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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!

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.

Finishing Touches: Cabinet Hardware

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.

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!

On Trend: Contrasting Cabinets

Contrasting Perimeter/Island Cabinets

One of the most common ways to create a two-toned kitchen is to have a contrasting finish on the island while keeping the all the perimeter (wall) cabinets the same. We recommended keeping the perimeter cabinets light as they provide a neutral backdrop for the island finish. The kitchen island, the centerpiece of your kitchen, should be the show stopper! For a more traditional look, you can go for a warm wood stain for the island finish and pair it with a white or similar painted cabinet on the perimeter to finish the look.

Changing up the Upper and Lower Cabinets

Recently, we have seen contrasting finishes between the upper and lower cabinets. It’s a great twist to this kitchen cabinet trend! For balance, our designers recommend keeping the upper cabinets lighter in color, such as white, oyster, or light gray painted, and have the lowers be a darker shade. If you do the opposite, it looks like the upper cabinets are too heavy for the space.

Same with the design of contrasting perimeter and island finishes, you can have fun with the finish combinations. We see a lot of light painted finishes selected for the top with a darker paint or stain for the bottom cabinets, but you can also switch it up with stained finishes for a more traditional look.

Pairing Cabinets and Countertops

 

 

Matching your kitchen cabinets and countertops can be a tricky task. There are hundreds of possibilities for each, which means thousands of different possible combinations. All of these options may get a bit overwhelming, so we’ve assembled this handy guide to walk you through some of your options.

Modern Minimalism

If you prefer a more modern, minimalistic look in your kitchen, you probably want to go with a frameless cabinet with a full overlay type door style that is not too ornate. Or, perhaps a slab door style with a laminate or an exotic veneer. Depending on your preferred color palette, you can go with a solid painted door or go with a wood species with a calmer grain pattern with a stain. Your modern countertops should be something subtle with clean edges blend in with the simple lines of the cabinetry. Choose some sleek stainless steel appliances to go with it, and your new modern kitchen will be complete!

Keep it Traditional

If your tastes tend to be a bit more traditional, you would possibly like framed cabinets with inset doors. Darker woods such as oak, cherry, mahogany, and walnut will add warm tones to your traditional kitchen for that classic feel. A traditional kitchen design involves careful attention to details, such as more ornate door styles and moldings. For your traditional kitchen’s counters, granite, marble, wood or patterned engineered stone will help complete the look.

Best of Both Worlds

If you can’t decide whether to go modern or traditional, your design taste lies somewhere in the middle. Transitional style is a beautiful combination of modern and traditional that is sure to create a beautiful kitchen. Before starting on your transitional kitchen design project, it is important to have a clear theme in mind. It may help you to search for design ideas on the internet and print pictures of elements that you like from both modern and traditional. Allow your designer can help you figure out how to put them together.

Our designers and free design process here at Cabinet Factory Outlet are ready to help you find the perfect cabinet and countertop pairing.

Solid Wood Countertops

Aesthetics.

  • The wood countertops will grant your kitchen that natural warm appearance you always longed for. The wide variety of wood species that we offer translates into a similarly wide variety of colours and shades, allowing you to find the perfect match for your kitchen and home. Expressions of the Mother Nature’s play, individual variations in colour and grain patterns or individual marks will further add personality and make your top quite unique. Unlike many other materials that are heavily promoted by diverse fashion trends and then sooner or later enter a shadow cone, the solid wood, due to its friendly and familiar glow, remains a choice that will always be in fashion, no matter how the interior architecture will evolve. There is no man-made material that can compete with the hardwood’s naturalness, variety and beauty, neither there is another material that can better grant us that sense of “home comfort” the way the wood does. Needless to say, hardwood surfaces blend naturally with wood cabinetry and hardwood floorings, visually tying the kitchen together in a harmonious whole. Our designers are here and willing to help you find the right wood top with our free kitchen design service. 

Functionality.

  • Despite its hardness, the wood surface does not dull the knife-edges; and because it represents a natural material, with a minimum of chemical, synthetic components, it is extremely safe in contact with foods. The wood countertops become, thus, the Chef’s favourite option when it comes about cutting, slicing and chopping, for preparing and rolling dough, as well as for many other kitchen duties. The feedback we got from many customers, contractors and business partners suggests that no other countertop surface can offer a similar multi-functionality. The hardwood surfaces considerably attenuate the clatter even in the noisiest houses and provide a surface much gentler with porcelain, glass and crystal items than most other materials.

 

Durability.

  • If cared for, there is no reason your countertop wouldn’t last a lifetime. As a matter of fact, not only it is likely that your children will be using it, but, as it ages, the wood will get a more attractive look. The European beech, the oak and the maple that we proudly supply are counted among the most durable wood species available. Each and every lamella you can see within our wood tops was carefully selected before being processed into butcher block-type panels. Beside this fact, our full warranty against delamination will further reinforce the warranty for your countertop life span.

 

Easy maintenance.

  • The mineral oil that we recommend for finishing offers a fairly good overall protection. Most of the stains that might occur can be removed by using a moist cloth, while the persisting stains, scratches and scars will be easily removed by sanding the area where they occur. A new coat of oil will make your countertop look new again; in fact, the wood countertop represents the only renewable area from your entire kitchen.

Hygiene.

  • Scientific studies proved that the wood surfaces are much less prone to bacterial colonization than plastic, laminate or stainless steel surfaces. The studies, aiming at micro organisms such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococus aureus, Campylobacter jejunii, Listeria monocytogines, Salmonella sp. that constitute the cause for the most frequent food diseases found that while the great majority of solid surfaces (including polyester plastic, laminates and granite) allowed the bacteria to persist and multiply (although they were easily cleaned and disinfected), the wood surfaces killed the bacteria within 3 minutes, without any external intervention. These bactericide properties the wood chemical structure strongly exhibits are likely to promote the wood tops as the first choice of a health-conscious person.

Versatility.

  • Not only the wood countertop does allow a wide variety of options regarding the edge profiles, but it also matches the most integrated kitchen solutions (like granite insertions, stainless steel grids, drain boards or knife slots or holders, etc). Hardwood surfaces can be used as an island top, as a section of countertop, as an inserted kitchen cover or as a butcher block hidden under the countertop that can be pulled like a drawer. Your imagination will surely find plenty of other interesting, nice-looking applications.

Price.

  • The average price for wood countertops falls far below the prices of granite, marble, solid surface, tile, concrete or steel tops. As long as don’t want to spent your entire kitchen allowance on countertops, but you also want something different than laminates, than look no further; since the solid wood appears to be the most affordable material you can use. If we are to define the quality as a specific blend of aesthetics and functionality, then we strongly believe that the solid wood countertops would offer the best price/quality ratio. This is a fact that we tried to emphasize in the table below, by listing very briefly the most relevant pros and cons for the main materials you might consider for your kitchen tops