Contemporary Design-Make It an Open Invitation

What comes to mind when you think of contemporary? Is it the distinctive element of hard, sleek lines? Maybe it’s the neutral, black, or white color palette that is often seen? Sometimes these characteristics along with others can make a space feel cold and off limits.

A home is a place that should feel welcoming and comfortable. So, what if you love contemporary design but want to make it more inviting for friends and family? Let’s check out a few ideas that can transform your contemporary rooms into a relaxed environment that makes everyone feel at home!

Lighting

Lighting is an element that really has an impact on the environment of the room. Natural lighting is always a plus, so pulling back a few draperies can make a huge difference to your contemporary space. Lighting knocks off the coldness of a room’s environment, so let the natural light shine on those sunny days!

Warm Tones

Contemporary designs do not have to be painted black or white. In fact, a distinctive characteristic of contemporary designs is the horizontal lines which come perfectly through wood grains! A warm toned stain on top of a beautiful wood grain is the perfect way to create a contemporary design while creating a cozy environment!

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Color

Sometimes a pop of color is all a room needs to offer an open invitation to family and friends. The color can come through accessories such as pillows, picture frames, dishes, etc. That one accessory can be what attracts the eye of guests when they walk into your home which drives them to that room.

Aroma

Factors other than just aesthetics can make a room welcoming. Remember walking into your grandparents house and smelling fresh apple pie which takes you straight to the kitchen? The same can be said for a candle or fragrance that adds a pleasing aroma to the room.

Convenience

While convenience may not seem like a visual difference when it comes to the environment, it is definitely something that makes people gather in a space. Convenience, whether it is through technology, organization, etc., adds a pleasant element to the room.

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Open

Contemporary designs in open spaces are a huge plus when it comes to creating an environment that people gather in. Not only does it mean more space, but it means a larger design which can incorporate convenience factors such as technology.

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As you can see, several factors can be taken into consideration when trying to give contemporary spaces a welcoming aesthetic for guests! It goes beyond visuals, so think outside of the box on ways you can make your home the go to place for the next neighborhood get together! Even having a cozy area makes family want to gather more frequently! Try out some of these tips in your contemporary spaces!

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

How To: Use Cabinetry to Create Your Own Unique Space

There are so many ways that cabinetry can transform a home for reasons such as organization, storage, and function; however, what if your cabinetry did these things while giving your home a touch of your own personality? Unique cabinetry can take on roles such as color, technology, and almost unlimited options for customization. Your home is just that, a home. It’s time that it is a place that is unique to your individual personality!

Color

What is your choice on color? Do you like the safe and calm of neutrals? Maybe you want to go all out with a color that is sentimental to you? Which ever displays your individuality, let it shine in your home.

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Maybe color isn’t enough… maybe you should incorporate your hobby! Check out this awesome custom baker’s pantry! 

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If you like neutrals but would like to add a splash of color, these furniture piece hutches with bead board back panels may be just for you!

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Technology

With the ability to have technology as such a large part of our everyday life, why not take advantage of it? Technology can make even cabinets function more conveniently! Imagine the space that can be saved by being able to take advantage of the storage in those upper cabinets.

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With Pinterest and over sites rising in popularity, the use of devices such as iPads are being used for recipes! How perfect would this docking drawer be in the kitchen? You can charge devices and keep them safe!

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Customize with You Draw It!

Maybe you want a unique item for your home. Maybe it goes beyond cabinetry. Our You Draw It Program makes almost anything possible! From custom hoods to benches and everything in between, you are sure to find something that will be unique to your home!

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PET LOVERS!!! How about a special place for your fur baby? Not to mention this phenomenal pull out table!

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Whatever your personality is, remember you are not only limited to accessories. Cabinetry can transform your home to be uniquely you!

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

Which Is Your Style? Inset Or Overlay?

Although you may have determined what your design style is, do you know what makes up that style? Is it a paint or stain? Is it defined by a little or a lot of detail? Is it inset into the face frame or does it overlay the face frame? Today, let’s talk about that last factor, inset or overlay.

The two type of overlay styles are traditional overlay and full overlay. Traditional overlay sits on top of the face frame exposing part of the face frame while the full overlay sits on top of the face frame and covers it completely.

Inset, however, sits inside the face frame. Inset often adds more detail to cabinetry because it can be beaded or non-beaded. If the inset cabinet is beaded, it contains a small gap that is cut into the face frame lining the cabinet door that adds detail to cabinetry (see photo below). The other element of detail that can come along with inset is the option of a barrel hinge or concealed hinge. Inset is seen as a classic look that will last for generations.

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Harbour Door Style shown in Inset (beaded)

Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay

Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay

Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay

Harbour Door Style shown in Full Overlay

                          

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Traditional Overlay

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Traditional Overlay


Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset non-beaded

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset

Rose Hall Square Door Style shown in Inset non-beaded, concealed hinge

Wellington Door Style shown in Full Overlay

Wellington Door Style shown in Full Overlay


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Wellington Door Style shown in Inset (beaded)

Hutch: Wellington Door Style shown in Inset

Hutch: Wellington Door Style shown in Inset beaded, barrel hinge

From the options above, do you prefer Inset, Traditonal Overlay, or Full Overlay? Do one of the style standout to you among the rest?

For more information on choosing your cabinet frames, check out this information from Better Homes & Gardens! http://ow.ly/LbbEW

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

Designs and Styles of Kitchen Range Hoods

Designs & Styles of Kitchen Range Hoods

Designing a kitchen can be fun and overwhelming at the same time. It’s exciting to customize your kitchen to your own desires and needs, but it can also make your head spin to think about all of the options available to you. The following post tries to break down the designs and styles of kitchen range hoods to help you make your kitchen decorating decisions.

Mounting Styles

Range hoods are classified by how they are mounted in the kitchen. Range hoods fall into one of the following styles:

Wall Mount Range Hoods: These are mounted on the wall in the kitchen, right above the cooking surface. Ducted wall mount range hoods ventilate air to the outside of the home through ductwork. It’s common for a telescopic chimney to hide this ductwork.

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Under Cabinet Range Hoods: These are also mounted on a wall in the kitchen and above the cooking surface. These are small units that fit directly beneath a kitchen cabinet. They take up less space than a wall mounted range hood, and they may ventilate air using ductwork that runs through the ceiling or the wall of the home.

Island Range Hoods: Island range hoods are mounted from the ceiling above a cooking surface on a kitchen island. These also include a telescopic decorative chimney to hide the ductwork. It’s common for island range hoods to become the main focal point of a kitchen design because of their position in the room.

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Photo from Range Hoods Inc. Customer

Insert Liner Range Hoods: An insert liner range hood is a small model that is often covered up with a decorative range hood exterior. Insert liner range hoods can be hidden from view because of their size and the fact that the controls are on the bottom of the unit. These models usually come with lighting, just like other range hood models. Also, they may fit where an under cabinet range hood model would not.

Design Styles

In addition to mounting styles, range hoods differ stylistically. There is a range hood design out there for any kitchen type.

Copper Range Hoods: Copper range hoods add personality and warmth to a kitchen. The strapping and rivets create a rustic feel. These also fit in well in Tuscan kitchen designs.

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Photo from Range Hoods Inc.

Stainless steel: Most of the range hoods in the photos in this blog post have been stainless steel range hoods. Stainless steel is a great material for kitchen range hoods because it’s durable and it contributes to clean design.

Exterior range hoods: The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom range hood exteriors. You can purchase or create an exterior to cover an under cabinet range hood or an insert liner range hood. (See the example of an insert liner range hood above.)

Tempered Glass Canopy: Tempered glass adds another dimension to the kitchen design, and it looks great on both wall mounted range hoods and island range hoods. This can make a big splash on an island range hood, which can become the focal point of the kitchen design.

Photo from Range Hoods Inc

Photo from Range Hoods Inc

Range hoods remove heat, grease, smoke and smells from the kitchen during cooking. As the above examples show, the range hood can accomplish this job in style. Choose a range hood model that matches your personal style and your overall kitchen design scheme.

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Range Hoods Inc is the largest online distributor of kitchen range hoods, and we house an impressive inventory in Southern California. Most of our range hood ship for free. You can learn more about us on our blog here and on our Facebook, Twitter or Google +.

Open Shelving- Is It For You?

The idea of designing spaces using open shelving has its pros and cons. For some people, it is so aesthetically pleasing to a room that the cons are not a big deal. Let’s take a minute to discuss the pros and cons and determine if open shelving is right for you. Below are a list of the positives and negatives of open shelving in a kitchen.

Pros

  • Allows storing items as well as displaying them at the same time
  • Makes a room look and feel more open (especially if the room is small and/or the cabinets are dark)
  • Convenience of finding and getting to items
  • Cheaper than wall cabinets
  • Personality is present on every shelf

Cons

  • Dust can be an issue if the items on the shelves are not used daily
  • Visual clutter (some people don’t like the look of items displayed for everyone to see)
  • Organization needs to be somewhat kept up (This may be a good thing because it forces you to stay organized!)

Below are kitchens that range from a lot of open shelving to minimal open shelving. What’s your style?

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What about an island that doubles as a table? The seating makes this kitchen an inviting room.

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As you can see, open shelving can be as heavy or light as you like. It adds a sense of personalization and character to the kitchen. What are your thoughts on open shelving? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Maybe open shelving would be a better fit for another room in your home. Whatever your thoughts, it is definitely something to consider.

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com