Posts Tagged ‘kitchen remodel’

Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

 

Modern kitchen design

Modern kitchen design

The perfect combination of form and function is the aim of anyone when remodeling a kitchen in Atherton. Mastering these two sides of your redesign will ensure that your kitchen has a fresh look and layout that you’ll love cooking in. This task can be both fun and easy if you stick to a few simple principles. Continue reading

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Top Accent Colors for the Kitchen

Modern kitchen design

Modern kitchen design

With the kitchen being one of the most used rooms in a home, you should feel comfortable in it and enjoy its colors. Whether you are looking for an inviting space, a cozy room, a great entertaining zone or want to make a smaller area appear larger, here are a collection of colors you are sure to love.  When decorating your home in New Jersey, keep the following ideas in mind.

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.

Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Painting is the most inexpensive way to freshen and update your kitchen.  Painting a kitchen accent wall can be an easy week-end project.  If you are “old school”, you probably painted each wall the same color the first time you painted this room. A different color accent wall will both add a new visual interest to the room but will also perk up your accessories.

Which Wall to Paint?

Start by walking into the room from each entrance to the kitchen. What wall do your eyes immediately focus on first?  If you feel biased in your selection since you are performing your own test, ask a friend or neighbor to come in and do the same.  If the choice is unanimous, that’s the wall you want to highlight.  Choosing a color can be mind boggling.  If painting an accent wall is new to you, a simple rule is to pick a soft hue color, like beige or light green, and make the accent wall 3 shades darker of that same color.  It will still add some flare but not a dramatic punch.  The kitchen isn’t a place for drama.

 Select a Color

If it were only that easy.  When you walk into a paint department of a large hardware store, you are going to see hundreds of paints chips from several different paint companies (I.E. Behr, Olympic, Valspar, Glidden).  Prior to going to the paint store, take inventory of the accessories and wall ornaments currently being used.  If there are specific ones you like, you may want to gravitate to a shade of it.  All the colors usually confuse you before they will convince you.

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall color on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.

Favorites

Green– is the all-time favorite kitchen color.

Yellow-is warm and welcoming and brings a cheery vibe.  A deep shade of yellow can be used as an accent wall in a larger kitchen.

Red– before purchasing a shade of red, consider the area you are painting.  Red can make a small kitchen look smaller. If you are concerned about it being overpowering, look for a small part of the kitchen that you can color as opposed to an entire wall.  Play it safe if need be.

Neutrals (whites and beiges)-are viewed as non-committal choices of color.  You can easily change the decor with a neutral color without having to re-paint.

Things to Factor Into Your Color Choice

There are many black and white kitchen appliances still being sold but stainless steel appliances are the most popular right now. Your counter surfaces might be granite or quartz.  The common denominator here is “reflection of light”.  Stainless, granite, and quartz all have high reflective qualities allowing you to go with a bold and bright color.  There is no rule that says to stick with the traditional shades of yellow in the kitchen.  Make sure you factor in the color of your backsplash into the equation.  Let’s see, so far we are taking into consideration the color of the appliances, accessories, backsplash, and counter surfaces. That’s a lot to coordinate.  Be cautious when making your final color selection and make sure it’s within the family of colors that you can live with.

Primer

Most of the time, you’ll want to apply a primer before you paint. Primer is a must if you’re painting a light color over a dark color, or want to cover up a semi-gloss or gloss finish. Primer helps smooth out the surface to be painted and also helps the paint adhere. The only time you may not need to prime is if you’re painting a darker color over a matte white wall.

If you feel like getting a little crafty, you can try your hand at faux finishes.  Try it on a scrap piece of drywall first to make sure you get the texture you wanted.  Whatever color you choose as an accent, make sure that accent wall stands out from the rest of the room.

Home Design Trends for 2013

Although there are not fast shifts in home décor, we do notice certain trends as they begin to occur. These are more of a slow move in one direction or another that happen over time, but not all at once. As last year came to a close we observed some aspects of home décor that were beginning to trend. Some decorating habits from last year will be long gone by the end of this year and many trends seem to hold on just a little while longer. Here are some of the main home design trends that we are likely to see continue throughout 2013. Continue reading

How to do a Green Kitchen Remodel

Your kitchen might be the focal point of your home, and what better way to keep it current than making your kitchen remodel a green one? But doing a green kitchen remodel may be easier said than done. Here are a few tips that can point you in the right direction to getting the eco-friendly kitchen you’ve always wanted.

Start off Right

It can be important to get the right start to your green remodel. When you’re tearing things up and ripping things out, consider what could be reused or recycled. Everything from piping and tile to cabinetry and other hardware may be up for reuse or possibly the recycle bin. When it comes to your old appliances, consider handing them down to family or friends or, if they’re in good enough condition, reselling them, possibly on Craigslist or at a garage sale to give them a second life.

A Green Contractor

If you aren’t doing your green remodel yourself, then you’ll likely be searching for a good contractor. When you’re conducting your search, you might want to look for contractors that have experience with environmentally friendly work and let them know your expectations up front. This way they will know what to expect when it comes to the work they’ll be doing and the products and materials they should be purchasing.

Create an Efficient Kitchen

When you’re planning your green kitchen remodel, there may be more to it than just adding some compact fluorescents light bulbs and energy-efficient appliances. Although that might be part of it, it’s important to ensure your remodel remains conducive to your needs. When designing a kitchen to meet your needs, your green considerations might allow you to reduce waste, use less water, motivate you to recycle, allow you a spot to collect garbage for composting, design your kitchen to let in more natural light and reduce lighting needs with energy efficient-windows, and add eco-friendly accessories.

Conclusion

If you find that your kitchen is your kingdom when you’re at home, then it can be important to find a balance between this space being environmentally friendly and still remaining conducive to your cooking needs. While going green may be important to you, ensuring that your kitchen is functional and efficient when you’re in it can be equally critical to the enjoyment of the space.

Steve is president of a home remodeling company in Houston and has been in business for over 25 years. He has experience in all aspects of the industry from custom home building to kitchen remodeling. To see some of his work visit http://www.uniquebuilderstexas.com.

What choices you should think about when remodeling a room

When remodeling a room in your home there are many choices to think about before starting this task. You should consider your home’s equity, your home’s needs, beautification, the time you have on your hands, and your budget. When remodeling a room or your home as a whole, each of these components plays an important role on what choice to make in remodeling.

Let’s say you want to update your bathrooms appearance to increase the equity of your home but your kitchen needs work done as well, not for beautification but because your kitchen needs major repairs. Naturally, the kitchen repairs would be more important then increasing your equity by updating your bathrooms. Your home’s needs always come before wants in this scenario.

The time you have on your hands and the budget you have to work with are of great importance in choosing which room to remodel and how the remodeling should be done. Your bedroom may be too small and your bathrooms may need updating. When do you want the overall work done? How much is each job going to cost if done one at a time? Can you get a discount if you hire the same person to do all the work at once? These are important decisions to work out before you get started on remodeling any room in your home.

Having a plan, your budget worked out, knowing what you want done, and how you want the remodeling done before getting started will make the process of remodeling less stressful. Using these strategies in choosing what room to remodel or how you want the room remodeled will also help you make the process of remodeling a room simpler and more efficient saving you time and money.