Summer Kitchen Decorating

Summer comes with blooming flowers, sunshine and a laid-back feeling. This feeling doesn’t have to exist only outside, bring it indoors to the kitchen with a few simple decorating choices.

Fresh flowers help brighten up any room and bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. Whether they’re from the garden or store they will be sure to add a pop of color in the kitchen. Use them as a decorative piece on the table or the island.

Colorful plates, bowls and glasses can be a fun way to celebrate summer and are great for all those summer BBQs. A patterned or colorful pitcher is also great in the summer for serving lemonade or iced tea.

Tableware can also be used just for decoration. In kitchens with open shelving or glass cabinet doors, colorful plates can add a little pop of color or hang a few on the walls. The pitcher could also be used as a quirky flower vase in the kitchen.

Think bold and colorful when decorating for summer. The kitchen doesn’t have to look the same year round.

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5 Kitchen Trends for 2015

Thinking about spicing up the kitchen in 2015? Refinish those kitchen surfaces and try incorporating some of these trending kitchen looks.

  1. For those tired of white kitchens or using primary colors on walls, tribal inspired tones are making a splash this year. Taken from Moroccan and Native American palettes, these warm colors make the kitchen vibrant. Use mustard yellows, scarlet, royal blue or dusty pinks when decorating or painting the kitchen to incorporate the tribal design aspect.
  2. Less is more in 2015. People are now moving toward minimal wall cabinets to make the room feel more spacious. However, this comes with the price of possibly less storage in the kitchen. It would work great for a house with minimal tendencies.
  3. Stainless steel, silver and chrome have made their mark in the kitchen over the years. Bringing with them a new age, sleek feeling, that’s managed to stay around for quite a few years. Warmer metals will begin to take their place this year. Copper, gold and bronze bring a warmer, more luxurious and decadent feeling to the room. These could be incorporated with faucets, trims, or decorations.
  4. Instead of amazing islands or unique backsplashes, make the ceiling the statement piece. This can be achieved through lighting, the shape of the ceiling, embellishments and other features.
  5. Wallpaper comes and goes in phases when it comes to home decorating. In 2015 it will be used to create an added visual impact on the room. Choosing a wallpaper with a unique pattern to put in the kitchen could dress it up in a different way.

Get creative in the kitchen in 2015. If those counters are needing some work, give Refinish First a call.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen

As kitchens are morphing into a focal point of the home and an integral part of entertaining, they are beginning to reflect personal style instead of just functionality. Here are a few kitchen styles to consider.

Country kitchens bring the weekend getaway feeling straight into your home. Using primary red, yellows, blue and cream with a mix of finishes on cabinets creates a lived-in feeling. Farmhouse tables and furniture-like cabinets are common in these kitchens. A slight distressed look and natural light bring the country anywhere, even in the suburbs.

Modern kitchens are all about sleek lines and polished surfaces. They are designed to cut out clutter and bring an air of sophistication. High-tech materials often adorn the highly reflective surfaces. Exotic woods are also used to bring luxury into the kitchen.

If you’re going for a cozy feeling that draws you in, the cottage style is perfect. High-end appliances in retro colors add to the charm of this style. There are often imperfect finishes on surfaces in these kitchens. Putting in homey touches and collectibles finishes off the look.

Contemporary kitchens mix functionality and family friendliness along with new and old materials. With lots of open space it creates room for hosts and guests to work and interact at the same time. Creating the perfect environment for entertaining.

Travel across the ocean to the South of France with a Mediterranean or French Country design. With colors that reflect nature and worn surfaces, it creates a romantic feel associated with that area. Using rich tones like russet, cobalt and ochre along with warm wooden cabinets can create the perfect atmosphere. Top it off with handmade ceramic accessories and copper pots.

Beaches are a wonderful place of relaxation. Coastal designs use cool shades of blue, green, white and sand to create a beach vibe. Use wicker and seagrass for seating and make sure to let in plenty of sunlight.

Old World design brings back a time when craftsmanship was important. This design says luxury with its dark mahogany finishes complete with carving and detail. Stone or wooden floors help complete the look along with heavy fabrics and historical accessories.

Lastly, the traditional kitchen is a staple in design. It revolves around holidays, after-school snacks and family. The clean, comfortable look is created with paneled or glass doors on the cupboards and bright, white elements. This kitchen design radiates a welcoming vibe in any home.

There are countless kitchen designs to reflect a certain place, time period or feeling in a home. They can be a blueprint for how to style the rest of the home or continue a style from the rest of the house.

No matter which kitchen style fits your family and personality, Refinish First can refinish the existing countertops and tile to match. Contact us today for a free kitchen refinishing estimate!