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Creating Contrast in Your Kitchen Design: Part 1

March 14th, 2014      Leave a comment

By Stevie Storck

Designing your dream kitchen can be an overwhelming task.
There are so many decisions to make! Even after you’ve decided on your most functional and beautiful layout, there a still dozens of decisions to make regarding materials and finishes. What hardware are we going to choose? In what
finish? What type of flooring? What paint color? …The list goes on and on.

For many homeowners, this portion of the remodel process can be very frustrating. You may know the look and feel you want your kitchen to have, but are unsure of how to achieve that. Many homeowners’ first inclination is to “play it safe” and choose materials that are similar in color, like shades of beige to go with a medium wood tone cabinetry. While it’s true that the elements of this design will “match”, the overall effect will be a monotone kitchen where all the finishes blend together.

One of the things I talk about with all of my customers is
how important contrast is in a kitchen design. The best kitchen designs have a balance of light tones, medium tones and dark tones, no matter what shade your cabinetry is. Here is an example of how to create contrast if you are choosing white cabinetry for your kitchen remodel with embee & son.


White-on-white kitchens are a trend that isn’t going
anywhere – people love the light, fresh and bright feeling that they give. However, if you choose white for literally ALL of your finishes, your kitchen will go from feeling light and bright to sterile and institutional. This photo shows a successful white-on-white kitchen design. While white is the primary tone used on the cabinetry and tile backsplash, this designer added warmth with a medium tone hardwood floor and contrast with dark countertops and cabinetry
hardware. The overall effect is still light and airy feeling, but also grounded and balanced.


The Formula?

Primary Tone = Light

Secondary Tone =

Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Dark

Use this formula when selecting your finishes and you can’t
go wrong! In my next post, I will show you how to incorporate contrast if you are choosing medium and dark wood tone cabinetry for your kitchen remodel!

At embee & son, we have two interior designers who are
here, not only to create the best layout for the functionality of your kitchen, but also to guide you through the selections process to ensure that your end product is well-designed AND beautiful!

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.

Steam mops and hardwood flooring – not a good combination

February 28th, 2014      Leave a comment

“Can I use a steam mop on my hardwood flooring?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

Steam mops are not recommended or endorsed by hardwood, laminate, or vinyl plank flooring manufacturers. Introducing moisture through steaming can swell the joints of these products. The T.V. commercials show a “wood looking” floor being steamed, which is most likely standard sheet vinyl. Please enjoy steamed crabs and steamed shrimp, but sanitize your floors with cleaners developed for this purpose.

Steam Mops


Hardwood is a porous, natural surface and as soon as you have a spill, work quickly so you don’t harm the floor. Most of these floors are coated with a polyurethane that over time will begin to break down and expose the hardwood. This leaves the floor more prone to scratching. The easiest way to help prevent this breakdown is to properly take care of your flooring frequently by using natural and specific products.

Here are some ways to keep your hardwood floors clean:

Hard Surface Floor Cleaner

Use a professional flooring cleaner.
We carry a Shaw Floors product in our showroom made specifically for hard surfaces such as hardwood. Just follow the instructions for daily/weekly cleaning and maintenance on the label. This cleaner is suitable only for hardwood floors with a polyurethane finish, not on unfinished, unsealed, or waxed wood floors.

Use a vinegar mixture.
Be careful and dilute a half a cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water to clean your hardwood floors. After you’ve mopped the floor be sure to go over it with a soft, dry fabric so the floors do not remain wet.

Use a gentle brush or vacuum.
Make sure to purchase a brush or vacuum that are specially made for your hardwood floors. These vacuums have softer bristles as opposed to the hard bristles used for carpet. Hard bristles could scratch the floor. Use a soft, dry mop to dust the hardwood flooring regularly and keep them free from mud and debris as best you can. A micro fiber mop would be a great example of a soft, dry mop to use.

Use beeswax.
But only a few times a year. It’s a substitute to toxic polishes and finishes. This will make them greatly resistant to debris and dirt. Beeswax will also
give you a wonderful luster.

Maintaining the wood of your hardwood floors on a regular basis is going to extend the life of the floor. Always a plus when you invest in a beautiful, natural product that you want to be around for a long, long time.

If you have any questions for Patrick Helf, our flooring expert, please email him at: patrick@embeeandson.com.

embee - Pat Helf

He would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. 

Celebrating Our Very FIRST Houzz Award!

February 21st, 2014      Leave a comment

We Are Happier Than Clams Here At embee & son!

Houzz Press Release - embee & son

To say we were pleasantly surprised when we received the press release above from Houzz would be an understatement. We were overjoyed and ecstatic! Let us show you why we were awarded the “Best Of Houzz” by more than 16 million users monthly that comprise the Houzz community.

You can stop in to visit our expert staff in design and flooring, see
actual products we carry, and view photos of our completed showcase remodeling projects. embee & son, inc. has over 30 years experience in the building and remodeling industry, we’ve seen everything from the way your home was built to the products installed within. Check the embee & son Houzz page for all of our ideabooks and projects.

We are here to help you with every step of your project. From small to large, we can handle it all!

Exciting innovations in the ceramic tile – embee & son

February 6th, 2014      Leave a comment

“Are there any exciting innovations in the ceramic tile category?”

What a great question from one of our SMART Magazine readers!

Yes! Glass and stone 12″x12″ mesh-mounted panels that were introduced in a mixed medium format are very exciting. These products simplify the color coordination between Quartz and Granite countertops and any ceramic tile color palette. They feature copper and grey toned crackled glass that compliment oil rubbed bronze and stainless steel plumbing fixtures.

Here are a few samples of these mesh-mounted panels:

Ceramic Tile Examples


If you have any questions for our staff about these selections, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA. We have samples and options to show you just what beauty these mixed medium panels offer to your next kitchen remodeling or bath remodeling project.

“Why does our Vinyl Flooring have a grey haze?”

November 22nd, 2013      Leave a comment

Believe it or not, we receive this question quite often when people visit our showroom looking for new flooring. Currently they have sheet vinyl flooring in their home that has developed a grey haze over the years. Not sure as to why this grey haze is there, we are asked why.

Scratched Vinyl

The cause can usually be identified as the abrasion from the worn nylon buttons fastened to the legs of a stool. These wood casters, or even wooden legs, place minute scratches in the vinyl surface attracting dirt. This creates the grey haze you see above. This condition will improve with cleaning, but will reappear a short time later.

Armstrong Industries has developed floor protectors to eliminate this problem. They should be purchased at the time of all flooring covering replacements.

Scratched Vinyl Floor Protectors

We have these floor protectors in-stock for just $11.95 per package. A small investment for saving and extending the life of your floors.


November 15th, 2013      Leave a comment

Have you been searching for a solid surface counter top material recently? Do you want a unique natural stone product that is available in hundreds of patterns and colors? Do you want something different that your neighbor down the street may not have? Well granite may well be the answer for you! There are hundreds of color choices with many different patterns including veins, specks, and swirls. Granite is easy to clean and it is a sanitary counter top material because it does not harbor bacteria. And no two slabs are the same because of it being natural stone. Many people like the fact the color is all the way through the product.

Granite Samples

Some of the top benefits of granite counter tops are beauty,
affordability, durability, and a unique look. The beauty of your natural stone will still be seen in five years. Granite is hard to
scratch and you can place hot items such as griddles, fryers, and
toaster ovens that won’t burn or leave char marks. It is stain resistant with our 25 year warranty sealant. But not to worry if you do scratch it, repair is possible if it is damaged.
It’s not a trend, it’s strong, it’s kid friendly, and it’s so durable,
it will last your lifetime and more. So what are you waiting for? Come into the embee & son showroom and view the many samples we have.


Granite Collage


Have you ever wondered “WHAT IS MY KITCHEN STYLE?”

November 8th, 2013      Leave a comment

Finding your personal kitchen style is often times best discovered through photos instead of words. A photo can evoke strong feelings towards like and dislike, helping you to know which kitchen style is an expression of you. You’ll know it when you see it, as the old saying goes. In this post we will show you some kitchen styles from the kitchen remodeling portfolio from embee & son, inc.

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens give you with warm and cozy feelings of days gone by when making a living off the land was a way of life. The mainstays of this design are comfort and function while being stylish in today’s world. This kitchen showcases a classic farmhouse design incorporating inset cabinetry, bowtie hinges, and a butcher block island in custom paint
finishes. The original wood floor, exposed beams, and brick fireplace add to the character & charm creating that warm & inviting atmosphere.

Cottage Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens ooze with simplicity dating back to earlier times. It harkens to a lifestyle of simple & easy living. This kitchen displays the period details that are the key to a 1930’s stone cottage kitchen. It incorporates a farmhouse sink, inset doors, white subway tile, and furniture details that create a simple  and functional design in a small space. Octagon tile flooring emulates materials from the original era.

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens tend to follow a form that is more whimsical in respect to finishes and the forms it follows. They are clean, uncluttered, and simple while all the while remaining invitingly livable. This kitchen uses clean lines, simple detail, and an iridescent tile backsplash. The stone tile floor adds warmth keeping the space from being viewed as sterile.

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

This kitchen is also contemporary. Utilizing natural maple cabinets with oversized stainless steel hardware, it defines this space as contemporary. Leather accented barstools, bull nose edge profile granite countertops and the cove crown molding surely keep it clean.

Eclectic Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens break all the rules! You can mix and match to your hearts content. Refusing to conform to society’s view of a distinct style. You can have a style that is all you. This kitchen is a combination of finishes, materials, and textures. Using contemporary details joined with a traditional tone, the natural stone and granite bring all the style home to you.

Traditional Kitchen Remodel

Details are the true definition of a traditional style kitchen. These details whether it’s raised-panel cabinetry, decorative moldings, legs using furniture style, or arches… they all can convey the owners personal style. This kitchen uses classic raised panel cabinetry, stacked crown molding, bead board details on the island, a classic hardwood floor, furniture ends on cabinets, and an arched valance over the window.

Transitional Kitchen Remodel

These kitchens marry the best of traditional with contemporary. A warm welcome peppered with simple and clean lines. These spaces procur the harmony and balance needed in a busy household. The style is a wonderful
selection for balancing harmony and flexibility. This kitchen uses glazed painted cabinetry, oil rubbed bronze hardware, hardwood flooring, and stacked crown molding. A standard canvas to springboard into others styles by decorating selections leading to a neutral backdrop and following a favorite décor.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel

A rival to the clean white kitchens of today, rustic style is a more distressed and worn appearance incorporating stone, wood, brick, fireplaces, and more vintage appliances. This kitchen uses timber frame construction, hickory cabinetry, a stacked stone fireplace, and slate tile flooring. All components of an organic and rustic feel.

Don’t be surprised if you are confused about which style best suits you. Come into the embee & son, inc. showroom and talk with one of our kitchen design experts. We can help guide you through the process of discovering the kitchen of your dreams.

So, WHAT IS YOUR KITCHEN STYLE? Leave a comment, we’d love to know!


A little information about embee & son, inc.

embee & son, inc. is the premier retailer in kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and home fashions in York, PA and South Central, PA.

We offer custom kitchen designers and custom bath designers on our staff to make your home remodeling a hassle-free project from start to finish. If you’re in the market for something fresh to update your home, embee & son, inc. is here to help your dreams become reality.

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