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Homearama Kitchens: Trends in 2017

Today we’ll be covering the best of the best Homearama Kitchens! Homearama this year at Poplar Woods in Goshen, Kentucky was incredible. The homes were perfectly decorated, impeccably built, and showcased the hottest trends in home design for the year. This post will focus on the kitchen design trends that we noticed to give you some ideas for your new construction home or your next kitchen remodel! Some trends have been consistant for the last few years, and others seem to be new. What they all have in common? They’re simply gorgeous.

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Featuring Our Favorite Homearama Kitchens

Open Concept Kitchens

Every one of the homearama kitchens that I saw was open concept. Open concept living spaces are definitly what’s in, and has been for several years. This is for good reason. It gives you sight lines into your living room and dining room, allowing whoever is working in the kitchen to keep an eye on or interact with family or guests. It’s the perfect setup for get togethers and allows for a great dinner party.  

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Extra Large Kitchen Islands

This is a stunning trend that we saw in so many of the homearama kitchens. These are not your typical islands with seating for 2. These took up so much space and were the perfect gathering space for friends and family, as well as a dream come true for the home chef. Without the open concept, these ginormous kitchen islands wouldn’t have been possible. Islands have been in style for a while, but islands of this magnitude was definitly new on the scene in my opinion.   large-island-kitchen-homearama 2017

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is top of the line in terms of countertop materials. While it can be pricey, it is often comparable to granite, but has many more benefits. It never needs to be sealed, it’s antibacterial and approved for safe food preparation. It’s the most heat, scratch and stain resistant of any countertop material. Quartz was taking over the homearama kitchens! We did still see granite in a few of the homes, but quartz, white in specific, was the most popular kid in class this year. But remember, because quartz is manmade, you don’t have to stick to neutrals! Quartz colors range from firey red to deep blue and everything in between!   White-quartz-subway-tile kitchen homearama 2017 subway-and-herringone-tile  

Subway Tile

Subway tile was everywhere in homearama kitchens this year! White subway tile is still the predominant color of subway tile that you’re going to find, but definitely not the only one. As you can see above, one trend is the large format (4×16 subway tile) and grey is another popular color. Below you’ll find a variation on the classic white subway tile by using marble. The brick tile is still considered a subway tile, which is a style that I really love! Subway tile has been popular the last few years but they’re always finding new ways to mix it up.     brick-subway-tile granite countertops White-quartz-subway-tile kitchen homearama 2017  

Pot Fillers

Pot fillers were present in almost half of the homearama kitchens. They are faucets that are installed right behind your stove to help you fill pots easier, as the name suggests. They are very useful, but not necessary! Most of the time I find they are as much for the aesthetic than for the function.   pot-filler-glass cabinet doors kitchen homearama 2017 pot-filler, subway tile, white cabinets kitchen homearama 2017

Painted Cabinets

As you can see, just about every image in this post features white or cream colored cabinets. This was definitly the main trend in homearama kitchens. You just don’t see wood toned cabinets anymore. Grey painted cabinets are also a big trend but we just didn’t see them much at homearama this year. White cabinets were also popular at the last two homearama’s that I’ve attended. Painted Cabinets, White Cabinets, Arabesque

Glass Cabinet Doors

Glass cabinet doors are coming back, people! I love glass doors on cabinetry. It gives it a much more upscale look, and for not a huge price tag. There are many different styles of glass doors that you can choose from, and several types of glass. You can add in cabinet lighting, which most of our homearama kitchens had, to add an extra focal point and pop to the space! Glass-cabinet-doors homearama kitchens 2017 homearama kitchens 2017

Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse sinks were the sink of choice in this year’s homearama kitchens. They are functional, they are HUGE and they are so beautiful. They usually come with a higher price tag, but I’ve never met anyone with a farmhouse sink that’s regretted the choice. They give such a cute cottage feel to the kitchen and make washing dishes so much easier (as if that’s possible.) Farm-Sink white cabinets brick-subway-tile granite countertops White-quartz-subway-tile kitchen homearama 2017   There you have it! Our favorite trends from Homearama kitchens in 2017. What do you think? Is there anything that you love, hate or wish you saw more of? Let us know in the comments below!

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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: Allie Bloyd

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Reasons to Choose These Affordable White Shaker Cabinets

Everyone in the interior design community can probably agree on one thing: White Shaker Cabinets are IN. Many of our cabinet manufacturers have told us that almost 50% of their business is coming from white shaker cabinets right now! That’s insane. While these cabinets are simple, they are elegant and chic, traditional or modern. White shaker cabinets can mold themselves to whatever style you want them to be. If you take the same white shaker cabinets and add a different backsplash and countertop, you’ll have two seemingly different looking kitchens.

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While they are increasingly popular, there is no reason to spend too much on them! You may have some very specific things that you’re looking for, such as 42″ height, that would limit you to a semi-custom or custom line of cabinetry. But, you might not. If that’s the case, then we have the perfect white shaker cabinets for you.
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These white shaker cabinets come from our exclusive Ginger Creek Cabinets line. Our Value Series White Shaker are the perfect choice for so many homes. You could put them in your kitchen and keep them for decades to come. You could be a landlord that wants to add an upscale look for an affordable price in your rental. The fact that these cabinets are in stock daily and ready to take home are a huge selling point. Using these cabinets won’t hold you up if you’re in a time crunch, while still allowing you to get a quality product!
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White-Shaker-Kitchen-Base-Cabinets-79a8bdf2-9991-40f7-b761-d71038f1df7f_600Some of the top selling points of the Ginger Creek White Shaker Value Line are:

  • Framed Cabinet with Full Overlay Doors and Drawers
  • Under Mount Epoxy Drawer Glides
  • Concealed European Style Hinges
  • Five Piece HDF Door
  • ½” Plywood Box with Painted Exterior
  • Glue & Staple or Metal Clip Assembly
  • UV Coated Natural Interior

As you can see, the construction is pure quality, and the price is outstanding! Compared to a similar white shaker cabinet line at one of the top big box stores, you can save up to %60 or $400 per cabinet! Make sure that you check out these white shaker cabinets before spending more than you need to, or waiting for a custom order to come in. We offer them in stock daily at our Louisville location or Newport store, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio.


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops, backsplash tile, and cabinet hardware in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. 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: Allie Bloyd

White Kitchen: Timeless, Versatile, and Budget Friendly

The white kitchen trend has been around for decades, and we don’t see it loosing steam any time soon. White kitchens have remained so popular for several reasons. We’ll go over the reason that the white kitchen trend has been a staple of the interior design community for years, and just why that may be.
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White Kitchens are Truly Timeless

First, white kitchens have a timeless look, so you don’t have to worry about your brand new kitchen design becoming outdated. While some pieces can become out of date, or your tastes may grow away from some choices you made, your white cabinets and/or countertops, the basis of your white kitchen, will remain desirable. Whether you choose a white laminate, Carrara marble, or white quartz, the look will remain solid. There is nothing “trendy” about white, so it going out of trend is not a possibility. Other colors may come and go as the top choice during certain times, but white will never drop off the map.

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Vast Versatility

White kitchens are incredibly versatile. Your kitchen cabinets and kitchen countertops are by far the most expensive pieces of a kitchen remodel. Because of this, choosing cabinets and countertops that you and your family will be happy with for years to come is a very important choice. If you go with the trendiest cabinets of the moment, but that trend happens to go out of style 5 years later, you’ll either be stuck with a kitchen that you don’t really like anymore, or you’ll need to reinvest in cabinets that you like better. Both options are undesirable. This means that you should think extra hard about your cabinet choice particularly. Going with white kitchen cabinets gives you so many choices. A simple backsplash or cabinet hardware change can dramatically change the look and even style of your kitchen overall. If you decide that you want another refresh, you can always switch out your countertops as well. Depending on your preferences, this can be fairly inexpensive or take a bit more money, but the choice is always there. Replacing countertops is much easier than replacing cabinets. If you want a pop of color, you can always add accessories on your countertop as well. White goes with everything, so switching up your accents, your curtain colors or your paint colors is a breeze. You never have to worry about having a specific palette to stick to.

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Mixing colors with white is an easy way to switch it up!

Budget Friendly

Kitchen Cabinets

With any kitchen remodel, you can make it affordable, or expensive, depending on the choices you make. When going with a white kitchen, you still have those same options, but many of them offer the same exact look but at different price points. For example, our in stock Unfinished Alder Shaker cabinets are perfect for someone looking for an affordable white kitchen remodel. These cabinets can be painted or stained any color you choose, but look so great painted white. Not only is white a timeless color, but shaker is a timeless style of cabinet. These cabinets are so budget friendly that I always recommend them. Unless you’re looking for all the bells and whistles, these cabinets will be sure to please. They are all wood construction and are very durable. You can buy individual pieces to upgrade them as well, like trash can pull out systems, lazy Susans, and even soft close drawer extensions! This same style of cabinet can be found in double and triple the price, but ultimately, the look is the extremely similar, if not exactly the same.
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Countertops

If you want an all white kitchen, which is both trendy and timeless, you can go with a few countertop options, and again, what you spend is up to you, although you can make it very affordable. White custom laminate can be made to look solid white, like a quartz you might find, or exactly like a Carrara marble. We also offer an instock laminate that is white with grey swirls, which looks great with a white cabinet. You can choose a real Carrara marble, which is still a decently affordable option (especially at Builders Surplus) when compared to some other granite or quartz choices. Finally, you can go high end and choose a white quartz. You can still achieve the same look for less, though.
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Backsplash

White subway tile works great with white cabinets or in an all white kitchen. White subway tile is one of the most affordable backsplash options you can find. While you don’t have to go all white, it is a very classic look. There are many other affordable white mesh back tiles that you can choose as well, like our new White Wooden Mosaic. Want to add a pop of color to your all white space? Backsplash is the perfect place to do it. You can change up your look very easily by a backsplash switch. While it still requires effort, it is still MUCH easier than replacing cabinets!
How do you feel about white kitchens? Let us know in the comments below!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. 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: Allie Bloyd