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Kitchen Trends to Watch for 2019

As you can imagine, a kitchen remodel can be perplexing as you may not know where to begin, or how to chart the best course of action. Before you set about planning the initial stages of a complete kitchen renovation, it’s essential to research kitchen styles and trends and create a collection of inspirational photos. This will help you stay on track when it comes time to choose finishes and products. It is easy to get overwhelmed.

To get you started on bringing your New Years kitchen remodel ideas to life, we’re looking at the top kitchen decor and renovation trends for 2019. Here’s everything you need to know to redesign the heart of your home with confidence and ease.

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Countertops

Though we’ve seen our fair share of various countertop materials come and go, the popularity of brilliant quartz finishes continues to have no end in sight as it remains one of our client’s most frequently requested materials, and for good reason. The colors and patterns are very simple and soft.

Wilsonart Laminate Countertop

Wilsonart Laminate Countertop

Designer Tip: You can get this look on a budget by opting for a laminate like this one from Wilsonart.

The simple countertop colors and patters has a great timeless look, quartz and laminate is virtually indestructible – just be sure to avoid excessive heat as hot spots can damage the material easily.

The all white kitchen is out!

While there’s no denying the timeless appeal of an ultra-bright white kitchen, but there are plenty of fantastic alternatives to take in for a more rich and intoxicating look.

Say Bye Bye….

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Design by Studio McGee

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Design by Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

And it should go without saying that all white kitchens are much harder to keep clean on a daily basis, so why not consider bringing in some distinctive hues to create a more memorable kitchen?

If you really must have white, consider pairing it with a dramatic feature island or breaking up the cabinets with wood shelving accents.

Set a Dramatic Tone

Instead of bright optic white, consider setting a moodier tone in your kitchen with alluring and unexpected color to create a more rich and nuanced look.

From night watch, 2019’s dark and dramatic green tinged color of the year to earthier terracotta or even more vibrant tones, do consider adding a sense of elevated energy with colors that evoke emotion and a positive spirit.

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Matte Everything

Who doesn’t love the slick touch of matte finishes? And lucky for you, we’ve noticed showrooms chock full of matte cabinetry and appliances that while attractive, are ultimately much easier to keep clean and are certain to not go out of style anytime soon thanks to their forever-cool allure.

Jewel Tone Cabinetry

The tendency to go for all-white kitchens is fading. People are looking for something catchy and moodier with their kitchen design ideas. Jewel toned cabinetry add an elegant sense of drama to any home, are easier to manage, and are an elegant alternative to standard ivories.

Dark jewel tone cabinetry has been gaining in popularity during 2018, we will likely be seeing lots more

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Use Bold Patterns & Textures

As the times call for clean, symmetrical straight lines, we’re seeing grid motifs used as a lite nod to industrial styling everywhere in contrasting black for windows, doors, and cabinet legs.  

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Bring Nature Indoors

In 2019 we will see more kitchens and home decor inspired by nature. People are trading in their dark stained cabinets of the early 2000 for more bright and contrasting cabinets. Wood and natural textures soften the space and make it feel comfortable and relaxing.


The 5 Reasons You Should Be Designing with White

If you talk to any kitchen and bath designer, they usually have at least 2 favorite white paints tucked in their back pocket. These are their go-to's and with good reason. White is as timeless as can be and provides a stunning backdrop, no matter your style. It's like liquid gold in the color (or colorless) department. Here, our Kitchen and Bath Design, Nikki Gipman is sharing 5 reasons why you should most certainly be designing with white.

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1. White amplifies the natural light in your room.

White, specifically white paint, multiplies natural light exponentially. If your home is feeling a little dim or dreary, break out the white paint and get busy brightening up! White drapery can have a similar effect, by making your windows feel larger and more open.

Designer Tip:

I have two tried and true white paint colors that can do no wrong.

  1. My favorite soft, warm white is Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.
  2.  My favorite crisp, cool white is Sherwin Williams SW 7004. 
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2. White creates the perfect backdrop to accentuate.

Hanging your art on a crisp white wall brings out the best in it, no matter what the medium. Whether it’s a black and white photograph or a vibrant painting, help it look it’s best by surrounding it with a simple clean neutral. After all, there’s a reason why art gallery walls are always painted white!

Designer Tip:

You can take this effect one step further by also framing and matting your artwork in white. This creates the interesting visual effect of blurring where the walls end and the art begins.

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3. White makes your ceilings look higher.

White walls, white ceiling and white molding blend together into an optical illusion that creates visual height and volume. This is an especially great trick in older homes with 8’ ceilings.

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4. White makes your colors look brighter.

The attributes of colorful pieces of furniture or objects are amplified when set inside a white box. Because of this effect, you can make fewer grander statements with color and still get maximum impact.

Designer Tip:

In a mostly white room, consider concentrating a large amount of color on one item. For example, in this mostly white kitchen, I chose to make a grand gesture with the jojoba green color of the island. The bold color of the accent island turns into something more, by surrounding it with white.

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5. White makes you feel better.

While this may sound a little silly, there are psychological benefits to the color white. It helps your home feel refreshing, clean, and quiet. And who wouldn’t want that?

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Butcher Block Countertops

All about Butcher Block Countertops
The popularity of wood looks – especially as countertop surfaces – is on the rise
— Tiffany Warner

Are you looking for a unique countertop material to complete your kitchen? Butcher block is the answer. This beautiful wood product can be used in rustic-inspired kitchens to add that old-fashioned farm feel or can even be used in sleek, modern kitchens to offset metal surfaces and appliances. At Gipman Kitchens & Cabinetry, we can create and size custom butcher block countertops for your Kootenay home. All of our countertops are produced locally. 

What is Butcher Block?

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Butcher block countertops are made from straight cuts of wood that are then glued together into a thick slab. The material and construction of these countertops make them a very stable and sturdy working surface for your kitchen. Butcher block can be constructed from nearly any type of wood. While maple is the most popular due to its sturdiness and clear grain, cherry and black walnut are also used for their rich colour.

There are two main ways of finishing butcher block to choose from. These include:

Lacquered Finish

A lacquered butcher block finish is very popular due to its strength and lower maintenance. This finish is not food safe, which means that it is recommended you use a cutting board and do not directly cut on the surface. However, since the finish is quite durable, and you should not be cutting directly on it, it has a lower maintenance requirement than oiled.

Oiled Finish

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An oiled butcher block finish is very popular due to its beauty and function. This finish is food safe, which means that you can forgo a cutting board and directly cut on the surface. However, since the finish does not seal the wood in the traditional sense you must be careful of what you set on the surface and regularly oil it to keep it from drying out.

Caring for Your Butcher Block Countertop

Wood countertops do require a few maintenance tasks to keep their beauty over time. Unlike some other countertop materials, wood is a very porous material, so it has to be sealed properly. Without sealing, germs are able to easily get into the material through the surface. Once inside, germs will continue to grow, making your countertop unsafe and destroying its beauty. Once your countertop is installed, you will want to have it sealed and you should maintain the surface with mineral oil or another protectant. Countertops will also have to be refinished after about 10 of use depending on how heavily they are used by your family.

You must also not allow moisture to sit on the surface of your wood countertop for an extended period of time. Spills and other moisture should be cleaned up and dried from the surface quickly. Otherwise you could notice water damage, which will make the surface more susceptible to germs.

Because wood is a soft material, you may notice dents, dings or scratches developing over time. While some may not like this look, many choose wood countertops for this exact reason, as they like the appearance of the rustic patina wood acquires over years of use.

Benefits of Butcher Block

Wood countertops are an excellent option for kitchens as they make a strong and sturdy work surface. If you choose, you can cut food directly on the countertop as many of the styles will disguise small scratches and cuts. The soft material of wood is also much easier on the blades of your knives than granite or stone would be. 

Butcher block countertops can bring warmth to your kitchen, not just in the warm tones and appearance of the wood. The surface is much warmer to the touch than that of granite, tile or stone. If you are planning to use the countertop as an island that people can sit around or eat at, wood is a great option since placing your arm on a cold granite countertop can be quite a shock.

 

Alternatives to Butcher Block Countertops

Something many people do not consider when deciding on solid wood countertops is the amount of wear and damage that they can take on. A great alternative to constant worry and maintenance is going with a laminate countertop with a high definition printed wood pattern.  You maintain the cost effective nature and high durability of the laminate, but can achieve the high end look of wood!

Best of both worlds

All these images are of laminate countertops with the high definition wood grain patterns!

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