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Inspirational Kitchen Trends

  • By Admin .
  • 03 Apr, 2017
Inspirational Kitchen Trends

Designing a kitchen is no easy feat, especially if you don’t know where to start. Designing or re-designing your kitchen also carries the added weight of choosing and installing features that will appeal to future buyers, should you choose to sell your home at some point down the road.

Fortunately, the designers at Castle Kitchens always stay up to date on new trends and can suggest great features for improving your kitchen’s aesthetics and functionality. Here are some trendy tips to consider when designing your kitchen.

  • Add some neutral pops of color to cabinetry – White kitchens are a staple that has yet to diminish in popularity, but adding bold pops of neutral colors to kitchen cabinetry is a modern trend that is gaining momentum in the design world. Contrasting colors in navy, black, grays, cream and deep charcoals are also good choices.
  • Jewels and metallics are in – Consumers and designers are opting toward jewel and metallic tones that convey sophistication and chic attitudes. Dazzling ruby reds put an adventurous spin on kitchen seating, while gold light fixtures convey opulence and fine dining. Jewel tone kitchen accessories also look great with predominantly white, black and neutral-colored cabinetry and appliances, adding some color that can be easily moved and re-arranged.
  • Simple, flat-panel cabinet doors are a go-to choice – Flat, featureless panel cabinet doors are soaring in popularity due to their simplistic, streamlined design. Flat panels can compensate for their lack of texture design with elegant colors in rich wood tones like oak or maple. Flat-panel cabinets allow other features and appliances in your kitchen to stand out while still making a statement and accentuating other kitchen pieces and furnishings.

Design Your Trendy Dream Kitchen with Castle Kitchens

We’re your source for the highest quality custom kitchens and cabinetry. When you first visit our showroom, you’ll meet one of our designers who will talk with you about your desires for your space from a functional and aesthetic standpoint. The designer will then schedule an in-home meeting to view and measure your existing kitchen.

We believe the most important step for the best possible kitchen design process is planning and establishing from the start how to go about optimizing your kitchen’s space. Our experienced designers create custom and innovative designs inspired by meeting with you and personally visiting your space. We truly familiarize ourselves with your ultimate goals as well as your budget, home and size constraints to ensure we’re providing a comprehensive, holistic design that accurately reflects you.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our designers to begin planning the trendy kitchen of your dreams.

By Admin . 05 May, 2017

Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting way to add value to your home while getting the features and amenities you’ve always wanted. But remodel projects can also be overwhelming if you lack the expertise needed to organize the entire project. Most may feel as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to deal with contractors, materials and design, all while staying within their budget. By relying on the professional designers from Castle Kitchens, you can actually enjoy the remodel rather than stress about all the little details.

Phase 1: Design

With more than four decades of experience, Castle Kitchens’ resident designers offer custom kitchen design services fit for any taste. You will work together with your designer to expand upon your preferences and design a unique kitchen tailored to you and your family. Let our Castle Kitchens designers consult with you on your new kitchen’s flooring, lighting, paint, cabinetry, hardware and countertops.

Your designer will listen intently to your desires and needs, incorporating them into various potential design layouts. With your feedback, your designer can alter their designs to create your perfect kitchen. You will then be encouraged to visit the Castle Kitchens showroom to consider all the beautiful aesthetic touches that will really make your kitchen stand apart, such as countertops, cabinets and hardware.

Phase 2: Home Visit and Proposal

With your preferences in mind, your designer will request a home visit to measure all dimensions of your kitchen so they can generate the most accurate and reasonable proposal possible.

After the initial design session and home visit, our designers will generate state-of-the-art computer renderings of your new kitchen which you may critique or change to meet your standards. Your designer will continue to tweak the design until it receives your full approval.

Following the proposal approval stage, a more exact quote will be provided for you.

Phase 3: Construction

When you are ready to move forward with your dream kitchen, Castle Kitchens will be right there with you. Your approval of the quote and design will make way for turning your dream into a reality. Castle Kitchens will work with the contractor to both provide the appropriate designs and materials, and ensure the entire renovation process moves along on schedule. With quality service and finishes from Castle Kitchens, your vision will be realized in no time at all.

Enjoy the Kitchen of Your Dreams from Castle Kitchens

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the fruits of a large remodeling project. With Castle Kitchens at your side every step of the way, you can enjoy more and stress less from beginning to end. To learn more about our custom kitchen renovation process, contact us online or call 207-883-8901.

By Admin . 03 Apr, 2017

Designing a kitchen is no easy feat, especially if you don’t know where to start. Designing or re-designing your kitchen also carries the added weight of choosing and installing features that will appeal to future buyers, should you choose to sell your home at some point down the road.

Fortunately, the designers at Castle Kitchens always stay up to date on new trends and can suggest great features for improving your kitchen’s aesthetics and functionality. Here are some trendy tips to consider when designing your kitchen.

  • Add some neutral pops of color to cabinetry – White kitchens are a staple that has yet to diminish in popularity, but adding bold pops of neutral colors to kitchen cabinetry is a modern trend that is gaining momentum in the design world. Contrasting colors in navy, black, grays, cream and deep charcoals are also good choices.
  • Jewels and metallics are in – Consumers and designers are opting toward jewel and metallic tones that convey sophistication and chic attitudes. Dazzling ruby reds put an adventurous spin on kitchen seating, while gold light fixtures convey opulence and fine dining. Jewel tone kitchen accessories also look great with predominantly white, black and neutral-colored cabinetry and appliances, adding some color that can be easily moved and re-arranged.
  • Simple, flat-panel cabinet doors are a go-to choice – Flat, featureless panel cabinet doors are soaring in popularity due to their simplistic, streamlined design. Flat panels can compensate for their lack of texture design with elegant colors in rich wood tones like oak or maple. Flat-panel cabinets allow other features and appliances in your kitchen to stand out while still making a statement and accentuating other kitchen pieces and furnishings.

Design Your Trendy Dream Kitchen with Castle Kitchens

We’re your source for the highest quality custom kitchens and cabinetry. When you first visit our showroom, you’ll meet one of our designers who will talk with you about your desires for your space from a functional and aesthetic standpoint. The designer will then schedule an in-home meeting to view and measure your existing kitchen.

We believe the most important step for the best possible kitchen design process is planning and establishing from the start how to go about optimizing your kitchen’s space. Our experienced designers create custom and innovative designs inspired by meeting with you and personally visiting your space. We truly familiarize ourselves with your ultimate goals as well as your budget, home and size constraints to ensure we’re providing a comprehensive, holistic design that accurately reflects you.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our designers to begin planning the trendy kitchen of your dreams.

By Admin . 10 Mar, 2017

Customizing your kitchen is the best part of kitchen design, construction and remodel projects. Customizing and updating kitchen features can be exciting, but with so many choices available, it can also be difficult to decide which features to update or add. Here are some must-have items and updates for any kitchen to make your decision easier.

  • Provide direct access from kitchen to patio – Installing an easy transition from kitchen to patio space can be a big crowd pleaser when you host a party or family get together. This direct connection can visually expand your kitchen and create more space for entertaining and dining. 
  • Install skylights or light tubes – Natural light from a skylight can create a soothing atmosphere for your kitchen as opposed to harsh lighting that some kitchens possess. Additionally, it carries the added benefit of saving on energy bills during the summer. When the days are longer, natural sunlight can flow in without turning on the lights.
  • Add under-cabinet lighting – A fairly new update seen in modern kitchens, under-cabinet lighting adds a little extra detail to countertops, making meal prep and cleanup a little easier. They also create great ambient light, serving as a nightlight for late dinners or even midnight snacking.
  • Install an induction cooktop – Induction cooktops are the way of the future, as they fit nicely into a countertop and use electromagnetic fields to heat pots and pans. These are great if you have small children around as the surface doesn’t get hot to human touch. They’re also more energy-efficient than gas and traditional cooking tops.
  • Incorporate an island sink – An additional sink in your kitchen may sound counter intuitive, but adding a sink to your kitchen island can help when it comes to preparing meals. Messy hands can be easily cleaned in the island sink without having to walk over, and possibly drop crumbs and food particles on the floor, just to clean your hands in your main sink. Countertops next to sinks don’t have as much space to work with, but islands with sinks allow for better mobility and faster meal prep.

Upgrade Your Kitchen According to Modern Trends with Castle Kitchens

When you upgrade your kitchen, you want your investment to be worthwhile and last a long time. That’s why many experts recommend going with the best materials on the market. Castle Kitchens is your source for the highest quality custom kitchens and cabinetry available. Our designers excel at everything related to kitchens and can provide their knowledge and guidance to complement your vision. At Castle Kitchens, our designers will combine your input with their expertise to give you the customized kitchen you want with all of the features that work best for you.

When all designs are approved, we will then begin moving forward with your project. We will work with a contractor or installer of your choice to ensure the installation process goes smoothly. Contact us today to get started upgrading or modifying your kitchen with the latest in kitchen tech and amenities!

By Admin 16 Feb, 2017

Cabinets form the backbone of any kitchen design, in functionality and appearance. While it makes sense to splurge on top-of-the-line, expensive appliances, don’t blow your whole budget on flashy gadgets but neglect your cabinetry. Kitchen cabinets, because of their significant presence in the room, can tie the whole design of your kitchen together. Conversely, less-than-high-quality cabinets may result in a lackluster aesthetic or poor functionality. So before you spend your whole budget on that Wi-Fi dishwasher, here are some tips on choosing custom cabinetry that will tie your whole kitchen design together.

Kitchen Cabinetry Trends

New trends indicate consumers are going toward a “less is more,” cabinet design scheme. Cabinets with natural textures, cleaner lines and industrial accents are the current trend. Key trends going forward are:

  • Avoid Particle Board and Melamine – Trends indicate consumers are gravitating toward cabinets made with plywood materials. Plywood is known for its durability and longevity compared to particle board and melamine.

  • Rich, Dark Colors Are Popular – Exotic styles, like a cherry wood with a rich, dark finish, are in. They exude a classiness that lends itself to an opulent, rich design. Alternative woods like bamboo, mahogany, anaglade and sapele can add to the opulence as they can be stained or lacquered to create a fine finish.

  • Hardware Should Be Your Main Focus – Your cabinets’ hardware design and functionality is just as important, if not more so, than the aesthetic design of your cabinets. Request fully adjustable door hardware or ensure your cabinets’ inner space can accommodate accessories like a Lazy Susan should you consider installing one. The more versatile your cabinet hardware, the more options you have in customization and functionality.

  • Protect Your Investment – When you’re working with expensive materials you want to make sure everything is installed correctly and efficiently. It’s critical to ensure the contractor you’re working with is fully licensed and that the cabinetry and its components are all covered under warranty. It’s crucial to consult your contractor before moving forward and review your warranty again to ensure it covers everything you need. Also make sure to note how long the warranty is valid.

Custom Design Kitchen Cabinetry with Castle Kitchens

For more than 44 years, Castle Kitchens has been designing innovative, creative kitchens in Portland and Southern Maine. Finishing touches are important to us and we offer a large selection of accessories, including drawer pulls, door knobs and different finishes to fit anyone’s style.

Our services include:

  • Custom Kitchens
  • Kitchen Remodels
  • Kitchen Design
  • Kitchen Planning
  • Kitchen Installation
  • Granite Countertops
  • Quartz Countertops
  • Custom Cabinetry
  • Cabinet Installation
  • And More

Our experienced designers specialize in creative design solutions utilizing the latest styles and quality products. They can help you select materials and design the kitchen you’ve always wanted. Contact Castle Kitchens today to schedule a showroom floor viewing of our cabinetry ware and other quality kitchen remodeling products.

By Admin 26 Jan, 2017

Once you’ve committed to remodeling your kitchen it’s best to stop and think before instantly scheduling a remodel with a kitchen dealer. While refinishing or installing new cabinetry sounds like a straightforward process, there are some things you should ask before starting your project.

Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Designer

·         Is the cabinet material I chose durable?

It’s always important to ask what material your cabinets will be made of, but it’s also crucial to find out if the material is durable. Knowing how long the material lasts under regular-use conditions, how much weight it can hold, if it’s easily susceptible to wear and tear and more lets you know whether the material you want will work for what you plan on storing in it.1 A cabinet maker can then provide material alternatives depending on your cabinet’s intended function.

·         How will my cabinet be assembled?

Knowing how your cabinet will be constructed can help you explain issues more thoroughly to your kitchen designer should they arise in the future. You should also be wary if a kitchen designer explains to you that they plan on using glue and staples to construct your cabinet. Staples and glue easily fall apart over time and cabinet manufacturers who use this method should be avoided for someone more qualified and with more experience.

·         What hardware will be used?

Asking your kitchen designer what hardware they plan on using can give you a better sense of how your cabinet operates. Ask your cabinet maker to use soft close features to prevent it from making a loud bang upon closing or ask them to use quality hardware like cold rolled steel.

·         Will you provide me the design and shop drawings?

This is a crucial question to ask before your kitchen designer begins work on your cabinets. Requesting a thorough design and detailed blueprint ensures you’re aware of every aspect of the project and how the cabinet maker plans to carry it out. The more detailed the blueprint the better. If your cabinet turns out different than expected you can use the blueprint as evidence should a dispute arise.

·         Do you install the entire cabinet?

Understanding the scope of what your kitchen designer will do is essential before they begin the job, as not all installers install knobs and pulls as well. Some contractors may not have the expertise or manpower to install them properly. Make sure your contractor is qualified or has qualified installers to finish your kitchen project completely.

Get the Cabinets You Want Without Asking More Than Once

At Castle Kitchens, we understand you have many options when it comes to custom designing your kitchen. We are confident you will find significant value in our design expertise and project management process.

Our team will provide you with start-to-finish personalized service, blending your ideas and our expertise to create beautiful, functional cabinets.

When you visit our showroom, one of our designers will greet you and discuss your design ideas for your cabinetry. We will then schedule an onsite meeting with you at your home to see and measure the space where your cabinets will be installed. Once completed, you will be provided an initial quote.

When all designs are approved, we will work with a professional contractor or installer of your choice (or we can help you find one) to ensure your cabinets are installed properly. Contact Castle Kitchens today to meet with a designer and begin the design process.

By Admin . 30 Nov, 2016

Imagine having a kitchen where everything is built to fit and made of the colors and materials you choose. Your kitchen is an area of your home that you spend a lot of time in, so why not have everything exactly the way you want it? At Castle Kitchens we take the time to help you select those details that are important to you. From floors, to countertops, cabinets, light fixtures and everything in between, we will cater to your unique needs and preferences.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Your custom kitchen cabinets will be built to last because they do not come off an assembly line, but are made by skilled cabinet craftsmen based on your unique preferences. You can choose the elements of the cabinets that work for you and opt not to go with those that don’t. Customized cabinets allow you to choose the type of wood, style, finish and hardware used.

Custom Kitchen Layouts

A custom kitchen allows you to have a fully functional space which takes your lifestyle into account. Choose the best layout for you and your family from popular options including:

·         One-Wall – Typically found in studio or loft spaces, the one-wall kitchen is a real space saver with all cabinets and appliances being fixed on a single wall.

·         Galley – Also good for smaller spaces, the galley layout can also be called a walk-through kitchen and contains two parallel countertops. This layout is typically found in apartments.

·         L-Shape – Designed for small to medium-sized kitchens, the L-shape maximizes corner space and eliminates traffic.

·         Horseshoe – The U-shaped layout features three walls of cabinets and appliances with an island sometimes forming the third wall, which allows for traffic flow and more cooks in the kitchen.

·         Island – This layout allows for more surface area to work or eat by adding stools. It is quite popular and functional but only works if you have enough space to pull it off.

·         Peninsula – This layout features a connected island, but offers more clearance in smaller kitchen areas.

Invest in Your Home with a Custom Kitchen

Castle Kitchens is your source for the highest quality custom kitchens and cabinetry in the Portland, Maine area. Custom kitchens are an investment in your home that may pay dividends later on should you decide to sell. At Castle Kitchens we will work with you every step of the way to help ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams. Stop by our showroom or contact us today to discuss your custom kitchen project – we look forward to bringing your vision to life!

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