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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bamboo & Carbonized Bamboo

Beautiful, exotic bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, and can be harvested every three to seven years without uprooting the plant. (In fact, a carefully timed cycle and proper harvesting techniques are essential to the health of the entire bamboo forest.) The long, straight stems are cut in narrow strips and laminated together into plywood lumber or veneer sheets.

Bamboo is either left natural or is "carbonized." Non-carbonized, or natural, bamboo can be stained in a range of colors from a bleached look to a deep burgundy. We offer it in a number of shades, including (above, from left) Cayenne, Natural, Sable and Java.

Carbonized bamboo, above, is pressure heated to cook the sugars in the plant, which brings out rich amber and caramel colors. Since it is so beautiful on its own, we put a Natural finish on it to preserve and protect the wood grain.

Carbonized Bamboo on our Corsica door
Non-carbonized bamboo on Windsor, in a natural finish
Long used for flooring and furniture, bamboo has become increasingly popular for cabinets. As you can see from the two photos above, it fits well in designs from very modern to more traditional, and complements sustainable materials such as cork flooring and recycled countertops. Both types of bamboo are offered in our Millennia custom frameless line. Learn more about Millennia

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sharing: 6 Tips For A Successful Remodel

Valley Forge cabinets in VG Fir and espresso-stained Maple
Did you know that Americans will spend roughly $130 billion on remodeling projects this year? While we all have different reasons for change--updating the fixtures, improving functionality, or making a space friendly for friends and family of all ages and abilities--the reality is that large-scale remodels can be challenging.

Edelman Plumbing & Building Supply recently posted an excellent article with tips on how to get your remodeling project started, as well as keeping it on track. We found their ideas about researching to create your vision particularly helpful. Read the article

Cape Cod Solid cabinets in Cornsilk paint on Maple

To help you plan your kitchen remodel, we put together a "wish list" that can help you define what it is you're looking for from your new space. You may also find it helpful to create a written list of the "must have" items, as well as the "only in my dreams" ideas. Your designer may surprise you with suggestions for working one or two of those special touches into your new kitchen! Download the Wish List PDF

Friday, March 14, 2014

The "Design Tourist" Recap Of KBIS 2014 Features CC

Karen LeBlanc, design writer, blogger and the host of The Design Tourist has been sharing her impressions of KBIS 2014, held in early February in Las Vegas as part of Design & Construction Week. One of Karen's stops was the Ultimate Kitchen, sponsored by Professional Remodeler magazine, designed by Wendy Johnson, and featuring cabinetry from Canyon Creek.

A section of the vibrant, colorful Ultimate Kitchen
Karen wrote extensively about the Ultimate Kitchen on her blog, housespiration.com as well as filming there for an episode of The Design Tourist that focused on Design & Construction Week. (View the episode.) Here, we share some of the features of the kitchen that caught her eye:

A beautiful lavender paint brightened up the china cabinet
The Design Tourist episode talks about the "drop zone"
trend in interior design, that expands the typical mudroom
into a multi-purpose space for the entire family
The drop zone featured rustic maple cabinets with Sea Drift
stain, distressing and licorice patina
A popular component of the drop zone is this handy
charging station, adjacent to a small desk area
At the other end of the Ultimate Kitchen, this cozy seating
area is a relaxing spot for the chef to visit with guests

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ideas & Inspiration from KBIS

Canyon Creek's booth was full of color - and people!
KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, was held February 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas. The show was part of Design & Construction Week, which included the International Builders' Show.  Canyon Creek had a booth at KBIS, and our cabinets were featured in the Ultimate Kitchen at the Professional Builder Show Village. (We'll have more photos of both in a future post.)

Multiple door styles, colors and materials created a vibrant space.
The Ultimate Kitchen (above) featured four different Canyon Creek door styles, in a mix of wood species and finish colors. The large room included an entry area at one end with a desk, cubbies and laundry room, and a cozy family room/sitting area at the other end. In between, lots of lighting and vibrant colors created various zones for prep, cooking and eating.

We also took the opportunity to wander both shows, and found lots of finishes, textures and unusual features that really caught our eye:

Smooth stainless drawers accentuate the wood grain.
Highly reflective doors with an internal texture.
This sculptural construction would be a fabulous room
divider, or a screen (with vines!) at the edge of a patio.

The washbasin sink is so creative!
When it comes to paint, anything goes. (Our Pick Your
Paint program has formulas for over 8,000 colors!)

Textured materials are gaining in popularity, as they give
an interesting tactile feel to cabinets and furniture.
More textures, in a range from very realistic
wood grains to purely artistic patterns.
LEDs are popping up everywhere! We saw them in many
cabinet displays, and even in showerheads...

Mixing painted & stained cabinets has moved from trend to a
classic look. We liked the dark wood countertops that tie these
two pieces together. (Not to mention that striking glass door!)
Another glass door. The grey-green color
lends a modern feel to this traditional design.

Looking for a unique piece of art? This
dimensional piece is made entirely of screws.
Traditional motifs and colors against a very
modern high-gloss background.

A chrome mirror with built-in lighting.

Texture again, through the louvered doors,
distressing and finish enhancements.
With hundreds (thousands?) of booths spread over two large halls, this is just the tip of the iceberg of interesting, innovative, "got-to-have-it" products. What caught your eye?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Spotlight: Sapele Kitchen from Design Trends Construction

Sapele in Java stain on a classic Shaker door
Design Trends Construction in Pearl City, Hawaii recently completed this spectacular condo remodel using Canyon Creek's Millennia frameless cabinets. The original small, u-shaped kitchen was opened up to make room for a spacious island with a flush-mount glass cooktop.

The open design connects the kitchen to the rest of the condo.
The ceiling soffits were designed not only to house the recessed lights, but to hide plumbing and electrical for the laundry room, which was moved upstairs to allow the kitchen to expand. 

The soffit lighting showcases the natural beauty of Sapele.
The reconfigured kitchen provides plenty of counter space, and is brightened by stainless steel appliances. A separate water line was added for the steam cooking feature in the built-in convection oven.

Design Trends Construction was started in 2001 by Greg Liu. Greg has over 20 years experience in residential construction, and now runs DTC with his sons Brenton and Bryson.

Read more about this project in Canyon Creek's Echoes eMagazine.

Friday, January 3, 2014

4 Reasons To Get A Sample Before You Buy Cabinets

The beauty of wood draws us with its color, grain pattern and texture. The many wood species available, like Cherry (above), have characteristics that set each one apart. As you start to plan your new kitchen, it is a good idea to get at least one cabinet-door-sized sample in the style, color and wood species you are considering. A few reasons why include:

Wood is a tactile substance. We attempt to show the variations of wood with the hundreds of photos on our website and in our brochures. While these are great for inspiration, photos can't accurately convey the true beauty and feel of wood grain. In addition to the texture of the grain, different species are physically heavier than others, which affects how the doors feel when you close them.

Sea Drift is a soft, warm grey stain. What color do you see on your monitor?
Live color is always better. In photos, the colors that you see may be heavily influenced by the way the photographer has lit the room, and by surrounding design elements. If you're viewing pictures on your phone or computer, the color may vary widely from one device to another.

All of these doors are the same style, with different species & finish selections.

Doors are 3D, photos are 2D. Most door styles have some type of detail to them, like the Fairfax doors above. Having an actual sample lets you see how deep the grooves are, what the profile of the raised center panel is, and what the edge of the door feels like.You can also get an idea of what glaze looks like, or how Artisan distressing affects the styling.

Selecting countertops is so much easier! Cabinets make up a large part of the design, and you'll want everything else to work well with the style you've chosen. Taking an actual door into a lighting showroom, granite yard, or paint retailer will give you a much better visualization of how your new kitchen will come together.

Those are just a few reasons why we encourage you to order a door sample before you make a final decision about your cabinets. Do you have other reasons? We'd love to hear them!