How to Create a Farmhouse Kitchen

Farmhouse kitchens are all about creating that classic, rural heart of the home. Here are some design tips on how to create this welcoming style in your home, from our laminate countertop edging team.

  • Open shelving: While very modern kitchens hide everything away, farmhouse kitchens put things on display. Wall-mounted shelves, door-less cabinets, dish racks and ceiling-mounted pot-holders are all classic features of this style of kitchen.
  • Traditional flooring: Flooring plays an important role in creating the ambience of a farmhouse kitchen. Wooden floors are classic (natural or painted), but you can find rustic stone tiles that also look fantastic.
  • Eat-in kitchen: Farmhouse kitchens are traditionally large in size and feature a big table where everyone can gather around to cook, relax, work or eat. They make great prep tables as well as dining tables, and look best in wood.
  • Apron-fronted sink: A big, deep sink is another classic characteristic of these kitchens. It should be able to withstand heavy duty, fit big pots and saucepans, and look great too. While there are plenty of new ones on sale, you could add an authentic touch by sourcing a vintage model from a salvage yard or market.
  • A range: The range is the workhorse of the kitchen, warming the space and cooking up tasty family meals. For the right look and feel, you can go for an AGA, complete with vintage stovepipe.
  • Country details: From old-fashioned handles and faucets to free-standing cabinets, exposed beams and gentle colors, the farmhouse kitchen comes to life through little details. Mix your cabinets with salvaged vintage Welsh dresser or displays, add pretty vintage signs and glassware, or old-fashioned light fixtures to deliver the perfect finishing touches.

Design Your Dream Farmhouse Kitchen with the Laminate Countertop Edging Specialists 

At Kuehn Bevel, we’ve got over 20 years of experience in the laminate countertop edging industry and, with a huge range of profiles, design choices and laminate countertop edging options, we can create the custom detail your farmhouse kitchen deserves. We specialize in all the major laminate brands, including Formica edges, as well as wood and solid surface countertop edge profiles.

For more information about our products or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at http://www.kuehnbevel.com/

5 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas for Your Remodel

Whether your family bathroom has to cater for everyone or you have a small bathroom to yourself, storage is everything. Here are some tips from our team, the specialists in Formica countertop edging, to help you get the most out of your space while keeping it organized and easy to clean.

  1. Wall cabinets: If you have an open wall, it’s the perfect spot for a cabinet. Try to get the biggest one you can comfortably fit into the space. It’s great for storing toiletries, towels, accessories and more within easy reach.
  2. Storage ladder: This is a free-standing storage option that is ideal for people who don’t want to make permanent changes to their space. Make sure it goes as high as possible, so you can fit everything you need onto it at easy reaching height.
  3. Crate shelving: If you don’t have the budget or space for a wall cabinet, crates are the perfect option. Simply pick them up at a craft store, paint them to fit in with your décor and fix to the wall. They are small enough to fit into tiny spaces and make great storage for toiletries, toilet rolls and more.
  4. Towel ladder: If you share a bathroom and don’t have enough hanging space, the best thing to do is go vertical. Towel ladders let you hang multiple towels to dry without taking up much floor space.
  5. Maximize your vanity space: Bathroom vanities are wonderful storage, but you can increase their capacity easily by creating hidden storage on the back of the doors themselves. You can attach a rack easily and add space for essentials like hairdryers, hot irons, brushes and more.

Affordable, Lasting Style with Custom Formica Countertop Edging 

Designing your dream bathroom? Make your space truly yours with customizable Formica countertop edging available in a wide range of designs. At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of laminate countertop edging options, including beveled edge laminate countertops, Wilsonart and Formica edges.

For more information about our products or to speak to the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

 

What to Remodel First – Kitchen or Bathroom?

When homeowners think about remodeling, it can be tough to decide between redoing the kitchen or tacking the bathrooms. Here are some insights to help you make the right decision, from our laminate countertop edging team.

Which is More Affordable? 

In almost every case, remodeling the bathroom is the more budget-friendly option, as they generally cost around $17,000 according to the national average, compared to the $19,000 that kitchens cost on average. There are also ways to save further on a bathroom remodel, like keeping your plumbing in the same position or upscaling cabinetry.

What Takes the Least Amount of Time? 

Again, bathrooms are the faster option, taking 18 days on average to complete. They are also often easier to handle and less disruptive, as most families have a second bathroom they can use in the meantime. Kitchens are at the other end of the spectrum, taking about 2-6 months to complete, depending on the materials, complexity and size of the remodel. Kitchen remodels are often more of a hassle too, as you have to make other arrangements to cook, store and eat.

What Adds the Most Value to your Home?

Here, kitchens are the winner, as a great kitchen is a stand-out priority for most homebuyers and is well-known as the heart of a home. 52% of real estate agents report that the kitchen is the biggest influence on making a sale, while only 42% report the same for bathrooms.

What is in the Worst Condition? 

This is possibly the most important question to ask, whether you are planning to sell your home or stay in it, as remodeling very poor bathrooms and leaving a decent kitchen (or vice versa) is going to add the most value and quality of life overall. Think about how you use your house and where the biggest pain points are, and choose the option that will make the biggest positive effect on everyone who lives there – and you can’t go wrong!

Add Value and Style While Saving Money with Quality Laminate Countertop Edging 

One of the best ways to stay on budget and get more value on your home remodel is to partner with reputable partners. At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of kitchen countertop edges and beveled edge laminate countertop edge options, including Wilsonart and Formica edges.

For more information about our products or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

How to Create a His and Hers Bathroom that Works

His and hers bathrooms are a big home trend in 2018, and can be a wonderfully functional and attractive space if designed with care. Here are some insights from our team, the specialists in laminate countertop edging options.

Bathroom Vanities 

The vanity is one of the most important features of any bathroom, and a his and hers space needs the right vanity in order to make this space enjoyable to share and use. If you have the space, it’s best to either install a double vanity with separate basins, faucets and storage along a single wall, or install two separate single vanities opposite one another in the space. It’s also a good idea to double up on mirrors, toothbrush holders and other items of daily use. If you have the space and budget, a double shower is a wonderful feature to add as well!

Clear Space and Open Views 

Workable his and hers bathrooms require some doubling up on different items and features, which can make even a bigger bathroom space look crowded, so it’s important to add features that help keep the space open and uncluttered. Glass-enclosed showers with a curbless entry, windows and furnishings with uniform, simple lines help keep great flow in the bathroom.

Colors and Detail 

Again, because these bathrooms tend to have more features than regular bathrooms, it’s going to take smart design choices to keep it looking like a peaceful, relaxing and functional space. Light colors and white reflect light make a space feel larger, so think about light vanity countertops, wall paint and floor tiles.

Lighting 

If you are changing your regular bathroom to a his and hers bathroom, don’t forget to change your lighting system too. Each bathroom vanity station will need good lighting in order to be functional, and lighting can be positioned in such a way to help create good flow in the space and highlight the areas of dual-use. For example, vanity lighting for each side of the space help keeps your bathroom balanced and functional for both of you.

Bathroom and Kitchen Countertop Edges for Durable Style that Lasts! 

Kuehn Bevel is America’s leading producer of bathroom and kitchen countertop edge options. With over 20 years of experience, we have the technology and expert skills to produce high-quality decorative countertop edging options in laminate, solid surface and wood. From Formica edges to backsplashes and wall trim, we do it all.

For more information about our laminate countertop edging options or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

How To Create A Crafting Room

Make the perfect hobby and craft room with these tips from our Kuehn Bevel team, the specialists in countertop edge profiles.

  • Sturdy table: This is the most important item for your crafting room, and it should be big, level and offer plenty of surface space onto which you can spread your crafting materials.
  • Shelving: Whatever your crafting hobby, you’re going to need lots of shelves to keep different materials and tools. We recommend stocking them with clear, plastic boxes so it’s easy to find, organize and access your materials.
  • Countertops: If you have the space, countertops are a great addition to any crafting space. They allow you to map out your work in stages more easily, and utilize different stations without moving too much. Be sure to install these at the right height so that you aren’t bent over them at an angle that’s bad for your back. They should also be made of a hardwearing material that can withstand heavy work, like laminate countertops.
  • Good lighting: There should ideally be both natural and artificial light to ensure that you don’t suffer from eyestrain. Natural light is healthier for mind and body, and is less stressful to the eyes, while artificial light is a great help for darker corners and close work at night. Natural light is also ideal for photographing your work.
  • Pegboard: These are invaluable crafting tools and can be used for anything from hooking up tools in an easy-to-reach storage space, mounting patterns, and even tracking your work. Another great tool-storage trick is to fix a magnetic strip near your work station to store scissors and other metal tools.
  • An ergonomic chair: If you spend a lot of time sitting while you craft, you’ll need an ergonomic chair that will properly support your body so that you don’t end up with back pain. Try to find one with wheels too, as this is a great help when it comes to moving from station to station.

Add a custom touch to your craft room with countertop edge profiles 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative and protective laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, granite like laminate edges, solid surface edging and granite like laminate edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our products or to speak to our friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

 

Replace, Reface or Refurbish Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchens are the heart of the home. And, as a result, they must withstand a lot of heavy work and traffic. Over time, they can start to look a bit tired, old, and dated – especially as trends change. One way to breathe life into a kitchen and transform it into a fresh, new space is to change your cabinets. But what’s the best option? Should they be replaced, refaced or refurbished?

 

  • Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets 

 

This is the most drastic option. It should only be considered if you want to make major changes to the design of your space. It is a good idea to replace them if they are damaged, of a very poor quality, or in the event that the carcasses (the shelving and structure) are compromised. Even though this is an expensive and time-consuming job, there are quite a few positives to this option, since you end up with exactly the design you want – no compromises anywhere!

 

One thing to keep in mind is that this is best done as an entire kitchen remodel. Your new cabinets are likely to be very different in size and shape to your old ones. This may affect where your appliances are positioned, your countertop size and shape, and it may influence your tiling and kitchen backsplash.

 

  • Refacing Your Kitchen Cabinets 

 

This is a great middle-ground option. “Refacing” means that your kitchen cabinet doors are removed and replaced with updated options. This keeps your kitchen layout and shelving intact, and can be done quickly with minimal labor and hassle. In fact, with the right planning, it’s an easy DIY project.

 

This is an option that works well if the walls and shelving of your cabinets are in good condition, are undamaged, and are not warped. It can be useful if you are doing a partial renovation as well, if you are making your kitchen open plan or adding in appliances.

 

  • Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets 

 

This is a great, budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a facelift! You will be surprised at just how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint makes! You can choose how much of your kitchen cabinet you want to be painted – the whole carcass or just the doors – and there is a wide range of paint colors on offer. Although painting sounds like a simple job, it is recommended that this is done by a professional. Unless, of course, you have the right experience. This is because you will need to use the right type of paint, prepare the surfaces of the cabinets properly, and know how to operate a spray gun. Often, cabinets require 3 coats of paint as well as priming. However, the labor is worth the result.

 

This technique works best on wood, wood laminate, and even metal cabinets. Unfortunately, laminate and plastic cabinets don’t take paint well. Be sure to remove all doors and drawers, fix any cracks or signs of wear, and clean surfaces well before you start painting. One good tip is to label where each drawer door and drawer goes as you remove them, so that they can go back into the right place.

Laminate Edging Options and Countertops Add Fresh, New Life to Your Kitchen 

Laminate is one of the most affordable and effective ways to revitalize your kitchen – it is the perfect complement to your new or refurbished cabinets. Using the latest in technological innovations, laminate delivers an effective and stylish result. At Kuehn Bevel, we use our expertise as America’s leading manufacturer of countertop edge products to add additional durability and style to your countertops. We work with all the top names in the world of laminate, from Formica to Wilsonart, and offer a wide range of customizable styles including beveled edge laminate countertop options.

For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or you can speak with the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

 

How to Choose the Perfect Color Scheme for Your Bathroom

Choosing a color palette for your bathroom is an important part of getting the best result from your remodel. Colors are a powerful way of creating mood and style, so getting the colors right is just as important as finding the perfect tub. Here are some tips from Kuehn Bevel, the experts in countertop edge options.

Step One – The Colors You Love

Visit a paint store and pick out the colors that appeal to you. Take as many cards as you like, but be very firm on what really appeals to you (rather than what you think is trendy, or will be easy to clean, etc.) There really is no point in having a gray bathroom if you hate gray!

Step Two – The Feel You’re Aiming For 

This is the style that appeals to you, and what you’re focusing on achieving with the overall result. Do you want to feel like you’re in a high-end spa? Do you prefer something fresh and funky? Are your tastes very modern or more traditional? Do you want something very individual and artistic? Or do you want something cool, clean and relaxing?

Some colors suit certain styles better than others, and this can help you narrow down your choices. Modern, vibrant bathrooms often have up to three colors, and they tend to have at least one bold and one contrasting color. For example, bright white walls with a deep, dark blue tile and a lime green feature wall. Other colors suit more relaxing, spa-like bathrooms, for example, shades of white, soft neutrals, and cool greens and blues.

Step Three – The Rule of Three 

This is a popular interior design rule that’s very useful when you want color without overwhelming your space. You choose three colors and follow a 70-20-10 distribution following your color gradient. This means that your lightest color covers 70% of your space, your middle color 20%, and your brightest or boldest color gets 10%. If you’re sticking with neutrals but don’t want to end up with something bland, choose two neutrals and follow a 70-30 proportion. This creates visual interest through contrast and really brings out the two chosen colors. You can follow through with this rule through the whole of your bathroom design, including your accessories.

Expertly Crafted Laminate Countertop Edging Options for Bathrooms 

Your bathroom deserves to have the perfect finishing touches, whether they’re luxurious towels or custom countertop edge options. At Kuehn Bevel, we have over 20 years of experience in the countertop edging industry and with a huge range of options including Formica ideal edges, granite-like laminate, solid surface, and wood, we can create the custom detail your bathroom remodel is looking for.

 

For more information about our products please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com , or you can also speak with the friendly sales staff at your local installers.

Get Inspired With These Kitchen Cabinet Ideas!

Kitchen cabinets, their design and installation make a significant impact on how we use our kitchens – and how much we enjoy doing so. Here are some inspirational tips to help you get the most out of your storage, from the specialists in Formica countertop edging.

  • Need more cabinets? Get an island: If you have an open plan kitchen, chances are that your biggest challenge is having enough storage space. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that won’t mean you have to remodel – invest in a kitchen island. These can be made to your exact specifications, including size and features, and add considerable storage and countertop space. Just make sure that there is enough space to easily walk around the island.
  • A corner cabinet: Large, tall storage space is a huge benefit in any kitchen, large or small, and the easiest way to include this is with a triangular corner cabinet with deep shelves. This has the advantage of not taking up a significant amount of space while providing a surprising amount of very convenient storage. Many people use these for storing dry goods, small appliances, cleaning equipment, pet food and much more.
  • Refurbish, repaint, recycle: Any homeowner who has considered remodeling their kitchen knows that it’s an expensive job, even when you aren’t after the latest and most exclusive trends. Refurbishing your current cabinets with a coat of paint can make an incredible difference, and combining that with a new countertop can give the same result as a full remodel at a fraction of the cost – and you can do it yourself. Another good idea is to source secondhand cabinets and use those – you’d be amazed at what you can find, from antiques and retro cabinets to great cabinets that have been discarded from other homes.
  • Extend your cabinets to the ceiling: In most kitchens, cabinets are set a good distance from the ceiling – which makes sense, as this is the height range that makes them easily accessible for most people. However, this is also lost storage space. Installing cabinets to the ceiling is a great way of storing stuff that you don’t use often, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage space in your home as a whole. Additional crockery, holiday table decorations, small appliances and more can all be safely stored out of sight, and easily reached with a step ladder.

Add style and durability with laminate countertop edging 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative countertop edging and profiles. Our products include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, Formica edges, solid surface edging and Corian countertop edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

For more information about our countertop edge profiles, please contact us and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, or visit our website today at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/.

How To Create A Functional, Attractive Laundry Room

Laundry rooms are hardworking spaces, especially if you have kids and pets, but they often aren’t very pleasant to look at or use – but this doesn’t need to be the case. Here are some tips for creating a laundry space that works for your home as well as adding aesthetic appeal.

Top tips from the professionals in laminate countertop edges 

  • A utility sink: This is one of the workhorses of your space, rinsing off boots and plant pots, dirty dog leads and kitchen overflow. Choosing a big sink is a practical decision, but you can enhance this feature by opting for an apron-front farmhouse sink and fitting it with a designer, extendable faucet that allows you that extra flexibility and function.
  • Light and airy: These are often small spaces, so having enough light is essential. Light, fresh paint and cabinetry colors (think white, mint, pale grey or pale blue), combined with sufficient natural or electric lighting will take away the gloom and make it a much friendlier space.
  • Organization: A lot has to go on in this space, so organization is key. This includes space for appliances, countertops for prep and clothes, cupboards and shelves for washing powder and other household items. Remember to have a tall storage space for your ironing board, vacuum and brooms, and include key hooks and blackboards on the wall to free up your counters from becoming a dumping ground.
  • Easy to clean: This room is all about mess, so making it easy to clean will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Cupboards collect less dust than shelves, and countertops should be easy to wipe down and able to withstand hard work – laminate is a great option for these very reasons. Flooring is also important here, so try to minimize nooks and crannies, and install water-resistant flooring that can be mopped or swept with ease.

Edging keeps your hardworking laminate countertops in great shape 

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured kitchen countertop edge options and profiles to enhance and protect your investment. Whether you need laminate countertop edging options, beveled edge laminate countertops, or Formica edges, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style and durability to your space without breaking your budget.

For more information about our laminate countertop edging or to speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us and visit our website today at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ .

 

Black – An Edgy, Sophisticated Color For The Modern Kitchen

Homeowners and interior designers are getting more and more creative with what we can achieve in the kitchen. Bright colors, glossy laminate countertops and molded edge options, thick wooden kitchen islands, and glittering solid surface counters… but what about black? This color is still seen as risky in the kitchen, but it can give your home that eye-catching sophistication you’re looking for if done right!

Inspiration for using black in the kitchen 

  • Black countertops: Glossy and elegant, black countertops come in solid colors as well as with flecks of iridescence and grays. You can go for a similar granite look for less in high resolution granite like laminate. They add a bold touch to your home and pair well with white cabinetry, natural wood and stainless steel.
  • Black cabinets: This can be achieved either by buying in black cabinets or simply repainting your own, as black easily covers other colors. If you have a lot of cabinetry, choose light colors for the rest of your space to create balance.
  • Black accessories and extras: If you just want a touch of drama, black accessories are the perfect way to go. Black shades over lamps, black backsplashes or tiles, or even a black wall would look great. If you are looking at textiles, try choosing a glossy black option to reflect light, and if you are looking at matte options, those that include grays and flecks add texture and depth.

Balance is key to using black in the kitchen 

Adding black to your kitchen is a balancing act that can go wrong if you overdo it, so it’s important to look at all your options and choose where your focal points will be. Also, lighting is very important in dark kitchens, especially natural lighting, so ensure that yours is properly planned and that you have sufficient light-reflecting surfaces (like light-colored cabinetry and ceilings) to keep the space warm and welcoming.

Laminate countertop edge options from top brands in the USA

At Kuehn Bevel, we work with all the major brands, from Formica, Pionite and Wilsonart to Corian and more, giving you access to the most extensive range of laminate patterns, textures and designs. With our technology and design process, we can offer a huge range of custom combinations and product styles, letting you have full control over how the finished product will look.

For more information about our granite like laminate edge options, Formica ideal edges or other laminate countertop edging options, speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/  today.