Lighting, mixed use of cabinetry, wine storage top kitchen trends in 2014

NARI offers design tips during Home Improvement Month.

May 31, 2014 8:30 am  •  

538907295051d.preview-620Madison, Wisconsin, May 1, 2014— Kitchens remain a top remodeling project in 2014, according to the Member Profile Study done by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), in time for
National Home Improvement Month this May. Eighty-two percent of NARI members identify kitchens as  their primary service offering.

This year, the association’s 2014 Contractor of the Year Awards program, which recognizes top projects in 25 categories, totaled nearly $73 million worth of remodeling projects and identified national trends,
especially in the areas of kitchen updates.

“Consumers want practical, comfortable kitchens that are efficient to use and easy to live in,” says Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR, NARI National President and vice president of Renovations Group Inc. in Elm
Grove, Wis. “Bigger isn’t better, but homeowners still want a feeling of space, and open concept with islands are still a significant part of kitchen trends in 2014.”

Improving the overall look and feel of the kitchen was most often cited in the CotY entries as the main motivating factor by homeowners for remodeling, followed by improving function.

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The continuing trend of fewer upper cabinets in the kitchen creates more space for decorative task lighting, often on adjustable arms that gives the option to have the light directed where it is needed
most. Decorative fixtures in black, iron and aged brass finishes make a bold statement. Other trends:

  • Pendant lights over kitchen islands continue to be a great opportunity to bring style into the mix.
  • Chandeliers in kitchens add an unexpected sparkle and can soften up the hard lines and smooth surfaces of appliances and countertops below.
  • An oversized light fixture becomes a focal point in an otherwise plain room.
  • Under-cabinet lights, controlled by a dimmer, provide ambiance.

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Mixing and layering finishes and woods to create a custom look is another emerging trend, along with built-in accent cabinets that act as a framework for the rest of the cabinetry. These cabinets, often
designed tall and narrow with glass fronts, provide the look of a built-in china cabinet to showcase collectables. In general, upper cabinets are less popular in areas that obstruct lines of sight, especially to
outdoor interests or to an adjacent family room.

  • Appliances are subtly hidden behind the cabinetry for a clean, streamlined appearance.
  • Colorful kitchen cabinetry has made a big comeback. Palettes using and mixing blues, orange, browns or greens countering neutral white, wood or dark finishes are providing kitchen flair.
  • Dramatic contrasts of light cabinets and dark countertops provide visual impact.


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With the explosion in the wine market over the past few decades, wine is becoming more of a lifestyle choice and factoring into kitchen designs.

  • Dedicated “butler” areas for entertaining, sampling and sharing wine with guests are very popular, allowing the cook the opportunity to socialize during food preparation.
  • Integrated wine coolers, an answer to tight kitchen spaces, are nestled into cabinetry along with wine racks to showcase a homeowners’ collection.

If you’re planning a home renovation project this year, consider incorporating some of these trends to  update your kitchen. Before construction gets underway, consult with a professional remodeler about
the renovation projects you have planned.

NARI is the source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor because  members are full-time, dedicated remodelers who follow a strict code of ethics, observing high
standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility.

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Demand for Cabinets Heading to $16B in 2018

By Alex Keown | Posted: 05/20/2014 


RedBeacon-BlogCLEVELAND  – Demand for kitchen and bath cabinetry will increase 6.6 % annually to $16 billion by 2018, primarily due to the rebound in the U.S. housing market, says a new study. But another key factor is a consumer desire for more storage space, say trade groups. The largest areas in homes requiring expanded cabinets are kitchens and bathrooms, with builders looking for innovative ways to include more storage space, such as increasing cabinet space in kitchen islands or his and her vanities in bathrooms. Not only will new constructions spur the growth in cabinetry, but the increased demand for kitchen and bathroom remodeling will also play a huge role in the increase. “Cabinets,” a new study from Cleveland-based market research firm The Freedonia Group, Inc., reports kitchen cabinets, which accounted for 81% of demand in 2013, are expected to see the fastest growth of all cabinet types, rising 6.8% annually to $13.1 billion. Gains will be spurred by design trends that call for homes to have larger kitchens with such features as islands and breakfast bars. These kitchens are often equipped with more and larger cabinets to provide ample storage space. Bathroom cabinets will account for $1.9 billion in sales by 2018, according to the report. Advances will be spurred by design trends that call for multiple bathrooms. Demand for other cabinets, such as garage, home office, and home theater cabinets, will be supported by interest in them as attractive storage alternatives to open shelving and free-standing furnishings, the report says.

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Here Are 13 Relatively Simple Things That Will Make Your Home Extremely Awesome

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If you want to make your home more efficient (and look better while you’re at it), you don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Sometimes, the simplest changes can make a world of difference. Take these 30 simple home improvement ideas, for example. You wouldn’t think that moving your outlets or adding an end table could change the flow and cool factor of your house, but it can.

And if you follow these tips, it will!

1. Add outlets to drawers to keep clutter off of the table top.







2. Make the space your fake drawers take up functional.







3. Fake drawers are also a great spot for extra outlets.







4. Save space with collapsible drying racks.










5. Use stainless steel contact paper to make your appliances look more expensive.






6. Use recessed outlets so you can put your furniture against the wall.






7. Install your outlets underneath your cabinets so you don’t ruin your backsplash.










8. Use slide-out drawers in the home for spices and pantry items.









9. Add a small cabinet to extra space in the kitchen for cleaning supply storage.









10. Hide away appliances behind sliding doors.










11. Use kitchen drawers as cutting boards you can hide.








12. Use a slide-away step in your bathroom instead of a step stool.










13. Build drawers in the wasted space between studs in the wall.



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Brad Keselowski drives to an impressive, yet still frustrating, third at ’500

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Brad Keselowski climbed from 33rd to third in the Miller Lite Ford on Sunday night, in what was by far his most impressive Daytona 500.

Heading into the Daytona 500, ECR Chevrolet engines stole the show in qualifying while Toyota entered the race with three wins in the three NASCAR Sprint Cup non-points preliminary races that make up Speedweeks.

So Ford had almost been lying in the weeds, but Keselowski’s now-white No. 2 Team Penske entry was an absolute rocket on race day.

“I thought our car was really, really, really 2014 Team Penske Studio Shoot Mooresvillestrong. Best car I ever had here at Daytona,” he said after the race. “I’m proud of it. Got to the lead from the very back twice. Didn’t quite pull it off the third time, but got really close there obviously in the closing laps with some help from a few others.”

Keselowski played himself into position for the final restart after leading four times for 13 laps earlier in the race. As the lanes shifted and movement occurred, he never was able to get that last run to slingshot through to the lead.

Still, had he been able to replay the last two laps, he said he wouldn’t have done anything differently.

“When the 11 (Denny Hamlin) and 18 (Kyle Busch) broke apart, then the 17 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) split the 18, that was the end of my night. There was nothing I could do,” he said.

“It was just circumstances outside of my control. I could have blocked the 11 and ran second. That’s all that was going to happen if I would have blocked the 11. But I really wasn’t interested in running second. I took a shot at a different move that would have given me an opportunity to win and finished third. That’s just the way it is.”

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It was a great run for the 2012 series champion, who’s seeking a bounce back 2014 after he failed to make the Chase in 2013.

But like Denny Hamlin in second, third here in the biggest race of the year simply wasn’t good enough. And given NASCAR’s new Chase format where winning is everything, Keselowski put to bed the line about having a “good points day.”

“Points days don’t mean anything anymore. That’s the great thing about this format,” he explained. “There is no good points day, as far as I’m concerned. What matters is a win, especially when you come to Daytona.”

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Wurth Becomes The Primary Sponsor of The #2 Car

During his championship 2012 season, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Ford Fusion team welcomed Wurth as an associate sponsor. Now, as BK seeks his second Sprint Cup in 2014, Wurth is stepping up as a primary sponsor.


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Wurth will be the primary sponsor on the No. 2 car during four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, starting with the March 23 Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Wurth will also be an associate sponsor on the No. 2 Team Penske Ford for the balance of the 2014 season.

“We’re pleased to welcome Wurth as a primary sponsor on the No. 2 Ford team,” said Keselowski. “The Wurth Group has done a terrific job of activating their partnership with Team Penske and we’ll work together to take the relationship to a new level this season. We’re all excited to race the red and white Wurth Ford Fusion in 2014.”

The Wurth Group first partnered with Team Penske in 2012 and the leading automotive, industrial and woodworking supply company has served as a primary sponsor for the team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and an associate partner on the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion over the last two seasons.

“We are very excited about continuing our relationship with Team Penske and Brad Keselowski,” said Robert Stolz, Wurth North America Chief Executive. “Since our relationship started two years ago, many of our customers and associates have enjoyed the partnership and we look forward to taking this to the next level with the Wurth Car now in the Cup Series. We consider Brad to be a part of our Wurth family of businesses, and we cherish being associated with Roger Penske and his extraordinary organization. This promises to be another fantastic year for Wurth Racing.”

While this season marks just its third season as a partner in North American motorsports, Wurth has been actively involved in European racing for over 30 years supporting teams in various disciplines including Formula One and the DTM Series.

“Wurth is a global leader in the automotive and industrial supply business and we are excited to have them join the No. 2 Ford team as a primary sponsor this season,” said Roger Penske. “Wurth has brought value to our company and to our partners as well. This demonstrates the commitment of Team Penske to building lasting business relationships and we will work together with the Wurth team to continue to grow this partnership.”

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Glass Cabinets, Open Shelving Big 2014 Kitchen Trend

glasscabsLink: Original Post from Forbes

For years, cabinets have been a place to tuck away dishes and hide boxes of cereal out of view behind solid doors. But according to the Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report for 2014, hiding the goods will be a bit more difficult since the latest kitchen trend is glass-front cabinets or open shelving – easily exposing cupboard contents.

If you want to go this route,  Kerrie Kelly, the principal designer and owner of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento and a member of Zillow Z +1.43% Digs’ Board of Designers, shares her tips on getting in on this look.

Match your kitchen style

While glass-front cabinets or open shelves may sound like design purely for modern spaces, Kelly believes the look works well in any kitchen style.

“Just be sure to focus on using only one or two materials,” she said. Also, with whatever material you choose, you can be creative in your installation. Painted cabinets with glass fronts and statement knobs would work well in more traditional or country-style kitchen, while sleek, flat-front cabinets will shine in a contemporary space.

Curate displayed items

Just as you pick cabinets or shelving to match your kitchen, select accessories and kitchenware that will go with the overall aesthetic as well.

The open shelving or glass front cabinets are a place to showcase items and, as such, takes time to curate statement pieces or accessories, advised Kelly.

“Let your kitchenware collection grow with you and your space,” she said.

Looking for ideas to fill the space? Try spices, olive oil, cookbooks and glass jars filled with oatmeal or dried fruits as a starting point.


Updating your cabinets to match these trends could be an easy do-it-yourself- weekend project and “provides great versatility,” said Kelly. Remove the doors on one of your cabinets, and paint or wallpaper the back of the cabinet to create an updated look in the kitchen.

Add the look elsewhere

While open shelving and glass-front cabinets are great for the kitchen, they’re also appropriate throughout the entire home.

“Get creative with shelving units,” Kelly says. Try incorporating “vintage pieces with sleek colors for a chic storage solution in any living space.”



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The Move to Modern Cabinets

Americans Are Turning Away From Traditional Oak Materials to Exotic Alternatives




Cabinets are becoming more cutting edge.

According to online surveys by MasterBrand Cabinets, the largest cabinet manufacturer in North America, traditional materials are losing favor to more exotic—and generally more expensive—alternatives. Although oak and maple still make up the largest dollar share of cabinet purchases, both have lost steam: Oak material now makes up 28% of total dollars spent—a decline of 20% over the past five years, according to the survey. In contrast, woods like alder, pecan, pine and walnut grew 44% in total dollars spent over that same period.

Cabinets—most of which are purchased for a kitchen—remain in homes for 20 to 25 years on average before being replaced. “The kitchen is so much the heart of the home,” says Jane Henderson Kenyon, broker associate with Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, N.J. “Whatever people put in there runs through the rest of the house.” As such, the shift to bolder cabinet materials indicates a broader move toward more modern designs, says Beth Dibert, senior manager for market research for MasterBrand.

Together with third-party researchers KeyStat Marketing and Burke, MasterBrand surveyed 2,343 individuals in 2007 to 2008 and 5,641 individuals in 2011 to 2012 on how much they spent on cabinet materials and finishes.

Consumers are experimenting with bolder woods and colors. Medium-colored finishes still make up the largest share of cabinet finishes, but painted and dark-colored finishes both gained more than 40% in dollar share in the past five years.

Fancier woods usually mean fancier price tags. For instance, the Artesia cabinet style made by MasterBrand subsidiary Dynasty by Omega can be 20% more expensive if it uses pecan or walnut, and 10% less expensive if it uses oak or cherry.

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Repairing Heat-Damaged Countertops

A guide, organized by countertop type.

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It is rarely a good idea to put hot pans directly on a countertop. Even though a manufacturer may claim a countertop is totally heatproof, this is often untrue. Extreme heat may cause everything from minor, easily repaired surface burns to virtually irreparable cracks or melting. Here is a quick guide to dealing with heat damage for various countertop materials.

DIY Resource:

laminate_wilsonart_hdPlastic Laminates: To remove a minor, light-colored burn from laminate countertops, coat the spot with a baking soda paste for about 30 minutes and wipe it off.  Laminate surfaces with deeper burns typically need to be replaced, but it may be possible to replace the surface of just one section.




wood-counters-nj-ny-de-ct-paWood: Sand away burn marks on butcherblocks or other wood countertops with 120-grit sandpaper, then go over the area again with finer 180-grit sandpaper. Add a wood filler if needed. Then rub in a solution of four parts mineral oil and one part melted paraffin wax to protect the wood. For varnished or painted wood surfaces, it will need to be stripped with a food-safe chemical stripper. After sanding away the burn, replace the varnish or paint.




corian_solid_surface_countertop_kitchen_10_0Solid Surface: Heat can fairly easily damage Corian and other solid-surface countertops. However, the damage can also be reversed fairly easily by sanding around the burned spot. Then cover the tracks of your sanding with Bon Ami or other abrasive cleaner. Serious burns may require an electric sander. In either case, wet the surface to minimize dust. Severe heat can crack the countertop, which will probably require professional repair. DIY Resource:



Stone-Style-Countertops-in-The-Kitchen-915x610Stone: Many natural or engineered stone countertops are virtually heatproof. However, some stone surfaces are liable to crack if exposed to extreme temperatures. Again, these are best repaired by a professional, but some stone epoxies are available for repairing small cracks.





concrete-countertop-6Concrete: Extreme heat can also crack or burn concrete countertops, though penetrating sealers can help prevent such damage. Use a tinted two-part stone-grade epoxy to repair hairline cracks in concrete. Consult a professional for larger damage.






tileTile: Most ceramic and natural stone tiles are virtually heatproof. However, if an individual tile gets cracked or burned, it can be replaced fairly easily. Here’s basic instructions for tile repair: Use a grout saw to remove the grout all the way around the tile. Tap the tile with a chisel until it breaks apart. Then use the chisel to remove all the tile pieces, as well as any remaining grout or adhesive. Put adhesive on the back of the replacement tile and press firmly and evenly into place. Grout around the tile and wipe away excess grout before it dries, then seal the new grout.


ThinkGlass 1Meta & Glass: Glass and stainless steel or other countertop metals are virtually heatproof.

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7 Awesome Add-Ons For Kitchen Cabinets

Jennifer Ott, Houzz Contributor and Interior Designer

I remember when having a microwave or an electric can opener mounted under your wall cabinets was considered state of the art. Now you can attach your smart phone and tablet, and even hide the necessary outlets out of sight. Curious what today’s cabinet additions can do for you? Check out a few of the latest and most useful offerings in cabinet-mounted gadgets and accessories to see what will work in your kitchen.


Even if you’re a minimalist who prefers to keep the area under your wall cabinets clear, consider installing some lighting. Undercabinet lights provides crucial illumination for food prep and, if dimmable, work well as a nightlight once the kitchen is closed for the evening. My current preference for undercabinet lighting is low-profile LED (light-emitting diode) strip lights. LED lighting technology is continually advancing, so check with your local lighting retailer or electrical contractor to see what is the best option for your kitchen. Prices vary depending on size and quality, but you can currently get 12-inch strips starting around $20.


You’ve spent time and money selecting and installing the perfect backsplash tile, so don’t mar the beautiful surface with outlets. An under cabinet outlet strip gives you a plethora of  plugs — and always one right where you need it — without a line of receptacles all across your lovely backsplash. If, however, you tend to keep your countertop appliances plugged in, you may not enjoy seeing the cords dangle down from underneath your cabinets.




kitchen-lighting-and-cabinet-lighting12 Tablet mount.

Watch a cooking video, refer to a recipe, check your email or call your mom on Skype, all  while keeping your device up and away from any countertop messes with an undercabinet  tablet mount.  If you have multiple devices that you want accessible in the kitchen, check out this modular under cabinet lighting system. You can get docks for all of your devices, along with the receptacles to power them




Knife block.

I realize under cabinet knife blocks aren’t exactly new technology, but this model from Rev-a-shelf is notable for its slim profile.





food-containers-and-storage12Jar opener.

For those who struggle with opening bottles and jars, here’s a clever gadget that’s easy to mount under your wall cabinet. This would make an excellent gift for someone who suffers from arthritis, or anyone else who could use some assistance with tough-to-open lids.





WWG466Stemware rack.

If you are tight on kitchen storage space, you’ll want to make use of every nook and cranny you can. Here’s a great option for storing your stemware under a wall cabinet. I’ve mounted a similar rack inside a cabinet, and I really like its functionality — you can store a good number of glasses in a small amount of space without the risk of having them tip over onto one another like dominoes. I should note that this may not be the best storage option if you don’t use the glasses very often, or if you don’t have adequate ventilation in your kitchen, as the stemware is likely to attract grease and dust.


SonomaSeriesWineRackBottle holder.

Display your wine bottles next to your stemware, all underneath your wall cabinets. Just be sure to mount this away from your range or cooktop, so the bottles don’t feel the heat

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