom. 
     Blue Color Schemes- If your bathroom is already designed in a neutral color scheme, you can give it a pop of color by adding vibrant blue decor. Switch out some accessories such as shower curtains, bath mats,towels, and rugs. Blue is a calming color that will add a nice touch to your room. 

    Choose from any of these luxurious designs to keep your bathroom trendy at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.
 

High-Tech Appliances for Your Dream Kitchen

    The kitchen of the future is here! Not only is technology influencing what we’re making, it’s also influencing how and where we make it. These advancements in technology are affecting our everyday lives, and considering the kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s no surprise that smart- kitchens are making their debut. Here are some of the top- rated high tech kitchen appliances we’ve seen so far:

  • LG InstaView ThinQ– With Amazon’s Alexa built into it, this smart fridge is able to read out recipes and enables you to add items onto your grocery list . The fridge has a built in 29 inch screen on the front. 
  • Smarter WiFi Coffee Machine– This coffee machine can be remotely activated to your smartphone, send you notifications when your coffee is ready, and even detect when you’ve returned home to ask if you want a fresh cup. In addition, this coffee maker also provides a built- in grinder. 
  • Samsung Slide-In Induction Chef Collection Range Oven– This oven provides virtual LED flames onto your pot, so you’ll always know when the burner is on. The oven also provides a “Flex-Duo Oven,” which means you can cook two separate dishes at completely different temperatures. 
     

Designing a Pet-Friendly Bathroom

Having a pet around the house, can be great; but there are always precautions to take to keep your furry friends safe. When renovating your bathroom, you might want to take your pets into consideration. You may not want all of these features, but they are good to consider. Many of them will be a benefit to you, as well as your pet.

Pet Friendly Showers

    Showers that make it easier to give your pet a wash can be very helpful, and very modern. A curbless shower reduces the risk of tripping; for both you and your pet. This type of shower is safer, because it reduces the risk of falls when you take your everyday shower; while also making it easier when it is bath time for your pet.
    Non-slip surfaces in the shower will help you be safer in the shower, while helping your pet feel less nervous at bath time. Pets that don’t like baths are often afraid of getting hurt on the sleek floor.
    Detachable shower heads help you get all the hard to reach places; but they also make cleaning your cat or dog easier. A detachable shower head gives you greater control when getting the last of the suds, or avoiding water in their ears.

Tile Floors

    Tile floors are the best choice for a pet-friendly bathroom. Tile is durable, easy to clean, and waterproof. It makes it easier for you to clean up after your dog shakes off his wet fur to dry off. Tile is also available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs; so you can find ones that fit your style.

Toilet Lids

    Not every homeowner opts for a toilet seat lid. But if you have a pet, it can be helpful in a number of ways. Toilet seat lids can be used to sit more comfortably when washing your pet in the tub. But they can also be used to protect your pet. We all know the common trope of a dog drinking out of the toilet. But this can make them extremely sick, or even poisoned; when you use toilet cleaners. For smaller, more agile pets, like cats, an uncovered toilet can be a potential drowning hazard. Cats can sometimes fall into the toilet, where the cupped edge and funnel-like interior can be difficult to escape from.

Locking Cabinets

Locking cabinets can keep your children, and your furry friends, out of your beauty products, cleaning chemicals, and medicines that they can otherwise access. If your pet gets into those items, they can easily make a mess of them, or get sick. Protect your children, pets, and your products from each other with locking cabinets.

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.
 

Which Countertop is Best For Your Kitchen?

 

Countertops are an essential part of any kitchen. It’s tempting to pick a countertop solely on looks alone, but it’s important to consider the maintenance, cost, and durability of the counter. Luckily, we have provided the most popular countertops, as well as their pros and cons.

1. Granite- The top choice for countertops, Granite is available in many different shades, including white, black, beige, green, gray, and more. Granite can survive spills, heated pots, and more. A con is that Granite requires periodic sealing for stain protection.

2. Quartz- Quartz is a blend of various stone chips and pigments. It’s available in various shades and colors to mimic stone. Quartz has a lasting durability and does not have to be sealed for protection.

3. Solid Surfacing- Solid surface countertops are a man- made mixture consisting of mostly marble and plastic pigments.

4. Carrara Marble- This is the cheaper option between the two marble countertops. Marble leaves your kitchen with a soft, trendy vibe. One downside to marble is that if it’s not kept in pristine condition, staining and etching will occur within the marbles veining.

5. Stainless Steel- This type of countertop is mainly popular with chefs or people who love to cook. Steel is one of the most sanitary types of counters, and have been noted nearly indestructible. They cannot burn or rust, and are impervious to stains. While they are quite durable, pots and pans are likely to scratch the steels surface.

6. Silestone- This stone is made of natural quartz crystals. It is stain resistant, and doesn’t require any sealing or maintenance. One drawback is that Silestone is more expensive than Granite. You can expect to pay $50-$100 per square foot of Silestone, whereas Granite is usually sold between $5 and $20 per square feet.

Choose from any of these luxurious countertops at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Pick the Best Tile for your Bathroom

 

When remodeling a bathroom, it’s important that you don’t neglect your floors tiling. Tiles can easily make or break a bathroom, so make sure you’re choosing the best ones for your space. Here are some ideas that will be sure to liven up your bathroom.

  1. Statement flooring- It is more common to make a bold choice of bathroom flooring than it is for walls, considering flooring is a smaller area to fill, which makes it less expensive. Two types of flooring that have been particularly popular lately are geometric shapes and bold colors.
  2. Diagonal Tiling- This is a common trend for smaller bathrooms, because the diagonal lines create the illusion that the room is larger than it actually is. This a great way to enlarge a smaller bathroom, while still looking great.
  3. Light Colored Tiles- A basic rule to remember when renovating any surface is that lighter colors open up a room, while darker colors are more likely to box it in. White is a high maintenance color, considering how often it must be cleaned. We suggest an off white, light beige, or light gray.
  4. Checkered Tiles- Black and white checkered tiles have been a tile classic for decades. Still a popular bathroom trend, these tiles have been proven timeless.

Choose from any of these luxurious tiles at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home, please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302

Tips on Organizing Your Bathroom

 

With Spring comes the pressure to maintain a clean household. After deep- cleaning, you’ll probably want to keep your space as functional and organized as possible. Read below for a few of our best tips to keep your bathroom clutter-free.

1.Install shelves- Especially if you’re short on floor space, shelving can provide your bathroom with some extra storage. As well as being practical, shelves can also act as decor. You can style them with a few accessories such as candles, photos, and artwork to add personality.

2.Side tables- In addition to shelving, side tables are also multipurpose pieces. You can hide stacked towels and extra bathing necessities inside the table, while decorating the top.

3.Lazy Susan- Try adding a lazy Susan to your bathroom or linen closet. With a very simplistic look, they can be easily rotated around whenever you need something specific, and you don’t have to worry about crashing everything else over.

4.Draw dividers-  Restrict your top drawers to only the products that use more often than not. These dividers can simplify the search for the makeup you need while keeping your space organized.

5.Counter trays-  Counter and vanity trays are a great option for when you like your products visible, but in an organized manner. These trays can even be used to store accessories or candles.

An organized bathroom is more relaxing and sanitary. Organizing your space will help keep it clean, and of course maintain an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. If some parts of your bathroom are just impossible to keep clean, consider a Spring bathroom renovation. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

How to Make a Small Kitchen Appear Larger

 

Contrary to popular belief, a small kitchen can be useful in a variety of different ways. Less to clean, and typically more affordable. While there are benefits of a tinier kitchen, there are ways to make your space appear larger.

  1. Similar colors- Keeping the design in the same realm, its best to keep your cabinets the same color as your walls. Lighter and pale colors tend to make your space look brighter and more open.
  2. Keep it neat- A useful tip for smaller kitchens is to keep clutter away from countertops and shelving. If you have a pantry, maximize that space by storing as much as you can in it.
  3. Glass cabinets- Removing cabinet doors and replacing them with glass doors. This will pull the eye to the back of the cabinet frames, making the walls feel as though they are farther away.
  4. Windows- Maximize the amount of light shining into your kitchen with as many windows as possible. Blinds are also a good idea, because they add more depth without blocking the light.
  5. Horizontal stripes- Long, wide stripes have the ability to stretch the space. You can achieve this with broad striped floor tiles or a striped rug.
  6. Mirrors- One of the most common ways to enlarge any space is by adding mirrors.  Place them where the reflection holds the most depth, the natural light will reflect off the mirror, making the room look bigger.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs to make your kitchen appear larger at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

How to Renovate a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with family, especially children, can be a true test of patience. Kids are prone to mess making and typically have a lot of stuff. Here are some of our best tips for a family bathroom renovation, or simply adding ways to make yours more child- friendly.

  1. Make sure your appliances are the right height- Consider lowering countertops and vanities to a lower height. This way, children will be have easy access to the sink, faucet, etc.
  2. Stow away spacing- Kids come with a lot of baggage, and their belongings can easily take over the house, including the bathroom. Opt for a vanity with full cabinets and drawers to keep the clutter hidden. Consider a decorative storage basket to keep extra towels or washcloths.
  3. Flooring- With younger children, it’s important that your picking an appropriate flooring. Opt for non- slip surfaces that are also easy to clean. Textured floor tiling are best for avoiding slips and falls, while ceramic is more durable. Shower and bath floor grips are also a great alternative to ensure your little one doesn’t slip.
  4. Backsplash tile- Kids have a tendency to splash water around while washing their hands and face. A tiled backsplash will protect your wall from getting stained or soggy.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Timeless Kitchen Trends

 

Just like anything else, kitchen trends will come and go. The only difference is that it’s not particularly as easy to switch a trend after an entire kitchen has been renovated. Continuing reading for a few popular kitchen trends that aren’t leaving anytime soon.

Glass front cabinets have been a staple in traditional and modern kitchens. Not only are these cabinets great for adding depth to your kitchen, making it seem larger, but they are an elegant touch to any room. Since the doors are transparent, the cabinet shelves are great to use for storing decoration, or fancier china.

Marble and marble-like countertops have been used as decor for centuries. These counters are heat resistant, which makes them popular amongst chefs and bakers. Depending on the type of marble, it can be cost-effective. Carrara marble, a gray color with softer veins, is usually the cheapest alternative. If you’re opting for a more luxurious stone, Calacatta marble offers more dramatic veining with a whiter surface.

Kitchen islands have also been trending for quite some time. Especially with an open layout design, counter- height islands are more inviting and practical. It creates more of an open space within the kitchen, which encourages interaction. The extra counter space is great for hosting and entertaining.

Choose from any of these luxurious designs at Dream Kitchen & Bath. To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.