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Knobs and Pulls: Deciding on Distinctive Cabinet Hardware

Whether you’re looking for a small way to update your kitchen and bath, or you plan to do a total remodel, picking the right cabinet hardware is an integral part of the design process. Although simple knobs and pulls may seem too insignificant for anyone to notice, the small touches of décor can really make an impact in your home. From ornate to simple, metal to glass, the cabinet hardware you choose will help put the perfect finishing touches in your kitchen and bath.

So how do you choose the right cabinet hardware for your project? Consider the overall look you wish to achieve and find knobs and pulls that will best complement that style. Here are some design options that might help point you in the right direction:

Contemporary richelieu1

If you have a contemporary-style home with sleek, frameless cabinets, consider rectangular pulls in stainless steel, or choose square glass knobs to add a touch of sophistication. This metal and glass knob by Richelieu offers a great contemporary element, perfect for high-gloss or textured laminate cabinetry.


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If the style of your home represents classic Arts and Crafts and includes rich wood built-ins, shelves and cabinetry, look for decorative hardware that is solid bronze or iron. The Breckenridge Collection from Schaub and Company offers an array of hammered knobs and pulls sure to complement any Arts and Crafts home.



Country Cottage

If your décor evokes a country or cottage charm, choose cabinet hardware that will enhance that ambrosial feel. Look for pulls and knobs that include a filigree pattern etched into weathered nickel, such as the Inspirations Collection by Amerock, or incorporate porcelain knobs painted with colorful floral accents.  



cup1For a more traditional kitchen that showcases solid wood or painted cabinets, complementary hardware can come in a variety of finishes, from brass to chrome to oil rubbed bronze. The American Classica Collection from Berenson Hardware offers a wide variety of handles, cup pulls and knobs in many styles and finishes.


Retro/Mid-Century Modernboomerang

With the surge in retro and mid-century modern popularity, adding a kitchen that includes flat-panel cabinetry, chrome accents and Formica countertops is sure to bring the old-is-new-again style right to your home. A lot of fun cabinet hardware is available, including these Boomerang pulls by Rejuvenation. Look for modern, swoopy shapes in polished chrome.  


Transitional topknob

If your home encompasses a mix of styles that can’t easily be defined, keeping your cabinet hardware less decorative and more functional may be the way to go. A simple satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze pull, such as from the Somerset Collection by Top Knobs, will complement almost any décor and add a touch of flair without being too flashy.



For the homeowner who wishes to make a bold statement with design details, incorporating cabinet hardware that has unique shape, color and shine will make your cabinetry pop. Although these jazzy pieces may seem a little more challenging to find, you will be amazed at the variety of styles out there. This 32mm pull from the Skyevale Collection by Schaub and Company is made from satin nickel and glass crystals, sure to dazzle any kitchen or bath.   

Cabinet pulls, handles and knobs are not only stylish but also practical. Updated hardware in your kitchen and baths can change or enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Contact us to learn more about cabinet styles and the hardware that best suits them.

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Trendy Ideas for Kitchen Remodeling in Denver

If you’re planning to undertake a kitchen remodeling in Denver, you will undoubtedly want to make your efforts count. Kitchen trends are constantly changing, but here are a few ideas you may want to consider in order to create an updated and engaging space.

Wall-to-Ceiling Cabinets

ChelseaIn order to maximize space, many homeowners are electing to install cabinets that extend all the way up to the ceiling. Not only does this help eliminate clutter from the top of the cabinets, it also offers a more streamlined appearance. If your space is especially small, consider glass fronts on at least part of your cabinetry in order to give the room a more open feel.

Appliance Panels

Stainless steel appliances continue to be popular, however too many in the kitchen can sometimes make the space seem cold and uninviting. Likewise, if your appliances don’t all match, the décor of your kitchen may not flow as well as you would like it to. A good solution for this is to add appliance panels. By covering the exterior of a refrigerator or dishwasher with the same door style and finish as the rest of the kitchen cabinetry, a seamless continuity is achieved.

Cabinet Storage Solutions

Kitchen Cabinet Storage Solutions DenverMaximizing the use of cabinet space is key to achieving a successful Denver kitchen remodel. Consider adding specialized storage compartments, such as spice racks, plate holders and bread boards, to your cabinet design. Pullout drawers can hide trashcans and recycling bins, while large rollouts can provide space for pots and pans. Keep your kitchen clutter-free and efficient with smart storage solutions.

Diversity in Design

These days, kitchens are no longer limited to a singular design. Many contemporary kitchens incorporate a combination of features, including solid wood doors neighboring glass insert cabinets, stainless steel accents and open shelving. Diversity of color, such as an island with a dark stain or a pantry painted in a bright hue, offers a distinct visual interest. By including a variety of design options in your kitchen, you’ll be rewarded with a room that looks fresh, bold and attractive.

Here at BKC Kitchens and Bath, we have been serving the Denver metro area for more than 35 years. We would love to talk with you more about your remodel ideas. For more information about the hottest trends, contact us.



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Denver’s BKC Awarded Crystal Cabinets Design Recognition

Congratulations to two members of the BKC design team, Mary Jenkins and Jennifer Rogers, for being awarded Crystal Cabinets 2013 Design Awards!

Designed for larCrystal Cabinets kitchen remodel Denverge family gatherings and catered events, this kitchen features Crystal’s Country French Square door style, finished in Signature Designer White with Pewter Highlight on maple. Although the space is large, it has a very intimate feeling with a very comfortable sitting area that is close to the cook but out of the cook’s workspace.

Designed by: Mary Jenkins

Photography by: Michelle Gardner Zecchi6-LowRes







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d1jenniferrogers3This kitchen was created to bring in elements of clean lines, modern finishes and rustic materials. The space is a perfect balance between clean and modern vs. rustic and natural, creating the perfect Urban Farmhouse.

Features Crystal’s Lanesboro door style, finished in Mushroom on PGM on the perimeter cabinets. The island has the Gentry door style finished in Raisin on knotty alder. The refrigerator features a custom door finished in Signature Salem with Black Highlight on premium alder with barn board insert panels. 

Designed by: Jennifer Rogers

Photography by: Siggi RagnarDenver kitchen renovation using Crystal Cabientry

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How To Make A Small Kitchen Sizzle

By Mark McCauley, ASID


Whether you have a galley in a high rise or a small space in the suburbs, these decorating ideas will help you end up with a delectable kitchen, cooked just the way you like it.


designed by Steve Appolloni

Small spaces can sprain a design brain as much — sometimes even more — than large spaces, especially when you add storage and style in tight quarters to the typical kitchen challenges of fixtures and function.

Face it, in a small space you can’t have a kitchen that is a jack-of-all-trades — accommodating schoolwork, mail, laundry, recipe hunting and cooking duties. Unless you don’t cook at all (in which case, feel free to store your out-of-season clothes in the kitchen cabinets!), the small kitchen’s main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. The function is there, without all the square footage! If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled away into a closet when not in use.

Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when overhead cabinets are towering over your head in tight spaces. Many cooks can’t reach what’s in them (and there’s not a lot of room for a step stool or ladder), and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. If you can get organized enough, trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks, and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Not only will your kitchen look more spacious, it’s a great way to show off your favorite dishes or shiny pots and pans—even artwork.

You may not have wide-open spaces in your pint-sized kitchen, but you do have lots of choices. In fact, these choices loom larger in a small space than in today’s basic Taj Mahal-sized kitchen. In a big area you can more easily hide flaws or separate competing styles; in a small space everything really has to work, including the mix of wood and metals and other surface materials. And because your petite kitchen may be short on interesting architectural details, it’s up to you to add the all-important style in compelling countertop surfaces, cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting and color. Is there any place you can add a pleasing curve? Will your granite countertop (more affordable in a small space!) coexist with your cabinet color? Your best bet is to create a mix board with samples and swatches of everything you’re considering. One tip: using the same color and style of fixtures and cabinet pulls can help unify a look. 

One of the simplest ways of “expanding” a kitchen is incorporating glass, which lets you see through the objects, thereby enhancing the feeling of spaciousness or what designers call “negative space.” Try a glass counter or tabletop, or glass door cabinets. Glass kitchen doors, to the outside world or to the next room, can also visually expand the space. There is even highly reflective glass tile that can give your kitchen sparkle. Mirrors, in a backsplash or strategically placed around the room, also lighten up the look. A pass-through window into the next room also expands the space. If you don’t have one, consider how you might be able to add airiness and architectural detail if you punched an arched window or counter pass-through into the next room.

designed by Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Like any other room, your small kitchen needs a combination of task and atmospheric lighting. Fluorescent lighting, which casts a bluish light impacting the colorization of objects in the room, including the food, is frequently found in kitchens. To counteract it, consider hanging pendant lights that bathe your eating area in a more appetizing color. And try these easy ways to increase the feeling of size in your small kitchen:

  • Use incandescent lighting (which is more yellowish) underneath the upper cabinets shining down on the countertops. Ceiling incandescent spot lighting, when directed at the cabinetry, will increase the shadowing of the space and give the area greater visual movement through light and dark contrast as opposed to cabinetry simply shown in the cold blue of fluorescent lighting. 
  • Think from the ground up — lighting has also been employed in flooring in recent years, glowing like starlight at night up from the floor. It also can be installed under the base cabinetry shining down onto the toe plate.

The color of walls, appliances, counters, stools — even the dishtowels — can change the atmosphere and perceived size of the kitchen. Pastels or light colors, with good doses of white, reflect light drawing the eyes upward and make the room seem taller. But don’t think you have to be a color chicken in a small space. Bold colorations can be very effective in smaller kitchens. How about some Porsche red metal cabinets with celery green walls and a banana-colored concrete countertop? That’ll get your motor started in the morning!

designed by Candice Olson


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Whether your kitchen is big or small, the design staff at BKC Kitchen and Bath can create versatile and efficient use of your space. Let us show you how! 


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An Open Floor Plan For Your Kitchen

Where once the kitchen was a separate room strictly for cooking and food storage, it’s since become the hub of the home – a place to entertain, discuss events of the day and cook meals together.  

Many current remodel and new home construction projects include an open floor plan; the kitchen directly connects to a family room or den, creating a spacious, inviting area. Removing walls, adding windows and integrating similar color and design concepts throughout can offer a seamless look that complements the overall space.

In an open floor plan, the kitchen island typically becomes the focal point, acting as the key component to separating the rooms while simultaneously keeping them connected. Islands are no longer just for cooking and food preparation; family members and guests tend to frequently gather there. Having an island that is both functional and visually appealing is a great addition to any kitchen.

“A kitchen is often used as so much more than a simple cooking space. Whether your family is clustered in and around the kitchen at the end of another busy weekday or you’re cooking a wonderful weekend gourmet meal with friends or extended family are joining in festive holiday events in your home, the kitchen often becomes a central social gathering place. When this happens, it’s nice to have a connecting space such as a family room or den that allows the opportunity for everyone to interact, without having everyone right in the kitchen. That’s where the open floor plan comes in.” – Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS, courtesy of “Cultivate: your ideal kitchen” 

For great Denver kitchen design ideas, visit the Portfolio or kitchen photo section of our website or visit our Denver showroom to speak with a designer.





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Beyond The Cabinetry

At BKC Kitchen and Bath, we recognize that building a new home or remodeling a current residence requires more than just cabinetry. That’s why we offer assistance with finding the perfect solution to all of your Colorado kitchen and bath needs. 


We will meet your countertop and backsplash needs with the surface of your choice. Our designers will assist you with the latest in granite, marble, engineered stone, concrete, stainless steel, solid surface, laminate or any other material that may fit your needs.

Kitchen Accessories

Complete your kitchen project with kitchen accessories designed to make your life easier and more enjoyable! We will help you choose perfect finishing details in cabinetry hardware and convenience accessories to fit your lifestyle.

Other Product Specialists

At BKC Colorado Kitchen and Bath, we maintain outstanding relationships with nearby tile, stone, plumbing, lighting and other wholesale suppliers in the Denver, Colorado area. This allows you, as a BKC customer, to take advantage of their exceptional showrooms. You will be serviced by product specialists who will assist you in finding the quality that you desire for those important finishing touches for your home kitchen project.


At BKC Colorado Kitchen and Bath, we gladly refer our customers to selected appliance specialists that will best provide the expertise and products necessary to complement your project.










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Choosing a Kitchen To Fit Your Style

You’ve heard the terms before – Traditional, Contemporary, Victorian, Mission – but what do these design styles really look like, and how do you choose which one is right for your kitchen?

“Like clothing or furniture, kitchens come in many styles. Since a new kitchen costs the most and last the longest, choosing a kitchen style requires serious thought.

Speaking broadly, it helps to know if you prefer a more classic or more modern look. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as French Colonial or Art Deco, gives you even more of a design road map.

Mixing and matching styles typically is called eclectic, while a look that blends traditional and contemporary elements is considered transitional.”  –

To help demystify some of the style terminology, has compiled a comprehensive gallery of photographs. Here are a few examples to consider:

American Colonial

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Art Deco

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French Country

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Glossy Black Cabinets

Old World




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For additional photographs, as well as helpful hints on choosing the best colors for your kitchen, visit the webpage: Kitchens .com – Kitchen Design Styles.

If you are still uncertain which look is right for you, consider allowing the award-winning design team at BKC Kitchen and Bath to assist you with design consultation and idea sharing. We are experts at making your dream kitchen a reality!

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BKC ~ Winner of Crystal Cabinet Works Grand Prize for Design

Kitchen designed using Crystal Cabinets

Congratulations to our very own Mary Jenkins, who received a Grand Prize placement in Crystal Cabinet Works 2011 Design Awards!

This impressive custom home , built by Viaggio Homes of Colorado, is a harmonizing blend of Old World charm and Spanish flare. Partnering in design concepts with Viaggio, Mary Jenkins created a stunning, award-winning kitchen to complement the home’s rustic architecture and design.

“When the contractor came to me he had a very clear vision for the home and wanted the cabinetry to look as though they were in a 400 year old home on the hillside of Spain. With that as our inspiration and about 10 sample doors later, we arrived with the final product: a custom door style in knotty alder that was hewned and very heavily distressed with a custom glaze process. The final result was a perfect fit for the interior decor of the home which blended beautifully with the overall rustic elements in the home.”

Features of the Crystal kitchen cabinets include a custom-designed door style with a rich, custom finish on knotty alder. The hutch also features a custom-designed door style with a light, natural finish on knotty alder and reclaimed barn wood.

Crystal Cabinet Works is a custom cabinet manufacturer offering attractive, high-quality American-made products for every room in the home.

Viaggio Homes, inspired by a passion for Old World European architecture, offers unique, personalized design and craftmanship to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

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Stainless Steel: A Sleek Cabinet Alternative

Designed by St. Charles of New York City

Stainless steel can be found on just about every design element in the kitchen these days. On cabinets, it’s typically formed around an inner core material to give it substance and keep it from sounding tinny. While you can get a very sleek look from stainless steel, it does show fingerprints and scratches.

A durable and sanitary material, stainless steel cabinets qualify as a “green product,” as they are non-toxic, recyclable and easy to clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Stainless steel is also a top pick for people with chemical sensitivities.

As an added bonus, all-stainless cabinets are a great pick for outdoor kitchens, as they withstand the elements (humidity included) quite well.

Don’t write off the stylish material as purely the stuff of modern spaces. Consider combining it with a Transitional cabinet, like a cherry Arts & Crafts-style door, for a tempered contemporary look.

Once you settle on stainless, you’ll find there are a few other considerations to keep in mind: Many cabinets are made of the same material as professional-grade appliances; for a stainless look at a lower cost, investigate stainless cabinets with MDF/wood parts. A good number of companies can accommodate custom requests; if that’s a particular need of yours, be sure to inquire about the manufacturer’s custom capabilities from the get go.

To add a unique touch, consider alternatives to stainless steel. Copper moulding or brushed nickel finishes prevent a clinical feel, as does the occasional frosted glass insert.

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12 Green Design Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel


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A well-designed, attractive kitchen gives a home life. All that liveliness, though, is probably the single biggest energy drain in your home.

Lighting, refrigeration and cooking are responsible for 41.5 percent of a home’s energy consumption, according to U.S. Department of Energy estimates. Add to that regular kitchen activities like water heating, plus space heating and cooling, and you begin to get the picture of how critical the kitchen really is.

When you’re remodeling, the kitchen presents a big opportunity to improve the home’s energy performance. Broadening the scope of your project to include energy efficiency, ecological benefits, accessibility and health considerations will provide long-term cost savings, comfort, peace of mind and safety.

Click on the link below to discover 12 high-impact ideas for creating a “green” kitchen:

Kitchens .com – 12 Green Design Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel.

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