Thursday, February 28, 2013

How To Choose The Best Backsplash

    The backsplash is one of the most critical aesthetic elements to kitchen design. AK Complete Home Renovations has been designing stunning kitchens and backsplashes for nearly two decades. Here we share with you 6 of the best backsplash ideas - from tile, to design, style and decorative finishes - that suit nearly every kitchen!
     Watch this treat for the eyes as AK shows you the best in backsplash inspiration:


Find More Backsplash Ideas From AK  :

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas 

The Best Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

Monday, February 25, 2013

Kitchen Renovation Splurges!

  We've been talking a lot about kitchen design trends lately, and Columbia CabinetWorks from upstate New York, took it one step further detailing 8 kitchen renovation splurges that their design team whole-heartedly recommends! Many of these elements are essential parts of good kitchen design, while others are recommended materials that many designers think are work the extra cost because of their unique appeal. What do you think? Check out Columbia CabinetWorks 8 Kitchen Splurges and let us know!

  "The kitchen is the centerpiece of a home, so why not give it the love and attention it needs and deserves? For your next renovation, show your kitchen some love with these designer favorites.

Natural Light
 Add a feel of cheerful richness into your kitchen with sunlight. Your space will be brighter than ever before. By working through design elements, you can incorporate new windows, skylights or French doors into the kitchen area.

Butler’s Pantry
Historic Butler's Pantry
Fuse old-world elegance and new-world practicality by creating a butler’s pantry. This small area between your kitchen and dining room is great for prepping tableware and food courses.

Custom Cabinetry
Columbia CabinetWorks - Wood Mode
Forget store bought and have the kitchen fitted with cabinetry. No kitchen is the exactly the same, so the space will be customized based on your needs. Your room will not only be designed to handle daily functions, but will also look stunning through the years!

Statuario Marble Backsplash - Columbia CabinetWorks
For an elegant and subtle look, marble is a beautiful addition in the kitchen. The material can be used in various areas, including backsplashes and countertops.

Lounge Life
Modern Kitchen Open Floor Plan - Columbia CabinetWorks
When you design the kitchen to also act as a great room, you have a space that’s truly welcoming. Create an inviting space by incorporating a fireplace, multimedia entertainment system and/or cozy seating area.

Multiple Work Stations
 Work where you want by creating multiple work stations throughout the kitchen to extend its versatility and flow. Each area would be fitted with separate sinks, counters and storage.

Walk-in Pantry
Outfitted to house nonperishable food, extra serving pieces, and miscellaneous odds and ends, having a large walk-in pantry is the perfect home luxury.

One of a Kind
Custom Kitchen Bathroom Cabinets - Columbia CabinetWorks
Every kitchen should have a distinctive element. Whether it’s a handcrafted stone countertop, Portuguese-tile backsplash or an antique hanging light fixture, incorporate at least one captivating object in your kitchen.
  Custom furniture pieces, like these hutches designed and built by AK are additional unique elements that you can incorporate into your kitchen remodel!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kitchen Remodeler: Beyond Construction

  Is it odd that when people call around looking for a kitchen remodeler the first thing they ask isn't "How well do swing a hammer?" Or, "Are you great at demolition?" "How many nails can you drive a minute?"
   Of course not, because a kitchen remodeling goes way beyond construction! Your remodeler is a person you are going to see every day, maybe for months. You are going to have to work well with them, and you are going to have to put a lot of trust in them. When you think about every element of a kitchen remodel, the actual construction portion seems to get demoted in favor of The Four R's! What are the Four R's of finding and selecting a remodeler? So glad you asked!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kitchen Design Color Palettes

   One of the main concerns many of our clients have when they first contact us about remodeling their kitchen is, "will you help me make selections?" You can almost feel the trepidation in their voice. They don't want to have to sort through endless magazines, websites and big-box home improvement stores to try to narrow down their choices. They want something in their budget, that suits their style and compliments the rest of their home. Many also want to know that they're making good, sound selections to protect the resale value of their home.
     Because there are so many styles and so many selections available today, it is greatly helpful to our design team if a client has a starting idea of  how they imagine their new kitchen, either prior to or shortly after their initial remodeling consultation. One of our friends in the biz is Donna Frasca, an interior designer and color expert. Donna believes that the #1 mistake you can make with your new kitchen design is choosing the wrong color palette!
    Donna put together some excellent examples to illustrate the warm versus cool color palettes for kitchen design! We're happy to share with you Donna's color expertise:

"There are really just two basic ways you can go with color. You have to decide on a color flow which boils down to undertones. I can’t stress enough how important this is.
Do you want a Warm & Cozy kitchen or a Cool & Sleek kitchen? Answer that question and you are 99% on your way to the perfect kitchen. That’s it! Warm or Cool but not both."

Scenario Ι Warm & Cozy

Designed by Donna Frasca
Designed by Donna Frasca
"You’ll also see one of these three paint colors on the wall. Bet you have one of these hues don’t you or at least something close to it. And it makes sense. These colors are “warm” colors that will go with your Warm & Cozy kitchen design. Perfect."
"You can even choose colors along this line which are not so typical of warm and cozy but will work with that kitchen design."
or go bold …
"Now here’s where the trouble starts and I’ve seen this in kitchens before and it’s very unsettling. Are these horrible colors? No but they are a nightmare when the rest of your kitchen is Warm & Cozy and cooler colors are on the wall."
"So what’s the lesson learned here? If your kitchen is Warm & Cozy (yellow undertones) than it’s really important to keep your paint color in the same family. Don’t try to be cool when you’re not ;-) "

Scenario ΙΙ Cool & Sleek

designed by Donna Frasca
Designed by Donna Frasca
"Now let’s see some paint colors that will look best with Cool & Sleek. See how these colors work better? Look back and the warmer colors and compare it to these cooler hues."
"If you can remember to keep your undertones the same, you will be headed in the right direction. Just look at a paint color, door hardware, floor tile, backsplash, counter top, or lighting fixture and ask yourself if it’s warm or cool. When you master this, you’re on your way to a beautiful kitchen."

If you can’t master deciphering your undertones, contact Donna Frasca, a Color Specialist in Charlotte, NC -