Before and After: Couple from Bath, PA Wins Dream Kitchen Makeover

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Aug 11, 2014 12:05:00 PM

For those of you already living in the beautiful kitchen of your dreams, or those hiding from your ugly kitchen in restaurants every night, we ran our first Scary-Ugly Kitchen Photo Contest, which began in October, 2013. The contest asked all of our Facebook fans, blog readers and other social media followers to send us pictures of their ugly kitchens in the hopes of winning a dream kitchen makeover, featuring cabinet refacing by Kitchen Magic. The contest took place on our official Facebook business page, and consisted of three rounds of judging in which one winner was picked from over 250 contestants.

In December, Mr. & Mrs. Scott from Bath, PA were chosen as the official Scary-Ugly Kitchen Photo Contest winners, and their dream kitchen makeover began. 



Before their scary-ugly kitchen was chosen as the winner, they were mere contestants. John Scott actually submitted the couple’s kitchen into the contest with this description that quickly spoke to all of the husbands and wives at Kitchen Magic, “Old! Very outdated, my poor wife has put up with this sorry kitchen for twenty-six years, and though I’ve tried to renovate it myself on numerous occasions, it’s not gotten much better. To have a kitchen renovation would be a dream come true for both of us.”

And it wasn’t just John’s heartfelt description that stuck out—the kitchen photo itself was just plain ugly! Mismatched lower and upper cabinets displayed a poorly constructed and most likely incomplete attempt to remodel. The stained, cracked and outdated laminate countertop was not only an eyesore, but also a dirty and dangerous piece in the home. To top it off, the kitchen was missing a whole section of cabinets in the corner, leading to a dysfunctional and downright nonsensical space.




Needless to say, Mr. & Mrs. Scott were overjoyed to hear that they had become the winners of our Scary-Ugly Kitchen Photo Contest, and that their ugly kitchen would be transformed into the beautiful kitchen of their dreams—for free!

Satisfied with the overall layout of the space, but discontented with the outdated appearance, the couple knew that cabinet refacing was the perfect and permanent solution for their kitchen. To make the room appear larger and keeping with current style trends, Mr. & Mrs. Scott chose Frosty White cabinets in a classic Prestige style.  For a durable and affordable countertop to fit the family’s busy lifestyle, a gray Corian countertop was the perfect material to complete the makeover.




Now, with a newly refaced kitchen, the Scotts couldn’t be happier. They recall their time with Kitchen Magic, stating that it was, “A very positive experience from start to finish. We can’t believe the transformation. Our kitchen looks amazing. Thank you Kitchen Magic for a beautiful job and for selecting us as the winners of your Scary Ugly Kitchen Contest.” Click here to see what others are saying about Kitchen Magic



Topics: Ugly Kitchens, Cabinet Refinishing

What's the Difference Between Modern and Contemporary Kitchen Styles?

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Aug 6, 2014 12:16:00 PM

Ah, the age-old, new age question designers are faced with on a daily basis: “So, what’s the real difference between modern and contemporary styles?” If you’ve found yourself asking this question to friends, family members or just anyone willing to listen, I’m guessing that you haven’t been exactly met with a straight answer.

And that’s because distinguishing the differences between modern and contemporary styles is a difficult task, mostly due to the fact that the two terms have been used interchangeably so often over the past few years that they’ve almost become synonymous. It’s true—modern and contemporary styles, especially when it comes to kitchens, have many similarities, which can make it easy to consider the two terms to be one-in-the-same.

But there are some differences between the two style types, and today I’m going to give you the factors that distinguish contemporary from modern, the similarities between the two when it comes to style, and how these styles can best be used to create a truly beautiful kitchen design.

Modern vs. Contemporary

Modern is a particular style


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Modern designs focus on clean styles and sleek lines with sharp corners. The main goal of modern style kitchens is to make the space appear larger by creating straight, horizontal lines for the eye to follow. This means, simple cabinet styles like Prestige Plain and little-to-no use of decorative accessories like wainscoting, crown molding and corbels. When it comes to color, modern designs stick to cool, contrasting neutrals like Frosty White cabinet colors paired with simple and sleek stainless steel hardware and dark counters like the almost black Quartz countertop Oakhampton by Cambria.

Contemporary is a term that speaks to certain styles


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While modern can be distinguished by the focus on simple styles and cool, neutral colors for a clean design, contemporary isn’t so much a particular style; rather it’s a term that means ‘new’ style. This means that contemporary styles can encompass the whole room with new and exciting designs and materials, but contemporary styles could also point to one particular piece, addition of color or material that’s considered to be new in the design world. For example, the addition of vibrant pops of color in the kitchen, like a bright blue granite countertop is a contemporary style feature, but not necessarily a feature of modern kitchen design. The same goes for glass or metallic backsplashes, which have become very popular recently, making the style contemporary, but the addition of bright or metallic colors that span throughout the room is not part of modern style.

This can also explain how contemporary styles can be incorporated into overall design schemes that adhere to another style, like traditional. For example, you can design a classic or traditional kitchen, but add in some contemporary pieces like a metallic backsplash. But a modern design is typically expressed throughout the whole kitchen for a complete, consistent and clean look.  

But there are many similarities between the two



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Recently, modern and contemporary styles have become synonymous because of the many similarities in particular features of the designs. One main feature of both modern and contemporary designs is the focus on function. With the transition from work triangles to work zones came the emphasis on clean lines and sleek styles that modern design’s known for. And because this focus on function is a newer movement, it also bridges into the contemporary realm, although it is not a feature but an overall design scheme. Along with the focus on function, comes the addition of new technologies in the kitchen and styles that are designed around function. For example, extra storage space is a necessity for today’s families, and both modern and contemporary styles are incorporating more efficient storage solutions. Also, stainless steel appliances are considered new styles, and therefore contemporary, but the clean, sleek look of stainless steel also lends itself to modern designs.


I hope that this blog post has helped you clear up some confusion about the modern vs. contemporary debate. When it comes to kitchen design, don’t get bogged down with the terms or the particulars, instead, focus on what you like and what your family needs to create the space you love to look at and love to live in.



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas, Kitchen Styles

Romantic Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Aug 4, 2014 12:12:00 PM

We’ve been in business for over 35 years, and after installing over 50,000 kitchens, we’ve learned quite a bit about the different types of homeowners out there looking for new kitchens and just what types of designs each homeowner is looking for in their dream kitchen. One of the most popular types of homeowners looking to remodel their kitchens is sometimes known as “empty nesters.”

While the term empty nesters might mean lonely or even, I dare say, old, to some people, to the Kitchen Magic Family, we see empty nesters as adults ready for a new adventure and more time to enjoy together as a couple. This may mean that the kids have finally gone off to college or started families of their own, that retirement brings the opportunity to complete long-awaited home improvement projects, or that it’s simply time to finally build that dream kitchen. 

Some of our favorite design ideas for the busy couple that’s finally found time to spend together, are romantic kitchen ideas designed for two. Today, we’re going to share some of our favorite ways to incorporate these romantic touches into your dream kitchen remodel—empty nester or not!

Custom Wine Rack



Out with the extra storage space for lunch boxes and sandwich bags, the extra-large pantry stuffed with after school snacks, and in with a custom wine rack or cooler. A romantic kitchen should be a space where you can relax, enjoy a glass of wine and some quiet conversation with your sweetie. If chilled white wine is your style, go for a small wine cooler or refrigerator that can be installed right into your island or lower cabinets. If you prefer red wine, you can install a custom wine rack or other type of wine storage along your upper cabinets to keep your red wine ready and beautifully displayed.

Breakfast Bar

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If it’s just the two of you, then there’s no need to set the large kitchen or dining room table for family breakfast or dinner. Instead, have a beautiful breakfast bar installed right into your kitchen. The new addition will make your kitchen feel grander and more romantic, and you can have more intimate candlelit dinners right in your beautiful kitchen.




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When your kitchen acts mainly as a place for food and function, lighting usually makes it to the bottom of the design list. One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen design more romantic is to switch out your current lighting fixtures with a chandelier. Large lighting fixtures like chandeliers or drop-down pendant lights will soften the overall light in the space and add a comforting, romantic touch.

Soft Shades


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Traditional kitchen designs are most commonly equated with romantic styles. The softer shades and warmer colors of traditional designs make for a more intimate space. Think Antique White cabinets with a Walnut Glaze or Cordovan on Cherry cabinets with neutrally colored countertops like Granite in New Venecian Gold. Also, you can re-upholster your kitchen chairs or stools with warm fabric for something softer to the touch.



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas, Lowcountry, Simply Southern

3 Southern Kitchen Designs Made for Any Kitchen Style

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Jul 9, 2014 1:27:00 PM

It seems everyone has their own take on what it means to have some Southern design in a space, but one thing’s for sure: a Southern kitchen is one that’s filled with food, love and family.

This famous quote hits the nail right on the head,

"A Southern kitchen. The place where…bacon’s sizzlin’, grits are simmerin’, fried chicken’s poppin’, green beans are boilin’, corbread’s bakin’, okra’s steamin’, collards are stewin’, banana pudding’s settin’, and pecan pie’s coolin’ on the windowsill."


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But what about when it comes to designing a Southern kitchen or simply incorporating some Southern style into your own kitchen? We have three classic elements that speak to Southern kitchen design that you can easily incorporate into your kitchen for some Southern flare.

1. Vintage and distressed elements


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If you like to follow interior design trends, then you already know how popular colorful distressed furniture has become over this past year.  While it’s only become popular in the rest of the home recently, Southern kitchens have always had a bit of vintage style.  Whether it’s a large, distressed kitchen table that you found and restored from an antique shop or some distressed white cabinets and flooring in the kitchen you see here, distressed pieces bring a country feel to any space. Another easy way to bring some Southern feel to your kitchen is to install some decorative accessories like crown molding in warm light colors like Antique White with a Walnut Glaze. This will help give your kitchen a more traditional style and bring some vintage features into the space.

2. Farmhouse sink


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One of my favorite elements of many Southern kitchens is the farmhouse sink. Its oversized design with the overhanging lip just has a welcoming feel to it. In modern and even classic designs we see sinks that are integrated right into the countertop for a more streamlined style. But a farmhouse sink instantly becomes the focal point of any kitchen, drawing attention to something that can be both functional and beautiful.

3. Room for entertaining


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As I’ve already stated, the two main elements of a Southern kitchen are the family and the food. And when it comes to designing a Southern kitchen, plenty of space for the family to gather and adequate storage for the many meals to be cooked are very important considerations. The kitchen is the meeting place for most families, and while some modern designs seem to have forgotten that this is the kitchen’s main purpose, Southern styles have always kept ample room for full tummies. Think storage accessories that make room for all of your cooking materials and pantry items and a large island or peninsula where you can seat a crowd for dinner.


Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas, Lowcountry, Simply Southern

3 Elements of a Rustic Kitchen Design

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Jun 26, 2014 3:57:00 PM

Nobody wants to cook, clean and eat in an old kitchen, but the old-world style is a coveted one all around the world. New style trends have taught us that combining modern technology with vintage or rustic design can be both beautiful and functional. Reclaiming old pieces of furniture, distressing new pieces and adding vintage touches that remind us of simpler times are very popular trends right now. But go too far into the rustic or craftsman style and you risk ending up with a space that looks like it belongs in the early 1900s. Let us teach you the three most important elements of rustic or craftsman kitchen design, so you can incorporate these styles into your dream kitchen.


First, a note about the difference between rustic and craftsman style kitchens: basically, there is no difference. Craftsman kitchens may have more custom features than a rustic kitchen, but with modern additions like custom storage solutions becoming standard for many kitchens, the differences between the two have become fewer and far between.

Wood Cabinets


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Maintenance-free cabinet doors have surely come a long way since your mother installed laminate cabinet doors in her kitchen. They offer more durability and better color saturation at a more budget-friendly rate than wood doors. But when it comes to the distressed, natural look that’s so important for a rustic design, wood cabinet doors are the way to go. You can keep them natural or add a darker glaze to complete the rustic look. Plus, wood doors are great for cabinet refacing, making your rustic kitchen more easily accomplished.

Darker, Warmer Color Palette

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When it comes to rustic and craftsman styles, natural is always the way to go. Wood-like tones that you could imagine inside a log cabin best achieve this look. Think Harvest Gold on Cherry, Dark Wild Apple and Secret with a dark glaze. To match, pick darker hardware with distressed elements, like oil rubbed bronze. Also, keep the cabinet style simple, like Classic Raised Panel for a look that doesn’t overwhelm the space and lets the natural materials shine through.

Furniture Detailing for Decorative Accessories


While most kitchen styles incorporate all sorts of decorative accessories—wainscotting, corbels and crown molding to name a few—rustic style kitchens should stick to decorative accessories that have a more furniture detailing design than a typical decorative accessory. What this really means is that you should stay away from any accessories that include the term “Roman” or might appear to have Roman or Greek inspired designs, like corbels or pillars.

Rustic and craftsman style kitchens are beautiful for any home and bring the old world feel back into the 21st century. They also fit well with older and country homes and make it easy to incorporate some of your favorite antiques or vintage pieces into the space.



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas

Form and Function: Custom Countertop Trends

Posted by Bertha C.

Jun 23, 2014 12:43:00 PM

Now that we’re halfway through the year, kitchen design trends for 2014 have become a lot clearer. 

In the world of countertop sales, homeowners have shown interest in the form and function of their countertops more than ever with many turning to customization of existing designs, or creating designs from scratch, to fit their lifestyles and unique needs.

Which custom countertop trends should you consider?

Malleable Granite Alternatives

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One of the biggest trends is a shift away from granite to materials that offer greater design flexibility, such as engineered solid surface, concrete, wood and glass.

Granite alternatives make it easy to move from standard straight edge countertop and other traditional designs to ones that better express your personality and creativity. For example, installers can effortlessly cut them into various shapes. Although some of the materials are available in a wide selection of designs, you can also order many granite alternatives to be modified or crafted with custom solid or patterned color tint, surface texture and/or embedded objects. 

Besides providing new forms and designs, these materials are also usually heat-, stain- and scratch- resistant; or at least easy to repair. Additionally, you can usually find them at a much cheaper price than granite -- especially if you go the recycled material route.

Extra Counter Surfaces

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If you have a small or oddly shaped kitchen, or need extra prep or dining space, wall, peninsula and island counters are often not enough.

Extra counter surfaces easily solve this problem. You can find custom hidden cutting boards and tabletops that slide out from under a counter or pull out in a drawer. You can also set up your kitchen with a fold-out counter that hangs off the side of a cabinet when not in use and then, when needed, folds up to rest on one or more pull out beams or table legs.

If you prefer a more permanent solution, you can add a narrow counter supported on L brackets to the side of a peninsula or island. You can also install a piece of countertop on a rotating metal post several inches above a main counter. When you don’t need the extra counter space, you can use it as a shelf. When you need it as a food prep, display or dining surface, you can then remove shelved objects and simply rotate it into position.

Mixed Material Arrangements

Another huge counter trend is combining two or three materials in different areas of the kitchen.

Love the look of stone, but need a butcher block?

You can design wall countertops in one material, such as an engineered solid surface like Corian or Quartz, and opt for butcher block made from reclaimed wood for your island; or inset a wood cutting board into a solid surface counter next to the sink or other food prep area.

Efficient Countertop Access


If you love efficiency, or just hate cleaning, then this last practical custom countertop trend is right for you!

Besides built-in cutting boards, more homeowners are making food prep faster and cleaner by ordering counter surfaces with carved out openings that provide quick access to certain regularly used tools, such as knives, spice jars and napkins holders, located in trays or canisters on top of or inside the cabinet box. You can also use this custom design to throw trash or scraps into a removable trash can resting on the cabinet bottom or a pullout shelf.

Worried about dust or smelling trash? These designs can also be customized with lids that fit into counter surfaces to block access when you don’t need it.


Topics: Countertops

7 Basics of a Traditional Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Jun 12, 2014 5:26:00 PM

Traditional kitchens are still among the most popular kitchen styles because their basic color palette and grandiose design scheme create a beautiful space that’s sure to stay within style trends for a long time. 

The key feature of traditionally designed kitchens is their attention to detail; each area of the room should have detailing and embellishments that looks layered, but not overbearing. 

Here are the 7 basic features of traditional style kitchens to help you incorporate these designs into your own dream kitchen remodel.

1. Neutral Color Palette

Where contemporary and modern kitchen designs focus on crisp, cool colors that highlight materials and bring a pop of edgy style to the space, traditional kitchens are all about sticking to a classic color palette.  Think warm and cool neutrals, like deep cherries and light beige.

2. Decorative Accessories


The main feature of a traditional style kitchen is the attention to detail and use of decorative accessories. We’re talking wainscoting on the island, crown moldings, corbels and furniture-like pieces with embellishments in every area of the room. Everywhere you look in a traditional kitchen, there should be an element of adornment, architectural design or enhanced pieces with decorative accessories.

3. Antique Finishes or Glazed Cabinets

Staying within the neutral color palate, most traditional kitchens have cabinets with glazes or antique finishes, rather than cabinets that appear more natural. Popular choices here are Antique White cabinets with a Walnut Glaze and Cordovan on Cherry cabinets with a Sabel Glaze.

4. Vintage or Raised Panel Styles


Modern kitchen styles are all about simplicity when it comes to the cabinetry style, but traditional designs focus on cabinets with heightened style. Forego the basic shaker or plain style cabinet for a Vintage Raised Panel or Classic Raised Panel style cabinet door.

5. Luxury Countertops


When it comes to color, the countertops bring the fun in a traditional kitchen design. Pick a luxurious countertop material like Quartz or Granite, and opt for a color with a lot of movement or even some metallic variants, like the classic Cambria Canterbury or Granite certified by Kitchen Magic in New Venecian Gold.

6. Ornate or Decorative Lighting


Love the look of a classic style chandelier? Chandeliers look beautiful in a traditional kitchen and can really enhance the ornate and detail-oriented aspects of the room. Decorative lighting is the best way to pull the whole kitchen’s look together, so pick your lighting last, but keep it in mind throughout your planning and designing process.

7. Simple Backsplash


Colorful and highly patterned backsplashes in exciting materials have become popular choices for homeowners within the past few seasons.  But for a traditional kitchen, a busy backsplash can seem overwhelming and may complicate the space. Because you have so much going on already in terms of decorative accessories, keep the backsplash simple in terms color, style and materials.  Try a Solid Surface Corian backsplash with a diamond or subway pattern in Sandalwood for a simple backdrop that’s also functional.

To learn more about Traditional kitchens and to view kitchen photos,
visit our Traditional Style Kitchens page.



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas, Lowcountry, Simply Southern

Brass From the Past: How to Update Your Outdated Hardware

Posted by Carrie (Regular Contributor)

Jun 2, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Have you seen the movie, "Blast From the Past," starring Brendan Fraser? If not, put it in the Netflix Queue because it's awesome. But, if we were making our own version of the flick, we'd title it "Brass From the Past," and the minute Fraser's character emerged from the bomb shelter, he would have taken one look at the post-80's brass cabinet hardware and gone screaming back underground - never mind the benefits of sunshine and sky, desegregation and the lovely Alicia Silverstone...

And, just so you know, that outdated brass hardware can be a major turnoff for future homebuyers, many of whom are looking for turnkey properties.

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Don't Go Underground - Update Your Brass to Hardware With Class

Here's the thing, that shiny brass hardware (or the grimy, black-goo encrusted hardware) that you've ignored on your cabinetry for years has got to go. We have entered the 21st century and everything about those brass fixtures screams, "Soooo three decades ago!" So, ditch the brass and switch out your hardware for something a little more - well - stylish.

(HintIf you still have brass hardware lurking around your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, there's a good chance old and outdated cabinetry is lurking beneath the hardware. This might be a great opportunity to reface or replace your cabinets. We're just sayin'...)

Here are some of your cabinet hardware options for when you're ready to join the rest of us here in 2014!

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Sleek and Stylish

Right now, there's a distinct appeal to sleek and stylish hardware becausecontemporary kitchen designs are all the rage. Stainless steel bar pulls come to mind. Their long, sleek shape will complement the clean lines of modern cabinet styles.

Clever Contrasts

If you have a traditional or transitional kitchen, you may want your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls to contrast with some of your other design elements. For example, an oil rubbed bronze pull may play off of the darker flecks in your natural stone countertops, which helps to tie your design together.

Stick With a Theme

With so many hardware options to choose from, you can really get creative and let your hardware help to enhance your theme. An oil-rubbed bronze rope pull may complement wrought-iron and natural wood fixtures in a medieval kitchen design or colorfully decorated knobs can tie in some of the colors in your quartz countertops.


Go Traditionally Elegant

If a kitchen is all about tradition for you, we understand why it's been tough to ditch your original cabinets and hardware. However, you'll be amazed at what a difference a little updating can do. You can go understated elegant with simple, brushed nickel knobs, or you can add a little more visual interest using antique detailed knobs and pulls.


Think Universally

If you're an empty nester, and plan to age in place, there's a good chance your brass hardware isn't accessible. When you're ready to make some accessible design changes in your home, we recommend switching your cabinet and drawer hardware for longer bar pulls and/or D-shaped pulls, which don't require as much of a grip to work well.

Are you feeling a little guilty about your own Brass From the Past? No worries. We don't judge here at Kitchen Magic. Rather, we can't wait to sit down with you to see what's worth keeping and what's worth refacing or replacing to make your kitchen as stylish and functional as it can be. 
Contact us
 to schedule an appointment or give us a call. (800) 237-0799.



Topics: Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Popular Cabinet Colors for Trendy Kitchens

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 30, 2014 3:15:00 PM

If you’ve read our blog article, “4 New Door Colors for Modern Kitchens,” then you already know that cool tones, simple styles and textured patterns are this year’s popular choices for kitchen cabinets. But if a full modern kitchen design isn’t quite your style, dramatic patterns and colors can seem too drastic for your personal style.

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But have no fear—just because a completely modern style kitchen isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t update your kitchen to keep with popular trends.


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Today, we’re debuting two new cabinet door colors as part of our classically cool cabinet door color collection that bridges the gap between contemporary color and classic style. 

Both of these new door colors are gray, which is a color trend that’s taking kitchen design by storm.  Gray colored cabinets can bring a whole new look into your kitchen, but the muted color won’t overwhelm the space.

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Fashion Gray

Fashion Gray cabinet door color 

Fashion Gray is the lighter color out of the two new gray doors, making it a great alternative to traditional white cabinets. Unlike white cabinet doors, you won’t have to worry about Fashion Gray cabinets showing dirt and grime as easily. Plus, their light, cool color can make even the smallest of kitchens appear larger and is the perfect backdrop for any color cabinets and a fun, colorful backsplash. Simple style cabinets look best with this color, like the Prestige Square style of this cabinet door.

Suede Gray

Suede Gray cabinet door color

Suede Gray is slightly darker than Fashion Gray, and has a more matte finish.  Because of its darker color, Suede Gray is a great alternative to medium cabinet door colors, like Hard Rock Oak or Maple wood door species. This color is a designer favorite, but can seem daunting to homeowners. To best achieve this look, pick a plain cabinet style, like Prestige Plain, and pair with a neutral colored countertop, like Cambria Quartz in Canterbury.

Both of these new doors colors are available as maintenance-free cabinet doors and for custom cabinet refacing, giving you an affordable way to make your kitchen trendy.



Topics: Trendy Cabinet Options, Cabinet Doors, Lowcountry, Simply Southern

How to Design a Modern Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 22, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Modern and contemporary are two terms that can be used synonymously to describe kitchen styles that refer to whatever’s currently in style for the year or season.  Today, modern kitchens evoke clean lines and simple styles with designs that focus on the proper use of open space for a highly functional kitchen. Whether you’re interested in transforming your current kitchen into a modern or contemporary space, or you’d just like to update some elements of your kitchen to incorporate some modern design, we have some essential tips for creating a contemporary style kitchen of your own. 

Updated Elements



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Regardless of the genre of style, when we think about modern design, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of new materials and incorporating new technology into the space.  There have been many advances in kitchen appliances and high-tech accessories over the past few years.  Easy updates in this realm are stainless steel appliances that not only offer cutting-edge function but also sleeker styles. Modern design is all about keeping a clean space, so the use of custom storage solutions and other accessories like under-cabinet lighting and hidden outlets not only make your kitchen appear contemporary, but they also provide better function.

New and Improved Countertops

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While Granite and Laminate are still popular choices for countertop materials, modern kitchens are all about simple designs that highlight the superior materials.  Quartz countertops are stronger than Granite and never need to be resealed, making them a great option for homeowners who love the look of Granite but want something more reliable.  Corian Solid Surface countertops also offer strength and durability, but are more affordable than Quartz.

Fun Backsplash

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In the past, backsplashes were either left out of kitchen remodels, or installed only as simple displays of design for serving the purpose of keeping the kitchen clean. For contemporary designs, homeowners are doing away with white subway tile and opting for something with a pop of color to bring some personality to the room. Popular styles today include metallic tiles, ceramic mosaics and colorful glass patterns.

Simple Cabinet Styles in New Colors

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The easiest way to pull off a modern kitchen design is to update or reface your cabinets with simple styles. Think Prestige Plain, Amesbury or Prestige Shaker Plain for cabinet door styles. The fun part about modern style kitchens is that they typically pair these simple cabinet door styles with new colors. Rather than opting for a natural wood color like Classic Cherry or Hard Rock Maple, you can go for something out of the ordinary, like a patterned or textured look with two different colors. Check out our article, “4 New Door Colors for Modern Kitchens” to see new patterned cabinet door colors. Another popular door color in contemporary design is the use of gray. Whether it’s a light or a dark gray, these fun door colors bring a new appeal to the space and set your kitchen apart.

Sleek Hardware to Match

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Keeping with the simple design scheme, modern kitchens often have sleek hardware (and sometimes no hardware) to match the simple cabinet style. Think pulls rather than knobs and silver rather than brushed bronze when it comes to your accessories. Again, the key is to place focus on the materials, so limited use of decorative accessories help to keep the style clean and open.

For more images of contemporary kitchens, view our modern style kitchens page.



Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas


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