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The finishing touches

Personalize! Personalize! Personalize!

Embellish your home to fit your personality. It's your living area, after all. Put the things in it that will make you and your household the most comfortable.

Find a visually appealing transition between the kitchen area and adjacent spaces.

It's the little things that count. Here are some Finishing Touch ideas:
  • Furniture-look at various cabinet trims such as fluting, columns, crown moldings, flush (no toe kick) cabinet bases, turned legs–a new trend!
  • Baseboards or pierced toe kicks on cabinets
  • Painted cabinets or painted door panels
  • Unusual cabinet finishes such as glazed or rubbed
  • Mixed woods or finishes in cabinets, for a more eclectic look
  • Window doors on upper cabinets, with interior lighting
  • Free-standing furniture pieces such as a hutch cabinet or sideboard
  • Antiques - usable point of interest pieces like a breadbox or table
  • Clipped Corners on countertops and various types of countertop edging
  • Contrasting colour accents on walls, accessories, towels and potholders, or in tiles
  • Stronger coloured tile accents in countertops, backsplashes or flooring
  • Borders or "way-finding" patterns in flooring
  • Different countertop materials for different work areas

Design and Remodeling Tips

Collect Ideas!

Clip magazine photos of kitchens you're attracted to, and create a place to store your ideas. A binder or strong plastic envelope with a Velcro closure (available by the school or office supplies) can keep loose pages from magazines together neatly.

Cabinets for Kids

People with young families might want to consider cabinets with a distressed finish. These finishes are available in many different woods and stains. The inevitable bumps and nicks will blend right into the existing patina.

What's underfoot?

When choosing your flooring material, consider the following:

  • Is the material easy to clean?
  • What is the environmental impact?
  • Will the material continue to look fresh as the kitchen ages?

Design and Remodeling Tips

Collect Ideas!

Clip magazine photos of kitchens you're attracted to, and create a place to store your ideas. A binder or strong plastic envelope with a Velcro closure (available by the school or office supplies) can keep loose pages from magazines together neatly.

Cabinets for Kids

People with young families might want to consider cabinets with a distressed finish. These finishes are available in many different woods and stains. The inevitable bumps and nicks will blend right into the existing patina.

What's underfoot?

When choosing your flooring material, consider the following:

  • Is the material easy to clean?
  • What is the environmental impact?
  • Will the material continue to look fresh as the kitchen ages?

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Design and Remodeling Tips

Collect Ideas!

Clip magazine photos of kitchens you're attracted to, and create a place to store your ideas. A binder or strong plastic envelope with a Velcro closure (available by the school or office supplies) can keep loose pages from magazines together neatly.

Cabinets for Kids

People with young families might want to consider cabinets with a distressed finish. These finishes are available in many different woods and stains. The inevitable bumps and nicks will blend right into the existing patina.

What's underfoot?

When choosing your flooring material, consider the following:

  • Is the material easy to clean?
  • What is the environmental impact?
  • Will the material continue to look fresh as the kitchen ages?

Design and Remodeling Tips

Collect Ideas!

Clip magazine photos of kitchens you're attracted to, and create a place to store your ideas. A binder or strong plastic envelope with a Velcro closure (available by the school or office supplies) can keep loose pages from magazines together neatly.

Cabinets for Kids

People with young families might want to consider cabinets with a distressed finish. These finishes are available in many different woods and stains. The inevitable bumps and nicks will blend right into the existing patina.

What's underfoot?

When choosing your flooring material, consider the following:

  • Is the material easy to clean?
  • What is the environmental impact?
  • Will the material continue to look fresh as the kitchen ages?