Category Archives: Kitchen Remodeling

Good Design Includes Storage and Functionality

When you are thinking about a new kitchen, it is important to remember that good design includes a mix of design features for storage and functionality in addition to achieving the look you are going for.  It is relatively easy to dream about the look of your new kitchen, the finishes, the colors and so on; but you should also think about the functionality you need to make your kitchen a place you enjoy working and entertaining in.  Taking a little time to think about storage and functionality will give you a kitchen that not only looks beautiful, but will…

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Cape Cod Downsize

So many baby boomers are selling their larger homes and moving into a cozy beach home on the Cape in the Cape of good Cod. Falmouth was this couple’s choice to retire in this Cape Cod Downsize. The kitchen was the typical outdated ’80s kitchen. Light oak with a raised panel door were the rave in cabinets back in the ’80s. Unfortunately nobody wants it in their homes anymore. Not only was it outdated, but the layout didn’t work either. Being clients of Wood Palace over the years, they came back for their 3rd kitchen remodel when they did their Cape…

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Choosing Colors To Decorate Your Kitchen

Decorating starts with color.  Choosing colors to decorate your kitchen is no exception.  It is one of the most important aspects of planning a room.  It can make or break the finished look and it is the most challenging for most people because the number of options are overwhelming.  Color affects us visually, physically and emotionally.  There is a whole psychology about color and many books have been written about it.  You can choose a color based on the function of the room, to match the furnishings, based on an inspiration piece or photograph from a magazine.  You can even…

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Kitchen Lighting

Don’t forget to think about the kitchen lighting you want in your kitchen.  Many people make the mistake of putting one ceiling mounted light and expect it to illuminate the room.  There is nothing worse than dark spots in your kitchen when you are trying to read a recipe or prepare food. Besides, who wants to work in a dark and gloomy place when they can have a light and bright space?  There are four types of kitchen lighting to consider for your kitchen.  Not only does kitchen lighting illuminate, but it also helps to decorate and accentuate. Ambient lighting….

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Give Your Kitchen That Magazine Look

The secret to giving a room that pulled together, magazine look is accessorizing, even in the kitchen.  Picking the right accessories and knowing how and where to place your accessories is an art.  It is what gives a room that professionally decorated feeling.   So what do you use for accessories?  Anything you want, anything you like.  The more interesting it is, the better.  But, there are a few good design principles to follow: Think multiples of odd numbers:  3, 5, 7 and group things together. A few larger accessories make a better statement then a lot of smaller ones.  Smaller accessories can begin to…

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Summertime Serenity

The thoughts of summer in New England start in early spring. Winters are long around here so thoughts of those summer getaways are always popping up in our minds. Whether it’s an all summer long getaway or just a few weeks of vacation, thinking of the beach and the sand through our toes bring a smile to a New Englander. This month’s featured kitchen comes from a Connecticut client who vacations as a family in the summer here on our beautiful  Massachusetts beaches. It’s a beautiful summer home where they unwind from the normal, hectic life back home. The summer house needed an uplift so they hired…

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Downsizing Is A Tough Decision

So, it’s that time in your life where all the kids are gone and on they’re own. The beautiful home you bought to bring up your children, and have extensively remodeled over the last 10 years is too big for the two of you and too expensive to keep up and you are thinking about downsizing. I probably hear this at least two times every week from frustrated clients who struggle with the decision that it might be time to downsize.   Making a life-changing decision like downsizing is hard to swallow for all of us baby boomers. Let’s face it,…

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1980’s Kitchen Update

Modern Makeover I think we can all relate to the 1980’s kitchen in the light oak cabinets, laminated tops with a wood edge and the drab colors that surrounded that era. I’ve even seen where people tried to paint the cabinets to give the kitchen another look and feel. Unfortunately the kitchen layout and functionality still disappoints them in every way. I came across some clients a couple of years ago that were just fed up with their 1980’s kitchen. They had started the renovations in the home a few years prior with a bathroom and living room. It was…

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Time For A New Kitchen? Dream First™ With Houzz Pro, Wood Palace Kitchens

One of the most important aspects of designing a kitchen is to Dream First™ and that is exactly what we suggest to our clients when they begin the process of updating their kitchen. It is important to know what you like and what feeling you want in any new room you are thinking about adding or refreshing in your home. But it is just as important to know what you don’t like and it is often easier to come up with a list of things you don’t care for than it is to come up with a list of things…

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Keeping Up With Kitchen Decorating Trends

A Simple Way To Keep Up With Kitchen Decorating Trends Each year interior decorating trends change, furniture styles change, appliance styles and even appliance colors change. The changes stem from the colors and styles that come out of the fashion industry which introduces new trends each season. Although interior decorating trends change a little more slowly than fashion, you want to be sure your decorating doesn’t become dated before it’s time. So how do you stay up to date and keep your style fresh and updated?  There is an easy, fun and inexpensive way to keep your kitchen up to…

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