Three More Reasons Why White Is A Classic

Cool and clean-looking, white cabinets never go out of style

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Merillat Classic Portrait Cotton

If you follow our blog, you may remember that back in December, we published blog posts discussing the pros and cons of a white finish like Cotton or Dove White and a neutral finish like Graphite or Chiffon.  Merillat Cabinetry has weighed in on the subject with a great blog post discussing reasons to choose white for your new kitchen.  Take a look, because the input will give you the confidence to pick the color that’s right for you.  Then come into our showroom take a look at the finish selections.  Merillat Cabinetry and Carolina Kitchen & Bath offer what you need to create that white kitchen you’ve been dreaming about.


Eliminate “Custom Kitchen” Sticker Shock with Merillat Masterpiece

Everybody wants a custom kitchen.

cus·tom adjective  Made to order for a particular customer, as in: “We want custom cabinets.”

That’s Webster’s definition but it probably doesn’t say it all.  To many buyers, it means “meticulously crafted using only quality materials by a local craftsman and costing big bucks.”

So how can you get this quality without spending a fortune?  At Carolina Kitchen & Bath, we offer Merillat Masterpiece cabinetry, a line that offers a wide range of styles, finishes, sizes, storage options and upgrades.  Masterpiece cabinets are built with care and attention to detail out of quality

Rules To Heed If You Don’t Want To Be Voted Off the Island

What can an island do for your kitchen?

A kitchen plan that includes an island opens up range of possibilities; it’s an avenue to unlock design potential with different colors, styles and product choices.  You can select a contrasting finish color for the island versus the perimeter of the kitchen; give the island a furniture look or bring two different countertops into the plan.  By all means, pick the colors and products you love, but avoid a design disaster by paying attention to how they go together.  Here are some rules to follow so you won’t be voted off the island:

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Dramatic countertops really stand out on these simply-styled cabinets

1.  Keep it simple

A lively countertop like the one pictured goes best on uncomplicated cabinet styles and the surfaces pictured are obviously the focal point of the room and nothing else should take away from them.  Leave off the glazed finishes and ornate moldings so your eye is instantly drawn to the countertops.  The simplicity of Merillat Classic’s Portrait or Fusion  door style would work well with a jazzy surface like this.


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This countertop coordinates with the two different finishes on the cabinets

2.  Bring it together

The large number of choices may be exciting, but it’s important to pay attention to the overall effect.  If you choose one finish color for the island and a different one for the perimeter, you can tie it together using the same countertop throughout.  The kitchen pictured is a good example.  The colors in the countertop coordinate with the painted perimeter cabinets and the dark-stained island.

Flip that rule over if you’re thinking about using two different countertop materials together.  Consider using only one cabinet finish if you decide to use two different countertops on the island as opposed to the perimeter of your kitchen.

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The figured granite is the centerpiece of this kitchen

3.  If you go big, go small, too

If you’re just burning to use two countertop and two cabinet colors, choose a natural material like Pink Juparana granite for the island and something calm, like Caesarstone’s Sleek Concrete for the perimeter surfaces.  Look for a neutral countertop color with a low-key pattern; you don’t want the two materials to fight each other.

This rule is important when the island and perimeter cabinet colors are different.  It’s best if there’s one consistent element, like the island, that becomes the starting point for everything else.

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A simple pallette of white and black lend a contemporary feel

4.  Balance it out

Pulling in two finishes and two different countertops can also work if you make sure it balances.  A pairing of black and white creates a contemporary style, especially when you include sleek, streamline appliances.  You can coordinate Silestone’s Iconic White quartz countertop with a cabinet finish like the Merillat Masterpiece Peppercorn on cherry for the island cabinets.   In combination with that, use Caesarstone’s Jet Black quartz countertop on a cabinet finished with Merillat Masterpiece’s  Canvas to complement the perimeter.

Come see us at Carolina Kitchen & Bath; we offer a wide range of cabinets, finishes and countertops for you to pick from.  Our designers are ready to help you navigate the choices you have to make, so matching and coordinating colors for your kitchen doesn’t seem so daunting.


De-wrinkle Your Laundry In More Ways Than One.


This pull-out ironing board is always ready to go

Space is always at a premium

A laundry room often ends up getting short-changed in terms of style and storage.  That plastic laundry tub the contractor put in is functional, but there’s no way to store anything out of sight.  And you’ve got to face facts – it’s just plain ugly.  Open coated-wire shelves above the washer and dryer offer a few square feet of space, but crowded shelves are an eyesore.  Take a look at improving this area of your home with some smart, elegant ideas.

Try revamping laundry chores with Merillat Cabinetry’s built-in functionalities like this pull-out ironing board.  Replace the clumsy one that’s hanging on the wall with a conveniently-hidden ironing board that there so you can smooth out the wrinkles and move on to more interesting things.  And since you’re in renovation mode, toss out those open shelves above the washer and dryer and replace them with wall cabinets for some great-looking storage.

New Products from Merillat Bring Value to Your Life


2017 is starting off as a banner year!  Merillat is introducing four new cabinets that will add beauty, value and convenience to your kitchen.  Their new Message Center, Floating Shelves, Wine Storage and Matching Mantel Hood do an gorgeous job of making your life better.  Come in to our showroom at Carolina Kitchen & Bath and we’ll introduce you to Merillat Quality.

Message Center



The Message Center wall cabinet can be installed on the side of another wall cabinet and incorporates two white boards, key hooks, stainless steel pencil holder and shelves so you can stash your tablet or write a reminder to your kids.  It comes in every door style Merillat Classic offers and will help you tame some of the clutter.  Add value and convenience with the Message Center.

Floating Shelves



Formerly a feature only in the Merillat Masterpiece line, the Floating Shelves come in all finishes and provides a way for your special decor pieces to really stand out.  They can be used with corbels like in the image below, or separately to create an open, contemporary look.  Use them to display your glass or tableware.  Bring beauty to a whole new level with Merillat Classic’s Floating Shelves.

Wine Storage Cabinet



Criss-cross your wine collection with Merillat Classic’s new Wine Storage Cabinet.  It’s generously-sized so it can store all your favorite vintages at your fingertips.  Formerly only available in the Masterpiece line, it’s just more evidence that the Classic line is expanding to meet important trends and decorating styles.  Now you can really pour on the the style with Merillat Classic’s Wine Storage Cabinet.

Matching Mantel Hood



Perfect for a traditonal kitchen, Classic is introducing its Matching Mantel Hood.  It’s available in all wood selections, styles and finishes so you use it to change up your kitchen by bringing in a second color in either stain or paint.  This will create a dramatic focal point in your kitchen and highlight your unique style.  Enjoy this traditional look and take advantage of the unconventional value.

Merillat Classic Unveils New Door Styles, Finishes

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Rowan door style in a Mist finish


Rowan door style in a Graphite finish

Merillat Classic has just announced its new products for 2017 and is unveiling a large selection of new products, colors, features and options.  Among the introductions are the new door styles Rowan and Lanielle are a nod to the contemporary, offering clean lines and interesting textures.  The Rowan is a full-overlay mitered door that features an angled profile surrounding a flat panel.  The standard drawer front is a flat slab but an upgrade to a five-piece drawer front is available and it comes in any of the maple or cherry finishes.  The styling is versatile and would work in almost any setting but the simple design of the Rowan would be a good foundation for a contemporary kitchen or bath.

Which Is Better, Granite or Quartz Countertops?

Picking a countertop material isn’t hard if you’ve got the facts

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This granite countertop illustrates the unique beauty of any natural material

Kitchen countertops are first and foremost a work surface.  They’ve got to be able to stand up to punishment while looking great.  Clients look for countertops that will meet their needs but will also  say something about their personal style.  Most people who come into our showroom at Carolina Kitchen & Bath usually end up asking “Which is better, granite or quartz?”  The quick answer is:  “It depends.”  Both materials come in

Dovetail Drawers Add Strength and Durability

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Dovetailed drawer before assembly. The tails (L) and pins (R) mesh when joined and make a virtually unbreakable joint

Dovetail drawers have a long history of quality

Dovetail joinery is a construction technique that evolved millennia ago and has been found in Egyptian tombs from the First Dynasty as well as in the tombs of Chinese emperors.  It has been used in a wide range of applications from delicate jewelry boxes to timber-framed homes.  Tails and pins are fashioned to exacting standards and then slipped together, locking and forming a joint with great tensile strength.  Dovetail joinery is a sign of quality that’s easy to recognize and the technique is even used as a design element in a variety of

Finish Possibilities Part II – Neutrals!

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Remember “The Brady Bunch?”

Different doesn’t have to mean dangerous.

You can classify looks like the orange and green of the 70’s or the hunter green of the 90’s, as a fad that becomes old and unworkable when tastes shift and the inevitable next trend appears.  In the last few years, the fashionable colors have been neutrals, but the word “trend” just doesn’t fit them.  Beige, gray or taupe may be the predominant color in a room, but they can also serve as a foundation for any color – and it’s a foundation with staying power.

The range of colors in Merillat’s Masterpiece line stretches from a placid Dove White up through a dramatic Onyx and includes Merillat’s vibrant Cardinal, a red painted finish that’s a great color for an island or a butler’s pantry.  

Finish Possibilities Part I – White


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Decisions, decisions, decisions.

There’s a wide range of stained and painted finishes to choose from when selecting a finish color for your new kitchen, which means this can be a very tough choice.  Neutral pastels in light gray and creamy tones are coming to the fore but white-painted cabinets are classic, reaching back more than 100 years.  Between 1900 and 1920, when cities began focusing on improving the health of their residents, many inaugurated water systems.   This began a wave of modernization, with an emphasis on cleanliness and good hygiene as the ideal.  As the concept of the hygienic kitchen took hold, many manufacturers started producing white cabinets to appeal to the modern expectations of their customers.