Mix Metals for a Modern Kitchen

Matching metals in the kitchen has gone the way of matching furniture suites in the living room. To bring a new level of depth and interest to a kitchen design, incorporate multiple metal finishes. Although mixing metals can be intimidating at first and it’s important to coordinate with non-metal finishes to avoid a mismatched look, there are compelling reasons to follow this hot new trend. For example, a combination of shiny and worn metals can add a sense of age or a contrasting metal can be used to highlight a focal point. Cornerstone Cabinet Company offers a wide selection of the best quality kitchen hardware from Hardware Resources to spark your creativity. Begin mixing metals like a pro today! 5 Compelling Reasons to Mix Metals in the Kitchen...

Vanities for Small Bathrooms

Even in grand homes with a large master bath, there is likely a guest bathroom or a powder room with minimal square footage. Cramped bathrooms can feel open and airy with the right layout and well-proportioned vanity choices. The best vanities for small baths make a statement without compromising storage needs. Consider a floating vanity to make the room feel bigger by providing more visual space underneath. (A raised style makes the floor easier to clean, too!) Perhaps add a tall open towel shelf over the toilet to allow more personal items and cleaning products to be stashed in the vanity cabinetry. Choosing a vessel sink can add a few inches to countertop spaces. Building the lighting right into the vanity and mirror also gives off plenty of lumens for tasks without the need for an additional light fixture to ruin sleek, magnifying lines. A corner vanity can be another chic solution to a small bathroom challenge. In any case, it is important to balance small vanity surface area above with ample drawer room below because hinged cabinets may not have enough available space to fully open the doors. If you must try to squeeze in a double vanity, try one long, narrow sink with faucets mounted at each end. One large mirror above the double vanity is a great aid to give the illusion of a bigger, brighter space. Also consider making the double vanity multi-level so that one side of the counter is low enough for kids to use easily without the need for a stepstool. A small bathroom doesn’t have to be claustrophobic. Consult the design...

Create A Spa Experience

Spa bathrooms feel luxurious and effortless. New Home Source offers some tips on how you can transform even a small bathroom into a relaxing retreat on any budget. Among them are choosing natural materials like bleached oak and marble and installing shelving solutions to keep clutter at a minimum. A calming design palette, like white tile with neutral walls, is also a must for a peaceful sanctuary. Cornerstone Cabinet Company specializes in creating the most beautiful and functional spaces. Read more spa bathroom ideas...

2019 Colors of the Year

Major paint manufacturers have released their 2019 Color of the Year selections–Vibrant coral and terracotta, refined blue and greens, as well as neutrals are featured. Let the professional designers at Cornerstone Cabinet Company help you incorporate one or more of the winners into your custom...

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

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. Closed shelved storage gives you a simple, cleaner look. Open shelves offer more decorative options as well as being useful. The combination of both lets you design the exact look you want. Too many things to think about? Let us help you determine how you can make your island work and look...

The Kitchen Island – How It Defines The Busiest Room In The House

There was a time when “kitchen islands” consisted of sturdy tables set in the center of the room and… only in kitchens large enough to accommodate them. In the 1930s, Frank Lloyd Wright brought kitchen islands to suburban homes with his “open plan” living space. They have continued to evolve ever since. Currently, the island has literally become the hub of our homes for doing more tasks than just cooking. They’ve become the center for socialization. If you’re looking to modify an island already in place or add one to your kitchen, it’s best to work with a professional to draw up a floor plan. An island should have about three feet of space around it. If it’s too large, the kitchen becomes crowded. Too small and not only does it not look good, it may not fit in with the normal workflow. Bottom line, it shouldn’t be too close to doors or other countertops but you don’t want it to be standing off by itself. The next consideration is how you want to use it. Islands can be strictly functional by providing additional countertop space and storage. But as suggested above, islands are where people interact. While the cook is chopping tomatoes, he can talk to family about their day, help the kids do homework, and just show off a little as guests nibble on appetizers as dinner is prepared.  This brings up the question of how many people do you want to be able to sit around it?  And do you want one level or two? Take a look at our Projects to see what we can...