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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
bsouza@kitchenviews.com

Nature’s Harmony Inspires Benjamin Moore’s 2014 Color Trends Palette

Benjamin Moore Color of the year 2014 Breath of Fresh Air

© Benjamin Moore

Recently, Benjamin Moore released its latest color of the year for 2014, “Breath of Fresh Air,” a light, tranquil blue used as a neutral base. The conceptual thought process for their new palette is based on the idea of looking to nature for neutral colors, such as this case of blue shades of water and the sky. Take a look around outside and you may find combinations of not only colors, but of various elements that inspire a sense of calm and harmony within you. Now imagine bringing that zenful feeling into your home through the use of color, textiles and accents.

Breath of Fresh Air 806 is a color that can be used throughout your entire home to help create that sense of flowing harmony. The color reacts well with natural light and creates a feeling of being light and clean, a welcome outlook in kitchen design. When used in a bathroom, the feeling may be closer to that of being at a spa resort; a luxurious calm. Whether your decorating style is masculine or feminine, Benjamin Moore’s 2014 Color Trends palette has 23 color hues that have been created to harmonize and complement one another.

Some of the other colors in the new palette include:

  • Peach Parfait 2175-70
  • Lavender Mist 2070-60
  • Nightingale AF-670

Click here to view the full color palette. Please note, colors onscreen may not be a true representation of the actual color and are for visual reference only. Visit one of our locations in person to see swatches. 

Color has such an impact on daily life that it makes perfect sense to transform your living space into one that allows the energy of your home to flow freely and harmoniously for you.

Our professional designers are experts in designing with color and are here to help assist you in your design journey, from beginning to end.

Kitchen Views, where the designers are pros, and the views are yours!

National Lumber is a Benjamin Moore Paints dealer with showrooms in six (6) locations. Visit our experts for advice and all your painting supplies. See BenjaminMooreExperts.com for more ideas and product information.

As More Homeowners Remodel, Universal Design Becomes More Relevant

spacious kitchen with low ovens and storage options

Having space to maneuver around, along with lower placed storage and cooking options will allow for possible handicap accessibility

When you think of home remodeling, do you think of upgrading to add value, or do you think of the remodel lasting into your golden years? An upward trend shows more homeowners are considering the longevity and accessibility of their remodeling projects. One factor in this consideration is the option to do what is referred to as age in place.

Aging in place refers to the concept of designing for senior living in the residence they choose, in order to maintain a healthy and happy quality of life. Having a home that will accommodate for future needs such as physical restrictions and safety will offer great value whether you choose to stay in the home or sell.

Kaitz Kitchen - Kitchen Island

This kitchen was designed with a desk area, refrigerator drawers and open space, just to name a few options, in order to accommodate the homeowner who is handicapped.

Universal design in spaces such as the kitchen and bath areas includes wider doorways, storage options that are below the countertop height, refrigerator and microwave drawers, seamless thresholds, grip bars, high friction tiles and roll-in showers, just to name a few. There is an idea that designing for a universal fit will leave the space looking sterile and institutional, having a bland aesthetic, rather than feeling like home. But as you can see with these pictures of homes designed by Kitchen Views, a home that is designed for future needs and physical challenges can be beautiful.

corner kitchen drawers for easy access

This is where you work hand in hand with your designer. As a team, you will be able to come up with the look and feel you want while your designer has the expertise to inform you of potential issues that may impact the functionality of your space in the future. To give you an example of how unexpectedly things in life can change, and how your surroundings directly impact your life, read this article on page 5 of our Kitchen Views magazine, summer 2009, titled Things Change.

Thinking of the future may be a challenge, but our design professionals are here for you and happy to help every step of the way. For more inspiration, visit us online at kitchenviews.com and on Houzz.com.  To speak with one of our designers, click on his or her photo for contact information.

Kitchen Views – Where the designers are pros, and the views are yours!

Resource:  Universal Design Becoming Common in Bathroom Design – JLC Online Nov 13 | jlconline.com

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Kitchen Design & Home Improvement Go Hand in Hand. Survey results show 55% of consumers plan to do a kitchen remodel.

Amy Mood of Kitchen Views works with a client and her daughter on a kitchen remodeling project

A recent online survey done by remodelormove.com shows that American consumers are feeling more confident in spending money toward home improvement projects.  The survey had 5,000 participants who answered a range of approximately 70 questions to determine if the majority would rather move or remodel. Every participant showed interest in making some sort of improvement to their current home.  The results show consumers are willing to spend around 30% of their home’s value for the home improvements.

With long-term value being a factor in remodeling, homeowners are willing to use more expensive materials in their projects. A majority, 74% responded that they plan to hire a general contractor to do the work, rather than undertaking projects themselves. Along with hiring construction professionals, more than half of the respondents plan to hire an architect. Homeowners are planning their projects on a larger scale and are including multiple rooms, and will be better served having professionals to oversee the project.

The percentage of homeowners planning to do a kitchen remodel is right above the halfway mark at 55%. Kitchen remodels are taking precedence over baths, according to the survey, and this is where consumers are willing to invest more of their budget. Since the contemporary kitchen is the hub of family activities, this is really an investment in improving family life.

Kitchen Views at National Lumber has experienced designers to serve you through every phase of your remodeling projects. We can supply you with the building supplies you need and the services you deserve. Those services include getting to know the unique needs of your family. Your particular tastes and lifestyle are factored into the design. We strive to exceed your expectations. One of our designers will follow the project from concept to completion. Kitchen Views at National Lumber, where the designers are pros and the views are yours!

Resource: Americans Willing to Spend More to Remodel, Survey Says

By Boat, RV or Expo – Kitchen Views Goes The Distance For You

NKBA Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston ship September 10, 2013

“Where the designers are pros, and the views are yours.” That is our motto here at Kitchen Views. We are here to design for you with integrity and the highest quality products possible.

This summer, we hosted an open house style RV showroom displaying counter materials from Cosentino. They drove to Mansfield and parked their RV in our lot and were there to meet with designers, builders, and homeowners about their different product lines. Most recently, the KV designers met with various vendors to see what is trending for 2014. Here are a couple of examples from the evening.

Kitchen Views Assistant GM scheduling a meeting with a cabinetry vendor.

Cabinets – The designers at KV joined cabinet dealers to take a look at new product on the NKBA‘s Boston Harbor Cruise. Cabinet vendors showed the designers the new textured doors and rich grays that are available cabinetry swatch showing textured veneer finishfor 2014.  Kitchen Views stays ahead of the curve by making sure new product is available to customers right away. Contractors that work with KV enjoy the fact that their customers are getting the most current products on the market.

Counters – Countertop material has changed dramatically in the marketplace. New finish processes prevent staining more than ever. The designers tested the new SileStone Suede finish by attempting to scratch and stain it.

Kitchen Views designers speak to Cosentino vendor about new line of counter top materials and quality

Each designer took a different approach to test the material to make sure customers were going to be satisfied with overall durability. Some attempted to scratch it with glass, knifes and tile. Others tried to stain it with cherries, red wine and soda. The product performed exceptionally well and KV will be displaying the new product in the Newton store next month. These types of meetings give the designers a real trial of how these products will perform in the field.

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KV Designers John Allen and Lee Turner converse with Jim and Merry from Cosentino about the quality of their new product line.

It is our duty to those we service to research various products and find those that consistently match the quality we expect to deliver to our customers.

If you would like more information on how our designers can assist you, or if you have questions on the products we carry, feel free to visit or call a Kitchen Views showroom closest to you, or visit our website at kitchenviews.com.

Brandy Souza | Kitchen Views Assistant General Manager
Kitchen Views  | 120 Welby Rd., New Bedford, MA 02745
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Observe Your Holiday Cooking Habits This Independence Day

Happy Independence Day from Kitchen Views at National Lumber

There are certain times during the year when you spend more time in the kitchen making, and baking, things for a special occasion. This week, pay attention to your kitchen habits while you’re preparing that yummy dish to share at your Fourth of July cookout.

Do you find that you like to spread out all the ingredients, dishes and pots and pans you’ll need? Maybe you have limited counter space so spreading everything out is not an option for you. If a smaller kitchen is the case, you’ve probably mastered the skills to improvise and work methodically. Whichever the case may be, be observant of how you use your kitchen.

Knowing your preparation and cooking habits will clearly define your needs. If you’re thinking about remodeling your current kitchen, think of the essentials you absolutely must have in order for you to work fluently. Look around at the layout and think about how you flow as you’re preparing and cooking. Is everything in a place that makes sense to support your independent cooking habits? If not, write your ideas down as to what you think may make your life a little easier in the kitchen. That way, when the time comes for you to work with your own professional kitchen designer, you will be prepared.

You will be able to express what works for you in your kitchen and what doesn’t. From that, your designer can offer you suggestions and solutions for you to consider. An experienced designer is an integral part of your remodeling team because he or she may have the foresight to identify possible so called obstacles in the remodeling process, and the expertise on how to avert certain issues; thus saving you money in the long run.

Having your kitchen remodeled is a big undertaking, no doubt. However, once your project is complete, you will have the liberty to cook as you please and the freedom to tell everyone how much you love your new kitchen! Don’t forget to leave your online review about your experience. Read more about why your online review is important here.

From Kitchen Views at National Lumber, we wish you and your family a safe, healthy and wonderful Happy Independence Day!

Our locations will be honoring holiday hours on Thursday and Friday. Call your local showroom to find out their holiday schedule.

What “Special Somethings” Would Make Your Kitchen Incredible?

Everyone fantasizes about the ultimate “dream” home. It’s fun to flip through design magazines, pin things you like on Pinterest and add your favorite room ideas to your Ideabooks on Houzz. You can see what styles and amenities others like, and share what you find pleasing and useful.

The real challenge for a homeowner comes when you decide to remodel or rennovate your space. You begin to think about all the different ideas you have seen and wonder how to implement some of those into your very own updated home. While you may have some ideas and likes that are truly over- the-top extravagant, here are a few suggestions that are very practical. Once you have these amenities, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Kitchen with plenty of seating space for entertaining and ambient lighting

This kitchen was designed with under the cabinet lighting as an added feature

If you are updating your kitchen, you may want to consider some, if not all, of these items for your new space.

Soft-close hinges on cabinets and drawers: This will help save fingers from getting pinched, reduce noise upon closing and help with multi-tasking.

Large drawers: If you have limited space for cabinets, install large drawers into lower cabinets. It may be easier to pull open a drawer and see what’s in it, rather than peer into a low, dark cabinet and possibly have to move items around until you find what you’re looking for.

Keep your countertop clear: You can install a built-in soap dispenser, eliminating the need to leave out the bottle of soap. Another idea is to build in a microwave with a cabinet door to hide it.

If you dine, or like to entertain in your kitchen, create an ambiance by installing dimmer switches to control the lighting for the occassion. Adding under-cabinet lighting can also add charm to your room. We have some wonderful visuals of lighting in our Kitchen Views Gallery.

For more inspiration, take a journey through our gallery to see some of the wonderful work created by our talented kitchen designers.

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Good Chemistry and the Fine Art of Cooking

This article was the featured cover story from the Summer 2009 issue of Kitchen Views Magazine.

“Sweet and Savory” by Chad Carlberg

Walk up the back porch and into the home of Ingrid and John Molnar and you will discover why they are both smiling with pride—it’s their kitchen. Yet this cooking couple deserves bragging rights, having spent over a decade living with an ordinary kitchen whose extraordinarily bad design made their shared joy of cooking an endless labor of love.

“I’m a baker and John’s more of a cook,” Ingrid reveals.

Quickly, John quips, “I’m an artist. She’s more of a chemist.” They laugh as if congratulating themselves for having grown so comfortable with one another that their conversations roll like an old act that never tires. It’s hard to imagine that they would have had any difficulty in designing and renovating a kitchen. But mix a baker and a cook, an Italian and a German, and a dash of marriage, and the resulting pastiche is a recipe for living with an outdated kitchen long past its expiration date.

John Molnar cooking in the old kitchen

John Molnar cooking in the old kitchen

“I wanted a microwave that wasn’t on the counter and wasn’t so high that the kids would have trouble using it,” says Ingrid, now mother of high school-aged twin girls. “I also needed a vertical drawer for cutting boards and cookie sheets—”

“—And I had to have a stove with good control that could get hot fast,” John adds. “This induction cooktop was the way to go. We have no gas in this house so we had to get clever. But when we researched it we were sold. This thing boils water in ninety seconds.”

Their individual must-have list goes on and on, and they revel in how well they each recall their concoction for the perfect kitchen.

Outside of the Molnar residence, the ingredients are almost always a little different, yet the indecision and anxiety about “pulling the trigger” is shared by couples everywhere. Every one of them is searching for a sign about the next step. The Molnars were fortunate to find theirs in the form of a Kitchen Views designer from Berlin, MA named Diane Hersey.

John whips up lunch as he speaks, a simple Pasta Puttanesca recipe he picked up from his maternal grandfather. He doesn’t mention it, but is delighted to show off the speed and efficacy of his new cooktop stove.

“Diane was just what we needed. Because my wife and I are very good in the kitchen. We work together all the time. But we envisioned different spaces because we like different things.”

Ingrid adds that Diane was a superb listener, and was able to take in a lot of information to help them create the kitchen they had always wanted. “It’s a wonderful process,” Diane explains. “People always know what they want. They just need to be guided with the right sort of questions, and become active in a dialog that is not all that familiar to them.”

It is clear that Diane is fluent in the language of design. Her work is stunning, but the aesthetic of her creations is only a partial tribute. For even in the span of a lunchtime visit, an equal balance of Ingrid’s and John’s individual personalities is evident in the kitchen’s design. It is both slick and precise, earthy and relaxed. It is whimsical and practical, and it works beautifully.

Their contemporary kitchen with high-gloss wine colored cabinetry by UltraCraft is accompanied by touches of glass, aluminum and stainless steel. The cabinetry in the two-level island is a bird’s eye maple look-alike. Countertops on the periphery and the island are both engineered stone. The island’s cool blue gray echoes the kitchen’s stainless steel, while the warmer tans found in the peripheral counters build a connection between their immediate surroundings and the wooden beams and hardwood throughout the house.

John using the induction cooktop in the new kitchen

John using the induction cooktop in the new kitchen

“That’s Diane,” Ingrid says plainly. “I look around and I can see so much of each of us in here, and she made it work.”

John continues, “When we were researching kitchens we wanted something unique. We kept getting these people selling us their line… Or this medieval custom millwork. She was the first person who worked to understand that we weren’t like most people and that we wanted something different.” Ingrid adds that in addition to listening, Diane was masterful in creating a kitchen whose workflow intuited their every move. “Excuse me, John. Can I get in there?” she says playfully, recalling their daily dance in a tight, galley kitchen. “The whole thing just flows so well now.”

John lights up, recalling those days when a bad kitchen was made adequate through the goodwill of the cooks who worked in it. Rather than turning wistful, however, he chuckles at his new found fortune—the pasta’s already done.

From the Molnar’s kitchen emerge two beautiful open rooms, both late additions in the renovation process, each responses to careful design choices in the kitchen space. For the first time this day, the husband and wife are quiet, save for the clang of silverware on porcelain bowls. The afternoon sunlight has found its way into the house and rests like a tired hound beside the wood stove.

“That was delicious.” Ingrid breaks the silence, swiping the dishes from the counter and loading them into the dishwasher in one move. After several hours talking chemistry and the art of designing the “perfect kitchen,” it is the finality of a quick and simple meal made from scratch that best punctuates a story many years in the making. And like a satisfying meal, it was indeed worth the wait.

For more on this story, see this video documenting the Molnar’s kitchen design journey. For more stories from Kitchen Views’ design magazines, visit kitchenviews.com/magazine.

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25 Central St, Berlin, MA
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