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What kitchen cabinets are in style right now?

Planning a kitchen remodel is difficult for many homeowners, and it’s not hard to see why. There are just so many decisions to make. To boil it down, you have to deal with two key questions: what do you want, and what might a prospective buyer of your home in the future want? In other words, you need to reconcile your personal taste with what the popular kitchen trends are right now—and most likely will be in the future.

In this article, we’ll review what kitchen colors and designs are trending at the moment. We’ll also discuss which trends are likely to stay popular, compared to those that could lose their steam in coming years.

Kick off your kitchen remodel

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What are the kitchen trends for 2021?

There’s no question that kitchen design in 2021 is at least in part shaped by the events of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many families spending more time at home. This meant turning kitchen islands into home offices and classrooms. It meant more meals cooked at home, and kitchens serving as makeshift break rooms for those working or learning in new spaces. Here’s the upshot: the future keyword for American kitchens is versatility.

COVID-19 has inspired—or accelerated—several other kitchen trends. Unsurprisingly, pantry space is in high-demand. So are in-cabinet organization features, such as pull-out pot and pan holders. Today’s homeowners want to maximize the utility of their kitchen, which means being able to store more in less overall space.

Of course, not every design trend has to do with functionality. Some hot kitchen trends have everything to do with form. Wood finishes for cabinets are in right now—we’ll review more about this below. So are straightforward kitchens that feature a splash of color as part of a kitchen island, a backsplash, or even an appliance. One seemingly strange, yet increasingly popular, trend involves installing two kitchen islands in an open-concept kitchen, maximizing the surface area for cooking, baking, or just hanging out.

With any of these trends, it’s important to remember that more conservative styles haven’t necessarily gone out-of-style. Homeowners are still opting for granite countertops, white cabinets—more on this below—and stainless steel appliances. There’s just more diversity now in what you can do with a kitchen.

What is the most popular kitchen cabinet color for 2021?

There’s a key difference between “most popular” and “most trendy.” Obviously, the most popular kitchen cabinet color is white. But, that’s a little boring. So, let’s talk about a particularly trendy color choice: mint green. While it’s not the right fit for every kitchen, more and more homeowners are turning to this light, subtle green shade for their kitchens, incorporating it into wall paint, their tile backsplash, and even their cabinets.

Why mint? While not as bold as, say, forest green, mint green combines some of the best elements of blue and green shades into one color. It’s a peaceful color that makes your kitchen feel more connected to the natural world, promoting clean eating and living.

If you’re thinking about mint, just make sure you go with a shade that’s more subtle than the bright pastels that are commonly available. You want your use of this color to be subtle.

Are white cabinets going out of style soon?

Here’s the short answer: no. Look at pictures from any new kitchen, and you’re likely going to see white cabinets. White cabinets remain popular for several reasons. First, they impart a clean, simple look to the kitchen that homeowners just can’t get enough of. Design-wise, they’re incredibly versatile, and can be paired with a wide variety of granite or quartz colors. Finally, they remain in-style, as seen in numerous home remodeling TV shows.

It’s impossible to know for sure when the reign of white cabinets will come to an end. It is true that more and more homeowners are opting for either warmer cabinet colors, or the vibrancy and authenticity of natural wood. But, the majority of people remodeling their kitchen eventually come around to the idea of white cabinets. They’re just too versatile to be pushed out of the spotlight.

If you’re remodeling your kitchen and considering white cabinets, you can rest easy knowing that there’s still years worth of mileage left in this dominant design style.

Are oak cabinets coming back in style?

It’s said that all styles come back around eventually. There was a point in the early 00’s where oak cabinets were entirely supplanted by other cabinet styles. Seen as a relic of the early 90’s, the oak cabinets of yesteryear had a major issue: they didn’t look all that great paired together with the then-prevalent styles of granite countertops.

However, oak cabinets are currently in the middle of making a comeback. There are several possible reasons for this. First, homeowners are looking for warmth and authenticity in their kitchens. Natural wood checks all the boxes. It certainly helps that today’s oak cabinets look a lot better than those your home had growing up. Finally, while certain oak cabinets still don’t pair well with certain types of granite, there are now far more options available—including quartz countertops.

In other words, if you’re really liking the look of oak, don’t be afraid to embrace it and add it to your kitchen.

Is grey still in style?

Absolutely. Grey and charcoal cabinets actually have a lot in common with white cabinets: homeowners admire their simplicity and how easy they are to pair with different types of countertops. We may be moving out of “peak” grey—there was a point in time about five years ago where everyone was going with grey cabinets!—but they’re certainly not going anywhere. If you choose grey for your kitchen cabinets today, your kitchen will still be in style a decade from now.

What colors never go out of style?

We’ve already discussed a few of them: white, grey, and charcoal. It’s hard to go wrong with neutral colors—unless the homeowners of tomorrow get a lot more bold with their color choices, muted or neutral colors will always have a place in the kitchen. After all, neutral colors are a bit future-proofed: if you do want to introduce more color to your kitchen down the road, you can do so using colorful appliances, backsplash, or paint. In contrast, you can’t really remove color from bright blue or yellow cabinets.

As we’ve seen in past years, it’s possible for oak and natural wood colors to go in-and-out of style. But, if you really like the look, you can and should go for it in your kitchen. Many design experts believe the current trend of natural wood is here to stay. Homeowners are looking for warmth and comfort from their kitchens. Oak, wood, and stone delivers that in spades.

How can I remodel my kitchen for less?

Many homeowners will think and talk about remodeling their kitchen for years before taking action. It’s not hard to see why they hesitate: kitchen renovations can be a costly and complex project. Understandably, homeowners have a lot of questions. Where do I start? Do I need to save ten thousand dollars, or twenty? Is there a way to remodel my kitchen for less?

In this article, we’ll attempt to demystify the cost of kitchen remodels by exploring several ways to lower the cost of your project without sacrificing quality. We’ll also review some ways to potentially fund your kitchen remodeling plans.

What is the average cost of a new kitchen?

According to data collected by HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner spends between $75 and $150 per-square-foot on their kitchen remodel. For a 100 square-foot kitchen, that means your total costs will land somewhere between $7,500 and $15,000.

However, many American kitchens are larger than 10×10—some of them, significantly!—which is why the average homeowner ends up spending a little over $25,000 on their kitchen remodeling project.

If you’re grimacing at that number, you’re not alone. Keep in mind that figure represents the average, which means it takes into account both high-cost luxury renovations and kitchen remodels involving significant floor plan changes. As we’ll review in this article, by finding the right deals on high-quality materials, you can keep your total costs down and maximize your return on investment (ROI).

Is it worth doing a kitchen renovation?

Generally speaking, yes! Kitchen remodels are the king of home remodeling projects for a reason. They have a relatively high ROI and add significant, long-term value to your property. Many kitchen remodels can actually end up ultimately paying for themselves in the property value they add.

If you’re thinking about either selling your home or turning it into a rental, a kitchen remodel is a must-have project. Many of the homes yours will be listed next to will have upgraded kitchens; if yours does not, you could be a significant competitive disadvantage. Ask just about any homebuyer (or realtor): kitchens are a major selling point. After all, for many families, it’s the central nexus of life in the home.

Of course, a kitchen remodel isn’t just a matter of calculating ROI and cold numbers. You deserve a kitchen you can enjoy. If your outdated kitchen is starting to take the joy out of cooking or baking, it might be time for a change—even if your remodel doesn’t net a 100% ROI.

What is the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel?

Most homeowners will spend approximately half of their total remodeling budget on new kitchen countertops and cabinets. It’s not hard to see why: high-quality countertops and cabinets are expensive, and their cost scales up with the overall size of your kitchen. A larger kitchen, for instance, doesn’t need two sinks, or two ovens. It does, however, need a lot more cabinets and countertops, which adds to your project’s total overhead.

Just how much you’ll end up paying for new countertops and cabinets is largely dependent on the square footage of your kitchen. However, the type of material matters, too. Marble, for instance, is very expensive—perhaps prohibitively so for most homeowners (it’s also a poor choice for kitchens for other reasons). Laminate or plastic countertops are very cheap, but won’t give your home quite the value boost you’re looking for.

The two most-popular countertop materials—granite and quartz—fall between these two extremes. Both are relatively expensive, but they also are durable, long-lasting, and add significant value to your remodel. In other words, they’re often well worth their higher upfront cost.


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Where should I save money on my kitchen remodel?

To save money on your kitchen remodel, put the work into finding high-quality materials at wholesale, bulk-order, or direct importer prices. Most granite and quartz comes from the same mines around the world, so the final price you pay is often more a reflection of how many middlemen were involved in the process. Buy from companies that cut out those middlemen, and you’ll likely be able to shave a couple thousand dollars off the total price you’ll pay for materials.

Along those same lines, you may be able to score a great deal if you’re willing to compromise on color or style. Many remodeling contractors or stores will run specials on granite or quartz countertops they’ve overstocked, or cabinets left over from other projects. If you’re not picky—or you’re remodeling a property to either rent it out or flip it—you might be able to cut your costs further by going with what’s on sale.

Two areas where you don’t want to make compromises: the quality of the materials and installation. Trying to find shortcuts here is playing with fire: you’re liable to get burned.

How can I afford a kitchen remodel?

While it’s probably the best and easiest option, not every homeowner pays for a kitchen remodel out of their savings account. Here are some other ways homeowners can pay for remodeling projects:

  • Cash-Out Refinancing: With today’s lower mortgage rates, many homeowners are planning to refinance their home. When you do so, you can convert some of your home’s equity to cash to be used for home improvements—especially those that add long-term value.
  • Home Equity Loans: This type of loan is financed by the equity in your house, and can be used to complete value-boosting home improvement projects. Basically, the idea is that you’re borrowing from your equity to add further future equity to the property.
  • Home Improvement Loans: Many financial institutions, including your local banks and credit unions, offer loans specifically designed for home improvement projects. These loans have a higher interest rate than home equity loans, but are ideal for homeowners who don’t want to tap into their home’s equity or use it as loan collateral.

Always talk to your financial planner or advisor before you move forward with any of these options. After all, everyone’s financial situation is different.

Here’s how to find the right color for your kitchen remodel

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? As anyone who has completed a kitchen remodel can tell you, there are a lot of decisions ahead of you. From picking out countertops to finding the right knobs and pulls for your cabinets, you’ll need to get all the details right if you want to build the kitchen of your dreams. This includes a critical one: color.

In this article, we’ll review how, in a kitchen, color is more than meets the eye. We’ll also go over how to best incorporate color into your remodel, and how you can start planning out your project.

Here’s how color impacts your kitchen

As it turns out, color isn’t just a personal preference, or something people choose because it “looks good.” There’s a whole psychology behind color and how color influences our mood and our feelings about any particular space. For years, interior designers have used color theory in their design of restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls, and more. But, it can also help you design a better kitchen. Here’s how different colors work in a kitchen.

Blue

As you’ve probably already guessed, blue is a calming color. Just like the ocean on a still day, it’s peaceful and serene. If your kitchen is your refuge from the storm of everyday life, blue is a good color choice. It’ll put you at ease and make you feel more comfortable and relaxed. After a stressful day, that’s what everyone wants.

Green

The color of life, we naturally associate green with plants and growth. Shades of green make a kitchen feel alive and vibrant. Paired with houseplants, green makes a kitchen feel connected to the outside world. Interestingly, multiple studies have shown that green also encourages us to eat healthier.

Red

Red is a color associated with passion and feeling. Deep reds can be reflective, while brighter reds can be energizing. Studies have shown that red also helps to stimulate appetite, which is why it’s such a good fit for kitchens. Just be careful not to overdo it: our brains are also programmed to interpret bright red as a sign of danger. Too much red can tip a kitchen from energizing to nerve-wracking.

Yellow

A bright color that brings energy into any kitchen. If your style of cooking, baking, and entertainment is a high-energy affair, you should consider incorporating yellows and golds into your kitchen remodel.

Other options

There are some colors that are less suited for use in the kitchen. Purple, for instance, is a more intense version of blue. It can make us feel relaxed, but also encourages us to sleep and rest—probably not the color you want greeting you when you go to make coffee in the morning. Black is commonly used in modern kitchens as part of a neutral color scheme. Just be careful not to overdo it, or you’ll find that it will absorb natural light and make your kitchen seem a lot darker than it should be otherwise.

How does color factor into design?

Want to bring color into your new kitchen? Here are all the points where color can potentially factor into your kitchen remodel.

Cabinets

Whether you’re refurbishing your existing kitchen cabinets, refacing them, or replacing them with new cabinets, you have the option of painting your cabinets and using them to bring a whole lot of color into your reimagined kitchen.

This does involve some risk. If you’re going to bring color into your kitchen through your new or refurbished cabinets, make sure you really like the look and think through what it will look like with your new countertops, floors, backsplash, and more. If you change your mind later, you’ll have to repaint or refinish the cabinets, which could require a fair amount of work.

This is why so many homeowners decide to go with neutral cabinet (and countertop) colors. You don’t want to wake up one morning and decide that your choice of yellow isn’t working for your kitchen.

Countertops

It’s much harder to incorporate color into your new countertops. Countertops, of course, can be colorful, but they’re not painted like cabinets or a tile backsplash. In most cases, you’ll want to pair a neutral countertop with your newly painted cabinets. For example, if you’ve opted to use a navy blue for your cabinets, go with a white or off-white quartz for your countertops.

Paint

If you want to bring color into your kitchen, you can always paint its walls. As you probably know already, there’s a nearly unlimited number of color options to choose from when it comes to wall paint.

One of the main benefits of adding color to your kitchen through wall paint is how easy it is to reverse course. If, six months down the road, you decide your color choice isn’t working out, you just need to repaint your walls. That’s much easier than replacing your backsplash, getting new appliances, or repainting cabinets. If not totally committed to the use of a particular color in your kitchen, incorporating that color through paint and pairing it with neutral cabinets, countertops, and appliances might be the best bet.

Backsplash

Many stylish kitchens use the tile backsplash to bring a “splash” of color into the kitchen, pairing a vibrant backsplash with neutral cabinets and countertops. Just like with wall paint, this gives you a degree of future flexibility: while not something you’ll want to do every year, replacing your backsplash is an easier and less-pricey way of “refreshing” your kitchen’s design.

When considering backsplash options, make sure you look at them alongside your countertops and cabinets. You’ll want to make sure the three elements all go together. This is one of the reasons why many homeowners leave the backsplash to the very end of the project: it’s easiest to nail down the countertops and cabinets and then find a backsplash that works with them.

Appliances

Most kitchen appliances today come in either white, black, or stainless steel. But, there are other options out there. Many retailers carry refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, and more in other colors. A cherry red refrigerator might be the perfect addition to your home’s throwback kitchen.

Don’t just think in terms of major appliances. You can also introduce some color through countertop appliances, such as stand mixers, toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves, and blenders. All of these countertop appliances come in a wide assortment of colors, which means there’s bound to be a great fit for your remodel out there.

Accessories

Finally, don’t forget about the finishing touches. They can also bring color into your kitchen. Planning on hanging pendant lights over your kitchen island? Look into your color options. If you have white cabinets, you can bring some color and fun in through the knobs and pulls. Again, as with paint and the backsplash, the great thing about introducing color through accessories is that you can always switch them out later if you change your mind.

Work with a design professional

We’ve only scratched the surface of how you can incorporate color into your new kitchen. There are so many options out there. If you’re ready to move forward, we recommend you speak with an experienced kitchen remodeler or interior designer in your area.

A design professional can help you plan out your kitchen remodel from start-to-finish, while also helping guide you through design decisions and procuring materials. If you’re ready to get serious about your long-planned kitchen remodel, they’re the person who can help you.

What’s the best kitchen cabinet varnish for your home?

If you have kitchen cabinets in your home right now, they are being protected by varnish. Kitchen cabinet varnish is a specially formulated protective topcoat layer that protects cabinets from stains and wear-and-tear. When applied correctly by a professional to newly installed cabinets, bathroom and kitchen cabinet varnish can guard your cabinets for many years to come.

In this article, we’ll review how varnish works, the different types of varnishes out there, and why it makes sense to have a professional install your new bathroom and kitchen cabinets here in Phoenix, Arizona.

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What is a kitchen cabinet varnish?

Kitchen cabinet varnish is a protective, sealing layer that protects the cabinet surface from stains, nicks, heat damage, and other types of common kitchen wear-and-tear. All cabinets should have some type of varnish added to them to keep them looking great for the long haul. However, the type of varnish used greatly depends on the nature of the cabinet and its paint.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

Different types of varnishes

Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.

Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.

Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.

Applying a varnish

Applying the varnish on the wood is, in effect, sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.

The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.

So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?

Start by giving the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new kitchen cabinets. We’ll help you pick out the right style and color for your cabinets.

Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to airborne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.

Painting kitchen cabinets and adding a varnish can be complicated. There are many steps, the process is time-consuming, and the margin for error is relatively small.

That’s what makes professional installation and an in-home estimate a good choice.

Call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet

If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.

Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.

Drilling Your Own Cabinet Hardware (Knobs and Pulls)

Buying new cabinets is a great way to invest in your home, but the costs can really add up. One way to save on your cabinet installation is to purchase and install your own knobs or pulls. By drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll not only save, but be able to fully customize the look and visual appeal of your cabinets.

Start with new cabinets installed by Superior

Obviously, to start, you’ll need cabinets. That’s where we come in. Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of the largest suppliers of kitchen and bathroom cabinets in the Phoenix metro area. Learn more about our cabinets and see the styles and colors we have available.

What are knobs and pull handles, and why do they matter?

Pictured: Brown kitchen cabinets with dark metal hardware. In this article, we review steps for drilling your own cabinet hardware.In this article, we use the word “hardware” to describe the knobs and pull handles commonly found on the front of kitchen cabinets as a mechanism for opening the cabinet. Here’s an example of some cabinet hardware. Here are some of the reasons that you should consider adding hardware to your cabinets.

First, they extend the life of your cabinet finish by helping the wood avoid oils and chemicals from human contact.

Second, they’re a must when you have full overlay doors and drawer fronts.

Finally, they look fantastic and can take any kitchen from just so-so to truly outstanding. If you want your guests to stand and stare in awe of your new kitchen, customized or high-quality knobs and pull handles are the way to go.

Of course, you might also want to consider pairing your cabinet knobs and pull handles with other cabinet storage options.

Step #1: Examine your cabinets and pick the right hardware

When choosing your new hardware, make sure you examine your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Start by measuring the width of the flat areas on your doors and drawer fronts.

Some kitchen layouts have some very small doors or drawer fronts that wide handles may not fit on. You need to pick your hardware—that is, the actual knob or pull handle—based on the width of the smallest door or drawer you have.

Also, pay attention to how flat the area is where the base of the knob or pull will sit. Some hardware have really wide bases that—depending on the detailing on your calendar—may not fit.

This cabinet unit has unique knobs, each different from one another.

Step #2: Make sure you have the right screws for the job

Finally, remember to check if the hardware you are going to buy has longer screws for the drawers. Most hardware only comes with smaller 1-inch screws for the doors. So, measure the thickness of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts—including the drawer box—to determine you are getting the right screws.

If the screws you have are too long or too short, you can find suitable replacements at any home improvement store.

Step #3: Figure out where you need to drill

The are two ways to figure out where you need to drill holes for installing the hardware:

  1. Measuring every door and drawer. As you might expect, this can take a while, especially if you live by a “measure twice, cut once” mentality (which you should, especially when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time!)
  2. Using a jig from the hardware store as a template. This is much faster and easier, but you’ll need to decide which holes in the template to use for the specific hardware you’ve selected. When in doubt, ask the folks at the local hardware store.

If you decide to measure manually:

Measure the width of the side rail of the door—including the detail—and divide that in half to find the center. If you are unsure about your math, measure the opposite way after you mark it to double-check your accuracy.

You can do the same vertically. Of course, pull handles and knobs on the pull-out drawers should be in the exact center of the drawer. But, for the rest of your cabinets, you’ll have to decide the vertical placement of the hardware. The standard is 3″ up the upper doors and 3″ down on the base doors.

Step #4: Drilling the cabinet fronts

Make sure that you open the door during the drilling process to ensure that you don’t end up drilling the wrong side of the door and so you don’t drill into the frame of the cabinet behind the door.

Once you drill the first holes, then you can find out which holes in the template line up the best. You may have to drill your own hole in the template. For the rest of the doors, mark the holes on the door with a pencil using the template.

Do not drill through the template. After a couple holes the hole will get bigger in the template and will no longer be accurate.

The right cabinet pulls can complement your new cabinets and countertops. Here’s an example of an installation completed by our team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Step #5: Drilling the cabinet drawers

Drilling the cabinet drawers is a little more difficult than the doors, but it is doable for you, as a homeowner committed to drilling your own cabinet hardware.

First, measure the height of the drawer front and divide it in half. Put a pencil mark on the drawer front where the middle will be. Be sure that you do not press too hard with the pencil—you don’t want to put an indentation in the wood. This is an easy mistake to make when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time.

After you find the vertical center, measure the width of the drawer front and divide that in half to mark the center of the front horizontally. If you are drilling a single hole for knobs, this is where you will drill.

If you are drill two holes for a pull handle, you need to measure equal distances left and right to ensure the pull will be center on the drawer front. You may also choose to put two pulls on wider drawers if desired. Usually when this is done, you try to measure equal distances from both sides. Once you drill your first holes, then you can line up the template.

Additional tips for drilling your own cabinet hardware

  • Always use a new, sharp drill bit and do not push hard when drilling your doors and drawer fronts. If you use a dull drill bit, or push while you drill, you’ll blow the back of the wood out and make it look unsightly behind the door or drawer.
  • Make sure to make any cabinet adjustments before drilling your drawers. If you don’t wait, the hardware will appear off level and will be harder to adjust later.
  • Always use a drill bit slightly larger than the screw you are using. If the screw does not go in freely, it will strip out and break off inside the drawer or door. A 3/16″ drill bit is recommended for the standard 8/32″ screws.
  • If you are uncertain about anything, ask someone. Cabinet doors and drawers can be expensive to replace, so if you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll want to take the time to do things right.

Learn more about cabinets and see our selection by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for quality cabinets and cabinet installation. Give us a call at (602) 437-0088, visit our Phoenix, Arizona showroom, or contact us online with your questions.

What are the latest bathroom trends you should know about?

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom or planning on starting from scratch in a new house? These both can be exciting tasks, yet overwhelming because of how many little decisions must be made regarding colors, styles, and the general layout. Where do you even start? Let’s begin with a basic overview of some popular and modernized trends being seen this year.

The 8 top trends in bathroom design

1. Neutral Color Palette

Unless you are decorating a themed child’s bathroom, neutral colors are always the safe way to go. Whites, grays, and blacks can look very modern, while shades of tan are also very appealing. Utilizing a neutral color palette when designing a bathroom is a classic choice.

Go a step further and consider adding a monochromatic element as well. You can do this by starting with a single base color hue and incorporate other elements in your bathroom that are just a couple tones, tints, or shades lighter/darker to complement the original shade. White fixtures, light grey walls, and dark grey sink faucets are just one example of how to incorporate monochromatic elements throughout your bathroom.

Floating vanities are one of the latest bathroom trends of 2019.

Floating vanities are one of the latest bathroom trends of 2019.

2. Exposed Shower Plumbing

This trend is exactly what it says. With clear shower glass becoming the new norm—especially in large master bathrooms—exposed shower plumbing has emerged as an alluring industrial look. It pairs best with the modernized color schemes discussed above, or a simple white, marble shower.

3. Marble as Art

Let Mother Nature be the artist. Marble is a timeless material that works well for bathroom vanities and countertops. It is as durable as it is beautiful. Marble is also a fantastic option because its versatility can lean traditional or modern depending on the color scheme and how it is integrated into the bathroom decor.

4. Side-mounted Faucets

It is no secret that people find enjoyment in going against the grain or defying the rules. This also applies to your bathroom remodel. One of these unspoken rules typically expected in all bathrooms is a forward-facing faucet. But lately, installing side-mounted faucets has become a fun trend that completely shatters traditional bathroom norms as we know them. Not to mention, they are a wonderful space saver in smaller-sized bathrooms.

5. Floating Vanities

Want an easy way to make your bathroom look chic? When embodied correctly and with a decent border material, a floating vanity can add a level of depth and seamlessness to any bathroom. These add a beautiful and airy feeling in your bathroom. Plus, they come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can find the perfect one that complements your bathroom’s unique style.

6. Floor-to-Ceiling Shower Glass Enclosure

Another common example of how people are modernizing their bathroom by straying away from tradition is by removing water dams in the shower. The most prevalent example of this is by a complete floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure. To make this work without a shower pan or sopping mess trailed throughout your entire bathroom floor, the shower floor must be properly sloped.

This is a very sleek way to broaden your shower space and effortlessly open up your entire bathroom. Traditionally, a bathroom can appear to be closed off by sectioning each area (e.g., toilet stall, shower pan), so a floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure is yet another option to consider.

7. Wall-mounted Sinks & Toilets

Another relatively new style for bathroom design are wall-mounted toilets and sinks. In fact, floating toilets are predicted to become the standard in new homes over the next decade. They are a perfect choice in bathrooms going for a modern look. Many of these toilets have additional technology that allows for wall-mounted flush controls.

This floating concept is an alternative way to make your bathroom appear larger and more open. Typically your under-sink cabinets that touch the floor can take up a lot of unwanted space. Therefore, the advantages of a floating sink goes beyond just how it looks, but also extends to the way it makes the entire bathroom appear more open.

8. Long, Skinny Tiles

To go along with a fresh bathroom layout, now it’s time to decorate your walls. The hot trends right now include statement walls, granite walls, and tiled walls. Many people expect to see tile walls in commercial spaces—such as hotels, restaurants, and businesses—but the trend is now making its way into residential bathrooms as well. The most popular wall tile are long, skinny tiles. This tile style is just an updated version of the classic subway tile often used all around the house.

Here are your next steps!

See an idea above that you like and want to incorporate into your bathroom remodel? We can help put your plans into action. Call Superior Stone & Cabinet today to tell us what you have in mind, or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix showroom. We would love to give you some additional insight and make your dreams a reality.

We install commercial countertops and cabinets in Phoenix businesses

This is an exciting time for businesses here in Phoenix! The Valley feels alive with activity, as new restaurants, stores, buildings, and properties open, seemingly by the day. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our team is prepared to meet the kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs of businesses here in the Phoenix metro area. Whether you’ve been in business for years or are opening soon, we want to help you find the right commercial countertops and cabinets for your space and the needs of your customers and employees.

In this article, we’ll review the benefits of upgrading to new counters and cabinets, and why you should call our team for a free on-site estimate here in the Valley.

New commercial countertops and cabinets installed in a break room setup.

Upgrade your employee break room with new commercial countertops and cabinets, installed by the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

Does your business need to make an upgrade?

Whether you manage a restaurant or an office building, every business has a need for high-quality commercial countertops and cabinets. In a restaurant setting, granite or quartz countertops are the perfect, durable material for customers to eat on or for your team to prepare food on. Every workplace with some type of kitchen for employees can benefit from new cabinets that allow people to store food and essentials. Whether used by your customers, employees, or both, an upgraded kitchen in your commercial space can be an upgrade in both form and function.

If your existing counters are chipped, cracked, or stained, your customers will notice and may make inferences about your business and its upkeep. In many industries—but, particularly in the restaurant business—presentation and first impressions matter. If your tables and counters are starting to look dingy, we recommend upgrading to new stone surfaces.

Why have Superior install your commercial countertops and cabinets?

Here are just a few of the qualities that we believe set our team apart from other commercial remodeling businesses here in the Phoenix metro:

Extensive selection

With our 60,000 square-foot showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, Superior Stone & Cabinet has one of the most extensive collections of new commercial countertops and cabinets in the Valley. In other words, we have a diverse selection of colors, styles, and materials for you to choose from, but we also have the inventory depth to outfit your business, no matter what size of space or amount of materials you need.

Competitive pricing

We’re a direct importer of quartz and granite countertops, which means we are able to offer new kitchen upgrade materials at wholesale pricing. Plus, we’re one of the Valley’s few companies that specializes in both countertops and cabinets, which means less shopping around as a whole and only one installation team your business needs to coordinate their schedule with.

Quality installation

We’re experienced kitchen installers. Our team has successfully installed new countertops, cabinets, and floors in many Valley businesses, from restaurants and food service businesses to apartments. Our team is capable of fabricating granite on-site to ensure quick turnaround times, so the disruption to your business is kept to a minimum.

Free estimates

We offer free estimates on commercial projects. Give us a call today and have one of our experienced commercial project experts come out to your business. Or, stop by our office if you’d like to see our selection and warehouse for yourself. Either way, we look forward to talking to you about your business’ counter and cabinet needs!

Brighten up your new kitchen with under cabinet lighting

You’ve probably heard of kitchen pendant lights, overhead lighting, or chandelier lighting. These kitchen lighting options add personality to the room and bring a touch of color and style to any kitchen. For example, a modern farmhouse kitchen might feature exposed light bulbs with wood features for a down-to-earth aesthetic. In contrast, a more modern kitchen may have gold pendants or a sparkly chandelier as a visual focal point. Depending on your personal preference and your home’s style, your kitchen lighting can totally be a game-changer for the look of your space. It’s something you need to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

Under cabinet lighting can bring the best out of your kitchen remodel.

Effective under cabinet lighting can be a great way to show off your new cabinets, countertops, and backsplash.

Another type of lighting that homeowners sometimes overlook is under cabinet lighting. These are lights that are attached underneath your cabinets, providing ample light above your countertops. These lights add a subtle but strong effect in your kitchen, highlighting the countertops and surrounding appliances. Under cabinet lighting brings out the color and vibrancy of your new granite or quartz countertops and have the potential to be a great addition to any kitchen, no matter what decorating style you prefer.

Benefits of under cabinet lighting

Most kitchens still continue to use standard, overhead lighting, so a kitchen with under cabinet lighting will stand out compared to the rest. Plus, under cabinet lighting is simple to install and extra convenient, especially for those late-night refrigerator runs. Here are a few more benefits of choosing under cabinet lighting in your home:

  • More versatility in lighting options: You’ll have more options when it comes to brightening your kitchen. If it’s late at night, for example, you can easily turn on the under cabinet lighting for a softer, less harshly bright look.
  • Beautiful, subtle glow to your kitchen: Under cabinet lighting provides a soft glow in your kitchen, setting the mood for a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Better visuals when cooking or cleaning: This benefit is a no-brainer—you’ll be able to see your food and cooking more clearly with additional lights installed!
  • Energy- and cost-efficient: Instead of lighting up the entire kitchen each time you walk in the room, you can save energy by only using the under cabinet lights. Additionally, these lights are cheap and easy to install.
  • Eliminates dark shadows: Say goodbye to dark, hidden corners of your kitchen when you install under cabinet lights.
  • Higher interior value: When it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the look of under cabinet lights because it makes the kitchen feel a little more complete and highlights its best features, namely the new countertops, cabinets, and appliances.

You’ll notice the difference almost immediately. Under cabinet lights bring an extra layer of warmth and brightness to any kitchen, no matter how large or small. You don’t need to have an unlimited budget for these lights, either. They’re affordable and add a simple touch of elegance to your home! When you’re chopping up vegetables at the counter, you’ll be thankful you have a little extra lighting to see clearly.

Other lighting features your kitchen needs

While you’re exploring under cabinet lighting options, check out these additional kitchen lighting features that can spruce up any kitchen space:

  • Vent hood lighting
  • Wall-mounted lighting or sconces
  • Metallic or textured lights
  • Lighting over the sink
  • Mix-and-match lighting pendants
  • Bold-colored lighting

Your lighting options are almost endless! You can find additional lighting inspiration in popular home magazines or from your favorite home decor accounts or bloggers. The beauty of kitchen lighting is that there’s no right or wrong answer—whatever look you love can work great in your kitchen, provided you have the space to make it work.

If you want to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, try gold pendant lights over the island or a pair of big, industrial hood lights. If you want a more subtle, traditional look, go with recessed lighting. For more creativity, install cabinet lights and island lighting, so your whole kitchen can glow with a modern feel! Remember, your lighting choices can change the entire look and perception of your kitchen.

Get started on your kitchen remodel today

If you’ve been putting off your kitchen remodel, now is the time to get started. Don’t wait another few months for your to-do list to pile up. Call the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet in Phoenix, Arizona.

We have a team of professional design consultants who can help take your vision and bring it to life. We have affordable options and creative ideas for lighting, countertops, cabinets, and more! Visit our website or call us today to schedule a free estimate from our design experts.