Give Your Kitchen Some Pop With These Tricks

In most homes, there isn’t that much imagination that goes into the design, color, and function of the kitchen’s cabinets. However, this isn’t necessary; cabinets, including yours, can be fun and functional at the same time. The following surprisingly whimsical solutions can bring shock and awe to your kitchen while creating more storage room than ever before.

Chicken Wire Cabinet Doors
Yep, chicken wire and other wire mesh built with a wooden frame can look great as a replacement for standard kitchen cabinet doors. If you’d prefer that your dishes are out of sight, then add a pleated fabric backing.

Repurpose Other Items
Kitchen storage can be made from an old hutch, wooden crates, stacking bins, or even bookshelves. Go to a furniture or antique store armed with measurements of your kitchen and see what inspires you.

Bold Patterns and Paint
Since when is it written that your kitchen cabinets must be white, brown, or black? Paint your cabinets blue with stripes, cover the doors with fabric, make them into chalkboards for writing down shopping notes or commonly used recipes, etc.

Crown Molding
Plain, boring cabinets can really be jazzed up with simple crown molding. Best of all, this isn’t a budget busting solution and it can make your cabinets look like you spent a fortune; especially if you pair the new molding with a fresh coat of paint.

Skip Cabinets
There is no rule saying that your kitchen must have cabinets. For a really bold move, just skip getting kitchen cabinets altogether. Instead, consider installing wall shelves to hold plates, bowls, and cups and find a small corner to hang pots and pans over.

Find Tranquility in Your New Bathroom

The ideal bathroom is a wonderful place to relax after work or recharge for the day ahead. Accordingly, today’s designers are moving towards a soothing, natural, and elegantly simplistic look. Gone are the days of aggressive Tuscan red and Provincial, which tend to overwhelm the bathroom; cool neutrals in various shades of grey are trending instead. Whereas it once was popular to have warm base colors with cooler accents, customers this year are moving towards cool base tones with pops of warm toned ornamentation throughout the room. However, these variations will be subtle, as befits a place of tranquility. Right now, homeowners are seeking understatement.

Multiple ambient light sources are currently popular and can be tempered to create a soft glow equally appropriate for getting ready in the morning or reading in the bath. Speaking of baths, freestanding tubs (as seen in FSC Home Remodeling design, Earthy Contemporary), available in a variety of styles and materials, are a fixture that today’s consumers are gravitating towards.

They highlight the best features of the room, opening up the space and directing attention to a beautiful view, for example, or natural light streaming in from outside. While the streamlined look of modern bathrooms can seem severe to some, a freestanding bath is made for luxury and self care; its presence warms a room.

If long soaks in the tub aren’t your thing, frameless glass enclosures are an exceedingly popular alternative, as seen in our design Granite and Glass. Like a freestanding tub, a frameless shower opens the space of a room, drawing in and taking advantage of natural light. The inherent sleekness of the design helps to make a small space feel spacious. Extraordinarily versatile, frameless glass doors can do anything from showing off tile work you love to merging traditional and contemporary elements within one room.

At FSC Home Remodeling, we are ready to recommend styles that suit your personal needs. If any of these current trends intrigue you, let us know, but we are equally prepared to sidestep what is trendy for what looks good and especially what our clients prefer. Let us help you create a bathroom or kitchen you delight in.

5 Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is 5, 15, or 50 years old, sooner or later it will need to be remodeled. Since you’re investing a significant amount of time and money, it’s important you avoid the most common mistakes homeowners make during a bathroom remodel. After all, this is a major project that shouldn’t be taken lightly; professional help and careful planning will be needed.

1. Not Upgrading Lighting
Odds are that the lighting in your bathroom just isn’t as great as it could be. Most bathrooms need two light sources: one over the bathroom mirror and one over the bathtub or toilet. For an extra dramatic result, consider installing a small chandelier as your second light source.

2. Not leaving room in the budget
If there’s one thing you can bet on during a bathroom remodel, it’s that you’ll have a surprise at some point. You might tear out your toilet to discover sub floor damage, your old bathtub tile could be hiding a mold problem, or the paint color you just loved in the store might look terrible on your walls. Either way, you need to leave some wiggle room when you plan out expenses.

3. Keeping an old toilet
Many people don’t realize that toilets do eventually need to be replaced. Newer models save considerably more water, perform better, sit higher for comfort, and the purchase make you eligible for a rebate.

4. Thinking your bathroom is larger than it is
Sure, almost everyone wants a jetted tub to soak in at the end of the day, but you really need to measure everything out to consider if you actually have the space. Besides, a big fancy tub doesn’t increase your home’s value. If you’re still determined, follow this tip: put tape down to block of the extra area your new tub will take up, and see if you can live with it for a week.

5. Using cheap materials
Everything in your bathroom needs to be able to stand up to high heat and humidity for years, if not decades, to come. Please, put in the highest quality cabinets, use the best quality paint, and install the best flooring material you can afford. This small extra cost up front can save you thousands in avoided mold remediation later on.

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