Planning a Colorful Kitchen? We Can Help!

Sherwood Forest ModernA colorful kitchen begins with an idea. You’re tired of the same kitchen. You want something different, but you’re worried about being too different. We believe that your home is fully capable of reflecting your unique creativity without being over-the-top. Here are a few great ideas to keep in mind while planning your colorful kitchen.

Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Add visual interest and contrast with two tone kitchen cabinets. This concept does a few different things while adding color to your kitchen. For example, dark upper cabinets help bring a high ceiling down so that the room doesn’t feel so tall. Darker lower cabinets allow the eye to focus on lighter upper cabinets, making the room feel larger, which works beautifully in a small kitchen.

Varying Finishes

Most paint colors display a slightly different appearance based on the finish and how well they absorb or reflect light. Here are the finishes available for most types of paint:

  • Matte or Flat: Flat finish has absolutely no shine and may help absorb light instead of reflecting it. The use of a flat or matte finish on a wall creates depth when used correctly. Flat paint is not very easy to clean, but very easy to touch up or repaint.
  • Eggshell: Eggshell finish has very little shine. It doesn’t always readily reflect light, but it won’t detract from it. Eggshell finish is not very easy to clean, but very easy to touch up or repaint.
  • Satin: Satin finish could easily be renamed to velvet finish and still be equally correct. This velvety smooth finish is perfect for most rooms in the house and is very durable. Satin finish is easier to clean and easy to touch up.
  • Semi-Gloss: Semi-gloss finish is a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, trim, and other areas that need a glossy finish. It also works well for an accent wall that needs extra shine. Semi-gloss is very easy to clean, but not very easy to touch up. A repaint is often necessary in lieu of touch ups.
  • High Gloss: High gloss is extremely shiny; think nail polish shine. The shiny finish shows every blemish on the surface it covers, so prep work is absolutely necessary. High gloss finish is very easy to clean and likely needs a repaint in lieu of touch ups.

You can create a 3D effect using the same paint color with different finishes. For example, if you were to paint an entire wall gray with a flat finish and paint decorative lines or a chevron pattern with the same gray in a high gloss finish, the lines or chevrons would appear 3D.

Colorful Kitchen Cabinets

The color options available to you are limited only by your personal tastes. Take notes and research kitchen color options and ideas before you get started. We will also help you choose the best colors to fit your kitchen ideas.

Call us at 404-378-6962 and allow us to show you why we have a 97% referral rate on our amazing remodeled kitchens. Our clients love our work as much as we love providing our kitchen remodeling services in Decatur and the surrounding areas. We often design the entire floor plan for the new kitchen based on the needs and desires expressed by the client. We are often asked to help choose colors, fixtures, trim, and other finishing touches to ensure a cohesive and unique finished kitchen.

Make a Serious Style Statement with Your Kitchen Hardware

Homeowners have a lot to think about and plan when they’re undergoing a kitchen remodel. You have to choose the types of cabinets you want, paint colors and finishes, flooring type and color, whether you will use crown molding or modify the ceiling, and the list goes on and on. One of the more difficult choices you will need to make involves the cabinet hardware. We’ve put together a few different things to keep in mind while choosing cabinet hardware for your newly remodeled kitchen.

Just Pick Something

This type of mentality is not the way you want to approach choosing kitchen cabinet hardware. We understand it can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t let that frustrated feeling push you into a just pick something attitude. You really can find the perfect knobs, pulls, and hinges if you put enough research into it.

  • Finishes: Some of the most popular finishes include nickel, chrome, bronze, and the brushed alternatives of each. You may also choose stone, crystal, and glass of all types and colors.
  • Sizes: Multiple sizes are available where hardware is concerned. The size you choose depends entirely on the appearance you want. Do you want small one-inch square or circle knobs, an eight-inch bar in a chrome finish, or a six-inch round knob that really catches the eye?
  • Shapes: You’ll quickly find that you can choose from squares, circles, bars, and everything in between. You can even customize your cabinet hardware by using a decorative silverware set or having a metalworker create something entirely unique.

Think of it as Accessorizing

You wouldn’t head to work or a meeting with your peers in shorts, a t-shirt, and a ball cap, right? You would more than likely wear your usual business attire whether it’s a suit and tie, skirt and blouse, or dressy-casual wear. You may accessorize with a great belt, cufflinks, tie clip, or jewelry to complete the look. Think of your kitchen hardware as the finishing touch; it’s the belt or earrings that complete that perfect outfit.

Call us at 404-378-6962 and allow us to show you why we have a 97% referral rate on our amazing remodeled kitchens. Our clients love our work as much as we love providing our kitchen remodeling services in Decatur and the surrounding areas. We often design the entire floor plan for the new kitchen based on the needs and desires expressed by the client. We are often asked to help choose colors, fixtures, trim, and other finishing touches to ensure a cohesive and unique finished kitchen.

Keep this Number One Secret in Mind and Continue to Love Your Dark Kitchen

Sherwood Forest ModernDark cabinets with a dark palette are very popular in today’s kitchens. Whether you purchased a home with a dark kitchen or you’re remodeling to create a dark kitchen, we have a few different ways to brighten it just enough to be amazing. So if you have your heart set on dark kitchen cabinets with dark flooring, but you’re worried about it being too dungeon-like, we have the solution for you.

Decorative Accent Colors

You can add just enough color or brightness to your dark kitchen with a single accent wall and matching decorative items. For example, a bright green, yellow, or orange are known appetite stimulants. They’re also excellent colors for an accent wall and other decorative accents. Use a wall that can be repainted easily so you can change colors and decor whenever you choose.

Reflective Surfaces

Use countertops, a backsplash, appliances, and furnishings that reflect light and color. Take the time and opportunity to design a backsplash that reflects light so you can use it to take advantage of both installed and natural lighting.

Neutral Accents

Neutral colors like shades of off-white, gray, and almond are excellent choices for the walls in an otherwise-dark kitchen. They’re also excellent for decorative accents throughout the kitchen. But the number-one secret to loving your dark kitchen is…

Perfectly Designed Lighting

Anyone can install a light fixture in the center of the ceiling and call it done. But this isn’t the type of lighting you need in your kitchen. One single light fixture will cast shadow and make the kitchen even darker, effectively creating the dungeon-like feel that you’re trying to avoid. The types of lighting you need in a dark kitchen are:

  • Down Lights: Lights that point straight down from the ceiling. Recessed lighting is perfect for down lighting. This is likely the ambient lighting that you will use for everyday use, so choose LCD bulbs that last longer and provide a more natural light than other types of bulbs.
  • Toe-Kick Lights: Lights that are installed under the lip of the base cabinets. They may resemble runway lights when all other lights in the kitchen are off. They illuminate a good portion of the floor so the primary lights don’t need to be turned on at night if you’re just making a quick trip to the fridge.
  • Under-Cabinet Task Lighting: Lights that are installed behind or underneath the upper cabinets. They illuminate the countertop and provide a good amount of light for performing routine tasks like cutting vegetables or otherwise preparing food.
  • Pendant Lighting: Pendant lighting is perfect over the kitchen island or the bar. Consider using Edison bulbs or hand blown bulbs for pendant lighting to increase the aesthetic appeal.
  • Range Lights: Everyone needs lights over the cook top, but not all range hoods have built-in lighting. Install lighting that perfectly lights the cook top area.
  • Sink Lights: Doing dishes is never fun, but it’s downright frustrating when there’s insufficient lighting. Proper lighting above the sink also helps when you’re washing fruits or vegetables in preparation of a meal.

Call us at 404-378-6962 and allow us to show you why we have a 97% referral rate on our amazing remodeled kitchens. Our clients love our work as much as we love providing our kitchen remodeling services in Decatur and the surrounding areas. We often design the entire floor plan for the new kitchen based on the needs and desires expressed by the client. We are often asked to help choose colors, fixtures, trim, and other finishing touches to ensure a cohesive and unique finished kitchen.

Turn Your Boring Ranch Style Home into a Two Story Delight

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Making the decision to add another story to your home will give you more living space, something almost everyone can use. Another good reason to do it is that it will increase the value of the home. Each project of this type comes with its own challenges, and you need an experienced contractor to avoid any mistakes. Here are a few things to think about if you plan to make this type of addition to your home.

  • Building codes. The contractor should also be knowledgeable on building codes regarding this type of expansion. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with these codes as much as possible. These codes regulate the height, and the distance of the structural points from the property lines. Failing to observe these codes may incur fines, and you may lose money if you have to tear down any new construction.
  • The character of the neighborhood. Many neighborhoods have covenants in place to maintain a certain look. Any work you do on your house should be done in accordance with these rules. You can get plenty of ideas by walking around the area and taking a look at additions that other homeowners have had done. Otherwise you could decrease the value of your property and that of your neighbors.
  • The right contractor. Two professionals are vital to the success of the project; an architect and a contractor. The architect will design and plan the look and details of the second story based on building codes. The contractor will oversee the actual construction, and this job includes hiring sub-contractors, getting materials and making sure the work stays on schedule.
  • Consider your needs. You should not add another story before first thinking about your lifestyle? What you will use the extra space for, and who will use it are essential points. Will you have to remove trees or make other changes to the property? Will you also add another level to your deck for the second level of the home? These will influence not just the look of the project but also how much you spend.

Weighing these factors will help to get the project started on the right foot and prevent delays which will drive up your costs. If you might sell the house at a later date, you need to avoid making the kind of addition that will price it out of the local market. Here at Renewal Design Build, we’ve helped many Decatur area homeowners remodel their home from a ranch style to a modern ranch or multi-story home. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss the possibility of remodeling your home or to schedule a meeting with our experienced home designers.

Incredible Ideas to Transform Your Master Bathroom into a Luxury Suite

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Converting a basic bathroom design into a luxurious space takes a good amount of work, and a strong focus on the details. You don’t need to make every aspect a remodel high ticket item, but there are a few changes you might need to get the right look. If you know which items are worth the extra money, you can actually save in other areas. Here are a few great ideas you can use for an unforgettable looking bathroom.

  • Subway tiles. These tiles have never gone out of styles in bathroom, thanks to their simple but classic look. The vast color range helps your flexibility in designing the bathroom, and it makes cleanup even easier.
  • Few materials say luxury like marble, and it can be used on the floor, shower and the vanity countertop.
  • Heated floors. Sometimes luxury is not just what you see, it is what you feel. Heated flooring adds comfort and warmth to the bathroom. Additionally, it is not as expensive as some people might think. Adding heating mats below tiles can cost less than $1000 in a small bathroom.
  • Heated towel racks. Add another touch of comfort to your bath by immediately wrapping yourself in a warm towel. These warmers also help to keep towels dry and minimize the presence of allergens.
  • Walk-in shower. This is a luxury fixture in many bathrooms, and helps add the spa like feeling that many prefer. With the right tiles and a rain showerhead, it will feel like you are close to nature.
  • Spa setting. You can go all out and convert the entire bathroom into a mini spa. Choose natural stone tiles or laminates that mimic the look. Keep the color scheme organic, and leave designated area for candles and flowers.
  • A large mirror. This is a simple trick to saving on your tiling costs, and it can make a small bathroom seem larger.
  • A custom vanity. Choose a custom vanity over a pre-made one to get the look of luxury you need. A personalized design with a marble countertop will make a bigger visual statement.

If you’ve ever been inside a spa or seen a luxury bathroom, you probably have a few ideas already. Call us to talk about the changes you can make to capture this style for your own bathroom.

Here at Renewal Design Build, we’ve helped many Decatur area homeowners remodel their bathroom to create something amazing and unique. Call us at 404-378-6962 if you would like to make an appointment with our experienced designers and start the bathroom remodeling project with us.

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal with These Great Ideas

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Curb appeal is important not only because it can improve your house’s value, but for the sheer joy it can bring. Having your house look attractive from the outside is just as important as having it look attractive on the inside. The thing about creating curb appeal, is the small, inexpensive ways you can do this.

Landscaping

Trees, flowers and shrubs are great ways to beautiful your outdoor space. The size of your home will place apart in the type of greenery you use, but even small spaces can benefit from plants.

You can use window boxes to draw attention to your windows or even away from them definitely on the types of plants you put in these boxes. The good thing about window boxes is that you can make them yourself or buy.

Lighting

There are so many ways to use light to beautify the outdoors; you just need to decide what and where. If you have a walkway or drive way, you can line both sides with lamps. These can be solar powered to help you reduce your energy bill. If you have large outdoor space with trees or shrubbery, you can string lights into the limbs for a unique ‘lightscape’.

Jazz Up the Driveway

You can create an edge for your driveway. The right edging can give your driveway a look of elegance. This can be made of stones, tiles, bricks or other material. You can even combine the material for your own unique touch. Pavers are also great for driveways and edging.

Door Appeal

A fresh coat of paint on your front door or garage door will instantly give your house a brand new look. Depending on the design of your house, don’t be shy with using bold colors, just make sure it works with the rest of the house. You can even go a step further and use the same color on your trims for your windows.  Place a wreath of decorative knocker on the door t personalize it.

While you are it, change the locks and handles as well. If your door numbers are faded or outdated, this is the perfect time to change these as well.

Mailbox

Repainting or replacing your mailbox can also add to your home’s curb appeal. You can choose to get seasonal wraps so that your mailbox reflects the season. You can also paint the posts the color of your house or the color of the trim to create a visual feast.

With these great ideas, you can start o transform your yard to make it stand out for all the right reasons. So go ahead and take a look at you house and decide what changes can make it eye-catching from the outside. Here at Renewal Design Build, we’ve helped many Decatur area homeowners remodel their and improve curb appeal. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss these and other great ideas to improve curb appeal this year.

Countertop Ideas for Your Luxury Kitchen Upgrade

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The importance of the countertop to the overall look of a kitchen can never be overstated. Every element of the kitchen’s design plays a role, but the countertop helps to tie all these elements together. Its central function as the meal preparation area means it will be one of the first aspects of the kitchen that anyone notices. Here are some great countertop ideas to give your kitchen the upgrade it needs.

  • Blending black and white. These two colors always work well together so you can take advantage of this fact in your kitchen. A black countertop with a white island, or vice versa, swill create a dramatic effect.
  • Mixing materials. This s not a new trend, but it is not widely used in kitchen countertops. The effect is similar to that of using black and white but on a bigger scale. Imagine a marble or quartz countertop with natural walnut inlays.
  • Azul Macauba. Go for something different with this exotic blue quartzite. It works well with gray and white tones as accents. The surface is porous, so using a sealer after installation is advisable.
  • This is becoming popular even in high end kitchens due to the fact that it is highly customizable. You can utilize embeds and inlays for to great effect, and you can use any color that suits the overall look of the kitchen.
  • Some people shy away from this material because it requires frequent cleaning, but it’s hard for other products to compete with its attractiveness. Either black or white marble can give your kitchen a luxurious look but there are other tones to choose from as well.
  • Dual function island. Most people think of the island as extra work space, but you can make the most of it by having it serve as a dining area as well. Having two separate countertop levels will help to define these separate functions.
  • The natural warmth of wood is welcome in any kitchen. It contributes visual depth when viewed against modern appliances. With the right sealant it will hold up for years, while adding a touch of natural luxury.
  • This luxury material comes in such a white variety of colors that it can work in any kitchen setting. The mix of minerals makes one countertop different from all other granite countertops. It is tough enough to cut food on, and it will not get burn marks from hot items.

Countertop materials vary in weight, we can make sure that there is enough support to handle the weight of the material you choose. If you are considering a luxury kitchen makeover, the countertop should be high on the list of changes to be made. Here at Renewal Design Build, we’ve helped many Decatur area homeowners remodel their kitchen to create something amazing and unique. Call us at 404-378-6962 if you would like to make an appointment with our experienced designers and start the kitchen remodeling project with us.

Tips on Where to Save and Where to Splurge on Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

The kitchen is such an important space for remodeling that it is easy to be tempted to spend big on the project. Some parts of the kitchen might very well need a major overhaul, but this is not necessary for every aspect of the space. To be clear, if you can afford it, you can justify almost any big budget change you make to the kitchen. However, you might be spending money needlessly if you target all kitchen features for an expensive makeover.

The Splurge Items

Even if you’re ready to spend big on your kitchen remodeling project, a little thoughtfulness is warranted. Your choices must be guided by the overall them, and you should strive to achieve balance in the space.

  • Countertops and backsplashes. These usually take central focus in the kitchen so it makes sense to choose the highest quality. Fortunately, you can have an attractive backsplash without spending a lot, thanks to the expanding range of material options. Quartz, granite, lava stone and marble are the priciest options.
  • This one usually some debate, because some people spend big on appliances at the expense of the cabinets and other kitchen features. Start with a plan that outlines the features you look for in your appliances. Newer, more energy-efficient products may seem costly at first, but they usually pay off in a few years. It is unwise to spend big on appliances just for the look.
  • You can save money on some cabinet features, but for the most part, you should spend extra for top quality. You should expect to pay more for adequate storage, and features like roll-out trays, and swing-out shelves.
  • Homeowners now have access to many cheaper flooring options, but they are not good for kitchens. This is typically a high traffic area, so you should be willing to spend more on the best materials.

Saving on Kitchens

While you might want a luxury look in your kitchen, some expensive changes will be unnecessary. Here are some of the areas that might be fine just as they are.

  • The lighting. If you have enough lighting in the kitchen, why spend more make changes? Even if there are new lighting fixtures on the market, this does not necessitate an update in your kitchen. If your fixtures make a good visual contribution to the space, just leave them unchanged.
  • The kitchen island. As useful as it is, a kitchen island is not vital to your kitchen. If your layout and meal preparation could benefit from having one, you can keep the design simple.
  • Kitchen hardware. Fancy pulls and knobs can be on the expensive side, but many cheaper products offer the look of luxury as well. Many attractive kitchen accessories are made from pewter or bronze, which offer beauty for less.

If you want a luxury kitchen, do not start the process by looking for the cheapest materials; start by thinking about what you want and then see which products can best meet your needs. Always go for functionality over style, especially in the kitchen. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the Decatur area and would like to design a luxury kitchen with our design team.

Here are the 7 Most Popular Kitchen Trends for 2017

Most people start to think about refreshing the look of their kitchens early in the year. This gives them enough time to start planning their projects and to learn about the hottest trends that can provide some inspiration. Retailers of home improvement products and home contractors are good sources of ideas for kitchen remodeling. To make it easier for you, here are some of the most popular trends for this year.

  1. Wood-look ceramic tiles. The beauty of wood is timeless, but the material and the installation can prove too costly for some. The production of ceramic tiles has become so advanced that many of these products perfectly mimic the look of wood. Now more homeowners are choosing these tiles to save money while getting the look of luxury.
  2. Stainless steel appliances. The sleek finish of stainless steel makes it ideal for kitchens, and for many homeowners it is the best option. It works well with various colors, and all it requires for maintenance is a quick wipe down.
  3. Farmhouse sinks. This underscores the utilitarian nature of the kitchen, while adding some old world charm. They have become so popular that you can now choose from a number of material options including stainless steel, copper, soapstone, slate, granite and vitreous china.
  4. Luxury countertops. Low cost options in countertops are here to stay, but there are good reasons to spend more to get a luxury countertop. The timeless nature of granite and marble make them good investments in the kitchen. Luxury countertops can increase your remodeling budget, but you can keep them in place for many years without worrying that new trends will leave them behind.
  5. Creative storage. This adds to the innovative look of the kitchen, and it gets rids of clutter while making meal preparation easier. Many people are now opting for mini pantries, but storage can also be tucked underneath countertops and in kitchen islands.
  6. Pendant lighting. This is great for drawing attention to particular spots in the kitchen. Antique pendant lighting fixtures are especially attractive, and they will work with different types of kitchen decor.
  7. Darker floors. This is the perfect way to find balance with walls and cabinets that have a light tone. You can choose tiles with darker, earthy tones, but if you have a hardwood floor, try a dark stain.

The kitchen is one of the most valuable spaces in the home, which is why it tends to deliver on investment. Watching the trends can keep your remodeling project on the right creative track, and help you to fine tune your budget. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you plan to implement any of these amazing 2017 kitchen trends and would like help with the design, choosing the best materials, or if you’re still looking for the ideal contractor for your project.

Create an Amazing Timeless Kitchen with These Tips

Kitchens are subject to changing trends just like other aspects of the home, and this can pose a difficulty for some homeowners. While you may want a beautiful kitchen, you might not be able to keep up with the hottest designs and products. Some colors, fixtures, and styles are always described as timeless, and your kitchen might benefit from trying out a few of them.

 

  1. Neutral colors. Finding the right color is one of the most challenging aspects of kitchen decoration. Changing color trends makes things a little more difficult, as some people are not sure when to update. For a timeless look, you can’t go wrong with neutral colors such as light green, grays and off-whites.
  2. Shaker cabinets. A classic touch is always a good idea since it means that you will not feel like you are forced to make changes. Shaker cabinets fulfill that desire for classic status while imparting a look of style and good taste.
  3. Glass doors on cabinets. This is a style that many people have been moving away from, but this does not mean that it is outdated. Glass doors create depth and the illusion of a larger space, plus it makes everything easy to find. If your cabinets already have glass doors, do not be in a rush to make a change.
  4. Get a marble countertop. Marble is highly durable, which makes it cost effective even though it is on the pricey side. If you make every effort to keep it clean, it will continue to add beauty to your kitchen for many years. Marble countertops can stain, so it requires some maintenance.
  5. Keep the farmhouse sink. This is another fixture that is being needlessly replaced even when it is still in good condition. For many, the old world look of the farmhouse sink is a big part of its appeal.
  6. Consider beadboard. This adds attractive detail to the space in an inexpensive way. A good reason for the popularity of this material is that it is easy to install. It can be purchased in sheets that still have the look of vertical planks.
  7. Retro appliances. These aren’t for every kitchen, but they can add a lot of vintage charm and beauty to the space. This does not mean that you will fill your kitchen with old appliances in need of constant maintenance. The trend is hot enough for some companies to manufacture reproductions of old appliances, so you get the old look with modern performance standards.

 

If your kitchen has one or more of these features, a major remodel might not be necessary. Utilize a few ideas to have a kitchen that you can be happy with for years despite evolving trends. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the market to remodel your kitchen and give it the timeless beauty you’ve always wanted.