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November 7, 2018

Keeping Kitchens on Trend

     Great interior designers not only give you the room you’ve been dreaming of, but also inspire you [...]

November 7, 2018

Carpentry Inspections: An Investment Instead of an Estimate

     At Tom Curren Companies, we believe customers benefit from the knowledge that carpentry inspections provide through additional [...]

November 7, 2018

Painting Your Bedroom into 2018

With a new year and new beginnings often comes an itch to update your home. One of the best [...]

November 7, 2018

Staining Pressure Treated Wood

Q: How long do I need to wait before painting or staining pressure-treated wood? 

     Let's talk. [...]

November 7, 2018

Natural Stained Homes

Q: How do I make my natural stained home look brand new?

     Many homes built before [...]

November 7, 2018

How renovations can affect your pets

     Home remodeling or construction can be a major stress on anyone—but just imagine being a pet. Suddenly [...]

November 7, 2018

Cedar Shingles

     Historically, red cedar has been the premier choice for shingles in the Northeast—a durable, high-quality option for [...]

November 7, 2018

What is VOC?

     Paints are composed of three central elements: pigment (which gives paint its color), binders (which makes the [...]

     Great interior designers not only give you the room you’ve been dreaming of, but also inspire you with the latest trends to maintain your home’s value and keep your guests impressed. At Tom Curren Companies, our remodeling estimators want to help each customer do exactly this.

     One trend that is currently sweeping kitchens is the transition to a light, bright feel throughout the space. Starting with the kitchen’s main element: the cabinets. By painting your existing doors or purchasing new set of white cabinets altogether, the kitchen immediately gains a sense of light and openness. To add some contrast, some homeowners choose to alternate the different parts of their kitchen between a variety of white and gray tones. These gray tones help to add depth to what could otherwise become a washed-out space. And, for those who love the airy feel but also enjoy splashes of color, two-toned cabinetry may be your solution. With two-toned cabinets, different parts of your kitchen can be broken up and emphasized by having the main cabinets painted a light color while the island’s cabinets have a deeper hue to them that anchors the space.

     To continue this theme of both light and depth, countertops and their accompanying backsplashes can go a long way to change a kitchen through simple design. Unique countertops can create an accent or new topic of conversation, while juxtaposed classic white subway tiles with beveled edges effortlessly frame them.

     In order to keep your new, fresh kitchen clean, your choice of cabinet length can play a key role as well. Cabinets that extend all the way up to clients’ ceilings both seamlessly connect with your home’s molding and avoid becoming another “dust collector” in your home. So not only do these taller cabinets extend the eye up toward the ceiling, simultaneously extending the room’s height, but they serve a dual cleanliness purpose as well. We have also seen an increase in cabinet uses pertaining to a home’s waste basket and/or recycle bins. To keep these containers out of sight but not out of reach, clients often request to have such baskets or bins kept within pull-out cabinets for easy access.

     Finally, to tie the kitchen into the rest of the home and create an even more open feel, hardwood floors are becoming more popular than the traditional tile flooring. The long lines found in hardwood create the illusion of a larger space. And, if the same hardwood flooring is used throughout the home, each room can flow from one to the next without interruption.

 

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