Four Ways To Update Your Kitchen in 2015

Transitional Style in the Kitchen includes color and eclectic lampshade island lightsing.

  • LED tape lights are the latest to add to highlite just about any place in the kitchen. With up to 50,000 of lifespan and low heat output makes LED tape my choice for lighting underneath wall cabinets, or underneath the toekick space. Applying this “tape” to the sides of cabinets with glass doors or above crown molding to reflect light off the ceiling is easy and modern. This professional modular lighting system features a variety of control options. A few manufacturers of LED tape include JESCO, Juno Lighting and Nora Lighting. They also carry LED puck lights.
  • INDUCTION cooktops have incredible instant response. Induction is the best cooking technology on the market. From instant simmering to a high setting for bringing to boil any liquids to an extremely low “melt” setting on many models makes cooking enjoyable. The worktop surface stays relatively cool since it’s magnetic technology. Induction cooking also eliminates the need to use a powerful hood vent. Heat is transferred only to the cooking vessel.Check out Wolf’s induction cooktop in various sizes with 4 or 5 burners.
  • TRANSITIONAL KITCHEN DESIGN is strong in interior design and with good reason. This style has been made popular by homeowners who are trending toward a simpler way of life, or homeowners who still respect and enjoy the familiar traditional looks in furnishings but desire a fresh take on kitchen design with less clutter, clean lines and modern innovative appliances. It’s easy to respect the architectural style of a house and decorate in a transitional style. In kitchens selections include simple door styles, smooth painted or stained finishes which include new gray colors and more modern styled faucets with stainless, nickel and black finishes. Even a vintage piece or flea-market find can be used in a contemporary updated transitional kitchen. Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths blog includes additional information on this kitchen style.
  • EARTHY COLORS for cabinetry is the approach for updated kitchen design, including mixing white paint or black accented islands or upper wall cabinets for effect.Pops of color in frames of cabinets or colorful walls add the interest in kitchen design. Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer or ColorSnap app are great tools to use for deciding what looks the best when painting kitchen walls. Medallion Cabinetry now offers new stains and paints that lend to current design trends in kitchens. Expand your culinary skills, entertain and enjoy an updated kitchen!

Refrigeration…there’s a huge difference!

keeping food fresh

I always tell homeowners to get what they want when selecting refrigerators, BUT you get what you pay for.

That’s why I like to talk about Sub-Zero refrigerators. This company has been around for 3 generations. And I now comprehend the differences between a Sub-Zero and all the “others”. What’s the secret to storing food? What’s the differences? Here are 5 that I know to be true:

1) Dual-refrigeration. That simply means no shared air! This refrigerator actually has separate sealed systems… which really does ensure the freshest food.

2) Air purification. This reduces odors, bacteria, viruses and ethylene gas. There is a microbiological water filtration system that filters this stuff. (I told you… you get what you pay for.)

3) A lower-temperature crisper and deli drawers… means it’s ideal for produce and meats.

4) Strong warranty. One of the best in the business.

5) This a TRUE built-in refrigerator (not just a “built-in style”). Check out all the photos on their gallery page.

Well folks, I now have a Sub…the smallest model and really like it. There IS a difference. I also have my list of other refrigerator manufacturers that are marketed heavily in appliance stores. Your refrigerator is your most most important appliance in your kitchen. Choose wisely.

Here are a couple fabulous showrooms to see the design possibilities. Call ahead….it’s worth the trip!

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom Cleveland by Trevarrow, Inc.
PARMA, OH 44130
(800) 362-2807 or (216) 362-9200

Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths
Cleveland/Akron Showroom
9122 Ravenna Road (State Route 82)
Twinsburg, OH 44087

+1 330 487 1176


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