Here is a quick video from our last webinar. You can read the full transcription below:
What are the different kitchen cabinet styles?
Kitchen Cabinets are the first thing we’re going to talk about when picking your style. There are quite a few styles, and not everything fits into one bucket or another. But let’s just touch on the five that we see to the side here.
- Farm House
This is a very popular kitchen style to start with. It is basically a cleaner-lined style even in a transitional space. A modern kitchen would have neutral colors, maybe with pops of color here and there, but still keeping things very neutral, very organic, natural, and calming. If there are not a lot of lines going on, that would really be a modern kitchen.
Cabinetry that looks more like furniture would be classic in nature. There are a lot of homes in northeast Ohio, in Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, and Cleveland Heights, where there’s still these beautiful, very classic kitchens that are timeless and never really go out of style. There are certain elements that are really important to bring that classic kitchen together.
One of the things that we love about contemporary kitchens is that you’ll have a very modern look taken to the next level coming from Europe: very clean lines and sleeker materials. You may have some different uses of metals, and you also see different combinations when it comes to colors. But a lot of contemporary kitchens have some dramatic features to them. They’re very clean-lined in nature and simple yet really well tailored and put together. We’ve seen a lot of people attempt contemporary and not really pull it off or not quite achieve it to the level that it deserves. When people come in and they want to truly contemporary kitchen, there are certain elements that really lie in the details, and you want to rely on a specialist that has a true understanding of what contemporary is and what it means in order to complete a design that can be as beautiful and finished as it should be and as it deserves. A lot of times, they’re very simple, but it truly is in the details.
Transitional is the word that we all hear a lot, and certainly many kitchens have moved to transitional here in northeast Ohio. We have a lot of transitional kitchens, more in some of the outlying suburbs as well. When it comes to transitional, we’re seeing a lot of the shaker style or recessed panel doors, and we’re seeing mixes, paints along with matching stains as well. There’s interesting mixes of countertop materials and even some new finishes when it comes to plumbing hardware.
The last style that we’re going to talk about is classic farmhouse kitchens. When most people think farmhouse style, they probably think of a white kitchen with soapstone or a honed finish on the countertop. We are still seeing homes that are using some elements that would go along with that farmhouse style with the beadboard. It would come back to some of those details in that mix of that black and white. There’s a lot of matte finishes when it comes to that, as well as different wood species, maybe some of the more rustic wood species we’re seeing in the farmhouse style. Most of our projects would probably fall into that transitional style, because we’re blending and personalizing based on the architecture of the home, such as with the amount of trim or types of woods in the home, or even just kind of their style, and then giving it a little bit more of a modern or contemporary flair. It’s really interesting if you take a look at a lot of our pictures on our website. There’s a lot of diversity, and when you start talking in terms of what you see here, it’s a lot different than being able to take a look at some pictures.
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We spent a lot of time in our kitchen with having a big family, and we cook a lot. There’s always somebody cooking or in the kitchen. It’s a room that is never empty. A stain or standing glaze is going to be the most durable, but also lends to certain styles. Whether you’re going for a rustic, classic, or traditional look, paint finishes, paint finishes.
There’s a lot of variety, with having glazes and rub throughs in different paint applications. If you decide that paint is something that you want, we have every paint color available in every standard paint color that you would find in Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore, all the way through to custom colors. We’ve done both; we’ve mixed custom colors and had them applied to cabinetry.
We’ve used some colors from Benjamin Moore and from Sherwin Williams, and you could do some really cool, great custom pieces. It doesn’t have to be the whole kitchen. It could be a vanity or it could be an island, and they make great statements in the right place. The stain finish and the stain glaze are going to give you the longest lasting finish.
Different wood species take in stain differently. If you were to look at a certain color palette that’s going to match up to colors that’s either appealing to you or within the home, like a different color, and if you look at the same color stains on cherry, versus, maple versus, hickory or red oak, it’s going to look a little bit different, and that’s something to really consider as well. For example, hickory has a lot of deflection and color.
There are upwards of at least a dozen different wood species, and when you start diving deeper into wood species and the hardness of the wood, there are many variables, even within the different wood species. When you get into the contemporaries, you can get into a lot of different veneers.
As you could see in the chart here on the right hand side, there is granite versus engineered stone, because those are still two most popular countertop types. Believe it or not, there are many, many other countertops that we’re doing. We do wood countertops and stainless steel countertops, but we don’t really do concrete countertops. When you talk about granite, people always think that granite is the least expensive solution. Of course, laminate is still around.
Granite has many different price points. There are basic granites it’s that you’ll see every day at the big box stores and those are priced really, really low. That’s also based on availability. There are other things that go into pricing granite, such as if it’s available and how porous it is. There’s a lot of different things to be considered when looking at granite, and it can also get very, very expensive when it comes to a natural stone. If you’ve ever taken a look at it, there’s a lot of variation, and it’s not controllable. If you want a natural stone, you really do need to see those slabs in person, because when you look at a piece this big or even this big, it’s not going to give it justice.
That’s one of the reasons why people love the engineered quartz composite, because it is a controlled product. You can look at a piece this big and get a better feel of it. But even if you view that on the computer, it’s not as critical that you go and see it in person, because there is some variation with it.
It’s nothing like working with natural granite. A lot of times, we may have a mental image of what the granite looks like. You may have one image, and it’s an incredibly wide spectrum of different. That’s the case for everything; for example, quartz has changed so much in the last five years. We had briefly mentioned laminates. There are some incredibly cool materials that have come out. There isn’t just one application for any one material. There’s so much to look at, but it’s good to be in the hands of specialists like us, who can guide you so you don’t get overwhelmed.
This is just a starting point. Once you look online and see some of the diversity and the projects that we’ve completed, you can start to see these trends in modern, classic, contemporary, transitional, and farmhouse kitchens, because a lot of kitchens are transitional, modern or contemporary. But at the same time, there are true modern kitchens that we do. There are true classic kitchens and pure contemporary kitchens that we do as well. It comes down to the homeowner and understanding what it is that they’re looking for, because sometimes they could say something, and it’s not necessarily what they mean, and when we dive a little deeper, we find a real understanding before we move forward.
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We have just a couple of promotions for this month’s special. For this month only, we are offering 10% off quartz countertops and/or a free faucet with a kitchen or bathroom renovation. You can book your appointment if you would like to save when renovating your kitchen.
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