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!

Cool Kitchens…small “splurges” make a big impact!

Getting that first cup of coffee or getting kids their breakfast first thing in the morning often sets the “mood” for your day. Cool kitchen gadgets can help make mornings easier, and they’re fun Christmas gifts to get… but I’d like to tell you about a few small “splurges” you can make in your existing kitchen that can make a big impact on updating your kitchen design.

PURCHASE KITCHEN ISLAND: Actually,  buying a couple base cabinets of drawers and adding post legs or base trim is less expensive than most dining sets of tables and chairs Islands are never trendy and are ever so useful and pretty. Check out Grabill Cabinets’ gallery for ideas.

PURCHASE CROWN MOULDING: By adding a 2 or 3 piece moulding either on top of your existing wall cabinets or around your ceiling in the kitchen, a big visual impact goes a long way. If your floor to ceiling height is shorter, crown mouldings can draw the eye upward when meeting cabinets at the ceiling level. Crown is just outright beautiful! Everything looks finished! You can check out Baird Lumber, a fine moulding source.

PURCHASE NEW CABINET HARDWARE: Check out the drilling size of your existing hardware and then check out the latest in knobs and pulls. You don’t even have to change out all of them….perhaps just a few for visual impact. (Now’s the time to change your kitchen faucet as well) I am enjoying the Art Deco collection from Richelieu Hardware.  Who can resist some of the new metals and finishes out there? There are also glass knobs which I’ve specified for a few jobs recently.

So have fun planning your 2013 kitchen design updates… and have a blessed holiday.

Deb Shababy

Add an island instead of a kitchen table...instant style !

Add an island instead of a kitchen table…instant style !