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!

Before & After photos

The anticipation of a completed kitchen remodel in time for the holidays was high on the list for one Ohio couple this year. When visiting their home to take these photos, two things they said stood out.

AFTER the remodel

Basically, they complemented their kitchen designer, Sarah Simpson at Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths for her creativity AND patience in helping them through the planning process, and sticking with them through the installation. This is the most time-consuming part of any kitchen remodel project, but a good kitchen designer can really save a homeowner lots of “headaches”!!

BEFORE the remodel

The second topic we talked about was the quality of workmanship. No matter how gorgeous the new cabinetry, granite or floors, the tradesmen are in your home and leave the last impression.

Here are a few things that happened for this marvelous makeover:

  • A re-design of the floorplan that eliminated a peninsula to make room for a two-level island. This kitchen is open to the family room and Sarah included places to sit and gather around her island design. The two levels made it convenient to “hide” the kitchen sink from the adjoining open room and also the cooking area.
  • A major change in the products and materials , including warmly stained cabinets and natural granite counters. Hickory pre-finished hardwood flooring ties in the look of a traditional kitchen. The line of cabinetry is from Custom Cupboards, made in Wichita, Kansas.( The stone was purchased from Mont Granite ( and fabricated by Bradley Stone Industries.(
  • New appliances were minimized in this design and included a refrigerator with custom cabinet door panels, an over-the-range vented microwave and gas range in updated stainless steel. The dishwasher also includes a cabinet panel for a continuous look.

I will write a separate blog on the storage improvements in this kitchen re-do.

I wish I was going to Thanksgiving dinner at this house and kitchen this year… don’t tell my family!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!