How To: Incorporate “Smart Design” In Your Home

Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty nesters, first time home buyers, or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. A solution to this mainstream problem is designing “smarter.” Many elements work together to construct a design that encompasses several ideas that not only look amazing but are very practical at the same time. Smart Design a way of incorporating great designs for all ages in smaller spaces using technology, organization and lighting to create storage solutions that make use of every inch of space.

The best part about Smart Design is that it’s not just limited to the kitchen. It can be used throughout every room in the home. This is important because the kitchen is not the only room that needs space maximized, and by excelling in technology, organization and lighting, a room’s accessibility can be transformed.

Technology

The advances in technology have opened up the opportunity to make life a little easier. Cooking, a lot of times, leaves you with your hands messy or full. With features such as touch to lift, touch to light, touch to open and touch to close, a solution is provided for this mainstream problem. Another neat possibility with technology is the ability to bring items down and up with the push of a button. This has been shown through countertops that lift and lower depending on the task at hand, cabinet shelves that lower to the countertop and lift back up for convenience and closet rods that lower and lift maximizing space that otherwise would go untouched.

This Electronic Closet Rod allows maximization of high ceiling closets as well as convenience for everyone!

This Electronic Closet Rod allows maximization of high ceiling closets as well as convenience for everyone!

This Electronic Countertop Lift provides accessible heights with the push of a button to better assist the task at hand.

This Electronic Countertop Lift provides accessible heights with the push of a button to better assist the task at hand.

This Electric Hidden Storage Lift provides the convenience of bringing cabinet shelves down to the countertop. This allows for ease of putting away dishes and other heavy items.

This Electric Hidden Storage Lift provides the convenience of bringing cabinet shelves down to the countertop. This allows for ease of putting away dishes and other heavy items.

Organization

Organization is key when making the most use of small spaces. With so many storage solution kits and accessories, there is guaranteed to be a place for every item! Also, when spaces are kept organized, locating items becomes much easier. Components such as drawer dividers, tray dividers, spice rack pullout cabinets and sliding shelves are only a few of the items that can aid in organization. Remember to be creative! Who says that a draw divider can’t be useful in a craft room? Find organization that works well for you and stick to it!

Left (Top): Deep Divider Kit Left (Bottom): Deep Drawer Pegged Dish Organizers Right: Corner Sink Base Cabinet with Kidney Sliding Shelves

Left (Top): Deep Divider Kit
Left (Bottom): Deep Drawer Pegged Dish Organizers
Right: Corner Sink Base Cabinet with Kidney Sliding Shelves

Lighting

The right amount of lighting not only complements cabinets to show the true beauty of the wood, but it also provides the function of making things easier to see. This alone can save space because it gives you access to locate items in all areas of the cabinets. Lighting is an element that is often overlooked, but really does provide function to cabinets.

Lighting for under cabinets, in cabinets, and in drawers!

Lighting for under cabinets, in cabinets, and in drawers!

When dreaming up your new home or remodel, try to think of ways that Smart Design can be incorporated in each space!

Chelsey Wynn, Public relations and Social Media Specialist

cwynn@wellborn.com

Subway Tile Backsplash Ideas for your Kitchen Remodel

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These are great ideas to consider when choosing a backsplash for your kitchen!

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Happy February everyone!

So, one of my friends is currently in the middle of a complete kitchen overhaul and has been asking me for advice and opinions on his remodel.  Over the past week, he has been sending me tons of inspiration pictures of kitchens, pictures of products, and backsplash ideas which have inspired me to look up different types, styles, and designs of backsplashes!

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In a previous post I wrote about my “Do’s and Don’ts When Selecting a Kitchen Backsplash” (that you can read here), so now I thought I would get a little more specific on the overwhelming amounts of styling options that are out there!  …and I wanted to focus on subway tile to start!

I absolutely love the look of a simple white subway tile, it is classic, timeless, and traditional.  You can find this is kitchens and bathrooms from all different time periods and and…

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How To: Turn Your Inspiration Into Reality Through Color

You don’t have to be an artist to be inspired. Inspiration actually happens in real everyday life for everyone, if the time is taken to acknowledge it.

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Step 1: Discover your inspiration. 

Maybe your inspiration comes from something sentimental such as your grandmothers kitchen wallpaper that you spent hours looking at while helping her bake your favorite pie. Maybe it stems from nature such as the ocean or a flower that you watch bloom every spring. It could be something as simple as a bright red front door on a house that you pass everyday going to work. Whatever your inspiration is rooted from, there are ways to bring it to life in your own home.

Step 2: Choose where to display.

Inspiration can be displayed in all kinds of ways throughout a home. It can be as extreme as a wall color or cabinet color and as minor as a few small decorations. If you are really inspired, maybe give a room a motif to carry out your inspiration through several details. Craft rooms, offices, kitchens, and bathrooms are a few rooms that are perfect for inspiration. A wonderful example of inspiration put to use in a little girl’s bathroom is the shown below.

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Step 3: Choose a color.

When choosing a color, it is important to pick something that won’t get old fast. This may be easier said than done considering even the brightest of colors are exciting for the first few months. If you have any doubts about such dramatic change, start small. Pull the color into the design through small details. Sometimes an accent wall will do the trick. Sometimes it’s okay to go over the top with color. After choosing a location, decide the color and how much of it you want displayed. Below are a few ways that color can be minimal or maximal.  Basically, if you love it, go for it.

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Beach themed houses are characterized by the color you see when you walk in. This coastal kitchen piece shown below is sure to catch every eye.

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The beaded board back panel of this furniture piece displays a pale blue. This hint of color changes the feel of the entire piece.

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The beaded board back panel of this furniture piece displays a light yellow. This hint of color spruces up this rustic furniture piece.

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The beaded board back panel of the hutch in the center of the wall is painted a beautiful blue. When put together with the other two furniture pieces, you can really see how accents are a perfect way to display colors and inspiration.

Step 4: Do it and Enjoy it.

Make your inspiration happen! After making all of the decisions, it is time to get to work. After the process is complete, sit back and look at the masterpiece and story that you have created.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s ColorInspire Program allows you to choose from the color decks of Benjamin Moore, Valspar, and Sherwin Williams. With this program, the possibilities are endless!

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist
cwynn@wellborn.com

What’s Your Kitchen Style?

With so many styles of kitchens and cabinets, it can sometimes be hard to decide on a favorite. You may see kitchens in each style and agree that they are all beautiful; however, which is the style that you would choose for your own home? Aside from the look of each style, many aspects must be considered such as “does this look fit in my home?” and “is this going to get old fast?” With many considerations to sort through, it can sometimes become more of a hassle than a fun improvement on your home. Defined below are different kitchen styles to help you decide on what suits your home while fitting your personal style.

Transitional

Transitional styling pulls together the warmth of traditional with the crispness of contemporary making for a good median. This allows you to choose a simple door style, often a shaker, and pair it with a beautiful stained wood. Neutral paints are also very popular among transitional cabinetry. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. offers two shaker door styles in the Estate Collection, Bristol and Hanover, which are both wonderful choices for transitional kitchens. With ornamental pieces at a minimum, emphasis is placed on the modest details that do exist. Maybe you like some characteristics of the traditional styling but enjoy the simplicity of contemporary. Transitional style encompasses the best of both worlds and fits the style of many homes because of its versatile traits.

The simplistic cabinet doors and mix of design details blend to create a balanced transitional kitchen. Accessories such as the stainless light and candelabra add contemporary and traditional details to the kitchen.

The simplistic cabinet doors and mix of design details blend to create a balanced transitional kitchen. Accessories such as the stainless light and candelabra add contemporary and traditional details to the kitchen.

Contemporary

Contemporary kitchens, very simple spaces, are characterized by distinctive hard and sleek horizontal lines. A full overlay slab door style is typically the norm for these kitchens. Wellborn’s Milan door style is the perfect slab selection for a contemporary kitchen. The small amount of ornamentation that does exist is natural and usually comes in some form of texture. For example, there may be horizontal wood grains to match up with the horizontal line scheme. Visually the wood grain gives off a textured appearance.

The mixture of textures and bold blocks of color are subdued by the clean design. Horizontal lines are still obvious; however, the overall design is a calm contemporary.

The mixture of textures and bold blocks of color are subdued by the clean design. Horizontal lines are still obvious; however, the overall design is a calm contemporary.

Traditional

Traditional styled kitchens are distinguished by their detail. Detail is found everywhere, unlike transitional kitchens, traditional kitchens contain embellishments, corbels and moldings on every piece of furniture. In terms of cabinetry, raised panels with applied moulding are common for traditional kitchens. Outlining these raised panels are inset or framed cabinet construction, adding a hint of detail to the cabinet doors. A fun thing about traditional is that you can mix door styles. You have the freedom to choose a couple of styles and mix them between perimeter cabinets and your island.  Techniques are a small detail that, when applied to every cabinet door, give off a striking effect. This is an attribute that can really define your own personal style. Hutch and furniture style cabinets are another unique feature of traditional kitchens.

The architectural and top to bottom details are crucial to the design of this kitchen. From the beams and archways to the mullion cabinet doors and island legs, this kitchen portrays every aspect of traditional.

The architectural and top to bottom details are crucial to the design of this kitchen. From the beams and archways to the mullion cabinet doors and island legs, this kitchen portrays every aspect of traditional.

Formal

Formal kitchens often display sophisticated, yet stunning, details in which beauty is key. Although the detail may be small, it does not go without notice and forms a timeless environment of high societal living. A vast range of cabinetry door styles can be seen in formal kitchens because the style is distinguished by the architectural elements such as coffered ceilings, columns and moulding details. Glass cabinet doors can be found in formal kitchens to add to the elegance of the environment. The arrangement of over-the-top elements and accessories is essential to creating a formal kitchen.

Formal kitchens often display a room with all of the bells and whistles. The details such as the island legs, decorative glass doors, and coffered ceiling make this kitchen a formal masterpiece.

Formal kitchens often display a room with all of the bells and whistles. The details such as the island legs, decorative glass doors, and coffered ceiling make this kitchen a formal masterpiece.

Casual

Casual kitchens maintain a comfortable feel and fit in with the home. They have the ability to be personalized and beautiful while practical at the same time. Casual is a style that can take on many looks. For instance, there can be coastal casual, country casual and eclectic casual.

Coastal Casual

Coastal casual is a look that is often found depending on the location. Beach houses often have the coastal casual style that encompasses a light and airy environment with pops of color through pastels. The atmosphere is also set through driftwood and white washes.

The combination of the bead board panel from the cabinets and wall paint color gives this casual kitchen a coastal feel. This casual design makes for a comfortable environment.

The combination of the bead board panel from the cabinets and wall paint color gives this casual kitchen a coastal feel. This casual design makes for a comfortable environment.

Country Casual

Country casual is a style that is traditionally made up of stained cabinets detailed with ornamentations and embellishments, making for a warm, inviting environment. The embellishments are placed in a comfortable manner reflecting the natural surroundings in which the home is located.

Eclectic Casual

Eclectic casual is a mix of a little bit of everything that you love with taste. It captures pieces and accessories from different places and times and combines them together in one space. Old and new design elements are pulled together to create a unique, individual style.

Whatever your style, define it and incorporate it in your home.

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist
cwynn@wellborn.com

Bath Retreats: Make Your Bathroom a Place of Relaxation and Function

With so much of our time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home. Almost everyone that enters your home sees your bathroom. From changing accessories to a total bath remodel, it is important that it receives a little refreshment. A bathroom should be an oasis, and the environment that it displays directly correlates with just how relaxing it is. While this room is seen as a place of relaxation in the home, it should also be designed for function. Bathroom vanities and furniture pieces are a way to incorporate both atmosphere and storage. These are two factors that can be incorporated in any bathroom, large or small, because the key is maximizing space and creating a calm environment through décor and accessories.

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Relaxation
Whether it’s coming home from a long day at work to a nice hot bubble bath or spending your morning getting ready and preparing for the day ahead, a bathroom is a place for a little peace and quiet. It is a retreat from the outside world, even if only for a moment. The environment desired should reflect individual style while still providing a calming presence. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s Elegant Bath Collection provides the perfect selection of bathroom vanities and furniture pieces for everyone’s personal style in a variety of materials and finishes. From formal to contemporary, it is easy to find beautiful cabinetry for your bathroom. As far as aesthetics, cabinetry sets the mood for the room. Bathrooms can take on a warm environment and showcase a beautifully stained Cherry furniture piece with glass doors, or they can give off a clean, cool feel with a white painted vanity. Sometimes a simple change of hardware is all a space needs to give it a fresh look. When eye pleasing pieces fill the room, it is much easier to find your haven. One common misconception is that larger space equals a better bathroom. No matter the size, the key is having a well-designed bathroom that meets all needs. The smallest designs of bathrooms often give charm to the home.

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Function
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. has a numerous amount of storage solutions for bathrooms that maximize space including the U-Shaped drawer. Being shaped in a “U” is perfect for storage under the sink. This unique design takes into account the plumbing that is found taking up space and provides the opportunity to use the storage in the back. With a simple pull, all items become accessible. Bathrooms range in all kinds of sizes; however, it is important to know that no matter how large or small, a bathroom can incorporate relaxation and function. Storage is key in a bathroom for stowing towels, personal accessories and other items. Instead of looking at a small bathroom as lacking storage, get creative and try finding space in places you never before thought about.

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Tips for Décor
  • Get inspired. Find that something that becomes the inspiration for the entire bathroom. For example, maybe it’s a tile or even a framed picture.
  • Keep it organized. After your creative storage ideas are put to use, restore items to their original position to keep a tidy room.
  • Use open storage. When done correctly, displaying items can provide the bathroom with character. Find clear bottles to store extra shampoo and body wash and store it in a cute basket on an open shelf.
  • Invest in candles. Aromas are important aspects when it comes to giving a room a certain environment and they double as a beautiful accessory. Look for candles in different shaped containers, or make your own in jelly or mason jars.
  • Seasonal Décor. Try finding little decorations that match the style of the bathroom and can tie in a certain holiday or season. It will provide a wonderful transition from a highly decorated room and shows that you have given thought to every room of the home.
For more ideas on how to make your bath a retreat, go to http://www.wellborn.com.

Chelsey Wynn, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist
cwynn@wellborn.com