The Easiest Way to Add Elegance to Your Kitchen

When it comes to dressing up your kitchen, you’d be surprised at how important your cabinet hardware is. Often seen as a small detail, hardware has a huge impact on the overall picture. So how do you make the most of it? One option is to go large. Another factor is to choose hardware that’s timeless. C and D-shaped hardware give you both, plus another advantage… ease of use. Starting with large hardware, designers have long understood the effect of placing large handles on cabinet doors and drawers. Both C and D-shaped hardware come in different lengths and depending on the size of your cabinets, feel free to go as big as 7-8 inches from end to end. Going long creates a ‘designer look’ with a relatively small investment. This hardware is also timeless. While cup pulls and knobs may customize a current look, just like complicated patterns in floors and walls; they tend not to stand the test of time.  With C and D-shaped hardware, you have multiple styles and metal types to create your current custom look plus adapt to future changes and upgrades. The benefit least talked about but most important is the ease of use. If you haven’t heard about Universal Design - you will in the future. Our aging population is demanding it, yet it’s not just for seniors. People with mobility issues, especially arthritis (which inflicts over 50 million today) need to have easy access to stored items.  And even if you and your family are in perfect health; think about times when your hands are wet, greasy or soapy. The ability to...

Low Maintenance Kitchen

The kitchen is where family and friends gather for food and fun, so it’s always got to look its best. Stop endless dusting, scrubbing, and wiping kitchen surfaces and remodel smart instead! Flat-panel cabinets are easiest to clean, but if they look too modern, shaker-style cabinets are a good compromise. While dark stained cabinets show fingerprints and dust, and white cabinets show absolutely everything else, a medium stained finish is the best choice for effortless style. Otherwise, consider flat painted cabinetry, which is still very durable. Brushed nickel or dark bronze hardware hides water spots and fingerprints well, and quartz countertops are also virtually indestructible. Cornerstone Cabinet Company crafts worry-free kitchens without compromising elegance and quality. For more ideas on how to keep your kitchen looking great without the stress click...

Home Renovation Without the Headaches

Let’s face it: Updating and your home is not always fun.  In the following article, an expert designer shares her helpful hints for achieving the best results without the stress. At the top of the list is choosing the right team for your project. Although online reviews and referrals can point you in the right direction, it is important to have a personal conversation with your home improvement professionals to discuss budget and expectations before you hire. Cornerstone Cabinet Company offers individual attention to every client and has built their success one relationship at a time. Learn more about how to avoid common pitfalls by clicking the link below.  10 Things to Do for a Smooth...

A Great White Kitchen

Kitchen trends come and go, but a white kitchen stands the test of time. It’s clean, fresh and adds resale value because it’s a blank slate for any new buyer to customize. White kitchens have a grand history. In the 1920s and 30s, white was the only color offered by manufacturers. White was associated with sanitation and health. Since it began keeping records, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reports that white appliances have consistently outsold all other colors. White also regularly tops the list of the most popular kitchen colors in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey. Why white? As the brightest color, it makes even small kitchens seem spacious. It’s a great color to build upon with light fixtures, cabinet hardware, and tile accents. It’s easy to change elements around it whenever the mood strikes. It is applicable to traditional, contemporary, and transitional design styles. Because it’s a standard color for any manufacturer, white cabinets, tile, counters, faucets, sinks, and appliances are usually cheaper. All white kitchens can still have options. Appliances are offered in variations of white. Decorative white overlay panels can even cover existing stainless steel appliances. Countertops are available in a wide selection of white granite, quartz or marble. Some modern designers are even incorporating white concrete into their kitchen visions. Glass shelves or light colored wood can provide a little contrast without sacrificing the monochromatic theme, too. To keep a white kitchen from appearing boring, add interesting details like decorative bowls or baskets, detailed trim, and knick-knacks with character. Perhaps paint the ceiling or the kitchen island with a bold contrast...

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...