Kona Stain Color Is a Popular Choice

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After being introduced this spring, our new rich, brown Kona color has become a very popular choice for homeowners and we’ve gotten great feedback on the finished product!  Below is a gallery of different cabinet door styles and wood species in Kona as well as several finished end product photos that show the finished product in the home for design inspiration.

 

New Cabinet Stain and Paint Colors

Burrows Cabinets’ stain and paint options have been updated and our Verona, Wedgewood and Sutton colors have been replaced with our beautiful new Bali, Barbado and Ambrose stains. We also added a rich new dark-brown stain called Kona and a bright, clean white paint color called Frost.

Bali, Barbado, Ambrose and Kona are available in Clear Alder, Knotty Alder, Beech, Hickory and Red Oak.  Frost is available on five-piece and one-piece raised panel and flat panel doors.

 

 

Should cabinets match throughout house?

Burrows Cabinets' kitchen in bone with umber island

Most new homes have matching kitchen, bathroom and laundry room cabinets mainly because making all of the cabinets the same is the most cost effective method. Each time materials, finish and paint colors are changed, it adds complexity and time to the job which also increases costs.  The fact that most homes have matching cabinets throughout does not mean this is the most appealing or best method.  Professional designers regularly mix both cabinet materials and colors.  This is really a matter of personal taste.

Changing materials and colors can create a custom, high-end look if done right and the colors and styles compliment each other.  You do need to be careful not to create a cluttered, mismatched or half finished look, especially where baseboards and crown molding meet cabinets, and in transitional areas where you can see cabinets from more than one room. The same design guidelines that are true for wall colors, furnishings, accessories and flooring are true for cabinets.  You don’t need to match every piece of wood furniture in your home or make every wall the same color and you don’t need to do so for cabinets.  However there should be some elements of color and style that tie everything together.

One way to add variety to a home’s cabinets while tying everything together is to use a different material, style or paint color on the kitchen island and use that same material, door style or paint color in the bathroom or other rooms.  It is common for the kitchen island to be different color from the surrounding cabinets and for the kitchen to have a custom, built in hutch made by the cabinetmaker that is a different color than the rest of the kitchen cabinets.

Another option is to use the same cabinet or door style throughout the home and change the paint or stain color, or use the same wood species throughout the home and change up the door styles.  We also have customers who use knotty alder material in one room and select alder material in others to add variety.

As far as door style goes, many customers create variety by using raised panel doors on lower cabinets and flat panel doors on uppers or raised panels in the kitchen and flat panel in the rest of the home.

Homeowners want their home to be a representation of their taste and personality and changing cabinet designs and colors is a great way to express personal style.  Here are a few more examples of rooms with cabinets by Burrows Cabinets, that use different colors and materials in close proximity for design inspiration:

Kitchen Cabinet Design – Island Options

Because the kitchen island is fabricated separately and set apart visually from the rest of the kitchen, it is an area that can be easily customized to add color or playful design elements, give the kitchen personality and show a homeowner’s personal style.  In the past, kitchen islands were typically made using the same materials, cabinet door designs, and colors as the perimeter cabinets, however today it is common to see different counter top and cabinet door materials, stain or paint colors, and even different cabinet door styles on the island to add interest to the kitchen design.  This trend is seen in eclectic, country kitchens as well as upscale, elegant kitchens.

Burrows Cabinets offers a number of kitchen island design options to customize homeowners’ space.   Below are a number of kitchen island ideas to consider for use in your cabinet project:

Small Corner Posts can be used to dress up a kitchen island while still maximizing precious cabinet storage space.  Burrows Cabinets offers two corner post options, Tuscan (shown below left) and a more detailed Colonial design (shown below right).

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island with Tuscan posts (C) 2011 Burrows CabinetsColonial Post by Burrows Cabinets

Large Corner Posts can be used to dress up island corners, as island bar overhang supports, or to flank the corners of a bumped out cabinet or a farmhouse style sink base.  Islands with Monaco Posts are shown below left.  Less ornate Shaker Posts are also available and are shown below right.

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island with Monaco posts (C) 2014 Burrows CabinetsBurrows Cabinets kitchen island with Monaco posts

Burrows Cabinets kitchen with Camley door style and Shaker Posts (C) 2014 Burrows Cabinets

Paneled Ends can be used in place of flat, laminated veneer finished ends to dress up the sides of an island.  The gray island shown above left and the three islands shown below with integrated corners all have Paneled Ends.

Integrated corners can be used in a similar way as island posts to add interest and detail to cabinet corners.  Burrows Cabinets offers three integrated cabinet corner options:  the 100 (beaded) shown below left and center, 110 (smooth-rounded) shown below right and 120 (scalloped) shown on our cabinet options page.

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island in Ecru with beaded integrated corner (C) 2014 Burrows CabinetsBurrows Cabinets kitchen island with Monaco posts and center island with integrated corners

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island in Umber with rounded integrated corner option (C) 2014 Burrows Cabinets

Cabinet Bunn Feet (shown below) and Cabinet Pedestal Feet create a traditional, freestanding furniture look for your kitchen island.  Burrows Cabinets offers two Bunn Feet options and five Pedestal Feet options.

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island in Verona with Bunn feet and integrated corners in style 100 (c) 2014 Burrows Cabinets

A kitchen island is a smart choice for wine storage because it moves the wine away from the heat of the oven which is typically on a kitchen perimeter cabinet, it creates an upscale look and it keeps the wine accessible in the room where bottles are typically opened.  Our Big X wine storage racks can also be used for bottled water (we store big bottles of Smart Water and Italian Soda in ours), cookbooks and decorations.

Wine storage options from Burrows Cabinets include the popular Big X wine rack (shown below left), lattice wine rack, (shown below center), scalloped wine rack (typically used in upper cabinets) and wine refrigerators (below right) supplied by the home builder.

Burrows Cabinets Kitchen Island with Big X wine rack and Camley Door Style (C) 2014 Burrows Cabinets

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island with lattice wine rack in bone with black glaze (C) 2014 Burrows Cabinets

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island with Monaco Posts and wine refrigerator (C) 2014 Burrows Cabinets

Island bookshelves provide space for cookbooks, seasonal decorations, bowls and pitchers, collectibles,etc.  Double bookshelves can span the entire length of an island or a single, small bookshelf can be placed on an island end.  Below are examples of Burrows Cabinets’ island bookshelves from new home builders’ model home kitchens in central Texas.

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island in Ecru with bookshelves and integrated cornersBurrows Cabinets kitchen island with bookshelves

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island in Espresso with built in bookshelf

Bumped up or bumped down cabinets are often used on kitchen islands to create a raised eat-in bar or lowered island table (shown below left) and bumped out base cabinets can be used to visually break up a long stretch of cabinets or to frame a farmhouse sink (shown below right).

Burrows Cabinets kitchen island with island table bumped down to seating heightBurrows Cabinets kitchen island with Monaco posts

Many designers today use contrasting color on kitchen islands and perimeter cabinets, putting a bold or neutral color on the island paired with complimentary color on the surrounding cabinets.  Burrows Cabinets’ designers also specify a large number of stained wood islands and painted perimeter cabinets and vice versa to keep the warmth of the natural wood while adding paint color as a design element to break up the monotony of having one color in such a large space.  Below are a few beautiful examples of Burrows Cabinets’ kitchens with contrasting island and perimeter cabinet colors for design inspiration.

Burrows Cabinets kitchen with Ash gray island and perimeter cabinets in bone with black glazeWhite perimeter cabinets and knotty alder island by Burrows CabinetsBurrows Cabinets kitchen with black island and gray wall cabinets

On an island bar, Bar Brackets provide functional counter top support and they add an appealing design element.  Burrows Cabinets offers Bar Brackets (also known as corbels) in 4 sizes from 6″ to 12″ in depth and height.  Burrows Cabinets’ twelve inch Bar Bracket is shown on the island above center.

Other useful island options we’ve added to custom cabinets include pull out refrigerator drawers and dishwasher drawers, built-in desks, built-in dog kennels, and pop up appliance storage.

If you have any island design ideas to add to our list please share them!  We would love to hear from you.

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Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Second only to the increase in popularity of white kitchen cabinets, gray kitchen cabinets have been trending upwards over the past few years.  This trend is visible in kitchen cabinet design magazines, websites such as Houzz.com and Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com),  cabinet showrooms, and quantifiably in internet keyword search volume.   Searches for the term “gray kitchen cabinets” increased 60% over the past 4 years and searches for “grey kitchen cabinets” increased 40% over the same period.   Gray bathroom cabinets, office cabinets and furniture have become increasingly popular as well.  We think the reason for the increase in popularity is the beautiful, subtle, and varied shades of gray and the use of gray as a neutral, colorless, blank slate to which a myriad of designs can build on.  Gray can be the base for contemporary pops of bright color set, or the base for a neutral color scheme using gray with shades of white, grey-blues black or tan.

In case you were wondering which spelling is correct, grey is the European spelling and gray is the more common American spelling (note the 20% difference in searches for gray vs grey) although both are acceptable.

Many of our builder-customers have added gray kitchen cabinets to their product offering and we’ve seen some beautiful model homes and custom homes built using our different shades of gray painted cabinets.  Below is a gallery of some of these gray kitchens for design inspiration:

 

 

White Kitchen Cabinets

According to Google search trends, online searches for white kitchen cabinets have increased 200% over the past 5 years (July 2009 to July 2014).  All white kitchens with white cabinets and white countertops but usually a contrasting floor such as medium or dark hardwood, have become increasingly popular as well.  White kitchen cabinets are a classic design that has been popular off and on for over 100 years, with short periods of decline when colors or dark finishes took the spotlight.

If you love the bright, clean look of white kitchens, we have some design inspiration for you.  We put together a gallery of kitchen cabinets by Burrows Cabinets featuring white cabinets so you can look at how different flooring, paint colors, kitchen decor, cabinet configurations, countertops, appliances and backsplashes look with white cabinets.

Choose flooring that compliments cabinet color

Kitchen cabinet 6 by Burrows Cabinets in Camley style Burrows Cabinets kitchen in knotty alder with Verona finish and appliance end panelsBurrows Cabinets Kitchen 8 in knotty alder

Choosing flooring that compliments your kitchen cabinets is key to achieving an appealing design, and the nearly endless color combinations make the decision time consuming.  Below are some tips on choosing flooring colors that will compliment your cabinet paint or stain color choice:

1.  Contrast – don’t match.  Make sure the flooring is not the exact same color as the cabinets.  If the cabinets and flooring blend together, the effect is not as appealing.  Notice the kitchen photo on the right has stained cabinets and stained wood floors but the floors are darker than the cabinets which makes the kitchen look grounded and appealing and the dark stain on the flooring picks up the color from the darkest parts of the knotty alder cabinetry.

2. Choose a cool or warm color family and stick with it throughout the room.  The kitchen on the far left above has wood flooring with cool brown and grey/brown hues that compliment the cool grey wall color and the black and white in the kitchen.  The kitchen in the middle photo has a warmer tan wall color and a reddish-brown island stain that is complimented by the warm red-brown wood tones in the floor.

3. Take it easy on the pattern combinations.  While these days we are seeing people pair different patterns like plaids and florals or stripes and florals in clothing, a shirt and shorts or skirt are inexpensive and quick to change.  Kitchen materials, on the other hand cannot be easily changed out.  So before you commit to the checkerboard flooring or herringbone pattern wood floor, mosaic tile back splash and knotty hickory cabinet combination, give it some thought and try to pick just one detailed element so the eye isn’t overwhelmed.  If you want more texture on the cabinets and in the floors without looking too busy, a great combination is stained knotty alder cabinet material paired with wood flooring that has a lot of color variation such as natural red or white oak or hickory.  The stained knotty alder has texture and subtle color differences due to the knots but it is monochromatic enough to pair with a busy floor.

4. Look at product samples next to each other. Look at a sample of your flooring, cabinet material/color, counter top and wall color next to each other in similar lighting to what you will have in your kitchen and make sure you like how the colors and textures work together. Lay the flooring flat with the cabinet material at a 90 degree angle to the flooring as it will be in the finished room and stand back to look at it. You may want to pick a few cabinet and flooring color options to look at next to each other in case your first choices don’t compliment each other.

5. Find online or magazine photos of kitchens or bathrooms using a similar color, material or pattern combination to give you an idea of the overall final look without making your home and your budget the Guinea pig.  Burrows Cabinets website and Houzz pages have dozens of recent kitchen, bath, study and other room cabinet photos and are a great place to start.

Burrows Cabinets kitchen cabinets in stained perimeter cabinets and gray island, Craftsman range hood and Terrazzo doors Burrows Cabinets kitchen cabinet 7 at Travisso with painted cabinets in umber Kitchen cabinet 2 by Burrows Cabinets at Travisso with painted cabinets in Bone with black glaze on perimeter cabinets and Ash on the island

Burrows Cabinets' full overlay kitchen with SoCo doors - island view Burrows Cabinets' kitchen cabinets with raised panel doors in Maple Toffee Burrows Cabinet's kitchen in Beech with Kona stain and glass upper cabinet doors Burrows Cabinets kitchen in knotty alder with Verona finish and appliance end panels

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