Design Ideas Blog

Welcome to the Laurysen blog! We'll be posting useful hints and tips that will help you make your home even better.

Kitchen Design 101: Popular Cabinet Door Styles

 on Tuesday April 18, 2017

Whether you’re planning to resell your home or just have guests over for a visit, your kitchen is going to be noticed. One way to make a style statement is with the kind of cabinets and drawers you choose. You can go one of two ways: a more traditional lo ...

Video: One of Our Designers Explains Why You Should Choose Laurysen Kitchens

 on Tuesday April 11, 2017

Stephen Hnatyshyn has been a kitchen and bathroom designer with Laurysen Kitchens since 1991. He’s so good at both designing and helping clients that we promoted him to Sales Manager many years ago. In this video, he explains why our customers choose Laur ...

Laurysen Announces New Expanded Cabinet Manufacturing Facility

Posted
 on Wednesday April 5, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Laurysen Kitchens Ltd. has purchased a 23,000 square foot facility located at 7 Industrial St. in Carleton Place. This second plant will be a great addition to our main cabinet building facility and showroom, which will re ...

How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

 on Friday March 24, 2017

More and more people these days are moving into smaller homes. From millennials buying their first homes to empty nesters who are downsizing, apartments and townhouses are more popular than ever. But with these efficient, less expensive homes comes a smal ...

Laurysen Renovation Show - Feb 25, 2017

 on Thursday February 16, 2017

Thinking about a home renovation? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get information and ideas from local renovation experts at the Laurysen Renovation Show. When: Saturday February 25, 9 AM to 4 PM Where: At the Laurysen Kitchens showroom, loc ...

Laurysen Wins Houzz Best of 2017 Design Award

 on Tuesday January 24, 2017

Laurysen, one of Ottawa’s leading kitchen and bathroom renovation firms, is pleased to announce that we’ve won the Best of Houzz Design Award for 2017. We’re especially proud of this one, because this makes the third year in a row we’ve earned the award. ...

8 Top Bathroom Trends for 2017

 on Wednesday January 11, 2017

The bathroom is one of the most important spaces in our homes, and often one of the most underappreciated. They’re instrumental to our health: imagine life without sanitation and clean water. But they’re also an antidote for our stressful modern lives. A ...

Please Help Us Raise $10,000 for the Women's Cancer Service Centre

 on Thursday December 22, 2016

Last year, my friends and I shaved our heads to earn donations for a new biopsy chair for the Ottawa Hospital’s Breast Health Centre. We had so much fun that we’re doing it again this year! Three of my friends and I have pledged to raise $10,000 for th ...

The Best Holiday Decorating Trends for 2016

 on Tuesday December 6, 2016

The days are flying past, and the holidays will be here before we know it. If you’re wondering about the best way to bring some seasonal cheer to your home, we’ve collected some great suggestions from around the web. In 2016, purple, gold, red and white ...

Trend Alert: Dog Washing Stations in Mudrooms

 on Friday November 18, 2016

Image from Houzz If you love having a dog but are less fond of muddy paw prints, adding a dog washing station to your laundry room or mudroom is a great idea. It’s also one that’s been gaining in popularity in the last few years: they've been features ...

Halloween Decor Ideas 2016

 on Friday October 14, 2016

Searching for an idea to liven up your décor on the spookiest night of all? Here’s our roundup of some of the best ideas we’ve seen on the net. 1. Make an Entrance Mix painted pumpkins, jack o’ lanterns, and bare-bones grapevine wreath for a mixture o ...

Fall 2016 Home Decor Trend Report

 on Thursday September 29, 2016

Fall is here and design shows are popping up all over the world. People lucky enough to make the trip have been reporting in on the latest trends taking shape with designers in Europe and North America. This is also a traditional time for décor authoritie ...

9 Essential Custom Closet Design Ideas

 on Wednesday September 14, 2016

A well designed closet not only looks neater, it can actually make your life better. Just being able to find things easily can save endless time and frustration searching for what you need. Also, when you can see everything at a glance, you’re also more a ...

Over 100,000+ People Have Shared Laurysen Designs on Houzz

 on Monday August 29, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that our photos have been shared often enough on Houzz to earn us the “100K Saves” badge! That means over 100,000 people have posted Laurysen’s photos to their ideabooks. “We are very honoured and pleased that so many people hav ...

Renovation Cost Insights Revealed by Houzz Survey

 on Monday August 22, 2016

Houzz is an online design, architecture and renovation community used by over 35 million people worldwide. Homeowners use it for getting advice on their projects from other Houzzers, finding professional contractors, and even for shopping for décor. In J ...

Don’t Make These Kitchen Island Design Mistakes

 on Monday July 11, 2016

Adding an island to your kitchen is a great way to increase both counterspace and storage space. Considering that people always seem to need more of these two things, it’s a huge win. But not all islands work for all kitchens. Here are some key problems ...

Should I Upgrade My Kitchen Before Selling?

 on Monday June 20, 2016

Almost any home will sell, but the trick is selling it for the price you want. If a home sale is on the horizon you may be wondering if it’s worth it to make some upgrades in order to get that better price. Just as importantly, you want your home to sell ...

Can I Have Light Kitchen Cabinets With Dark Floors?

 on Friday May 27, 2016

One of the hardest parts of designing a new kitchen is choosing colours. Budget, the principles of effective kitchen design and the existing shape of the room often determine the overall layout. So in a way that part’s almost easier. But our customers oft ...

Laurysen Sweeps NKBA Ottawa Design Awards 2016

 on Tuesday May 3, 2016

Laurysen is thrilled to announce that we left the National Kitchen and Bath Association Ottawa awards ceremony with a grand total of 6 awards! We’re going to need a little more room on our trophy shelf soon, as we’ve recently won the Houzz Best of 2016 fo ...

The 7 Most Effective Solutions for Kitchen Organization

 on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Spring is in the air at last! Like most of us your thoughts are probably turning to spring cleaning and getting your kitchen organized. Your kitchen should make it easier to store, cook and clean up - not harder. If you find yourself moving things to get ...

5 Essential Seniors Bathroom Renovations

 on Monday March 14, 2016

As Canada’s population ages, more and more of us are thinking about making bathrooms safer for those who have reduced mobility. It’s easy to see why - falls account for more than half of all senior injuries, most falls occur at home, and the bathroom acco ...

We Raised $17,251 to Help Fight Breast Cancer!

 on Monday February 29, 2016

If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you’ll know that on February 13th we held a benefit dinner dance to help the Ottawa Hospital Breast Health Centre. Our goal was to raise $10,000 for a new biopsy chair to aid in the early detection of cancer cells ...

Laurysen Wins 20th Consumers Choice Award

 on Monday February 8, 2016

Laurysen is proud to announce that we’ve won the 2016 Consumer’s Choice Award in Ottawa for Best Kitchen Designers and Distributor. The entire team here at Laurysen wishes to thank its customers in the Ottawa-Gatineau area for voting for us. We work hard ...

There’s Still Time to Donate to Our Breast Cancer Benefit

 on Monday February 1, 2016

It’s early in February and we’re still trying to raise as much money as possible to benefit the Ottawa Hospital Breast Health Centre. As you may have read in my original post, the goal was to raise money for a biopsy chair that will allow the hospital to ...

Laurysen Kitchens’ Designs Voted Best of Houzz 2016

 on Monday January 18, 2016

We are so excited to announce we've been voted Best of Houzz 2016 in the Design category for the third year in a row. 35 Million Potential Voters Houzz is a database of hundreds of professional home renovation, design, architecture, landscape,  and cons ...

How to Trend Proof Your Kitchen

Posted by Natasha Nash
 on Monday January 4, 2016

Many of our customers ask us for a kitchen that will never go out of style. While we can’t predict the future, we can give you a kitchen that is easy to update. Laurysen designer Natasha Nash walks you through the secrets to timeless kitchen design in th ...

Kitchen Design Trends in 2016

 on Monday December 21, 2015

In late 2015, some wonderful kitchen design trends have begun to emerge. If you’re considering redoing your kitchen in 2016 there’s a lot to choose from, and the good news is that the trends bring together style and practicality. Designer and Laurysen VP ...

How to Adjust Your Cabinets and Drawers

Posted by Corey Lauysen
 on Wednesday December 9, 2015

At Laurysen, we know that every kitchen and bathroom is different, and we have to make our cabinets and drawers ready to adapt to the real world conditions of your home. Most rooms aren't perfectly square, plus most homes shift slightly over time. That's ...

I Am Shaving My Head to Earn Your Donations for Breast Cancer

 on Wednesday December 2, 2015

On Saturday February 13th, my friends and I will be holding a fundraising event for the Ottawa General Hospital Breast Health Centre. The centre in need of a biopsy chair to detect the presence of cancer cells safely and comfortably. This chair will cost ...

How To Care For Your Countertops

 on Thursday November 26, 2015

Knowing how to take care of your countertops is important. It will help whether you’ve already got a countertop you love or you’re trying to learn what kind would be best for you.  Granite Countertops Granite, as a natural stone, has an individuality ...

Don’t Make These Bathroom Design Mistakes

 on Wednesday October 14, 2015

Design is something that can so easily go wrong, especially where bathrooms or kitchens are concerned. This is because they’re very task-oriented spaces that get used by different kinds of people with different needs. It’s so easy to get caught up in tryi ...

What Does “Contemporary” Mean?

 on Wednesday September 23, 2015

At Laurysen, we know there are two aspects to a great kitchen, bathroom or closet: how it functions and how it looks. The same set of cabinets can be styled to look very contemporary or with timeless classic style. Neither is better; it’s all about what m ...

Designing a Smart Kitchen Using Zones

 on Tuesday September 1, 2015

There is a European movement within the kitchen planning industry, known as the Intelligent Kitchen (Hettich) or Dynamic Kitchen (Blum) based on the ideas and work of the Modern Kitchen Workgroup (AMK). The AMK is a group of German kitchen design experts ...

Ask Our Designers: Kitchen Lighting

 on Tuesday June 23, 2015

“Let there be light,” goes the phrase in Genesis, and it’s a phrase that is relevant to design of all kinds. But it's critical in the kitchen when you're chopping, reading labels and recipes, and plating meals. There is, however, a great deal of misinf ...

6 Essential Tips for Small Kitchen Design

 on Tuesday May 19, 2015

There’s no right way to design a kitchen, but sadly there are plenty of wrong ways—especially when you’re dealing with a small kitchen. If you’ve got a space challenge on your hands, it’s critical to work with a kitchen designer. A good designer is a pro ...

Before and After: White Kitchen

 on Wednesday April 22, 2015

  When you look at a finished kitchen, you don’t get to see what’s really interesting about kitchen design. You don’t get to see an old kitchen get a new life. And that’s why we’ve started this series of Before and Afters. We’ll be using these posts to g ...

Know Your Designer: Aviva Ben-Choreen, CKD

 on Monday March 9, 2015

Our designers are very cool people. They come from many different backgrounds and have called many different countries “home.” One thing unites them: love of good design. We’re starting a new series here at the blog to help you get to know our designer ...

Freestanding vs. Built-In Bathtubs: Pros and Cons

 on Thursday February 5, 2015

Before you commit yourself to that big bathroom renovation, there is a critical question you’re going to need to deal with: freestanding or built-in? We’re talking, of course, about bathtubs. Let’s face it, freestanding bathtubs are more lustworthy, wh ...

Why Wood? Wooden Countertops and their Pros and Cons

 on Thursday January 15, 2015

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a major increase in interest in wooden countertops. It seems more and more people are choosing to go with wood for their kitchen renovations, choosing it over the more popular choices of granite and engineered stones ...

Happy Holidays from Laurysen

 on Thursday December 11, 2014

2015 Promises To Be Our Most Exciting Year Ever! In the new year to come, Laurysen will be working hard to create beautiful home renovations for our clients, but we've also got a lot more in store. Meet us in January at the Home Renovations Show Laur ...

7 Holiday Décor Trends for 2014

 on Thursday November 27, 2014

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, holiday decorating helps us enjoy what would otherwise be a dark and gloomy time of year. We’re all over holiday decorating here at Laurysen, so I thought I would share some of the most popular styles ...

10 Things You Need to Share With Your Kitchen Designer

 on Thursday November 13, 2014

Many people think that design begins and ends at colours and shapes. These things are important, but good design is about usability, and to create a usable room your designer needs to get to know the real you.  Here are 10 things you should share with yo ...

Bathroom Trends in 2014

 on Thursday October 30, 2014

If you're looking at renovating a bathroom this year, and are wondering which way you should go when it comes to design aesthetics, this year's trends can be a great place to start. The Big Picture is Natural When it comes to bathroom trends you can see ...

10 Ways To Keep Your Home Renovation Project On Budget

 on Thursday October 16, 2014

Creating a budget is one of the very first things that you should do when planning out a remodeling project of any kind. A budget will help you determine what you can actually afford to pay for without taking on unnecessary debt as well as help you to pri ...

Get Maximum ROI on Your Home Renovation

 on Thursday October 2, 2014

On average, Canadians move 4.5 to 5.5 times in their lifetimes - which can add up to a big chunk of money. With the odds being that you’ll move in the not-too-distant future, you want to be able to recoup any remodeling expenses when you move on to your n ...

How to Survive a Kitchen Renovation

 on Thursday September 18, 2014

At last – the plan is in place and the construction is about to begin on your dream kitchen. Now there’s a new challenge to face: how are you going to survive without a kitchen for the several weeks or months the project will take? Most people can’t affor ...

Kitchen Renovations: How to Determine YOUR Budget

 on Thursday September 4, 2014

Every once in a while, people take a step back and take a long, hard look at their homes. When the kitchen is the room getting the scrutiny, you know renovations are going to be on the agenda. If you're one of the many homeowners who are ready to give you ...

How Smart Appliances Are Helping Us Cook

 on Thursday August 21, 2014

If you're planning a kitchen renovation in the near future, one upgrade you should consider is your appliances. Smart appliances aren't just about watching TV on your fridge – it’s about saving time in a world that is getting busier every day. They're als ...

Avoid These Kitchen Design Mistakes – Part 2

 on Thursday August 7, 2014

Last year we introduced you to some of the most important kitchen design mistakes that we see. There are plenty more where those came from, unfortunately. Designing a kitchen is an incredible balancing act. Make sure you don't topple into any of these po ...

Our Top 4 Kitchen Countertop Materials

Posted by Paula Moxon
 on Thursday July 24, 2014

If you have chosen your kitchen layout, colour, and style, the fun has just begun; now it’s time for the countertop selection. There is a dizzying array of options available for countertops. Making an informed decision takes time and plenty of research. ...

Kitchen Design Trends Update: Summer 2014

 on Wednesday July 9, 2014

Back in December, we took a look into the crystal ball to get a handle on the trends in kitchen design for 2014. The year is a little more than half done now, and summer is in full swing. Even when we’re relaxing, though, the trends are always in motion. ...

Bring Your Kitchen to Life with the Right Lighting

Posted by Heather Chabot
 on Thursday June 26, 2014

Lighting is the one thing that will make or break your kitchen design. Not enough lighting, and you won’t be able to see what you’re doing. The perfect amount of light will not only allow you to chop and peel in safety, but will also create a beautiful am ...

The Secret to Planning an Efficient Kitchen Workspace

 on Thursday June 12, 2014

Many kitchen renovations are motivated by a desire for a better work space. When planning a kitchen layout it is important to make sure that all the elements work well together. There's one key element that ties all the elements together: traffic patterns ...

Make Your Life Easier With Better Storage Solutions

Posted by Kimberly Silcox
 on Thursday May 29, 2014

In all the years I have spent as a kitchen designer, the one thing I have never heard a client say is, "I have too much storage space. Can you fix that?" We're all looking for more storage it seems (according to a recent pollmore than half of people reno ...

Kitchen Cabinets vs an Open Kitchen: How to Create a Win-Win

Posted by Kimberly Silcox
 on Thursday May 15, 2014

For those of us who almost live in our kitchens, balancing the functional and the visual can be challenging. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, having enough storage is imperative, but having too many cabinets in a space can feel heavy and lack visual int ...

Kitchen Backsplash Choices: Design With Style

Posted by Heather Chabot
 on Thursday May 1, 2014

When you’re renovating a kitchen, there is no right or wrong way of choosing what element to start with. Some people start with cabinets, some with the counter, and some start with the floor. Regardless where you start, the backsplash can certainly add a ...

Planning Ergonomic Kitchen Storage

 on Thursday April 17, 2014

We’re all looking for efficient kitchen storage to help cut down on the 1.5 hours a day we spend on household chores, especially food prep. The good news is that with some planning, some amazing efficiency benefits can help make life a lot easier and resu ...

The 2 Key Aspects of Kitchen Island Design

Posted by Alan Carruthers
 on Thursday April 3, 2014

Islands serve a medley of functions in your kitchen, and they often become the center of the kitchen universe. They are a natural gathering place for family and friends to grab a light lunch or share a beverage. They're the place people gather to discuss ...

The 3 Types of Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

 on Thursday March 27, 2014

When you’re considering your new kitchen cabinets, one of the decisions you will need to make is how you want the cabinet doors and drawers to look. There are lots of fun details like the wood, the stain colour and the wood finish, but in this post we’re ...

How to Decide Between Light or Dark Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Paula Moxon
 on Thursday March 20, 2014

No matter how comfortable you make the rest of the house, family and guests always gather where they can enjoy the comforts of the kitchen. This makes updating the look of your kitchen very important, as it has become a public space that also needs to be ...

We're On An 18-Year Winning Streak! Laurysen Wins the Consumers Choice Award for 2014

 on Thursday March 13, 2014

I am very pleased to announce that Laurysen has been voted the Best Kitchen Manufacturer in Ottawa in 2014. This makes 18 years in a row that we've earned this award. What makes this award so special is that we were voted in by our customers. Every year, ...

Laurysen Wins Homestars "Best of 2013" Award

 on Thursday February 13, 2014

We couldn't be more exited! Laurysen Kitchens has won the Homestars "Best of 2013" Award for Ottawa in the category of Kitchen and Bathroom - Cabinets and Design. I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of our great customers, ...

A Floor To Stand On: Pick Kitchen Flooring That Works

 on Thursday February 6, 2014

Here in Canada, our kitchens are often the centre of the home, whether we’re relaxing with family or entertaining guests. There’s something about sharing food in a warm, inviting space that brings people together and strengthens emotional ties. How many t ...

How to Choose the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

 on Thursday January 30, 2014

Choosing the right faucet for your new kitchen isn’t incredibly hard (we think it's always lots of fun), but you do need to consider a few things. It can often help to choose the kitchen faucet at the same time that you are replacing your kitchen sink and ...

Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink Material

 on Thursday January 23, 2014

There are a lot of options these days when it comes to kitchen sinks. It’s easy to get excited by all of the beautiful choices, but the important thing to remember is that it’s the material that counts. If you’ve been dreaming about a new kitchen renovat ...

Kitchen Countertops: Which One Is Right For You?

 on Thursday January 16, 2014

When the time comes to start remodeling your kitchen, one of the things that our clients get really excited about is countertops. It’s easy to understand why – they’re very noticeable and there’s a wide variety of beautiful options out there. Aside from ...

Kitchen Design 101: Common Kitchen Layouts

 on Thursday January 9, 2014

A kitchen renovation is a great way to get more usable space out of your house - and a great way to get a better price if you ever decide to sell. If you have the budget, one of the best ways to improve your home is to change the layout of your kitchen t ...

Happy Holidays From Laurysen Kitchens!

 on Tuesday December 24, 2013

We're taking a bit of a break from blogging this week. Instead, we'll be relaxing with family and friends, and definitely eating way too much! Don't worry, though - there will be more interior design and décor articles starting again Thursday January 9th ...

Avoid These Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

 on Thursday December 19, 2013

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. It’s a social centre, it sometimes serves as a home office, but most importantly it’s where we store and prepare our food. Every minute of our hectic day is precious, and cooking healthy, delicious ...

Kitchen Design 101: The Working Triangle

 on Wednesday December 11, 2013

Is a kitchen renovation on your agenda? Lucky you! Updating your kitchen is one of the most dramatic and cost-effective home renovation projects you can do. With the help of Laurysen’s expert kitchen designers, you’re going to love the final result. If y ...

Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

 on Thursday December 5, 2013

If you're considering a kitchen renovation in 2014, you may be wondering what the latest kitchen trends are. At Laurysen we've noticed a number of new looks that have either surfaced recently or that are still going strong. Let's take a look at what's in ...

Have More Fun With Your Holiday Entertaining

 on Thursday November 28, 2013

It’s an exciting and festive time of year! Everyone’s super busy with shopping, decorating and holiday plans. And the parties! There are dozens of special events for work, friends and family that all clamour for our attention. But when it comes to hostin ...

How To Get The Most Out Of Holiday Decorating

 on Thursday November 21, 2013

It's that time of year again! Here at Laurysen we get right into holiday decorating: one of the things that we love the most is that even the most restrained of home décors can become transformed into a wonderland. From austere to magical in one weekend! ...

Turn Your Bathroom Into The Ultimate Spa Experience

 on Thursday November 14, 2013

Often our clients want to know what they should do with their bathrooms to make it a total luxury experience. I mean, these folks want something really special. We have great clients who often come in with some great ideas, but when they sit down with one ...

Make the Most of a Small Bathroom

 on Thursday November 7, 2013

Just because you have a small bathroom it doesn't mean you can't have a great bathroom. As part of my recent series on bathroom design, this post is going to take a look at how to get the most out of the bathroom space you have. As you'll see, with some c ...

Bathroom Lighting That Works

 on Thursday October 31, 2013

If we are lucky enough to have the space and a healthy decor budget, our bathrooms can be places of luxurious relaxation. But large or small, good lighting is an essential in a bathroom. Good lighting doesn't have to be expensive, but it does need to be w ...

Create a Bathroom Spa Experience - From The Ground Up

 on Thursday October 24, 2013

We work with a lot of clients who want a spa experience from their new bathroom. When they talk with our designers, we make sure to listen to what they say about how they live and what their tastes are. But there's one critical aspect that not all of our ...

Sit In It! How To Choose The Right Bathtub

 on Thursday October 17, 2013

When we work with a lot of clients on their new bathroom renovations, and I am often asked how they should choose their bathtub. What do I tell them? Sit in it! OK, OK, you can stop laughing! Sitting in a bathtub - yes - right there in the showroom - is ...

Get the Look You Want With Customer Driven Design

 on Thursday October 10, 2013

At Laurysen, we've seen the rise of a new kind of customer: informed, design-aware, and full of great ideas. Our customers never need to worry about being talked into design features they don't want or a look that doesn't appeal. But I get the feeling tha ...

Choose the Right Renovations for Maximum ROI

 on Thursday October 3, 2013

At Laurysen we are often asked, "What renovations can I do to my home that will raise the value and give me a high return on my renovation investment?"Although there are many variables, the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) has produced a free 9-tip lis ...

Give Your Home Fall Curb Appeal With These 5 Easy Tips

 on Thursday September 26, 2013

Now that fall is underway, many homeowners are looking to spice up the exterior of their homes. In case you haven't heard, it's called "curb appeal", and it means the attraction of your home from the street. With curb appeal you can make your house more ...

A Garden Party - in Fall?

 on Friday September 20, 2013

Here at Laurysen we're always sad to see summer disappear, even if we love fall. The answer? A party, of course! Outdoor entertaining in the autumn involves some special considerations, but if the weather cooperates and your guests are up for something a ...

Got Clutter? Get Organized

 on Thursday September 12, 2013

A cluttered house looks unkempt even if you clean all the time. You may vacuum, mop and dust daily, but if items are strewn around the house, you need to get organized. If drawers and closets are overflowing, it’s time to get rid of the excess items that ...

Tips For An Amazing Dinner Party

 on Thursday September 5, 2013

In spite of the dwindling popularity of dinner parties, we think they're special. A group of friends around your table sharing great conversation, food and wine creates long lasting memories. Being the cool, calm hostess that makes guests comfortable and ...

A Quick Tip For Decluttering

 on Thursday August 29, 2013

Is clutter eating your house? Have you lost your kids in a pile of potato chip bags? Are the spoiled contents of the fridge now fighting it out for control of the territory? In spite of the fact that the average woman spends 1.5 years of her life cleaning ...