Selecting the Right Grout

Not many people consider grout as a factor when deciding on a new kitchen design. This is understandable, as grout does not play a major role in the appeal of the kitchen itself. However, grout is something to keep in mind because choosing the right grout can accent other features of the kitchen while choosing the wrong grout can stick out like a sore thumb.

If you have a white tile backsplash, for example, you may be considering a simple white grout to match. However, the white on white creates a boring look which does not please the eye, not to mention white grout gets dirty quickly and can be a pain to clean. Once it gets dirty, it can create a patchy gray coloration which will not charm the rest of the area. Popular grout colors to compliment white tile are typically a soft gray. Soft gray provides a slight contrast on the white tile which offers a classic, clean look.

Color Scheme

Another popular trend with white tiles is to pair them with darker grout colors to create a look that makes the tile a focal point of the kitchen. The thin dark layer of grout around the bright white tiles really makes them stand out in the room. The same pattern can be used for dark tiles as well. Lighter colored grout serves to contrast the tile perfectly and form an attractive arrangement.

Light gray or darker grout is the most common but in some instances colored grout is the way to go. Often when dealing with colored tiles, a colored grout can be used to compliment the tile color. Typically, a softer shade of the same tile color can be used for grout. This pattern creates a generic flow and avoids bold color patterns which may not match. Using white or light grout with colored tiles also can help to soften the space between the tiles and provide cleaner lines. If you’re choosing brightly colored tiles, we would pair that with a white grout.

The color of the tile is just one variable to consider when choosing the right grout. The finish of the tile is another consideration when specifying grout. The material of the tile can also affect the perception of the tile. White grout should be paired with glossy tile, creating a lighter appearance.

Of course, paying attention to surrounding color schemes and the overall pattern of the room itself will also affect the decision of what grout to use. Understanding the effect grout can have on a new kitchen or bath project is essential to putting the finishing touches on the perfect project. If you have a question about what grout may work best for your new kitchen or bath, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

Ensuring the Beauty of Your Cabinets

Brand-new cabinets can completely modify the feel of your entire kitchen. They brighten up the room giving it a cleaner and crisper feel. Like a new pair of shoes, cabinets can give you that fresh feeling for a while…until they start to get dirty. Kitchen cabinets are exposed to countless grease splashes, dirty fingers, and spills. The kitchen is a high traffic area in most households, and the grime on the cabinets can build up so quickly, that you may fall behind on cleaning, and those new cabinets will lose their shine! Different material cabinets require different cleaning methods in order to properly restore the shine!

Wood Cabinets

Wood cabinets are the most common, and they can get dirty quick. Absorbing any grease and fingerprints that meet them. Before cleaning a wooden cabinet, realize if there is paint or stain on them because different cleaning products can disrupt the finish on the wood. Any oil-soap wood cleaner is efficient for cleaning wood cabinets. Using dish or laundry detergent mixed with water offers a useful cleaning solution, just be sure to not dilute the mixture because too much water can ruin the wood. Mixing water and vinegar is also a good solution, vinegar is great on tough, sticky stains on cabinets. Baking soda and water is the best mixture for combating deep stains, rub the mixture on the area and wipe it clean with a wet cloth. Concluding the cleaning process with a furniture oil can help stained wood cabinets keep their color.

Painted Cabinets

Painted cabinets are much easier to clean because you don’t have to worry as much about the finish. Painted surfaces can handle many cleaning products as well as a good scrubbing. Any of the cleaning methods previously mentioned can be used on painted cabinets, as well as most all-purpose cleaning solutions. Just because you can scrub away at painted cabinets though, does not mean you shouldn’t worry about upkeep, be sure to clean them regularly

For additional guidance or cleaning tips on maintaining your kitchen cabinets and keep them looking fresh, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

Warm Up a White Kitchen

White kitchen themes continue to be the most common kitchen color scheme, and for good reason. White kitchens are a timeless approach and are compatible with many different styles and designs. If you have a plain white theme though, think about spicing things up with new and emerging styles and color schemes that work with the white design. While you shouldn’t ditch the white kitchen look, add-on to it and create a kitchen design to be proud of!

White Kitchen Designs

One of the best complimentary designs with a white kitchen are glass-front cabinets. Depending on the desired look, glass-front cabinets can capture a modern look. The glass-front cabinet design works so well with the white theme adding a classic style. The glass-front adds functional benefits as well, allowing you to never have to search high and low for that plate that always seems to go missing.

Another style we love to see in white kitchens is a brick backsplash. Again, this can be used for a variety of looks, white brick presents a more current look while also seeming agrarian. Regular brick captures a homey rustic look, which is always a good choice for a kitchen feel.

Building on the rustic look, a great way to manifest a simple theme within a white kitchen is to install white wood paneling around the island. The white paneling around the island paired with a white brick backsplash can create a beautifully simple yet stylish kitchen theme.

Adding Color to a White Kitchen

If you want to add color to your kitchen while staying true to a white theme, adding soft compliments, red, green, blue, to a white backdrop can add charisma to a lacking kitchen. The color paired with white creates a soft color scheme that can enrich the atmosphere of the kitchen, and brighten the room itself.

Flooring can make a Difference

If you want to stick to the white, think about a dark floor to perfectly contrast the white kitchen theme. Black flooring or oak hardwood with a dark finish can add the perfect variation you may be looking for.

White isn’t the only kitchen option available, nor is it necessarily the best, but it is a proven classic and can be customized to fit the style of almost anyone. Before you think of adding a crazy color scheme to your kitchen, start with a white kitchen, because the designs are almost endless, and then you can build on it from there!

If you would like to know more about what’s trending in kitchens, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

Making Space in Your Kitchen

Kitchens are getting smaller and smaller. If your living in an apartment in NYC or any big city for that matter, you can almost always kiss a big kitchen goodbye. An open floor plan is becoming the norm and is reducing space for kitchens. Open floor plans can be tricky to design, they often mean losing a wall of cabinets, which makes it a challenge to provide ample storage for all your kitchen items.

There are some tricks of the trade to maximize space and create more room for storage. Depending on the size and layout of the kitchen of course, you may have to get creative.

  1. Utilize the insides of your cabinets. No matter how small your kitchen is, there will always be a few cabinets, while you’re trying to stuff pots and pans into the cabinets themselves, you may not even realize that the insides of the cabinets offer largely uncharted storage space. Though it may not be ample room for pans or any large kitchen items, installing small hooks or a pegboard can allow you to hang different utensils or measuring cups, items which would normally clutter up a valuable drawer.
  2. Building on using the insides of cabinets for storage, you can also use the sides of the cabinets too. Where a cabinet block ends, right before the sink for example. Again, this method can only fit smaller utensils and such, but it will clear up more room for larger items.
  3. If you’ve stocked the cabinets and have no more space, think about adding shelving wherever there’s room. Smaller kitchens often have stretches of open wall space, which can be perfect for additional shelving and storage. Corners in the kitchen can be awkward, but adding corner shelving can turn those tough corners into crucial storage spots.
  4. Hooks, hooks, and more hooks. It may take living somewhere with a small kitchen for you to understand the value of hooks. Within cabinets, and any open wall space, hooks provide essential storage space in a small kitchen. Their durability and reliability as storage products is unmatched.
  5. If it is necessary, adding a narrow rolling cart to the side of your counter can free up some cabinet space. Using the cart as a spice rack can clear out all those spices, allowing more room for other, more frequently used kitchen items.

 

Every kitchen is different, what works for one kitchen may not work for another. If you’re kitchen feels like its closing in on you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Remember these tips and your kitchen will feel wide open. Get creative, it may take some work, but don’t give up. Contact Granite State Cabinetry if you need help maximizing storage space for your kitchen!

5 Kitchen Accessories to Get You Through the Holidays

Mixer Lift

mixer liftCan you even imagine going through the holidays without your mixer? Neither can we. It’s essential for all those pies, breads and cookies you will baking in the next few months. Mixers are extremely helpful with all your holiday baking but they are also extremely heavy. They can also take up much needed space if left out on your counter which means constant lifting and moving of this large and heavy appliance every time you want to use it, which during the holidays, seems to be daily.

Tucked away in a base cabinet is a baker’s new best friend. The mixer lift allows you to easily raise your mixer out of the cabinet to counter top level. Giving you easy access to your mixer within seconds without having to lift such a heavy appliance.

Appliance Garage

appliance garageThis isn’t your grandmother’s appliance garage! No more rolling up a flimsy tambour door that seems to get stuck almost every time. Blummotion hinges allow the door to lift and lower with ease. Perfect for storing your small appliances while keeping them close at hand when needed. Counter space is crucial while prepping, preparing and plating your holiday meals. Keep your counters appliance free to maximize your work space while leaving more room for guests to gather during holiday parties. Installing electrical outlets in your appliance garage will let you keep your appliances plugged in a ready to use.

Lemans

lemansEvery pot and pan in the house seems to be used at the same time during the holidays. And let’s face it, finding storage for them is almost impossible. Say hello to the Lemans! Tucked away in a corner cabinet is a two-tier shelf that you need to see to believe. A door opening angle of just 85°allows the trays to swing out completely from the corner cabinet that was once wasted space. Each tray holds 55 lbs. allowing you to store heavier pots and pans such as cast-iron skillets and Dutch ovens.

 

Tray Dividers

tray dividersYou can’t have holiday cookies without cookie sheets! Keep your sheet pans, cooking racks and even cake pans organized and right at your fingertips. Oversized sheet pans are almost impossible to store away without this accessories. Tray dividers can be installed in base or wall cabinets.

Spice Drawer

spice drawersEvery holiday recipe calls for spices, and lots of them! Imagine a drawer filled with all your cooking spices organized and easy to read. Choose any size drawer in your kitchen as these spice organizers can be custom sized.

Maintaining Your New Kitchen

You finally got your new kitchen, after months of saving. Everything is exactly the way you want it, and now you have to maintain your investment. Regular cleaning will maintain both the appearance and functionality of your new cabinets and appliances.

Your cabinets may be prone to grease buildup, depending on the amount of cooking that takes place in your kitchen. You should wipe down your cabinets at least every two weeks, or more based on activity level, using a damp, soft cloth and warm water. You can add mild dishwasher soap, baking soda or vinegar if wiping them down with water doesn’t appear to be enough. If you have wooden cabinets, wipe down in the direction of the grain to keep from developing smudges. Avoid using products that will damage your cabinets, such as bleach, nail polish remover, ammonia and scouring pads. These will damage any paint or stains and create scratches across your cabinets. You should also avoid leaving wet or damp dishcloths draped on your cabinet doors to maintain its finish and color.

In order to avoid sun damage, you should keep curtains on your kitchen windows to reduce the direct sunlight hitting your doors. Curtains can also help prevent heat damage from enough sunlight. When using the self-cleaning feature on your oven, remove the nearest cabinet doors and drawers to minimize risk of heat damage. You want your kitchen to look and work its best, and heat damage is not something people often think about.

There are things that can be done to minimize grime buildup while cooking. Using an exhaust fan built into your stove keeps grease from splattering onto nearby cabinets. Spills, splatters and other messes should be cleaned as soon as possible as to not damage finishes or leave stains. Following these tips can maintain your new kitchen for years to come. If you are looking to remodel, Granite State Cabinetry has been providing Southern NH residents with professional kitchen design advice for years, listening to your needs and budgetary needs. Give us a call today at 603.472.4080 or request a free quote!

 

How to Create a Modern Kitchen Design

Homeowners are beginning to transition from traditional kitchen styles to more modern designs. If you’re looking for a bright, open floor plan then modern may just be right for you. Using ornate features from the Victorian and Gothic eras, modern kitchens are truly remarkable.

Clients who are seeking simplicity often gravitate towards modernism and are quite strategic when it comes to cabinets, fixtures and appliances. Often times, modern kitchen designs require our designers to do more with less materials. We must be observant and innovative and our clients will challenge themselves and surroundings.

According to Domino magazine, modern design requires several characteristics.

  • Clean lines
  • Minimalistic
  • Aesthetically driven
  • Neutral color palettes
  • Functional & stylish
  • Authentic
  • Chic but effortless
  • Understated elegance
  • Alluring and inviting room
  • Luxurious
  • Purposeful & driven
  • Modern & comfortable

Choose Granite State Cabinetry

Granite State Cabinetry offers expert kitchen design advice and we provide the best options in custom cabinetry, kitchen countertops, and flooring. Give us a call today at 603.472.4080 or stop into our showroom to get started.

Why You Should Film Your Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Process

At Granite State Cabinetry, we value customer satisfaction which is why we follow bathroom and kitchen remodeling best practices. In order to stay ahead of the competition and showcase our hard work, our team likes to film our remodeling process.

Many kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractors will sell you on their “attention to detail” or how they leave the home in “pristine condition.” However, the only viable evidence of this is before and after photos, but you never get to see what’s actually occurring.

It’s actually quite important for potential clients to visualize the process rather than just see the end result. We separate our business from others because we showcase the remodeling process so customers can get our clients excited about the remodeling process.

When homeowners want to live in their homes while the bathroom or kitchen remodeling process is taking place, it’s always advised to create a livable remodeling plan. This allows us to create a plan for safety, dust hazards, logistics and a proper timeline.

Ready to get your bathroom or kitchen remodel started? Contacted Granite State Cabinetry at 603.472.4080 or stop into our showroom located at 384 Route 101 in Bedford NH 03110.

Island Fever: The Shape of Things to Come

Kitchen islands are trending off the charts these days because of the combination of function and style that they bring to the home. Islands add seating, storage and workspace to a kitchen. Today, island options are almost limitless, providing endless opportunities for you to make your kitchen not only stand apart, but also a true pleasure to cook in.

We recommend different shapes based on the configuration of the space and your goals. For a recent renovation, we recommended an L-shaped island to help fill open space and provide our client with desired extra storage and workspace. L-shaped islands are best suited to larger kitchens that enable the homeowner to spread out the work and storage space in the kitchen. If there is more than one cook in your family and you have the space, L-shaped could be the island for you because it allows two or more people to cook at the same time without getting in each other’s way. L-shaped islands also provide ample opportunities for seating.

Semi-circular or full circle-shaped islands create unique statements for most kitchens, because they are not normally specified unless there is sufficient space in the kitchen. One of the major benefits of a circular shape is expanded seating areas. Another is the abundance of preparation space.

We recently did a kitchen renovation or a client who loves to cook, and we made her dreams come true by recommending a U-shaped island. Not only did this island provide a tremendous amount of storage space, we were also able to place the microwave in the island configuration and provide a comfortable seating area. For U-shaped islands to work, you need to have lots of space. If you are considering a U-shaped island or one is recommended, bear in mind they are large and therefore there is lots of space to navigate and clean. The size tends to cut off the space in some kitchens. We help our clients maximize the storage space by providing swing devices in floor cabinets such as a lazy Susan or base pull out accessories.

We recommend Galley islands for clients looking for clean lines and an open concept, because they promote workflow in the kitchen and create a streamlined look. The absence of curves or corners in a Galley-shaped island maximizes storage space and makes bar stool seating easy. Some of our clients shy away from a Galley-shaped island finding them to lack visual appeal. We can create a wow effect for Galley-shaped islands by specifying head-turning cabinets and cabinet hardware.

What if your kitchen is not large enough to accommodate an island? Go mobile. Islands on wheels provide the functionality and storage benefits of an island without taking up a lot of space. Many rolling islands can be tucked underneath countertops when not in use. When additional prep area is needed, simply roll them out. Rolling islands are great for smaller kitchens. However, because of their smaller stature, they do not provide as much storage or prep area as a permanent option.

What shaped island will work best for you? That depends on the look, space and functionality that you want. We can recommend an island shape best suited for your needs and desires. Give us a call at or stop by the showroom at to discuss the options available to you.

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