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An Island of a Different Color

There is no denying the popularity of the white kitchen.  And can you blame homeowners?  It instantly brightens a space and offers a timeless look.  But for some, a white kitchen can be a bit stark or sterile looking.  Those individuals are looking for warmth and texture.  That’s where a contrasting island comes to the rescue.  White cabinetry with a painted or stained island can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and charming.  It’s an opportunity to add interest and soften the formality of a space.

Contrast

Whether it’s subtle or striking, contrast is a key component to a well-balanced design.  A different colored or textured island is the perfect opportunity to introduce contrast to a space, offering dimension and character.

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Personality

An island can be tailored to anyone’s taste.  Show off your personality with your favorite color.  Add texture with a wood top or natural stone.  Change up the hardware.  The options are endless to showcase your style.

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Focal Point

Using different colors or materials puts emphasis on the island, creating a focal point without using overly ornate or fussy details.  It draws visitors’ attention to the center of the space and creates a hub for the kitchen.

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Furniture-Style

A customized island can really take on the role of a piece of furniture.  Because kitchens are often open to other entertaining spaces, it can help the spaces flow better and be more visually appealing to have a furniture-style island.

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It’s All in the Details

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted detail photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of some Bartelt details!

Kitchens

  1. This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
  2. The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
  3. This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
  4. A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen.  The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
  5. Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
  6. The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.

Lower Levels

  1. This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
  2. A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
  3. These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
  4. A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
  5. Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.

Bathrooms

  1. Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath!  The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
  2. Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
  3. The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
  4. This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
  5. A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.

Other Spaces

  1. This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
  2. In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
  3. An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
  4. The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.

Kitchen Trends to Consider in 2015

“Trend” is a word we typically steer away from because it often implies that something is hot right now, but may not be two, five, ten years from now. Regardless, in this post, we’ll be using the word to talk about the popularity of the refined, simple, and not too trendy trend that Bartelt is seeing. There are many kitchen design elements on the rise that are smart and adaptable to your future style and upcoming trends.

WhiteFox Point Kitchen Remodel

The white kitchen is a popular option, and it is here to stay. It’s classic, yet versatile enough to work with any design style and highlight the homeowners’ personality. Offering a clean, airy look, white kitchens also seem to make everything else “pop” – wood floors, stainless steel appliances, lighting, and accessories.

Contrasting Island

More and more homeowners are using their kitchen island as an opportunity to add character and variation to the space. A contrasting stain or paint color can make the island a focal point and highlight your style. “One great option we’re seeing is walnut with a gray stain for that rustic, weathered look. It adds contrast to the room, yet still complements the elegance of white cabinetry,” said Heather Scott, interior designer at Bartelt.

Furniture-StyleTurned island legs

Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding, turned island legs – furniture-style cabinetry has become a staple in Bartelt remodels. It is evidence that the kitchen has evolved from a solely utilitarian room to the family’s hub. It’s the place where people tend to congregate, and it’s a room that seems to touch every other living space. “When your family spends a lot of time in a room, and it is open to other spaces, it’s important that it’s inviting. This is something furniture-style cabinetry offers. The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture,” explained Scott.

Hartford Kitchen RemodelJuxtaposition

In recent remodels, we’ve seen the integration of varying styles – modern mixed with traditional, rustic paired with refined. This is an important trend because it makes the space flexible and appeals to your varying tastes and needs. Want the clean simplicity of a modern kitchen, but desire some soft lines? A transitional style (modern and traditional) is a great option. Looking for the classic look of a white kitchen, but want to add warmth? White cabinetry contrasted by reclaimed beams or a distressed cherry top, for instance, strikes a nice balance.

TextureLeather-Texture Finish

Texture gives a room depth and character. How do you add texture? Reclaimed materials, tin ceilings, hand-scraped floors, brick, or stone are just a few examples. We’re also seeing a transition from high-gloss countertops to honed and leather-texture finishes.

The Classic Bathroom

Wauwatosa Classic Bathroom RemodelIt’s time to take the principles of “classic style,” a topic we’ve covered in the past, and apply them to the bathroom.  How can you create a bathroom that stands the test of time and offers flexibility to tie in with changing trends?  Simplicity and quality products are the key.  Bartelt shares tips and examples to create a classic look.

Marble Basketweave TileThe Floor

For a clean and elegant look, basketweave, hexagon, or herringbone tile patterns are timeless, adding texture to the floor.  Keep it simple with black and white or all white with a contrasting grout.  Choose a creative mosaic pattern.  Select a classic Carrara or Calacatta marble or maybe a travertine.  There are many opportunities to showcase your style through these time-honored options.

The WallsWainscoting

Simple drywall will never go out of style, but if you’re looking to add some character to your space without getting too trendy or ornate, there are many options.  Subway tile, beadboard, and wainscoting are just a few examples of architectural details that add interest, but don’t overpower the room.

Fox Point Classic Bathroom RemodelThe Vanity

Many homeowners either opt for a furniture-style vanity or no vanity at all.  First, let’s examine what we mean by “furniture-style.”  These vanities often look like freestanding pieces of furniture, featuring details such as legs, feet, varying heights and depths, inset drawers and doors, and base molding with a recessed toe kick.  They can be a new, custom piece or a reclaimed piece of furniture.  Another classic look is a pedestal sink or wall-hung lavatory.  Above the vanity, recessed medicine cabinets can be a nod to a bygone era as well as wall-mounted faucets.

The FinishesPolished Nickel

To create a classic look, use historic finishes.  Polished nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze are often popular choices for plumbing fixtures and knobs.  Marble, travertine, white painted woodwork, and dark wood tones are also examples of finishes that stand the test of time.

Freestanding TubThe Shower and Tub

There are many options to create a timeless, yet modern shower – frameless shower doors, subway tile, marble, a bench, built-in niches, and a series of hand sprays and shower heads are just a few selections.  The bathtub is another opportunity to insert a classic flair.  Freestanding tubs, especially claw-foot tubs, remain the hallmark of a classic bathroom.  They add an air of luxury and are available in many shapes and sizes to suit your style.  Add water supplies and tub controls on risers that come off the floor for a complete classic look!

The LightingVintage Light Fixture

For your light fixtures, consider restoring an antique chandelier and sconces or choosing lights that mimic the style of a vintage fixture.

The (Kitchen) Island Life

As today’s kitchens become more connected to other living and entertaining spaces, the island becomes more versatile and serves as a hub – meal prep, seating, storage, entertaining, homework. The island is a customizable piece, so when you’re planning its composition, it’s important to think about the role you need it to fulfill and how you primarily use the kitchen. Do you have a large family? Are you often the host? Do you love to cook? These are all important questions to consider.

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The island is a great spot to insert extra storage. Whether it’s a spice drawer, roll-outs for everyday dishes, or open shelves for cookbooks, there are many ways to make your kitchen island work beyond meal prep and seating.

Size

The dimensions of your island are shaped by its role in the kitchen. If you’re looking for counter space and enough seating for the family, you may want to consider an extra-long island or an actual table attached to the island. Maybe you plan to use the island for meal prep and a party buffet. A wide island might be the perfect option. It’s also important to consider its height. A 36-inch height can accommodate meal prep and seating. A 42-inch height is ideal for bar stools. The island can also be designed with two levels, so it can work “double duty” – cooking and dining. This also breaks down the scale of the island and gives some separation to obscure cooking messes from view.

Waukesha Kitchen RemodelLighting

Proper lighting over the island is essential. Pendants or a chandelier offer ambient and task lighting to help with smaller kitchen duties and overall illumination. The lighting over your island is also an opportunity to get creative and showcase your style. Glass pendants, lanterns, drum pendants, multi-light fixtures – island lighting can set the tone for your space, add a punch of color, or reinforce the kitchen design.

Utility

As we’ve said, the kitchen island is flexible, so outfit it with the tools you need for your various tasks. Entertainers may want to consider a beverage or wine refrigerator. Others choose to include a microwave drawer or dishwasher in the island. Home cooks often prefer a prep sink in the island because it’s easily accessible, accommodates cooking and clean-up simultaneously, and makes sharing the space with another cook easier.

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The island is an opportunity to add character to the kitchen. Consider a contrasting stain or paint color to make it a focal point and highlight your style. Opt for furniture-style legs and toe kicks to create a high-end look. Choose a countertop material that suits your style and the island’s main role. Do you like marble’s classic look? Are you interested in granite’s durability? Perhaps, you’d prefer the warmth of a butcher block top? The options are truly endless!

Quality over Quantity

Homeowners focus on the details rather than square footage.

As you look around your home, you may be thinking about the wish list you have for it – better storage, an updated kitchen, more usable space. Is the logical solution to make the move to a bigger home? Or should you consider an addition? Although these are both plausible answers, you don’t necessarily need more square footage to satisfy your list.

More and more homeowners are making the decision to update and upgrade their homes within the original footprint, focusing on better space planning and special details.

Smarter Space Planning

Unused Spaces

You need more space, but how can you find it without expanding? It’s important to evaluate how you live in your home. Are there areas you rarely or never use? Perhaps, it’s time to ditch those rooms and use the additional space in places, such as the kitchen, where you spend more time. For instance, many homeowners are getting rid of formal dining and living rooms to allow them to enlarge more functional areas of the home.

Open Concepts

People are also eliminating walls, doors, and other barriers to create open floor plans for a better flow between rooms. With proper space planning, an open floor plan can make the area feel larger and perform more efficiently.

Ample Storage

There are many creative storage opportunities to keep rooms organized and make them functional for you. Don’t waste any space. Make use of vertical space, incorporating cabinetry that extends to the ceiling. Consider systems, such as Rev-A-Shelf, that offer pullouts, racks, lazy susans, and other accessories to make use of dead corners. There are often pockets of space in areas – under the stairs, on empty walls, in an island – where you can seamlessly (and without taking up space) fit in storage.

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Family foyers, or mudrooms, are a practical use of space and could possibly be the hardest working room in your home. It’s a great area to stash all the necessities for getting out the door in one convenient place. Many homeowners incorporate lockers into this area, assigning one to each family member to store coats, shoes, and backpacks. It can also include a “drop zone,” bench, additional storage, or laundry space. The possibilities to make the area efficient for your family’s needs are endless.

Personalization

Without the cost of extra square feet, homeowners have the opportunity to invest in quality products and finishes for their home. This allows you to not only personalize your spaces, so they aren’t “cookie cutter,” but also enjoy luxury items.

What are examples of products and materials people are investing in? Check out this brief list (the possibilities are endless).

In the Kitchen

High-End Appliances

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, high-end or specialty appliances may be a great investment. Examples include stainless steel appliances, double ovens, warming drawers, large cooktops with griddles or grills, induction cooktops, steam ovens, and beverage refrigerators or drawers.

Beverage StationsHartland Wet Bar

We are seeing more people include beverage stations in their kitchen or family room. Wet bars are popular for entertaining, often featuring a sink, beverage refrigerator, and extra storage for glasses. Built-in coffee units are also becoming commonplace. The Miele Coffee System, for instance, is a built-in unit with a water reservoir or plumbed-in option. Now, homeowners can enjoy coffee, espresso, and cappuccino right at home.

Hot Water Dispensers

How often do you use hot water? Do you make hot beverages? Or enjoy oatmeal at breakfast? Do you cook pasta al dente? Or need to soak dirty pots and pans? Hot water dispensers allow you to do things like this instantly, saving time and offering convenience.

Custom, Furniture-Style Cabinetry

Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding – furniture-style cabinetry adds a personal, luxurious touch to your home. Custom cabinetmakers are also offering more “gadgets and gizmos” to make homeowners’ lives easier and more organized, including soft close hinges and drawer glides, tray dividers, roll outs, and spice racks.

Colgate Kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertopsCountertops

There are numerous kitchen countertop materials available. Soapstone, granite, marble, quartz, high-definition laminate, and concrete are just a few durable examples. Each has its own “personality.” For instance, granite and soapstone create a natural look while marble offers a classic feel. Your countertop is just another way to add character and introduce quality materials to your space.

In the Bathroom

Thermostatic Shower

A shower that features a series of shower heads and sprays, such as a rain head and hand spray, allows homeowners to feel pampered during shower time. A luxury shower can also include a thermostatic control valve, allowing the user to turn on all shower heads at the same or different times and regulate the temperature.

Around the House

Custom Millwork

Incorporating custom millwork – wainscoting, crown molding, arches, base boards, corbels – throughout your home creates an upscale look and adds architectural interest to an ordinary room.

Wauwatosa Foyer FloorQuality Flooring

It’s important to invest in quality, durable flooring. From custom hand-scraped floors to porcelain and ceramic tiles, there are many options for kitchens, family rooms, hallways, bathrooms, and other spaces. The floor is also a great place to have fun and display your personality. For instance, we used custom wood staining in a home to blend two hardwood floor colors in a foyer, creating a checkerboard pattern.

Home Automation

Many homeowners are turning to home automation for better efficiency and safety. Whole house automation is a central system that connects and communicates with appliances and systems in your home. It allows homeowners to instantly control their lighting, thermostat, entertainment unit, security system, and other objects. It’s just another opportunity to tailor your home to your lifestyle needs.

Bartelt Kitchen Remodel in K+BB

A Bartelt kitchen remodel in Milwaukee was featured in K+BB.

The 1920s kitchen was dated and lacked functionality.  The homeowners wanted to update the space for their modern lifestyle while restoring and preserving the home’s original character.

See the story here!

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