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Decorating Your Home with Bold Colors
...richly colored accent table or chair. Creative cabinetry Traditional wood grain cabinetry sometimes gives way to far more creative color schemes in kitchens and bathrooms. While white is still a popular choice, and can even be considered bold in the right setting, true color on cabinets is also gaining traction among homeowners. With the righ...
Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
... a more modern motif. Avoid weathered and overly polished finishes in brass or nickel, and opt instead for selections like matte black, gold and copper, which are all well-suited for contemporary kitchens. Don't be afraid to mix and match for a bit of an eclectic look, such as different pulls for the upper and lower cabinets or a unique style for drawers. Explore more contem...
Clever Kitchen Upgrades - Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style
...xtures and materials. Colorful allure White kitchen cabinets have dominated the market for years; white is constant, safe and classic. While white kitchens are likely to remain a popular option for homeowners, buying trends are showing a shift in painted cabinetry design from classic white to eye-catching colors. Natural color...
5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
... As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms. Special considerations often should be made for those falling in the Baby Boomer age group, who especially should take into account the accessibility of their homes and improvements that can be mad...
Allied Kitchen & Bath is proud to welcome Michael O'Byrn, award winning South Florida Designer to their team
...uality products and customized service. Having started his career in Chicago, IL, Michael O'Byrn comes to the Allied design team bringing over 30 years of experience custom designing kitchens for some of the most well-known companies in the industry; SieMatic, Poggenpohl, and most recently Downsview. Michael has perfected his techniques in creating well-designed, comfortable...
Expand Your Kitchen - How space-saving sliding door hardware can help
...n space at a premium. Single or converging wall-mount sliding doors allow you to utilize this floor space for kitchen furnishings, storage, extra mingling room for guests and more. They also give kitchens a more spacious look and can enhance your home's design flow, making it more welcoming and facilitating movement between rooms, which is essential for gatherings and larger families wit...
4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen
...functionality, you might consider antique-inspired appliances. For example, Elmira Stove Works offers a line of 1890s-style appliances that deliver the warmth and charm of a bygone era to today's kitchens. Equipped with the latest in cooking technology, these appliances have been designed to meet the culinary standards of nearly any home chef, and include a selection of cus...
Living in Color
... whites are the same and different shades can elicit a different design motif entirely. Cabinets in shades of white are enduring and versatile, appearing in cottage, traditional and even modern kitchens. Also remember that although it's simple, there's nothing dull about white cabinetry. Embrace the classic white spacious kitchen in your home but take it up a notch with b...
Living in Color
... whites are the same and different shades can elicit a different design motif entirely. Cabinets in shades of white are enduring and versatile, appearing in cottage, traditional and even modern kitchens. Also remember that although it's simple, there's nothing dull about white cabinetry. Embrace the classic white spacious kitchen in your home but take it up a notch with b...
Home Improvements with High ROI
...ead and refinish them for a budget-friendly alternative to installing new flooring. Another option that holds or even increases the value of your investment is tile, particularly in spaces like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas. Roofing Re-roofing a home gives it an instant value boost, but it's a job that needs to be repeated periodicall...
Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
... that takes its cue from days spent lazing by the pool or at the seashore. From refrigerators and ranges to microwaves and dishwasher panels, retro appliances can bring a fun, welcoming vibe to kitchens. "Color - whether bold or on the subtler side - can really make a kitchen come alive," said Tony Dowling, vice president, Elmira Stove Works. "Appliances are a great way t...
How big of a deck do I need?
...ng up these areas and you realize you can't do all this in a 16-foot by 12-foot deck," said Pologruto, the owner of Decks & More. Dining - 320+ square feet Outdoor kitchens and dining areas are growing in popularity, but do require significant space. A grill with some counter space for cooking and a large table and chairs for dining will take up around 320 s...
A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel
...athroom, make alternate arrangements such as creating a makeshift kitchen with the bare necessities in another part of the house. Countertops 101 Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common renovation projects, and countertops are often a focal point of these redesigns. However, choosing the right countertop can be overwhelming. To hel...
3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018
...n provide expert advice and guide the decision-making process to help avoid costly mistakes. Consider Various Tile Types Another popular treatment in kitchens and bathrooms is to use different types of tile and surface stone. Incorporating tile of different shapes and texture such as quartz, marble or granite can energize even the smallest spac...
5 top trends for your kitchen in 2018
...r home is more valuable. A magnificent kitchen defines a home, and bringing your kitchen to this level means capitalizing on today's top trends. Many of the trends that will define kitchens for the year appear first at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry convention held every year in January. More than 600 brands attended this year's event, and here are the five trends that ...
Material Matters
...te of enthusiastic cooks and designers alike. While stainless steel's neutral color and sleek looks work with a wide range of kitchen styles, it's most often found in contemporary, professional-style kitchens. This classic, durable material lives up to its name. Hot pans won't hurt it, and it's less likely than harder materials to damage delicate dishware that may slip from your grip.
Give Your KITCHEN a Facelift
...eeping the surface looking like new. The line of countertops comes in a wide range of nature-inspired colors and textures, from stunning marbled patterns to warm coastal hues, perfect for beautifying kitchens, bathrooms and work spaces.Learn more at radianz-quartz.com. ...
6 must-know kitchen and bathroom design trends
... Many homeowners today wonder how they can turn their bathrooms or kitchens into something worthy of making the rounds on Pinterest or Instagram. As more people want to give their home a personal and stylish touch, home decorating and interior design is hotter than ever, and the possibilities are seemingly limitless. The only problem is that making up your mind can be o...
Rethinking bathroom design
...  As homeowners begin to dream up plans to update their kitchens and bathrooms, they can spend hours searching for inspiration on the web or one of the many home renovation television shows. There’s no shortage of beautiful ideas and designs out there, but before you make any decision, you should start with the crucial question: What is it I really want? A recent s...
How to use color psychology to influence the mood of your home
...gain, and dark black like Tricorn Black SW 6258 and even charcoal, navy and deep jewel tones are all gaining in popularity, adding urban sophistication to a wide range of spaces, from living rooms to kitchens. What green really means: Generations see green hues differently. Millennials associate it with energy (33 percent compared to 24 percent of Gen Xers and baby...
Designing Stylish and Functional Outdoor Kitchens
...oughtful and sophisticated design approach over time," said Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, producer of premium culinary products for residential outdoor kitchens. "The result is a fully realized space with all of the parts working together - much more than a collection of furniture and cooking equipment." To get the most out of your out...
Trends to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space
...ny, the world's No. 1 decking and railing brand and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products. "The movement toward 'outdoor rooms' has evolved into fully functional outdoor kitchens and entertainment centers that make it even more difficult to determine where the indoors end and the outdoors begin." Regardless of the size of your deck - or budget - these s...
5 projects to create the perfect outdoor kitchen
...roject is completed, stain it or decorate it in a way that provides the shade you desire while supporting your overall outdoor design look. Many people mistakenly believe that outdoor kitchens are luxury items for only the wealthy, but that is no longer true. Any of the easy projects listed above can help you reimagine your space into the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. To find mor...
Top 6 home decorating trends
...-effect materials and faux-marble wallpapers such as this beauty from Murals Your Way growing in popularity, you can count on the soft, subdued design to be a top pick for accent walls, powder rooms, kitchens and more. It’s a seriously impressive way to dress up your walls! 2. Deep blues: Though black has long been a decorating darling, designers are now recruiting...
Mix Up Something Eclectic
...ction. One often-overlooked solution is using drawers for pots and pans. The ability to store each pot with its corresponding lid eliminates the jumbled stacks and hard-to-reach pieces common in many kitchens. Extra-deep drawers, paired with drawer storage options provide sectioned, adjustable options depending upon size of pots and pans. Another option: an adjustable wood board peg system that le...
Spring home improvements you can do in 24 hours or less
... wow factor to your entryway. Large planters with hardy, bright blooms add curb appeal when positioned on either side of the front door. Update your lighting. Modern light fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms shed a whole new light and look on the room. Consider installing a dimmer so you can create the right mood, any time of the day. While you’re upgrading lighting, be sure to repl...
Tips for a Vintage Kitchen Remodel
...or a room filled with character and purpose. Keep cabinet facades true to the era. Updating the cabinets is practically a necessity for any vintage kitchen remodel. Although many older kitchens lacked the cabinet space modern homeowners desire, you can still achieve a retro look with ample storage by focusing more on the shape and style than on the quantity. With this approach, you ...
Beauty and utility: Designing a functional, stylish home
... a powder room, but worry about the suitability of wallpaper for rooms where moisture is common. More brands carry water-resistant wall covering materials. Vinyl wallpaper works best in bathrooms and kitchens that are prone to stains and water. When homeowners see a look they love on Pinterest or in a design magazine, there’s likely a product or material to help them achieve it whi...
Don't Lose the Luster-Maintain natural stone counters
... Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile. It's important to understand the shine on granite and other natura...
Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows
... season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here's a hint: step outside. You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don't return 100 percent of their value at the time of resale. Those that yield the best return on investment for the most modes...
Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
... Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it's most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.  Deck railings, outdoor kitchen cabinetry and solar-powered lighting are among the many examples of products using stainless steel to create exter...
The evolution of kitchen design: Timeless tips through the decades
...  As a reflection of the ever-changing American lifestyle, kitchens have evolved over the past 100 years from a space that was once viewed as a utilitarian work-room in the back of the house, to become the centerpiece of the home. While trends come and go, history has made its mark on kitchen design. Transitional style kitchens are now the most popular, as evident ...
The home design trend you need to know about
... few years ago. Mixing materials gives you greater freedom to create a space that represents your style. Style on a budget Of all the rooms in a home, kitchens and bathrooms still get the most attention. Unfortunately, getting that dream kitchen or perfect bathroom isn’t always inexpensive. For those who have uncompromising taste, bu...
5 residential design trends in hardwood
...m. Clearly contrasting wood tones - blond maple and black walnut, for example - create a striking effect that can work well in both traditional and contemporary settings. This is particularly true in kitchens, where a favorite configuration features upper cabinetry in a light-color wood such as birch, and lower cabinetry in a dark-color wood like cherry. The result is a space that has strong visua...
One-weekend DIY projects to get your house relative-ready for the holidays
...wash sidelights, transoms and other windows near the door. A polished entryway will make your holiday decorations look even better — and wow the in-laws before they even ring the doorbell. In kitchens and bathrooms, replace dated or worn faucets. Install a new showerhead in the bathroom, and add a new shower curtain. A new light fixture in the dining room can brighten the space and enhance...
Superior design, superior functionality
...ogy, allowing water activation with just a simple tap anywhere on the faucet base, handle or arm for maximum flexibility and functionality. Sophisticated storage As kitchens become the de facto entertaining environment in the modern home, it is increasingly important to incorporate elements to keep clutter at bay. Thoughtful storage solutions are critical to both...
4 great ways to create an outdoor living space
... perfect way to customize a space that is right for you. As you consider creating a beautiful, yet functional outdoor area, here are some key elements to keep in mind: Outdoor kitchens are in demand Whether you keep it simple with a built-in grill, some counter space and a sink, or go grand with a brick pizza oven and abundant seating at a granite-topped co...
5 ways to design with the 1980s comeback kid: Marble
... the 1980s, the material lost some of its classic appeal in American design, becoming synonymous with gaudy, over-the-top style. Throughout the decade, homes were outfitted with marble bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces, accented with shiny brass or gold fixtures. Fast forward to today and marble is making its way back into homes — thanks to an ‘80s design renaissance — bu...
6 holiday-friendly home design features
...Whether you’re shopping for a new traditional, manufactured or modular home or just attempting a renovation project, it’s important to consider the functionality of key spaces like kitchens and living rooms. These most-frequented rooms will host meals, family gatherings, movie nights, homework sessions and holiday celebrations, so they need to include features that facilitate all thes...
137 Designer Kitchens for Every Style
...137 Designer Kitchens for Every Style - Allow these culinary hot spots to stir up major inspiration for your own home...
Upgrade Your Kitchen This New Year
...ery dish, while rotating spray jets let you skip soaking and still target baked-on, caked-on messes. In addition to purchasing new appliances, homeowners can easily create a new mood in their kitchens by replacing cabinets. Often, you can schedule a free in-home con...
5 DIY Kitchen Renovation Inspirations
... ideas from the trend experts at Lowe's and Frigidaire Professional that will fit any kitchen style and bring your Pinterest-worthy dream kitchen to life. Everything and the kitchen sink Farmhouse kitchens are growing in popularity, but whether you are going for a farmhouse look or something more transitional, a farmhouse sink can add character to any kitchen. Go for a classic white or find a f...
Keep Clutter at Bay/Useful items to keep your home elegantly organized
...d.com and HomeDepot.com. Organize with Aesthetics in Mind Maximize space, storage and organization with a pocket door system. The Demi Tall Pantry Cabinet from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. is ideal for kitchens of all sizes. Pull out units, sliding shelves and motion sensor lighting make organizing and locating items easy, while adding a pleasing aesthetic to the room. For more storage solutions, go...
A Kitchen Designer Tells All - Five tried-and-true tips for rocking your kitchen remodel
...ere to start. Certified Kitchen Designer MaryJo Camp has been there, in more ways than one. As a designer certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Camp has designed thousands of kitchens in her 35-year career - including her own. With a newfound personal understanding of remodeling challenges, Camp has pulled together her top tips for a successful kitchen revamp. Require r...
Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen
... of residential landscape architects by the American Society of Landscape Architects, one of the most popular features to fill that space is the outdoor kitchen. The first two decisions "Outdoor kitchens expand a homeowner's opportunities to gather together with family and friends," said Maria Stapperfenne, certified kitchen designer, certified bath designer and 2015 president of the National...
Get Inspired by Outdoor Living Ideas
...k to extend the style, comfort and function of their interior spaces to their outdoor living areas. More and more indoor activities are migrating outside with the addition of features such as outdoor kitchens, dining nooks and fireplaces. Demand also is up for features like integrated benches with cushions and accent pillows, storage components and lighting, along with accessories such as ornament...
Tips for Tackling Holiday Messes
...look each day but should be straightened before the guests arrive. Prep your kitchen surfaces. Often serving as the base camp for holiday entertaining, the kitchen deserves some extra attention. For kitchens with granite and other natural-stone surfaces, use an effective cleaner, such as the Granite Gold three-part system of cleaning, sealing and polishing before the party to ensure that it looks...
Give Your Kitchen a Facelift - Easy Updates to Increase Your Home's Value & Save You Time
...(Family Features) Ever hear the saying "Kitchens sell a home?" Well it's true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you're considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. While a well-designed kitchen incorporates elements of luxury and style, it's ...
Caring for Your Stone Surfaces
... stone manufacturer and installer to be further cut to a homeowner's needs. It's this factory finish that enhances their inherent characteristics - veins, swirls, crystals - prior to installations in kitchens and baths. There are two common routes to pursue to maintain natural stone's durability and to ensure that brilliant shine persists. One option is contracting with a stone restoration spec...
Bring Your Personal Design Style to Life
...can actually save you time, money and provide peace of mind in the long run. Avoid costly mistakes and ensure that the professionals you hire are fully certified and qualified for the task. Great kitchens and baths start with great design. At the end of the day, you'll be thankful for the time spent during the dreaming and designing phases of your remodel. These steps will help bring your drea...
Five fast home decor updates with fantastic results
... patterns and textures - a combination of styles can create a look that is completely unique to your style. Next, arouse your sense of smell with aromatic candles and floral arrangements. Finally, in kitchens and baths, swap your basic hand towels for a new vibrant color or design. You'll find making small updates can be simple, yet produce dramatic results easily. Faucet focus From prep to ...
Kitchen remodeling: How to go from a far-off dream to 'DIY'
... buyer will be attracted to a kitchen that's updated and move-in ready. Even if you're planning on staying in your home for a while, few things can reinvigorate your home like a brand new kitchen. Kitchens are the hardest-working rooms in most homes, and the wear and tear that comes with years of use can leave them looking drab. A remodeling project that makes over your kitchen from floor to ce...
Ten lucky home decor trends for 2013
...ike home Even as the economy shows signs of improving, homeowners still find comfort in "cocooning" in the warmth and safety of their homes, says Graeme Smith, conceptual designer at Second Nature kitchens.- Adding an on-trend color such as cranberry or velvety chocolate to a soothing palette of muted tones and delicate detailing creates timeless interiors, and incorporating vintage pieces fost...
Color tips from the pros: How to bring bold hues into the kitchen and bath
...(BPT) - Why is it that some people can do daring things with color in their living rooms or bedrooms, but stick with the strongholds of beige and white in their kitchens and baths? As bright hues are surfacing in kitchen and bath design trends, existing oft-neutral palettes make it easy to introduce bold splashes. Whether it's with a new faucet finish, a vibrant wall color, a playful backsplash...
Nick-of-time tips to make your home holiday ready
...at combines two popular seasonal standbys. Roomier entryways can benefit from a decorative urn filled with a variety of greens. Heap allen + roth ornaments on top to create a 'holiday topiary.' 2. Kitchens The kitchen is the hub of the home, especially during the holidays. Giving this room a refresh can be quick and easy, regardless of budget. Painting is one of the simplest, most cost-ef...
Upgrading your kitchen from 'blah' to 'bling' for less
... and friends. To design a kitchen that meets the multiple needs of today's modern family, including standing up to its daily wear and tear without breaking the bank, homeowners can transform their kitchens with a few tips and tricks from interior design experts and companies that have created more durable and affordable yet equally beautiful products. Small steps can create better spaces ...
Does Your Kitchen Work Like a Dream? Make the Most of Kitchen Storage
...Forget about the living room; the kitchen is the social hub of a home. Today's homeowners want their kitchens to reflect their personal tastes and accommodate their daily lives; however, a kitchen that can do all this is in need of one thing - smart storage. According to renowned chef Curtis Stone, "A dream kitchen is one that's designed for the way you live. The best advice I'd give anyone loo...
Top 10 Bathroom Trends
... stone, laminate and engineered-wood floors. Seeing Green: The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reported that 24 percent of their designers used a green color palette in their clients' kitchens last year. KraftMaid, a leader in the semi-custom cabinetry industry, offers cabinetry with color finishes-such as Sage-that can add a burst of color to bathroom walls. Added Storage Space...
Top 10 home decor trends for 2011
...n't seen in 20 years or more." You've gotta have heart The kitchen remains the "heart of the home," according to Andrea Vollf of Andrea Vollf Interiors. Consumers interested in remodeling their kitchens should consider a well-designed, open, airy layout that integrates the kitchen into the rest of their homes. Dross also suggests new countertop materials in lieu of granite, such as quartz st...
Top 10 home decor trends for 2011
...n't seen in 20 years or more." You've gotta have heart The kitchen remains the "heart of the home," according to Andrea Vollf of Andrea Vollf Interiors. Consumers interested in remodeling their kitchens should consider a well-designed, open, airy layout that integrates the kitchen into the rest of their homes. Dross also suggests new countertop materials in lieu of granite, such as quartz st...
Stop Stinky Kitchen Smells with Easy Tips from the "Queen of Clean"
...he competition with those surveyed reporting that spoiled food left in their refrigerator, meal-time dinner scraps and leftovers as the top three odors they'd like to have scent protection from. "Kitchens are a breeding ground for olfactory offenses," says cleaning expert Linda Cobb, also known as the "Queen of Clean." "But as easy as it is to create these foul odors, it's just as easy to all...
Put the Fun in Function - Making the Most of Kitchen Storage
...and relaxing." Get in the Zone According to Paul Radoy, manager of design services for Merillat, the best way to approach kitchen organization and storage is to look at the room in sections. "All kitchens have a cooking zone and a cleanup zone," he says. "And some kitchens may have an island or pantry. Each of these areas lends themselves to various storage opportunities." The Cooking Zone ...
Green Your Clean
...rance-free variations for those who are sensitive to strong perfumes and scents. -Soften fabric by adding one-quarter cup baking soda or one-quarter cup white vinegar to the wash cycle. Cleaning Kitchens and Bathrooms. -For an all-natural way to clean the oven, try using a nonabrasive scrubbing pad and baking soda. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply to the stove. Leave ...