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Best Cabinetry Styles For Small Bathrooms

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Whether you’re turning a closet into a half bath, or you just happen to buy a home with a small bathroom, you know the challenge and frustration that comes with trying to design a functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing room with little to no space. Every decision you try to make turns into a compromise with the walls, pipes, and square footage of the room. Fitting cabinets into these spaces can seem like an impossible task, but with the proper forethought, measurements, and a bit of creativity combined with technical skills, you can add cabinets into any size bathroom.

Flat style cabinets

Flat style cabinets are an ideal choice for smaller bathrooms. They are simple and minimalistic in their design. They are typically constructed of wood or laminate and can be purchased in a huge variety of sizes, colors and sheens so that they can fit into any space and match any aesthetic.

Wall mounted vanity cabinets

Vanity cabinets are a great way to fit a lot of storage into a small space. In order to open up your space and add a flow to the room, you can wall mount your vanity cabinet. If you need more storage simply add wicker baskets or boxes and store them below.

Custom cabinetry

The best way to utilize every square inch of space in your bathroom is to install custom cabinetry. Custom-style cabinetry allows homeowners to consult with professionals to come up with the perfect design that looks amazing and saves as much space as possible. By extending shelving, lengthening cabinets, and coming up with little tips and tricks that professionals will be able to apply, this is the best way to make sure that you’ve utilized your space properly and have created a design that you and your family will be happy with for years to come.

If you have any questions about cabinetry styles for small bathrooms, feel free to reach out to the friendly experts at Naffco Floors and interiors. You can give us a call at (813) 254-4066, or stop into one of our 3 locations in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. We’ll be happy to set up a completely free, no obligation consultation with you any time!

How To Make Your Kitchen Cabinets Look More Expensive

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Your kitchen cabinets are a very big investment. They take up a ton of area in the room and are a main focal point. You definitely don’t want them to look cheap or shabby. Of course, applying a new layer of paint can update your cabinets, and add new layers of depth and “feel” to your kitchen, but what are some other tips and tricks to make your kitchen cabinets look better than ever? Here are a few from the experts at Naffco Floors & Interiors:

Add Crown Molding

Dressing up your cabinets with some upper trim creates a much more sophisticated look. This relatively cheap and easy installation makes your cabinets look much more upscale and expensive. It helps blend the cabinets in with the wall and ceiling, rather than having them look like boxes set against the wall.

Update cabinet handles

This is a quick, cheap, and simple way to give your kitchen a little refresh. You can go with a more modern and sleek stainless steel, or a more vintage/retro look by choosing rustic wood. You can always purchase a few, try them out, and return the ones you don’t use. Whatever choice you make, it will freshen up your cabinets and give them a more expensive look.

Paint the walls

You can certainly paint your cabinets to try and update them, but you can also start by painting the walls. Use a color that will compliment the color of your kitchen cabinets to make them look better. If you have a dark or eccentric color on your cabinets use a neutral color like white, eggshell, light gray, or greige. If your cabinets are neutral, you can go for a more creative color. Use blue or green to add a calm tone to your room or yellow or red to warm it up.

If you have any questions about cabinets, kitchen remodeling, or anything else, feel free to talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members at one of Naffco’s 3 locations in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Or give us a call at (813) 254-4066. We’ll be happy to set up a completely free, no obligation consultation.

Vintage-Style Cabinetry Trending in 2019

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If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen in 2019, you’re probably going to be doing a lot of research online and in stores. When designing your home you want to create a space that makes you happy, comfortable and that you’re proud to share with your friends and family. You also need to think long-term. Are you going to stay in this house for the rest of your life, or are you going to sell it? Is that going to happen in 5 years? 20 years? There are many things to consider.

Your cabinets take up a huge percentage of available space in your kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms. They are major focal fixtures in your home and are absolutely vital when it comes to functionality. It’s important to consider both of these aspects when choosing cabinetry; they should be a balance of aesthetically pleasing and functional for your needs. They are a hefty investment so they should also be able to last for years to come.

One popular trend we’re seeing in 2019 is an emphasis on vintage and traditional cabinetry. Many homeowners are moving to more “personalized” design styles, such as rustic, vintage, farmhouse chic, eclectic, etc.Vintage cabinets are a great addition to any of these styles, and can really bring out the personality of the homeowner, and convey the history of the house.

We are starting to see a huge number of people adding vintage-style furniture and appliances to contemporary and modern designs. Cabinetry is one of the easiest and most elegant ways to harmonize vintage and modern. Large glass windows provide homeowners the ability to show off their valued possessions in a stylish way. Open shelving is becoming more and more common in all types of design. Eccentric colors are making their way into spaces in ways we haven’t seen in decades. All of these factors make vintage cabinets a trend that’s going to last.

If you have any cabinetry questions, please feel free to stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts. Or give us a call at (813) 254-4066. You can set up a free, no obligation consultation!

7 Steps to Create a Budget For Kitchen Upgrades

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Remodeling your kitchen is a very big undertaking. It takes a large amount of planning, time, energy, and of course, money. One of the most important (and frustrating) parts of updating your home is budgeting. Without an accurate budget, you could wind up in serious financial trouble. Here are 7 steps to creating a precise budget.

1. Come up with a total maximum cost

And stick to it! This is the baseline for the entire process. Figure out how much money you have coming in, and how much you can afford to spend based on your means. It’s important to be honest and accurate about this number, as the entire budget depends on it.

2. Create a spreadsheet

Meticulous detail is the best way to make sure you’re sticking to your budget. If you don’t have a spreadsheet, and just try to keep a number in your head, it’s likely you’ll lose track or forget about things. Documenting every cost negates this possibility.

3. Break down the costs

Do research on each project and familiarize yourself with the total percentage of costs associated with each job. Get quotes from multiple contractors to get a sense of how much you’ll be paying for labor. 

4. Set aside 20% for surprises

You’ll encounter plenty of surprises when remodelling your home. And it’s never a buried treasure. It’s usually outdated electrical or hidden rot. Be sure to leave some wiggle room to cover the unexpected. 

5. Prioritize 

What is most important to YOU? What projects will give you the most satisfaction and happiness upon completion. These are the tasks that should be done first, in case you max out your budget, you’ll still have the top things accomplished.

6. Know exactly how you’ll pay

There are several ways to pay for a kitchen remodel, from cash to credit to loans. Figure out a plan that works for you effectively and efficiently and don’t stray from the plan.

7. Factor in additional costs

You’re going to be eating out a lot more. Some people even leave their home and stay somewhere else while their home is under construction. Be sure to prepare for all of these additional factors.

If you have any questions about kitchen remodels, feel free to stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations and speak with a friendly and knowledgeable staff member today.

Top Kitchen Cabinet Colors

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Cabinets take up a huge percentage of kitchen space and are often a focal point of the room. If you’re not pleased with their color, you’re definitely going to get sick of them in no time. Whether you’re looking to install a completely new set, or just trying to spruce up your kitchen, choosing the perfect color for your kitchen cabinets should be a top priority.

There are tons of different colors that work well with kitchen cabinets, but because they take up so much space, you need to pay particular attention to the balance and contrast in your kitchen. Take into account all of the items and colors in the room. Walls, counters, backsplash, flooring, appliances, and any additional decor should be taken into consideration. 

If you have a lot of color in these other features, it’s best to choose white or another neutral color like dark gray, light gray, greige (gray/beige), or eggshell. Neutral colors help ground your space, add light and a calming tone in one of the busiest rooms in the house.

If you don’t want a neutral color, or enjoy a more playful palette, you have a number of options.

If you’re looking to add warmth to your kitchen, yellow is a common go-to color for kitchen cabinets. It creates a cheerful atmosphere, and brightens up your space. There are many shades, from soft and buttery to pastel to electric lemonade. Yellow is an energizing color that looks great in many kitchens.

If you’re looking too add a cool color, blue is one of the most popular choices. It is a very versatile color, and can lend different tones depending on the shade. Lighter hues can create a fresh, airy, and ethereal tone, while darker blues are a great way to add a little color in a modern design. 

Green is another color that can have different effects on your kitchen depending on the shade you choose. They tend to look great in spaces with a lot of white. Light, earthy greens provide a more neutral tone, while mint, lime, and emerald green really make the space pop, and can brighten up a space.

If you have any questions about kitchen cabinets, give Naffco a call at (813) 254-4066 or stop into one of our stores to speak with a friendly expert today.

DIY Countertop Mistakes To Avoid

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DIY culture has been on the rise in recent years. More people than ever before are taking to online forums to try to do as much remodeling as possible on their own. When done properly, this can save you a lot of money, as well as add a feeling of pride and accomplishment in your home. However, if you try to undertake a project that isn’t within your abilities, you could wind up wasting a large amount of time and money, and still have to hire a professional to do it.

Countertops are one of the more expensive items when it comes to home renovation. Which makes the idea of installing them yourself very attractive. If you can manage to pull it off, you can save a pretty hefty chunk of change. However, with such an important and big-budget project, any mistake could wind up costing you even more than if you had just had a professional install them. We advise not to try this at home. Here are a few mistakes that could wind up ruining your remodeling budget.

Mismatched materials

When ordering materials yourself, from cabinets to countertops to sinks to dishwashers, it can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you’re trying to do it all yourself. There’s nothing more frustrating than finally having all the components you need and realizing that they don’t match or fit. Professionals know exactly what to buy and what to avoid and will save you the headache of hours of research and failed attempts. 

Wrong measurements

Countertop installation requires a number of very precise measurements. One mistake and they won’t fit. Then you need to return the entire slab and get a new one, costing you a lot of money and effort.

Dropping the slab

This is a worst-case scenario, and it’s far more common than you think. Countertops are heavy, and without the proper transportation, strength, and knowledge, it’s easy to drop and break your material. Not only is this an extremely expensive accident, but it is also incredibly dangerous. 

When it comes to countertops, it’s best to let the professionals handle it. Call Naffco today at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free consultation or stop into one of our stores to speak with a friendly expert today.

Protecting Countertops In Your Bathroom

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Of all the rooms in your home, your bathrooms are one of the most susceptible to damage. This is due to the high contrast of temperatures and the intense amount of moisture in the air. They also are high traffic areas that get used multiple times every day. Without proper care and maintenance, your bathroom can become a hotbed for germs, bacteria, and even toxic mold. It’s important to have a regular cleaning schedule in place and take certain steps to make sure that your bathroom stays clean and healthy.

If you have countertops in your bathroom, or plan on installing them, you should definitely focus on protecting them. They are a costly investment, and you don’t want to have to repair or replace them. Here are some tips to make sure that your bathroom countertops last for years to come:

Seal them properly

When purchasing countertops, make sure that they come pre-sealed. If they don’t, and you don’t immediately seal them, it could lead to long term damage. Porous materials like granite may be naturally water resistant, but if moisture does get trapped in them it could be bad news. Be sure to talk to an expert to determine whether your new countertops are good to go or need to be sealed. They should also get resealed about once a year, depending on wear and tear. 

Clean them properly

Be sure to use low acidic cleaners, and never use bleach or ammonia. Usually warm water and soap will do the trick. Be sure to have a dry towel around to wipe up excess water so that it doesn’t soak into the counter.

Install proper ventilation

This is a good idea if you want to protect your countertops and literally everything else in your bathroom. Steam, drips, and spills are a part of daily life in your bathroom, and they can all have an adverse affect on your counters, flooring, walls and cabinetry. Ventilation, whether it’s a high power suction fan, or a small window, will help make sure your bathroom stays dry.

If you’re looking to install countertops in your bathroom, or have any questions on how to maintain them, stop into one of Naffco Flooring and Interiors 3 locations in Tampa Bay, or speak with a friendly professional by calling (813) 254-4066. 

Is White A Good or Bad Color For Kitchen Countertops?

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When it comes to kitchen countertops, white can seem a bit counterintuitive (pun intended). Why would you choose a color that would show every spill and crumb that gets away from you. Your kitchen counters are one of the most used features of your home, and they should be designed with function in mind.

However there are a number of varieties of white countertops, and they are actually some of the most sought after materials. There are many reasons people absolutely LOVE white kitchen countertops.

  • They make the room extra bright. White countertops reflect natural and overhead lighting like nothing else. 
  • They make the space feel bigger. The additional brightness creates a feeling of openness in the room that can turn even the smallest kitchen into an inviting space.
  • They are elegant. If you want a luxurious look in your kitchen, this is the way to go. 
  • They are modern. If you have a modern or minimalist style, white countertops look absolutely stunning.

If you decide to go with white countertops, you have a number of options to choose from. You can go with a pure white design or a softly veined and flecked finish. You also have a number of materials to choose from:

Quartz

Quartz countertops are definitely one of the most coveted types on the market. It’s gentle, multi-tonal gray flecks are absolutely stunning. It’s also one of the most durable materials, being naturally heat and scratch resistant.

White Marble

White marble is probably the most luxurious type of countertop available. It is the lightest white stone, and is naturally cool to the touch. If you’re looking for elegance, white marble is the way to go.

Laminate

Laminate is the most budget-friendly option when it comes to white counters. In the past, laminate countertops were scoffed at, however modern laminate options have come a long way. A good laminate brand will be able to mimic the look of quartz or marble. They are not as heat or scratch resistant, but they can give you a luxurious look for a lower price.

If you have any questions about white kitchen countertops, feel free to stop into one of our 3 locations in the Greater Tampa Bay Area to browse your options and speak with a friendly professional. Or you can give us a call to schedule a free, no obligation consultation at (813) 254-4066. 

Affordable Countertops That Look Expensive

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Your countertops are a big budget item that will have a huge affect on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. They also see a ton of daily use. They should be built to last, and are one of the most common “splurge” purchases when it comes to a home remodel.

In the past it was heavily advised against to go with cheaper options for countertops. Granite, marble, and quartz were the epitome of design due to their elegance and durability. However, in 2019, design technology has come such a long way that there are a number of less expensive options that look just as luxurious as their more expensive counterparts. Here are some new options that are becoming more and more popular:

Laminate

Many people tend to shy away from laminate options when it comes to choosing their countertops due to the stigma that they are cheap, flimsy, and tacky. However new laminate countertops have come a long way. They are often nearly indistinguishable from granite or quartz, and the plastics used nowadays can last for decades. True, they aren’t as scratch or heat resistant as granite or quartz, but a nice cutting board, hot pads, and pan holders can easily solve this problem at a much, much lower price.

Wood

Wood usually isn’t the first material you think of when it comes to kitchen counters. But these days butcher block countertops are rising in popularity. If they are installed and treated properly they go well with any type of kitchen from farmhouse chic to modern. They offer a large variety of shades to match all colors as well. The elegant look you get for such a reasonable price makes wood counters hard to resist. The main drawback is that they do require a fair amount of maintenance. They need to be washed and oiled monthly if you want them to last for years.

If you have any questions on how to achieve a luxurious look at an affordable price, stop into one of Naffco’s 3 locations, or call us at (813) 254-4066. You can schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn everything you need to know about kitchen countertops.

When To Splurge And When To Save on Countertops

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If you’re remodeling your home, you’re in for a number of big decisions. Each change adds up, and they add up quickly. Deciding where to splurge and where to save is hugely important and will determine whether you finish right at, under, or over your budget.

Your kitchen is one of the most important  parts of any remodel. Kitchen’s are referred to as the “heart” of the home. They should reflect you and your family’s personality and lifestyle. It’s important to follow your heart when designing your ideal kitchen. However, this is often the most expensive room to remodel, and it’s equally important to follow your budget. 

Countertops are a hefty investment, and you might be tempted to try to find something cheaper to save a chunk of your budget. However, your kitchen counters see more wear and tear than almost any other feature of your home, and are often used as the main focal point of the room. So our advice to you is to splurge when it comes to countertops.

Your countertops should be one of the first investments you make when it comes to your kitchen, and be the baseline for your other purchases. Cabinets, furniture, and paint colors can all be based on your decision. Because they are such a big budget item, you should choose a countertop that is going to last.

Granite, marble and quartz are the most popular and luxurious options. They are strong, durable, scratch and heat resistant and have a timeless elegance that cannot be matched. However they are quite pricey.

Laminate countertops come in at a much lower cost than granite or quartz, but are not quite as durable. You will not be able to put a hot pan on these countertops. However, modern laminate has come a long way. They look almost indistinguishable from quartz or granite, and also can be purchased in a number of different colors and patterns. If you do need to try and stay budget friendly when it comes to countertops, go for a high end laminate option.

Naffco Floors and Interiors is here to answer any other questions you might have about countertops, cabinetry and flooring if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen. Call us at (813) 254-4066 or stop into one of our 3 locations to talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.