New Home With Gray and Black Painted Kitchen and Farmhouse Inspiration in Every Room

This Spring we have just felt so overwhelmed with appreciation for our customers and our builder relationships. Your support of Village Home Stores has kept our hearts so darn full while our showroom has had to be more empty. There are still so many new homes going up throughout the Quad Cities region. It is such an honor to work with so many area builders to put our design and products into their work. Our new home customers find that an appointment and the short drive to our one-stop-shop saves them time and money. Much of the process can even be done online through our login system. Together we can build a team of experts from each department for new home clients to help to create fully realized finished spaces. A great example is this Kerkhoff Homes property that just finished up in Bettendorf Iowa. Check out this dream kitchen!

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

We wanted to take some time to show you around the many highlights from this project beginning with a tour of the open-concept great room kitchen. The element that is first to grab your attention in the kitchen is the tiled backsplash area on the range wall. The main backsplash tile throughout the kitchen and dry bar area is a 1″x4″ Tundra Gray by Epic Stone. It is accented with a shimmering wide stripe of metal mosaic that cascades from ceiling to cooktop. This Falling Stars Aluminum Mix series in the Platinum Moon color is from our Glazzio Tile line. It blends mixed metallic finishes in grays and silvers.

Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood
Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood

This tile looks so perfectly at home surrounded by the “Fog” painted Koch cabinetry and Stainless Steel appliance package. A pot filler faucet in matte black has also been installed on the accent tile. This adds function and style to the cooking zone. The star of the kitchen appliances in this new home is the 48″ wide KitchenAid commercial style range. For serious home chefs, curious future home chefs, or households who entertain large groups, this range is a dream! 4′ wide with two oven cavities, this is a dual fuel model range. That means that you get the accuracy and constancy of an electric bake or broil in the ovens and the immediate control of a gas cooktop. Shop dual fuel ranges here at villagehomestores.com

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle

Atop that double oven is 4′ of exceptional cooktop surface. A combined 6 gas burners and an integrated griddle. A continuous grate system over the burners allow a user to move pans of all sizes from one location to another. It also makes a great wide surface for cooling items from the oven. This is illustrated below by “Lord Stanley” who is monitoring the status of some cookies cooling.

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores

The cabinetry in this Bettendorf kitchen is from our Koch Classic line in the best-selling Savannah doorstyle. This flat-panel door is the perfect Transitional selection that can work for many tastes. It can be ordered in painted and stained finishes. Shown here with the painted light gray “Fog” finish on the perimeter and “Black” paint on the kitchen island. The Fog paint is a wonderful neutral finish option for spaces that have a lot of whites and want a subtle compliment.

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Light gray and black painted cabinets and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Our most requested feature for new home kitchen designs is a hidden pantry (also modeled here by Lord Stanley who just wanted to make sure we weren’t after his treats). We are able to order a matching tall cabinet front with no bottom rail from our cabinet companies. This allows you to create an entrance that looks like a normal pantry, but opens to reveal a hidden walk-in space. Want to see more examples of hidden pantries? Check out this storage solutions board on our Pinterest page!

Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.

Fresh and frozen food storage is found on the other wall of the kitchen design. We surrounded a counter-depth French Door refrigerator with a deep upper cabinet and tall end panels. This gives a built in and clean finished look. Concerned about losing storage space with a counter depth model? You no longer have to be! This counter-depth KitchenAid model is the largest capacity counter-depth refrigerator in its class! It has a slide-away split shelf, self-close crispers, and a custom temperature pantry drawer.

Gray and black painted kitchen with counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Gray and black painted kitchen with Kitchen Aid counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Selecting lighting for an entire new home can be overwhelming to do on your own. Thank goodness we have a lighting expert on staff who is dedicated to working for all of our new home customers! Setting up an appointment with our lighting department allows us to sit down with you, your plan, and your budget. In that first appointment we can help determine your personal style and tastes and begin to curate an estimate for you through our online login program. Don’t forget that our new home customers can also qualify for our Lighting Bundle Program at Village.

Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

In this great room we provided three medium-sized pendants for above the kitchen island, a dinette light, and ceiling fans. Working with a lighting expert allows you to create a lighting plan using multiple brands and styles that compliment each other. This is so much better for a finished result than just buying a whole series of the same lighting in varied sizes. We love the jar shape of the Uttermost “Lansing” island pendants and the complimenting finishes in a difference shape and style for the dinette area just beyond the kitchen.

Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

Below the pendant lights and right at the center of all kitchen activity is the kitchen sink. A farmhouse style apron sink has become another staple feature for many styles of homes. Here we have created the perfect prep and cleanup space by including a pull out waste basket to the right of the sink, and a KitchenAid dishwasher to the left. Quiet at just 39 decibels (normal conversation is about 50), you can run this dishwasher any time of day or night without disrupting music or television use in the great room.

White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores
White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores

The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are a marble-look engineered quartz surface called “Calacatta Laza”. This color is a fantastic marble fake-out in a durable and foodsafe surface. We are learning now more that ever that it is important to help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria within your home. Quartz countertop surfaces are non-porous so they will not absorb stains, cleaners, or any other “ickies” that may be on these cute paws below. Quartz surfaces can be cleaned with any non-abrasive cleaners and many times our customers just use mild soap and water.

Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.
Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.

Let’s head to the bar to celebrate and toast this new home! The same quartz surface and “Fog” painted cabinetry was installed as an extension to the kitchen in a dry bar area. Here we included a finished cabinet interior and glass doors for the upper cabinets and a built-in space below for beverage coolers. The result is a large built in bar area that keeps a light, airy, and inviting feel for use.

Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

The two under counter appliances built in are stylish and super functional. With a counter-depth refrigerator as the main kitchen fridge, these glass-front models allow for added beverage storage outside of needing to use the main fridge. On the left is a wine cellar unit with two temperature zones within. On the right is a glass-front undercounter refrigerator. Glass-front bar fridges are fantastic for households who entertain because you have a clear way-finding clue day and night for guests to serve themselves without feeling sneaky trying to find the drinks.

Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

And while “Lord Stanley” is the guardian of the pantry in this house, it looks like “Cy” here is the bouncer for this bar! This entire new home is stunning and fit with many high end products. We wanted to take a moment to point out the flooring in these spaces. Would you believe this ISN’T real hardwood? In photos and even in person it will fool you! This is actually a floating luxury vinyl plank floor. We wanted to point out that many of our new home customers are selecting luxury vinyl planks and tiles and the look and performance is still high end!

Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores
Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores

The great room, kitchen, foyer, study, dining room, sunroom, and stairway landings are all installed in the Adventure II series “Rain Forest” vinyl plank from our Engineered Floors line. Vinyl planks come in such a wide variety of sizes, colors, and even textures. Village Home Stores has a lot of options for your new or existing home in this flooring category. You will also be delighted for the added piece of mind with the warranties on many of these vinyl planks. Looking for a flooring surface for your active household that is pet-friendly, durable, and even waterproof? Then reach out to us for a quote today. We also provided wall tile for this home in the showers, mentioned kitchen, and the two textured statement walls shown below.

Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes

The fireplace wall and powder room vanity wall each are fit with a ledger tile. This same “Siberian White Honed Ledger” is installed horizontally as a fireplace surround and then vertically in the powder room. A pair of a smaller version of the kitchen island pendants are hung in the powder room. The light cast onto this tile looks so amazing! Texture and dimension in a neutral and classic material. And speaking of texture, check out this stunning tray ceiling in the master bedroom!

Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores
Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores

There is something to love in every room of this new home. The laundry room in this Kerkhoff Homes new build is large and perfectly located in the plan. Near the active great room space but out of sight, it is easy to stay on task with laundry throughout the day. And with the connected features of this smart Maytag front load laundry pair, it is even easier to stay on task. You can use the app to monitor and control features when you’re away from home or just in another room. The connected laundry allows you to receive notifications and alerts when the load is done. And any Maytag customer can appreciate that you can even avoid some service calls by connecting your appliance to the app.

Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room. Design and materials from Village Home Stores
Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room.

Want to see more from this beautiful new home? We have uploaded a whole album of photos as a project to our Best of Houzz-winning profile. Find that project here and save some of these images to your own ideabooks for a project with Village Home Stores. Are your ready to start that project with us? Your first step is to just reach out. We can answer any questions you have about our new home or remodel design process. Our expert team is just a message or a phone call away. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by dropping your information in the webchat right here on the blog.

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Morrison, IL Kitchen Remodel With Two Tone Cabinets

This kitchen remodel feature brings us to a home in Morrison, IL where a new kitchen was part of a major remodel overhaul to the home. A room addition on the back end of the home and this new open kitchen layout have helped to create a new flow to the spaces. We also installed new flooring, lighting, and remodeled a hall bathroom during the process. We love a two tone kitchen design and for this kitchen, we combined two finishes AND two of our cabinet lines to get the perfect look for this household.

Morrison IL kitchen remodel with island, wood hood, and tall pantry cabinets. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Morrison IL kitchen remodel with island, wood hood, and tall pantry cabinets.

The kitchen perimeter cabinetry comes from our Dura Supreme line. The doorstyle is named “Highland” and has been painted in the “Moonstone” finish. The accent finished wood hood, island, and pantry wall are all from our Koch Classic line of cabinetry. The “Prairie” door is the perfect compliment to the perimeter cabinetry. These accent items are in a Hickory wood stained a warm gray “Stone” finish. If you are looking for a great wood stain that compliments many tones of grays out there, ask to see a sample of this finish on all wood species. We even two toned the countertop surfaces in this kitchen. The kitchen island is a statement Cambria Quartz surface named “Langdon” and the solid-colored perimeter quartz is the “Manchester” design.

Two tone kitchen with island in a remodeled Morrison, IL home.
Two tone kitchen with island in a remodeled Morrison, IL home.

The glass door cabinets were given a two tone look by ordering contrasting interior shelves. Including glass door cabinets in your design is a great way to add interest and offer display areas keeping the items contained and uncluttered. We always suggest to include our Diode LED tape lighting on the interior of glass cabinets. This really creates a stunning display space and the cabinets can also be used as an ambient light source day and night. We also installed this bestselling LED system for the undercabinet lighting in the new kitchen.

Lighted glass door cabinet in kitchen with contrasting interior shelves.
Lighted glass door cabinet in kitchen with contrasting interior shelves.

Of course there is plenty of great storage throughout the new kitchen design. Starting with this wall cabinet extension capping off the end of the sink wall. We love using this style of a drawered wall cabinet in bathroom designs to separate the two bowl areas. Of course this is a great kitchen cabinet as well! Think of how many uses you could have for these long and shallow drawers to keep clutter off your counters.

Kitchen wall cabinet with drawers down to countertop.
Kitchen wall cabinet with drawers down to countertop.

The corner of a kitchen design is always an opportunity to maximize storage when possible. Here we installed an angled front wall cabinet and base cabinet. This shape of a corner base cabinet allows you to gain a deeper and more accessible corner countertop surface. Inside of this base cabinet is a wooden lazy susan tray on two shelves. This sturdy design replaces the pole lazy susans of the past. Ask your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores to see all of your cabinet options for a corner in your own kitchen design.

Wood corner super susan cabinet in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Wood corner super susan cabinet in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen.

This kitchen design must have been “written in the cosmos” because ironically the cabinet finish and the tile share the same “Moonstone” name! An elongated beveled wall tile from our Glazzio line in the Gemstone 3″ x 12″ series and “Grey Moonstone” color. The added bevel details adds interest, shadow, and texture without introducing another color to the tile. An accent tile area has been installed above the cooktop in a mosaic of Elongated Hex tiles in the “Silhouette” colorway from our Jeffrey Court line.

Wood hood cabinet with range hood insert.
Wood hood cabinet with range hood insert in a remodeled kitchen with accent tile area above cooktop.

The appliances in this kitchen are from our dependable and strong Maytag line. Shown above is a front-control electric range with True Convection features. Curious what “convection” means or what type is right for you? Check out this short segment from our TV show where we unpack all that info for you. Don’t forget that we offer appliance sales and service to a large area and you can get a fair price while supporting our small business with your appliance purchases. Shop our appliances online and get our Local Low Price Guaranteed at villagehomestores.com

kitchen island with wine bottle storage on end
Gray stained kitchen island with wine storage in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen.

The accented “Stone” stained cabinets in this kitchen include a wood hood, the kitchen island, and the cabinetry surrounding the refrigerator. Wood hood cabinets can truly elevate your kitchen design. We love the customized look they give. Not sure what to put inside of it? Don’t worry! Our team will help you select the correct style and power for an insert for these cabinets. A counter-depth french door refrigerator is surrounded in this kitchen by tall pantry cabinets. Just look at all of that great storage! These two tall cabinets plus a deep cabinet above can honestly store as much (perhaps more?) than a walk-in pantry can.

Gray stained tall pantry cabinets surround a refrigerator in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Gray stained tall pantry cabinets surround a refrigerator in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen.

To the left of the pantry and refrigerator area is a small landing space. We installed a wall outlet from our Radiant series that includes USB plugins. This makes it a great place for charging devices, sorting mail, keys, and papers in the cabinets above and below. Just around the corner from the new kitchen is an entirely new room in the home. A stunning new spacious four seasons space with a statement ceiling. A 65″ wide farmhouse inspired fan named “Gentry” looks perfect in the space in the “Anvil Iron” finish.

Kichler ceiling fan with remote in a Morrison, IL four seasons room.
Kichler ceiling fan with remote in a Morrison, IL four seasons room. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

Don’t forget that our expert start to finish kitchen remodel team is also your expert start to finish bathroom remodel team. In this home a hall bathroom has been transformed to now become a stylish new space. Fit with a single sink vanity, framed mirror, and toilet topper cabinet. The same Hickory “Stone” cabinetry from our Koch Cabinetry line is used and we love seeing it paired with this rich mosaic tile in a variety of colors.

Cambria Skara Brae vanity top and glass wall tile installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom. Bathroom designed by Angela Weisbrod and remodeled by Village Homes Stores.
Cambria Skara Brae vanity top and glass wall tile installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom.

The Cambria Quartz vanity top is one of our favorite parts of the entire project! Look at how stunning this Skara Brae surface is! Cambria is a wonderful choice for a bathroom vanity top. It is extremely durable, resistant to the heat of hair care appliances, and wipes clean with just soap and water or any mild cleaner. Nothing spilled on the surface will be absorbed into that gorgeous pattern or cause a stain. With any natural or engineered stone surface in a bathroom we are also able to undermount a sink to the slab of surface. This makes cleanup even more simple and keeps the look clean.

Cambria Skara Brae vanity top with undermounted bowl and faucet in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom.

To see more images from this home remodel visit the project here on our best of Houzz-winning profile. If you are looking at tiling a custom shower with Village Home Stores, then be sure to check out this ideabook also on our Houzz page that showcases many showers we have installed in the Quad Cities region. It is a great place to get inspiration for tiled shower entrances, drains, door systems, shelves, niches, and benches. Our team can help you transform an area of your bathroom into the custom shower retreat you deserve. In this bathroom we tiled a large area and included grab bars and a hinged glass shower door.

Custom tiled shower with glass wall tile accents and glass door installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom. Bathroom designed by Angela Weisbrod and remodeled by Village Homes Stores.
Custom tiled shower with glass wall tile accents and glass door installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom.

Are you ready for your own remodel story to begin with us? Our team can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Our goal is to make the remodel process as enjoyable as possible. We have a very detailed process for estimating, designing, and installing your new kitchen or bathroom space. And we assure you our team is fun and friendly to work with. If you are ready to get started just reach out. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or text with us directly from our website villagehomestores.com Walk-ins are welcome but your best experience with our team begins with an appointment in the showroom. Our showroom is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment.

Gray Stained Hickory Home Bar With Matte Black Counters

The gorgeous kitchen we shared in our last blog post wasn’t the only area that we worked on in this Betendorf Iowa home. Village Home Stores provided design and materials for this home from our Cabinetry, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, Wall Tile, Lighting, and Hardware departments. So let us take a trip from that open concept upstairs, and wander down to the lower level of this home to see the bar area. On our way downstairs, take a look at the stairwell flooring selections we installed.

Combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Dreamweaver carpeting in Metropolitan Iron Frost color and Engineered Oak in Saddle finish.
A combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Flooring by Village Home Stores.

The “Saddle” engineered oak flooring from the upstairs great room is repeated on the stairwell landing. This breaks up the carpeting and adds such a rich look to the space. Our best-selling DreamWeaver Metropolitan Series carpeting has been installed in the bedrooms, closets, and lower level of this home. The “Iron Frost” color is the perfect neutral. It blends beige and gray colors to create a soft, comfortable floor surface. This DreamWeaver carpet is a solution dyed carpet. That means it won’t fade, show wear, stain, or show bleach stains from spot cleaning. The color of this carpeting is the same throughout the entire fiber of the carpet, not just the outside surface. Learn more about this PureColor® Technology here on the DreamWeaver website. But for now… let’s head to the bar!

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, black pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.

Wow! What a handsome wet bar in such a small footprint! Proof that just a few cabinets and a great bar design can upgrade the look and function of any entertaining space. This back bar with sink and front bar-height counter is a perfect layout. Wall cabinets with a single lower drawer bookend each side and extend all the way down to the counters. A glass mosaic tile accents the the back wall and is capped off at the top with a crown molding.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.

This tiled wall can be used in a number of ways. Shelving can be added, wall art, a clock, a wall-mount TV, or just as we have it shown. Designing a home bar doesn’t mean you have to install an entire second kitchen in your home. Many customers include a sink and just a few appliances in their design. In this home we installed a single glass-front beverage cooler and microwave drawer with a bar sink and plenty of cabinet storage.

Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock. - Village Home Stores
Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock.

The “Stone” stain from our Koch Cabinetry line has quickly become a bestseller this year. We have installed this finish as whole kitchen projects as well as accent islands and many bathroom vanities. Here in this wet bar we applied this warm gray stain to Koch’s Prairie door in a Hickory wood. Amerock handles in a “Gunmetal” finish look amazing against the stained wood. This home is located in Bettendorf, Iowa but we must mention that the name of this handle from Amerock is “Davenport” how fun is that!?

Golden Lighting mini pendant lights with chain in Pewter finish hang in a Betendorf Quad Cities home bar.

The other metal finishes in this bar compliment this Gunmetal finish with the Stainless appliances and Pewter lighting fixtures from Golden Lighting. Three mini pendants hang above the bar height seating area. These mini-pendants are stylish and notice they are on a chain! Have a tricky light location in your current home? Don’t forget you can “swag” anything on a chain or cord! Snap a photo of your space and ask a Village Home Stores lighting expert about your options.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.

Across the room is a game table area. We installed a larger pendant light from this same Golden Lighting series there. The same lines and style of the mini-pendants in a larger scale. The lighting selected in this home all looks so great as you walk throughout the house. Selecting lighting for your home can be a fun process and the right lights can add so much personality to a finished space.

Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.
Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

You don’t have to have every single light fixture in a home match each other. In fact the best lighting plans we work on include lights from varied brands and use varied finishes. Press play below to see a few of the fixtures we installed all under the same roof of this home:

Many of the metal finishes in the rest of the home are a matte black or dark bronze finish. We love the graphic look of a black fixture against a neutral background like a white kitchen or a foyer ceiling. Black is a great accent color to consider. Upstairs in this home we included a painted black island in the kitchen. In the lower level bar we used a black granite countertop.

Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

This is a natural stone top called “Black Pearl” and that soft, leathery look you see in these images comes from the “Brushed” finish applied to the granite. Instead of a high-gloss polished stone, these slabs are roughed up with an entirely different set of tools to give the stone a touchable texture without the dark, high-gloss black granite look. Black Pearl Brushed granite is a great surface to consider if you are looking to accent your design with some matte black finishes and want a durable surface.

Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

The front of the bar design is constructed with two base cabinets set at a bar height. A half-wall was built and and paneling surrounds the finished peninsula. An outlet is located on the end of this bar for crockpots, charging devices, or a blender. A furniture style baseboard molding completes the look where the toespace meets the tiled floors.

Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinets and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops.

Of course a home bar needs cold beverages! And this 24″ undercounter Danby cooler has a glass-front and a 5.3 cu. ft. capacity. It holds up to 112 beverage cans and 11 bottles of wine! Shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. This bar area will be perfect for entertaining groups of any size. It is located on one end of the lower level family room space. Sliding doors to the backyard makes this bar just steps from outdoor gatherings as well.

Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.
Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.

Our cabinetry is not just for kitchens, bars and bathrooms. We designed matching Hickory “Stone” built-in cabinetry for the lower level fireplace wall. This wall turned out so great! Let’s revisit this carpeting selection (shown below) one more time as we notice the blend of warm neutrals looks perfect with the stone selected for the fireplace. The “Stone” stain is the perfect compliment as it offers a great contrast and blends in with so many of the on-trend grays available in home furnishings and accessories now.

Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

While the layout of a “built-in” cabinet hasn’t changed much over time, how we style one has. Some homes still pack shelves full of layers of books or movies and others keep it minimal or seasonal with decor. Typically a built in area includes doored base cabinets with open shelving above. A modern take on this can be seen when floating shelves are installed with no side or back. Here we installed full-height door bases and bookshelf cabinets trimmed off with crown molding. The Hickory crown molding travels across the fireplace section and connects to the opposite shelf side.

Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

Ready to start designing your own home bar or lower level entertaining space with Village Home Stores? We are here to help! We have access to many brands to suit any budget and can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Get inspired from other home bar projects we have completed by visiting this Pinterest board or this Houzz ideabook. When you are ready to take the first steps for your own project, just reach out. Call us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. Cheers!

Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

Village Home Stores has the great privilege to design so many incredible kitchens in a year. Lifestyle magazines, the internet, and apps like Pinterest and Houzz have revolutionized how our customers are able to narrow down their own personal styles. Because these platforms can showcase that every project can be different from the next, our own clients are beginning to embrace a very important revelation in 2017: you don’t have to do whatever your neighbor is doing. It is your home, make it reflect you! Even in the category of New Construction homes we still can say that every single home is different from the next. Take for example, this new Colona, IL home completed by Heartland Builders:
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including black painted Koch cabinets and quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have shared countless white painted kitchens here on the blog but this space is a refreshing contrast. Black painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the full-overlay “Savannah” door. An L-shaped layout is met in the corner with a pantry and a bat-wing shaped kitchen island angles in towards the kitchen. Seating for 4 surrounds the kitchen island.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is in the very center of the island and a bar-height top blocks view into the sink from the Living Room area. Quartz tops in the “Fossil Grey” color are installed in a standard Eased edge profile. This new Maytag® french door refrigerator includes the easy-to-clean, Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish. The refrigerator caps the end of the kitchen area and in a small niche for the Great Room a bar area has been installed.
Bar area in kitchen including Danby glass-front beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

This space is stylish and convenient when entertaining. A glass-front beverage cooler from our Danby® line frees up space in the main refrigerator and allows hosts and guest easy access to beverages. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting perfectly illuminates the American Olean “Appeal” glass mosaic backsplash.  This bar area has been tiled completely in the “Transcendent” mosaic. As mentioned before, the appliance package in this new home is by Maytag®.  Maytag is dependable and has the warranty to back that statement up! Each of the new Maytag® appliances in this space comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty on the main components of the unit. Stop by or call our expert appliance team at (309) 944-1344 to learn more about this warranty exclusive to Maytag®.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The appliances include the french door refrigerator, top-control dishwasher, microwave hood, and convection gas range. Each with their own 10 year limited parts warranty and in the Fingerprint Resistant Stainless finish. We love the look of the commercial-style hardware on the handles and knobs in this sleek space.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen has been installed within a great room that includes a living room area and dining space. The same Luxury Vinyl Tile has been installed throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, hall, mud room, and laundry. This LVT is the “Meridain” series from our Adura click-together line in the “Steel” color. The perfect neutral sleek and stylish platform for this Contemporary styled space.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring by Adura in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lighting selections for this home are fantastic and each can stand alone as a very unique art piece! Four elongated LED pendants hang above the kitchen island. These pendants from our Kuzco line are in the Satin Nickel finish. Sometimes a big design impact can be made with a low-profile item. These long, narrow fixtures are a great example. They almost create columns to the island but are easy to see past and around in the open space.
Modern and Contemporary lighting by Village Home Stores in a Heartland Builders kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 4-light chandelier hangs in the dinette area. This light is named “Coddington” and is from our Feiss line. Talk about sculptural! We are reminded of the balance and shapes of an Alexander Calder mobile when seeing this light.
4 light Coddington chandelier by Feiss in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the great room space a large 60″ ceiling fan is stunning! This fan is named “Proxima” and is from our Quorum line. The Satin Nickel finish is a perfect choice in this completed space. When turned on, it provides a lot of air flow and when the fan is turned off, it has an almost sculptural look.
Modern ceiling fan in a home by Heartland Builders including Quorum Proxima 60" ceiling fan. | VillageHomeStores.com

That corner pantry may look large enough, but open the doors and you will find that this is just a pantry front. This cabinet walk-through pantry front leads to a large walk-in pantry area. There is plenty of style AND storage in this space. New homes like this tend to have an “Open Concept” to the spaces but you need to plan for including plenty of storage options concealed from that “open” area. This walk-in pantry if perfect for food storage but also can be great for  other bulk household items.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including a walk-through pantry front. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here.
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Geneseo, IL- Basement Bar

We don’t just create amazing kitchen and bathroom designs at Village Home Stores. There are many other types of spaces in your home that a custom design might be needed for. The home bar is a fantastic example of one of these spaces. Sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name. If you are lucky enough to have a bar this amazing in your own basement…. you had better believe a LOT of folks will want to know your name! Grab a drink and let’s take a look around.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

This Geneseo, IL basement bar remodel brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “nah. I think I’ll just have some friends over and watch the game here”. Why would you ever have to go out when you have this at home? Truth is… you rarely even see real taverns with as beautiful of a custom bar anymore. Home bar design by Village Home Stores.

The barkeep here happens to be a bit of a Georgia Bulldogs fan but with a little bit of imagination you can picture it done up with your own team’s swag. Custom Rustic Cherry cabinetry has been distressed and a “Mocha” stain with “Black” accent glaze has been applied. The “Seneca” raised-panel doorstyle was used on the bar cabinetry. This raised-panel look is perfect for a Traditional styled bar created with the Koch Classic cabinetry.

Home bar featuring Georgia Bulldogs memorabilia. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main cabinets included in this home bar are only visible to the bartender himself. The most important view of this space is as a guest. The bar can comfortably seat 6 at the bar-height top and two more at the counter height top (shown above). behind those barstools are custom wainscot panels that perfectly compliment the cabinetry on the interior and back bar of the space.Wainscoting bar ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Wainscot panels are divided up with fluted column details and decorative wood corbel supports. As we share time and time again on this blog, details always make the design. Details you can see and appreciate plus details you can use and appreciate. Having a bar rail on the lower section of this bar helps make it really look complete.Including a bar rail on your project looks great and is so fantastic as a seated guest! Having a place to rest your feet when sitting at that height for extended amounts of time is important in making visitors feel comfortable. stainless_bar_rail

Traditional polished brass bar rail is still available but and updated look is created here by using a Stainless Steel bar rail system. Another detail that most female guests can appreciate are the purse hooks that were added just below the countertop overhang.purse_hook_on_bar

These hooks are very necessary in public establishments as a way to keep your handbag within reach and away from sticky floors. This home bar is very well kept so sticky floors are not a problem. Instead,the purse hooks are a thoughtful detail. Lets take a look at the back bar area that bar patrons can see.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

The wall has been fit with open shelves for bar accessories and memorabilia plus glass shelves for bottles and glassware. A 15″ wide built-in ice maker from KitchenAid provides uniform 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ sized cubes. What looks like a tall pantry cabinet to the left of the ice maker is actually access to the real “back of the house”. Press play below to see this walk-through pantry front that is an entrance to the storage area of the lower level.

As you turn the corner, a 27″ wide built-in combination microwave and wall oven has been included in the design. With a lot of guests you will need to feed them. This microwave and oven are perfect for helping with that task. Directly across from the oven on the counter-height bar is a small 2-burner electric cooktop perfect for prepping food and serving guests. Two-burner electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.comThis smooth cooktop takes up a small amount of space but adds a lot of function to this area of the home bar. The countertops installed on the bar are a granite named “Saturnia”. In place of a polished look to the stone, a “brushed” finish has been used. This creates a more matte look and enhances the texture and patterns of the stone. Of course with all the food and drinks getting served at this bar you will need a bar sink. Bar sink in a home bar designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comA single well Stainless Steel undermount sink is fit with a faucet and pullout sprayer. A garbage disposal button has been included to the left of the faucet. A tilt-out tray on the false drawer below the sink keeps sponges and dishrags out of sight when not in use. Of course cleaning up after entertaining is always made easier with a dishwasher. This 24″ KitchenAid is so quiet you could even have it running while entertaining. lighted_glass_shelvesA mirrored back wall and glass shelves make for an impressive display for memorabilia and bottles. Glassware can also look great in this application. A colorful light system was installed behind the glass shelves to illuminate the wall in the evening. Adding mirror is a great way to open up any space.KitchenAid beverage cooler in bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

A glass-front beverage cooler is accessed near the cooktop area below the lower counter height top. This cooler from KitchenAid can be used as a built-in (shown here in our design) or freestanding. The same is true of the 15″ ice maker.Georgia Bulldogs home bar. | VillageHomeStores.comThere is an impressive amount of space behind the bar. Great storage including sliding shelves, pullout trash bins, and drawers for tools and towels. For a large crowd there is even extra seating on the interior of the bar. All this seating plus pool, shuffleboard, a game table, and a walk-out to the backyard fire pit. Why would you ever need to go anyplace else but home? Another great element are the fluted columns that stretch from the bartop to the tray ceiling. Fluted columns in a home bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This same fluting detail can be found dividing the wainscot panels on the back of the bar. The carved wood corbel supports and fluted details are enhanced with the accent glaze that has been layered over the stain. This rich cherry wood, gorgeous granite tops,  and all of the design details create a home bar that outshines many of the public spaces opening up nowadays. We really love helping our customers make the most of their experiences at home. We love helping provide the perfect setting and creating spaces that bring people together. Cheers to these clients for welcoming us in to show you around this unforgettable home bar. custom_bar_cabinetsLooking for other great ideas for your home bar? Be sure to check out our ideabook on Houzz and our board on Pinterest for inspiration. Plus see the full album of photos from this home bar here on our Houzz page. We also want to raise a glass to Evergreen Custom Homes who installed this design and did a fantastic job. Are you ready to start the conversation about your own home bar design? Contact us today for an appointment. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out on our website and one of our designers will be in touch to start the process. Village_phone_number