150 Shades of Gray

Did you know the trend towards gray interiors started in Scandinavia? It wasn’t until about six years ago when the color caught on in the United States. Rather than become passé, the popularity of gray continues to rise. According to Andrea Magno of Benjamin Moore, gray interiors are evolving and they’re seeing an increase of gray on cabinetry and trims. But picking the best shade of gray for your home can be tricky. Since grays have undertones of blue, purple or green, you’ll want the shade that’s compatible with the surrounding tiles, furnishings and fabrics. For instance, there’s a big difference between cool and warm grays.  Cool grays are better for modern interiors while warm grays work better in traditional homes. There’s also a middle ground often referred to as French grays. Traditionally trims around gray are lighter shades of gray or whites. Now we’re seeing more trims in the same or even a darker gray.  Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute agrees. She sees gray with gray trim as a trend and feels people should give more grays a chance. If you’re ready for gray walls, cabinets or trims, it’s best to get samples of your three favorite grays and paint a poster board with each one. Check them out over a period of one day (or more) to see how they appear in varying degrees of light. This way you get it right the first...

5 Trending Accessories For Your Gourmet Kitchen

The kitchen is transitioning from just storage to functional storage solutions.  Homeowners want and expect modern conveniences and at Cornerstone Cabinet Company we are continuing to design with ease and function as a primary goal for your kitchen. Coffee Centers – This two tiered k-kup coffee organizer is used to organize your coffee and accessories. Pantry Storage – Pull out pantries are perfect for organizing and giving you the ability to see and reach those items in the back of the pantry. Base Cabinet – Pull Out This unit features two universal knife inserts, stainless steel utensil bin, and adjustable shelf for lower storage Roll Out Trash / Recycling Centers – Our most requested accessary is the trash/recycle center. There are many options to consider. You have multiple sizes to select from. They can even be designed into a corner. Blind Corner Pull Outs – Dead corners are no more! Here is a solution many feel is better than a lazy susan. The blind corner pull out gives you access, is functional and easy to use. I have to admit as a cabinet maker that I think the design and operation of the mechanisms are cool...

How To Find Storage In Your Half Bath (And Still Have Enough Room To Move Around)

When it comes to storage, it’s easy to overlook the half-bath. Since the available space is often measured in inches, it’s even more important to utilize what you do have. Happily, customized cabinetry is versatile enough to fit into any space so there’s adequate storage for important items like soap, toilet paper and towels. Pedestal sinks are popular in half baths due to their size. They also come in a variety of styles. One way to get the best look and utility is to add a pedestal sink cabinet. It snuggles in beneath the sink without adsorbing extra floor space and has the added advantage of covering pipes or valves going from the sink to the wall. Mounted sinks are more popular than ever and create space below. Get the most from that space with a custom cabinet. Narrow cabinets may look inefficient but they store more than you think. Place them right beside the toilet or sink or up against a wall where there’s a little extra room. Corner cabinets are another option and utilize floor space that might otherwise go to waste. Instead of a standard medicine chest over the sink, think custom cabinet. Depending on the layout, one with less depth but taller and wider still provides storage with that personal touch. Cabinets with towel bars look good and allow for additional towels to be handy. This is a good place to mix open shelves and glass doors. Finally, cabinet vanities are a sure thing for half baths. Customized vanities can be built to any style with either a drop sink or an above-the-counter bowl.  There’s...

Kitchen Island Storage – How to Make The Most Out Of It

If you’ve just gotten a kitchen revamp then you’ll want to get the most of your new kitchen as you can. You want to make sure you have the Best Toaster, mixer, blender, utensils, etc. the finally give you the perfect kitchen. But how will you make sure everything is stored neatly away? Our previous article on kitchen islands focused on how the island has evolved from an extra table for food preparation to extended counter space that’s now a social hub. Not only do kitchen islands define the rest of the room, they supply easy-to-reach storage for regularly used items. When it comes to design, you can opt for utility, beauty or a combination of the two. Starting with utility, deep pull-out drawers are great for pot and pans. For small items – add customized shallow drawers to organize and store spices and small utensils. An increasingly popular option is drawers with mechanisms that lift smaller appliances. Normally tucked out of site, the mechanized ‘arms’ raise appliances like microwaves or toaster ovens to comfortable levels. The advantage is that these items are only visible when actually in use. If you want your island to be the focal hub for more than just cooking, consider un-kitchen items. Think about art supplies and homework necessities for the kids. Additionally, some homeowners use their kitchen as a mini-office to include taking care of tasks like bill paying. Too often people underestimate their storage needs. Before you start your remodel, think about how you cook, what activities and jobs take place and what gets used most often. And don’t forget the décor....