What Were the Best Kitchen Products For 2017?

Whether you’re stocking a new kitchen, replacing old items or love experimenting with the latest tech, it’s always good to know what kitchen products are trending. Here are some of 2017’s best must-have items for your home from our laminate countertop edging team.

  1. Organic Wooden Bamboo Utensils:

Beautiful to look at, great to use, and eco-friendly as well, these utensils have everything going for them. Although the wood gives them a traditional feel, you can find designs that look great even in the most modern kitchen.

  1. Sous-Vide Cookers:

The trendy alternative to slow-cookers, the sous-vide has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years thanks to a simple, effective design as well as its use on the top cooking shows. While it sounds incredibly fussy and fancy, it involves nothing more than sealing food in plastic and popping it into the cooker, where all the work is done for you. It’s fantastic for rib-eye steaks, poaching pears and cooking fish too!

  1. Microplane Graters:

Incredibly sharp and effective, these hand-held graters are easy to use and easier to clean. Grate anything from chocolate and parmesan to lemon zest and potatoes, then simply put it in the dishwasher.

  1. Cake Decorating Sets:

Baking is seeing a huge surge in popularity, and learning some simple decorating tricks is all you need to take your cake and turn it into a work of art! From disposable pastry bags and edible marking pens to fun icing nozzles and cut-outs, you’ll make birthdays and other special events a breeze.

  1. Spiralizer:

Add a touch of fun to your cooking with a spiralizer, a small, simple device that adds creativity and makes healthy eating easier. These are great for making zucchini spaghetti, carrot ribbons, sweet potato curly fries, and cucumber ribbons.

  1. Wi-Fi-Enabled Helpers:

From the Amazon Dash and the Hiku to GeniCan, tech is helping us make grocery shopping easier by generating automated shopping lists and recording what we use. Some, like the Dash, also include grocery selection and delivery services!

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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.

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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.

 

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Make The Most Of Your Space With These Garage Conversion Ideas

Garages offer homeowners a great way to add space and utility to their homes without committing to constructing additions. Like basements, these spaces are often under-utilized, but more and more homeowners are turning to them to create functional spaces. Here are some ideas from our team of laminate countertop edging specialists.

  • Independent living space: Whether you want to earn rental income, have a guest space for your in-laws, or have a teenager looking for some independence, a garage conversion can be made into a compact but comfortable space. Switch the garage door out for a sliding door, add a couple of windows, a kitchenette and a compact bathroom and you’re good to go! If you’re in a cold climate, don’t forget to add insulation and heating.
  • Increase your floor size: This is a fantastic option if your home is attached to your garage. Simply knock through, decorate and change out the garage doors and you have a whole new space to expand into. Demolish the whole wall to create an open plan look, or keep it more closed up if you want to create your own cinema.
  • Workshop: If you want to keep your space more utilitarian, then a workshop is the way to go. Away from the main house, it’s a quieter space that can be easily converted into a functional area for woodworking, working on cars and motorbikes, or any other projects. It’s a great idea to add a small, functional kitchenette and wash up station so that you can clean up easily.
  • Games room: If you have kids or are simply young at heart, garages make great conversions into games rooms, especially if you have limited house space! Spacious enough for a pool table, foosball or a gaming table, simply insulate to make it cozier, add a window or two for ventilation, and decorate it as you like.

Custom laminate countertop edging for your stylish, functional conversion

At Kuehn Bevel, we offer expertly manufactured 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, countertop edge profile and final product that adds style and durability to your space without breaking your budget.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tips For Choosing The Right Colors For Your Kitchen

Kitchens aren’t just used for cooking and meal preparation – they’re multi-functional spaces that function as family gathering spaces, entertainment areas and general living areas. This can make it a challenge to come up with the perfect color scheme for your space. Here are some tips from the specialists in laminate kitchen countertop edges.

  • Start off with a big selection: This step involves popping down to your local home depot and selecting every paint card that appeals to you. This is a great chance for experimenting with some creative, out-of-the-box thinking, so step out of your comfort zone and get colors that are bright, warm, neutral, cool and vibrant so that you can create different looks.
  • Trends will only take you so far: Paint and color trends are a great guide, but you should always choose what makes you happy over what’s in fashion. Think of your best memories – do you love walking in the woods? Visiting the beach? The change of the leaves in the fall? Take a look at your colors and group them according to those that connect you with each memory. Remember, it’s not about re-creating the leaves or beach itself, but choosing colors that remind you of that feeling of peacefulness, relaxation or fun.
  • Match against your furnishings: If you’ve already got your cabinet and countertop colors, now’s the right time to see how each inspiring palette looks with your furnishings and appliances. Different colors will bring out different aspects of your furnishings, and remember that you can cool down or warm up a tone in every color to change this, even with neutrals.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative: When it comes to color, kitchens are very forgiving spaces. This is because there are very limited spaces for color, so it doesn’t become overwhelming. If you’re considering more creative colors, one good tip is to focus on a single aspect of your space and keep the rest more neutral. For example, deep red walls look gorgeous with black laminate or granite like laminate countertops and white cabinetry.

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Concrete Vs. Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Two of the most popular and modern countertop options for kitchens are concrete and expertly designed laminate. But how do you choose between two such very different materials? Here are some pros and cons from the specialists in kitchen countertop edges:

Everything you need to know about concrete kitchen countertops 

Edgy, industrial and hard wearing, concrete countertops are a serious fashion statement in the kitchen. They are not just available in uniform gray either: by using different aggregates (stone added in the mixing stage), homeowners can create a huge range of custom countertops. Some of the most popular decorative aggregates include colored glass, crushed tiles, quartz, and even seashells. A tough material, concrete countertops can easily withstand the wear and tear from even the busiest kitchens. It’s also heat resistant and won’t scratch easily.

Unfortunately, there are cons to using this material in the kitchen:

  • It is expensive as it costs as much or more than granite, depending on your supplier.
  • Your kitchen cabinets and flooring must be designed to withstand the significant weight of the countertops, which often means an additional cost.
  • Labor for installing these countertops can also run high.

If you are considering these countertops, it’s important to work the cost of maintenance into your budget, as they will have to be sealed on installation and resealed every 1 to 3 years to prevent staining and damage.

How do laminate countertops compare? 

Laminate countertops used to be the ugly sister in the kitchen remodeling family, but that’s no longer the case. New design and manufacturing technology has brought laminate into the 21st century, making it a highly competitive option when compared to other countertops, including concrete.

Due to the versatility of the manufacturing process, homeowners have access to high-quality laminate countertops that is almost indistinguishable from concrete, marble, granite, and even wood. A fraction of the cost of concrete but with high levels of durability; heat and scratch resistant; laminate offers a quality alternative with the same great look. Unlike concrete countertops, they are easily installed without any special requirements for your cabinetry or flooring. Many people even take this on as a DIY project to save even more.

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High definition granite like laminate adds the wow factor

Laminate countertops that look like granite are no longer the fashion faux pas they used to be, and that’s all thanks to significant advances in design and manufacturing technologies. Now, even the most discerning client can get the look of beautiful natural stone with all the advantages of laminate.

Top manufacturers like Formica, Wilsonart and others use real stone samples as inspiration for their designs, mimicking the real deal down to its very last detail. In fact, many people struggle to tell the difference between granite and laminate examples.

Economical and DIY-friendly, these countertops can also come with a range of expertly manufactured laminate countertop edging options to give them even more high-street appeal and added durability.

How does laminate compare to other granite alternatives? 

When you are looking for natural stone countertops but don’t want the expense or difficulty of granite, there are other options out there that offer significant benefits over this stone product. While laminate is one of them, there are also solid surface and engineered composite surfaces to consider. So how do they measure up?

  • Solid surface kitchen countertops: These are manufactured using a combination of stone dust, resins and pigments to create a seamless countertop that resembles stone. It has a uniform design, so you get none of the variation that you do in natural stone, but it is very strong. It’s more expensive than laminate, however, and needs to be installed by a professional.
  • Engineered countertops: These are similar to solid surface countertops in that they both use a resin, but engineered countertops add natural granite into the mix to make the finished product look more like natural stone. Because the slabs are set, not cut out of stone, you get a seamless finish. Like solid surface, however, you should be prepared to pay a lot more for this than you would for laminate, and you will need a professional to come and install it.

Get the perfect finish to your granite look countertops with our edging options! 

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 or Formica ideal edges, we can offer you a design, edge profile and final product that adds style to your space without breaking your budget.

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