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...

Remodeling Trends for 2020

We know remodeling can be a huge undertaking, especially in the kitchen. So when it comes to changing your living space, it’s important to feel like the upgrade you’re doing is right.Kitchen islands continue to be a mainstay of renovated kitchens and 61% of upgraded kitchens feature them. While relatively few remodel projects make no changes to the islands, some upgrade an existing island and roughly 33% add islands. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening. Cabinetry Almost 40% contrasted island cabinet color with the perimeter cabinets. The top choice for contrast is grey, followed by blue, black and medium-toned wood. Over 10% opted for a different cabinet style altogether. The most popular is flat-paneled, followed by louvered and glass-front cabinets. Shaker cabinets continue to be the most popular door style overall. It’s no surprise that only 6% of renovating homeowners choose Shaker for their island cabinetry. Counter-tops Counter-tops feature big in remodel projects. Twenty-six percent upgraded their kitchen island counter-tops with a different material from their perimeter counters. Butcher block or wood slabs are the top choices, followed by engineered quartz, granite, marble, quartzite and solid surface. Along with different materials, almost 30% of homeowners opted for a different color from the perimeter cabinets.  Again, wood tones from dark to light are the most popular choices. When it comes to color, white led the way followed by gray and multicolored tops.  Storage and utility Around 98% of homeowners add or upgrade their islands to increase storage.  More than half of the upgraded islands also included appliances. A recent survey shows homeowners use their islands for eating, entertaining and socializing....

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...

Cabinetry for the Small Bathroom

If your home includes even one small bathroom, how well it’s designed is critical for two reasons. You have less room to accommodate everyone who uses it… and…a small bathroom is where simple materials and fixtures have a chance to really stand out. In previous articles, we’ve mentioned how your cabinetry has the most impact on a bathroom’s overall appearance. For example, bold colors or the hardware you choose for doors and drawers set the style and tone for the entire room. Whether your cabinetry is beneath the vanity or stands alone, how well it’s designed  often comes down to inches… and it’s where you want to make the most out of every inch you have. In a small bathroom, a vanity with cabinets has some wasted area to make space for the sink. Customized vanities can have a small, shallow drawer for little items like makeup. Or go with an above the counter sink to make more room underneath. Custom cabinets are also good for hiding plumbing that may not be movable. Mounted cabinets, either beneath the vanity or on their own, make any bathroom more contemporary. To enhance the look, use a high-gloss car finish that can be waxed or buffed out if it gets scratched. Since white and light colors are highly recommended for small spaces, be a little more daring with bold cabinet colors. This way you create contrast and make a statement. When it comes to overall home design, small bathrooms tend to be overlooked. Yet depending on where they’re located, they are often one of the busiest rooms in the house. To make...