Monday, June 30, 2014

Sharing: Personalized Bathrooms

 When it comes to the master suite, homeowners increasingly want a space that is a retreat, not just someplace to get ready for the day. One of our customers, Chermak Construction, recently shared a number of trends they are seeing in bathroom design, from small renovations to large redesigns. Read the article
This beautiful Chermak design features Canyon Creek's Millennia frameless cabinets. The door style is Shaker, in maple with Ebony stain.

Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Easy Ways To Refresh Your Bathroom

From the smallest powder room to the largest master bath, a few simple updates can help create a welcoming space for you and your guests.

Match the wall color to the mood you want to create
1.     Paint the walls. One of the quickest and easiest ways to freshen up your bath is with paint. A powder room is a great place to play with bold or bright colors, as it can give your guests a zap of energy. In the master bath, go with calm, soothing colors. And of course, pick a color that flatters your skin tone, so you’ll always look your best as you get ready in the morning.

Large mirrors magnify the abundant natural light in this spacious bath
2.     Lighten and brighten. Daylight is a natural energizer, so look for ways to maximize any light that streams in. Sheer curtains or frosted glass will ensure privacy, and mirrors can be used to bounce light around the room.

These bar-style pulls are a modern classic
3.     Change the hardware. A new faucet can instantly freshen your bathroom. Swap out the soap dispenser, towel bar, and the pulls on the vanity cabinets with coordinating finishes to unify the look.

With a bit of daylight, plants can thrive in the master bath
4.     Bring in nature. Elements from nature can bring in a sense of peace and tranquility. Clear containers filled with small pebbles can hold makeup brushes, and a wooden shelf will add an organic texture. Consider a potted plant if you have natural light, or bring in a vase of fresh flowers.

Don't be afraid to put large items on a wide countertop
5.     Have fun with the decor! Colorful towels, a chevron-striped shower curtain, and a unique mirror frame can bring personality to your bath. To really punch it up, add a brightly painted bench, hand-crafted pottery, mementos from a recent vacation, and other non-traditional accessories.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sharing: Reasons To Hire An Architect

For most people, the thought of an architect-designed home sounds like a dream that will forever be out of reach. As this article from Midwest Home attests, many architects enjoy the process of designing smaller, more affordable homes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ways To Update Your Walk-in Closet

Drawers, cubbies and extra shelving provide
just the right space for each item.
You may be the only person who sees your closet, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be just as stylish and functional as the rest of your home. For a beautiful and organized walk-in closet design, consider these simple updates:

Personalize your storage. If you've just moved into a new home, your closet probably has a single-height closet rod with a wire shelf above. This standard design leaves a lot of wasted space below your hanging clothes, and often results in towering stacks of clothes up above. Add shelves below, and double up the closet rods in one area to gain more flexible hanging space. Boxes and shelf dividers up above can help keep items tidy. Adding a section or two of drawers and cubbies can really maximize the space in your closet.

Provide additional lighting. Lighting can make a huge difference in the overall feel of your closet. Not only will it help you see your clothes more clearly, it illuminates your entire closet design. While natural light is good for visibility, it tends to create shadows and can have a fading effect on your clothes. Install some overhead track lighting that can be pointed where you need it most.

A colorful bench adds convenience and a nice touch of comfort. Four
hampers (at far right) make laundry day a breeze.

 Add seating and accessories. If there's enough room in your closet, put in a comfortable chair or bench. This will give you a place to put on shoes and pick out accessories. Plus, a brightly colored seat can give your closet personality. Accessories like belt racks, hooks and hampers will boost the function of your closet. For a boutique feel, add angled shoe shelves or even a spiral clothes rack.

This closet/dressing room has it all!
Make room. Go through your closet occasionally and donate usable clothes that you no longer wear or that don't fit anymore. This will make your closet feel much less crowded and give the rest of your garments necessary breathing room.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Color: Graphite

Our newest stain color is a rich, warm grey-brown that fills the space between a true grey stain (like Sea Drift) and brown tones such as Sable or Caraway. Graphite is a "chameleon" color that allows the grain pattern and natural colors of the wood to show through.

We've paired Graphite with a couple of lighter stains in beech, cherry, hickory and maple so you can see how well it works as an accent to another color. Notice how Graphite is much more grey on hickory and maple, and tends toward the brown tones on beech and cherry:

Sea Drift, Graphite, Sable and Caraway
Graphite is offered on most wood species, and is available in all five of our product lines: Cornerstone custom framed; Millennia custom frameless, Newcastle value framed, Katana value frameless and Canyon Creek's Closets Plus.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sharing: Shopping For Cabinet Hardware & Millwork

Simple stainless steel bar pulls complement the style of this kitchen perfectly.
The knobs, pulls and accent pieces (mouldings and other trim) that you select for your cabinets are often called the "icing on the cake" of your kitchen design. There are other pieces of hardware and millwork that go into the construction of your cabinets that are just as important. Anne Higuera CGR, CAPS from Ventana Construction in Seattle wrote an article recently for Houzz that shares some of the many options that are available. Read the article

Our new 6-way adjustable drawer guide clip for Cornerstone & Millennia
In related news, we recently announced new drawer guides for Cornerstone (framed) and Millennia (frameless) cabinetry. The guides have a unique clip that offers six different adjustments, and includes the inMotion "soft-close" feature. We have made the "UMFEG-IM" option (Under Mount Full Extension Guide with inMotion) the standard offering for both of our premium cabinet lines.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To Choose Cabinet Colors For Your New Kitchen

Worried about a white kitchen looking cold or sterile? Warm it up with
rich wood tones and colorful accents.

Because cabinets take up so much space in the kitchen, they become the focal point of the room's design. They not only store all of your essentials, they're integral to the overall theme of the space. If you're planning on remodeling your kitchen, it's a good idea to choose your cabinetry style and color first, since that drives the rest of the room's design scheme. Each cabinet color lends itself to a particular interior design style, so it can be helpful to define the style of your home.

A modern design calls for eye-catching color and clean lines.

Think about the style of your home, your personal taste, and your lifestyle. While white kitchens are a classic look, it may not work for a sports-loving family that tracks a lot of dirt into the kitchen - lighter wood tones may be a better fit. If you love traditional design, deep brown custom cabinets with intricate detailing are just the thing, while a modern interior design works well with a bold, vibrant color palette. Black is always a great choice for accent cabinets, such as the island or the area around the cooktop, because it works with a wide variety of design styles.

With wide windows looking out on a park-like setting, the greens outside
complement the warm, cinnamon-stained cherry cabinets inside.
The lighting you have in your kitchen will have a big impact on the way colors are perceived. A kitchen filled with natural light during the day will look completely different at night, under artificial lighting. Even the shades on the pendant lights, or the type of bulbs you use, can change the way a color looks. Paint, flooring and countertop selections will also affect how the cabinets look.

Light alder cabinets and rich, mustard-colored paint contrast nicely with
the burnished ebony stain on the island and range hood.
It's always a good idea to order a sample door in the style, wood and finish you are considering. This will give you a good idea of how the final product will look, and how it blends (or contrasts) with your other choices. If you're still not sure what color scheme you want, visit sites like Houzz or Pinterest, and of course our Photo Gallery, where you'll find plenty of inspiration for your new kitchen.