Is A Grey Kitchen Right for You?

The popular trend for grey cabinets began in 2018 and contiunes today, so we will explore the colour to see if it’s right for you.

Get Away from Traditional

These days, a growing number of homeowners are shifting from traditional white or brown cabinetry into choosing grey color schemes in their kitchen because it is unique, neutral and adds a timeless sophistication to any home. If you are feeling like something new in the kitchen, grey may be just the thing you’re looking for.

fog grey cabinets
Fog Grey

Relaxing

Grey coloured kitchens form the backdrop for creating a sense of calm and tranquility in an otherwise busy space. The colour grey has an elegant and formal appeal which conforms well to any design scheme and because of its neutrality is easy to combine with other accents like paint colour, hardware, etc.

How to Pair Grey Cabinets with Accents

Step Shaker Charcoal Grey
Step Shaker Charcoal Grey

Understanding how to properly mix and match your kitchen cabinetry with other elements is important for a good design outcome. Here are some ideas:


o Incorporate natural materials such as granite or marble countertops, wood or stone flooring or add simple touches of potted plants and flowers. The beauty of nature is a perfect way to infuse life, and natural accent into your grey kitchen.

o Combine your grey kitchen cabinets with a unique backsplash to spice things up. A backsplash such as the subway tiles, modern chevron, or a dot-patterned tile will create a fabulous sleek and modern design concept.

o Enhance your kitchen with rich textures of curtains and window treatments; this can soften and give a welcoming feeling into your grey kitchen.

o To add some subtle excitement, break up the upper and lower kitchen cabinetry by combining your grey cabinets with another neutral color such as white for the upper cabinets. By doing so, it will give your kitchen a high-end look and a feeling of luxury.

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Step Shaker White

Lots of Flexibility with Hardware Colours

London Fog

Silver is usually the most common and traditional hardware used with grey kitchen cabinetry, this works especially well with cooler grey tones kitchen cabinets.

Another stylish touch for grey kitchen cabinets is to add leather handles which can make even the off-the-shelf units look high-end.

Blue-grey kitchen cabinets looks elegant especially paired with metallic tone hardware like nickel or silver.

Dark grey kitchen cabinets are simply stunning when paired with a black finish handles and drawer pulls.

Practicality

One of the reasons why you would want to use grey cabinets is because the colour does not show dirt as white does. White cabinets have dominated the home design landscape for quite some time; however, grey cabinets tend to be a bit more forgiving.

Wrap Up

Grey is a fantastic and practical choice for a modern beautiful kitchen that blends well with almost any accents and is very forgiving to wear and tear.

Need advice in your kitchen renovation? Today’s Designer Kitchens offer free expert estimates and full service renovations in the Niagara area. Please contact us and we would be pleased to assist with your project.

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Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

Do Dark Cabinets Work in Small Kitchens?

Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen
Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen
Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen

Many of our clients love the trend of rich dark cabinetry, but are not sure if it can work in their smaller scale kitchen space.

Today we will talk about how dark colours can be a great choice, with a few considerations to keep in mind...

Light Accents

As seen in the main Step Charocoal Grey Kitchen above,  a fabulous beige based light granite counter top coupled with a matching tan wall paint make these dark cabinets stand out.

Add to that a creamy tiled floor and a neutral window dressing around the natural light source and you have a tight kitchen space that appears airy and light.

Espressp

Glass Doors and Open Shelves

Combining a solid wood cabinet with either glass inserts, shelves, or both adds dimension and interest to compact space and gives the illusion of space once again as seen in the Espresso Kitchen above.

Glass or open shelving further, allow the eye to see all the way back into the cabinet boxes - which adds at least a foot of extra "visual" space in cabinetry.

2 tone

Create Contrast with a Two Tone Concept

Consider using light cabinets on top and the dark cabinets on the bottom.

This popular design trend leads the eye up, gives the illusion of height and still gives you a rich dark cabinetry that grounds your space on the bottom.

A stunning combination as seen above in our Step Charcoal Grey and Step Shaker White Collection above.

Thinking about renovating your small kitchen space?  We specialize in bringing your dream kitchen to life, on budget and on time.

Please contact our design centre for an estimate today!

Tips to Keel Your Kitchen Remodel Budget Friendly

L Shape Kitchen

It’s exciting to start a kitchen remodel, but there are important things to consider when you want it to be as budget friendly as possible.

Keep the Existing Layout

Midnight BLue kitchen cabinets
Midnight Blue

If you are happy enough with your kitchen’s existing footprint, leave it as is. Keeping your layout is one of the most effective ways to save money.

One of the biggest ways to drive up spending is by tearing down walls and reconfiguring the space, which usually requires expensive professionals to move plumbing and electrical work. Keep outside labour costs low and don’t shift the sink, lighting, and appliances without good reason.

Consider Cabinets

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Step Shaker White

One of the biggest sticker shocks you can get with a kitchen renovation is selecting custom cabinets and in many cases they are unnecessary.

High quality Ready to Assemble (RTA) cabinetry in standard sizes, installed by a professional installer can look just as good as custom and save you lots of money.

Save on Appliances

appliances

New appliances make a kitchen renovation complete, but you can break the bank on them if you don’t shop wisely.

By doing your research, finding sales, taking advantage of package deals, and being open to purchasing older models or even open box products you can have budget friendly results and great products for your new kitchen.

Buy Your Hardware Online

Those pulls and cabinet handles are a gorgeous finishing touch on the cabinets, but can cost a fortune if you let them.

Figure out the size and style that you like and shop online for the biggest bang for your buck. You’ll be surprised what a little leg work can do for savings.

Consider materials that are Less Expensive but Look Great

Countertops are another feature in a kitchen renovation that can greatly increase the overall cost of the project.

Consider less costly options like laminate that have come a long way in the variety of styles that they offer with great durability.

Hire Kitchen Professionals

By hiring professional kitchen renovators, you can save time and money by getting expert advice on how to save money and you will also benefit from their contacts with local suppliers that they deal with regularly.

Bottom Line – A great looking kitchen does ot have to be an expensive one. Need assistance? Our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist and start the process with a FREE in home estimate in the Niagara Region.

Popular Kitchen Trends that Look Amazing

There are several popular kitchen trends to consider if you are renovating your kitchen that are functional and look amazing.

Hidden Appliances

Concealing appliances within the cabinetry is a trick that has been around for years and now is on trend with many kitchen projects.

In most cases it involves using the same cabinetry fronts as the rest of the kitchen and concealing appliances like refrigerators, microwaves and more. The aesthetic result is more minimalistic and less cluttered which is preferable for some design tastes.

Sometimes this idea can be used for something called an “appliance garage” where all your appliances are concealed within the cupboards until you need to use them, thus minimizing the disorganized look.

Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets

These days, homeowners are open to taking more risks to make their kitchens more appealing.

There is a huge rise in two-toned painted cabinets or tuxedo.
Homeowners are using different but matching colors for the top and bottom doors for kitchen cabinets.

Some common combinations include navy blue and beige, a rich cream and light brown or black and white (the classic).

A Step Shaker White and Midnight Blue Tuxedo Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Mixed Hardware

Rather than matching all the handles, faucets, appliances and other accessories in the kitchen as usually done in the past, mixing different tones can look elegant, unique and ultimately beautiful when paired together.

Get inspired by your imagination and do not feel limited by trying to match every aspect of the kitchen.

Mixed Metals in the Kitchen – on point with today’s trends!

Unique Cabinet Colours

Gone are the days of a small handful of traditional colours for cabinetry. Bold and beautiful options like Charcoal Grey or Midnight Blue are very popular now and actually blend beautifully with all colour palettes in a home.

Step Shaker Charcoal Grey
Step Shaker Charcoal Grey

WRAP UP

Feeling inspired to renovate the kitchen with these fresh new ideas? Our local team of kitchen renovation experts would love to help you take the first step with a FREE in-home consultation.

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ABOUT US

Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

Space Efficient Kitchen Design

space efficient kitchen

All great kitchens designs share a common characteristic—they are space-efficient.

If your kitchen isn’t well designed, every task, from cooking to cleaning to socializing, can be frustrating. Space-saving kitchens maximize the space you have and will look and function well.

If you are considering renovating your kitchen, now is the time to plan ahead and consider these design tips to maximize every inch that you have.

Increase Vertical Space.

Instead of building out, try building up. Consider stacked cabinets and/or tall cabinets. Glass inserts in cabinets can also add an illusion of space in a kitchen.

Consider hanging utensils, or wall-mounted spice and knife racks which use wall space instead of counter space which eliminates clutter.

Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can add extra cabinetry, countertop space, preparation and cooking surfaces, etc. They can even house a second sink, oven, dishwasher, or whatever else you need. If you don’t have room for an island and don’t want to expand the space, you can always use a mobile island.

Two-tiered islands are also a consideration for a dining area option that could eliminate completely an extra dining table with chairs if desired, maximizing kitchen floor space.

Appliances

Buy quality appliances. More modern appliances tend to be more compact—not to mention more energy-efficient and attractive—and can help you save space in your kitchen.

Install a top-bottom fridge and freezer, not a side-by-side model. Side-by-side refrigerators and freezers not only are less energy-efficient, but they also take up more space.

Paint

Use light paint colours that will add airiness and space in perception of the room.

Whatever colour you do use, consider mimicking the cabinet colour from the top of the cabinet to the ceiling to create the illusion of height in the ceiling.

Lighting

Install bright white potlights in the ceiling with dimmers. Potlights bring the ceiling height up visually, are great for task lighting and can create ambient lighting when dimmed.

Chairs

Use chairs without arms. You may not think it, but using chairs without arms can save a lot of room around the kitchen table. These are especially helpful in small kitchens where space is extra tight.

Wrap Up

If you are considering a kitchen renovation, our expert team would be pleased to give you a no obligation quote. We design, supply and install in the Niagara Region.

Call: 905-641-2284 or fill out the contact form online for a quick response.

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Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.





Space Efficient Kitchen Design

Why Dark Kitchen Cabinets May Be a Great Choice for Your Kitchen

Dark Kitchen Cabinets

Dark kitchen cabinets may be a great choice for your kitchen as they can offer coziness, elegance, drama and so much more so let’s discuss.

Ambience

A dark cabinet will give a kitchen an immediate contemporary and cozy feel. Inky surfaces, like the ones in this elegant kitchen (main picture our newest Midnight Blue Collection), help enclose the space slightly to create an intimate feel.

Hides Imperfections

A dark surface can be more forgiving than a light one and won’t instantly show scuffs and stains. This makes dark cabinetry especially useful in busy households and will minimize cleaning time on a daily basis.

Contrasts Perfectly with White

If you’re going for a white countertop or white cabinetry for accents, contrasting it with a dark shade will have the most striking effect and makes the style of this kitchen pop as pictured below.

(Midnight Blue Cabinetry paired with Bermuda White Cabinetry).

Luxury Finishes Blend well with Dark Cabinets

Dark colors look beautiful with metallic finishes, such as brass and copper, as this space by Today’s Designer Kitchens below illustrates. The dark blue cabinets complement, rather than clash with the brass and the two surfaces are wonderfully balanced, giving this room a feeling of understated luxury.

midnight blue

Overall Style Appeal

For a dose of sophistication, you can’t beat dark cabinetry. Moody colors give a grown-up feel that can make a space feel seriously chic and unique.

Wrap Up

If you are considering a kitchen renovation and love the warmth that a dark cabinet can add to the space, why not consider this beautiful alternative to the usual go-to white?

If you need assistance in getting your dream kitchen in motion, please call our expert team at Today’s Designer Kitchens for a FREE home estimate. One call does it all: 905-641-2284 OR fill out a contact form online below for a quick response.

ABOUT US

Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

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    905-641-2284
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    St. Catharines, ON L2R 1S1
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Kitchen Islands – Should You Get One?

fog grey cabinets

Kitchen décor trends come and go and the kitchen island is one trend that has remained popular over many years, so should you should get one if you’re renovating?

While they’re undeniably aesthetically pleasing, the kitchen island’s versatility has kept it front and center.

The kitchen island provides extra counter space and hidden storage, plus, thanks to its location in the center of your kitchen, islands offer a seamless convenience L-shaped layouts or peninsula countertops can’t match making working in a kitchen so much easier.

Below, a Step Charcoal Grey Island is paired with White Cabinets by Today’s Designer Kitchens.

The social function of an island is also an appealing aspect to consider as kids love to do homework on them, folks love to congregate around them and they add another eating space to your home which is never a bad thing.

Got a lot of kitchen gadgets? Any island with some power in it could be just the thing to add a little extra counter space for those.

Below, a Fog Grey Island with wine racks pairs beautifully with these Step Shaker White cabinets by Today’s Designer Kitchens.

Fog Grey Island

Islands can also hold cabinets and drawers, tuck away small appliances from eye level, carry electrical outlets as mentioned, and hide a mini- or wine fridge.

Bottom Line: Whether you are looking to infuse the latest trends into your kitchen or simply want to make the most of your space, one thing’s for sure: A great kitchen island won’t go out of style and their enduring popularity will add value to your home.

Not sure where to start in your kitchen renovation? That is our specialty. We design, supply and install kitchens in Niagara Region from start to finish. For a complimentary estimate please call us at: 905-641-2284 or fill out the form for a quick response.

ABOUT US

Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality. We service the entire Niagara Region.

We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

  • Phone
    905-641-2284
  • Address
    239 Carlton Street
    St. Catharines, ON L2R 1S1

Wall Removals and Kitchen Design

kitchen wall removal

Have you ever thought about removing a wall in your kitchen so that you could maximize its functionality and design?

You are not alone and that is why we are going to discuss one of the most popular aspects of a renovation that comes our way in kitchen projects and that is the removal of walls.

It may sound like a big deal, but it really is not when you consider all the benefits that a wall removal could bring to your every day life.

During a kitchen remodel, one of the most important areas you will think about is the floor plan. It influences everything from construction costs to how you spend time with your family. To build a larger kitchen design, where you have room to move and the family has room to move about the space freely, consider removing a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining living room or dining room.

This creates an open floor plan, which allows you keep everyone together, while giving yourself some extra space. Open floor plans produce a modern vibe, where each room flows into the next.

An open floor plan will:

MAKE YOUR SPACE LOOK AND FEEL LARGER.
While open floor plans work in any size home, it is particularly good for smaller houses, as removing a wall or two opens up the space. No matter the size of your home, removing a wall will give your space a more open, airy feel.

ALLOW YOU TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE KIDS.
In your new kitchen design, you can cook dinner and perform other household chores, while the kids are in the same room.

INCREASE NATURAL SUNLIGHT.
With fewer walls, the sun can now permeate through the house.

MAKE YOU A BETTER ENTERTAINER!
Now, you can easily converse with your guests without tripping over them and without feeling like you’re missing interesting conversations.

INCREASE THE RESALE VALUE OF YOUR HOME.
Adding an open floor plan as part of a kitchen remodel is increasingly popular and can boost your home’s value when it’s time for you to sell.

Before you get going on your kitchen renovation, here are a few things you need to know before you remove a wall:

CONFIRM THE WALL ISN’T LOAD BEARING.
Walls always separate spaces, but sometimes they bear weight from above and are vital your house’s structural integrity. Load bearing walls can be removed, but a beam must be installed to support the load, which will add to your kitchen remodeling costs and construction time.

CERTAIN WALLS MAY BE THERE FOR A REASON.
Walls were created for other reasons than to bear loads. Before you take down all the walls, think about how sound and smell will travel in an open floor plan, and consider your energy and privacy needs.

SOMETIMES, WALLS HIDE THINGS.
All of your utilities run through the wall – electrical, plumbing, cable, and telephone. If the wall you’re looking to remove contains utilities, they will have to be contained somewhere else.

While constructing open floor plans comes with some obstacles, it is worth it to the overall value of your home and comfort level.

If you are planning a kitchen renovation of any kind, our expert team would be happy to provide you a free consultation. We design, supply and install for less with a quick turnaround.

Please call us: 905-641-2284 OR fill out the contact form for a quick response.

Safely Renovating During COVID-19

kitchen wall removal

As COVID-19 has a lot of us spending time at home on a regular basis, you may have been considering the value of updating your surroundings but are unsure about the safety of renovating in these times.

Most of our area is in a current lockdown, however renovations have been proceeding prior to this and will likely resume shortly when things open up so we will discuss this topic today as it is one that is on the minds of many of our customers.

A Step Shaker White and Charcoal Grey Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

The “Safety First” approach to remodeling
You are like many other homeowners who wonder if it is safe to remodel your home during a pandemic. Just the way other businesses are evolving to address the security needs of their clients, the remodeling industry is no exception. Once the pandemic was declared, Today’s Designer Kitchens put a process in place to improve the safety measures to ensure the health of clients, employees, and contractors. This policy took into account local and national governmental guidelines for safe business practices.

Here are a few of the options we offer to keep it safe for our clients:

-limiting the number of contractors on site at one time

-wearing masks on the job

-disinfecting the work area

-creating barriers between the renovation area and the rest of the home space

-dedicating entrances to the work crew when possible

-maintaining social distancing to ensure the homeowner and crew are safe.

-offering virtual options for communication and estimates

Is now the right time to remodel your kitchen or another part of your home?
You have to be comfortable in your own home. A renovation in “normal” times is challenging enough. The good news is that innovative design/build companies that want to serve their clients are taking precautions and creating new ways to ensure families have peace of mind to proceed with a renovation and are safe during these times.

A laundry renovation by Today’s

All of this being said, now is a perfect time to line up a professional design/build company for that kitchen renovation if you are comfortable with a project going on with safety protocols in place.

We can’t stress enough that if you are considering a renovation in the near future, making plans to start now by contacting us by email or phone is a great way to get ahead of the line ups that always occur when the pandemic restrictions subside.

Final Thoughts

There are opportunities to make a kitchen renovation (or any renovation) happen during the coronavirus. Doing so can improve your living environment so it is more enjoyable for you and your family, which is vital these days when you are spending more time at home. Mitigating health risk is something that the best renovation companies are taking seriously. Understanding the company’s health and safety policies is crucial to the health and well-being as you move forward with a renovation project to achieve the kitchen of your dreams.

Please contact us to find out more by calling: 905-641-2284 or filling out a form online.

Classic Kitchens are Back

Picture above: an Antique White Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

The classic or traditional style kitchen is a popular trend we are seeing in renovations now so we are going to explore what that is and why it may be a good choice for your household.

In the last few years, modern, all-white kitchens were a thing, but their popularity has shifted to classic kitchens that give off more of an inviting feel with a timeless appeal.

A Step Shaker White and Fog Grey Cabinet Combo by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Given that the kitchen tends to be the focal point of one’s home, it should be functional but also warm and homey. With classic-style kitchens, it’s all about details which can include things like built in wine racks, unique handles, shaker style cabinets and glass-pane cabinet panels.

Integrating the trend: Opting for shaker style cabinets is a great starting point. You can also consider brass handles or knobs for the cabinetry.

With classic kitchens, we typically see rich colours as well like a classic walnut or if you like the brightness of white, choosing a shade that is off white or creamy white.

Walnut Glaze
Walnut Kitchen by Today’s

Classic kitchens also look great with traditional countertop choices. Marble is a great choice on the higher end of the price point spectrum, however we also install a lot of laminate that is made to look like a classic marble, but comes in at a much lower price point. White is the go-to for a classic look.

A laminate counter top (Calcutta Marble)

Other Accessories

Tile: When it comes to a backsplash tile in a classic kitchen, a simple white subway tile looks fantastic, but also comes in many shades if you prefer and ultimately is a great budget choice.

Lighting: Warm lighting and pendants give off a great glow to a classic kitchen’s ambience.

Paint Colour: Soft neutral tones do best in a classic style. We do a lot of off white, but pale greens and greige (beige and grey combined) are also a very popular choice right now.

Floors: Porcelain tile is a very durable kitchen floor choice and also comes in a great deal of styles that will complement a traditional kitchen and leave you with years of long lasting beauty. Wood floors are less durable, but also a classic and gorgeous choice.

Personal Details: A traditional kitchen can be a great backdrop to showcase your favourite dishes, vases, ornaments, you get the idea.

A classic Step Shaker White Kitchen with Glass Panels by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Flexibility

Traditional kitchens are ultimately a great choice because they are chameleons. You can take the same kitchen and completely change its look by mixing in modern bar stools or lighting, or industrial bar stools and lighting, or traditional — you get the idea.

Final Thoughts

The traditional kitchen is a fantastic choice of style for most households and will never go out of style.

At Today’s Designer Kitchens we have a kitchen for every taste and budget and would love to assist you in making your kitchen an amazing space in your home.

It all starts with a no obligation quote by filling out a form online.

We look forward to hearing from you and making 2021 the year of your dream kitchen!