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What Is Wellness Design? What Does It Have To Do With Cabinets?

Wellness design is design that employs materials that are conducive to wellness. This relates to several things in your kitchen from the paint color to even the specific brand of your cabinetry. The most basic principle of wellness design is to choose soothing colors. This may seem pretty intuitive, but it’s important to choose colors in your home that create a sense of calm. Here we can provide you with kitchen and bath cabinetry in a wide range of soothing and natural colors. Another principle of wellness design is lighting. It’s important to choose lighting fixtures that give off a welcoming warm, welcoming light.

Possibly the most important and direct principle of wellness design is the use of materials. Be sure to use materials that are environmentally conscious and don’t use too many harsh chemicals to manufacture. Off-gassing is a very real thing and can directly affect yours and your family’s health. Here at Cabinet Factory were proud to carry several brands that pay close attention to their manufacturing quality. In fact, our primary cabinet supplier Koch Cabinets continues to meet the requirements to be a part of the KCMA’s “Environmental Stewardship Program”. This means Koch’s Cabinets have met certain requirements on air quality and pollution prevention. Additional requirements for this program include resource sustainability and waste minimalization. You can sleep well knowing that you’ve invested in cabinets that are ethically sourced.

Koch isn’t our only cabinet line that offers sustainable, greener cabinetry. Holiday Kitchens holds the same certification. Holiday says “green isn’t just a color, it’s a culture.” By committing to the following actions Holiday Kitchens are creating greener cabinets:

  1. Conserve natural resources
  2. Avoid volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions
  3. Contribute to a safe and healthy indoor environment
  4. Are more durable, thus having a lower impact on the environment
  5. Are produced with minimal waste and pollution
  6. Are created within a low-energy environment

We have several options for both kitchen and bath cabinetry here at Cabinet Factory that look great and make you feel great!

Why Choose MDF Cabinet Doors?

What even are MDF cabinet doors? MDF stands for medium density fiberboard. Essentially wood fibers are combined with resins and wax to create an engineered wood product that stands stronger than both particle board and plywood. While its been regarded for sometime that MDF doors are for a cheaper price point, it turns out MDF actually has some advantages over solid wood:

  1. There are fewer warping or cracking issues with MDF cabinet doors.
    1. Changing humidity and temperature levels can be an issue for natural wood products, cabinetry included. MDF is a great option for extreme climates as you’ll rarely experience an issue with door damage.
  2. No grain.
    1. MDF offers an incredibly smooth surface that is perfect for painting.
  3. MDF doors are easier to customize.
    1. Natural wood does have some limits when it comes to customization. However since MDF is a man made material it can be shaped much easier.
  4. Moisture resistance
    1. MDF is inherently more moisture resistant than natural wood. Beyond that there are certain brands like our own Holiday Kitchens, that are engineering MDF cabinet doors that are even more moisture resistant.
  5. MDF doors can be made bigger
    1. Since MDF isn’t a natural product you eliminate the need for joints or potential weak spots. This allows for the cabinet maker to make much larger doors.
  6. The cost of MDF cabinet doors is cheaper
    1. As you can imagine, this man made product can offer significant savings. Opting for MDF over something like a paint-grade maple can save you money and look just as striking.
  7. It’s environmentally friendly
    1. Choosing MDF means choosing a recycled wood product.
  8. Less bugs
    1. Natural wood products tend to attract bugs along with other things in your kitchen. Choosing MDF could help you win the war against roaches or other creepy crawlies

2020 Forecast: Painted Cabinetry

As we enter the new year one trend, in particular, seems to be taking the kitchen industry by storm. Painted cabinets are nothing new, but up until now, options have been limited from most cabinet makers. Heading into the new year Koch Cabinets has unveiled new colors. Below are some tips on navigating the colored cabinet trend.

  1. When in doubt keep it simple. White cabinetry has been and always will be a timeless, clean look. White cabinets will make your kitchen look bigger and give it a fresh and clean feeling.
  2. Green. Bold colors might be intimidating, but adding green cabinetry to your kitchen can result in an ultra-sophisticated feel.
  3. Neutral Navy. Blue cabinets are bold so the cabinet companies are releasing some toned-down options to ensure they’ll stay trendy. Mixing navy with neutral colors like grey is a perfect option for those of us that want color but also prefer a less bold statement. These hues pair perfectly with wood floors and striking marble countertops.
  4. Black. For decades this color has stood as a symbol of sophistication and it still does. Black cabinets are a great alternative to white cabinets as they’re less sterile but sway away from bolder colors. Keeping your cabinets neutral will also make it easier for you to experiment with colored furniture and décor.
  5. Two-tone. This is no new concept but it continues to be a striking trend. Two-tone kitchens offer a highly designed and considered look. Mix a darker base cabinet with lighter wall cabinets to create a dynamic space that’ll bring you joy for years to come.
  6. Grey. All shades of grey are up for consideration in 2020. Our cabinet suppliers are expanding their range of greys so you can find one that matches your vision.,
  7. Pastels. Paler colors are a great statement without making things too bold. Pastels keep things light and airy but still bring the fun for those of us wanting to make a space “pop”.

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.