Stained Cabinetry for your Kitchen Remodel

While white kitchens are a popular design trend, they certainly aren’t for everybody. No matter the reasons for your opposition to white cabinetry in your kitchen remodel, stained cabinetry is a beautiful alternative. Additionally, there are plenty of benefits and options when electing to go with stained wood. Here’s a brief rundown from Normandy Designer Jennifer Runner Cross, AKBD.

“There are plenty of options when it comes to stained cabinetry,” said Jennifer. “A few popular wood types include walnut, hickory, and rift-cut oak. From there, the stain can be a variety of different colors.”

“At the moment, an antiqued and distressed gray are on-trend,” added Jennifer.Pearson_Chicago_07

In addition to being stunning, stains have some practical benefits. One perk is that they tend to hide imperfections from normal wear and tear slightly better than their painted counterparts.

“Wood is a natural material,” noted Jennifer. “Depending upon its environment, this means that can be prone to expanding, contracting or scratches. Going with a stain can camouflage some of that.”

Overall, stained cabinetry works well for any style, whether that’s contemporary or traditional. However, there are a few recommendations to ensure it works well within the space. This includes the overall style of the cabinetry and hardware.

“To keep a more timeless look, opt for clean lines instead of a raised panel or an arch,” said Jennifer. “However, while the door style is simple, you can have fun with the hardware. Consider selecting a brushed gold, matte black or oil rubbed bronze.”

Have mixed feelings about a stain? From an aesthetic perspective, consider mixing and matching painted and stained cabinetry together.

“If stained seems a bit too trendy for you, consider selecting something timeless, like a white cabinet, on the perimeter. Then you can do a stained piece, like an island, to anchor the room,” added Jennifer. “The benefit of this is that you can easily change out an island in 10 years if you feel the look has become too dated.”

If you are contemplating a kitchen remodel or more sweeping changes to your home, you can set up a time with Jennifer to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens, or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on  Instagram and Facebook for even more home tips and inspiration.

Winning Spaces to Watch the World Series

The Chicago Cubs have made it to the World Series! If you are one of the few who are able to make it to Wrigley Field, we hope that you enjoy the game. However, for many, the game will be viewed from the comforts of home. There are many benefits to watching at home, including avoiding large crowds, the ability to hit replay, and the option to pause the game for a bathroom break. However, it is important that your space be well-equipped to kick back and truly enjoy the series.

As a design-build company based in the Chicagoland area, and as fellow Cub fans, we have decided to incorporate a roundup of our recent spaces that would be great for watching the game:

Relaxed Basement – Whether posted in a comfy chair or at the bar,NORMANDY_WAUBONSEE_28 this basement has a relaxed vibe. Additionally, the brick detailing will have you feeling just like you are in Wrigleyville.

Big Screen Basement –Lower the lighting, cozy up on this large comfy couch, and enjoy the game on a large big screen. This basement has a relaxing, yet fun and natural environment.

WINDHAVEN_LF16Basement Bar – There’s no need to pay a cover charge when you can host friends and family from the comfort of your very own basement wet bar. A large TV for the game and a bar to serve snacks and drinks makes this an ideal space for game nights.

Are you looking to remodel your basement? Visit our photo gallery to get more design ideas or set up an in-home consultation to get started. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.

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