By: Ashley Schumacher
Stain. Shaker. Paint. Maple. Oak. Soft Close. Full overlay.
Um, what?! If cabinet terminology throws you for a loop, call Ruth Farrington and Kim Kleinfeldt at Marling Lumber & Homeworks. With nearly 20 years of combined experience, these ladies are experts in design trends, layouts and functionality.
The team at Marling helped us design our Design Studio in the office remodel and their suggestions really helped pull the space together.
If you’ve been toying with the idea of updating your cabinetry, Ruth and Kim share a few tips on things to consider:
- Be clear about your budget. This is the most important element a designer needs to help guide a customer in selecting a brand of cabinetry.
- Design. Consider your desires for color, door style and overall cabinet construction and quality.
- Functionality. Cabinet lines come with lots of fun options – spice racks, cookie sheet cabinets, wine racks, organization inserts and so much more!
- Hardware. When choosing color or door style, think about what hardware design and finish would complement your cabinet selection. Also take into consideration your plumbing fixture color, door knobs and hinges. They don’t need to match but they should complement one another.
No matter the budget or look, Marling has a cabinet line to fit everyone’s needs!
Websites like Pinterest and Houzz have given the customer the opportunity to research design styles and ideas before they even step foot in the cabinetry showroom. “With that, our roles as designers have evolved into helping customers better understand the design process and what is available to them,” they added.
Just as fashions cycle back through the years (hello again, scrunchies!), trends in home design and decor do, too. Coming back to life are wood tones, wooden over the range hoods and walk in pantries. Customers are looking to add pops of color including varying shades of blue, green and black. Flat panel doors, a.k.a. “shaker style,” are definitely popular and evolving in the options available. For 2020, they are expecting to see more transitional styles with contemporary elements such as thinner countertops and slab doors.
When asked, “What’s new at Marling?” They quickly replied, “Better question is what isn’t new at Marling?!” Marling has been working hard to update their showroom and have many new beautiful displays that are a must see! They have one of two of the only Kraftmaid Vantage Design Studios in Wisconsin (the other is at their Madison location). This unique display allows customers to make selections in a more interactive way – stop in and check it out!
Marling Lumber & Homeworks has been a family owned company for more than 100 years. They take pride in offering quality products at a wide variety of price points. Marling offers more than cabinetry to customers. Stop in on your next trip through Janesville on Hwy 14 and check out their beautiful showroom that showcases (obviously) cabinetry, but also siding and shingles, windows, flooring and more.