Posted by Merillat Design Professional, Sarah Reep on Feb 14th 2018
Can These New Cool Tones Get Your Kitchen into the Grey Zone?
Grey tones remain popular in the kitchen. And why not? Grey is a fresh alternative to white or off-white that takes the color palette to the cool side in a Modern-style kitchen.
Grey is so versatile. It works well with paint and stain, tiles and textures. Grey also accepts a wide range of coordinating colors – even a warm gold or a cool pewter metallic.
Grey can let a cool palette drive the design for your entire kitchen space. Cabinets in light grey set against dark wood flooring provide a high-contrast look. Or you can warm up the room with mid-value wood flooring.
If you love white, but are intrigued by grey, Mist may be the answer. It’s a very light grey that moves the color from a pure-white Cotton to a cool neutral for a more toned-down contrast.
A painted grey finish like Mist helps bring out the cabinetry’s door and drawer styles – more so than stained wood grain. Choose light grey for a five-piece drawer front. Sure, it costs a bit extra, but you get the added value of more drawers – and the paint’s consistency across all doors and drawers lends a more finished appearance.
If you prefer the charming ambiance of a traditional farmhouse kitchen, there are many ways to easily achieve the warmth and nostalgia that are defining characteristics of country kitchens. From exposed wooden beams to antiques, wicker baskets, and heirlooms, every element that goes into designing a country kitchen reflects what you’ll get out of it. 1. RUSTIC [...]
In a Much Lived-in Kitchen, Glass Doors Help Personalize the Design Do you like to spend a lot of time in your kitchen – even you’re not cooking, eating, or cleaning? This calls for a kitchen designed just for you. Even a relatively small touch, like glass doors for certain cabinets, can help bring the personal touch to your kitchen. A glass door [...]
Never Too Many Places to Stash Things – So No Skimping on Storage! Cabinet storage can be key to a kitchen design both beautiful and functional. In selecting your cabinets, you’ll want to leave as little space as possible to waste. This requires a very careful investment. If you budget too tightly now, you can miss out on the newest [...]
Stained finishes enhance the unique characteristics inherent in each door and drawer, bringing out the natural beauty of the wood grain. Pictured above on oak cabinets, contrasting stained finishes give this kitchen loads of rustic contemporary character. Tolani oak cabinetry in an Amaretto stain, meets Tolani in a Pecan stain via plain square posts on the island and corner [...]
In the Connected Kitchen, Plan for Tidy Charging Space and Device Storage Today’s average household has six connected devices. Some have 15 or more. And while many devices are small (smart phones, tablets, laptops), you need to manage their power and connectivity – especially in the kitchen, where so much of living takes place. Think of all we now do online in the [...]
In the Gen Y Kitchen, It Takes Two (Two Cooks, That Is)Are you a Millennial? Do you call Y your Generation? If so, you’ll likely be re-shaping and re-outfitting your home for many years to come. And you probably won’t want your mother’s kitchen. You’re creating ways to live that are uniquely your own.Yet many of today’s kitchen floor plans, [...]
Never sacrifice walkway clearance to accommodate a bigger island; 36” is the minimum for clearance. Being able to move freely through your kitchen is much more beneficial than have a larger island. Check appliance specs and clearances. Make sure your refrigerator doors will not hit walls when opening, or provide obstruction to cabinets and other appliances.
Easy to Select, Easy to Install, Easy to Love As I consult with homeowners on their kitchen and bath designs, they sometimes express the wish to build their new cabinets from mixed and matched pieces. They believe this piece-by-piece approach will lend a more customized look. But then, when installation time comes, the homeowners can be dismayed to find a lot of [...]
With the right wood type, door style and finish, your kitchen remodel can be the highlight of your home. But if you’re looking for creative ways to customize your kitchen, and match its aesthetic to the rest of your home, Merillat has solutions for you. Here are 4 ways to add a personal touch when [...]