Category: Dream kitchen

Kitchens are the center of activity in the home – from cooking dinner to paying bills to sorting mail and more. Integrating kitchen desk cabinets into your design creates a centralized place for all of these activities. Getting your storage just right can help you stay on top of your busy schedule, as it can reduce time wasted finding items.

Including a desk into your kitchen isn’t just about finding the space for it. It’s also about finding a way to make the desk seamlessly blend into your kitchen design. With any kitchen office, use cabinets that match or complement the kitchen cabinets. Kitchen desks are also great for using otherwise wasted space in the kitchen.

Designs with Kitchen Desk Cabinets

Whether you want to put the home office in the kitchen or just set up a small desk area, find inspiration from these hardworking kitchen desk cabinets.

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith

A custom-built desk area anchors one end of this white kitchen. Mounted cabinetry blends the office in with the rest of the kitchen, providing bountiful storage space that easily accommodates filing, schoolwork, and other needs.

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith

Crisp white cabinetry connects this workstation with the rest of the kitchen. The space next to the block of kitchen cabinets was thought to be unusable, but a desk served as a perfect and practical addition.

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith

Using the same style cabinetry as the rest of the kitchen, this office blends seamlessly into a previously unused space. Generous storage makes it easy to stash mail, homework, cookbooks, and important documents.

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith

Wall-mounted cabinets hold office supplies, while drawers on either side of the built-in desk cabinets stash files and important documents.

Want more inspiration? Visit our website to see more designs with kitchen desk cabinets!

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According to Jennifer Ott of Houzz, the new ‘it’ color for kitchens is navy, and we couldn’t agree more. Navy Colored Cabinets are like dark denim jeans — dark denim blue never really goes out of style. In fact, after white, wood and gray, blue is often the top color that homeowners choose for their cabinets. Navy is an elegant color choice that pairs well with any color hardware, from silver to copper to gold.

Navy Colored Cabinets by Kountry Kraft with Brass Hardware and White Countertops
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith

Though the color itself sounds simple, there are many different shades of navy blue. From Benjamin Moore to Sherwin Williams and other national brand paint manufacturers, there is a plethora of shades to choose from. The beauty of designing custom cabinets is that you can select any shade you like and Kountry Kraft can custom paint match your cabinets to that shade. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, for example, is a deeply saturated shade of navy. Naval SW 6244 by Sherwin Williams is very similar to Hale Navy, but appears darker and bolder.

Navy Color Shades for Custom Painted Cabinets Crafted by Kountry Kraft

Designs with Navy Colored Cabinets

French Beret Navy Cabinets for a Modern Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Appliances
Design by Integrated Kitchens LLC

Integrated Kitchens LLC designed this modern kitchen for a home in Walnut Creek, California. A cross between darkest gray and navy, these cabinets were custom painted to match Benjamin Moore’s French Beret color.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with Navy Blue Cabinets Subway Tile and Stainless Steel Appliances
Design by Pure Design Works

Modern farmhouse meets glam in this kitchen designed by Aly Glavin and Dara Barber of Pure Design Works. Navy blue cabinetry was custom crafted to fit this u-shaped kitchen design, complemented by silver hardware and stainless appliances.

Hale Navy Blue Cabinets for a Butler's Pantry with White Countertops and Silver Hardware
Design by True North Cabinets, LLC

Ken Pascal of True North Cabinets, LLC designed this butler’s pantry for a home located in Darien, Connecticut. The beautiful blue cabinets were custom painted to match Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy color. Creating a crisp design, the blue pops against the white backsplash and countertops. The silver hardware and beverage fridge complement the saturated navy shade.

Hale Navy Colored Cabinets for a Kitchen and Dining Room with an Open Floor Concept
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs | Photography by Chris Veith

This transitional kitchen was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs for a home in Bay Head, New Jersey. The cabinets were custom painted to match Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy color. By designing blue cabinetry for the kitchen and dining room, this open floor plan feels cohesive and elegant. Open shelves painted to match the cabinetry add an extra touch on either side of the back wall in the kitchen.

Visit our website to see more kitchen designs with navy colored cabinets!

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Kitchen islands can provide many advantages to your kitchen if utilized properly. By simply adding customizable cabinetry you can create different storage options while also adding character to your kitchen!

Kitchen Islands with Kountry Kraft Cabinetry

Large Kitchen Islands Featuring Ample Amount of Seating and a Mini Fridge

Design by PK Surroundings    Photography by Rob Karosis

This large kitchen island features a mini fridge on the side. Perfect for freeing up space in the bigger fridge and having all your drinks easily on hand while sitting at the island.

 

Kitchen Islands Featuring Adjustable Shelves and Sliding Cabinet Doors for Easy Accessibility Kitchen Islands Featuring Shelves that are Easily Adjustable to Fit any Size Products or Dishware

Design by Kountry Kraft, Inc.

This kitchen island is all about function and adjustability. The sliding cabinet doors allow for easy accessibility to the open cabinet while displaying the dishware. That’s not all, the shelving is able to be adjusted to any height depending on what needs to be stored!

 

Kitchen Islands Featuring Unused Space that was Turned into a Creative Bookshelf

Design by Jessica McAllister of Kountry Kraft, Inc. 

You can take advantage of unused space at the end of your island by creating a bookshelf! Even if you don’t have cookbooks, this is a great place to showcase collectibles to give the kitchen character.

 

Kitchen Islands with a Filler Base Pull Out Create Maximum Storage for all Size Products Kitchen Islands with a Base Pull Out Create Maximum Storage for all Size Products

Design by Dee Maher of Kountry Kraft, Inc.

Even the tiniest of kitchens can have an ample amount of storage space by taking advantage of every nook and cranny. By adding base pull-outs into your kitchen island, you can do just that!

 

No matter the size or shape of your kitchen island there is always a way to create the perfect storage solution, tailored just for you! Visit our website to view all the custom storage options we have crafted or check out our Houzz page to see some of our recently completed designs!

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New year means new kitchen cabinet trends. Kountry Kraft is always staying up to date with the latest and greatest trends to provide our customers with exclusive kitchen design ideas.

2019 Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Wood on Wood

Using Wood all Over your Kitchen is Popular with Kitchen Cabinet Trends Wooden Cabinetry paired with Wooden Countertops Perfect for Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Design by Marina Rubina, Architect           Photography by Todd Mason, Halkin Photography

When you think of using wood in a kitchen your mind automatically goes to hardwood flooring. But the versatility of wood allows for it to be used in many more ways. Featured above are custom cabinet boxes showcasing wooden shelves inside as well. The custom walnut cabinetry is finished with a natural 25° stain, creating a warming and welcoming environment.

 

Storage Walls

Current Kitchen Cabinet Trends are Storage Walls that Provides an Ample Amount of Storage Current Kitchen Cabinet Trends is Incorporating a Storage Wall into a Kitchen

Design by Integrated Kitchens LLC

In 2019 were not letting any space go to waste. Storage walls are on the rise due to their functionality and ample amount of storage. Add pantry pull outs to incorporate easy accessibility, as shown above.

 

Shelving

Current Kitchen Cabinet Trends Featured in this Kitchen is Open Shelving  Current Kitchen Cabinet Trends Feature Glass Shelving which is Featured in this Kitchen

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs         Photography by Chris Veith

Open shelving has been a popular trend since 2018 and continues to rise in 2019. But this year glass shelving is on the rise as well. Glass shelving creates a new dimension while allowing your exquisite dishware to be portrayed. We can see why glass and open shelving are becoming more popular due to the similarity between the two.

 

Dark Dramatic Colors

Current Kitchen Cabinet Trends in 2019 are Known for Incorporating Dark Kitchen Cabinetry

Design by Samantha Petzrick Chinn of Petzrick Chinn Designs, LLC

This year is all about dark and dramatic colors. By incorporating dark cabinetry, you can add some flare to an all-white kitchen. Adding depth and personality to your space.

 

Natural Touches

Weathered Grain Cabinets Create a Natural Touch for Current Kitchen Cabinet Trends Weathered Grain Cabinets Create a Rustic Environment for Great Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Design by PK Surroundings     Photography by Mike Barron, Tech Simple, LLC

Adding natural touches in a kitchen is becoming more popular due to the unique and unfinished look it creates. Featured above is Kountry Kraft’s weathered grain cabinets that bring a warm and rustic feel into this kitchen.

Kountry Kraft wants the best for your home, which is why we are constantly keeping up with the current kitchen cabinet trends. Visit our website to gain kitchen inspiration on how to incorporate these trends during your next kitchen remodel! You can also check out our Houzz page to view our recently completed designs!

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Sources: Decoraid, Elle Decor

 

Ever wonder the reasons clients remodel their kitchen? It could be for a majority of reasons, but we narrowed it down to a few.

Top Reasons Clients Remodel

Reasons Clients Remodel is Due to the Function and Layout of a Kitchen

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs   Photography by Chris Veith

To Improve Function and Layout

When it comes to designing the layout of the kitchen you need to think about how many people will be cooking in the kitchen. If it will be one single chef, then you can create the traditional work triangle. This will ensure the kitchen has the best work flow and functionality. If you have more than one chef, you will need to create a larger work space which may mean moving one of the appliances out of the typical work triangle. This will create an easier passage way for more than one chef to move around. You will need to think about how many cooks will be prepping in the kitchen at a time to create the ultimate work space. When a kitchen does not function properly it can create a messy and unorganized area.

The kitchen is the main area where everyone gathers, and if your someone who always entertains then you may want a larger space. By adding a kitchen island into the mix, you will not only be adding functionality, but more seating space for guests as well. Kitchen islands can be used for so much more than storage and prep space.

 

Reasons Clients Remodel is due to them Wanting a New Color Scheme

Design by Kountry Kraft, Inc. 

To Change the Color Scheme

After looking at the same kitchen every day, the color scheme can tend to feel old and dated. You may want to change the appliances, wall or cabinetry color. The benefit of cabinetry is having the ability to use more than one color in a single space. Two-toned cabinets are constantly trending and can be great for an updated color scheme. The kitchen featured above showcases Winter White and Gauntlet Gray cabinetry color, creating a perfect balance between the colors.

 

Reasons Clients Remodel is Due to Wanting more Storage and Organization in their Kitchen  Reasons Clients Remodel is Due to them Wanting more Storage and Organization in their Kitchen

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs   Photography by Chris Veith

To Incorporate More Storage and Organization

Another reason clients remodel their kitchen is due to a lack of storage space. Custom cabinetry innovations continue to improve, as there are endless ways to customize them to fit your storage needs. Your kitchen may contain a small space that currently has no use, but with custom cabinetry, you can incorporate an accessory like a spice rack or pull out shelf.

 

Reasons Clients Remodel is Due to Wanting to Change the Design Style of their Kitchen

Design by PK Surroundings    Photography by Rob Karosis

To Update the Design Style 

Wanting to upgrade your space could have you thinking about changing the entire design style of your kitchen. Maybe you’re tired of your farmhouse kitchen and would like to go more contemporary.

The beauty of remodeling a space is you can change the whole value or look of a home by simply upgrading one room or area. The kitchen is the heart of the home where many gather, which makes it important that you love your space. Whatever the reasons clients remodel may be, get started on creating your dream kitchen today!

Check out our website for storage, color and kitchen layout inspiration! Or check out our Houzz page for our recently completed designs.

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Sources: Harvey Remodeling, Masters Touch

Living Coral was chosen as the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year. For the past 20 years Pantone has been choosing one color that is influential in all industries.

Pantone Color of the Year – Living Coral

Pantone is known for its color matching system, a tool to allow consistent and accurate color everywhere. This means you can make sure any color matches without having to lay them out next to each other, all you need is the numerical color value. To go further in depth with color, Pantone created the Pantone Color Institute to identify global color trends.

 

The Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral which is a Vibrant Yet Mellow Shade

The Pantone Color Institute goes through a selection process every year with their color experts. Looking for a specific shade that is on trend in the entertainment industry, films in production, fashion, design and many more. This year they chose Living Coral, a vibrant yet mellow shade.

 

Using the Pantone Color of the Year

Kountry Kraft Custom Cabinetry Crafted in the Shop featuring the Pantone Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams Paint Match – Animated Coral

Our designers decided to make our own unique color based on the color of the year. We created a paint match to Sherwin Williams Animated Coral and created this beautiful coral shade shown above. This shade will create a refreshing pop of color, creating a luminous glow to any space. This piece was later placed in a beautiful beach house bathroom.

 

Custom Cabinetry Featuring the Pantone Color of the Year Designed by Pure Design Works

Design by Pure Design Works       Photography by Jenny Melick Imagery

Pure Design Works kept this beach bathroom light and bright with pineapple wallpaper and coral cabinetry. The same cabinetry that was previously shown above! The impact of the lighting can change the whole look of this color. Previously this color showed a bright pale pink whereas here it showcases a darker hue.

 

Pantone Living Coral is a unique shade that can be used in all types of spaces. Whether it is in a beach house or your everyday kitchen. Knowing how to correspond this shade with your surroundings will result in a beautiful design.

Kountry Kraft offers a wide variety of custom pain match formulas. Allowing you to get the exact color you want for your home. Visit our website to view all the current custom paint matches to gain inspiration. Contact us to incorporate the Pantone color of the year into your space!

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A kitchen layout is vital when it comes to remodeling your space. We cover the most common kitchen layouts below.

Common Kitchen Layouts

U Shaped Kitchen Layout Creating an Effective Work Triangle in a Transitional Farmhouse Kitchen

Design by Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company

U-Shaped Layout

A U-shaped kitchen layout is characterized by three walls that create a U shape. This design is best for large kitchens because it allows for a kitchen island to fit in the middle. Providing more seating and storage. This style layout also creates the most effective work triangle.

 

This kitchen features an L Shaped Kitchen Layout that Provides Extra Seating and Storage

Design by Dee Maher for Kountry Kraft, Inc.

L-Shaped Layout

An L-shaped layout is characterized by two adjoining counters that create an angle in a kitchen. This type of layout is one of the most popular due to its ability to work in small and large kitchens. Add a kitchen island to provide more seating and an extra space to prep food.

 

This Kitchen Features a G Shaped Kitchen Layout that Provides Extra Surface Space and Seating

Design by Aly Glavin and Dara Barber of Pure Design Works

G-Shaped Layout

A G-shaped layout is very similar to a U-shaped layout, but it includes extra counter space. This type of layout only works with large kitchens. Adding a peninsula can create a seating area that acts as a kitchen island and provide extra surface space.

 

This Small Kitchen Features a Galley Layout that Provides an Efficient Work Space

Design by Marina Rubina, Architect

Galley Layout

A galley layout is two walls or parallel countertops that oppose each other. This layout is best used for smaller kitchens that don’t have the extra space. The kitchen shown above features a galley layout that creates an efficient work space for this small area.

 

This Kitchen Features a Single Wall Kitchen Layout that Creates an Open Space for this Home

Design by Tyler Hurst of Kountry Kraft, Inc. 

Single Wall Layout

A single wall layout will open the rest of the house providing extra spacing for kitchen islands and dining areas. Characterized by a single wall of appliances and work space, this layout works best in a small kitchen to utilize space in an efficient way.

Whether you have a small or large kitchen, there is a layout that will work best for you. Kountry Kraft has the ability to create custom cabinetry and accessories to fit any size space to maximize storage to the fullest. Visit our website to see kitchens we have completed featuring all different types of layouts.

 

Sources: Types of kitchen layouts

Choosing the perfect time for a kitchen remodel can be stressful. But with a few tips you will be on your way to a brand-new kitchen in no time.

Best Time for a Kitchen Remodel

Deciding the correct time to remodel your kitchen shouldn’t be based on what worked best for others. Every process is different depending on the client. Take a look at what describes your situation.

 

Kitchen with island, range, and hard maple cabinets done for a kitchen remodel in Pittsburgh, PA

Design by April Spagnolo of Evalia Design, LLC

 

Remodeling in the Summer

It seems the summer is when our clients tend to remodel their kitchen the most. Below are the most common reasons why:

  • Able to cook elsewhere while kitchen is under construction
    • Cook on the grill/eat outside on deck or table
  • Kitchen remodel will be completed before the holidays
  • Plan a summer vacation around the remodel
    • Come home to a brand-new kitchen
  • Ability to open windows to let any dust/odors outside
  • Longer days – natural lighting
    • More time to work on the project/completed faster

Since clients remodel the most during the summer it causes the summer months to be busier. This can result in a higher cost or the chance your project will not be completed at the preferred time.

 

Walnut Wood Kitchen Cabinets for a kitchen remodel located in Princeton, New Jersey

Design by Marina Rubina, Architect

 

Remodeling in the Winter

Clients typically stay away from home remodels during the winter months due to upcoming holidays. Below are the reasons why it can be a good idea for a kitchen remodel in the winter:

  • During contractors’ slow season
  • Availability to get your remodel scheduled faster
  • Possibility of your kitchen being under construction during the holidays
    • If your traveling during the holidays you can avoid the construction
  • Get the remodel finished before the busy season where price increases take place

Deciding on whether summer or winter is the right time for you comes down to your flexibility, availability and when you would like the project completed. Though the summer may be the perfect time for others, it may not be the right time for you. Plan your kitchen remodel from start to finish to ensure a smooth and stress-free process.

Visit our website to see some kitchen inspiration or check out our Houzz page to view some recently completed designs. Still have questions on when to remodel? Contact us!

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Sources: Best Time of Year to Remodel, Reasons Summer is the Best Time to Remodel and Planning Tips

 

Choosing between custom crafted cabinets and stock cabinetry can be overwhelming. However, learning the pros and cons of both can help you make a decision about which better suits your lifestyle and design.

Custom Cabinets

  • Custom Cabinets are built to last
    • Each cabinet is handmade
  • Ability to customize cabinetry down to the core
  • Cabinets are built to fit any size, space and layout
  • Custom Cabinets are typically more expensive
  • Cabinets take longer to make due to customization and quality of design

Stock Cabinets

  • Stock cabinets are the least expensive
  • Standard shapes and sizes
    • Stock sizes for stock kitchens
  • Limited selection of styles and woods
  • Pre-manufactured cabinets
    • Quick delivery time
  • Stock cabinets cannot be customized
  • Made on an assembly line

 

Both options can create a captivating kitchen but it’s important to look at the overall quality and design. Keeping in mind the differences of custom and stock cabinets, here are a few examples of what custom cabinetry can look like in your kitchen.

 

Custom Crafted Cabinets by Kountry Kraft

This U Shaped Transitional Kitchen Features Custom Crafted Cabinets with Dovetail Boxes and Drawers  Tall Custom Crafted Cabinets Featuring Glass Doors to Showcase Drinkware in this Transitional Kitchen

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs                      Photography by Chris Veith

This kitchen features our custom crafted cabinets in an Inset/No Bead cabinetry style with the TW10 Hybrid door design. The picture on the left showcases our dovetail cabinet boxes that provide strong and secure joints that can withstand heavy use. Kountry Kraft goes above and beyond to add dovetailing into our boxes and drawers to ensure long lasting craftsmanship. Dovetailing is not a feature available in stock cabinets, as it takes a skilled artisan to craft this joint style.

 

Custom Crafted Cabinets with Floating Shelves and by Pass Doors Featured in this Kitchen

Design by PK Surroundings           Photography by Rob Karosis

Kountry Kraft created glass kitchen cabinets featuring shelves that are in line with the floating shelves on the adjacent wall. The pantry cabinet showcases by-pass doors to provide easy accessibility to the contents inside. A custom crafted cabinet was decided to include a wine and beer fridge as well.

 

Custom Crafted Cabinets Featuring our Textural Cabinetry Line to Create Realistic Wood Grain Look  Custom Crafted Cabinets Featuring our Textural Cabinetry Line with Dovetail Boxes and Drawers

Design by Pam Whittemore of Drum Hill Designs, LLC

The custom cabinets featured above are unique in color, style and design. Part of our textural cabinetry line, they create a realistic wood grain surface that compliment stainless steel kitchen appliances. When choosing custom crafted cabinetry, you have to ability to choose from a wider variety of finishes and wood choices. Whereas, stock cabinets are more linear and don’t have as many choices available.

Kountry Kraft allows you to completely customize your cabinetry as well as offer a lifetime warranty on all our products. We want your kitchen cabinets to look the best and withstand the test of time. Not sure if custom cabinetry is right for you? Visit our Devon Showroom or find one of our experienced dealers near you!

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Custom cabinetry in any space isn’t complete without the perfect hardware. Selecting the right cabinet hardware can be tricky, as there are lots of other components that may affect the finish and style you choose. Here are a few tips you should know to make the selection process easier and to ensure you choose the right hardware for your space.

Choosing your Hardware Finish

Vignette Showcasing a Kountry Kraft Door Style with Cliffside Industries hardware, Flooring and Backsplash

The hardware you choose should coincide with your kitchen appliances, cabinetry color and design style. Featured above is a vignette with a Kountry Kraft door style, hardware, flooring, backsplash and more. Creating a vignette allows you to visually see the design and better understand your creation.

 

U Shaped Kitchen Featuring Custom Painted White Cabinetry with Silver Pulls as Hardware

Designed by  Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company 

Starting with hardware color, you should choose a finish that matches your appliances and cabinetry. If your kitchen features white cabinetry then go for bold hardware that will stand out. Shown above is a U-shaped kitchen featuring custom painted white cabinetry. The silver hardware brings life into the cabinetry and creates a pop of color that matches the appliances and countertops.

 

Kitchen Island Finished in Benjamin Moore Shadow Gray Featuring Silver Pulls as Hardware

Designed by  Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company 

Featured above is the same kitchen as previously shown, but the island cabinetry is finished in a different color than the perimeter. The island is finished in Benjamin Moore Shadow Gray. Because of the contrast between the island and perimeter cabinets, a focal point is created. However, the same hardware is used on the island as well as the rest of the cabinetry in this kitchen. The versatility of the hardware creates cohesiveness throughout the whole kitchen design.

 

Choosing your Hardware Style

Tall White Kitchen Cabinets Featuring Glass Cabinet Doors and Silver Knobs and Pull Hardware

Designed by Integrated Kitchens LLC

Deciding on whether to use knobs, pulls or latches is more of a preference than a general rule. You should focus on what feels more comfortable rather than what looks the best. Functionality over fashion. Featured above is Alpine White custom finish cabinetry with glass cabinet doors, tall cabinets and drawers. The glass cabinet doors feature silver knobs while the cabinets and drawers feature silver pulls. Utilizing both options in your kitchen is pleasing to the eye.

Designing your dream kitchen and having everything fall into place is the best feeling. Kountry Kraft offers hardware from Top Knobs, Cliffside Industries and many more. Explore all your options until you find the perfect combination. Whether you’re designing a kitchen from scratch or simply changing out your old hardware, explore the unlimited capabilities that Kountry Kraft has to offer.

Visit our Instagram to view some close-up shots featuring different cabinet hardware. Or check out Houzz to see our recently completed designs.

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