Express Yourself with Espresso Cabinets

I love minimalism and subtlety — espresso cabinets are the epitome of just that.  Right now, the trend for kitchen cabinets is white, white, white, and as much as I appreciate white cabinetry, the upkeep can be an absolute nightmare.  For people like me (with three pets) and my friends (with young kids), the maintenance of light cabinets sounds like more work than I am willing to put in with my limited time.  
American Shaker Mocha Espresso Cabinet
The argument from several designers is that espresso is out, it is overdone, it can be too bold of a statement in a centrally focused room of a home.  However, I think it is all how you style a cabinet.  Take the Ginger Creek American Shaker in mocha.  At first glance, it is just a simple, dark cabinet, but upon closer inspection, I think the tones are rich and warm.  Those qualities coupled with unique design can turn these cabinets from simple to simply elegant, charming, sophisticated, subtle–whatever your style may be.  Here are some design ideas when shopping for espresso cabinets!

Modern Mocha

American Shaker Mocha Espresso Cabinet
Keeping this palette as neutral as possible, I am letting Cambria’s Praa Sands custom quartz countertop do all the talking for this kitchen design.  There is a lot of movement in the quartz, a beautiful variation of color, and strands of neutral tones complement the espresso cabinets.  Pairing it with the sleek geometry of the Elements Stanton pull and the clean lines of our metallic gray subway tile, this kitchen design is both refined and understated.
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Textured Tones

American Shaker Mocha Espresso Cabinet
If the espresso cabinets in this design were an outfit, the California gold legder panel backsplash would be its jewelry.  There is so much warmth and it is dense with a wild, outdoorsy character.  I wanted that to be the focal point and draw the eye up from the cabinetry to the natural beauty of the Colosseum Quartz countertop.  These countertops are extremely durable, resisting scratches, stains, and heat to remain looking beautiful for years.  Top the cabinets off with the Madison pull in the brushed oil rubbed bronze finish and you end up with a provincial kitchen with a posh twist.

Compromising Coupling

American Shaker Mocha Espresso Cabinet
A lot of the times, couples that are renovating houses cannot decide between their own two styles.  Nine times out of ten, a room’s design is going to eventually be based on one person’s idea.  Since a kitchen is one of the few gathering places in a home, it should be a destination for compromise.  This design idea is all about mixing elements.  From the urbane espresso cabinets to the rustic vibe of our custom built butcher block countertops, we can see there is a lot of masculine hints to the room.  I like the idea of blending that with dainty white penny backsplash and the rounder, softer Madison knob by Elements.  This makes for a beautiful half-and-half composition.

Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Katie Hager

Bathroom Style: 7 Styles For Your Next Remodel

Bathroom Style: 7 Styles For Your Next Remodel
We all know by now that a bathroom renovation is one of the first projects that new home owners dive into and that resellers know will give them a better return on investment. So, no matter the reason why you want to remodel your bathroom it’s a good idea to consider the bathroom style, whether it’s just to appeal to you or to potential home buyers.
The first thing you should know is that there are 7 main Bathroom Styles each with their own sub-styles. Every style has it’s flairs and it’s potential fallbacks, and not all of them will appeal to everyone. If you’re remodeling your bathroom for yourself then there’s not much to worry about. However, if you are designing to resell your home then you might want to be more cautious with picking a style that suits your taste instead of what might be trending or what might be timeless. With that, it’s also important to know that what’s trending now might not be in six months.

The Styles:

Traditional Bathroom Style

Traditional bathroom styles are the safe way to go if you’re remodeling to resell, it’s not too out there and it’s easy to add ones own touch. This can also be called the classic bathroom style. This style also tends to overlap in other categories as many of the designs are timeless rather than trendy. The style of traditional bathrooms comes from the 20th century crafts movement, historical, and mission style trends. Other traditional sub-styles that you will typically find are Farmhouse, Craftsman, and Mid-century trends. Farmhouse styles tend to lend themselves towards a more rustic style. Mid-century style bathrooms have a more modern appeal to them, it’s a very toned down but upscaled scandinavian look; and Craftsman bathrooms have an eclectic playfulness without being overwhelming bizzare. Choosing a traditional bathroom can be a pretty daunting task as a lot of it’s sub-styles encompass other trends.
Bathroom Style - Traditional

Rustic Bathroom Style

Rustic style anything is popular right now. This style might also tie in with country, industrial, and shabby-chic styles. While this style of bathroom decor is trending it might be easier to sell because of it’s popularity. Rustic design can be pinned by it’s use of reclaimed wood, textured surfaces and neutral / natural tones. It’s kind of like bringing that old barn you used to play in on your grandparents farm into your home. The use of industrial rustic will give the bathroom a more modern look using more metals and concrete.
Bathroom Style - Rustic
You can check out a previous blog we wrote all about this years rustic trend, here.

Modern Bathroom Style

Modern or Contemporary bathrooms are becoming the timeless style of this century. Some other styles that are associated with this movement are industrial –  which has sleek and polished metals and glass – and a lesser known design style called Scandinavian. Scandinavian bathrooms are categorized by it’s use of crisp, clean, angular lines, geometrical shapes and curves, neutral tones and spacial function.

Bathroom Style - Modern Scandinavian

A Modern Scandinavian bathroom style is categorized by it’s use of geometric shapes and lines.

Transitional Bathroom Style

Transitional bathrooms are another safe bet when reselling your home because they’re a fantastic compromise between the classic and modern styles. Bathrooms like these are modern takes on timeless trends, so there isn’t much to say other than it’s a great way to go. It’s all about balance.
Bathroom Style - Transitional

Romantic Bathroom Style

This is the bathroom style that makes you feel like a greek goddess taking a dip in a wide tub surrounded by marble accents, or a european princess relaxing in her clawfoot tub after the ball. Romantic baths are high in beauty and texture. Brocade or graphic wallpaper with complex patterns are popular, as are freestanding clawfoot tubs. Victorian style trends also fall under the romantic category because they use similar elements, although you’ll probably want to opt for some antique wood furniture pieces to complete the room. Bathrooms like these are the epitome of candlelight relaxation.

Eclectic Bathroom Style

Eclectic bathrooms are my personal favorite because I love expressing myself and I also love seeing someone reflected in their space. Eclectic baths are definitely better suited for the remodeler that is doing it all for themselves. They’re playful bathrooms that throw whatever appeals to you in the mix to come out a stylish space that reflects you. So go wild, mix and match styles, an eclectic bathroom is your playground to do with what you will. At this point you’re only restriction is going to be your budget – and maybe that has a bit of wiggle room as well.

As you can see Eclectic styles are so varied that there are some that are simple and quirky, then there are others that just go over the top! I think it’s a beautiful thing to see someones personality come out in a space!

Regional Bathroom Style

Have you ever been inspired by another country or scene that you were just awestruck and wouldn’t mind living there? Sure you have, everyone always wishes that they were someplace else. Regional bathrooms are your home away (but still inside) your home. You’ll find plenty of examples of Tuscan, Italian inspiration, Moroccan tile, Asian, or beach themed escapes. There are so many different regional inspirations you’ll just need to choose your favorite. This is probably another style that is better suited for someone who just wants to make the space their own. However, styling a bathroom to reflect the local region might be a good selling point, it really depends on where you are.

Bathroom Style - Regional, Moroccan

Yves Saint Laurent Moroccan Bath.


Perfect accent tile for Moroccan or beach bathroom.

There are so many bathroom styles to choose from that it can be either a fun or a daunting task to choose which one you’d want to pick for you bathroom remodeling project. Take this bathroom design quiz from Houzz to see what style you are! I got eclectic, and they couldn’t be more right! I hope that this has helped to clarify where your style may be leading you and your home and what could be the best step to take in making your bathroom as beautiful as it can be!
Builders Surplus is a full service remodeling company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, which comes as a free service to our clients. We sell building supplies ranging from unused surplus, to first quality in stock, to high end custom order and everything in between. We also provide measurement and full installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers we would encourage you to do so. Happy Remodeling!
Written By: Kat Flaherty

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets For Your Style

Choosing kitchen cabinets for your style can be tough, especially considering that there are too many styles to count. So how can you have any idea which cabinets will work with the look that you’re trying to achieve in your kitchen? Worry no more! Let us guide you through the world of cabinet doors, materials and colors to help you arrive in a place where your personal design style meets the right choice for your lifestyle. First things first. When choosing kitchen cabinets, you need to pinpoint the style that you are trying to achieve. If you don’t, no designer or remodeler will be able to help you appropriately (or without a lot of frustration). Some popular styles include:


Choosing kitchen cabinets in the farmhouse style will give you a simple, cozy, and nostalgic feel. Some cabinets that go well with this style include recessed beaded-board panel cabinets, such as Wellborn’s Harbor style.  You can also use a simple, yet elegant, shaker style cabinet to achieve this look. We offer unfinished shaker cabinets in store that are ready to be painted or stained to the color of your choice, seen here. Choosing Kitchen Cabinets in Farmhouse Style  


Choosing kitchen cabinets with a traditional feel has a lot to do with finding a high end, customized look. Find a style that resembles crown molding and has a furniture-like detail in the panels. Whether you opt for painted cabinets, stained or natural wood, the shape will lend an elegance to your space. The creamy look of Ginger Creek Cabinets’ Summit Antique White is the perfect blend of high end, without the stuffiness. Wellborn’s Hawthorn Cabinet is a great door to use in your entire kitchen, or simply as an accent. The “bling” does not look overdone and contributes to the elegant  look. Choosing kitchen cabinets with traditional or elegant style  


Choosing kitchen cabinets for the modern style is all about finding clean lines and minimalism. While there are occasionally pops of color, the tones of a modern room are typically more muted or neutral. You will see in the majority of modern kitchens a completely flat panel cabinet, like the Waypoint 730 Cherry Spice, once again emphasizing the seamless flow of the lines. Shaker cabinets are also seen in this style, but usually in darker colors, such as our Ginger Creek Java Shaker. Choosing kitchen cabinets in the modern style  


Choosing kitchen cabinets in the craftsman style is all about hand carved detail, warm wood tones, and natural finishes. This style is reminiscent of the early 1900’s, when homes were always made with this level of care, and held up incredibly well because of it. While natural wood tones are often found in craftsman style cabinets, color is also acceptable, but aim at using hues found in nature, bringing the beauty of the outside, in. The Sevill Square Cabinets have a beautiful greenish brown tone that make you feel as though your standing in the middle of a forest. The Waypoint 613 Natural Hickory are craftsman mixed with rustic, with an obvious grain in the natural wood acting as your biggest accent in the room. How cozy! Choosing Kitchen cabinets in the craftsman style   While there are many more styles out there, these are just a few to help you begin choosing kitchen cabinets that reflect your style. If you’re unsure about a style that you can live with for 20 or 30 years, I would suggest looking into a style that can cross the borders of many different categories. The shaker style is a very great option, as I have seen these in farmhouse, traditional, craftsman, contemporary, modern, costal, and the list goes on. A traditional raised panel is another to consider. If you have questions about cabinetry or door styles, feel free to contact us any time and we would be happy to help! **Every kitchen cabinet door style in this article is available for purchase at our Louisville or Newport, Kentucky locations. 

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