Popular Remodeling Design Colors this Spring

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Neutral colors serve to create an airy, spacious feel.
Neutral colors serve to create an airy, spacious feel.

Hot spring colors inspiring New Jersey kitchen remodeling projects involve neutral, harmonious hues that not only influence mood but also unify and enlarge your kitchen while establishing a warm, cozy ambiance that makes your kitchen the only place in the world you want to be. Soft brown, oyster white or buttery yellow are just a few of the extraordinary hues that work to visually enhance a kitchen. Directional lighting fixtures also enhance color continuity by illuminating corners and unlit recesses previously overlooked in small to medium-sized kitchens.

When planning any type of home renovation, NJ residents depend on Trade Mark Design & Build to provide them with creative inspiration, practical ideas and the latest news about kitchen remodeling trends influencing New Jersey home remodeling schemes. For example, Bergen County residents are amazed at the space their kitchens secretly harbored following a professional renovation that includes kitchen cabinets equipped with artificial double cabinet doors and concealed drawers you can pull out for storage and access to cookware. These cabinets represent a more efficient method of keeping pots and pans than the old way of shoving them into cabinet recesses where they usually get damaged or forgotten.

In addition to kitchen remodeling Bergen County NJ residents are opting for house additions to accommodate their lack of home space while beautifying their properties by integrating the newest home remodeling colors, materials and layouts. Adding an extra bathroom is one of the most requested home renovation projects among NJ homeowners. Current trends in bathroom renovations involve the use of cool, lighter hues such as blue or violet that reflect light and gives the illusion of a small space appearing airier and more spacious. Alternately, color schemes composed of contrasting hues tend to divide a whole space into smaller spaces, which works well in larger living spaces.




Open Floor Layouts Prove Popular for New Jersey Homeowners

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One thing we have noticed over the years working on NJ home remodeling is the move away from closed layouts to more open floor plans. These have become one of the most popular and sought-after design options available today, and it’s no wonder: these plans are designed to help families stay in touch. Open plans typically limit the number of interior walls to create a cozy nest-like interior that’s ideal for promoting family togetherness – often a rare commodity in today’s “plugged in” society where digital devices can limit a family’s social interaction.

But creating a sharing, nurturing environment isn’t all an open floor plan can do. They also create better flow – both for foot traffic and for conversation – avoiding the feeling of isolation that comes when each room is like its own desert island.

Most open plans involve the kitchen, and the reason for that is simple: As the heart of any home, the kitchen tends to attract the most activity. Plans that join a kitchen space with a dining and family room area keep the cook from feeling they’ve been banished to a land of pots and pans by letting them join in the family fun, whether that means talking or watching a movie together. Combine that open kitchen design with an island or breakfast bar and you offer a convenient – and visible – place for kids to do homework and work on school projects.

Open-plan layouts can also work to open up a space and create a feeling of a larger, more spacious room. This is great for homeowners working with limited space as well. Because open-floor plans limit interior obstructions, they’re also a popular choice for empty-nesters and elderley people as it makes moving around and getting from one area of the house with walkers and wheelchairs if need be a lot easier.

With today’s modern materials, open floor plans are easy to create, even in existing homes. All it takes is careful planning and a skilled and experienced NJ kitchen remodeling contractor to make your home dreams a reality.

At Trade Mark Design & Build, we work with our clients to ensure every New Jersey home remodeling project we complete is tailored to the homeowner’s unique needs. Interested in learning how we can help your home look and feel more spacious and open? Contact us today at 973-636-0100 or fill out our online form and request your free estimate.


These Hot Kitchen Floor Trends for 2014 Will Have You Floored

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Black & white mosaic tiles makes for a beautiful floor design.










Floors steal the show in NJ kitchen remodeling trends for 2014. Kitchen makeovers are one way to increase the value of a home as we discussed earlier, but the focus needs to be on functionality. Flooring gives you an opportunity to add extreme style to the mix and get something really distinctive for your home, while ensuring sturdiness to last for years ahead.

Bold Patterns are Key

Overall, kitchen remodeling in Bergen County, NJ is focusing on color to create dramatic flair. You can top off a balanced kitchen with a fancy floor with a pop of color to give everything just a little more punch. Patterned floors are in this year, and an experienced firm like Trade Mark Design & Build has access to some eye-catching products that enhance the kitchen color palette.

A kitchen with white walls and cabinetry for example, will really stand out with a white and black beveled cube design on the floor. Look for a pattern that creates depth using colors and lines to make the geometric designs stand out.

The Art of Illusion

The nice thing about vinyl flooring is the ability to create illusions with it. Vinyl is a common choice for kitchen floors because of its low cost and resilience. You don’t have to settle for boring just because you opt to save. Choose a pattern that imitates tumbled marble or hardwood. You get a nostalgic look that adds to the kitchen’s appeal without the expense of real wood flooring.

The focus of the International Ceramic Tile Fair in Spain this year was creating oxidized looks that give the appearance of stone, metal and wood for contemporary flooring, proving illusion as a design concept works.

Flooring designs are the style anchor for any room. Make your kitchen stand out with bold choices for 2014. Contact the Trade Mark Design team to see what flooring options we create for your home.


Countertops for the Perfect Kitchen

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When remodeling your kitchen, it’s best to make a list and decide how your space will be used. Are you an avid cook or baker? Do you have a high volume of traffic, or is your kitchen used for a nice aesthetic? You can have a stylish kitchen while incorporating a countertop that includes durability and maintenance. Assessing your environment and its role is key.

Black granite and quartz are very popular, but functionality should take precedence over looks. Natural stone countertops such as soapstone, limestone and marble are soft materials and very high maintenance. Wood and laminate are good options, but are easily scratched. Heat can also scorch laminate very quickly.

For the avid cook or baker, engineered stone is a great option and comes in a variety of colors. These countertops are very durable and easy to maintain.

Concrete is a popular choice and comes in a variety of finishes like ground, pressed and trowel. Pigmented colors can be used to achieve the look you desire. Although a viable option, concrete can be very high maintenance. Changes in temperature may cause it to warp and wet spots left on the countertop can promote discoloration. These should be waxed every couple of months and sealed up to four times a year.

These are all great alternatives for finding a counter-top that will work for you. Trade Mark Design and Build can help you find the best option for you. Contact us today to take advantage of our free initial consultation.

Kitchen Designs to Look Out for in the New Year

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If a kitchen remodel is on your wish list for the new year, you might be interested in the trending popularity of glamorous materials, jewel tones and lighter cabinet colors. Elle Decor, the harbinger of style and good taste for the home, has just released popular decor choices for 2014, and they include a dose of glamour for the kitchen.

The kitchen is often the heart of the home so it is important  to take time when choosing the decor for it. The style gurus predict more color, more drama, and a dose of polished metal accents and unusual lighting for the well-appointed kitchen in the coming year. Upstaging granite as the countertop material of choice may well be natural-looking manmades such as quartzite and composite materials that simulate malachite or agate. Other designers predict a continuing interest in recycled glass and eco-friendly surfaces for backsplashes.

Metals, including a return to polished brass as well as hammered and antiqued finishes, are expected to adorn backsplashes and utility surfaces and appear prominently in lighting fixtures.

Painted finishes may well be more popular for kitchen cabinets, in a variety of deep-toned jewel colors, but lighter “honey-toned” woods will gain new acceptance, according to style gurus. Natural flooring, including wood, will remain popular, but colors are lighter and more natural.

Function is still vital, however, so if you are considering a remodel for your New Jersey home in the new year, your best resource will be a professional, experienced firm like Trade Mark Design & Build to assist with all phases of the project. Visit our website to view our vast portfolio TradeMarkInteriors.com




Kitchen Remodeling – Unusual Kitchen Designs

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As experts in NJ kitchen remodeling we have seen all types of different kitchen designs, both the wacky and the wonderful. We thought these designs definitely stand out:

The Round kitchen Source: Rena Howlett Pinterest
The Round kitchen
Source: Rena Howlett Pinterest
The Car Pantry Source: DesignerPad
The Car Pantry
Source: DesignerPad
The Fish tank table! Source: Uberreview
The Fish tank table!
Source: Uberreview
The asymmetrical illusion kitchen Source: Elica Inc.
The asymmetrical illusion kitchen
Source: Elica Inc.

What do you think? Would you consider doing a similar design when you do home remodeling? Let us know in the comments.

Project Spotlight: Modern Kitchen

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Every once in a while one of our home remodeling projects stands above the rest–this recent NJ kitchen remodeling projects is one of our standouts from this season. As you can see below, there are plenty of characteristics to highlight within this stunning kitchen design.


Stunning Cabinet Design
Stunning Cabinet Design
Expert Appliance Integration
Expert Appliance Integration
Innovative Space Utilization
Innovative Space Utilization
Custom Theme and Colors
Custom Theme and Colors

Now, interested in seeing a transformation in your kitchen and home? Give us a ring or stop by www.TradeMarkInteriors.com to learn how we can help!

Kitchen Remodeling Prep

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Whether you are considering NJ Kitchen Remodeling for your own personal visual pleasure or because you are thinking about selling your home, kitchen remodeling is a daunting prospect. Between the number of decisions that need to be made and the amount of money that will be spent, it is enough to scare anyone off. To make the process easier for you, we have compiled a list of five things to consider when remodeling.

Kitchen Remodeling Prep Checklist

  1. Wants Versus Needs: Before embarking on what could be an expensive proposition, decide what is necessary and what is cosmetic. What needs to be done is different than what you would ideally like to see happen. Make a list of the needs and then use the leftover funds for those things
  2. Layout Planning: Are you redoing it entirely? Scrapping everything? Or working around the existing? If money is not an issue, than the sky is the limit. If your budget is a concern, you might have to work around existing wiring and plumbing. Be sure to plan accordingly.
  3. Measure and Keep Handy: Measuring your space is a no-brainer. But keeping it with you is not something people think of. This will save you worlds of headaches.
  4. Get Professional Help: For the jobs you cannot do yourself. New Jersey kitchen remodeling is not the time to experiment with DIY’s. Call the experts.
  5. Understand Your Warranty – Save yourself money in the long run by knowing what’s covered.

Follow these tips and you should be well on your way.

Welcome To Our Blog

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Almost no one walks into the house of their dreams right off the bat. We all have ideas about home improvements that would make the place truly “perfect.” Even as we get closer to one version of perfect, our tastes evolve or styles change and we once again consider kitchen remodeling or expanding part of our home.

When you are looking to do some New Jersey home remodeling, you are definitely going to want some expert consultation. You are going to want to talk to the kinds of people that understand what you want but also know how to see things that perhaps you have not. Trade Mark Design & Build have just this kind of service to offer. We are experts on everything from NJ kitchen remodeling to putting in home additions.

Over the coming weeks on this blog we will talk about the projects Trade Mark Design & Build excel at while also offering our thoughts on the latest NJ home remodeling trends and advice for home owners. Hopefully we will entertain and educate. Most importantly, we want to highlight the fact that Trade Mark is here with all of our experts ready to consult and help you make your home all the more perfect every single day.