Grey Kitchen Cabinets are Hot

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Google Trends is my friend when I'm trying to stay on top of the latest and greatest kitchen design trends.

Over the last five years grey kitchen cabinets have become 1,100% more popular in California than the previous 5 years. In the last year, the interest is 50% higher than the year before (and that is not counting when it is spelled "gray"!).

I can confidently say that for sure Grey Kitchen Cabinets are a top seller on the West Coast. What is the next biggest thing? White shaker cabinets.

Stay Fresh with Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Nobody likes to pay for a remodel and find out that from day 1 the design is outdated. Especially in Los Angeles, the newest and best design trends are desired. Here at I&E we've seen a huge surge in demand for contemporary cabinets and we can confirm the popularity of grey. Now before you sigh and throw out this idea. Take a look at Houzz's gallery.

Grey is Actually a Clean Color

After looking through our gallery and old posts and especially after looking through Houzz, you will understand the attraction to this neutral color. Neutral isn't just shades of tan! Grey is a cool, clean and inviting color. It also goes with any decor and lets your featured design touches really stand out. Wood stain is OUT! Don't be dated, be fashionable. There is no risk either. It isn't like this is a 1970's "in" design that is considered an ugly tacky eyesore 10 years later.

What is interesting is that the Grey Phenomenon applies to painted wood, for metal, melamine, and all densities of particle board. Personally I have loved both the glossy modern cabinets and the traditional wood painted cabinets in grey equally. I think you should decide your Island design and then go with the cabinet material which shows it off the best.

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Custom Wine Storage Cabinets

If you like to keep a dozen or more bottles of wine stocked, then a wine storage cabinet is a great addition to your home.  Whatever the interior design or amount of space offered, a custom wine cabinet will fit perfectly. While there are many ready to go wine racks, wine tables and wine cabinets, the one that will look the best will match the wood in your home and fit into it's place perfectly. Whether it is a custom piece of furniture or a in-wall unit nothing can match the sophistication of a unique install custom to your home. Perfectly matching wood, the amount of ornate (or simple) detail and hardware that reflects your style won't be found in a mass produced item.

Ready to go units can easily cost many thousands of dollars. A custom cabinet can actually be a cheaper option.

Glass Enclosed Standing Wine Cabinets

Tall standing wine cabinets with glass allow you to accommodate more bottles and to install a cooling device. No wine seller or walk in wine cooler needed. There are many types of small wine cooling units with whisper quiet digital technology. The wonderful thing about order a custom cabinet is that you can incorporate the cooling unit that is best for you.

Armoire / Closed Units

Not everyone wants to display their wine collection as a featured element in the room. Some want a beautiful Armoire that is a more subtle and does not distract greatly from other pieces in a room, such as paintings or fireplace. The beautiful thing about an Armoire is that the inside can be as varied as you imagine. Whether you want a top to bottom wine rack and built in cooling unit or you want a full service wine bar, it is all possible. A counter space, hanging rack for glasses, drawers for bottle openers and accommodation for other types of alcohol are easily built in.

Wine Closets and Cellars

If you have the space and the inclination, remodeling a closet, basement, room, pantry or other available space can be a very rewarding experience. Seriously, some stand-alone EuroCaves will cost more than a remodel. When considering your options remember that cabinet companies like I&E have the experience, on-site cabinet making facilities and experience to provide you with top grade professional remodels for specialized rooms. Going to a company that specializes in only wine rooms will not get you a better room, only a higher bill.

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Custom Executive Office Design Now

Consider Executive Office Design – You’ve Come this Far, & You Deserve it.

Respect.

Small businesses work hard to earn it. But we all know that contrary to what others say, sometimes all it takes is a deeply impressive office to get it quick. It is essential for a huge percentage of high paying contracts and elite clientele. When you remodel or move from one location to the next is the perfect time to think about it. It is easy to put it off. “It” being the company founder’s space. This is the space where all the highest paying and most important people are hosted. Your company deserves to make this space a top priority. Executive office design will not be easier to fit in later. It is perfect right now.

The main issue with pre-fab cabinets is that you lose space. They don’t fit perfectly to the room and they don’t fit perfect to your needs. You end up compromising. What is the point of remodeling then? At least get a few quotes. Ours is free anyway. Before you get that far, lets look at other things.

What is important when you do decide to dive into executive office design? Of course we make it beautiful and functional, with a reflection of the executive’s style. But executive office design is so much more than that.

Psychology must be taken into account. A balance of power and comfort has to be achieved, too. There is a reason executive desks of powerful movers and shakers are front and center, without monitors or clutter. It is because the person is the center of power. No stacks of stuff mean they have it all under control. You won’t find their desk pushed to a corner and covered with clutter.

“Comfort?” an employee would say sarcastically. Well… I know standing in front of a high executive desk is intimidating, it is meant to be. But imagine that room. A perfect executive office design has places to sit, lamps and tables. It is a place to entertain people of note. It is clean.

No clutter. Wow. But executives are actually some of the busiest people with the longest hours. Where do they keep all their stuff and be productive?The only way to achieve the perfect balance of control, clean counters, organization, and keeping it all close at hand is through careful design of great cabinets. With a great cabinet design it will all be right there, just not in the way of you and your conversation. Your monitor will be within reach, have no fear! Another small desk top built into the cabinetry often does the trick.

There are a ton of considerations that a professional designer can easily walk a commercial company through.

Contact I&E, make executive office design easy. 

 

Cabinet Wood Finishes To Dazzle

Cabinet Wood Finishes to Dazzle and Delight.

polyurethane wood finishes are clear

Trying to find what you want on the internet is often very frustrating. For instance Wikipedia has the most boring and useless entry on cabinet wood finishes EVER. I know what my clients want to see when they look up cabinet wood finishes. They are not looking for just things like wax, shellac, lacquer, varnish oil or polyurethane on wood.

They want to see them, yes. But they also want to see new ideas.  Clients want to know if there is anything else they might be missing.

Guess What? I’m about to do that. Why? ‘Cause at I&E we care and we want to make your buying experience as informed as possible. The more you know before you choose your cabinets the happier you will be a month, a year, 10 years later. That is our goal.

Floor Finishes are the same!

Before I begin I want to explain some differences in what Cabinet Wood Finish and Cabinet Wood Material means. It is confusing. Obvious to me is the fact that the finish is really going to change how the wood looks. Also things like vintage chic treatments are the final look for all intents and purposes and are going to be pretty much sealed with the same looking thing. So why isn’t the vintage chic called the wood finish you ask!? If professionals would speak “client” then it would be. That is the answer. But it is not. Cabinet Wood Finishes are the absolute last thing put on the cabinet material no matter what it is. Whatever the cabinet is made of – no matter how cool or how much it defines the look of the cabinet – is the material. Next you put paint, fine. The absolute last coat of something – THAT is the finish.

Now, Wikipedia has you covered on the wood finishes wax, shellac, lacquer, varnish oil and polyurethane definitions. Just remember that there are a LOT of different shellacs and lacquers, etc. Wikipedia has a great chart and they really lay it out on the waterproof properties of the different main groups.

Before you get to Wood Finishes, it is the Cabinet LOOK that you really are after.

Before you get caught up in the finish. You really should pick the LOOK. Only certain materials are going to give you the look you want. Remember – every look has its drawbacks and its advantages.

The type of wood and how you arrange it is the real beginning.  Oak? Bamboo?  You have to decide that before you even get to the stain. That is the LOOK really. You love the really swirly grain or those tiny holes?

There are an endless variety of stains and glazes to choose from after that. Dark to light, super shiny to not so super shiny. Yellows and browns in all the different families of colors are available in stains.

Of course there is the standard matte paint, and high gloss paint – I have to throw that in there. You can go with Foil, glass inlays, and more. There is also vintage chic and other really cool styles, too. Then just finish it with a good seal.

You do it in this Order: Look, Material, Finish

1. Pick the LOOK.

2. Pick the Cabinet Material that will give the LOOK.

3. Review the properties of the Material and make sure you are actually okay with them. How waterproof are they? How scratch proof? Lifespan? etc.

4. NOW worry about the wood finishes available for that material with the look you have chosen (and the lighting!) you will be using. Make sure the finish you choose is good for that material and its properties are good for the area you are using it in (kitchen counter, etc).

Voila! Man, I love lists.

Contact us. Our Representatives have endless ideas for woods, stains, looks, and finishes to fit your ideas and bring your dreams to life!

Why Wait? You deserve it!

Small Businesses can and should get Custom Commercial Cabinets!

Small Business Custom Commercial Cabinets that Reflect YOU are a Good Idea

Bedroom Feel to the Office. Matching cabinetry. Perfect for the laptop executive.

I will tell you, writing about home office cabinets is easy. I always say to make it professional but really comfortable. Clients always think about their own style and the style of their home. I just make the background to their video conferences amazing!

When it comes to small businesses moving out of a home office, often clients over think the concept of their cabinets. They think about hiring teams to evaluate audience perception, psychological impact of color, etc. They read website after website. The advice is followed. But then at the end of the project they are left working in a space that feels like it is someone else’s. Nobody starts a business from scratch to feel that way.

There is no need to go to big box store and buy bland commercial cabinets and force them to work in the new space you work in, either. The happy feel of clean new cabinets fades quickly and longing for the good old days of the home office settle in pretty fast. It is not beyond your means to have Small Business Custom Commercial Cabinets. You can work in a space that reflects your tastes, makes you comfortable and is impeccable.

The “trick” is to think it carefully through all the way. Take your time. What did you love about your home office before and what did you hate? What did it lack? What are YOUR favorite colors? What are the things that make a space warm to you? Is it a large spot for a plant or a comfortable chair with a great reading lamp and nice table? What makes you comfortable will make your clients comfortable. Your clients want to feel they know some part of you. The more that they feel they ‘see’ you the more they feel they can trust you. The more you feel comfortable the more likely you are to make a sale, too. First plan out the room and then get cabinets that fit in seamlessly. Small business custom commercial cabinets are not some out of reach luxury to pine for. Call and get an estimate. Tell the sales rep right on the line that you will NOT be making a decision for at least a month when you have three estimates in hand. Take the pressure off of yourself and give it shot. Small Business Custom Commercial Cabinets can be yours.

A Modern Livingroom Feel to Small Business Office design.

A Kitcheny Feel to Small Business Office design.

 

8 Steps to Your Perfect Kitchen Design

General Kitchen Design Steps

When you are in the first steps of making the plunge into a kitchen design remodel project you may be shy of calling in a professional too early.  We understand.  If you are wanting to come to the initial meeting with a solid plan so you can get a very good estimate then this article is for you.  The way to get an exact kitchen remodel estimate is to have a solid plan based on your kitchen’s dimensions and your personal tastes.

1.  Decide which electrical appliances you want

Before you get into types of doors and colors it is really important to decide what things you want in your kitchen.  When remodeling you get the chance to fix all those things that have nagged you.  Your kitchen design first needs to incorporate all the kitchen appliances you want.

  • New Fridge
  • Stove top, or in the wall double oven or a Chef’s wide stove?
  • Microwave above the stove
  • Stove vent hood
  • Wine cooler
  • Dishwasher
  • Television / audio entertainment hub

2.  Get the exact dimensions of the appliances

3.  Get the exact dimensions of your kitchen

This includes the windows!

4.  Graph out the electrical appliances

Do it with cutouts that are scaled to match on paper or in kitchen design software on you computer. Change anything you need to in the kitchen design!  If that stove is too big for your kitchen, then look at alternatives.  If the new wine cooler would look nicer if it was larger then change it!

5.  After your appliances are all set, then take a look at the spaces left.

What would make your life easier in those spaces?  Don’t be jockeyed while you cook.  If you have someone else wandering around in your kitchen plan for it.  Do you like pull out cabinets with built in organizers for specific goods?  Do you like lazy susans? Use the space you have! What about an island? What about a cook book shelf?  This is a good time to head on over to Houzz and get inspired! Use every inch. No unusable spaces need to be accepted!

6. Now think about Style!

Do you want traditional, contemporary, glass, or a combination of door styles?  Do you want everything in the kitchen to match?  Right now “everyone” is doing a different island!

What kind of countertops do you want?  Silestone, Cesarstone, Granite?

New Floor??! Wood, travertine, tile?

7.  Think Color and Light!

Put it all in the kitchen design software and see how it looks.  Change it until you love it!

8.  Get quotes from Several companies

With all the planning you have done you will get an accurate quote!

12 things your Kitchen Remodeling Company Should Provide

For KITCHEN REMODELING You Deserve for the Company you choose to provide you these basics.

We could also name this: 12 easy reasons to choose I&E Cabinets, Inc.!

  • A large selection of cabinet types, colors and materials / wood grains.
  • Styles ranging from contemporary, modern to traditional.
  • Drawer and door styles should have options, too. Built-in organization and with the top of the line hinges with soft close mechanism drawer glide system.
  • An array of countertops available: Countertop Collection Quartz Surfacing, DuPont Corian® solid surfaces, Zodiaq® quartz surfaces, Granite, and Wilsonart® laminate.
  • Turn-key installation should include related plumbing and electrical provided / managed by them.
  • All renovations need to include a manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Flexible financing and satisfaction guaranteed is a must.
  • Excellent, quality installation from experienced installers.
  • A project coordinator to stay with you every step of the way.
  • Sales and service from a company that consumers have trusted for many years.
  • Your choice in a home improvement company is a big decision. Pick a company that makes it easy and convenient every step of the way. It should start before you even hire them. They should be bringing the showroom to you with a copious amounts of catalogs or having a factory show room open for you. When you have to decide types of cabinet doors, materials, colors and hardware you need visuals! When they are bidding you need to see what they are giving for your money.

To embark on the remodeling journey is a big decision in itself. The happiness of the journey and final destination is entirely based on your company choice. We suggest using a company that does the Design and Build for you.

I&E is the local largest provider of kitchen, bathroom, garage, closet, home office cabinets and countertops.  You can count on us to be there for you through out the project of your new custom kitchen remodeling project. We have a reputation for delivering quality affordable countertops and cabinets, installing new lighting, fixtures, or anything desire.   We bring the showroom to you with custom-designed solutions to fit any budget and style.  We provide a complete turn-key project management for every job. We offer convenient and affordable financing options and our 10 year warranties.

Request a FREE in-home design consultation to see for yourself how a new kitchen remodel from I&E Cabinets, Inc. can beautify your home!

Kitchen Cabinets – What to Expect from I&E

Kitchen Cabinets Los Angeles

At I&E Cabinets, our number one priority is your satisfaction. We believe that your dream can come true with new custom-built kitchen cabinets. We’re happy to do everything in our power to make your project superb. You can feel confident in our company because we have been doing first-rate work in the Los Angeles area since 1982.

We’re fully bonded and insured, with plenty of stellar references. Most of our work comes from referrals from our previous clients, which speaks volumes about our professionalism and craftsmanship. Truly, the quality of our work speaks for itself. When you want kitchen cabinets Los Angeles, you want us.

When it comes to re-designing, don’t just put in modular cabinets that are made to work in kitchen (but not perfectly!). Let us custom-build them to fit like a glove in your space, maximizing every inch to give you the most storage. When you enter a home that has new cabinets from us, you know it is something special. The custom fit of our cabinets makes any kitchen look like it was designed right down to the last detail–because it was.

Our expert designers will work with you to create whatever ideas you can come up with. We have done some amazing projects over the years, and we invite you to browse our online gallery of photos to see what we can accomplish for you. Let your dreams be your path and let us be your guide. Our high-quality work and service will leave you asking, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

If you have any questions about kitchen cabinets for Los Angeles or anywhere in Southern California call us or fill out our contact form.