Custom Kitchen Islands That Look Like Furniture

One item we see on nearly everyone’s kitchen wish list is an island. It’s no wonder – a kitchen island can serve as a workspace, storage, a place to eat, and a place to gather. It gives you more room for cooking and projects, and helps the flow of traffic in one of the most popular rooms in a home. While a kitchen island serves many purposes, there is no reason it has to look utilitarian. Why not make this a focal point of your kitchen where practical meets artistic? A custom kitchen island can make your space unique, without sacrificing functionality. Here are some examples of custom kitchen islands that look like furniture. 

Custom Kitchen Islands That Look Like Furniture

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Rustic Charm

These days, so many people are searching for ways to add rustic charm to their homes. A kitchen island utilizing reclaimed wood or shiplap is a great way to achieve this look. Stick to warm stains or white paint to really capture that cozy farmhouse feel.

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Make it Compact

Just because your kitchen is small, doesn’t mean you have to go without an island. A custom island can be designed specifically to maximize your space. Rather than adding a cafe table, consider pulling stools up to a small island. There is more room to gather when standing is an option, and you’ll be grateful for the height when you need the extra prep space.

Multi-level kitchen island

Use Multiple Levels

A kitchen island with multiple levels can help distinguish its many uses. Your island can include separate areas for cooking, eating, and preparation. Multiple levels might work well in a kitchen that is tight on space, or it can simply be a personal choice to give your kitchen texture and design.

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Experiment with Shapes

Who says a kitchen island has to be a rectangle or square? In many homes, the layout of the kitchen may actually be best served with a many-sided island to make the most of your space. A good designer working alongside a carpenter can help you realize what shape fits best with your home to create a unique focal point no other home has!

Modern Appeal

When we think modern, we often think streamlined, clean, simple designs and colors. A kitchen island is a great way to hide storage in a minimalist kitchen. While white, black, or grey are often the go-tos for modern design, a bright and bold colored island can also add an artistic punch to this style. Or choose to add unusual stools to give it an eclectic spin.

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Add Some Color

Color can be a great way to add personality to your kitchen island and help make it an inviting place to gather. A painted wood island serves as a cozy divider between a kitchen and living room by coordinating the color and design of the living room with the function of the kitchen. Hartley Group performs all masking, priming, painting, and finishing on our own site with a climate-controlled proprietary 10-step process to give your cabinets a durable, long-lasting finish. Hartley Group uses only waterborne products which are VOC-compliant for hard, durable finish for interior wood surfaces. Our products apply seamlessly, resist yellowing, are fast drying, and resist fingerprints.

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Don’t Forget the Details

There are many small ways to change your kitchen island from boring to beautiful. Ornate woodworking on the posts or cabinet doors can really lend an artistic flair to your kitchen. Special hardware or lighting adds character and can be a minor way to make a make a major impact on your design.

When it comes time to design a new kitchen island for your home, there are many ways to make it your own. A skilled carpenter can help you design a custom kitchen islands that looks like furniture, while working with the design of your home. At Hartley Group, we use the best combination of materials, processes, craftsmanship, and passion to give each of our customers exactly what they need for their home. When you’re ready to plan your kitchen remodel, contact us to go over your plans and ideas!


Livingroom Shiplap

Shiplap Living Room Accent Wall Ideas

These days, some of the most popular buzzwords for home renovation include “modern rustic” and “farmhouse style”. Because of this, you’ve probably heard the term shiplap at least more than once if you watch home design shows on television. High quality wood paneling is the perfect way to give your home a cozy, rustic feel, even if you live hundreds of miles from an actual farmhouse. So, how do you get this gorgeous woodwork in your living room? We’ll give you some shiplap living room accent wall ideas!

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What Exactly Is Shiplap?

You may have heard the term but are still wondering what shiplap actually is. Shiplap is essentially wood panels that have notches or rabbets on each side to allow the boards to fit tightly together. The snug fit of these boards used to help waterproof the sides of ships, which is why we call it shiplap! In addition to its maritime usage, shiplap has been used historically as siding for barns and sheds and has only recently made its way indoors as a design style. Shiplap panels are traditionally cedar or pine, but other types of wood may work in some instances. Shiplap can be painted or stained in a variety of finishes, so it’s easy to customize to your taste and style.

Wondering how to use shiplap in your next home renovation? Rather than turn an entire room into a shiplap haven, check out these fun tips for shiplap living room accents!

Shiplap Living Room Accent Ideas

Shiplap Accent Wall

Many people create an accent wall in the living room by painting one wall a different shade than the other walls. Rather than using a different color, why not try a different texture? A shiplap wall creates a slight difference that is beautiful enough for minimal decorations or as the backdrop to your television or bookcases. On the other hand, the texture is subtle enough to dress up your accent wall to create a theme. Clean white and navy with maritime accents can create a fun atmosphere without going overboard (pun intended).

Vertical Shiplap Walls

Want to know a secret for making your living room ceilings look higher? Vertical shiplap. Many people may think shiplap needs to be installed horizontally, but vertical shiplap is a great way to make a room appear larger or give it a vintage feel. In order to keep vertical paneling from giving off too much of a 70’s vibe, be sure to use high quality wood and consider a modern finish, such as a dark stain or white paint.

Shiplap Fireplace Mantel

Instead of creating an entire shiplap wall, consider incorporating it into your fireplace and mantel. The panels can be installed either vertically or horizontally and can be a great way to give your mantel a modern touch, while still providing a warm and cozy farmhouse feel. Shiplap can easily be incorporated into contemporary fireplace mantel design ideas.

Wainscoting

Shiplap Wainscoting

Wainscoting quickly changes the appearance of a room by adding a different texture to the walls. Shiplap wainscoting is another way to bring the style into your living space without taking the room completely over. Wainscoting also allows for two colors to be used in a room by keeping the shiplap in a simple stain or white and the painted walls in a different color.

Shiplap Barn Door

Another feature making its way indoors is to use a decorative barn door in a living room or family room. A barn door is an attractive way to close off the living area from the kitchen or playroom. Shiplap panels on the door turn this into a visually attractive and functional element.

Livingroom Shiplap

Shiplap is a wonderful way to give your living space warmth, personality, and can be added in many customizable ways. To bring your shiplap ideas to life without creating a headache, you’ll want to work with a provider who has a high level of skill in carpentry. The Hartley Group will work with you to determine what works best for your style and space and then make your dream a reality with the passion and dedication we are known for. We also provide contemporary fireplace mantels, custom cabinetry, refinishing and refacing, and other quality woodwork. Please contact us today to discuss your living room and home renovation needs and ideas.


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Contemporary Fireplace Mantel Design Ideas

A hearth is the symbol of one’s home. A thoughtful fireplace mantel will transform the look of your fireplace and truly your entire room. Since fireplaces are an increasingly popular selling point for homeowners and homebuyers, it’s become increasingly important to dress them up with a gorgeous mantel. Aside from adding an economical source of heat to your home, fireplaces are often a key element in creating a cozy or romantic atmosphere. Additionally, the fireplace and mantle tend to become a focal point of the living room or family room, as well as a wonderful opportunity for decorating and design. Fireplace mantels can be made of many different materials and can be customized in plenty of different styles. Fireplaces have changed over the years and an out-of-style mantel can really have an impact on the overall look of your living space. Because of this, refacing your fireplace is an excellent way to give your living room or study a facelift without a major renovation project. Here are some contemporary fireplace mantel design ideas to dress up any room!

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Contemporary Fireplace Mantel Design Ideas

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Clean Line Mantels

When many people think of “modern” they immediately think of simple, clean lines. However, a simple, clean living room does not have to be sterile, and a fireplace is a great way to add warmth. Custom carpentry in white, wood detail, and clean edge square corners are all designer ways to bring your fireplace mantel into a modern and clean look, while still adding a level of comfort and warmth to a room where family and guests gather.

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Dress Your Mantel Black

Black is very often a color that comes to mind when talking about modern and contemporary. Black is unlikely to ever go out of style and can be incorporated into your fireplace. From black-painted woodwork to black stone or marble inlays, black is a way to make an old boring fireplace look new. Including durable black elements in your hearth will add sophistication to a contemporary living space.

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Go Bold With Modern Colors

Using an accent color on your mantel is a great way to give your living room a fun upgrade. Especially if you’re otherwise keeping the colors in your room subdued, a painted mantel is a great way to add a pop of your favorite color to your decor. Maybe you’ve always wanted a bright room, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge! A painted mantel is also fairly easy to change if you’re ready to move on. Gray or blue tones can warm up an all white room without changing the overall look too drastically. In a brightly colored room, consider choosing a different shade from the same family as the walls. Or make it stand out by keeping it a basic white! Be aware that DIY efforts can leave brushstrokes, and paint can peel over time, so it’s always wise to consult a professional carpenter.

Sophisticated Carvings and Designs

As you know, the fireplace will quite frequently be the main focal point of your living or family room. Why not make it truly a work of art by including some sophisticated woodwork? A custom wood fireplace mantel and jamb (vertical pieces on each side of the fireplace opening) can include such decorative touches as crown molding or carvings and done in many different styles to suit your taste, such as shaker and craftsmen styles.

Go Rustic

A classic wood and brick fireplace may be all you need to increase the level of comfort and beauty in your house. Rustic and farmhouse style are all the rage these days and wood hearths come in all shapes and sizes. Incorporating multiple textures like woodwork with stone adds depth and visual interest and helps achieve a homespun feeling. Reclaimed wood can bring next-level coziness to your family room and is easily dressed up if you’re one to change the decor for every holiday! 

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Built in Bookshelves

Possibly the only thing cozier than a fireplace, is a fireplace surrounded by bookshelves. A fireplace with bookshelves on either end can completely change the look of a room. Built in bookshelves blend seamlessly with your fireplace and have plenty of room for personalization.

Whatever your fireplace mantel needs are, consider putting your trust in The Hartley Group. Our passionate team has years of experience in carpentry, which gives us a unique ability to give our customers exactly what they want. Rather than be limited to box solutions, we can create custom wood fireplace mantels exactly to our customers’ specifications. Contact us today so we can come up with the perfect way to upgrade your living room or family room with your own contemporary fireplace mantel design!