What’s Your Kitchen Style?

With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful; however, which is the style that you would choose for your own home? Aside from the look of each style, many aspects must be considered such as “does this look fit in my home?” and “is this going to get old fast?” With many considerations to sort through, it can sometimes become more of a hassle than a fun improvement on your home. Defined below are different kitchen styles to help you decide on what suits your home while fitting your personal style.

Transitional

Transitional styling pulls together the warmth of traditional with the crispness of contemporary making for a good median. This allows you to choose a simple door style, often a shaker, and pair it with a beautiful stained wood. Neutral paints are also very popular among transitional cabinetry. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. offers two shaker door styles in the Estate Collection, Bristol and Hanover, which are both wonderful choices for transitional kitchens. With ornamental pieces at a minimum, emphasis is placed on the modest details that do exist. Maybe you like some characteristics of the traditional styling but enjoy the simplicity of contemporary. Transitional style encompasses the best of both worlds and fits the style of many homes because of its versatile traits.

The simplistic cabinet doors and mix of design details blend to create a balanced transitional kitchen. Accessories such as the stainless light and candelabra add contemporary and traditional details to the kitchen.
The simplistic cabinet doors and mix of design details blend to create a balanced transitional kitchen. Accessories such as the stainless light and candelabra add contemporary and traditional details to the kitchen.

Contemporary

Contemporary kitchens, very simple spaces, are characterized by distinctive hard and sleek horizontal lines. A full overlay slab door style is typically the norm for these kitchens. Wellborn’s Milan door style is the perfect slab selection for a contemporary kitchen. The small amount of ornamentation that does exist is natural and usually comes in some form of texture. For example, there may be horizontal wood grains to match up with the horizontal line scheme. Visually the wood grain gives off a textured appearance.

The mixture of textures and bold blocks of color are subdued by the clean design. Horizontal lines are still obvious; however, the overall design is a calm contemporary.
The mixture of textures and bold blocks of color are subdued by the clean design. Horizontal lines are still obvious; however, the overall design is a calm contemporary.

Traditional

Traditional styled kitchens are distinguished by their detail. Detail is found everywhere, unlike transitional kitchens, traditional kitchens contain embellishments, corbels and moldings on every piece of furniture. In terms of cabinetry, raised panels with applied moulding are common for traditional kitchens. Outlining these raised panels are inset or framed cabinet construction, adding a hint of detail to the cabinet doors. A fun thing about traditional is that you can mix door styles. You have the freedom to choose a couple of styles and mix them between perimeter cabinets and your island.  Techniques are a small detail that, when applied to every cabinet door, give off a striking effect. This is an attribute that can really define your own personal style. Hutch and furniture style cabinets are another unique feature of traditional kitchens.

The architectural and top to bottom details are crucial to the design of this kitchen. From the beams and archways to the mullion cabinet doors and island legs, this kitchen portrays every aspect of traditional.
The architectural and top to bottom details are crucial to the design of this kitchen. From the beams and archways to the mullion cabinet doors and island legs, this kitchen portrays every aspect of traditional.

Formal

Formal kitchens often display sophisticated, yet stunning, details in which beauty is key. Although the detail may be small, it does not go without notice and forms a timeless environment of high societal living. A vast range of cabinetry door styles can be seen in formal kitchens because the style is distinguished by the architectural elements such as coffered ceilings, columns and moulding details. Glass cabinet doors can be found in formal kitchens to add to the elegance of the environment. The arrangement of over-the-top elements and accessories is essential to creating a formal kitchen.

Formal kitchens often display a room with all of the bells and whistles. The details such as the island legs, decorative glass doors, and coffered ceiling make this kitchen a formal masterpiece.
Formal kitchens often display a room with all of the bells and whistles. The details such as the island legs, decorative glass doors, and coffered ceiling make this kitchen a formal masterpiece.

Casual

Casual kitchens maintain a comfortable feel and fit in with the home. They have the ability to be personalized and beautiful while practical at the same time. Casual is a style that can take on many looks. For instance, there can be coastal casual, country casual and eclectic casual.

Coastal Casual

Coastal casual is a look that is often found depending on the location. Beach houses often have the coastal casual style that encompasses a light and airy environment with pops of color through pastels. The atmosphere is also set through driftwood and white washes.

The combination of the bead board panel from the cabinets and wall paint color gives this casual kitchen a coastal feel. This casual design makes for a comfortable environment.
The combination of the bead board panel from the cabinets and wall paint color gives this casual kitchen a coastal feel. This casual design makes for a comfortable environment.

Country Casual

Country casual is a style that is traditionally made up of stained cabinets detailed with ornamentations and embellishments, making for a warm, inviting environment. The embellishments are placed in a comfortable manner reflecting the natural surroundings in which the home is located.

Eclectic Casual

Eclectic casual is a mix of a little bit of everything that you love with taste. It captures pieces and accessories from different places and times and combines them together in one space. Old and new design elements are pulled together to create a unique, individual style.

Whatever your style, define it and incorporate it in your home.

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Bath Retreats: Make Your Bathroom a Place of Relaxation and Function

With so much of our time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is. While this room is seen as a place of relaxation in the home, it should also be designed for function. Bathroom vanities and furniture pieces are a way to incorporate both atmosphere and storage. These are two factors that can be incorporated in any bathroom, large or small, because the key is maximizing space and creating a calm environment through décor and accessories.

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Relaxation
Whether it’s coming home from a long day at work to a nice hot bubble bath or spending your morning getting ready and preparing for the day ahead, a bathroom is a place for a little peace and quiet. It is a retreat from the outside world, even if only for a moment. The environment desired should reflect individual style while still providing a calming presence. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s Elegant Bath Collection provides the perfect selection of bathroom vanities and furniture pieces for everyone’s personal style in a variety of materials and finishes. From formal to contemporary, it is easy to find beautiful cabinetry for your bathroom. As far as aesthetics, cabinetry sets the mood for the room. Bathrooms can take on a warm environment and showcase a beautifully stained Cherry furniture piece with glass doors, or they can give off a clean, cool feel with a white painted vanity. Sometimes a simple change of hardware is all a space needs to give it a fresh look. When eye pleasing pieces fill the room, it is much easier to find your haven. One common misconception is that larger space equals a better bathroom. No matter the size, the key is having a well-designed bathroom that meets all needs. The smallest designs of bathrooms often give charm to the home.

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Function
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. has a numerous amount of storage solutions for bathrooms that maximize space including the U-Shaped drawer. Being shaped in a “U” is perfect for storage under the sink. This unique design takes into account the plumbing that is found taking up space and provides the opportunity to use the storage in the back. With a simple pull, all items become accessible. Bathrooms range in all kinds of sizes; however, it is important to know that no matter how large or small, a bathroom can incorporate relaxation and function. Storage is key in a bathroom for stowing towels, personal accessories and other items. Instead of looking at a small bathroom as lacking storage, get creative and try finding space in places you never before thought about.

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Tips for Décor
  • Get inspired. Find that something that becomes the inspiration for the entire bathroom. For example, maybe it’s a tile or even a framed picture.
  • Keep it organized. After your creative storage ideas are put to use, restore items to their original position to keep a tidy room.
  • Use open storage. When done correctly, displaying items can provide the bathroom with character. Find clear bottles to store extra shampoo and body wash and store it in a cute basket on an open shelf.
  • Invest in candles. Aromas are important aspects when it comes to giving a room a certain environment and they double as a beautiful accessory. Look for candles in different shaped containers, or make your own in jelly or mason jars.
  • Seasonal Décor. Try finding little decorations that match the style of the bathroom and can tie in a certain holiday or season. It will provide a wonderful transition from a highly decorated room and shows that you have given thought to every room of the home.
For more ideas on how to make your bath a retreat, go to www.wellborn.com.

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

No singing the blues in these kitchens!

 

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Different Hues of Blue  –  the perfect “palette picks” for this kitchen design by Amie Freling www.memehill.com

A recipe of hues and neutrals mixed with metals and shapes create a transitional space that is fun and functional at the same time.

 

More Blue Inspiration from Schell Brothers and Echelon 

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What was your island designed to do?

As a designer there is no greater feeling than a homeowner using and loving their new kitchen that you helped create…  your collective vision came to life… but the worst feeling is a lovely kitchen that is not user-friendly and does not function to its fullest potential.

 

Islands can be used for so many functions in the kitchen… as stand alone activities or as the hub of the entire kitchen… Some of these activities are:

 

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prepping and clean up zones

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cooking zones

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storage… lots of storage

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eating – entertainment zones

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and other various zone combinations.

To plan your perfect island in your kitchen consider the following:

1. Space: Make sure you have enough space to properly use the island & function in your kitchen. Make sure your work zones and walkways are space sufficient.

2. Style: The island is a wonderful place to add that “pop of color”, add a different door style to create a furniture feel or that unique “design element” you have been wanting to incorporate into your home.

3. Budget: The wonderful thing about islands is that they can be very economical… a few cabinets and / or table legs and you have a wonderful work space  – eating space in one.

 

2. Make sure your designer adheres to NKBA’s Kitchen Planning Guidelines  to help you create a safe, effective and efficient space. These guidelines address space planning, appliance placement, seating and much more.

 

The Stack is Back

Over the past few years stacking cabinetry has been making a comeback…

The trend toward smaller spaces, utilizing wasted space and designing with the future in mind are some of the reasons for Cabinet Stacking.

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It’s a wonderful way to showcase your favorite items and store items you don’t utilize daily ….

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and bring much-needed accent lighting into your kitchen or other spaces….

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Seasonal items or annual decorations need no longer to go to “storage” with the assistance of organizational planning from your designer. Design your space for yearly use and not just for the season that you are in while the designing, building or remodeling is occurring.

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It’s also a perfect way to add personality to your space!

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Flowers in the Kitchen

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” 
― Claude Monet
Flowers (picked or potted) can brighten up a kitchen or any space in your home – What’s your favorite type of flowers for the kitchen?

Make a Big "Splash" this Summer

This day and time  – anything goes with your kitchen backsplash… from D.I.Y. unique finds to professional works of art – it’s a place to express your style!

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While there are current trends emerging everyday (you will see some in this post) we all seem to have our favorite backsplash material of choice.

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classic beadboard – my favorite

Here’s a little “background on backsplashes” … (A backsplash is the wall space between the bottom of a wall cabinet and/or appliance and the base cabinet and/or appliance. This area needs to be constructed using materials that are easy to clean up from messes or “splashes” that occur during cooking.)

To even shed more light on the subject we sat down with our corporate designer Karen Sayler to get her expert opinion.

  • What were the biggest backsplash trends for this year?  “Backsplashes became more prominent –features with a lot more emphasis on physical and visual texture.”
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  • Has anything surprised you about these trends? “Not with backsplashes becoming more prominent, but the variety of materials being used for this purpose is rapidly expanding, and that is a good surprise.”
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  • Environmental friendly products is this a hot topic for backsplash materials? “There is an attempt at eco-friendly products for backsplashes, but I don’t think we have really seen a product that truly encompasses the complete life cycle of the product yet…or at least not on a mainstream level.”   

 

  • When designing a set for a trade show do you have different requirements or procedures for the backsplash then when you specify when working with a homeowner?Absolutely.  The walls break apart, move, and are transported on semi-trucks half way across the country.  That makes it harder to do more complex designs or to use glass tile.  In terms of glass tile, if there isn’t a back coating on the tile you will see the wall color through it due to how we install the tile versus using a traditional mortar bed and buttering the back of the tile.”
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  • What do you see trending for 2015? “More diverse materials for backsplashes such as wood, leather, painted glass, translucent materials with led back lighting.  Also there has been a spike in utilizing the striking beauty of natural materials grain patterns (such as a linear grained marble) to create gorgeous “art” work in the space.”
  • Personal question – what’s the craziest material you have ever created a backsplash out of or what is the one trend that you loved? And would still spec. today if you could :0) “Craziest material would have to be some old rough-hewn lumber that I then faux painted with multiple layers and colors.  One trend that I have loved that is a timeless classic is subway tile.  It never goes out of style, and I would spec it today knowing it would be relevant tomorrow.” 

Thank you Karen for your time and sharing your knowledge with us!

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What's Your Bathroom Style?

What’s your Bathroom Style? 

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Whole Home Design – Designing Clean Mud Rooms

As we continue our journey through Whole Home Design  – we have now entered the Mud Room  a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen or in the basement  – circa 1950 – a hard-working space that at times is joined with laundry areas, the pantry and possibly equipped with an extra 1/2 bath.

Just because it’s called a Mud Room doesn’t mean that there will ever be mud in the space, but it’s a wonderful addition to your home that can help; organize, prevent wear and tear on the rest of your home and a unique space to add your own personal style.

Enjoy our salute to the Mud Room  – one of the hardest working rooms in the home!

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