Bathroom Cabinetry Trends for 2012

What are homeowners looking for in bathroom design today? Take a look at some of the top bathroom design trends for 2012.

  • Natural materials- Wood and stone help to create a soothing retreat.
  • Subtle, soft colors- People want the bathroom to be a relaxing space, so calming blues and greens work well.
  • Warmer metals- Champagne and oil-rubbed bronze are in.
  • Wood tones- Weathered, driftwood gray is popular, as well as soft, warm woods.
  • Texture- Porcelain tiles with woodgrain or other natural textures are becoming more and more popular.

If you are a luxury designer or architect looking for a high-end millwork company, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Boston millwork company can create beautiful custom cabinetry that your clients will love. Visit our website to explore more of our custom millwork and high-end custom cabinetry.

Designers, what are your favorite bathroom design trends of the moment? Leave us a comment with your answer!

photo via Houzz

Architectural Millwork: Box Beam Ceilings

Architectural Millwork: Box Beam CeilingsNothing says attention to detail and quality millwork quite like box beam ceilings.  In addition to adding a degree of elegance to a room, box beam ceilings also bring a sense of functionality as they are ideal for concealing unwanted wires or pipes.  Most often we see box beam ceilings in the more formal rooms of a home such as in the dining or living rooms, but they also can be a welcome surprise in other rooms of the house as well.

Interestingly enough, the finish on the box beam ceilings can dramatically impact the way a room is viewed.  For example, for a more rustic feel, distressed millwork can adorn the ceiling to help create a cozy atmosphere.  You can also create some contrast in a room by painting the box beam millwork one color and the walls and ceiling another color.  Utilizing an arched entryway into a room with box beam ceilings is another way to create a sense of elegance in a room.

If you are interested in learning more about box beam ceilings and how this design could work well for your design project, please contact the team of experts at South Shore Millwork for more information.

(Image via Houzz)

Creating Spanish Traditional Style With Millwork

Creating the Spanish Traditional Style With MillworkA sure way to add character to a home is by capturing the Spanish traditional style that we often see in Old World homes.  Houzz offers some suggestions below for creating the Spanish traditional style with custom millwork:

  • Utilize dark walnut moulding and cabinetry with ornamentation to give the kitchen an antique Spanish revival feel.
  • Consider concealing a large appliance such as the refrigerator with custom cabinetry.
  • Use custom millwork to create an arched cooking alcove over your kitchen’s stove.
  • Wooden ceiling beams are a dead giveaway of the Spanish style.  See our recent post about the various types of box ceilings.
Our experienced team at South Shore Millwork can partner with you to create Spanish traditional style in your home design projects with our high quality custom millwork.  We welcome you to view our portfolio of past projects on our website, and we would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your needs in further detail.
(Image via Houzz)

Fall Design: Fantastic Fireplaces

Fall is finally here! Tomorrow is the first official day of fall, and it reminds us of all the things we love about this season- crisp air, beautiful scenery, football, and warm nights by the fire. For architects and interior designers, fireplaces can be a powerful design tool, creating a focal point and setting the design style for the space.

In honor of the season, let’s take a look at some gorgeous fall fireplace mantels featuring skillful millwork.

Classic custom fireplace mantel and built-in cabinetry (via Houzz)

Simple, elegant fireplace and coffered ceiling (via Houzz)

Ornate corbels add traditional style to this elegant mantel. (via Houzz)

If you are looking for a New England millwork source to create custom mantels, South Shore Millwork can help. We can make custom fireplace mantels to fit specific historical styles for renovation projects, or bring your design to life with a one-of-a-kind contemporary mantel. We have even built an automated fireplace surround with integrated technology that allows a user to hide the television with the click of a button. Give us a call today to learn more about our Boston custom millwork.

What Homebuyers Want in Kitchen Cabinetry

At our Massachusetts millwork company, we have worked with many talented New England designers to create custom cabinetry for high-end remodeling projects. Luxury custom cabinetry not only adds elegant style to a space, but can also offer much better storage and organization potential.

custom kitchen cabinetry by South Shore Millwork

It’s important to balance the unique needs of the client with the need to add value to the home, so take a look at these tips for designing kitchen cabinetry that provides a good ROI (return on investment). The 4 biggest things buyers want in a kitchen are:

  • Quality- From the materials to the craftsmanship, quality is so important. Custom cabinetry from a high-end millwork company allows you to ensure your clients are getting the very best, from conception to installation.
  • Symmetry- Using the same size cabinets gives the space a more cohesive look.
  • Bright and airy- Dark kitchens are on the way out, and people are embracing light-filled spaces. High-gloss white cabinets are especially popular.
  • Open spaces- Open layouts are much more popular these days, probably because they fit our more casual lifestyles, allowing for lots of social interaction among families and while entertaining.

To learn more about luxury custom cabinetry, contact South Shore Millwork today.

Unique Custom Conference Tables

Update on January 9, 2013

The confernce room tables are complete and installed.  Our client could not be more delighted with the outcome (and so are we!).

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unique custom conference table 2          custom conference table, mahogany, Boston, MA, New England

From September 13, 2012 Blog:

Today we’re giving you an exciting sneak peek into a project we’re currently working on here at our Norton, Massachusetts millwork shop.

These photos show the custom conference room tables we are creating for a client. As you can see, our team is hard at work ensuring that the unique design of the tables is executed flawlessly.

The custom conference table and side tables are mahogany, and will feature leather inserts and bronze inlay. Once building is complete, the tables will receive a catalyzed lacquer finish.

Here you can see the concept drawing by the architect. We can’t wait to share the photos with you after this one-of-a-kind project is complete!

If you looking for a custom woodworking company to bring your ideas to life, contact us today! We combine smart project management and engineering with skillful woodworking to create gorgeous, high-end custom built-ins, cabinetry, furnishings, and more.

Architectural Detailing in a French-Inspired New York Home

We often give examples of architectural detailing used in luxury interior design here on the blog, so of course we just had to share this fabulous home seen in Architectural Digest. The article and slideshow take us inside the home of Michael S. Smith, an interior designer who has perfectly melded contemporary sensibilities with 18th-century French design in his Madison Avenue home.

Dentil moulding, columns, and an ornate fireplace mantel create an elegant backdrop for French antiques and chinoiserie elements.

(photo: Architectural Digest)Wide moulding and door frames combined with a distinctive lintel add style to this dining room.

(photo: Architectural Digest)

If you are a New England interior designer wanting to add intricate architectural detailing to your next luxury design project, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Boston millwork company creates custom mouldings, doors, windows, and other woodworking elements to accentuate high-end homes, businesses, and historic buildings.


Using Moulding to Highlight Art

One of the many services provided by interior designers is art selection, but the display of that art can be just as important as the work itself. Unfortunately we’ve all seen a great piece of art that, while beautiful, looks awkward or out of place due to the way it was hung. Context and scale are always important to displaying art, but the possibilities are endless when those issues are taken into consideration.

We recently came across a gorgeous method of display for a set of artwork. This photo from Elle Decor illustrates how millwork can be used to highlight art in residential design.

Architect Lee F. Mindel merged the classic with the contemporary in the living room of a 1902 Manhattan townhouse, grouping 26 color studies by Günther Förg into blocks that fit within the room’s traditional molding.

We love how the picture frame moulding is used to literally frame a grouping of paintings, as well as the juxtaposition between the dentil moulding and the bold, modern work.

How have you used moulding or other architectural millwork elements to accentuate artwork in your New England interior design projects? Share your ideas with us in the comments, and be sure to contact South Shore Millwork for high-end architectural woodcarvings for your next design project.