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Welcome 2014 Design Trends!

Brandy Souza, Kitchen Views at National Lumber

If you’re looking for kitchen design inspiration, below is a list of my favorite trends for 2014. Remember, you can subscribe to receive Kitchen Views blogs via email. Look at the top of the right-hand column to find the place to sign-up. In the weeks to come, we’ll be discussing these trends and providing inspiring photos.

1) Transitional design is growing in popularity. Even with traditional design having a strong arm here in New England, consumers want  sleek, clean lines rather than a great deal of detail in the doors.

2) Neutrals, which have played a large role as wall colors, have now jumped into kitchen cabinet finishes. Greys, grey/whites, putty and tans are now preferred colors over pure white for cabinets.

3) Large single bowl sinks still reign king, but now with more interesting materials and textures. Copper, polished chrome, fireclay and soapstone are a few fun finishes consumers are putting in their kitchens.

4) Glass mosaic backsplash is sold everywhere now, but the 2014 twist is to have a single pane of glass with the back painted in any accent color you wish. It is easier to keep clean as it has no grout lines, and it is a sleeker look.

5) Access to Wi-Fi is a must for the kitchen area. More consumers work from their islands, look up recipes on their kindles and they are checking their favorite social media pages over coffee in the morning.

6) Multiple refrigeration is key for the many different diets consumers are following in their homes. From Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, to Gluten free and my personal favorite, wineo, you need to plan for different ways to preserve foods. Different humidity levels are key with vegetables and grains while light and temperature are critical to wine and cheese.

Contact Kitchen Views at 1-508-DESIGNS (337-4467) to arrange a personal consultation with a designer who will guide your design journey to a new kitchen you will enjoy for years to come.

Brandy L. Souza
Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
120 Welby Rd, New Bedford, MA 02745
Office: 508-990-8020 x3163
Fax: 508-742-1498


Do you want a low maintenance kitchen when you remodel?

Schrock Thermafoil White Cabinetry

Schrock Thermofoil White Cabinetry

An important consideration when planning to remodel your kitchen is how much time you plan to spend cleaning and maintaining the cabinetry. It will only look beautiful for years to come if you care for it on a regular basis. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few people want to spend their precious free time cleaning. Of course, if you can afford it, you could hire someone to do this work. But for the moment, let’s say that’s not an option.

White cabinetry is very popular, and one type of white cabinetry is particularly easy to clean. Thermofoil cabinets are an easily maintained product. Sleek and smooth-surfaced, Thermofoil cabinetry from Schrock offers a sophisticated appearance along with exceptional durability and ease of maintenance for today’s hard-working kitchen. You should be aware that White and Cashmere color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions.

Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel’s face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface – excellent for easy cleaning.

Cleaning guidelines from Schrock Cabinetry:
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth. Click here to read more, such as cleaning products to avoid.

Next time, we’ll talk about easy to clean and maintain countertop material.

Kitchen Views

Merillat’s New CornerStore Corner Access Storage Cabinets

Merillat CornerStore Storage Cabinets

Merillat CornerStore Storage Cabinets

Merillat recently introduced yet another new storage solution at IBS 2011, the CornerStore corner access cabinets. An alternative to traditional Lazy Susans, the CornerStore cabinets turn otherwise unused corner cabinet areas into additional storage space.

The drawers are positioned in the center, offering two drawer sizes for flexible storage. Two pull-out pantry trays flank either side of the drawers, and each has an adjustable center shelf to accommodate whatever items you choose to store in them, from dishes to cookware, to dry good, to even small appliances!

Merillat has many organization solutions available, with many cabinet features and accessories to help you organize any room in your house. Check out the Merillat cabinet accessories page to see what Merillat cabinets can do to help you organize your home and your life.

Call 1-508-DESIGNS(337-4467) to reach a Kitchen Views designer who will help you to organize every area of your home.

What’s New From Crystal Cabinets

Multi-Functional Room Designed with Crystal Cabinetry

Multi-Functional Room Designed with Crystal Cabinetry

There are plenty of new things going on with Crystal Cabinets, one of our favorite cabinet brands. Kitchen Views carries both custom and semi-custom lines of Crystal Cabinets, a company known for their strong environmental ethics. Our offerings include Crystal’s GreenQuest line of frameless, environmentally-friendly cabinetry, which qualify for points in LEED certification. We also design with and sell their more affordable semi-custom line which also features the same green construction and finishes of their custom lines.

For 2011, Crystal Cabinets has plenty of great new finishes and door styles to announce, as well as adding a new wood species, walnut, to their cabinetry lines. In particular, Crystal now offers a new cabinet coating, LuxGuard. This exclusive coating has, quote:

“…enhanced depth of color and durability, with a touchable, silky feel like no other! LuxGuard coating is applied to all of our stains and Signature paints in standard or flat sheen in all product lines.” (Crystal Cabinet Works, “What’s New”)

Traditional Kitchen Designed with Crystal Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Designed with Crystal Cabinets

You can learn more about LuxGuard and other new product line innovations by Crystal Cabinets on their What’s New page. Visit a Kitchen Views showroom near you to learn more about Crystal Cabinets.

John Allen: Coping With An Uneven Ceiling When Crown Moulding and Cabinets

Ultracraft Tuscany - crown moulding below ceiling

Ultracraft Tuscany cabinets with crown moulding below ceiling

Most people may not realize this, but often the ceilings in their homes are not flat. They could be slightly sloped, have high and low spots or a combination of all of these.

This condition can be created as a house settles as it ages or the ceiling may have been made uneven to start with. Rolling or uneven ceilings go mostly unnoticed because light usually shines down in a room and does not highlight the flaws in a ceiling.

Uneven ceilings can create issues in kitchens when it comes to crown or other mouldings that finish out the tops of cabinets. Properly installed cabinets are flat and level. If the ceiling above the cabinets is not flat and level, crown moulding will touch the ceiling at one point and have significant gaps at others. Caulking the seam between the moulding and the ceiling is not advisable since the gap between the ceiling and molding will swell and shrink with the seasons and the caulk line will open up over time.

The two best solutions for dealing with this are having the crown moulding not extend all the way to the ceiling or using flat stock above the cabinets.

Stopping the moulding below the ceiling may not be as attractive as crown moulding that fills all the space above the cabinets, but it is an improvement over unsightly gaps.

Using flat stock as a moulding gives the installer the ability to scribe (cut away) portions of the moulding and bring it all the way to the ceiling. The flat face of the moulding still looks clean and attractive even if some of in needs to be cut down. Typical crown moulding has too much detail to trim part of it away without affecting the appearance.

Finding out if a ceiling has issues early in the design process can help address and solve problems before they become a major problem.

Working with the Kitchen Views Design Team provides you with a well-trained person trouble-shooting your particular situation and making the process go smoothly.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461

Lee Turner: The Underside of Wall Cabinets

When you are installing new kitchen cabinets, do not forget about the underside of the wall cabinets. In most cases, a piece of moulding is installed along the bottom edge of the cabinet frame, either for decoration or as a light rail to conceal the light fixtures, but this does not cover the seams and box construction of cabinets (see picture below).

Underside of Wall Cabinet

However, if there is a seating area such as a table, island or peninsula, the underside of the wall cabinet box construction is visible and not attractive to view. Below are several solutions that may be used on both framed and frameless cabinets.

1.  Place ¾ matching finished solid stock – the depth of the wall cabinet box  (one face and edge finished) and attach to bottom of cabinet with blind nails.

2.   Place a ¾ matching solid stock ¾ to 1 ½’ deeper than cabinet box (finished both faces and one long edge) with profiled edge of choice and attach to box as above.

3.   A ¼ matching plywood panel and light rail moulding are applied to the bottom in either of the two methods as illustrated below.

Omega Cabinet Installation Option Details Diagram

All of the above could be used with under cabinet lighting, but the lighting would be completely or partially proud (beyond) of the bottom of the cabinet box. Or, if puck lighting is used, the electrician could recess the fixture in the panel if it is a framed cabinet installation.

To completely hide the under cabinet lighting from standing position in work area, the light rail would have to measure between 1 ½”- 2 +” and ¼” paneling attached to cabinet behind the light rail and to bottom of cabinet, as shown below:

For a complete diagram of the finished undersides available from Omega Cabinets, visit this PDF on our website. To learn more about the many different options for wall cabinets, contact your nearest Kitchen Views showroom.

Lee Turner
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St, Newton, MA 02461

Get to Know Your Cabinet Sides

As our customers begin their kitchen design process they have numerous questions about what makes up cabinets. When it comes to the construction of the cabinet boxes themselves, the materials that I am asked about most frequently are plywood, furniture board (which is often called particle board), solid wood and MDF. Here are some brief descriptions of the strengths of these products:

Plywood, along with Furniture Board, is the most common of the materials used in the manufacture of a cabinet box. It is made by taking overlapping layers of wood veneers and glue and pressing them into sheets. The end product is comparatively light, very strong and long lasting. Plywood costs more than furniture board and can add to the price of a cabinet but it is still a very desirable product for cabinet construction.

Furniture Board is a modernized version of particle board. It is denser and made at higher pressure with better glues than its older cousin. Whereas particle board would have issues of swelling when exposed to moisture, the newer furniture board is stronger and more resistant to moisture. I was skeptical when I was initially told this by one of our sales reps. He stated that furniture board could survive direct contact with moisture without failing. I took a shelf from one of our displays and submerged it in my bathtub overnight. The next day the shelf was fine and once it dried out it went back into our display. Naturally, do not try this with your cabinets, but it does illustrate how far the material has come.

Some manufacturers will offer cabinet boxes that are made of solid wood. These are staves that have been glued up into panels and made into the sides, tops and bottoms of cabinets. This is not used as much because of the large amount of hardwood lumber it consumes and because of issues with cabinet stability. Solid hardwood still expands and contracts depending on the ambient humidity. A side panel on a base cabinet is 24 inches wide and can grow 3/8” to ½” in higher humidity and shrink the same amount in dry climes.

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), while an excellent material for wood and thermofoil laminate cabinet doors and center panels on painted doors, does not lend itself well to cabinet construction. It is considerably heavier than plywood, furniture board and hardwood. It also does not hold fasteners as well as the above materials. As a result, it is not offered as a material for cabinet boxes. Because they are both materials manufactured from wood residuals, MDF and Furniture Board are often confused with one another.

The vast majority of cabinets for the home are made from Furniture Board and Plywood. Each cabinet company manufactures their product with material that best meets their structural and budgetary specifications. Knowing the materials that make up cabinets will assist in making the best decisions for your design project.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham St.
Newton, MA 02461

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