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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.

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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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5 Kitchen Countertop Trends of 2018

5 Kitchen Countertop Trends of 2018

Kitchen countertops are a crucial part of kitchen design. Countertops can have a huge effect on the overall look of a room and they also need to function well. Our designers at the Poulin Design Center are leading experts when it comes to kitchen remodeling in Albuquerque, and have seen some beautiful kitchen countertop trends emerge this year!

  1. Quartz: Quartz countertops have become a popular choice for homeowners. This non-porous material is resistant to staining and is incredibly durable! It is often recommended as a good alternative to granite. Granite is porous and requires more regular sealing to protect its surface, while quartz does not need regular re-sealing. Not only is quartz durable and low-maintenance, but it also comes in many colors, patterns, and finishes so that the right fit is easy to find. This material is a quality investment that will give you years of use!
  2. Patterns and Character: Homeowners are favoring countertops that offer patterns like natural curves and veins in the stone. Adding this extra visual interest can make a design feel more unique, interesting, and warm.
  3. Neutral Tones: Soft neutral tones are winning in popularity as compared to bright and bold tones. Grey, white and beige tones are especially popular. These tones give an open and airy feel to a room and work with many different interior styles. These neutral tones are also more likely to work with different styles over the years, where bright trendy colors tend to go more easily out of date.
  4. Wood: Wood and butcher block countertops are a popular trend. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly countertop option, reclaimed wood can create a beautiful look. Keep in mind that wood, while it can be extremely beautiful, does require extra care and is not as durable as stone options! Using wood is a great way to add warmth to the kitchen and add a natural element to the home.
  5. Seamless Kitchen Sinks: These sinks create a sleek minimalistic look, blending into the countertop. Not only do these look fabulous, but their design also makes for easy cleaning and limits the growth of mold. This style of sink works great with most types of countertops and styles of interiors.

If your kitchen is ready for an update, call the Poulin Design Center for a free design consultation! Our Albuquerque team will help you find your ideal countertops so your kitchen dreams come true.

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Kitchen Design Trends That Stand the Test of Time

Kitchen Design Trends That Stand the Test of Time

Solid Hardwood Flooring

When people go to sell their home, often an important question prospective buyers have is: Are there hardwood floors? Are they real? Hardwood flooring continues to be a sought after material when it comes to flooring. Whether you go with oak, walnut, hickory, maple, or ash, your hardwoods in your kitchen will always be in style and in demand. Hardwoods can adapt to match many different evolving countertop, backsplash, and cabinet changes that come along.

Granite Countertops

You need your countertops to be durable, but you also need them to look great for decades to come. When you install a solid granite countertop you’ll see why it’s so wonderful to have this material in the kitchen. Granite will not show any signs of wear from heat or from any spills. And while other options pop up here and there – like butcher block counters for example—you really can’t go wrong by choosing granite countertops for your Albuquerque home.

White Cabinets

The clean look of white cabinets in the kitchen is one that seems to be lasting. This cabinet choice really brightens up any kitchen, large or small. It also provides an excellent opportunity to add some contrast to your kitchen design. By having the cabinets so bright, you are able to bring in a darker backsplash, darker hardware, and darker flooring options. The result is a beautifully balanced kitchen design.

Neutral Earth Tones 

Many homeowners like to add in a pop of color when it comes to wall color, backsplashes, and even flooring options. However, neutral tones like greys, beiges, whites, and earth tones remain to be popular in kitchen design. These colors make it easy to work within a palette that is appealing to the vast majority of people. It’s a safe choice and it’s something that won’t go out of style any time soon!

Time for an update in your kitchen? Call the experts at the Poulin Design Center today or visit our showroom!

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Warm Kitchen Flooring Option

Warm Kitchen Flooring Option

The kitchen is where many homeowners end up spending a lot of time. You want you kitchen to be a place that is not simply used to prepare food but also offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. That’s where flooring comes into play. The flooring in a room sets the tone for the whole room.  Here are some warm flooring options that make your kitchen a bright and cheerful zone in your Albuquerque home.

Classic Hardwoods

Hardwood flooring works really well in the kitchen. The natural tone of the wood can fit in beautifully with contrasting countertop, cabinet, and backsplash choices. To warm up any species of hardwood simply choose a finish that will reflect light and not darken the wood too much. Consider options with reddish hues such as cherry or hickory hardwoods.

Rectangular Tiles in Cream or Grey

Rectangular tile is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Homeowners love how these tiles make a space look clean, elegant and chic. Go for a bright wood-look tile, or choose from the many varieties that mimic natural stone. Porcelain tile is a great, affordable flooring option for the kitchen.  It’s easy to clean and will really warm up your kitchen design.

Cork Flooring

Looking for a natural material that is soft and warm underfoot? We often are on our feet in the kitchen and that is why cork flooring is becoming so popular. The natural bounce of the floor will be incredibly comfortable and it is surprisingly resistant to spills and stains.  Best of all, if you drop your favorite coffee mug, chances are it will survive the impact on your cork kitchen floor.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is great in the kitchen. It is warmer than tile or stone and it can offer a pretty convincing alternative that helps you save on materials.  Consider installing vinyl plank flooring to get the look of hardwoods, or have us install vinyl tiles with grout lines. Either option will provide you with a kitchen floor that is incredibly durable and easy to maintain. There is a huge variety of options available, so you can find the style that fits with your home.

Natural Stone Floors

Stone flooring has stood the test of time. Seriously, there are buildings out there with stone floors that have been around for many, many decades.  If you’re looking for a floor that will last, stone is an excellent choice. Stone is available in many natural earth tones that will add warmth to any design. For example add in travertine or a lighter variety of slate flooring.

Remember warming up your kitchen design doesn’t stop with the flooring. Be sure to select cabinets, backsplash, countertops, and lighting that will warm up the space too. When you have all of these elements in play together your kitchen will be a relaxing and comforting place in the home.

Need some help? Our design experts at the Poulin Design Center are here to help with all of your flooring and kitchen design needs. Schedule your complimentary consultation today or visit our showroom in Albuquerque!

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Focal Points in Kitchen Design

Focal Points in Kitchen Design

Whenever you find yourself designing any room, you have to decide where you want the eye to be drawn; what is the focal point? Today on the blog we bring you some ideas to make certain parts of your kitchen the centerpiece of your design. This will make your kitchen unique and stylish. Here are some ideas from the experts at the Poulin Design Center.

Vintage Appliances

There has been a recent trend to feature a vintage appliance in the kitchen design. This may mean that the stove is a bright teal, or it may mean you have a retro red fridge to tie your design together. These statement pieces can help your kitchen have some pizazz. Be sure to tie in the color of the appliance to other areas in the room so that the color does not seem out of place. For example with a teal stove you could paint the back of your glass cabinets the same teal.

Chandelier

Lighting is important everywhere in the home and the kitchen is no exception. Often homeowners go with conventional, cookie cutter options with kitchen lighting. However you can add in a stylish chandelier right above your kitchen sink! You can also add one over an island or over your dining room table depending on the layout of your home.

Island Countertops

Countertops options seem to be endless these days.  If you can’t decide between what material you’d like it may be possible to use them both. For example, if you install marble or granite countertops in most of your kitchen, you can then add in a stained butcher block for the island. This gives your kitchen contrast and can also help it tie in to other design features in your home.

Specialty Flooring

When it comes to flooring in the kitchen you need something that is durable.  Tile is often a go-to for Albuquerque homeowners, but be sure you’re not limiting your design options. Consider adding in cork flooring, wood-look ceramic tile, or hand scraped engineered hardwoods.  If there’s a flooring material you’ve seen somewhere and you’d like to add it to your kitchen design, the Poulin Design Center is here to help. Come visit our showroom or we can come to you with our mobile showroom.

Get in touch today to get your next project underway!

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Unique Backsplash Ideas

Unique Backsplash Ideas

The backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom can be a great place to make your home’s design your own. Here are some ideas from the experts at the Poulin Design Center if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary for your Albuquerque home.

Wood-Look Tile

Wood in the kitchen can be added in many areas: the countertops, the flooring choice, and of course cabinets. However, more and more homeowners are looking to update the trend and bring wood into the backsplash arena as well. Wood look tile is just the product up to the task. With water resistance of any ceramic tile and the beautiful natural tone and texture of wood, it makes a beautiful backsplash option.

Small Tile

Some homeowners are swaying back against the large tile trend and going to a more classic look with small tile backsplashes in the kitchen. This looks beautiful when accent tiles of another color are also added in to help define the backsplash design.

Bright Ceramic

If you’re not looking to add in natural stone or white subway tile, then consider adding in a pop of color. Bright blues can work wonderfully in kitchen design. As long as you let the backsplash be the center of attention in your kitchen design you can be bold and add that red kitchen tile you’ve always wanted!

Black Tile

White kitchens are still very popular, but we’re seeing a counterpart start to grow in popularity as well: black tile, countertops, or cabinets. Adding in black to your kitchen design gives it a very sleek, modern look that will look clean and sharp for decades. Just be sure you balance out the black accents; granite countertops often work perfectly since they often have black flecks as well.

Large Glass

Some homeowners are going for a large glass tile backslash. Glass tile works really well for showers, tubs, and more.  But it’s showing up as a kitchen backsplash trend to watch. Why? Glass is luminous, easy to clean, and naturally beautiful.  Pair the glass with a white granite or quartz countertop and you’ve got a stunning kitchen!

Ready to get your backsplash project underway? Give is a call today to schedule your free design consultation today!

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5 Ways to Brighten Your Kitchen

If you’re reading this that means your kitchen might need some help! Even when you love the design and style of your kitchen, there comes a time when it’s simply time to brighten up the space with some upgrades.  Here are five ideas from the experts at the Poulin Design Center on how to make your kitchen like new once again.

Upgrade Your Backsplash

Your kitchen walls often endure steam, water, and food particles that naturally occur when you’re preparing food and beverages. That’s why it’s important to have a stylish backsplash in place. The backsplash serves as a function surface that is easy to wipe clean. However, it can also be a golden opportunity to add some color and style to your kitchen.  Many homeowners go with a simple white backsplash. But you can add in metal tiles, glass tiles, or even a brightly colored ceramic tile like red or blue.

Countertops

Often our kitchen countertops are overlooked, but installing new countertops is one of the fastest ways to make your kitchen feel like new. Opt for an option that will last a lifetime with granite or quartz. Be sure to choose a style that will match with your flooring, cabinet, and backsplash choices.

New Appliances

If you have any appliances that are not functioning properly, those of course go to the top of the replace list! Often homeowners will have to replace a dishwasher, fridge, or garbage disposal over the years. Appliances like ovens tend to last longer, but sometimes homeowners will simply choose to upgrade all of their appliances at once to ensure a cohesive kitchen design with matching appliances.

Replace Cabinets

Kitchen cabinet design has come a long way in the past couple of decades. You may have older oak cabinets that you now wish to upgrade to beautiful white cabinets, or cabinets with an antique stain. Whatever style you pick, rest assured that your kitchen will feel like a new place once the new cabinets are installed!

New Flooring

Do you have an area rug hiding a cracked ceramic tile or discolored hardwood floor? It’s easy to put flooring on the back burner. However, there is a huge selection of resilient flooring on the market now. You can choose from classics like natural stone or solid hardwoods, or you can opt for a textured laminate, luxury vinyl or even cork in the kitchen.

If you’re ready to take on one of these elements, the Poulin Design Center here in Albuquerque is here to help.  We offer free design consultations and can help you select the materials to create the kitchen of your dreams!

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5 Reasons You Should Remodel Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen is not one of those decisions you make overnight. You need to think it through thoroughly and plan ahead. As serious as it sounds, remodeling your kitchen can add tremendous value to your home and make your life much easier. Here are 5 reasons why you should remodel your kitchen

An Outdated Kitchen

Your kitchen might be functional, but does it look like one of those 19th century kitchens? If it does, it is time to upgrade it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an ancient looking kitchen, but have you ever thought of its prospects if it had a modern look? Maybe your kitchen has that look for years and you are hesitant to remodel it. The good news is that you can talk with a specialist about your taste and style. Your kitchen can be remodeled exactly how you want it.

Constant Repairs

Is the first number on your emergency, dial is that of your kitchen repair person? Is your kitchen literally falling apart? Then it is time to remodel it. Repairs may sound cheaper, but in the long run they are more expensive compared to remodeling. With remodeling, it’s a one time thing and just like that, all the inconveniences of a dilapidated kitchen are gone. You may choose to repair the broken part but, you don’t know what to expect next. You fix a cabinet door today only for the cabinets to fall off the wall the next day, probably when you are having friends over for dinner!

Effectiveness

Your family has probably grown bigger or the kitchen was designed poorly. In both cases it will not function as effectively as it should. The need to create more space may arise, especially if your kitchen your home’s heart, where everyone loves staying. If you literally have no food preparation and storage place you need to remodel to create more space. A kitchen should be spacious enough to accommodate everyone. You can also remodel to accommodate the special needs of a family member. If someone is in a wheelchair for example, you have to make the kitchen easily accessible to him/her.

Value

If you are thinking of selling your place, you should probably do some remodeling. Who wants a kitchen that screams boredom? Which buyer will consider buying a house with a 1900s looking kitchen? I bet none. Remodeling your kitchen can add tremendous value to your home and even make it more attractive to potential buyers. Even if you are not selling the house right away, wouldn’t be incredible to maintain the value of your home throughout the years?

Style

A kitchen can be as modern as it can be but does not somehow go well with your style. We all have different tastes, what worked for another person does not necessarily have to work for you. If you are the kind of person who loves and appreciates good designs, you can have your kitchen remodeled to reflect this. You might have to spend lots of time in the kitchen, especially if you love cooking. You have to make the place good for the eyes, make it a place you want to be in not one you want to run away from.

Do you need more reasons to remodel your kitchen? Though remodeling can be a bit pricy, the value that comes with it is totally worth it. Don’t just sit and lament how much you dislike your kitchen, do something about it. Remodel your kitchen and watch it transform into your dream kitchen. Who knows, even the food prepared there might get more delicious.

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