making kitchen cabinets to look like furniture


Customize your kitchen cabinets with furniture-style details.
The right type of cabinet component can help refresh and add character to your kitchen’s style — whether you want brand-new cabinets or just need to revamp your old ones. But some design elements with the most impact may be small ones you haven’t even considered. Here are some details to integrate into your cabinets for a truly stylish design.

Take a basic kitchen up a notch with decorative add-ons that give cabinets a high-end look

Armoire-Style Cupboard

Armoire-Style Cupboard
There’s no end to the usefulness of this stand-alone armoire-style cupboard. The multiple drawers could contain table linens, silver, and serving pieces. And the upper level of the cabinet could easily house a large flat-screen TV. Cabinet-style cupboards feel like fine furniture, but offer all the amazing perks of modern cabinetry such as pullout storage and drawer dividers.

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Here’s a surprising look for a kitchen sink — intricately turned legs. The ornate legs and white-painted finish create a custom look. The chinoiserie-style fabric creates a skirt to hide undersink storage and tie the room’s color palette together.

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

These large doors appear to be cabinetry, but instead hide a pro-style refrigerator and freezer. Built-in overhead cabinets make this refrigerator and side storage ensemble feel like a large piece of fine furniture.

Bookshelf + Open Storage

Bookshelf and Open Storage

Oh, what to do with all those cookbooks? This bright bookshelf/storage wall solves that problem with style. Simple cubbies above the books store single bottles of wine, and colorful baking and serving dishes are displayed on the shelves above.

Furniture-Style Island

Furniture-Style Island

A decorative painted exterior, ornate inlays, and tapered, carved feet make this stone-topped island look like an antique — but it’s not! This kitchen gets all the style of an antique piece of furniture with the hard-working practicality of an island.

Inspired Details

Inspired Details

Glass-front cabinets on the island add a custom look and mimic the look of a curio cabinet.

Beverage Center

Beverage Center

A series of small apothecary-style drawers and curved detail inset transforms standard cabinetry. Here, the beverage station feels like a stand-alone piece of furniture because of its staggered depths and sweet arched inset. Different heights (or finishes) make permanently installed furniture feel more freestanding — and more furniturelike.

Mantel-Top Range

Mantel-Top Range

A ceiling-hugging range hood (with spectacular crown molding) surrounded by inset cabinets takes center stage. Architectural add-ons, such as the corbel-supported mantel over the range, use furniture elements to make standard cabinetry look like they were custom-made.

Dresser-Style Cabinets

Dresser-Style Cabinets

You really can’t have enough drawers in a kitchen — especially in the cooking area. Here, a dresser-style cabinet contains stacks of drawers and serves as a room divider. The arched, floor-level cutout makes the kitchen cabinet feel like it has feet.


Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Architectural details on standard cabinetry give it a custom look. Here, crown molding and turned feet transform standard cupboards into a decorative asset in the kitchen. Search online for tons of stylish options.

Island with Table Legs

Island with Table Legs

The tapered legs of this island add-on make it appear to be a piece of furniture. The marble top continues from the rest of the work space to create an unbroken look.

Built-In Bookcase

Built-In Bookcase

Added to the end of this island is a built-in bookcase. Beautiful trimwork showcases this as a deliberate addition to the kitchen — for beautiful and smart storage.

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kitchen cabinets that go with oak floors

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There are SO many colours of oak in the world – virtually every colour in the rainbow it seems! And while some colours of oak can be quite timeless, there are also many versions that can be challenging (understatement) to modernize and update.

And why do I call them colours of oak not species of oak? Because oak is often stained a different colour than its roots (literally) suggest – so we’re going to base things on the overall ‘colour’ that you see – not the chronological history of the tree!

The Best Paint Colours to Update Oak Cabinets, Flooring, Trim, and More! This is going to be TREE-LY exciting, so let’s get started!

Before you get in to the nitty gritty, you need to decide whether you want to accent your oak or whether you want to blend or camouflage it a bit.

(The photo above shows a colour that lightly accents the oak cabinets)

To Accent Oak or Wood

Cool colours such as green, blue and neutrals with those undertones may accent your light oak, making it appear more colourful. If you love your oak and want to play it up then this is good. If you want to neutralize your wood, this is not
Paint colours that are a few tones lighter or darker than the wood tone can also help to accent. However, simply painting the walls a cooler colours regardless of depth will do a good job
To Blend or Camouflage Oak or Wood

Most warm colours and neutrals with warm undertones will blend a bit more with oak, lowering the contrast and reducing the overall effect of them. So if you aren’t loving your oak, then a warm toned colour might hit the spot!
Neutral paint colours with very subtle purple undertones can complement many oaks without accenting or blending
Keeping the paint colour a similar depth to that of your wood is a great way to keep things seamless, but can be a bit bland feeling if you choose a warm or neutral colour. It’s better to go just a bit lighter OR darker than the depth of your wood.

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10 Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Ideas


The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is the one place that handles it all – from the early morning madness to the relaxing late night dinners. The kitchen is a high-traffic area and thus need to have high volume. One of the trending way of giving this section of the home a modern touch is making it an eco-friendly place. If you are not a professional with redoing your kitchen, ask around for the modern kitchen designer or better yet, employ the service of a remodeling company. Here are several ideas that you might keep in mind for the next time you Remodel your Kitchen.

These days, we are all looking for ways every day to live in a more environmentally friendly way. To help you find that in the kitchen, here are 10 environmentally friendly kitchen remodeling ideas for you to consider:

Decreasing Energy

The kitchen is by far the room with the highest energy consumption; thus, reducing energy is a very good idea for having a “green” kitchen. You can make the room more energy efficient by finding ways to maximize the natural energy resources. For instance, you can improve the indoor air quality by having big enough windows as opposed to installing an AC. Another great idea is to opt to wash the dishes by hand rather than installing a dishwasher.


Modern Kitchen Storage Unique Open Shelving

Open Shelving

One of today’s most popular kitchen design trends is the movement towards open shelving. It requires less materials and in some cases, reclaimed wood is used to give the kitchen a very unique and distinctive feel.


Recycle, Reuse

Nothing speaks of having an eco-friendly room better than recycling and reusing materials. It might be that you find no use of certain things in the kitchen and other sections of the house. So how about finding other things for the other sections of the house that can recycle or reuse in the kitchen. Do not just remodel and end up throwing out more things that you are actually putting in; recycle and reuse.



Green Themed Décor

In as much as you will aim to use eco-friendly installations and appliances, you still have to contend with the décor. Hence, you need to extend the “green” theme to the kitchen décor. Consider getting décor accessories from environmentally conscious and friendly companies. From the tiles to the cabinets, shelves, and other installations that contribute to a “green” kitchen décor theme.


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Hands Free Faucets

Hands free faucets help you to use less water and do so in a more hygienic way. But not having to touch anything when preparing food you have less chance of passing on germs and the faucets sensors quickly respond when hands or other items have been removed.


Re-purpose old furniture

Finding a new way of using the old furniture from another room in the house is a great way of giving the kitchen a new look. Sometimes, even the old kitchen furniture might just be needing a new coat of paint and a few touch-ups to give them a new look.



Recycling Center in your Cabinets

Paper, plastic, metal, glass…you should be recycling it! Whether you have room for 2 bins or 4, a pull out trash storage and recycling center cabinet allows you to easily separate recyclables and insure they don’t go somewhere to sit in a landfill for the next 50 years.


Indoor Herb Garden

Who doesn’t love fresh herbs year round? An indoor herb garden provides instant access to a natural food source, saves money, helps keep your indoor air quality healthier and can even provide subtle touches of aromatherapy and be a therapeutic resource as well as a food one.



Wood Cutting Boards

Replace plastic cutting boards with wood ones, particular regenerating species such as bamboo. Not only are the better for the environment, but studies have shown that wood cutting boards are less likely to contaminate food when used.


Do not skimp on Quality

While the general outlook about going green is a minimalistic approach in the use of resources, this does not mean that you minimize on quality. It would make little sense to have to tear down one green kitchen set up to put in another every few years. Doing this would only be a waste of the same energy and resources that you are striving to preserve. You can always contact us for a free no obligation consultation to see which options are best for your home and kitchen remodel.

Even changes to the smallest of behaviors can help in the fight for a better environment. Don’t stop at a few kitchen ideas. Earth Day is every day! Look for little (and big) things you can do today and every day to help the environment and make every day a little better, brighter and greener.

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Kitchen Range Hood Use to Improve Air Quality


Do you have a Range Hood, and do you actually use your Range Hood in your Kitchen? Regular use of kitchen exhaust ventilation systems can help control excess moisture in the home. Indoor air and human health are major housing issues.

Air Quality

Biological pollutants, such as molds, are health threats. These pollutants require a moist environment. The quality of indoor air, and its effect on human health, is an issue of major importance in the field of housing. Recently, molds and other biological pollutants in indoor air have received considerable media attention. Litigation and insurance claims have increased as homeowners become concerned about damage from mold, both to the physical structure of the home and to the health of the occupants. The incidence of allergies and asthma has increased, especially among children. Families have learned that biological pollutants, such as molds and dust mites, can exacerbate problems with these illnesses.

Controlling Moisture

Molds, dust mites, and other biological pollutants are naturally occurring in the air, structure, and furnishings of a home. However, to grow to abundance and become a health threat, they require a moist environment. Moisture in the home is a complex subject. Controlling Moisture build-up in the home is one of the most important strategies for ensuring healthy indoor air. A continually moist environment harbors biological pollutants such as mold and dust mites, which can trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Regular use of kitchen exhaust ventilation systems can help control moisture, yet, according to a study published by the Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI), most people don’t use range hoods for moisture control, but for other issues, such as smoke and odors. The study, titled Use of Kitchen Ventilation: Impact on Indoor Air Quality, found that noise is a major factor, as is homeowner ignorance about the importance of ventilating a modern home.


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As part of a study of kitchen usage, the Center for Real Life Kitchen Design at Virginia Tech interviewed 78 households, asking many questions about when and how people use Kitchen Range Hoods.

The big three: noise, ignorance and belief that it’s “not necessary.”

The participants in the interview cooked regularly and frequently: 68 percent cooked complete meals five or more times per week and 97 percent prepared dinner on a regular basis.

The majority of participants (84 percent) had electric ranges, but most also owned a microwave oven. An interesting finding is that 32 percent used the microwave oven about the same as their range top, and 31 percent used the microwave oven more than the range top.

Most of the participants (92 percent) reported having mechanical kitchen ventilation systems. The most common type was an updraft system—a hood attached to a cabinet over the cook top or range. The most common features in the ventilation systems were a light (91 percent) and a multi-speed fan (84 percent). Over half of these systems (55 percent) were routed to the outside; however, 17 percent of the participants did not know if their ventilation systems exhausted to the outside.

Here’s the really interesting part: Only 8 percent of the participants used their ventilation system whenever they cooked, while 8 percent used ventilation “almost never,” and 15 percent used ventilation only “once in a while.”



The table describes the most frequent reasons that people cited for using or not using their kitchen ventilation systems. The most common reasons cited for using a kitchen ventilation system were to control odors and smoke. Noise was the most common reason for avoiding the kitchen ventilation system.

Participants gave various reasons for using their kitchen ventilation systems specifically with cook top cooking, typically to solve problems with odor, smoke and steam. Kitchen ventilation was less common when only the oven was being used: 46 percent never used ventilation, while 28 percent only used ventilation for oily/greasy foods and 17 percent for smelly foods.



Our Recommendations

Since people are more likely to use a fan if it isn’t noisy, always spec an Energy Star-rated unit. Range hoods that have earned the Energy Star label are not only 70 percent more efficient, they must also meet standards for noise and efficacy: Minimum Efficacy Levels2.8 cfm/watt; Maximum Sound Levels2.0 sones.

The Energy Star website includes a searchable database that you can use.

One of the best innovations in range hood technology in recent years has been particle and heat-sensing devices. In our view, these devices should become the de facto standard across the industry. Further, it’s time for range hoods to be integrated with the Internet of Things. For homeowners, reluctant or not, there would be clear health benefits to regular use of range hoods. And for those who choose not to use the hoods, devices that are “smart” can automatically kick on anyway, clearing the air for everyone else who lives in the building. For more information be sure to Contact your local Kitchen Designer to get a personalized approach at picking the right Range Hood for you.


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Improving the Kitchen with Cabinet Light Fixtures


The Light in your Kitchen is probably the most important and valuable piece of the design. It bring out your cabinets and countertops, it illuminated the work area for better view of your New Kitchen. Our designers always recommend improving your lighting with fixtures inside your Kitchen Cabinets. Here are some tips for choosing your under-cabinet and in-cabinet light fixtures.


There are a number of factors to consider when selecting under-cabinet task lighting and cabinet interior accent lighting. Features to consider include energy efficiency, color and strength of the light, and cost of the installation.

The types of light sources typically used in cabinet and under-cabinet installations are light-emitting diodes (LEDs), halogen lights and fluorescent lights). Each comes in a range of cool and warm colors, and all more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs.

If you will be in your home for a while, LEDs are hands-down winners. Initial cost will be highest, but the long bulb life (20 years!) and high energy efficiency will pay it back in two or three years. LEDs are dimmable (with LED-compatible dimmer switches), and come in bars, strips and spots.

Less expensive fluorescents are only dimmable with special ballasts, use more energy than LEDs to product the same light, and may take a few minutes to reach full brightness when turned on.

Halogen bulbs, the least efficient of the three, are often used for high-intensity spotlights, burn hot, are fully dimmable and have no warm-up delay.


For task lighting across your countertop, bars or strips are best. In a new wiring installation, your labor costs may be lower with LED strips, but if you are replacing existing fixtures, you may find bars to be a more cost-effective solution. Install the light fixtures near the front edge of the wall cabinets to minimize glare. Pucks work well as accent lights.

Get tips on using light rail trim in your kitchen design. For detailed information on under-cabinet light sources, contact one of our designers to get a demonstration on how we do Lighting.


In the kitchen pictured above, LED spots light circular work zones, leaving perimeter countertop surfaces in shadow.

In the built-in buffet pictured above, under-cabinet LED tape provides a soft, uniform wash of light across the counter. The fixtures are gracefully concealed by a trim light rail.

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