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On Trend: 2020’s Top Kitchen Trends

This year’s kitchen design trends are made for the modern homeowner, boasting warm colors, stunning contemporary kitchen cabinets, and cutting edge kitchen features and appliances. In your upcoming kitchen remodel, try out some of these trends for 2020 that kitchen designers and admirers will be sure to love.

Open Space Kitchen Concept

Choosing open space kitchens, by integrating the kitchen and living room space, is becoming more and more popular. Modern kitchens are designed to facilitate an informal, interactive lifestyle where people can get together to entertain, socialize or work. An open kitchen concept can also make a small space or residential kitchen feel much larger. Tearing down walls is an easy way to trick the eye into thinking that you have got more square footage than you really do.

Classic Black and White Kitchens

This time-tested color scheme is back for the luxury buyer in 2020. Consider using this understated design pattern of black and white kitchen cabinets to make other details stand out, such as elegant kitchen appliances, your modern kitchen layout or a bold art piece. Consider swapping in a shade of gray for a less traditional look in your custom kitchen. If you are a fan of dark wood cabinets, be aware that modern kitchen design is moving away from the industrial style of the past five years and toward a more homey look. Add some extra coziness to your kitchen by selecting a specifically warm type of wood for your kitchen cabinets. Opt for a lighter kitchen countertop to balance out the overall color scheme.

Dark and Bold Kitchen Designs

If strong contrasts in your kitchen is not quite your style, and you are also not necessarily looking for a timeless, all-white kitchen, so often adorned by modernists and minimalists alike, there is another highly trending design option that may be relevant for you. Using dark and/or bold colors and designs in your kitchen is an ongoing big trend in 2020 that can be implemented in a variety of different ways. Splashes of color find their way into modern kitchen design in 2020 via accent walls, tiles or accessories such as vases and kitchenware. Another option is to add a darker finish to your kitchen cabinetry, such as dark wood veneer or to choose a bold countertop such as black granite. White will probably still stick around in parts of your kitchen though since after all, white or other light colors are essential to driving your home’s brightness and will, same as in past years, also remain popular in the future.

Mixed Kitchen Materials

Today’s kitchen designers are often creating a so-called “mixed” look for their clients by combining different materials and kitchen cabinet colors, hence breaking on purpose rules from the past decade. Pairing various kitchen materials and finishes together is a great way to add personality to your modern kitchen. This is especially effective for your kitchen countertops. A marble countertop with a wooden kitchen island, for example, can look beautiful when executed well and can create a touch of elegance in your kitchen space. Ask a kitchen designer about the kitchen materials that are trending in 2020, and which ones they recommend using for your particular space and needs.

Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

  1. Your home value increases immediately after a kitchen remodel. Home values in the Omaha metro are dramatically increasing. New cabinets and countertops will certainly add to that.
  2. Save money on your taxes.
  3. Your house will sell quickly with a beautiful new kitchen
  4. Create a space that you and your family will make memories in together
  5. Save on dining out by getting a kitchen you actually want to be in. Grocery prices are low and restaurant taxes are high!
  6. It’s easier to prepare healthy options in your own space versus going out.

Color Core 2 Formica

Formica Color Core 2 continues to improve on laminate countertops. The product features a color matched core throughout the laminate. This eliminates that dark line that outlines the countertop. Any seams created with Color Core 2 will be camouflaged by the matching core color. The possibilities don’t stop there though. A lot of people have used Color Core 2 to etch into. This way you can create subtle designs in the laminate, the possibilities are endless with Color Core 2 by Formica.

Check out what’s offered here: https://www.formica.com/en-us/products/ccore/colors#sort=%40lightness%20descending%3B%40hue%20ascending

15% Off Stone Countertops!

From now till October 31st, 2019 you can get 15% off stone countertops with a cabinet order from our Koch Classic or Koch Imperial lines. Minimum 10 cabinet order.

Finishing Touches: Cabinet Hardware

Wood Countertops

Wood countertops have been making a comeback in recent years. Many of our clients love the idea of using wood countertops for warmth and contrast in design. And it’s a great idea! We most often recommend wood countertops for an island or even a portion of the island as a focal feature in the kitchen.

Why do we recommend wood countertops?

We recommend wood countertops for three reasons. Wood countertops are more sanitary than you may think! Some species naturally inhibit bacteria growth, while a quality clear coat finish seals the wood for an easily cleaned surface. Secondly, wood countertops are a durable surface for hard-working kitchens. Thirdly, wood offers warmth both visually (the color) and tangibly (in contrast to cold stone surfaces) and a gorgeous, natural style.

What types of wood species are available for countertops?

Countertops are offered in many wood species such as cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, teak, or sapele mahogany.  After you choose a wood species, you can choose a stain color and a finish. A natural finish will benefit from a regular application of food-grade mineral oil to keep it from drying out and seals the wood. Or a quality clear topcoat will seal the wood for easy clean-up and protection against water.

Why are designers using two different countertop materials in one kitchen?

A well-designed kitchen uses a combination of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts. Contrast is distinctive and is necessary for a well-defined space. But blending textures using wood countertops creates a harmonious balance which makes us think: “there is something so inviting about this space.”

What other tips can you give us?

If you use your wood countertop as a cutting or chopping surface, be willing to accept cuts and scratches on the surface. A redeeming quality of a wood surface is the scratches can be sanded out!

Original post: https://studio76kitchens.com/designing-wood-countertops/

Some Tips for Creating a Great Bathroom Space

As with any bathroom design, invest in a good shower, toilet and sink with a vanity cabinet. Make sure there is a mirror and decent lighting for people to get ready. A bathtub probably won’t be necessary in your guest bathroom design unless you anticipate visitors with small children. While you can experiment with color in the master bathroom, it’s best to adhere to a neutral or monochrome palette in the guest bath. Play with textures and shapes and incorporate a statement piece but try to appeal to everyone’s taste.

You’re not running a hotel, but it’s still nice to add luxe extras for your guests to enjoy during their stay. They’ll probably bring basic toiletries but put out a basket of high-end pampering products as well as supplying essentials they may have forgotten. Have a plush robe on hand for each person in addition to fluffy towels in different sizes, remembering to hang hooks or rails for them to dry on. Candles and diffusers give a welcoming feel and show your guests that you’ve taken the time to make them feel special.

While it’s important to show visitors that everything is at hand, things should be displayed with thought and presented meticulously. Open shelving is the best solution as people can find what they need without rooting around. When displaying items, sort them into groups and then vary their size, to give an ordered yet interesting look. Hairdryers and toilet paper can go in a little vanity included in your customized bathroom design storage. If open shelves isn’t an option our designers can make sure we’re maximizing the bathroom countertop space you’ll have. 

Remember to leave some space free when planning your remodel. Guests will appreciate having somewhere to put their own essentials. Resist the urge to accessorize too much. Guests might have to move a bowl of potpourri to clear space for their medications and essential toiletries! Also, remember that this is not a room to store your extra things. It should be a dedicated room for guests, at least while they are staying with you. A linen cabinet along with a vanity cabinet will offer plenty of space for your guests items. 

Think about who will be coming and for how long.  Bathroom rugs are a good idea to prevent elderly people slipping on a tiled floor. If your guests are long-term visitors (more than a few days) then include a laundry basket for them to use. Don’t forget extra touches like plungers, air neutralizers and extra toilet paper, to avoid potential embarrassment. This also applies to your frequently used powder room.

 

A Few Signs You May Need to Remodel

#1: You hate being in your kitchen.

There may have been a time when you were excited to spend time cooking in your kitchen, but as a decade or two have passed you find yourself exhausted. Updated kitchen cabinets and countertops can offer not only a new look, but kitchen organization. Using a kitchen is the only way to figure out whether or not it works for you and most of us find several problems with old floor plans. A kitchen remodel would remedy this.

#2: You want to keep up with trends

A good enough reason to remodel is the simple fact that you’re a trendy person. Updated kitchen cabinets can provide a fresh feeling that is sure to “keep up with the Joneses.” A good perk of this is that it’ll also add value to your home.

#3: Your kitchen is a mess

This could happen for a couple of reasons: one being that you’re just a messy person or for a lot of us it happens because we lack adequate kitchen organization. New kitchen cabinets give you the ability to customize your organization to your needs. Moving into a house with a dated kitchen can be frustrating. Trash cans aren’t conveniently located, cabinets are hinged on the wrong side, dishwashers get in the way when open, or the floor plan simply doesn’t make sense. Several design mistakes could be present and might have you in desperate need of a remodel.

Stock Bathroom Cabinets in Omaha

White and shades of grey are still popular in bathroom vanity cabinets. Simplified door styles also are carrying over into 2019 as a dominating trend. In order to make the bathroom remodeling process much faster we’ve taken it upon ourselves to stock 3 grey/white options. Stone, oyster, and white are all available to take today! They’re all in the popular shakes door style. These stock bathroom cabinets are a sure fire way to update your bathroom on a budget without sacrificing quality.

Considerations for Your Kitchen Remodel

1.     CHANGE UP YOUR LAYOUT.

The layout is the foundation of every kitchen design, and without an effective layout the best cabinets and appliances will not make your kitchen function well.  Try to imagine your kitchen as a blank slate and design it the way you want it.  You may find this requires moving the kitchen sink to a different location or re-configuring your kitchen cabinets.  Get this level of planning right and everything else will fall into place.  You will find it easier to move around in your kitchen and to peacefully co-exist with your family, friends, and guests.  You may even find with the perfect kitchen layout that you are ready to tackle new recipes or to entertain guests for a dinner or holiday party.

2.     KNOCK IT DOWN.

Maybe you find your kitchen is too small or awkwardly shaped.  While some changes can be made within the confines of your existing space, getting the kitchen design you really want may require more drastic measures.  No, we don’t mean you have to sell up and move, but you might consider making a structural change to your existing home.  Knocking down an internal wall, moving a wall, or bumping out an external wall are all options that allow you to turn a small, enclosed kitchen into an open plan space that is a dream for everything from cooking to relaxing to entertaining.  Before you pick up a sledgehammer yourself, remember that some walls contains electrical wiring or pipes, while others are load bearing walls.  Work with a kitchen design and remodeling professional that has experience in kitchen projects to make sure your project gets done right the first time.

3.     ADD MORE STORAGE.

If a key concern with your kitchen design is lack of storage, look beyond the confines of your kitchen to create more effective storage solutions.  Consider first what you need to store, the size of the items, and how frequently you use them.  If you only use your stand mixer for holidays, find it an off-season home in the basement or attic.  If, however, you have items you need to access on a more regular basis that are creating storage issues, look at the areas surrounding your kitchen for a solution.  You may have a small closet, hallway, or another space that could be re-purposed into a kitchen pantry.  To deal with kids dumping their muddy shoes and school bags in the kitchen, consider adding customized entry way or mudroom storage. 

4.     LOOK BEYOND THE KITCHEN.

Remember that your kitchen is an integral part of the functioning of your home, but it does not work alone.  What is your goal in remodeling your kitchen?  Are you trying to improve family life or make your kitchen design more conducive to entertaining?  While you are engaging a professional and embarking on a kitchen remodel it may make sense to also update your adjacent laundry room, utility room, or powder room.  Taking care of these requirements at the same time can save you time and even money, and it means you get the dream space you need rather than a sparkling new kitchen next to a dull, outdated powder room.  You home will function better and you will be ready to host amazing parties in your newly remodeled space!