Kitchen Style March 17, 2017. Finally, when it's time to choose cabinets for your coastal kitchen, you'll have many options—from modern and contemporary styles in sleek hardwood or laminate, to traditional designs in cherry, oak and maple. There are no hard-and-fast rules for which type of cabinets can work in a coastal kitchen design, though many homeowners will take inspiration from the rest of the home's design style.
Kitchen Style March 01, 2017. Lighting in coastal kitchen designs is often subtle and soothing, in concert with the commonly light and bright color schemes featured. Task, decorative and main lighting may be used to illuminate key areas. Understated track lighting can be used for main lighting, hanging pendants can hover over the sink, stove and cooking preparation areas, and rope lights or soft LED lights can brighten spaces above and below cabinets for decorative touches.
Sinks March 29, 2017. Isley steers clients away from brass finishes. "[Brass] works well for a low-use area, but in a high-use area like a kitchen, I'd rather use chrome, polished nickel, brushed nickel or pewter. The new bronze finish is also very popular," he says. Before making the final decision, Isley suggests a trip to the local plumbing showroom to get a feel for how a sink and faucet will function.
Kitchen Style February 18, 2017. Whereas traditional kitchen styles often focus more of their design on natural materials for cabinets, countertops, floors and furniture, modern kitchen designs depart from this aesthetic fairly frequently, often featuring man-made materials like laminate, ceramics and molded plastics. That's not to say that modern kitchens can't, shouldn't or don't feature man-made materials—they almost always do, and often to great effect.
Countertops October 04, 2017. While many homeowners reserve tile for floors and backsplashes, tile countertops can be an excellent—and affordable—option. Ceramic tile is impervious to heat and water, and when properly glazed, it won't stain. Proper sealant helps ensure grout won't discolor or stain, and large-format tiles cover a lot of area with minimal grout lines. Still most popular out west, ceramic tile is a solid option worth a second look.
Countertops March 06, 2017. Solid surface. Solid-surface countertops are made from fillers and resins. The filler is often a form of bauxite, the ore used to produce aluminum. The resins are polyester or acrylic, which are derived from oil and natural gas products. The components of solid-surface countertops are nonrenewable, but solid surface does have some "green" characteristics: it's durable and won't need to be replaced for a long time; it doesn't react readily with other chemicals or elements, which means it has low impact on both indoor and outdoor environments; and it's nontoxic, with virtually no off-gassing of VOCs. Solid-surface countertops are seamless on the surface, heat- and stain-resistant and available in a variety of colors, patterns and styles. Scratches can be easily softened with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad. A drawback to using these countertops in the kitchen is that hot pans can damage the surface. The countertops also are moderately expensive.
Cabinets & Drawer February 08, 2017. Understanding cabinet qualities and the performance of various types of cabinet construction materials is the first thing to embark upon. Based on that, evaluate the price as it relates to the quality of the product. Because cabinetry typically dominates the cost of a new kitchen, homeowners should contact a kitchen professional to learn about the differences in cabinet quality grades.
Sinks February 21, 2017. Some smaller versions can still offer a pro feel, says Adams. "Grohe has several models that are great looking in that commercial, techy pro way and KWC has loads of special looking, ordinary proportion faucets that are still ergonomic for home kitchens," she says.