Kitchen Remodeling

Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

    Kitchen lighting comes in all shapes and sizes; from chandeliers, to wall sconces. Recessed lighting is becoming more popular, for its sleek design along with growing performance of newer bulbs. In the past, recessed lighting was a way to trade quality of light for a smoother design. But with today’s bulbs, there is very little difference. 
    Recessed lighting provides accent lighting when used in specific areas, and can provide full room coverage when used in groups. Under cabinets, or in rooms with low ceilings, recessed lighting can be a simple way to light the space without taking up space. It is also relatively simpler to install than most other lighting fixtures. Targeted recessed lighting can act like a spotlight for the workspace.
    Lighting with recesses rather than one central light helps create more even coverage. There can be a better distribution of light throughout the room; from the stove, to the sink, to your prep station. 
    While chandeliers bring your eyes upward, recessed lighting won’t usually attract attention. This gives a greater emphasis to the rest of the space. Recessed lighting also is almost always in the trends. While it comes and goes, it is never truly out of style.
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Designing a Blue Kitchen

    Blue color often evokes peace and calm; and a bit of blue in a kitchen can be very visually appealing for this reason. While earthy tones and grey tones have long reigned in the modern kitchen, other colors have been popping up more and more. This especially true for blue.
    Pairing blue in a kitchen allows you to create a two-tone space that brings out the best in both colors. Lighter blues tend to pair very well with whites and beige tones. Navy blue hues mix well with greys and rich browns. Lighter blues brighten up the room and make it feel more spacious. Darker blues can add drama and elegance to the room. 
    Blue can be added to a room in another of places. In cabinets and appliances, blue hues can enhance the room in a soothing way. Blue backsplashes add tasteful color without being too overbearing. Subway tile is becoming a thing of the past. Consider a mosaic design or a colorful tile layout for your backsplash. Even faucets and other small accent pieces in a kitchen can benefit from a bit of a color splash. 
    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.

Kitchen Trends for 2018

    Fall is almost here, and as we enter the last few months of the year, we should look towards the future of home design and interior decorating. When you redesign your kitchen, especially to prepare it for the real estate market, you should consider these up and coming trends that are sure to be popular during 2018.
    Granite is becoming less and less popular. If you still want the natural stone look, consider choosing quartz. It is natural, durable, and requires less maintenance than granite. Quartz is also available in a wider variety of color options and finishes. 
    A golden touch is one thing that many modern kitchens are lacking. Brass is making a comeback; even in small ways. From sink faucets to cabinet knobs, a bit of brightness and color from a brass feature can really make the space pop. For a bit more subtly in this aspect, consider brushed brass. This creates a more vintage, antique look; without losing out on the complete modern style. 
    Stainless steel has been the main choice for appliances for quite some time, but the use of black fixtures is on the rise. The addition of black appliances to kitchens can evoke a look of sophistication and add a bit more class to the space.
    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.

Bathroom Windows: Balancing Light and Privacy

    Natural lighting is one of the simplest ways to open up your bathroom space; but it can also take away your privacy. It is important to find a good balance of light and privacy when remodelling your bathroom and adding or changing the windows. 
    The most classic “fix” for a bathroom window is to go with a glazed or frosted window. While this reduces the amount of light that can come through, frosted windows are almost opaque. Glazed windows allow for more light to come through, but are hard to see in or out of.
    Skylights are beautiful additions to any bathrooms that have the open space above for them. They create a beautiful view above, while casting down plenty of light without compromising privacy. 
    On the other hand, your bathroom may be in the basement. Add some natural light to a basement bathroom with well lights. Well lights are enclosed from the outside, creating a nice, private window space. Unfortunately, well lights do not offer a lot in the way of scenery; but many homeowners create their own by using the space to grow plants. The natural colors and foliage will add something unique and beautiful to your bathroom space.
    In many bathrooms, the use of small, higher up windows cast natural light down, while maintaining privacy. A new bathroom trend seeks to do the same, but with small windows at or near floor level. The windows tend to not go above knee height. This contemporary change to a design classic makes the space seem roomier by making the lower half of the room seem brighter, and bigger in general.
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.

Natural Wood Cabinets in Your Kitchen

   Wooden cabinets have been a mainstay in kitchen design for centuries, if not millennia. Wood is the classic choice for cabinetry because it just makes sense. And while the types of wood used in each may change, in the more recent years, most homeowners have been opting for painted or darkly stained cabinets. But more recently, there has been a surge in the use of natural wood for kitchens. Natural wood creates a beautiful, rustic look that adds warmth to the space.
    The most common natural wood choices are maple and cherry. Maple is a lighter colored wood; and it has even, smooth grains. It is very durable, and relatively inexpensive. Cherry is darker, with rich red tones. Cherry wood is more likely to show knots in the grain, but to some, this adds to it’s natural charm. Cherry wood is also very durable, and is stronger in most cases than Maple. 
    In most cases, but especially with Maple and Cherry, natural wood pairs well with stainless steel appliances. Dark and light countertops alike look great while paired with natural wood. 
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5 Ways to Splash Color into Your Kitchen

    Modern kitchen design in 2017 is leaving behind the sleek and straightforward color schemes. Splashes and pops of color blended into the room help create eye-catching spaces and evoke a more personal feel to the room. But where do you add these personal touches? Many homeowners that want to embrace this new trend often don’t know where to start when adding color splashes to their kitchen. 
    Backsplashes are among the most popular ways to incorporate color into a kitchen space. A mosaic-tile backsplash can be very eye-catching and evocative. Mosaics can be created to add a plethora of color or to bring forward a specific one. If this is not your style, most natural stone backsplashes can have veins and streaks of color that can add to the beauty of the space.
    Painting a single wall can tie an entire room together and create a bold pop of color. Take inspiration from the rest of the decor choices in the room, such as the countertop or a painting. A solid, monochromatic wall in the space can break up the bland and direct your eye to a specific part of the room. 
    Appliances can be a good way to incorporate color into a space in places where you will usually look towards anyway. The stove and fridge, as well as smaller appliances, are usually eye catching in general. By adding color to these items, less is more. There can be a lot less color added to the room when it is produced via appliances.
    Open shelving can let your plates add all the color. A colorful plate set can add some additional layers to the space with ease. Add more of a splash by painting the space behind the shelves.
    Living color is a great way to add both color and function. Herb plants or a small vegetable plant can provide you with fresh ingredients while also bringing in some color. Basil, parsley, and cilantro are relatively easy to grow indoors.
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Kitchen Design With a More Masculine Style

     Statistically speaking, it is just as likely for a man to be cooking at home as it is for a woman to do it. Shifts in gender roles, and the popularity of cooking as a skillful, even competitive activity have helped push the design of the home kitchen into a more masculine design style. Males are beginning to take over kitchen design trends, and a lot of these new influences in the style of kitchens are becoming hot on the market in terms of resale value. 
    Men are more likely to spend more on appliances. Commercial ranges, bigger fridges, and commercial range hoods are often the choice for kitchens when picked by men. Males also will choose to add extra appliances more often than women. Males renovating a kitchen are more likely to add extras like a deep fryer, or a salamander (small broiling oven).
 Adding a second sink is also a common choice made by male homeowners. One reason that these are more popular now is the idea of cooking as a couples activity. This is seen more in younger couples, but there is starting to be a higher demand for these appliances and installments in kitchens on the market.
    In terms of cabinetry, the masculine influence in design trends has created more of a popularity of flat-fronted cabinets. For countertops, men often prefer a mitered edge, rather than more curved or bevelled styles that are more popular among female homeowners.
    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.

Must-Have Upgrades for the Baker’s Kitchen

    If you bake a lot, your kitchen redesign should work to make it easier for you. There are a number of upgrades you should consider for new kitchen to better your baking.
    Marble is king when it comes to baking. Whether you are making pastries, chocolates, or even bread; marble is known to be the best material to prevent sticking without the need for added flour. Marble is a beautiful, natural countertop choice as well.
    Double up on ovens. Dual ovens can give you more baking space, and can be great for when you have to bake two items at two different temperatures. Dual ovens are also usually mounted at more of an eye-level; which reduces back-strain while working in the kitchen.
    A tall but narrow roll-out drawer is a great upgrade for your cookie sheet and baking pan storage. This minimizes the space that they take up while also adding ease-of-access.
    Open shelving for cookbooks and baking essentials like flour and sugar add both function and decor. Wall hooks for hanging bread boards, rolling pins, and cake molds can add character to the room while filling negative space and saving room for storage. 
    Switch out your spice rack for a spice drawer. With a top-down view of your spices, always at arm’s reach; this convenient upgrade is perfect for keeping all of your essential spices organized and ready for use.
    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.

Quartz Countertops; Pros and Cons

 

    Quartz countertops are very popular among homeowners. It is among the higher end styles of countertop material. There are pros and cons to designing a kitchen with this material.
    Quartz countertops take the beauty of the natural mineral and use modern treatments to temper and protect it. This process creates a very durable and strong counter. However, some owners feel that this diminishes the natural look of the mineral. Quartz countertops are a contemporary hybrid of natural elements and modern creation.
    Quartz is as durable like concrete or granite, but has more give. This means that it is less prone to chipping or cracking, as it will absorb more of the impact. Quartz isn’t a porous surface like marble or concrete; which means that it is harder to stain. The stain won’t seep into the countertop permanently like it can with some other counters. Quartz countertops are, however, less resistant to heat than some other materials. Use caution when dealing with hot pans and put a barrier between them and the counter. 
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5 Kitchen Features for the House that Entertains

    If you entertain guests often, or just have a big family, you will need a kitchen to help you turn out a lot of food. But why should you slave away in the kitchen all day for your party? With these kitchen upgrades, you can cook more food at once, and seriously cut down on your cooking time.
    Double ovens are a must-have for any entertainer’s kitchen. It can take long to cook up a lot of pick-ons or dishes when your oven can only be set at one temperature at a time. With double ovens you can bake at two different heat levels, or cook two batches at the same time.
    Island Cooktops allow you to have plenty of workspace next to and around the stove. It also allows you to cook while engaging in conversations with your guests. Having a stove built right into the island also gives you more freedom to separate the oven from the stove, for stand-alone models or dual ovens.
    Having a bar in your kitchen can be a great way to keep your alcoholic beverages and mixing tools all together. A sleek bar combined with a half wall is a great transition between the kitchen and dining room areas, while affording full functionality to the space. Keg taps, wine cabinets, a bar sink, or a refrigerator drawer in the cabinetry surrounding the bar can be convenient added features for the space.
    Warming Drawers are important for heating up something a guest brought over, reheating hors d'oeuvres, or warming up dips for the table. Nobody wants to eat cold leftovers towards the end of the party.
    A Coffee Bar is a good way to keep all of your hot drink stuff together. A small alcove or corner of the counter space can be set up for a coffee bar. The area should have ample storage for coffees and teas, mugs, and coffee pots. Pick a space with enough outlets for your coffee machines and other accessories. 
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.