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Is Stainless Steel Out of Style?

Style trends change often, especially when it comes to kitchen decor. Stainless steel however, has been a top appliance choice for over 20 years. Will the trend continue or is stainless a thing of the past? With an influx of new appliance finishes like mixed metal and colored finishes giving homeowners more flexibility and personalization options, can stainless stand the test of time? Simply put, yes. According to a recent Houzz study, stainless steel remained the leader for appliance finishes – with a whopping 69%!  At Cabinets Made EZ, we believe the reasons this are simple… Stainless steel looks good with everything. No matter what cabinet color or finish you have – white, mahogany, light wood – stainless will match it. In recent years black stainless steel was introduced and is continuing to grow in popularity, adding to the sustainability of stainless appliances. Stainless doesn’t just compliment colors – it fits into every design style from traditional to contemporary, mid-century to modern. Stainless steel lasts! The average life expectancy of refrigerators is 9-14 years, 13-17 years for ovens/ranges and 7-10 years for dishwashers. This is longer than most of us will own the same car! Stainless steel is designed to endure wear and tear through daily use. Contributing to the long lifespan of stainless is the fact that it is almost completely rust-proof and scratch-resistant. Discoloration won’t happen and your new shine will be there in 10 years! Stainless is relatively easy to care for. Because stainless in non-porous, simply wiping it with a damp cloth will likely keep your appliances clean. The non-porous surface also resists germs and...

Backsplash Design

Backsplashes serve a functional purpose in your kitchen, but in 2019 fun backsplashes are the rage. By definition a backsplash is a vertical extension to a counter – typically kitchen or bathroom counter – which protects the wall from unintended splashes of water, protecting the wall from water damage. Generally consisting of tile, backsplashes are started directly behind sinks and can extend the entire length of the wall. Backsplashes give you an easy way to put your personal style on your kitchen or bathroom. Tile is no longer a must have when it comes to wall protection – and neither is the standard placement. In 2019 we will see a lot more ceiling high backsplashes. Here is a list of our favorite backsplash designs! Sheet glass – This trendy backsplash prevents damage to the glass design element by having the back of the glass painted. By adhering the painted side to the wall, it is almost impossible to scratch. Large tiles – Standard tiles (3”x6”) have been the norm for decades. But not anymore. More homeowners think bigger is better – and we agree. The larger the surface area of a tile, the easier it is to clean and replace if damaged. We recommend this style for smaller kitchens since they create an illusion of more space. Slabs – Feel free to ditch the tile and individual pieces for one large sheet. Marble (or imitation marble) is gaining popularity, mainly because of its unique look. Continue the marble design from your countertop or choose a contrasting color – the possibilities are endless. The best part of this option is...

Kitchen Wine Storage

Believe it or not, wine was once associated with the elite or European. Sipping a nice glass of Pinot, aged perfectly and just retrieved from the wine cellar – Fancy. Not anymore.  Wine decor is found in every store and wine and paint nights are the new “Ladies Night”. Less expensive wine has made wine a must have in American households. Which brings up the question – how do you store wine? Kitchen wine storage options are growing, allowing you to keep your wine close by in a stylish, organized way.  Here are some great wine storage ideas! TOE KICK DRAWER: Sunlight can ruin a perfectly good bottle of wine. UV Light prematurely ages wine, which is why you often see it stored in dark bottles that act as a protective barrier.  By keeping wine in a toe kick drawer under your kitchen cabinets, wine will be safe from any sun damage. BUILT-IN RACK: Wine is designed to be stored on it’s side. This allows the cork to stay wet, keeping oxygen out. If air gets into your wine, it can prematurely oxidize rendering it undrinkable. Built-in wine racks allow you to properly store wine on it’s side while keeping the design integrity of your kitchen. WINE COOLER: A wine cooler is essentially al refrigerator built specifically to keep wine cool. Wine coolers come in all sizes allowing you to choose one that fits your wine needs and also fits into your kitchen. Oftentimes wine coolers are built-in under the counter, similar to a dishwasher.  This eliminates the common error of storing wine on the counter top where oven...

Cabinet VS Cupboard and Other Fun Facts

Cabinet vs Cupboard – the age-old debate. To some the difference between a cabinet and cupboard is the same as a potato and, well, another potato. By Miriam-Webster’s definition the two are very similar: Cabinet: a case or cupboard usually having doors and shelves Cupboard: a closet with shelves where dishes, utensils, or food is kept While the two words are practically interchangeable, the basic consensus is that the difference in description seems to be in 1. Shelves – cabinets don’t have them, cupboards do and 2. Cupboards are used for specific items while cabinets are non-specific. Does the terminology really make a difference? Simply put, No. At Cabinets Made EZ, we will be sure to get a clear description of what you are looking for to design your perfect space. But, since we all enjoy a little bit of “useless knowledge”, take a look at some more fun cabinet facts – you’ll never know when they will help you win a trivia game! -Cabinets were invented in the 1910s – and over 2 million were sold by 1920. -Late 15th-century cupboards for food storage had ventilating holes. -Ready to Assemble (RTA) Cabinets were invented in 1956 by Gillis Lundgren. -Wood replaced steal cabinets in the 60s. -In the 17th century a heavy form of cupboard, in which the panels were raised, and three evenly spaced twisted columns supported a heavy cornice, the whole resting on squat bun feet were in demand. -Steel kitchen cabinets were very common during war times giving steel factories domestic work. -The most popular kitchen cabinet colors of the 1930s were black, red and...

Unique Countertop Ideas

When it comes to something such as a kitchen countertop, you don’t ever truly realize how many different options you have to brighten your kitchen. You should take more into consideration than the color, style, and material. There are endless design styles you can choose from to better your kitchen with. Take a look at these unique countertops! If you desire to keep your design traditional with wooden counter tops, go less global. A reclaimed wood island top like this is very captivating. Reclaimed wood also offers superior quality and durability. Every interior has its own unique attributes and accent elements, so a rugged-looking counter top may be the best choice for your space. Large wood beams can be easily cut and installed. Although it may not seem like it, this is a glass counter top. It adds an elegant, yet subtle, look to it. It creates a great look for a kitchen or bathroom space. If you’re a very patient, creative person that has a hobby of gluing pennies down, this look would be great to recreate for your kitchen. Looking for a simple, durable countertop? Concrete may be perfect for your home. Scratch resistant, and easy to match with the rest of your kitchen’s features. With a simple décor, make the room pop with a wood slab counter. This feature will stand out and pull the entire room together. In modern design, white quartz countertops are the way to go. With this smooth surface and exquisite patterns, it will add a calming look to this space. Granite countertops aren’t always unique, but when you add your own...

Pros and Cons of Open Concept Kitchens

Open concept kitchens have been popular for many years. The building industry almost always incorporates this trend in new home builds, in fact 84 percent of new single-family homes have fully or partially open layouts, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Remodelers have removed countless walls in older homes to give homeowners an open layout. To help you decide if an open concept kitchen is right for you, we’ve put together a list of the good, and not-so good, of this type of floor plan. Pros Increases space:Open floor plans make the most of your square footage. By eliminating walls, doorways and halls, you drastically minimize unused space. Encourages family togetherness: With an open concept kitchen, socialization is much easier. Guests and family will naturally gather in one space. Better organization and functionality: By eliminating restrictive, permanent walls, homeowners are able to create an easy flow. Combining social areas with functional areas, such as the dining table allows for a more user-friendly home. Ambiance: Natural light makes rooms feel larger and brightens up your home. The use of sunlight in design concepts has been shown to give you more energy and comfort, while lowering your utility expenses. Encourages flexibility: The needs of homeowners and families vary widely. Open concept kitchens allow you to define your space without making any changes to the architecture. Cons Trends change: While the open concept floor plan has been “trending” for many years now, it is still possible that it will go out of style. It is inevitable that a new trend will take over. Aromatic conflicts: The smell of a home cooked meal...