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.

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.


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.

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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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Natural Stone Flooring

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.


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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