Kitchen Remodeling: 3 Tips for Picking the Perfect Backsplash

From color to material and beyond, there are plenty of factors to consider when choosing the perfect backsplash. Get help through the kitchen remodeling process with these three keys to choosing the perfect one!


During your kitchen remodel, choosing the right backsplash for your space could potentially fall through the cracks — no pun intended. But your backsplash can change the entire look and vibe of your kitchen, so it’s an important factor — and the options are endless! That’s why Accent Design has compiled the three keys to consider when going through the kitchen remodeling decision process:


#1: Functionality
The main purpose of a backsplash is to prevent damage from cooking, water and erosion. Typically the backsplash covers the space between counters and cabinets, but can go higher if desired. When deciding on your backsplash, consider the ease of clean-up, as well as accessibility. We love tasteful yet easy-to-clean options that can work as a statement piece while also serving as a functional asset in your kitchen.

Part of a backsplash’s functionality is also its durability. Throughout an extensive kitchen remodeling process, you’ll want to pick materials that will last for the long haul — without sacrificing style or appearance. Tiles made of porcelain, ceramic, glass and concrete serve as great, durable options that are built to handle normal wear and tear.


#2: Appearance
A backsplash can be a focal point in your kitchen, so you want it to look great! Between size, material and color, it can be overwhelming to decide what looks best. This is where samples can become your best friend. One of the best ways to choose a backsplash is to live with it for a time. At Accent Design, we’ll bring backsplash samples to your home and help you decide what works best in the space.  Place these samples next to your wall for a couple days to see what you prefer — living with samples in your space can give you a better idea of what truly works.


#3: Cost
The cost of a backsplash depends on a number of things: the material, size, grout, trim pieces, installation and more. Depending on what you want your backsplash to look like, prices will vary. For example, say you want a less expensive tile that doesn’t lack in appearance — you might opt for ceramic tiles rather than porcelain or glass. Although thinner, ceramic tile comes in a variety of patterns and formats and can meet your stylistic needs without breaking the bank.

This is also where a design team can come into play. With your budget in mind, Accent Design can show you mock-ups, provide samples and integrate your vision throughout the kitchen remodeling process. Plus, thanks to our relationships with high-quality manufacturers, Accent Design can ensure you get a high-quality selection of materials at the best price. 


Although backsplash options are endless, our designers can help you select the perfect solution. At Accent Design, we help homeowners find kitchen backsplash materials, styles and sizes that fit your vision, while also meeting your budget. Contact us to find the perfect backsplash — and more — for your kitchen remodeling project.

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets

Your cabinets aren’t just one of the most visible and functional components of your kitchen, they’re also one of the biggest investments you’ll make during your remodel. That’s why selecting the right kitchen cabinets is essential — and Accent Design can help. We’ve put together five tips to help you pick out the perfect kitchen cabinets.


Your kitchen style should be as unique as you are — and your kitchen cabinet choices will play an important role in the overall feel of your new space. Whatever your design tastes, Accent Design has compiled five tips to help you choose the perfect cabinets for your kitchen remodel:


#1: Expand your horizons
Before picking out colors, materials and hardware, spend some time looking at different styles to see what draws you in.  Perhaps you already know you want an industrial style kitchen — great! But if you’re unsure, we recommend a little research. Selecting the right kitchen cabinets is a major factor in a kitchen’s overall theme, so online research is a great place to start. You can also contact the Accent Design team to receive physical samples and digital mock-ups of possible selections, or to schedule a showroom visit.


#2: Go against the grain
Kitchen cabinets are made out of many different kinds of materials, including laminate, melamine, veneers and (most commonly) wood. Don’t be afraid to try new styles! Choose the cabinets that fit your personal style, while also remembering that the material you choose will impact cost, color and durability. Maple, for example, is a versatile option — it can be stained, painted and distributed at a relatively low cost.


#3: Get creative
Choosing your kitchen cabinets is a fun and important step for setting the entire tone of your kitchen. Currently, white is by far the most common cabinet color, followed by natural wood tones and other neutral colors (gray, black, dark green, beige, etc.). White tends to be the most popular color choice for kitchen cabinets because it appears fresh and clean, but there are other suitable, fun colors to choose from. Check out our Aina Haina Kitchen Remodel for some color inspiration.


#4: Consider your hardware
Though a seemingly minor element of your kitchen cabinets, the type of hardware you choose can impact the overall feel of your kitchen. For example, if you enjoy the farmhouse style, you might opt for distressed white or natural wood cabinets with dark hardware. Or if you prefer a modern look, your kitchen cabinets might use sleek metal hardware with clean, solid colors. View our Manoa Bathroom Remodel, where we combined natural, organic wood elements with sleek metal hardware for a unique, contemporary look.


#5: Don’t forget functionality
Cabinets protect dishware from dust and provide increased storage space for food, dishes and other kitchen appliances and accessories. But kitchen cabinet functionality can vary depending upon your unique needs. Do you hate the sound of slamming cupboards? Cabinetry with soft-close features (like all cabinetry chosen by Accent Design) is a simple, yet important feature that can set the tone of your kitchen. You can also get creative when it comes to storage space. Many kitchens have standard “dead zones” where tricky areas are left unused or simply dysfunctional. Take a look at the corner cabinet solution from our Maunalani Heights renovation, which is one of our favorite examples of creative space-saving kitchen hacks


During a kitchen remodel, there are a lot of factors to manage and decisions to be made. One of the benefits of working with a team like Accent Design is that we work to understand your needs, then recommend options and provide samples to help you visualize your new kitchen. Plus, we work with you throughout every step of the kitchen cabinet design and installation process to ensure that the finished kitchen exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to see some of the latest kitchen cabinet styles that could be just right for your island home.

5 Tips for Space-Savvy Kitchen Remodeling

Adding square feet to your existing home isn’t always an option. So how do you make your kitchen remodeling dreams come true with such limited space? Accent Design is coming to the rescue with our top five tips for a functional kitchen.

We’ll never stop stressing the importance of utilizing every inch of valuable real estate in your kitchen. Many homes, especially older homes in Hawaii, weren’t built with this smart use of space in mind. But don’t let poor planning leave you with wasted space in your kitchen! These kitchen remodeling tips can help you get the most out of your renovation.

#1: Don’t be afraid to be creative
We firmly believe in pushing boundaries to come up with inventive ways to utilize every inch of your kitchen. There are some standard “dead zones” in many kitchens where tricky areas are left unused or simply dysfunctional. One of our favorite examples is the corner cabinet. Instead of awkward drawers that bump into one another—or one huge cabinet that’s too deep to access—why not consider another option? The corner cabinet solution from our Maunalani Heights renovation is one of our favorite examples of creative kitchen remodeling.

Kitchen remodeling project with corner cabinets
Hawaii kitchen remodel with "fun sized" cabinets

#2: Consider “fun sized” cabinets
Often times, there won’t be enough room to add another full-size cabinet, so the space is left empty and unused instead. This is yet another dead zone that could be turned into something much more useful! We love creating smaller, “fun sized” cabinets and pull-out drawers for things like spice racks or hidden trash bins to utilize the extra space.

#3: Creatively hide the clutter
Any amount of clutter on a smaller kitchen’s countertops looks crowded—trust us. One of our favorite creative solutions is to install a cabinet face that pulls down to hide any appliances that you don’t want to put on display. This leaves the appliances at easy access, while keeping your countertops looking nice and open when they’re not in use.

Hiding clutter in kitchen remodeling project
Kitchen remodeling project with pull-out drawers

#4: Install organizational elements
Organization is important in any kitchen, but especially when you’re trying to optimize limited space. There are all sorts of tools and tricks to make your kitchen functional and organized, minimizing clutter and wasted space. We love pull-out shelves and rotating storage bins for baking pans and small appliances.

#5: When all else fails, create more room
You may not be able to add additional square feet, but there are still sneaky ways for you to create more prep space. We love utilizing fold-out butcher blocks to place additional appliances on, like blenders or food processors. This way, you can tuck them away when you don’t need them, and you don’t have to waste valuable counter space on non-essentials.

Hawaii kitchen renovation with additional countertop space

At Accent Design, we’re experts at optimizing your kitchen space for your unique needs. Contact us to learn how we can help you with your next home remodeling project.