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4 Modern Kitchen Updates in 2021

Are you ready to upgrade your kitchen by making some major renovations? If you’re tired of how it currently looks and you feel it’s a bit outdated, there are some modern kitchen updates that you can make with ease to transform your kitchen in no time. 

Once you’ve changed your kitchen, it’ll turn into this vibrant and welcoming environment that you look forward to spending time in with the family. 

If you don’t know which updates are best to make, check out this list of the four modern kitchen updates most popular in 2021! You don’t have to spend a fortune to give your kitchen a modern makeover.

 

1. Countertops

As more people decide to renovate their kitchens, most of them choose to get rid of their old, outdated countertops and replace them with better options. Some of these newer and more popular options are known for their elegant and sophisticated appearance, along with their durability. 

Get a Feel for What Trend Is Right For You  

The butcher block is one type of countertop that you’ll start seeing in kitchens across the country. So, what is it? The butcher block countertop has the appearance of a butcher’s block that they’d typically cut their meat on. It’s got a unique appearance that stands out in the kitchen, making it look even better.

If it’s not your cup of tea, don’t worry because there are a few other trends you might like, such as quartz countertops and contemporary concrete. Be sure to look at different images of some of these countertop trends to get a feel for what you like and think would look great in your kitchen. You might even want to see the countertops in person before selecting them.

 

2. Hardware

Easily change the appearance of your kitchen by getting rid of some old hardware and replacing it with new items. For example, you might want to keep the cabinets but ditch those outdated knobs and replace them with modern, stylish fixtures that make the cabinets look new. It’s a more affordable option compared to removing your old cabinets and replacing them with new ones. You might even want to paint the cabinets a different color before adding new hardware to them.

Go with a More Modern Hardware and Fixture Look 

The cabinet knobs aren’t the only hardware that you can switch up to enhance your kitchen’s appearance. For example, you might want to remove the faucet and replace it with a modern and unique fixture that positively draws attention. In addition, hardware with a gold-tone finish is trendy at the moment. That gold color pops out in a room and adds something extra to it! Most importantly, gold goes with most other colors, so it should easily match any of the different colors you’re using to decorate the room.

 

3. Paint

Ditch those old, boring shades and bring brightness and excitement to your kitchen with different paint colors. Brighter colors are becoming increasingly popular as more people want to feel excited and happy when they walk into their kitchens. If you feel like your kitchen looks dull with its white or beige walls, this is the perfect time to switch things up with a new hue that stands out.

Current Trendy Colors

Several colors are currently trending for kitchens, including mint green, bright apple green, and pastel blue. If you’re not afraid of a bit of color, you might want to do an accent wall with a bold shade of hot pink, lime green, or even orange. Get some paint samples and start comparing the different colors to see which ones you’re feeling the most. You might even come up with some fantastic color combinations that you can use in your kitchen. It’s all about customizing the room in your home to show off your personality and make it feel more inviting.

 

4. Lighting

Contemporary light fixtures are an excellent choice for a modern kitchen. If you’re looking for something that ties the room together, search for the perfect lighting fixture to add to your ceiling. 

  • Linear chandeliers are a top choice for those remodeling their kitchens to give them that modern look and feel.
  •  If you don’t like linear chandeliers, you have other options, including zone lighting and pendant lighting. 
  • You might even want to consider getting unique lights installed under the cabinets in your kitchen. Such simple lights can draw attention to the cabinets and leave your kitchen looking well-lit without wasting too much electricity.

These Simple Kitchen Updates Will Go a Long Way

Make modern kitchen updates to enhance the appearance of the room. Leatherman can help you transform an old, outdated kitchen and turn it into something beautiful. From new lighting fixtures, fresh paint on the walls, new hardware, and gorgeous countertops, it doesn’t take too much effort to make changes that will leave you with a modern kitchen. When you’ve updated your kitchen, you’ll enjoy the space even more while increasing the value of your property because of the renovations you’ve made.

 

Use Large Windows to Highlight Spaces in Your Home

Use Large Windows to Highlight Spaces in Your Home

Would you like to highlight spaces in your home while bringing in more natural sunlight? If so, consider getting new windows installed. Whether you’ve lived in the house for years or recently purchased it, those windows attached to it may have been installed decades ago. If you feel like the windows are too small and aren’t as efficient as you’d like, you have options. 

You can get new, more oversized windows installed to create the perfect space in your home. The right windows can increase the value of your property while enhancing its curb appeal. If you ever decide to sell the property, you’ll likely get more for it than you’ve invested because you’re making upgrades.

Emphasize the Size with Window Walls

 

Did you know that you can get a portion of the wall knocked out and replaced with a large window? More people are getting window walls installed than ever before, and for several good reasons. These are just a few of the many advantages that come with these types of windows:

  • You’ll feel like your space is even more significant than before. Window walls can prove an illusion that a room is larger than it seems. If you’d love to make your space feel bigger, this is the perfect way to do so!
  • You’re going to have so much natural light inside your home. Gone are the days of putting on multiple lamps and lights inside the house just to read a book or see what you’re doing. With window walls, you’ll have plenty of light shining through. And, if it’s too much for you at times, you can place a curtain over the window to block out some of that light.
  • Enjoy stunning views each day. If you live in an area with amazing views of mountains, trees, flowers, or anything else that excites you, you’ll be glad to have window walls. You’ll have some of the best views of the outdoors from the comfort of your home.

If you like the thought of having more space, enjoying lots of natural light, and seeing some great views from inside your property, window walls are the way to go. You can decide where you’d like to have them installed and select the specific frames and styles you prefer most before the installation begins.

 

Consider Getting Single Large Bay Windows

 

You may want to create an inviting space in your living room or other room inside your home by getting a large bay window installed. The bay window makes a difference in the room by highlighting all the space you have while giving you an incredible view. 

Whether it’s sunny, raining, or even snowing in your area, you’ll quickly get to look out the window to see nature’s beauty in front of you. When you don’t want the sunlight shining through, you can cover the window with curtains or blinds that look aesthetically pleasing and match the colors and decorations you’re using in that room.

  • A bay window extends outward, giving you some extra space in the room. It’s great for those who’d like to have more freedom to move around freely without feeling cluttered due to the furniture and other items inside that room.
  •  In addition, you may notice an improvement in airflow after getting the large bay window installed. If you have such a large window in your home, you can open it and allow the fresh air to flow through the house, ultimately improving air circulation.

Bring More Natural Light Into the Home

 


Don’t be afraid to let the natural light shine through and illuminate your home. With more oversized windows installed, you can embrace that natural light and save on your electricity bill each month. Imagine how much money you’d save in a year when you can depend more on the light from outside than the lights inside the home! 

In addition, natural sunlight can leave you feeling more alert, awake, and excited for the start of each day. If you live in an area where the sun shines bright for hours, you’ll have plenty of light shining through the windows and into the home for you to see what you’re doing. Nothing beats natural light!

 

Get New Windows Installed to Drastically Improve the Look of Your Home

 

Who knew windows could make such a difference? If the ones you currently have aren’t entirely cutting it, don’t hesitate to get new, larger windows installed. Leatherman offers several types of windows in different sizes. 

Upon checking out the impressive variety of window options, you may come across the perfect ones to get installed in other parts of your home, such as the living room, bathroom, and dining room. Whether you want to get new windows for a single room or every room in your property, let Leatherman help you find the perfect options.

 

Top Kitchen Trends for 2021

Top Kitchen Trends for 2021

Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen? If you’re ready to give it a new look, consider some of the most popular kitchen trends for 2021. You can get rid of the old, traditional decor and accessories while replacing them with more updated and modern fixtures. Go ahead and check out these top kitchen trends for 2021.

1. The Concealed Kitchen

More people are going for the concealed kitchen look than ever before. So, what exactly is a concealed kitchen? It’s a kitchen that doesn’t take up too much space, consisting of space-saving accessories and equipment. It’s the perfect way to keep the kitchen from taking up too much space in the home, especially for those with open kitchen areas that lead to the living room.

Provides a More Modern Look

Concealed kitchens are more modern than traditional kitchens with more prominent and bulkier appliances and fixtures. However, they’re perfect for those who don’t want to feel like they’re looking at their kitchen appliances and accessories while sitting in the living room or even entering the front door. It’s something to consider when you’ve got a limited amount of space to work with at home.

Concealed kitchens 2021
Minimalist kitchen ideas 2021

2. Minimalist Style

Minimalist kitchens are becoming such a big deal. More people are going with the less is more mantra, keeping it as simple as possible without overdoing it. While minimalist kitchen fixtures aren’t extravagant by any means, they’re still made with the highest quality and have such a sophisticated appearance. Suppose you want your kitchen to look more sophisticated and clean without going overboard with decorative pieces, such as intricate knobs for your cabinets. In that case, this style is something to consider during your kitchen remodel.

3. Fun, Bright Colors

Did you know that fun and bright colors are trending in 2021? People are using these bright colors because they want to have vibrancy in their homes. Who says the kitchen has to be a plain shade of gray, white, or beige? 

Why not use bright, bold colors that make you feel good? If you want to feel joyful, excited, and ready to cook or eat when you enter the kitchen, consider choosing a bold shade of pink, orange, or even red.

Transform Your Kitchen with Bright Colors and the Right Stain

You may have some concerns about using bright colors. For example, you’re probably worried that the bright color on the walls might not match everything else. However, if you choose a bright shade of paint to add to the walls of your kitchen, you can still find fixtures to match it. 

Even if you’d like wood cabinets and a wood island in your kitchen, the right stain will match perfectly with a bold color. Don’t hesitate to get creative when selecting the color that you’d like to use. It makes a difference and can truly transform your kitchen into an entirely different room.

Bright colored kitchen trends for 2021
Stained wood kitchen trends 2021

4. Stained Wood Finish

Although it might seem like a classic, stained wood finish continues to trend in 2021. Wood finish has a classic yet elegant and sophisticated appearance, making it the top choice for those remodeling their kitchens. If you’re tired of the cabinets and other fixtures displayed in your kitchen, make some changes. 

Find the Right Wood Finish

First, start checking out different wood finishes to see which ones you think you would like best. You can also choose a specific stain for the wood that will match any color you’re choosing for the kitchen walls. You can find high-quality cabinets, windows, and other components available in the perfect wood finish to use in the kitchen.

5. Upgraded Appliances

If you’re going to remodel the kitchen, make sure you’re upgrading the appliances you’re using. Plenty of people are choosing to get smart kitchen appliances because of their quality and convenience. For example, if you have a smart fridge, you can use it to keep track of when you’ve added certain items to the refrigerator and when they’ll go bad. 

Plenty of Modern Options 

These high-quality refrigerators have built-in speakers and other neat features to make it easy for you to find what you need in your fridge. You haven’t lived enough if you haven’t tested out one of these bad boys! With plans to remodel your kitchen to get it to look better than before, consider upgrading your appliances to match the new appearance.

Upgraded appliances that make your kitchen look better

Which Top Kitchen Trends for 2021 Would You Choose?

These are some of the many kitchen trends for 2021. As people work on remodeling their kitchens, they’re considering going the minimalist route, selecting wood finishes for most things, and even using brighter, bolder colors that people didn’t typically use in kitchens in the past. 

Use these ideas to come up with specific renovations that you’d like to make to your kitchen. You can buy the right paint and all the best features to enhance this room in your home. Before you know it, the kitchen will quickly become your favorite room in the house!

Once you’ve completed the remodel with help from the professionals, such as Leatherman,  you can expect to enjoy the ambiance of your kitchen even more than ever.

Mid-Year Design Trends

Mid-Year Design Trends

We’ve entered the second half of 2020 and want to share the design trends that stood out during the first half of the year in Michiana.

Split finishes are in vogue in everything from plumbing fixtures and appliances to door and cabinet hardware. We’ve seen ear-to-ear smiles when we present combination black and gold finishes to our clients. Specifying gold refrigerator pulls on a matte black refrigerator creates a dramatic and refined focal point in any kitchen. We also have had an extremely positive reception pairing black and silver tones in all design motifs – traditional, transitional and contemporary.

Mixed materials is another trend in new kitchens and baths. Combining metal, stone, wood and glass are on point for many homeowners and builders. Imagine an island that features an engineered stone top contrasted with two-tone wood paneling and a matte black sink with gold-finished faucet. Simply gorgeous.

Similar to mixing materials is specifying contrasting colors. Different colored upper and lower cabinets continue to gain in popularity.

Functional furniture is also making a new home in kitchens and baths. Homeowners in Michiana warmly respond to suggestions for desk space, separate storage cabinetry and pantries, open shelving and other solutions that are more reminiscent of furniture found in other places in the home than traditional kitchen cabinetry.

White kitchen cabinetry continues to rank as the number one preference in homes. However, we see white trending in other materials and fixtures beyond cabinetry. White finished appliances, split chrome and white faucetry and split white toned lighting make for a dramatic statement in any kitchen. Other trending colors for finishes in kitchens and baths include champagne, bronze, gray, gold and black.

Your new kitchen has to look out-of-this-world and serve multiple purposes and functions, spanning from the space where meals are prepared to a central gathering place for family and friends. A well-designed kitchen combines stylish aesthetics with durable and functional finishes and materials.

How can you capitalize on new design trends to create the kitchen or bath of your dreams? Give us a call at (574) 533-0597 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom.

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Necessity truly has been the mother of invention during the COVID-19 crisis. When our showroom team and our customers were under stay-at-home orders, we had to pivot to respond to the multiple requests from homeowners in Michiana that realized their kitchens did not provide the functionality, aesthetic, or lifestyle that they wanted. Being stuck at home for an extended period was eye-opening. The COVID-19 emergency orders to stay at home resulted in our showroom providing homeowners the necessary tools to measure their kitchens, which enabled our designers to develop preliminary plans and move the renovation process forward. Measurements provide a road map and allow a talented, experienced designer to determine how to maximize space for efficiency and aesthetic impact. The three main areas of a kitchen, referred to as the golden triangle, include the sink, the refrigerator and the range, cooktop, or cooking area. The sink should ideally be between the refrigerator and the stove. Each leg of the triangle should be between four and nine feet, and the total perimeter of the triangle should be between 13 and 26 feet. The kitchen triangle has evolved as habits and lifestyle needs have changed.  We ask homeowners numerous questions to learn exactly how they will use the kitchen. We like to know how often they cook, how many family members are involved in meal preparation We ask if they have a baker in the family, how often they entertain, what they want their new kitchen to do that their existing kitchen cannot and so on. Ideally, if there is a baker in the family, the design should allow for a zone that incorporates all of the tools needed for baking, such as pie tins, measuring cups and spoons, rolling pins, and baking sheets located near the pantry or the oven. The area designated for meal preparation should be located near the sink and house everything needed to make mouthwatering meals. The tools in the meal preparation area are knives, pots, pans, pot holders, roasters, cutting boards, colanders, peelers, whisks, basters, and the trash can, among others. We like to provide homeowners in Michiana at least 21 inches of countertop space on each side of the cooktop space permitting. Otherwise, an island or peninsula across from the cooktop makes for an ideal space for meal preparation. Space restricted kitchens can make specifying the right size refrigerator a challenge. Standard refrigerators are 36 inches deep. However, if there is no room for a standard size, manufacturers produce models that are 24 and 30 inches deep. Many do-it-yourselfers don’t account for the swing of the refrigerator door and often find it cannot open completely because of an obstruction. Storage is another essential consideration in the design of a new kitchen. How much storage space is wanted or needed will determine the size of cabinetry and the number of cabinets.  Open shelving is a hot trend in Michiana because it provides a more open feel and enables homeowners to showcase collectibles or favorite glassware, cooking tools or whatever else they desire. Open shelving does not offer the same amount of storage space as cabinetry. What’s the ideal layout for your new kitchen? We can help turn your dreams into reality. Contact Leatherman Supply to get answers to your questions, or to schedule a showroom visit.

The Fifth Wall in Your New Kitchen or Bath

The Fifth Wall in Your New Kitchen or Bath

Fifth Wall in kitchen and bath

Ceilings are often an afterthought of the renovation process and don’t get the attention or recognition that they deserve. In a well-designed kitchen or bath in Michiana, nothing should be overlooked, including the ceiling. Ceiling height, shape, style, accessories, and color helps determine how a living space looks and how it feels.

The ceiling should be considered the fifth wall in your new kitchen or bath and should be used to enhance the space’s character. Paint, wallpaper, different textures, heights, finishes, and materials can be employed to create a ceiling that serves as a focal point and enhances the overall design and functionality of the space.

The standard height of a kitchen or bath ceiling is eight to nine feet. In some remodels, increasing that height is not practical or even feasible, depending on what is above your bath or kitchen. Typically, we have more flexibility in the bath to incorporate a skylight over a tub, add window space, or create a dropped area of the room to define a portion of the space.

Here are some common ceiling options to enhance your bath or kitchen:

  • Cove ceilings have curved edges between the ceiling and the wall to create a dome-like design that can create a focal point at the top of the walls. One advantage of cove ceilings is that they help make a living space appear taller than it is.
  • Vaulted ceilings create a sense of volume and spaciousness to a room and also serve to make a living space appear larger than it is. Most homes with a sloped roof can support a vaulted ceiling. Vaulted ceilings can have curved or straight sides and symmetrical or asymmetrical lines.
  • Cathedral ceilings employ straight sides that slope upward at the same angle as the exterior roofline. The most famous cathedral ceiling is at Notre-Dame in Paris. You can’t build anything on top of a cathedral ceiling, but you can create one from unused attic space.
  • Tray Ceilings and Coffered ceilings are similar. While coffered ceilings have multiple recessed sections, a tray ceiling has one, larger inverted area. Both add depth to a room and make it appear more spacious.
  • Any new kitchen or bath ceiling can be enhanced by decorative moldings, especially Victorian homes.
  • Beamed ceilings are another tool in a designer’s arsenal to create unique looks. Beams add warmth and character to a room. You need a taller space for beams so the living space doesn’t feel small and cramped.
  • Even basic ceilings can be enhanced with statement-making lighting, paint, or patterned wallpaper.

How can you take advantage of the fifth wall to make your new dream kitchen or bath become a reality? Give us a call at (574) 533-0597 or make an appointment to visit our showroom.