Kitchen Hardware: Details Are Everything

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the epicenter for evening family dinners, annual holiday parties, Saturday crafts with the kids, and messy homemade pasta night.

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When beginning a new kitchen remodel project, there are a few big questions that arise during the first steps of the design process—What type of cabinets do I want? What is the best color scheme for my space? Should I go for a bold backsplash or a classic subway tile?

While all these questions are key to creating your dream kitchen or simply revamping your current one, there is an essential design question that is often an afterthought—What hardware do I choose?

Hardware is a relatively inexpensive addition, often serving as a subtle design element that adds value and increases kitchen functionality. Choosing the right finishing for your hardware, such as brushed nickel, matte black, or copper, is just one portion of the selection process. Discovering the right pull or knob style to fit your space, whether you’re in the midst of a complete redesign or looking to refresh, can personalize your kitchen and create cohesion.

Check out our must-haves for hardware and finishes this year!

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Matte Black: Timeless and versatile, matte black hardware is a great choice for homeowners looking for a high contrast and elegant finish. For some, matte black is considered a more modern and minimalist style, but it can be implemented in any space, from traditional to industrial. Designers and decorators alike are drawn to the adaptability of matte black, as it pairs well with other finishes such as chrome or brass.

Oversized Pulls: The new hardware trend of 2020 is most definitely oversized pulls. Dramatic and distinctive, this pull style can draw the eyes and create an architectural element in your space. Aesthetics aside, oversized pulls bring increased functionality to larger cabinets. Offered in a variety of finishes from Top Knobs, elongated hardware is sure to enhance interest and alter the atmosphere of your kitchen.

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Mix – and – Match: Whether it’s marrying contrasting metal finishes or choosing two different hardware types for cabinetry, mixing and matching in the kitchen is artistic and bold. A common use of this technique is installing two unique knobs or pulls for the upper or lower cabinets. Metals like brass and copper can be paired as well, adding depth and creating a richer color palette.  These eye-catching approaches to design are daring (but aren’t for the faint of heart!)

 Personalized Hardware: New trends are not for everyone. With a mass demand for the most popular designs, sometimes diverting from the norm can lead to the perfect hardware choice. Interested in a more rustic, natural theme in your kitchen? The Aspen Twig Pull from Top Knobs might be just the right fit with its asymmetrical and authentic design. Interested in a more Bohemian design? Atlas Homewares’ Nature Collection is a relaxed, earthy choice. Bringing your uncommon style to the space adds personality and character that furthers the customization of your kitchen.


Design for the New Year – 3D Wall Panels

Reminiscent of the wood paneling trend of the 1970’s, 3D Wall Panels can instantly modernize any commercial space or bring an architectural element to your home. Sometimes referred to as wall cladding, wall panels can easily make a statement in varying types of interior décor styles, from rustic chic to modular. While blank painted walls are a near necessity in every space, adding a touch of character with panels brings a high style design element with minimal effort.

Applications and Maintenance

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One of the most versatile and fluid design elements, wall panels can be placed in nearly any commercial or residential space. Demand for 3D wall paneling in commercial spaces, such as offices and hotels, is increasing, as the product delivers high design at a reasonable price and has a relatively simple installation. As a bonus, maintenance and upkeep of the panels is minimal, requiring only a light dusting or wash with soap and water.



Gypsum panels are manufactured by pouring a mixture of the soft sulfate mineral into silicone molds, creating various patterns and textures. One of the most popular panel types, Gypsum can be molded into nearly any shape, giving customers full creative control of the look they seek in their space. When installed properly, Gypsum 3D Wall Panels create a seamless accent wall that draws the eye, covering up any cosmetic imperfections along the way.


Wood wall panels are some of the most popular 3D panels on the market as they can blend easily into many different décor and architecture styles. Wood wall paneling comes in several species and can be used to create dramatic lighting in a variety of settings. Whether you are furnishing a bold statement wall in an entryway or plan on creating a stylish waiting room for an office, wood paneling is a good solution for high design with minimal effort.


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One of the highlights of PVC paneling is its affordability and ability to be painted. This product is perfect for a weekend project—high quality, low price, and easy installation. After placing the adhesive liberally on the back of the tile that is flat, merely press the product onto the wall and let cure. That’s it! Being that it is extremely durable, PVC 3D Paneling is ideal for high traffic commercial or residential areas, such as the under hangs of bar tops or the inside of cubbies.

Durable and High Design

Available in dozens of different colors, patterns, textures, and materials, 3D wall panels are a terrific addition to commercial and residential interiors. With many designed for easy installation, wood panels are perfect for homeowners and businesses looking to spruce up their space without breaking their budget on high installation costs.


Hardwood Flooring Textures

Texture is a great way to enhance the character of your home. Choosing the right hardwood floor texture and color is essential to the overall design of your space, whether you’re renovating your powder room or making the switch from carpet to hardwood in the living area. There are five main hardwood textures that can help set the tone for your desired look: smooth, distressed, wire brushed, hand scraped, and heavy scraped.


This sleek style has very minimal ridging and highlights the grain of the wood itself. One of the most popular wood flooring options, smooth gives flooring a satiny finish that is perfect for any space but is especially fitting for modern or minimalistic designs. With the lack of heavy texture, smooth hardwood tends to highlight dents and scrapes more so than the other texture styles, therefore it is best suited for low traffic areas.


On the opposite end of the spectrum, distressed hardwood gives the charm of a floor that is antiqued without the years of wear. This style gives any room a sense of history and depth. Perfect for more rustic or industrial styles, distressed gives any room character and warmth with the bonus of masking any potential dings or mishaps.

Wire Brushed

If you are looking for a more traditional style, wire brushed is the perfect choice. Created by scraping the surface of the wood with metal bristles, this technique brings out the natural grain and creates a harder surface that can withstand everyday living. The groves and elongated pattern create interest that stands out above hand scraped yet is more subdued than distressed.

Hand Scraped

This texture, while slightly less uniform than wire brushed, tends to camouflage any wear and tear on the floor itself. Despite a more textured surface, hand scraped does not collect more dirt or dust than a traditional smooth hardwood and cleaning is relatively easy. Hand scraped allows for an aged texture that gives a more natural look and is easily combined with several different styles.

Heavy Scraped

Heavy scraped is the definition of texture. This style varies from plank to plank and is either scraped by hand or machine, made to appear old-world. The grooves woven throughout the planks allows for increased visual interest, especially in larger spaces. Heavy scraped is perfect for the high traffic areas of the home such as the living room, blending in any marks or scratches naturally and extending the life of your floor.

Whichever floor you are researching, make sure to check out different samples for your space to see which looks best in various lighting. It is important to note that with some textures of hardwood, not all samples are going to be identical to the plank. Happy shopping!


From Silver to Brass and Brushed Gold

When thinking back to the interior design trends of the 80’s, there are a few staples that stick out above all else: glass blocks, vertical blinds, teal carpeting, and— most notably—brass. This metallic quickly faded out during the late 90’s, leaving room for stainless steel and bronze to fill in the gaps where brass once stood. Most recently, however, there has been a surge of homeowners looking to dive back into the nostalgic trend, with the updated, matte, and vintage gold styles that have flooded the market. From offbeat cabinet hardware to unconventional coffee tables, the new-age brass and brushed gold trend is something to watch when designing or updating your home.

Gold is a multifaceted metal. It can be used to bring out rich tones in a black and white space or complement a pop of color, such as turquoise cabinets or a forest green kitchen island. Working as a neutral, brass can be mixed with other metals as well, pulling warm tones into a space that may be otherwise cool with brushed nickel or chrome accents. Hardwood and tile are two flooring materials that mesh well with the unique metal, allowing for a more natural or industrial note. Adding layers of color and gold gives depth to a room, making it inviting and current if paired with the right flooring and countertops.

Being that gold is so versatile, coordinating the metal to fit your home is relatively simple. For people with a more classic taste, marble countertops paired with light flooring and a touch of brushed gold can update any powder room to glamorous perfection at low cost. Brass hardware on newly stained cabinets with a butcher block island gives any dated kitchen a natural, earthy feel. The options are limitless, but the jump from one metal theme to another can sometimes be a daunting task.

Start small with gold figurines, candleholders, or knickknacks, and slowly introduce those into your home. These pieces are easily swapped in and out, giving you a sample of the impact of the metal in your space. From there, slowly move up, incorporating brass or brushed gold into smaller rooms such as your powder room by replacing more substantial hardware such as towel holders or knobs. This allows you to envision what gold may look like in your entire home, making the plunge less intimidating!


Todays Trend – Midcentury Modern

Whether you’re restoring your home or revamping your commercial space, midcentury modern brings a sleek style and openness to any home or business. Brought about in the 1940’s, midcentury modern design showcases architecture, contrast, geometric patterns, and functionality that originated in Europe. While the term itself may be thought of as antiquated, midcentury modern is one of the most sought-after trends to replicate for businesses and homeowners alike.

The most distinctive feature of midcentury modern designs is slight minimalism. Natural floors, simple lines, and quirky statement pieces creates spaces that are relaxing yet have interest. With the exception of a few design staples, midcentury modern has no set “checklist” to achieve, leaving the creativity up to the consumer or designer. Bold colors, when used sparingly, can perk-up any midcentury space to make it more inviting. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, midcentury modern may be the right design choice to slow down and simplify your daily routine.

Here at E.F. Marburger, we have a large selection of flooring, including hardwood, tile, carpet, and vinyl that are both high design and durable. We also provide cabinetry, countertops, lighting, and plumbing fixtures to complete your project. If you are looking to renovate an area of your home, specifically the kitchen or bathroom, there are a few key pieces that align with midcentury modern style. With midcentury modern, design is in the details. Quartz countertops with squared edges and muted colors are preferred over granite to achieve the look, as well as geometric backsplashes similar to the hexagon tiling pictured.

Flooring is the keystone of any well-designed midcentury space. With thousands of flooring options to choose from, many consumers find it difficult to narrow down a selection that is budget friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and stands the test of time. Materials such as slate, bamboo, and classic hardwood are all notable choices in midcentury modern themes, bringing natural, organic elements into a space with minimal maintenance. New to E.F. Marburger, European white oak from the Chateau Collection features 9 ½ inch. wide planks and a minimalist design that would complement geometric tiling and bold furniture choices. Paired with a white hexagon backsplash, black cabitery, and concrete coutnertops, the white oak flooring from the Chateau Collection could be the piece that ties your midcentury modern space together.

Defined by its simple elegance and timelessness, midcentury modern creates an endearing marriage of old and new that is the perfect design choice for your home or business.


In Sales We Trust

The increase of online sales is proof that some products can basically sell themselves. Plus the additional information and product reviews that are available online can help guide the consumer down the right path. These websites are ideal for items such as outdoor lanterns, Belgium waffle makers, futons, etc. However when it comes to a major purchase, such as flooring for your home, one might want a trusted salesperson.

Now it is apparent that not all sales people are created equal. We have all been to a store before and have been attacked by a pushy salesperson. Our only line of defense is to run away. However, if it is a good salesperson that knows their products and services then we are saved. The trick is to make sure it is a good sales person, otherwise it is a waste of everyone’s time.

The salesperson should first ask questions about what type of flooring the clients are exploring, what areas of the house are being remodeled, and what types of benefits are expected from the new flooring. The salesperson should have a wide base of knowledge and experience on all types of flooring. They should outline the pros and cons of different styles with regards to the consumer’s budget. They should answer questions without overloading the customer on technical information that is not necessarily relevant. Mr and Mrs Smith think they want solid hardwood flooring in their new laundry room/mudroom. The salesperson should educate the Smiths on the benefits of engineered hardwood or an even better choice would be waterproof luxury vinyl plank or porcelain tile. They should listen to the customers concerns and address possible solutions. The salesperson should be most concerned with what would be best for Mr and Mrs Smith, and not how big the purchase price is going to be. Salespeople are usually a trusted source for information. They have been trained by manufacturer representatives on these products, they have seen these products being installed, and they have received feedback from the consumer after the installation. They know which products have worked in certain areas and which have failed. They know what types of flooring are best for certain lifestyles versus others. For example a family of five with two great danes and two cats will require a different flooring than a retired couple with no pets. The trusted salesperson will make sure it is the right choice for the customer’s needs. We should not give up on salespeople. They are our personal educated advisers throughout the sale and long afterwards. Visit EF Marburger Fine Flooring and put our salespeople to the test!


Bark up the right tree

So which Oak is right for you? The growing popularity of European Oak has people wondering what to buy for their home. European Oak is a beautiful floor and extremely versatile. But what are the differences between the two oaks?
American oak flooring typically has much larger grain and growth rings in its boards and a much lighter tone compared to European Oak Flooring. Due to the amount of different variations there are of American Oak, the boards also tend to have more of a color variation across them.
European Oak is typically light to dark brown in color and is a particularly hard, strong, and heavy wood. One of the major benefits of European Oak is that it doesn’t expand and contract to any great extent. It is a sought after flooring option because it is so hard wearing as well as stunningly good looking. Because the sap wood in European Oak tress is relatively thin, you can typically expect to find long lengths and wide widths.

Another significant difference is that American Oak is generally prefinished or site finished with a polyurethane finish. This would need to be sanded down and refinished if there are significant scratches. European Oak on the other hand is usually finished with a natural oil finish. An oil finish penetrates the wood fibers to harden them while not altering the natural beauty of the wood. With no visible film on the surface. They are easy to care for and are repairable. An oiled floor never needs to be sanded, only regular applications of a maintenance oil are necessary to nourish the wood and bring the luster back.

In addition, the oak can be installed as a wall covering too. It warms up a room and adds texture and interest to a plain wall. Consider it instead of wall paper, paint, or tile.

Visit EF Marburger Fine Flooring for details!


New Year Floor Trends

With the new year comes new design trends and new flooring options. Here is what we are going to see in 2018…

Still popular are the wide plank matte finish hardwood floors. Weathered and distressed looks will still be in high demand along with neutral palettes. Dark wood flooring is still around, but the blondes, whitewashed, taupes and grays will dominate the market.  They are easier to maintain and create an airy natural appearance. We will see a rise in oil rubbed hardwoods versus aluminum oxide finishes as well. This will also contribute to the matte appearance that is on the upswing.

For tile, 2018 brings more bold patterns, interesting shapes, and textured finishes. Gone are the 12×12 beige tiles and here are the 10” hexagonal tiles and 6”x48” planks. Colors will be similar to that of the hardwoods. We will see lighter breezier colors such as the white washed, taupes, and grays. Wood looking tile will continue to be liked by many. Another new look is the 8×8 square accent concrete tiles with bold geometric patterns. These unique tiles can revive any boring bathroom.

Carpet is still around but more exciting than ever. Thanks to technological advancements, the patterns are more striking, the colors are more vivid, and the softness and durability is unbeatable compared to yesterday’s carpet. Waterproof carpets and stain resistant carpets are all the rage for bedrooms, family rooms and area rugs.

Last but not least we have  waterproof vinyl flooring. These products are still a great choice to do your whole house in. The look and feel of these planks are so similar to real wood that most people don’t realize that it isn’t. And they can go in bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, basements, family rooms etc.  They are similar in color and width to the hardwoods and we will see many more new designs come out this year.

2018 will bring an earthy natural palette as a back drop to bold bright accents. Let your new flooring be the canvas in which to paint your new style. Now is the time to update!


Remodeling – EF Marburger Style

Thinking about doing more to your home than changing the flooring. Let us help! EF Marburger Fine Flooring now has a remodeling division that can finish your basement, change the footprint of your master bath, or add on a sunroom. We now offer free estimates, layouts, and design consultations with our very own renovation specialist. Let us create a lower level bathroom, knock out a wall to open up your kitchen, or add on a paver patio and fire pit!

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