Posted by & filed under Kitchen Design, News.

Beaver Creek Project -1

Design by

Kim Foutz

Cabinetry

Wynnbrooke

Wood Species

Rustic Beech

 


Click the images below to view the gallery


Filter Gallery
All
(
items)
Kitchen
(
items)
Bathroom
(
items)
Basement
(
items)
Entertainment Centers
(
items)
Laundry Room
(
items)
Other
(
items)

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Patrick Fox

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Patrick FoxPatrick is a 7-year-old boy who was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in November 2013. ALL is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). Leukemia may affect red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. He receives treatment at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, which will continue until November.

He has a younger brother Brady, who is four. His mother Emily is a social worker at Banner Health and his father Terry just started his own business in acupuncture.

Patrick receives chemotherapy 1-2 times a month. The experience has been difficult on the entire family and recently, Brady commenced play therapy due to his struggle to cope with Patrick’s cancer. The entire family has benefitted from therapy, however the cost is high and added to this are the typical burdens that cancer places (e.g. transportation, cost of insurance, etc.)

Caruso Family Charities is assisting with mortgage to allow the family to support their emotional needs by attending counseling to help them cope with the diagnosis and implications.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Look Spacious

Posted by & filed under Blog.

Your kitchen plays an important role in the dynamic of your home. After all, everyone loves a good meal, and there’s something comforting about cooking in a beautiful, organized, spacious kitchen. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can still use the area to its full advantage. Here are 10 ways to make a small kitchen look bigger.

Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Look Spacious

Generally speaking, a room appears smaller because of the way it is set up. There are numerous ways to trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it actually is. You can maximize space in your kitchen by taking the following steps.

1. Use light colors.

Did you know that light, neutral colors can make a small space appear far more open? Bright neutrals have come into style over the last several years and are particularly beautiful in kitchens.

2. Avoid strong visual contrasts.

Sharp contrasts between colors and patterns tend to draw the eye to one place, making a room appear more cramped. Keeping everything in the same color family prevents that from occurring.

3. Use accent lighting.

Examples of accent lighting include candlelight, cabinet lighting, extra overhead lighting, etc. During the day, natural light does its job, but during the evening, accent lightning really helps brighten things up.

4. Opt for taller cabinets.

Not only do taller cabinets draw the eye upward instead of outward, but they also utilize extra wall space and increase your storage. The more storage you have, the less clutter there is to make the kitchen appear smaller.

5. Eliminate clutter.

Along the same lines, it is important to eliminate clutter as much as possible. Extra items on counters and in cabinets reduce elbow room and lend a cramped feeling to the kitchen. In order to reduce clutter, try to have a specific place for everything and everything in its place.

6. Use reflective materials.

A decorative mirror or reflective wall tiles also increase the spacious feel of a kitchen. This is a decorating trick that has long been used by interior designers. It is simple, but it works!

7. Install glass doors.

Glass doors leading to your cabinets or pantry also trick the eye into thinking the kitchen is spacious. Just make sure you keep your cabinets and pantry organized!

8. Allow plenty of natural light.

If your kitchen does not already have windows or a skylight (in the case of a one-story home), consider renovating and putting one in. Natural light instantly brightens up an area and makes it appear more spacious.

9. Borrow space.

Depending on your home’s layout, you can borrow space from other areas. For instance, if your kitchen is walled in, consider turning that wall into a half-wall so that the room feels less closed off.

10. Hire a great designer that will bring it all together.

Ultimately, a great designer is one of the easiest ways to maximize your kitchen space and functionality. Colors, materials, cookware, flooring, etc. all play a huge role in your kitchen’s “feel,” and a great designer will bring each factor together in a beautiful way.

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Ella Silvester

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Ella SilvesterElla Silvester is an 8-year-old girl diagnosed with Extrarenal Rhabold, an extremely rare and aggressive tumor. Ella’s disease is extremely widespread and the prognosis for this disease yields survival rates of less than 5%. At the moment, she is undergoing radiation to two metastatic sites (brain and abdomen) as a palliative measure to try to slow the progression of these lesions. Her future treatment course remains undetermined.

Ella lives with her parents, Kimberli and Jonathon, and her three brothers in Evergreen. Her mother stays home to care for them and her father works full-time as an engineer. Given the diagnosis and real potential for terminal diagnosis, Jonathan has taken a leave of absence from work for the foreseeable future to spend precious time with his daughter. This time away from work will be unpaid, and therefore, any support that can be offered is greatly appreciated, not just financially, but also emotionally as they face the devastation of this disease.

Caruso Family Charities is assisting the family with living expenses during this difficult and precious time.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 4

Posted by & filed under Blog.

White cabinets are a great way to accentuate the natural light in your kitchen, as well as make your kitchen appear bigger and brighter. However, your countertops are equally important. Which countertops pair best with white cabinets, and how can you know what type is right for you?

Choose a Theme

Before you make a countertop selection, it is important to narrow down your preferences. Take a good look at your house as a whole. Are you drawn toward neutral colors, natural materials, bright pops of color, or modern materials? Generally speaking, you will take one of two aims regarding your countertops.

Neutral

Neutral countertops will blend in with your white cabinets and lend an open, spacious feeling to your kitchen. A neutral theme can be purely white, white with tan, gray, or pale splashes of color. Usually, it is best to keep a neutral theme all throughout the home rather than in just one area.

Contrast

A contrasting theme can either begin with a neutral color palette or with a bright color palette. The idea is simply to contrast your colors and materials in order to draw the eye toward statement pieces. It is important to be careful with contrasting color schemes, as they can make rooms appear smaller and more cramped. However, the occasional contrasting color pairs well with a mostly neutral color scheme.

Which Countertops Go Best with White Cabinets?

So, which countertops complement white cabinets? While the color of your countertops is largely determined by your overall color scheme, we suggest that you consider the following materials for your countertops.

1. Marble

Marble is an elegant countertop material that comes in numerous styles and colors. If you are going for a neutral theme, then a white and gray marble makes for a beautiful, elegant choice. If you like a less modern look, marble might not be right for you. However, it is versatile and pairs wonderfully with white cabinets.

2. Corian

Corian is made up of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. It is a durable material that, like marble, comes in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. If you have white cabinets, a tan or light brown Corian countertop provides a cozy, comfortable look. It also pairs well with warm or natural lighting.

3. Granite

A classic choice of countertop material is granite. Marbled granite is durable, affordable, and goes great with every type of cabinet. A dark-gray or black granite provides some contrast with the white cabinets if you prefer a more contrasting color scheme.

4. Wood

Wood countertops are growing increasingly popular, especially when paired with white cabinets. A wooden accent lends a rustic, traditional feeling to a home, and it can go a long way in warming up your kitchen.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Additionally, you should keep the following factors in mind when selecting a type of countertop for your kitchen.

  • Durability
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Cost
  • Lifespan
  • Trendiness

Ultimately, you need to weigh your personal preferences and tastes with the current trend of a style. Will a certain material be popular in 10 years? How will it affect your resale value if you intend to move later? As with all things, make sure everything is in balance.

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 1
What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 2
What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 3
What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 4
What are the Best Countertops to Pair with White Cabinets? - Example 5

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Shaker

Posted by & filed under Blog.

If you are in the process of remodeling your kitchen, you might be wondering which type of cabinet to invest in. Ultimately, the cabinets you choose should reflect your personality as well as the theme of your home. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at these popular cabinet styles.

Keep in mind that this list of cabinet styles is not exhaustive. However, it does provide an excellent starting point for you to center in on a style that you love. The following are 4 popular kitchen cabinet styles for any home.

1. Shaker

Based on traditional Shaker-style furniture, Shaker cabinets feature clean lines and a minimalistic look. Much like a picture frame, each drawer and cabinet is framed by 4 pieces with a 5th flat piece acting as the “picture” in the middle. Shaker cabinetry is extremely versatile and goes well in kitchens of all types, including modern, rustic, large, and small. Additionally, Shaker cabinets look great in a wide variety of colors, making it easy to match your kitchen to the rest of your home. Or, you can create a kitchen that is a total contrast to the rest of your home! It’s all about the freedom to express creativity.

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Shaker

2. Traditional

For many people, traditional cabinets provide a feeling of warmth or nostalgia. Originally made popular in Europe, traditional cabinets often feature beautiful woods and rich earth tones. Decorative carvings typically add a little “flair” to the corners and knobs of the cabinets. Most of the time, traditional cabinets fit best in classic homes. They are beautiful without being overly sleek and modern, and they appeal to old and young alike.

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Traditional

3. Country or Farmhouse

The farmhouse look has grown increasingly popular in recent years, and cabinetry can help seal the deal. Generally speaking, country or farmhouse cabinets feature slightly distressed or reclaimed wood, often in varying shades of white, tan, and gray. Iron knobs provide additional decoration. Overall, the goal of a country cabinet is to create a bright, sunny feeling in the kitchen. Farmhouse cabinetry goes particularly well with hardwood flooring and lends an air of casualty to a home. The farmhouse look is great for entertaining!

Westwoods Estates Project

4. Modern

When it comes to modern cabinetry, the sleeker the better. Modern cabinets boast clean lines, sharp corners, and little decoration. Typically, modern cabinets come in shades of charcoal, black, navy, etc. Many homeowners pair their modern cabinets with stainless steel appliances and granite or Corian countertops. One benefit of a more modern look is the freedom to decorate with other items, as the cabinets won’t clash with additional ornamentation.

Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles - Modern

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Nicholas Skeers

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

Six-year-old Nicolas Skeers was born with a severe genetic mutation to the gene B3GALT6. His disorder is rare: only a few cases have been reported worldwide. It affects his bones and connective tissue. Nicolas can’t walk or talk. His mother Kimberly is a single mom. Since Nicolas is on a respirator and needs constant care, she doesn’t work. She’s been mostly homebound, since Nicolas doesn’t fit in a regular car seat. As the sole caregiver for her son, Kimberly has put aside caring for herself. Dental and medical exams have been lax for years.

Thanks to your donations, Caruso Family Charities is assisting with three months of rent, medical exams, dental exam, cleaning and x-rays for Kimberly and a custom-built car seat for Nicolas to help ease the burden. Nicolas gave us a huge smile when placed in his car seat for the first time.

About B3GALT6  
B3GALT6 mutations can cause severe multisystemic disorders that result in severe soft connective tissue malfunction and bone fragility with multiple early-onset fractures, skeletal abnormalities, and intellectual disability. The gene B3GALT6 is responsible for spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia with joint laxity type 1 and for several Ehlers-Danlos syndrome variants. It affects biological processes in various tissues, including skin, bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

Nathaniel Ybarra

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

Nathaniel Ybarra suffered from a rare brain formation disorder known as lissencephaly. Typically caused by a virus during the first trimester, lissencephaly results in the lack of development of brain folds. Children with lissencephaly generally have significant developmental delays, depending on the degree of brain malformation and seizure control. Nathaniel’s mom, Brianna was constantly at his side, while his dad, Ray, worked hard to make ends meet.

Sadly, the Ybarras lost Nathaniel just one week shy of his 1st birthday. The Ybarras have another son, Elijah, who is 3.

This little family struggled financially. Caruso Family Charities is assisting with living expenses, and burial expenses.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

Posted by & filed under Kitchen Design, News.

Westwoods Estates Project

Design by

Jared Caruso

Cabinetry

Wynnbrooke Cabinetry

Photographer

Libbie Holmes

 


Click the images below to view the gallery


Filter Gallery
All
(
items)
Kitchen
(
items)
Bathroom
(
items)
Basement
(
items)
Entertainment Centers
(
items)
Laundry Room
(
items)
Other
(
items)

What are the Best Kitchen Colors & Designs for Resale?

Posted by & filed under Blog.

Before you begin your kitchen remodel, remember to account for resale value. Depending on how soon you intend to resell your home (if ever), certain trends may prove to be a poor investment. With that in mind, let’s take a look at which kitchen colors and designs are best for resale?

Design Tips for Resale

If you plan to sell in the near future, sticking with today’s kitchen trends probably won’t hurt your resale value. However, if you plan to sell your home way down the road, make sure you choose something a little more timeless. Buyers’ shock in 10 years’ time will likely reduce the selling point of your home.

Here are our design tips when planning for home resale.

1. Stick with neutral and modern colors.

Neutral colors never go out of style simply because you can do anything with them. While bright prints and colors come and go, neutrals continue to be the backbone of valuable homes. Another benefit is you can decorate your home however you want with the neutral undertones highlighting your decor.

2. Go for a uniform look.

Make sure you find a theme and stick with it. Neat, tidy, and bright describe a home prime for reselling. Try to keep rooms from looking busy, instead drawing the eye to natural focal points. Furniture arrangement plays a key role in a home’s uniformity.

3. Don’t be afraid to throw in a little contrast.

One great way to draw the eye is to add a bit of contrast to your home. After all, uniformity doesn’t automatically equate to “boring.” Statement walls, contrasting throw pillows, colorful wall art, and unexpected patterns can all bring a delightful “contrast” to a room, spicing up its neutrality. The important thing is that the contrast is never permanent.

Of course, if you plan on staying in your home for the rest of your life, or you don’t mind a little renovation later, decorate to your heart’s content. Ultimately, your home should be as stylish, comfortable, fun, or colorful as you want it to be. Just make sure you examine the situation from every angle before settling on a theme or color scheme.

Which Kitchen Colors are Best?

You can always repaint later, so don’t feel like you have to choose one of these colors. However, the following colors tend to work best for resale, and they look great in a kitchen any day of the week.

White

Shades of white tend to brighten and open up a room, emphasizing natural lighting and making a kitchen appear larger than it actually is.

Gray

A soft shade of gray is another neutral that isn’t quite as stark and bright as white. You can pair gray with contrasting accents to bring the perfect balance between happy and subdued to your kitchen.

Blue

Blue is a beautiful, calming color that looks great in any room, especially when paired with soft shades of white or yellow.

Red

The color red has long been a favorite color for kitchens, bringing a cheerful pep to everyone’s favorite room. Red also tends to “pop” on its own, meaning little decor or effort is required to make the kitchen seem more lively.

Yellow

Yellow is a naturally happy color, but make sure you choose the right shade for your kitchen’s lighting. If the shade is too dark or harsh, it can cause headaches and make the room look outdated. Yellow looks especially lovely with gray.

Green

If you want to be adventurous and steer away from the norm, look for a beautiful shade of green. If you go with a darker green, use white as an accent. If you go with a light sage green, the room will naturally appear brighter and more cheerful.

How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?

If you’d like an expert design consultant to help you choose the perfect colors for your kitchen remodel, simply schedule a FREE in-home design consultation appointment. We’ll help you design a kitchen that will sell your home today, tomorrow, and long into the future.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.