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Kitchen Island New Mexico

This year many of us are planning “staycations” but we wanted to make your staycation a fun time at your Kitchen Island! Having this feature in your home is highly desired among our customers, and for good reason—it’s great for entertaining, adds storage to your space and is a must for cooks and bakers. Plus, it adds a strong design element in your home as a focal point.

In New Mexico, we live in the land of open spaces, so translating this to our homes is natural! Combining the kitchen space with your living space in your home is an open concept design—which is popular right now.

In this article, we will cover how to Plan your Kitchen Island ‘Staycation’, Key Functions of your Island, and Designer Tips, all curated by our team at the Poulin Design Center.

Plan your Kitchen Island Staycation

The real estate in your kitchen will determine if you can have a kitchen island (or peninsula), or if you will need to modify your space to add an island. Sometimes adding an island to your kitchen may result in eliminating your dining room table or another feature. Consider what your priorities are in the space you have now.

To help you with these decisions, you can consult with a professional designer to envision the possibilities of your kitchen—removing walls for expansion, changing the function of your kitchen for cooking or baking, or even adding/modifying your prized kitchen island.

Decide on the FUNCTION of your Kitchen Island

What would you like to use your kitchen island? Below are the most popular reasons our customers opt for a kitchen island, PLUS what features would complement these uses:

Cooking/Baking/Food Prep

Many of our customers need extra space to prepare their food, making this their top priority when designing their kitchen island.

Features

  • Add a second sink to your kitchen—a prep sink on the island will give your helpers more space to work alongside you with you running into each other. Many times, this will add a second work triangle in your kitchen as well. See more about the work triangle under Designer Tips.
  • Many of our customers add a cooktop on their island which can help design constraints.
  • Consider changing the location of your dishwasher to the island—only if it makes sense! Make sure the flow of your kitchen is fluid with a professional designer.

Entertaining

Many people open their homes for get-togethers from small to large, so making sure their kitchen is suited for their guests will be higher on their list.

Features

    • When you incorporate an overhang on your kitchen island countertop, you have just made your island multi-functional. Add seats for your guests or take them away for a better traffic flow to use the space for serving.
    • Create a beverage station that can incorporate a wine cooler. This is a nice feature when you entertain frequently.
    • Adding a kitchen island will give you additional serving space, giving you the option to present your food for your guests.

Storage

A kitchen island will offer this to you regardless if you prepare cooking, entertaining, or both. So first determine how you would like to use your storage. Below are common ways kitchen island storage is used.

Features

    • Place your larger countertop appliances in your island in tall cabinets with pull out trays. You can even store a Kitchen Aide mixer with a lift for easy access.
    • Store your cookbooks in open shelving on the end cap of your island
    • A decorative element of your island could be used to feature your wine in wine cubbies.
    • Have a second place to store your beverages for your family and guests with easy access to a beverage cooler.

Designer Tips for your Kitchen Island

Design with the Work Triangle in mind

This connects the stove, to the sink to the refrigerator where most of the traffic in your kitchen exists. When designed properly, this will give a good flow of traffic and food prep when cooking or entertaining in your kitchen. Working with a professional designer will address these basic design principles.

Two-Tone Cabinetry or Two-Tone Countertops

Consider design features like two-tone cabinetry and/or two-tone countertops. This is a trending style right now and allows you to pick complimentary colors of your kitchen countertops and cabinets. Sometimes you can accent your cabinets by making your island a focal point by changing the color. This is a great design feature to make your kitchen stand out but selecting the right colors can be tricky—be sure to work with a professional when finalizing your decisions.

Multi-Level Countertops

Create tiered levels of your kitchen island which will add a design element with dimension. The benefit of a two-tiered countertop is to maximize the space on your island. This option will provide you with a multi-level serving option, great for entertaining.

Waterfall Edge Design Element

A popular style of a kitchen island is a waterfall edge. This is a unique way to feature your kitchen island, giving it a continuous look that connects your colors from floor to ceiling. To up the design of this style, add a second level for a double waterfall edge! You’ll have a ‘wow’ factor plus the extra countertop space to still prep and entertain your guests.

Storage: Drawers VS Cabinets

Decide on the use of your storage spacedrawers vs cabinets. Since your storage space is now expanded, take inventory of what you would like to store in this area. Do you have more countertop appliances you’d like to tuck away? Then add more cabinets. Maybe you’d love to store your extra plates—then oversized drawers may be the best option. Don’t forget to add to your convenient pull out drawers, it’ll save your back a few aches! Many times, your storage space will be a combination of the two—but consider your needs BEFORE you finalize the design of your storage.

Open Shelving

Add open shelving to your kitchen island. This is typically done on the end caps and is an excellent place to store your cookbooks or other decorative items.

Animal Feeding Station

If your furry friends love hanging out with you in the kitchen, think about incorporating an animal feeding station. This ensures your pets have their own space in the heart of your home and is a lovely touch at the endcap of your island.

Arrived: Kitchen Island Staycation

As you can see there are many possibilities of what could be done just with your kitchen island.

Making your kitchen functional for your needs is important and should be a top priority when designing your space. After all, home is where the heart is, and the heart is in the kitchen!

Take a cruise of the islands 🏝️ of the Poulin Design Center

Need help with your kitchen island?

If you need help with your upcoming remodel, feel free to schedule a Free Design Consultation with one of our Professional Designers!

Countertops 101

There is a lot of chatter about which countertop is best for you! There are a variety of choices to make when choosing the right countertop for your home and lifestyle. Learn about the materials, finishes, and edge profiles to make the right decisions on which tops are good for your home.

Materials

Although there are more countertops materials available to purchase, below are our top 3 recommendations due to their long-lasting qualities. We are confident in the following material choices to recommend to any of our customers.

  • Quartz is a man-made composite of 95% quartzite and 5% polymer resin. By combining the two materials, this is a very strong material that is nonporous making it scratch and stain-resistant. It has a higher resistance to heat, but we still recommend using trivets to protect your countertop. Quartz countertops require no maintenance except for regular cleaning. This means you don’t have to worry about sealing, polishing, or reconditioning the surface to maintain the natural luster. From a design perspective, there are many colors of quartz, but the look is generally consistent but can have movement. This is a popular choice among our customers since it is stylish and great for a busy lifestyle with no maintenance.
  • Solid Surface by Corian is also a man-made product that is seamless. You can seamlessly integrate your sink and/or backsplash into your design. It is hygienically sound and you will oftentimes see this product in hotels, restaurants, and hospitals. It is also nonporous and stain-resistant. If you do happen to damage this countertop, it easy to repair, unlike other materials. One of the characteristics of solid surface is being able to form mold to create custom shapes. It is a go-to material to use in various applications including countertops and showers. To top it off it is sustainably made and has a GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certification.
  • Granite is a naturally occurring stone from the earth that is harvested in rock quarries throughout the world. Since it is stone from the earth it is more porous which means it can be stained. It is best to clean your countertop promptly after any spills, especially from wine. It is also best practice to seal your granite once a year, especially around high use areas like the stove and sink. It is tolerable to heat, but we still recommend using trivets to protect the countertop. This countertop material is known for the wonderous unique movement in each individual slabs. This stone, along with quartz are slabs you can pick out from the manufacturer with your designer, making quite a unique experience… you get to pick the exact slab for your countertops from slabs available across the globe!

Finishes

Once you decide what countertop material is right for you, you still have a few more decisions to make, including your finish!

  • Polished– this is the standard high-gloss finish that is most popular in homes today. It is reflective and can add a glamorous feel to your space. Be sure to keep this surface clean since stains will be more noticeable.
  • Honed– this is a matte finish that is accomplished by sanding the manufacturer’s polished surface. It is smooth to the touch and still offers a lesser degree of reflection to the top that is soft. This style is becoming more popular in the industry.
  • Leathered– this finish offers a rustic touch to your space. It is non-reflective and has a textured characteristic to the surface. Since it isn’t reflective, this is perfect for camouflaging stains for high use areas and a busy lifestyle, depending on the color.

Edge Profiles

Once you have the countertop material and finish you just need to figure out which edge profile you would like. Depending on the color and type of materials chosen, the edge profile can add the final touch of your design. See the image below to see the basic cuts for the edging of your countertops!

Cost

The cost of the above materials varies in each category. There are different levels of granite, quartz, and solid surface that determines the cost. For example, granite can cost more depending on where it is sourced and how far away it is. Other factors could simply be the color choice and amount of movement within the design. However, you can find these materials in any budget for a remodel.

Final Thoughts

Countertops are an integral part of your home design and we highly recommend using quartz, solid surface, or granite for the various reasons listing above. If you have an island, consider making your countertops “two-tone” by having contrasting tops in your space, or the sleek design of a waterfall look (seen in first picture above that features a double waterfall countertop).

Have fun picking out your countertops!

Kitchen Remodel Survival Guide

Remodeling your home can improve your space in many ways, making it more FUNCTIONAL, expanding your STORAGE, and UPDATING your area among other improvements. However, with the pleasure of a remodel comes the inconvenience of not having that specific space for a short period of time. How do you live in your house without a kitchen while it’s being remodeled?

To help you and many of our customers, we have created this guide to give you the basics of how to best PREPARE for your remodel.

Step 1. Decide where your food station will be during your remodel

You can set up a food station complete with your fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and paper goods. Select a part of your home that is out of the way of your remodel, has electricity, and preferably a water source. Examples include the laundry room, bathroom, garage, and backyard.

The key to the location of your food station is being out of the way during the remodel. This ensures that you won’t have to move it halfway through. Be sure to consult with your remodeler about what areas of your home to keep clear during construction.

Step 2. Plan your meals during the remodel

Not having a kitchen is an obvious concern and throws a wrench into your normal meal routine. With some planning, eating at home doesn’t have to be a hassle.

Plan meals that don’t need a stovetop, including:

  • Blender for Smoothies
  • Crockpot/Instantpot meals
  • Grill your proteins and veggies
  • Cook on an induction hot plate
  • Toaster oven or convection oven
  • Prepare salads and opt for fresh veggies
  • Prep meals and freeze them for the week, use the microwave to reheat
  • Plan to eat take out 1-2 times a week
  • Go to a friend or family member’s house for dinner

Now that you have an idea of the types of meals you’ll be preparing, it’s time to move out of your kitchen!

Step 3. Move out of your kitchen

Your plans for your remodel are set and now your install date is coming up. It’s time to “move out” of your kitchen and set up camp in your designated food station.

Prep your boxes to sort through your current kitchen supplies. You can use moving boxes, plastic storage bins, or foldable storage crates. Be sure to have labeling supplies so you don’t lose your everyday items.

We suggest having 3-4 boxes to sort your goods by:

  • Your everyday items- sorted by cabinet
  • Items you never use that you’d like to donate
  • Items that are worn out that you can trash
  • Pantry goods

Clearly label what each box contains and keep any boxes that you’ll use more often easily accessible.

Pro tip: Since your new kitchen is set up for better function and organization, consult with your designer on the best use of storage spaces. You can sort your boxes accordingly and label them for your new cabinet layout.

Step 4. Prepare your mindset

Your kitchen is now ready for your remodel now… but are you mentally prepared? Here are a few tips to prepare your mind for a positive experience:

  • Make sure you’re in good communication with your contractor. If you have any questions or concerns before or during the remodel, know who to contact and have their information handy.
  • Remember why you’re having your remodel done in the first place. In just a short period of time, your kitchen will be complete, and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood! You can even pin up a photo of your virtual render to remind you of the beautiful space that is being transformed. Patience is a virtue.
  • Be flexible with your contractor. There are many factors that go to completing a remodel and making sure your home is structurally sound as well as up to code. Although there are many meetings and hours preparing for a remodel, sometimes there’s a problem that doesn’t arise until the remodel starts… you never know what’s behind walls until they’re removed or uncovered. There’s always speed bumps along the road during a remodel, so be flexible with your contractor—they will work through it with you.
  • Visualize your new kitchen and enjoy the remodeling process. You’ve had many memories in your kitchen, and now you’re re-making your space for more memories to be had. Take photos of your progress and talk to your installer about what they’re doing. Good installers will give you a daily update so you can follow along in the progress.
  • Take a break from your everyday dusting and cleaning in your house—you’re on a CLEANING VACATION! Use this extra time for yourself and do something fun during your remodel—take a nice walk, read a book, take a bubble bath, do an art project, spend quality time with your family, or just have “me” time. Your kitchen is being remodeled and you can remodel your time as well to rejuvenate.

Closing Thoughts

Remodeling your space is a journey and with the right preparation, it can go smoothly and help you be ready for anything that may happen. Like our Design Center Manager, Laurene Johnson likes to say, “Prior proper planning makes all projects go smoother.”

If you’ve already remodeled your kitchen and need helping moving back in, see our Kitchen Organization Guide here.

Refinish, Reface or Replace your Cabinets

Changing out your cabinets can give you a fresh, new look to your kitchen and create a more functional space. There are many ways to update your kitchen cabinets and choosing the right method for you could make or break your experience. That is why we have outlined the 3 most popular methods people consider when updating their cabinets.

Be sure to read before choosing the method you’d like to go with.

Refinish Your Existing Cabinets

This is a great option if …

  • You have the right type of cabinet material
  • Cabinets are in great shape—no water or structural damage
  • You are not changing the layout of your kitchen
  • You are not changing out your countertops
  • Don’t mind spending some extra time on this project, since it is time-intensive
  • Budget-friendly, if you have all of the above

Things you need to know BEFORE you refinish your cabinets…

  •  What is the material of your existing cabinets? If you have laminate, thermal form, or painted cabinets, this is not the best option to update your cabinets. It is best to use a solid, good quality wood cabinet material to refinish, that preferably hasn’t been painted.
  • Be sure to use a finish that allows your completed cabinets to be easily cleaned. Since there are many finishes for your cabinets, consult your local paint expert for the best option for your cabinets.
  • Handles and knobs can be an easy update but keep in mind that your existing hole locations and sizes will determine what options are available for your update.
  • Drawer hardware, such as soft glides and soft closed doors/drawers, will be much harder to install due to industry upgrades in standard drawer dimensions.
  • This is a time-intensive project, so make sure you have an ample amount of time and are ready for the disruption in your everyday life.

Our advice…

If you have the right door material, don’t want to change your kitchen layout, and have the time for this project, this is a great option that will give your kitchen a fresh new look! This is a labor-intensive project, so be sure to do your research before starting since there are many factors that will determine your success.

Reface Your Existing Cabinets

This is a great option if …

  • Cabinets are in great shape—no water or structural damage
  • You are not changing the layout of your kitchen
  • You are not changing out your countertops
  • Want a new door style and color
  • Want to update your handles and/or knobs
  • Want to update your drawer hardware, such as soft glides and soft closed doors/drawers

Things you need to know BEFORE you reface your cabinets…

  • Your cabinet doors and drawers will be replaced, but your cabinet and drawer boxes will stay structurally the same
  • You may need to re-do your drawer sizes since the standard sizes have evolved and new drawers may not fit your existing drawer with the new hardware.
  • Not all cabinets are refaceable, so seek the guidance of a professional since there can be many complications.
  • Warranties will vary according to cabinets manufacturer and the professional you choose
  • This option generally saves you 25% of the cost of new cabinets. However, there are many factors that will determine your cost savings, if any over replacing your cabinets.

Our Advice…

If your cabinets are in great shape, and you want a new, updated look, this may be the right option for you. However, you will need to crunch the numbers to decide if this will be more cost-effective over completely replacing your cabinet for your kitchen.

Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets

This is a great option if …

  • Your existing cabinets are damaged
  • You want to do a complete remodel of your kitchen including layout, countertops, backsplash, flooring, appliances, etc.
  • Need a more functional space
  • The cost of refacing your cabinets is about the same as replacing

Things you need to know BEFORE you replace your cabinets…

  • Consult with a professional to discuss your project goals in updating your cabinets and/or kitchen, and decide if replacing your cabinets is the right option.
  • Keep in mind, when replacing your cabinets, your flooring footprint will change and so will your countertops. If you don’t want to replace your flooring or countertops, be sure to talk with your professional on what can be done in your situation.
  • Many times upgrades to your home will be needed to get it up to code
  • Any structural changes, such as removing a wall, will need to be checked by a construction expert
  • Talk with a professional designer to guide you through the many design and product decisions to get the most out of your project
  • Consider your timeline for completion, and what is realistic for the scope of your project—whether replacing just your cabinets or completely remodeling your kitchen
  • If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, consider your appliance needs and if they need to be updated at this time.
  • To ensure you made the right product and design decisions for your remodel, use a company that utilizes Virtual Reality technology so you can see your remodel before it’s finished. See examples of Virtual Remodels here.

Our advice…

If you’re contemplating an update to your kitchen or need a more functional space, this is a great option. Be sure to consult with your remodeling professional to learn more about what an update in your space would require.

There are many consideration when updating your kitchen cabinets, so be sure to do the proper research for your space and reach out to your local remodeler to learn what your best options are.

If you’re ready to get started on your kitchen update, start here:

Use our Kitchen Visualizer to start designing your VIRTUAL KITCHEN with various layouts and products

Set up a Free Design Consultation with one of our PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS

EXPLORE our Virtual Remodels here

SEE what our Customers Experienced with their kitchen remodel

Organize Kitchen Cabinets for More Functional Space

How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets for a More FUNCTIONAL Space

Many of our customers ask us how to organize their cabinets after their remodel. Where to put their spices, dishes, pots, pans, utensils, pantry items…you name it! And we have spent a lot of time thinking of the most functional design with each customer’s layout and unique needs in mind!

Below are our TOP TIPS to organizing your kitchen according to your appliances for the best use of your space.

CLEAN Out the Clutter.

Before you start organizing, you need to take out everything that you are not using. This could include utensils for cooking that you may have had for 30 years and have never used! Or a pineapple corer, but you hate pineapples. Take an inventory of your items, and throw away the ones that need to be thrown and add a pile of items in good condition that you can donate or put in a garage sale.

Now that you have downsized you can start the organization process.

Organize Your Cabinets Around Your APPLIANCES

Storing your kitchen items in a way that makes it more convenient for you can help make your space more functional! We suggest that you store items surrounding your appliances so that when you’re in your kitchen, it makes sense.

  • Kitchen Sink– Store items that you use most when around the sink include a small trash can or compost bin for easy access for rinsing and chopping veggies and fruits, cutting boards and knives. It’s also good to have your cleaners under the sink for easy access, as well as kitchen towels nearby to clean up messes.
  • Dishwasher- Do you store your plates, cups and utensils in a cabinet far away from your dishwasher? Save yourself the extra trouble and start placing your everyday items in a cabinet or drawer right by your dishwasher.
  • Stove & Oven– It is most convenient to have storage of your pots and pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils and oven mitts nearby. This would also be an excellent area for your spices, whether you have a pull-out spice drawer or use an upper cabinet for storage.
  • Refrigerator- It is best to keep your fridge nearby a countertop so it’s easy to place any food on top. This is useful in everyday use and when hosting a party.

First bonus tip— we suggest having your pantry goods out of the way of your baking and cooking stations. This can help you have a better traffic flow by not interfering with others working in the same space.

Second bonus tip—if you are a Coffee or Tea drinker, consider having a drink station that has everything you need for your daily dose of caffeine. Your coffee maker, tea bags, sugar, cream, mugs, etc. You know what you like, so make space for your everyday items.

Third bonus tip—if you have a small kitchen or have limited storage, consider installing aftermarket pull-out drawers and drawer organizers. These will maximize your storage space so you can have easier access and better organization. Think about how many times you’ve had to sit on the floor to find your pots and pans, or a lid to your Tupperware—such a backache.

Create the RULES of your Kitchen

“A place for everything, everything in its place.”—Benjamin Franklin

Now that your kitchen is organized in a systematic way, it is time to get your family on board. Take them on a tour of your hard work and explain the new locations of your kitchen storage. For instance, “Our dishes are now stored above the dishwasher so you can easily put them away after they’re clean,” OR, “With our new coffee station, you have everything you need for a great cup of coffee in the morning.”

Getting everyone on board will be KEY to maintaining an organized kitchen. In time, you’ll get used to the new system and enjoy the benefits of a more functional storage space for your needs.

Happy Organizing!

Top 3 Kitchen Trends to Pay Attention To

2019 has been the year of the kitchen. From two tones, to new technology to pink cabinets; kitchens have become a form of self expression in the home. But what trends should you pay attention to? Here are a few of our favorites that are taking the lead in home design, and will not only add a zest to your home, but will also improve the resale value – instead of taking away from it like so many trendy designs do.

What 3 Kitchen Trends should you pay attention to?

  1. Backsplash Feature Wall
    1. Feature wallpaper? A thing of the past. Let backsplashes guide you to the future. The kitchen backsplash has always been a fun place to add a pop of design or personality but also helps to tie the kitchen together. Making sure this fun backsplash also adds to the design style you are going for is crucial, so be sure to choose a timeless feature.
  2.  Moody Hues
    1.  If you haven’t seen the viral blue cabinets, two toned trend or the way colors in cabinets, appliances and tile have taken over the kitchen design world, be sure to follow us on Instagram. (link) Moody hues of deep blue, green and chocolate browns have replaced the stark white and grey modern trend to not only warm up the home but also create a kitchen design that is functional and beautiful.
  3. Benches in the Kitchen
    1. This is a bit less innovative than the above listed trends, as it is a trend that seems to be around to stay. Originating from tight kitchen spaces where seating needed to be optimized, benches have been becoming an integral part of a kitchen for years now. The difference now? The aren’t just for functionality, but for design and balancing the room out.

Which design trend do you love right now? Would you consider incorporating any of them into your home design? Need another boost or help creating your design vision? The skilled experts at Poulin Design Center would be thrilled to help you! Contact one today. Need additional design inspiration? We share beautiful designs, before and afters and crazy design trends on our social media.

7 Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles to Choose From

7 Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles to Choose From

Need a less expensive way to update your cabinets? Getting new cabinets but don’t want them to become quickly outdated? Whether you are buying new cabinets, completely changing the look of your current ones to spruce the kitchen up or just need a new look, choosing the right door style is the best way to ensure you achieve your design vision and get the most return on investment for your upgrade.

But with all the choices, how do you know the right style to choose?

Here are 7 Door Styles to consider:

Flat Panel
What is a flat panel cabinet style? We’ll keep it simple: kind of like this cabinet. The center ​panel​ of the ​door​ is ​flat​ rather than raised or contoured like many other cabinet styles. Why choose Flat Panel? ​For one, a flat panel cabinet creates sleek, clean designs. Whether you want to accomplish a traditional, transitional or modern, contemporary look; this cabinet is versatile enough to fit many design aesthetics.

Flat Panel

Slab Cabinet
A Slab style cabinet door is a single, unembellished, ungrooved piece of wood that is often categorized as a modern, contemporary design. It falls into the above flat panel style of door with a sleek, smooth look.
Slab Cabinet

Shaker Style
One of the most frequently recognized cabinet styles due to its popularity for many years, the Shaker style is back and more on trend than ever. Just in case you aren’t familiar with this popular design, Shaker style cabinets are modeled after the furniture designed by the extremely skilled craftsmen and carpenters known as the Shakers. These cabinets have a very unique style: the cabinet doors have recessed panels and minimal adornments and are best suited with natural finishes or light stains to enhance the wood. Another great option is a distressed finish to give this traditional style an appearance of age.
Shaker Style

Beadboard Cabinet
You may have seen beadboard as a part of the decor in a dining room or a living room, or you may even have it in your house as a way to add texture and warmth to a space instead of paint or wallpaper. While beadboard takes a standard room and adds something extra to it when using it as a design feature, (also often known as “Wainscoting”) when adding it as a kitchen cabinet style it can absolutely transform the space. While beadboard is a more cozy style used in traditional or farmhouse style homes, the bright tones and clean lines give it a clean, timeless feel.
Beadboard Cabinet

Accent Doors
An accent door is not usually used throughout an entire kitchen, but is used as a decorative accent to accomplish a certain look in your design. This is most often accomplished with glass or mullion doors, but can also be created with leaded glass, louver doors, and aluminum frame doors.

Mullion-Style
A type of accent door, this cabinet style lends itself to a world of design options and style choices that can take your kitchen from bland to bold. This is one of our design favorites because even if you go as simple as just painting your cabinets or switching out the doors, this accent can give it a completely different look.

Mullion-Style

Arch
One of the most inexpensive and often most found cabinet door types is the arch. While it isn’t the most flashy or on trend design style, it is a sturdy, long lasting cabinet style that can withstand many years of changing trends.

With so many design choices, it can be a bit overwhelming to try to choose the perfect one to match the vision your have for your dream kitchen. Instead of doing endless hours of research, use our free 3D Design tool or schedule a free consultation with one of our talented designers to make remodeling or upgrading your space easy and effective.

Top 4 Classic Kitchen Flooring Trends

Top 4 Classic Kitchen Flooring Trends

Options for kitchen flooring are virtually limitless today. Such innovations in the industry have led to different kitchen flooring trends and there is now an array of choices that offer different benefits for your Albuquerque home. There are also some classic choices that have held up through the test of time and are worth considering for your kitchen remodel.

Here are four classic kitchen flooring trends to consider:

1.   Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood doesn’t always work well in the kitchen since it can be exposed to a lot of water and become damaged. However, these days there are quality sealants that can improve the ability of hardwood to withstand water. Hardwood is an option that will always be in style! If you’re looking to spruce things up with a trendy option, try a whitewash, gray, or light brown wood.

2.   Engineered Hardwoods

If you want the look of hardwood, but feel like solid wood is too much of an investment, engineered hardwood can be a good alternative! Engineered hardwood is extremely durable thanks to its plywood core and it is easier to install than solid hardwood. This is a great option if you’re looking for a high-quality, low-maintenance flooring material.

3.   Innovative Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Floors

Porcelain and ceramic tile have long been popular kitchen floor trends, but today’s options are more creative and resilient than ever before. Beyond the traditional color schemes and patterns of the past, there are tiles that closely resemble wood grains and some even have textures that provide a greater realistic feel to the touch. Popular hues right now are distressed espressos, grays, and whites.

4.   Luxury Vinyl Options

By far, luxury vinyl flooring is a top runner when it comes to kitchen flooring. Luxury vinyl flooring can resemble wood, tile, or marble to offer a contemporary or traditional look. Vinyl floorings benefits include its water resistance, realistic feel and the fact that it can feature a cork underlayment for cushioning. Furthermore, it can be installed directly over most types of floors as long as the floor is flat and solid.

If you’re looking for the hottest flooring trends in Albuquerque and top-quality service, contact our team at the Poulin Design Center today! We’ll get you started with a free in-home estimate.

Photo © Artazum

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Bathroom Tile Trends in Albuquerque

Whether you are putting in a new bathroom in your Albuquerque home or are redoing your existing bathroom, one of the things you are likely going to want to update is your tile. In order to stay fresh and up to date, it is necessary to look into current bathroom tile trends and match them with your own sense of style, whether it is modern/contemporary, outdoorsy, or more classic and streamlined. Our design team at the Poulin Design Center is ready to help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

Getting the Outdoorsy Look

Rustic bathrooms have been a popular trend recently, and the look can be achieved in various ways. One way to achieve it is to have your bathroom tile installation include wood-like tile either on the floor, on the wall, or both. At first glance, this ceramic or vinyl tile looks like hardwood but has a much higher level of moisture resistance. Many people like to pair the wood tile look with greens, blues, and browns to continue the “back to nature” theme. To add in a bit more of a modern or contrasted look, glass tiles and metal fixtures can be added as well.

An Ombre Bathroom

Plain solid color tile can look a bit outdated for bathroom design these days. Ombre has become a popular trend that gives a unique look without being too drastic. An ombre color scheme uses tiles in different shades of the same color and arranges them to get progressively darker or lighter. The tiles can be cascaded in a relatively straightforward way, or show off a more zig-zag look that the southwest is known for.

Classic, With a Touch of Texture

If solid, neutral color is your style, you can still bring a bit of pizazz to your bathroom flooring or wall tile by choosing a soft texture to the tile. This can be brought into the shower, or be a backsplash over the sink.

The bathroom is a place you want to feel comfortable, whether it is your main bathroom or an extra bathroom for guests. You also need to make sure that your style choices fit your budget. Our team at the Poulin Design Center will help you find a style that is durable, fits your needs, and is beautiful. Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate.

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Stylish Tile Ideas for Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the main gathering points of your Albuquerque home, and it’s important to create a space that’s both visually appealing and resistant to damage. The Poulin Design Center has compiled some unique tile ideas to spruce up your kitchen!

Natural Stone Flooring

Natural stone isn’t limited to countertops. This is a durable and beautiful option for kitchen flooring! The stunning colors and patterns of natural stone will create an effortless sense of elegance. Marble tile is an excellent option to give your kitchen a sense of luxury, while slate or granite tile will create an understated, natural, and elegant vibe.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain Tile

For multi-purpose durability, porcelain tile is perfect. Porcelain tile is able to withstand damage and daily wear-and-tear. It’s completely waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about spills or stains. Porcelain is also a low-maintenance option, making cleaning up every day messes a simple and streamlined task. Porcelain tile gives you a versatile array of options when choosing style. It can even be designed to look like stone or wood. Porcelain tile allows you to customize color, pattern, texture, and tile shape, and can be used to create any look or match any decor.

Glass Tile Backsplash

Glass Tile Backsplash

Bring a touch of color to your kitchen with a glass tile backsplash. This versatile option will allow you to get creative with colors and patterns. Glass tile is a stunning option that absorbs and reflects light, guaranteeing a beautiful addition to your kitchen.

Subway Tiles

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are a classic pattern, and a perfect way to add understated visual appeal to your home. This elegantly simple upgrade from regular tiles is perfect as a backsplash. Don’t hesitate to play around with color and texture to spruce up your kitchen even further. White subway tiles are stunning and minimal, but mixing and matching colors can add personal flair.

Get Started in Albuquerque Today

To learn more about your various kitchen tile options, give the team at Poulin Design Center a call! We’ll set up a free in-home consultation so you can see flooring samples and get started on your next kitchen design project.

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