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New Kitchen Cabinet Colors and Driftwood Grey Stains - 2018

Are you ready for some COLOR, we sure are! We are still only in Q1 of 2018, but we have already noticed a sea change in the industry toward bold pops of color as well as nature inspired tones in kitchen cabinetry. White and Off-white shades paired with a shaker style inset cabinet door will most likely remain the classic choice in our geographic area, but we are very excited to see clients embracing some new colors in their kitchen remodel choices.

Displayed above is one of our new sample swatches in Fossil Gray for our clients who are considering a greige cabinet paint color, but want some extra definition to make the door style pop!

Driftwood Trend for Kitchen Cabinets

Driftwood has also been a style that has been gaining popularity this year. Below is a recent kitchen project we completed in Darien CT. Our client selected one of our newly released Driftwood stains with Pewter Grey glazing on Quarter Sawn White Oak. We also extended the existing cabinetry to the ceiling for a formal look. Paired with the sleekness of stainless steel, this kitchen was completely transformed all without a rip-out/replacement and while saving all other surfaces.

Give us a call today or contact us to take a look at these trending new stains and paints in the comfort of your own home! 

Wondering How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor? Read These Top 3 Tips!

Ackley Cabinet - Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor

Choosing a Qualified

Home Remodeling Contractor

With summer here, it's that time of year to start organizing your home improvement projects and getting ready to tackle those areas. You researched tirelessly online, developed a list of companies to call, gathered at least 3 estimates and now what?

Before you pull the trigger, check out our below top 3 recommended tips to ensure you hire the right contractor so your project runs smoothly without a hitch:

  1. Check for Appropriate Licenses: Nothing is worse than hiring a home improvement professional and starting work, soon after to find out they are either not licensed for their trade or it was revoked by the state. We always recommend asking the contractor/company to show you a current copy of their home improvement license with the date of expiration. You can also easily lookup licenses online now and search by name (click here for CT and here for NY). While on the topic, it would also be a good time to ask for proof of insurance to ensure you are protected. 
  2. Call Recent References: This is a biggie that separates out the true professionals. Be sure ask for at least 3 recent customers (meaning the past 2 - 6 months) you can contact. If the contractor seems uncomfortable or cannot easily give you names, that should be your red flag that their work might not be up to par. Remember: satisfied clients are usually willing to chat on the phone and detail their experiences with that professional (both good and bad), so you can make the best informed decision.
  3. Ask to Visit a Finished Project: A photo may be worth a thousand words, but we believe nothing compares to actually seeing the finished product up close in person. Contractors that are proud of their work and stand by the quality will be more happy to show it off to you. Even if the contractor can only arrange a showing of a project from a couple months/years prior, the added benefit there is that you can see how the product held up with daily usage. 

With any home improvement or remodeling project, you always want to make sure you are contracting with licensed professionals to avoid any hiccups with quality or service.

If remodeling the kitchen or updating your cabinets is on your summer "To-Do" list, give us a call today or click here to get started! We would be happy to stop by and show you our offerings to completely transform your kitchen space. 

What is Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling and How is it Different from New Cabinets & Cabinet Refacing?

In general, people know they can rip-out and replace all their kitchen cabinets, or reface/resurface or paint them if they just want to “spruce them up”. However, many people are falling somewhere in the middle, where they don’t see the need to tear-out their good cabinets, but they want a completely new look with high-quality custom products.

Ackley Cabinet of Ridgefield CT - Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Best of Houzz 2016 - Ackley Cabinet LLC | Ridgefield CT

January 12, 2016 – Ackley Cabinet LLC of Ridgefield CT has won “Best Of Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The family owned kitchen remodeling and custom cabinet firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign oftheir commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Ackley Cabinet LLC, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Ackley Cabinet on Houzz to keep up to date on recent projects and completed kitchens. 

Keeping Your Eye On Design

Researching design ideas is an integral part of any kitchen remodeling project. When looking at different pictures you can start to draw elements from each by learning a few important facets that lead to the overall style of the kitchen.

Cabinets, and their resulting style, are made up of many small pieces fit together, with different combinations leading to different results. The major aspects of any kitchen are:

  • Wood color and/or paint color

  • Door and drawer front style

  • Hinging type

  • Moulding style

  • Detailed embellishments

  • Hardware choice

When a kitchen draws your attention keep these points in mind, as they will help you better understand what elements make up your preferences. Ackley Cabinet can combine the many options available to finish with the kitchen of your dreams, or simply match an existing style you have pulled out of a magazine (most often using a combination of the two!).

Call us today and schedule your in-home design consultation! We will go over all of these options, and help you make a decision on what will best suit your home and budget.