Category Archives: Kitchen Remodeling

Wellborn, red color trend modern kitchen

Color Trends for Your Remodeled Kitchen

Expressing your personality is often ignored when it comes to updating your home’s kitchen. While white is classic, and a go-to color for many kitchen remodels, it is not your only option. When you decide to remodel your kitchen, consider playing with a color trends. Moody and jewel tone color trends in the kitchen are huge for 2020. Your kitchen is more than just a place for preparing meals, it’s a room for chatting, entertaining, and the place where kids may get a snack and do their homework after school. Because your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, the color palette you use can contribute to your mood.

Playing it Safe or Customizing Your Forever Home

If you aren’t planning to stay in your home for at least the next five years, you may want to consider the resale value of your home before using any finishes or color trends that are currently popular. Safer color choices are better for resale value but consider using a pop of color on your island cabinets or other accents in a smaller area. If you really want to play with color, choose areas that are easily changed or accent furnishings. Remember, don’t pick a color just because it’s in style: use colors that you love!  

There are so many spaces within your kitchen to use color. Your walls can always be painted in whatever shade you like, but think cabinetry, countertops, tile backsplashes, statement appliances and more!

  • Cabinetry: Use neutrals or consider having a colorful island with neutral cabinets.
  • Countertops: Countertops can be a great place for a pop of color. Countertop finishes are available in many color varieties depending on materials and tastes.
  • Backsplashes: Super colorful and patterned backsplashes are not very popular right now, but using a bold, solid, color tile for a backsplash is a huge trend.
  • Statement appliances: New colorful appliances make a great centerpiece in your brand-new kitchen. While they can come with a hefty price tag, they are more easily swapped out than cabinetry if you get bored or want to sell your home. Many of these appliances are also high-end and can last a lifetime. Some options are even being designed with removable front-pieces so that you can simply swap out the color.
modern luxury grey and white color trend kitchen
Two-tone cabinets are still trending, and gray is still a fairly safe neutral, although no longer as popular as moodier shades like black

Here are some possible color choices for your newly remodeled kitchen:

Popular Neutrals

Gray, blue and black are the most popular color choices for cabinetry after white. Blue is a huge color choice in every area of the home this year. Blue leads to feelings of serenity and calm and it is also one of the most universally liked colors. The colors of the year for 2020 are Classic Blue from Pantone and Naval Blue from Sherwin-Williams. Gray has been falling out of fashion slightly, but it is still one of the neutrals many people gravitate toward. Black makes a bold statement and it is sophisticated and masculine. Using black in the kitchen has become a popular choice. Some hot 2020 appliances are coming in black stainless to keep up with this growing trend.   

Green for Multiple Styles

Thermador color trend green refrigerator

Many homeowners are using green more often in the kitchen. It’s an earthy color instilling a sense of freshness and nature. Mint green is having a moment of popularity, and it works well if your kitchen tends to feel dark. Also, if you have a farmhouse kitchen, olive or mint can work well. Emerald green, which was hot last year, is still trending in the kitchen. Because emerald is so dark, use it in kitchens with an abundance of natural light. Brass and copper hardware look amazing paired with emerald finishes and are a popular choice.  

Pink is a Perfect Accent Color

If you have white cabinets, walls in a pale pink shade can create a soft and unexpected contrast in the room. Consider accompanying pink with shades of grey because it compliments pale pink. 

Sherwin-Williams color trend mantra palette kitchen, pink
This modern kitchen is done in Sherwin-Williams’ Mantra palette, part of their 2020 Color Forecast

Yellow in a Modern Way

Forza statement stove in color trend yellow
This statement range by Forza is modeled after an Italian sports car!

Mustard yellow was a popular color for kitchens in the 1970’s. These days, yellows are coming in a wide variety of shades that range from a bright sunny yellow to paler colors. Wood cabinets and wood floors pair well with gold and honey shades of yellow. White cabinets look clean and fresh with lemon yellow accents. Use barstools in a sunny shade of yellow beside your white island for a modern look.

Red Can Take You from Drab to Fab

Red is a color that can make or break a room. Darker and deeper red hues are perfect for a contemporary kitchen. Marble countertops or chrome accents will pair with that fire engine red well. Farmhouse kitchens need more of an apple shade of red.

ADB Can Help You Design a Kitchen with Personality

ADB is here to design and build your new kitchen! We want you to come home to a kitchen that makes you feel content. As part of your kitchen remodel, whether you want a classic, timeless look, or you are ready to experiment with some of your favorite color trends, our aim is to transform your home and enrich your life! Contact us today to get started on your next remodeling project!

Accessible Kitchen Design Considerations

Universal Design aims to provide useable space planning for people of all abilities and ages. Another growing trend is Inclusive design which is similarly creating spaces that are more accessible to everyone. Accessibility options can also be highly personalized for individuals with specific needs. Imagine a world where any guest could feel comfortable using your home? Also, when choosing to remain in your existing home as you age, accessible design is an important consideration.

One of the most important rooms to consider when creating accessibility is the kitchen. Being able to safely prepare and clean up after meals is one of the primary considerations of the accessible kitchen. Mobility is usually an important concern for current and future needs. The following measurements are ideal for accessibility to all. Hardware and fixtures can also improve functionality. Accessible kitchens can include design details that accommodate children too, as universal design wants people of all ages to have greater accessibility.

Facets of Your Accessible Kitchen: Mobility and Convenience

Doorways and Clearance: Between 36-42” wide, with pocket doors, or swing clear hinges, and lever door handles. Clearance for a pass-through kitchen is 40” while U-shaped layouts require 60” of clearance.

Cabinets: Cabinet height can be individualized, but motorized, adjustable cabinets are the ultimate in universal design in a kitchen for multiple users. Swing up doors with hinges at the top and touch open doors are ideal for accessible kitchens. Lower cabinetry like a lazy Susan, or cabinets with pull outs, can help keep users from having to lean down into cabinetry to reach items. 

Counters: generally, around 34” high and 30” wide (useable surface space), with adjustable height (from 28” to 36”) for multiple users.

Accessible kitchen with touch, one-lever faucet

Sinks: 29” high, 11” deep, and 30” wide. Roll-under sinks have drain and plumbing at the rear of sink to allow room underneath. Faucets can be single lever, touchless, and side-mounted for ease of use.


  • Refrigerators and dishwashers: ideally have clear access from either side. Bottom drawer freezers are easily accessible.
  • Ovens: should be separate from ranges and have a side swing door.
  • Cooktops: should be situated so that one doesn’t have to reach over hot burners. Induction cooktops are safest, especially with young children in the home. Induction cooktops quickly cool once a pan is removed: the only residual heat is what the glass retains. Knobs should be easy to maneuver, and touch pad controls are preferable on appliances.
  • Drawer microwaves can be mounted under the counter for reachability.
  • Under counter refrigerators are wonderful for younger children to use as “approved” snack and beverage storage that they can reach.

Lighting: Proper lighting can prevent falls and other types of injuries in every room, especially the kitchen. Aim for an abundance of natural light, under counter and in cabinet lighting, and toe kick lighting as well as ambient lighting.

ADB Can Create an Accessible & Beautiful Kitchen for Your Home

Are you ready to get started on your new kitchen? We have a Universal Design Certified Professional available to meet all of your needs for every member of your family. Contact us today to set up your initial consultation. Let ADB Transform your Home and Enrich Your Life!

miniamlist kitchen, appliance garage

ADB & The Minimalist Kitchen

Does your kitchen need to be updated—not only for the latest trends in countertops or cabinets— but for the most functional workflow? Minimalist kitchens are increasing in popularity due to their amazing functionality and easy maintenance. We appreciate facets of the design and build process that keep in mind that the clients’ most precious asset is often their time. Here are some of the ways a low-maintenance minimalist kitchen can save you time.  

Everything is Streamlined and at Your Fingertips

We can replace upper cabinetry with open shelving to display objects you love and use daily. While maintaining the staged look of elaborate open shelving can be somewhat labor intensive, the ease of use is wonderful—and you can keep it simple. Everything you frequently use can be easily reached without opening a cabinet. Lower drawers and cabinets can hold most of your kitchen items, whether it is deep drawer storage, with dividers, or a full pantry wall, kitchen storage has come a long way. New and versatile kitchen storage can be one of the most exciting aspects of a kitchen remodel. Not only is lower cabinet storage often more organized, it is easily reachable. No more standing on a step stool to reach items in a high cabinet.  

Minimize Clutter & Clear the Countertops

Minimalist kitchen, appliance garage with Kitchenaid mixer
This appliance garage keeps your stand mixer close enough for easy use, while stowing it neatly away.

We suggest carefully evaluating which countertop appliances to keep in a minimalist kitchen. If you have not used an appliance in the past year, donate it or dispose of it. Don’t waste precious space on gadgets you do not actually use. Stow countertop appliances in appliance garages! Corner cabinets can be conveniently designed with outlets and you only have to open a cabinet door to access small appliances. This way your countertop stays clear when appliances like blenders, toasters, coffee makers, and slow cookers are not in use.

Microwaves can even be installed under the counter in lower cabinets or in your kitchen island, keeping them off of countertops. Not only does an under the counter microwave hide a kitchen eyesore, but it makes your microwave easily accessible for every member of the family.

Minimalist Lines Make Cleaning a Breeze

Many homeowners are forgoing ornate styles of cabinetry, backsplashes, and counters in favor of clean lines. Rather than the heaviness of older styles, flat paneled cabinets are popular. It is easy to quickly clean cabinets and counters that lack grooves, moldings, or excessive designs.

Materials and finishes can also have an impact on ease of cleanliness in the kitchen. Subway tile is making a big comeback in every hue and variation imaginable; it is a simple to maintain, yet is a versatile backsplash material. Quartz and granite countertops are still trendy and easy to care for. Cabinets painted in matte finishes can be easier to clean. Cabinet hardware can be simplified or left off of cabinets altogether, depending on your preferences. Many cabinets have grooves on the bottom for ergonomic opening. Push-open cabinets, and other enhancements, sans hardware, are growing in popularity.

ADB Transforms Your Home and Enriches Your Life

 We are here to transform your home and enrich your life, and that includes making your kitchen more user friendly. As part of our HOMEStyle™ System, we begin with our DEEPDiscovery process which helps reveal all of the ways you use your space, and the functionality problems our design can solve for you. Consider going with a minimalist kitchen if you like the streamlined look and ease of use, we can design and build a kitchen that works for you and saves you time! Contact us today to get started.

Plan the Ultimate Kitchen Upgrade

Article reposted with permission from NARI.

A kitchen serves as command-central of most homes, so it’s also one of the first rooms homeowners choose when it’s time to make upgrades. When approaching your kitchen remodel, it’s important to keep your family’s lifestyle at the forefront of your planning to create a space that fits the way you like to live.

Get the most livable space and enjoyment out of a kitchen remodel with these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry:

Make purposeful changes. A desire to bring your kitchen’s style up to date is plenty of motivation for a renovation, but to get maximum benefit from your new space, spend time considering what functional improvements you can make, too. Do you need more cabinets for storage? Is there enough counter space for meal prep? Does the overall layout suit your family’s needs? Even if you chose the original layout and floorplan, chances are good that over time you’ve found a few things you’d change given the chance to do it again.

Consider physical space. If yours is a family that cooks together, or if guests tend to congregate in the kitchen when you’re entertaining, a renovation is the perfect time to make adjustments that accommodate more bodies in the kitchen. You might want more work zones for multiple cooks or an island or peninsula set away from the high-traffic zone for guests more interested in snacking and chatting than getting hands-on.

Evaluate your shopping style. You may be in the habit of doing your grocery shopping to fit your available space. However, with a larger refrigerator and more pantry space, your shopping habits could change, allowing you to become a bulk shopper or at least increase the time between shopping trips.

Be realistic about mealtime. If your family’s activities have everyone eating at different times, you may benefit from a feature like a warming drawer that keeps dinner warm until each family member makes it home for a meal. Think about features that would make the table space more practical, such as task lighting so kids can tackle homework at the table or convenient access to power for laptops.

Choose appliances with care. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the design elements that go into a kitchen renovation, but at the end of the day, remember the appliances are the true centerpiece of the space. Be sure to leave room in the budget to select the best appliances for your needs so you have all the functions, features and space to make using your new kitchen as enjoyable as possible.

Think into the future. A kitchen renovation can be a costly venture, so it’s a good idea to project years down the road as you consider your needs. Are there features that would enhance the safety if a baby (that soon will become an inquisitive toddler) joins the family? Are there elderly family members may benefit from a lower or higher work station down the road? Find more expert tips to inform your renovation planning at

Source: National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Three Current Trends in Kitchen Appliances

We all love our kitchen cabinet storage possibilities. Whether it’s a new dual-level silverware tray drawer, an Aventos-lift appliance garage, slotted storage spaces, or a fancy retractable spice rack, we love the conveniences that the trends in cooking tools now provide. Just as these trends improve efficiency in the kitchen, technology advances and procures new ways to look at and utilize kitchen appliances. Here are a few of our favorite kitchen appliance trends:

Microwave drawers provide easy access for the whole family

1) Microwave Drawers

An improved way to hide your microwave is through the microwave drawer. Instead of having a unit take up valuable counter space, a microwave drawer is aesthetically pleasing and places the unit under the counter.  The microwave drawer runs on tracks that extend out, which allows you to pick up your dish in one quick move, rather than reaching up above the stove for a hot dish. This is great for kids who might not be tall enough to reach a microwave above the stove, as it brings the appliance closer to their level, and provides a way to lock unsupervised access.

Custom built-in refrigerator blends with cabinets

2) Custom Fridge Look

If your current refrigerator does not compliment the style of your kitchen, hidden appliances may be a trend for you to consider. Built-in appliances allow you to customize your refrigerator to match your surrounding cabinets by using custom panel inserts! Whether you have a bottom-freezer and side-by-side configuration or separate refrigerator and freezer units, the objective of built-ins is to give you the option of utilizing front panels on your unit for a sleeker, custom look. 

You also have the option of a counter-depth model for your refrigerator unit. A counter-depth refrigerator will offer the same upscale built-in look without protruding 5-8 inches out from your cabinets. Counter-depth refrigerators come in bottom-freezer and side-by-side configurations, but they also allow for French door models to be utilized as well!

3) Updraft Exhaust is better than a Downdraft

More and more people are looking to transition their kitchen to either a more contemporary looking space or a modern farmhouse vibe, made popular by Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines. A question that tends to pop up as you remodel is whether an updraft range hood or downdraft vent would be better for ventilating your kitchen. This all depends on your needs, kitchen space, and ultimately your preference. Updraft exhaust is the most effective for venting smoke, removing odors, and allowing particulates to follow the updraft into the vent. This will help in keeping your kitchen cleaner as well as venting more heat when cooking with gas, frying, or grilling. Additionally, the unique style of an updraft exhaust hood will provide your kitchen with its own sense of character and charm.

Appliances are constantly changing as technology improves, and these are just a few options in the ever-expanding field. When you are revamping your kitchen, consider what investing in a few quality products will do to enhance not only your cooking but your overall kitchen experience. Don’t be afraid to step out and try something new and improved! We would love to help make your dreams become reality, because allowing us to help transform and revamp your kitchen space you’ll not only add more character to your home, but ultimately enrich your life in the process!


Considering remodeling your kitchen? See our Kitchen Remodeling Services for info on how we can help you achieve the perfect kitchen for your home.

Essentials of kitchen lighting

The Right Way to Light a Kitchen

The kitchen is a central, multi-functional part of your home. It is the space where busy lives intersect, from weekly rituals of meal planning, meal-prep, and cooking to the sorting of the mail, random middle-school science experiments and the hosting of dinner parties. The right lighting in an area as versatile as the kitchen can be essential to the general atmosphere of the room, and that versatility calls for layers. A kitchen has the option of three different layers of lighting: ambient, task, and accent.

Ambient Lighting:

Whether the kitchen is blessed with an abundance of natural lighting or lacking in the general window department, ambient lighting is a great way to cast the main source of light. Focus on the ceiling along the main kitchen areas; the higher and brighter you place the fixtures, the more light will fill the kitchen space. This will give a warm, casual glow to the space. General lighting options can range from recessed lighting along the ceiling to hanging chandeliers, flushmounts, or pendant lights. 

Task Lighting:

A kitchen is an active space; there are counters for prepping food, a stovetop for cooking, cabinets to maintain storage needs, and maybe even an island for extra workspace. This tends to ask for a more direct lighting in certain areas. Here is where task lighting comes in. Cabinets have a tendency to create shadows along the counter space as natural lighting wanes throughout the day. Adding task lighting along the underside of the cabinets can solve the shadows on countertops and around the pathways in the kitchen. Common options call for the use of strip lights or evenly spaced puck lights. 

Accent Lighting:

Accent lighting in kitchen after remodel by ADB.

Accent lighting can help bring depth and creativity to your kitchen. Adding sconces to the walls or showcasing art with cleverly placed spotlights can create mood lighting in certain areas of the space. Thoughtfully placed lights inside a china cabinet can allure guests with the shine of your best dishes. Toe kick lighting can be used around the prime lines and angles of the kitchen, whether that is under the lower cabinets along the kitchen or a centrally placed island. This can illuminate the kitchen floors in a warm glow that gives a welcoming feeling to guests or to the occasional late-night snacker. There is even the option of installing accent lighting along the insides of cabinets and drawers, which can brighten the darker corners of storage spaces. 

Lighting plays an important key in how you view and interact within the kitchen. By adding layers of different lighting throughout the space, you can create a different atmosphere for each and every occasion. Whether you overlay ambient lighting with task lighting, or accent lighting with a hint of ambient lighting, these layers of lighting will only add to the appeal of the kitchen. 


Check out our kitchen gallery for more examples of the right way to light a kitchen.