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No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) Compliant Environmental Program

No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) Compliant Environmental Program

As a family-owned company, we recognize the importance of leaving the next generation with something they can be proud of. We want to do our part in taking care of the planet our parents left us and that we will leave for our children. Since 1965, Decore-ative Specialties has remained conscientious of our natural resources and is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality products.

Green Leaf

Taking Care of Our PlanetThe green leaf highlights our Green program products, made with natural, sustainable, Eco-friendly, or environmentally certified materials. Keep an eye out for the green leaf throughout Decore-ative Specialties literature in the future and request Green Program products for upcoming projects.

What is Green, Greener, Greenest?

The constantly evolving “green” building industry can be difficult to navigate at times. That is why we categorized our Green Program into 3 tiers, ranging from sustainable wood materials in the Green Category to environmental certifications in the Greenest category. There is room in the “green” building industry for every one and every project!What is Green, Greener, Greenest?

Decore-ative Specialties
2772 South Peck Road
Monrovia, California 91016
626-254-9191
www.decore.com

A Beautifully Designed Walk-in Closet is an Instant Upgrade

A Beautifully Designed Walk-in Closet is an Instant Upgrade

Closets are often overlooked when people begin tailoring their homes to suit their needs and desires, but adding custom closets, especially in the bedroom, can really add dramatic appeal and value to a home. Watch any of the reality shows that are dedicated to flipping, selling or redecorating a home, and one of the first things buyers want or remark upon is a gorgeous walk-in closet. A beautifully designed walk-in closet is an instant upgrade to a home that can make it appear classier and more high-end than a similar abode with an ordinary closet.

If your home doesn’t already have a nicely designed walk-in closet, you can have cabinets and wardrobes built to order to fit into your existing closet. Your new wardrobe and cabinets can either be built into the existing walls or created as a stand-alone piece. There really is no reason for anyone today to continue living with a poorly designed closet with little shelving and wasted space when one phone call will bring an expert to your home who can finally create exactly the walk-in closet of your dreams.

Custom Walk-in Closets Aren’t Just a Status Symbol

Custom walk-in closets aren’t just a status symbol either. They are truly valuable for a number of reasons. A custom walk-in closet will reduce the eyesore that clutter and disorganization creates. In a poorly designed closet, shoes are thrown in a heap on the floor, clothing is piled on top of each other and a lot of usable space is sadly wasted.

With custom closets, everything in your wardrobe, from skirts to pants to shoes to accessories, has a designated space. Depending on your preferences and space, you can have a custom closet service build specially designed shelving for your shoes or drawers to hold your scarves and belts. Think of all the time you will save in the future getting ready for work when all of your accessories and wardrobe pieces are easy to see and find.

Create Custom Wardrobes

An experienced closet designer can create custom wardrobes that take advantage of every nook and cranny; you will probably find that you have more room in your closet. With the proper design, even the spaces at the top of your closet or the hard-to-reach, hidden corners will be opened up for storage use.

If adding beauty, as well as function to your home is important, don’t settle for pre-fab closet units that look cheap and weren’t designed for your specific closet. An experienced cabinet maker will create your walk-in closet out of fine materials, such as oak and glass, and then finish them to echo the look of your home.

Finally, while you may not be thinking about selling your home at the present time, it is important to note that a new walk-in closet will definitely add value to your house, and it is definitely one of the things that buyers remember when comparing different units for purchase. According to Realtormag’s website, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors, a beautiful walk-in closet is one of the top items that a buyer looks for in a new home.

Decore-ative Specialties
2772 South Peck Road
Monrovia, California 91016
800-729-7255
www.decore.com

Custom Kitchen Cabinets Should Be Carefully Planned

Custom Kitchen Cabinets Should Be Carefully Planned

Custom cabinets will help to organize and maximize the available space in your kitchen. They will also give the kitchen a face lift and achieve a new look for the whole room without completely remodeling the entire kitchen. When done right new kitchen cabinets can add value to a house that will pay off if and when the house is sold.

There are many cabinet makers in the U.S. Finding one to custom make the cabinets you want should not be difficult. Designing cabinetry is relatively easy these days, with the help of computer software. You can design your own or have the cabinet maker design them with your input to get exactly what you want and need.

Local Cabinet Maker

Unless you have a local cabinet maker come to your house and measure the space available for the cabinets you will need to do the measuring yourself. If you order custom made cabinets from a remote source you will need to provide the measurements so they will know the size of the cabinets to build. When you decide on a design the cabinet maker can scale the design to fit the space available.

The best approach is to find a local cabinet maker who can come to your house. This will provide a feel for the overall environment and help with designing of the cabinets. The cabinet maker can give suggestions based on the overall environment and expert experience. Using a remote cabinet maker means you will pick a design for the cabinet maker to build without any expert design suggestions related to the overall environment

Custom Cabinets

There are a lot of choices when it comes to new cabinets. There are different door styles, finishes, pull-out pantries, built-in spice racks, wine racks and many more options to choose from. But custom cabinets can be expensive, so you should focus on quality materials as well as good looks. Pay special attention to the types of hinges and other hardware, and the pieces that hold the cabinets together. Some on the less visible aspects of the cabinets are what makes them last a long time or fall apart relatively soon. Make sure you understand the quality that you are getting for your money. Sometimes it makes sense to spend a little more to get higher quality; after all new cabinets are a long term item for most homeowners.

Custom cabinets can go as high as you want depending on the materials and the design. If the design calls for a lot of fancy and elaborate carpentry work you will pay for it. But you get what you pay for and having high quality cabinets can add value when it comes time to sell the house. So, at least in theory you should be able to re-coop all or part of the investment later when the house is sold. On the other hand if you skimp on the quality of the cabinets you may find yourself re-doing them again in order to be able to sell the house, in which case the cabinets will end up costing much more in the long run. It is important to carefully plan the purchase of kitchen cabinets and to think long term when doing so.

Decore-ative Specialties
2772 South Peck Road
Monrovia, California 91016
626-254-9191
www.decore.com

Kitchen Cabinets – Custom Fit Cabinet Solutions

Kitchen Cabinets – Custom Fit Cabinet Solutions

One of the easiest ways to create a beautiful, unique kitchen is with the addition of customized cabinetry. Cabinet doors are some of the first things people notice when they walk into a kitchen. If the cabinets are old and outdated, the entire kitchen can appear shabby and rundown. On the other hand, the look of a new cabinet can brighten up the whole space, making it feel warm and welcoming.

With more than 250 styles of beautifully crafted cabinet doors to choose from, Decore-ative Specialties makes it easy to bring new life to an old kitchen. Decore-ative Specialties gives customers a choice between 43 types of wood and 37 types of Rigid Thermofoils (RFT) in a range of price points. Customers may also submit a request for a different material to receive a customized quote. The overall cost of a door depends on its style, as well as on the materials used to build it.

Affordable Kitchen Cabinet Renovations

Imagine someone being able to create their ideal kitchen while staying within their budget. Kitchens that boast a traditional Western feel, a grand estate style, a cozy Nantucket atmosphere or an exotic Eastern-influenced appearance are all affordable with the help of Decore-ative Specialties.

A traditionalist might choose Mission doors crafted out of a rustic, knotty alder wood or a similar Decoform door with a white finish. For someone who wants cutting edge cabinetry a better option may be a white, minimalistic Decoform door or a Brookhurst cabinet with a soft maple veneer. With more than 50 door styles and 14 materials that fall into Decore-ative Specialties lowest pricing tier, the choices for beautiful, affordable cabinet doors are endless.

Mid-Range Cabinet Options

Those with a larger budget for their kitchen renovation will find plenty of quality cabinetry to choose from at Decore-ative Specialties. Acajou mahogany, backwoods sycamore, Sakura cherry, brushed aluminum and maple cream are just five of the beautiful, mid-priced finishes available for the company’s durable RTF cabinets. Wood species offered in this price range include a variety of cherries, white oaks and pecans, along with a natural walnut, a gorgeous maple and a white birch.

Of course, even the world’s most attractive finishes would not do much good if the cabinets were not equally as beautiful. All of Decore-ative Specialties expertly crafted, RTF Expressions Doors are in the company’s mid-price range. People working with this budget also have many styles of wooden cabinetry to choose from. The Cheyenne cabinet is a Western-style door that features detail work reminiscent of a saloon door. Other wooden doors offered in this price range include the Maverick, the Redondo and the Tuscany.

Luxurious Dream Kitchen Cabinets

Homeowners who crave an elegant, luxurious kitchen need look no further than the high-end kitchen cabinets sold by Decore-ative Specialties. Even the names of the individual doors; the Waterford, the Bellingham, the Pinnacle, carry an air of distinction and class.

Choosing the ideal cabinet doors is only one step of creating a refined kitchen. The homeowners must also choose a material that enhances the room’s style. Top of the line wood species include a stunning teak, a rich walnut select, a classic maple birds-eye and three varieties of mahogany. Durability and luxury go hand in hand with Decore-ative Specialties’ high-gloss RTF options.

Everyone can find the perfect cabinet doors for their kitchen at Decore-ative Specialties, no matter what their style or budget may be.

Decore-ative Specialties
2772 South Peck Road
Monrovia, California 91016
626-254-9191
www.decore.com

Cabinets – The Value of Using a Custom Cabinetry Professional

Cabinets – The Value of Using a Custom Cabinetry Professional

Cabinets that are customized are one of the most important steps that homeowners can take if they want the best kitchens, offices and entertainment centers. Custom cabinet makers use flexible design options and individual expressions. Every custom cabinet project differs by size, location and budget, so using the services of professionals is recommended.

Custom cabinetry helps people create a precise fit and look using the right colors, materials, styles, finishes and embellishments. Custom cabinets are created based on specific details like width, height and depth. The best planners and designers work with clients even after the process is completed.

Reasons to Use Custom Cabinets

    Design Variety

  • The main benefit of custom-made items is the variety of designs available. When individuals decide to go for custom work, they have more styles and materials to choose from compared to if they went the standard route. For this reason, custom materials are usually higher quality and more expensive than the regular kind.
  • Furniture Options

  • Custom cabinet makers have the tools needed to create units that resemble real furniture. Customization involves taking a standard cabinet design and making it greater so that it resembles any look that the owner wants. Cabinets could be built-in units or free standing pieces, which shows that custom design options are endless.
  • Increased Function

  • Designers use room specifications, client requirements, size and other basic design factors. Increasing the value of cabinets is recommended for homeowners. Some individuals and families have expanding needs that go beyond basic cooking, meal preparation and dining. Also, the kitchen and bathroom are the busiest places in many homes. Some designers make shelves or drawers that support certain items like china or silverware. Bathroom units could contain shelves that hold a certain number of linens. Without a proper place to put linens, toiletries and other supplies, the entire area easily becomes cluttered.

    A home does not always have cabinets that provide efficiently for everyone’s needs. This is why people are figuring out the benefits of custom design. However, large sizes for one room or home may not work for all of the others.

  • Home Value

  • Whether custom cabinets are included in the kitchen or some other room in the home, this investment is one of the best ways to improve home value. Putting in attractive kitchen cabinets that have maximum functionality is a bold selling point. In addition, designers are always there to correct problems or add new features until the last cabinet has been created, designed and installed.

Starting the Process

Homeowners should be able to have as small or big of a cabinet as they want. After the cabinets are finished, they can design and put in other furniture pieces as enhancements. Specially designed cabinets are individualized, fitted, high quality and come with certain warranties. In addition to design flexibility, specialized cabinets provide material flexibility.

It is important to choose a well-known craftsperson who has dealt with a wide range of design projects. This professional guides clients who must know how to arrange their needs and wants properly. Cabinet work is an investment that requires only the most knowledgeable planners.

Decore-ative Specialties
2772 South Peck Road
Monrovia, California 91016
626-254-9191
www.decore.com

Product Spotlight: High Gloss Maria Rose

Product Spotlight: High Gloss Maria Rose

Dazzle your next kitchen cabinets project by using our new Deco-form color; High Gloss Maria Rose. The layered kitchen cabinets look of this 3D laminate changes with light reflection to provide a high end, beautiful brown and bronze appearance of these kitchen cabinets. This home (pictured) uses our DBQ (816) door style, filler C for trim, and false front doors as end panels. Additional Decore-ative Specialties products can be used to achieve a similar look: Nolita (118) or Greenwich (117) Aluminum Frame doors can be ordered with white glass inserts and our 10” Contemporary Pull (7053) in Brush Nickel can be applied horizontally and vertically to DBQ kitchen cabinets doors.

Special Selections Kitchen Cabinets: New High Gloss Colors

Special Selections Kitchen Cabinets: New High Gloss Colors

Four new High Gloss kitchen cabinets options join the Deco-form Special Selections program Group D. High Gloss Aluma Red, Grey, Blue, and Bronze bring a beautiful brilliance to the HG options available through this program. Expand your offering by more than 100 different options by using Special Selections if our stock offering of over 65 colors for kitchen cabinets doesn’t have exactly what you need.

Find the off-the-wall high gloss look or the wood-grain match you need for your next kitchen cabinets project by choosing from this special offering. With the most extensive RTF offering in the industry, Decore-ative Specialties provides the kitchen cabinets looks you need.

Thank you for your interest in Decore-ative Specialties where we are committed to providing the perfect complement to your cabinetry through our wide selection of superior quality, custom cabinet doors, kitchen cabinets and accessories.

Decore-ative Specialties
2772 South Peck Road

Monrovia, California 91016

626-254-9191

www.decore.com

Kitchen Cabinets Staining with Pure Colors

Kitchen Cabinets Staining with Pure Colors

Kitchen cabinets finish line by Decore-ative Specialties is certified through SCS. It is especially helpful to small kitchen cabinet shops if they have products finished here, so they don’t have to undergo the certification themselves. The Pure Colors kitchen cabinets finishing program is just one element of the company’s commitment to green. Decore-ative Specialties is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and offers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood products. In addition, the company is also a member of the Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. and a supplier member of the Cabinet Manufacturers Assn.

Kitchen Cabinets Certified Through SCS

Let the natural beauty of your cabinets wood shine through by choosing our durable, factory quality, Clear finish. As with all the Pure Colors offering, our Natural Collection is available with multiple sheen options to provide just the look you need. From basics to accents and lights to darks the Original Collection adds warm, attractive color to any interior giving you beautiful, lasting finishes… every time.

Premium Collection of Kitchen Cabinets

Exuding elegance, these classic kitchen cabinets coatings will dazzle any setting. The artful depth and definition accenting of some Choice Collection looks takes beauty to the next level. Our top-of-the-line kitchen cabinets designer finishes feature specialty looks that add character and artistic flair for your kitchen cabinets customers who crave an edgier, more distinctive color scheme. When a solid color is a better fit for the décor, the paint-based finishes in the Elite Collection help you achieve little to no grain appearance. Providing the consistent, clean look of paint, upgraded kitchen cabinets with high-end accenting for a more artistic appearance, the top of the line Premium Collection of kitchen cabinets will add distinguished elegance to every space.