Kitchen Design

Creating the Perfect Family Home

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Summer is almost over, and next month kids will be heading back to school. While most parents are initially excited at the thought of having the house to themselves again, many will soon realize that the busyness of back-to-school season will mean more and more evenings and weekends with an empty house. However, if you’re building or remodeling your home, you have the perfect opportunity to make your house the place to be for after-school study sessions, weekend sleepovers and family gatherings.

For instance, having a small, cramped kitchen can create a stressful environment for after-school snacking or holiday dinner preparation. If you are planning for a kitchen full of activity, make sure you’ll have plenty of counter space, lots of storage options and easy-to-use hardware. If you’re remodeling, the designers at Norfolk Idea Center can help you find the perfect custom cabinets to work with the shape of your existing space without sacrificing style.

Or, if you’re the host of the holiday season or weekend movie nights, increase your home’s comfort level by providing good seating options, customizable lighting and a cozy fireplace.

And for those who love spending time outdoors, sprucing up your backyard with a new deck and plenty of outdoor seating will create the perfect environment for dinners, parties and bonfires as the weather cools off.

There are endless options when it comes to creating a family-friendly home, but you don’t have to make the decisions on your own. Norfolk Idea Center is equipped with products from trusted brands, the knowledge to help you pick the right design options for your family. Visit us at 350 W 22nd St #101b in Norfolk to browse our selection, or call (757) 351-4550 to schedule a design consultation.

May Is The Perfect Month To Remodel Your Kitchen

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For many years, kitchen remodeling has reigned supreme as one of the most popular home renovation projects. It is also one of the first spaces potential buyers look at when searching for a new place. Here at the Norfolk Idea Center., we know a well-organized, updated kitchen with plenty of storage is a great asset to any home. If you are thinking about sprucing up your kitchen to sell, first take a look at what’s trending in the world of kitchens.

Storage Walls
If you want a more open, spacious kitchen, being smart with your storage is key. One trend that has become popular is the kitchen storage wall. A storage wall takes the place of upper cabinets, which is what opens up the room and gives the kitchen a breezier feel. Another advantage is that it allows you to condense a lot of storage into one spot, which frees up more space for prep work and improves the flow of the kitchen due to the convenience of having the majority of your supplies in one location.

White or Neutral Colors
The demand for white cabinets is still going strong, showing that this kitchen trend has staying power that will probably continue for years to come. White countertops, white backsplashes, and and even white appliances complete the look of a cool white kitchen, with many homeowners preferring white over stainless steel appliances because they are easier to keep clean and smudge-free. If you want a little more color, grey is a neutral option for sunny climates, and it also works well when paired with warm wood and bright colors to bring life to kitchens in cooler climates. Whites and neutrals are preferable if you’re trying to sell your home, as brighter, bolder colors can be a turnoff to buyers who don’t have the same taste in colors.

LED Lights
Another trend that has made its way to kitchens is the use of LED lights. These low-heat, highly energy-efficient lights are extremely versatile. Common places they can be found in kitchens are along crown moldings to give ceilings a soft glow, under upper cabinets to light up countertops, and inside cabinets and hutches to highlight china and other special collections. They also work well to light up the deep recesses of kitchen cabinets, where it can be hard to see into dark corners.

If you are ready to transform your kitchen with a new look, give the Norfolk Idea Center Design Team a call today! Our design specialists will answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and help you design a gorgeous, functional kitchen.

Six Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

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Spring is here and with it comes new growth, fresh scents, and bright colors. Naturally, we want to bring that feeling of fresh and new into our homes. From big design changes to little ones, spring is a great time to spruce up your home!

Try some of these design ideas for your next home spring spruce up.

1. Spring is a great time to brighten your kitchen with new cabinets or countertops! If you want to change it up just a bit, try something as simple as adding new drawer pulls can give a clean and new feel to your cabinets. As the day light sticks around longer, why not bring that light inside with innovative lighting to enhance the beauty of your kitchen? Photo Credit Bryan Sebring

2. Your carpets can get well-worn and dirty over the winter months. Spring is a great time to replace your carpet with a hard surface. From hardwood to the newest vinyl tiles, this flooring choice is easy to clean, update your look, and add value to your home.  Photo Credit Boa-Frank

3. Sometimes sprucing up your home is as simple as adding a pop of color. New pillows, throws, or even a painted accent wall can go a long way to brighten your space. Choosing the perfect bouquet of accent pieces is an easy way to bring spring inside.   Photo Credit Monik Markus

4. Change fabrics for a bright and airy feel. Try a new bedcover with clean, crisp spring colors or new towels to spruce up your bathroom. Photo Credit Lisa Clark

5. Letting natural light in improves your mood and gives your space a sunny feel. Spring is the perfect time to get new windows, or you can choose to add new shades, blinds, shutters or sheers to your existing windows! The right choice can help bring the sun of spring in and dark of winter out. Photo Credit Roger Mommaerts

6. New ceiling fans and updated light fixtures always add a fresh feel to a room. Try lighter colors rather than dark woods. A bright white table lamp ceiling, fan, or white pendulum lighting may be just the thing to freshen up your room. Photo Credit Mary Walker

Sprucing up your home for spring can be as easy or involved as you want it to be.  It may be as simple as helping you to pick new fabrics and paint, or as involved as choosing new flooring or cabinets.

Either way, this Spring The Norfolk Idea Center is ready to help you make those important design choices. Call today and let’s get started!

It’s Time to Love Your Kitchen (or Bath)

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You loved your home when you purchased it, right? So why is it every time you walk into your kitchen (or bath or any other space in your home) you feel dissatisfied? Like this homeowner, have you lost that loving feeling? We love this write-up from a local woman who discovered the Norfolk Idea Center.

When I purchased my home, I loved the layout of my kitchen. The countertops and cabinets were in good shape and functional.  But after a little more than a decade of being married to them, the magic was gone.  The cabinets were getting worn and the countertops were as out of date as a 90’s boy band. My kitchen needed a face-lift. I wanted to love my kitchen again. Read More