Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for 2013

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) revealed its top high-end trends for 2013.  The survey is conducted annually from over 300 designers across the United States and Canada.  It revealed top kitchen and bath industry trends that include:

  • Gray color schemes for kitchens and baths.  NKBA notes “shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire.”  Because the color is neutral, gray will never really go out of style and is easy to update with the latest trendy colors.  Consequently, gray makes a great color choice for kitchen and bath cabinetry.

kitchen and bath design gray color schemeTraditional Kitchen by Charlotte General Contractors Andrew Roby General Contractors. Photo courtesy of Houzz.

  • The blending of traditional with contemporary design to create a transitional style has become a popular design trend in 2013.  The beauty of this is that it gives the ability to create a unique look, pulling from both traditional and modern styles.  NKBA reports that within the past year usage of transitional design surpassed traditional design for the first time.

Two other trends noted for 2013 that complement kitchen and bath cabinet design and color are the use of quartz countertops and satin nickel finishes.

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Caesarstone quartz countertop.  Photo courtesy of United Marble.
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Satin nickel finish used in this Modern Kitchen by Scottsdale Interior Designers & Decorators Jamie Herzlinger.  Photo courtesy of Houzz.
Whatever design style, material, color, countertop or hardware you want to use for your next project, South Shore Millwork has the expertise and resources to help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create custom kitchen and bath cabinets and other woodworking elements to suit any taste.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England and beyond.

 

Custom Kitchen Design: Appliance Drawers & Panels

custom cabinets, custom woodwork, custom milwork, appliance drawer, appliance panel, Boston, MA, New EnglandAppliance drawers have rapidly become a must for anyone with a new custom kitchen or kitchen remodeling project in the works. Virtually any appliance can be found in drawer form; dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, wine coolers, freezers, ice-makers, and warming drawers.

South Shore Millwork fabricated the cabinetry and appliance panels for the appliance drawers pictured here. The homeowners wanted extra refrigerator storage space that would not fit into their kitchen design. As a result, a pantry space was created between the kitchen and the mudroom for the appliance drawers.

Drawers maximize space by freeing up counter areas to provide a clean, uncluttered look. Furthermore, they provide easy access and full view of the drawer’s contents. Add safety as an additional perk, Houzz contributor, Rachel Grace, points out “Microwave drawers are conveniently located at hip level, allowing for much safer handling. Marketed towards families on the go, they’re installed at an accessible height for children and equipped with safety locks for homes with toddlers.”

Appliance drawers aren’t just for kitchens either, when a custom appliance panel is applied, the result is a seamless, integrated look. Consequently the drawer can be placed almost anywhere such as a media room or library without sacrificing style.

If you’d like assistance incorporating appliance drawers and panels in your next remodeling project or new home, South Shore Millwork can help. Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create custom cabinets and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style. Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England and beyond.

custom kitchen, farmhouse style, custom millwork, custom woodwork, Boston, MA, New Englandcustom kitchen island, pine, Boston, Massachusetts, New England, custom millwork, custom woodwork Featured in Boston Magazine‘s Fall 2012 Kitchen issue

Architect: Lyman Perry Architects

Builder: M.F. Reynolds

Photography by Bob O’Connor

 

Custom Kitchen Island on Wheels!

custom kitchen island, pine, Boston, Massachusetts, New England, custom millwork, custom woodworkCheck out this rolling kitchen island.  This one-of-a-kind kitchen island was fabricated out of pine with a distressed finish and a zinc top.  Wheels were added to give the island added flexibility as it can easily be pushed out of the way for extra room.  The pot rack gives the kitchen island extra functionality, serving as storage space and in turn, allows you to show off your best pots and pans.  Furthermore, kitchen islands can be considered for extra counter space, a prep work area, and entertaining.

Lifestyle guru and businesswoman, Martha Stewart touts the advantages of rolling kitchen islands on her website in her 50 top kitchen tips “An island provides a central spot to work and eat.  Martha doubles functionality and flexibility with a pair of marble-topped islands, one on wheels and one stationary.  She can use one for prep work and the other to seat guests for an informal meal.”  Martha says an extra bonus about the custom kitchen island on wheels is “I also push the rolling island up to the stationary buffets” for more surface area for serving.

Martha also mentions that “To be most useful, an island must be at least 4 feet long and 2 ½ feet wide, clearance of at least 3 feet all around is essential.”  The pine island South Shore Millwork created is 2 ½ feet wide, by 5 feet long (pictured here).

On the Hanley Wood website “Remodeling” Morton Block, award winning designer, training consultant, author, and speaker cautions that “…island dreams can become nightmares if the island’s placement or size is inappropriate for the space.  In an effort to satisfy client’s requests, many designers and remodelers ignore the fundamental clearances and distances that islands require.”  All the more reason to consider the benefits of an island on wheels!  Morton goes on to say that “the recommended work aisle width is at least 42 inches for one cook and 48” for multiple cooks.”

Regardless if you are looking for a rolling island, stationary island, or full blown custom kitchen, South Shore Millwork can help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create cabinets and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style. Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England.

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Featured in Boston Magazine‘s Fall 2012 Kitchen issue

Architect: Lyman Perry Architects

Builder: M.F. Reynolds

Photography by Bob O’Connor

Kitchen Design Trend: Farmhouse Style

Custom kitchen cabinets, farmhouse style, custom millwork, custom woodwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandOne of the recent design trends we’re seeing in custom kitchen cabinetry is in the farmhouse style.  One of our best-ever kitchens was featured in the Boston Home Fall 2012 kitchen issue.  The custom kitchen just so happens to be in the farmhouse style.  South Shore Millwork teamed up with Lyman Perry Architects and M.F. Reynolds builders to create this calm and welcoming space.

The home, located on Boston’s South Shore, is situated on a considerable amount of acreage to accommodate the large variety of fruit trees on the property.  Fruit such as apples, pears, and cherries are grown on the estate.  The homeowner contributes to the local food movement by opening a fruit stand at the end of the growing season and inviting the community to share in the bounty.  Echoing farmhouse style trends such as “sustainable movement, the green movement, the farm-to-table movement” as noted by Jordee Williford, for Doublee Design Group in a recent article posted by  The Daily Herald.  Mr. Williford also adds that “people are going back to simpler times, and for the kitchen, that means a place where everything works hard, serves a purpose and is easily accessible.”

The Daily Herald also mentions that the trend is toward comfort, moving away from “cold stainless steel and brushed nickel” in kitchen design.  In addition, the article points-out the design elements that are hallmarks of the farmhouse style.  Features such as open shelving, pot racks, the farmhouse sink, rustic beams, and flooring together create an inviting quality.

South Shore Millwork also provided the rolling kitchen island, the woodwork in the mudroom, and the custom cabinetry that houses the appliance drawers as pictured below.

Regardless if you are looking for a homey farmhouse style kitchen or a sleek contemporary design, South Shore Millwork can create custom cabinets to fit any design style.

Photography by Bob O’Connor.

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White Custom Kitchen Cabinets are Anything but Boring!

South Shore Millwork completed these not so boring white custom kitchen cabinets with stylish elements to add excitement.  Details such as gorgeous granite countertops, open ceilings, beamed ceilings, glass cabinetry doors, and stylish lighting make these kitchens anything but boring. 

Keeping up with trends is easy because elements can be changed to keep the kitchen looking updated.  Tabatha Sukhai from This Old House online explains white kitchen cabinetry “makes for unlimited design possibilities, serving as a ready canvas for affordable tweaks like candy-colored cabinet pulls, and easy-install backsplashes.” 

“The use of white not only makes a kitchen look bigger and airier, it also provides a clean canvas for showcasing other elements to create an inviting, enchanting, and functional kitchen” adds Leah Konen of Elle Decor “Wood finishes look richer against white; printed fabrics pop even more; and lighting fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants stand out as sculptural elements against the neutral backdrop.”

If you’re looking for a provider for your next renovation or new construction high-end custom kitchen cabinet project, contact South Shore Millwork today.  Our full service Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create cabinets and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style.  Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England.

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.