Making Final Color Choices rom Such Small Samples

for a couple of days, review and look at the colors to make sure that they look good together, and that they still have the same feel and appeal to you as they did in the showroom.

4. Characterize Some Color: A room without character is like a cake without icing. It needs something to be in the spotlight. Something with flavor and interest. Even if all the other materials in the room are just supporting elements. So dont be afraid to use a little creative juice.

5. Ask a Professional: Designers are making choices on large projects off of small samples all the time. They are trained to know what to put together, and they can envision how the whole space will look from such a small sample.

1. How Does it Relate?: First of all, remember that this color (product) will be interacting in an environment with many other colors and materials. It is a good idea to always choose the color when it is next to its neighbor. In other words, make sure that you know how the cabinet color coordinates with the choice of countertop, paint on the walls, and the preferred flooring.

2. Dont Be Nearsited: Rarely do you live within a couple of feet of the products that you choose for your kitchen. A good rule of thumb is to view the color from about six feet away. This should help you with a realistic perception of how the color will look from your average point of view.

3. Cover Your Moods: Take all of the prospective colors, in your palette, for the kitchen project home and set them in a room. Throughout the day,

In this Issue

Making Final Color Choices From Such Small Samples..........1

Drop That Toolbox......................2

Which is Better For Cooking, Electric or Gas? ...........................3

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I appreciated the patience shown to me in working through many design options and revisions. The final product was better than I could have ever envisioned or imagined

Myrna Stout - St George, UT

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Q: You mentioned to consider other finishes than stainless steel because of finger prints, prices, and that it is too over done. I really don't like stainless steel anyway, but what other alternative finishes do I have to work with, besides the typical black or white?

Workshop Attendee - St George, UT

A: Dear attendee, this question has been posed to me an average of once a week for the last two or three years now! Obviously, it is a concern to many. Until the appliance industry comes out with some of the new finishes that I believe will hit the market, we are somewhat limited. Remember the option to panel things such as your fridge, dishwasher, compactor, etc. to match your cabinetry. There are some other colors on the market with brands such as Viking, Jenn-Air, Kitchen-Aid, and more. If you really want to have some fun, design your custom color preference, and have a local powder coating company paint to your liking!

You can e-mail the Expert by sending your questions to Please be sure to include your name and phone number in case additional information is required to answer your question.


“Gas is so expensive that SUV now stands for sport utility victim.”


You might be willing and able to do just about any home improvement project around your house, but before you tackle any major work, consider two things. First, ask yourself if you can do the job right. Saving money is one thing, but are you knowledgeable enough about the task at hand so you don’t encounter major (and costly) problems?

Second-and perhaps more importantly-put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer, even if you’re not likely to sell for years. You might be proud of all your home improvements, but the homebuyer may ask lots of questions about the work. Like it or not, there is an inherent skepticism about homegrown handymen, no matter your talents. Professionally done work, on the other hand, tends to have a certain “seal of approval” that assures the job was done properly. Plus, most pros guarantee their work for an extended time, which gives buyers even more confidence.


We cannot thank enough everyone who has referred Portrait Kitchens to their friends or family this past month. Your kind actions are really what make us a success. While we don’t have enough room to mention everyone, here are a few:

Mr & Mrs Jim Sevy referred the Terry Family
Elaine Andrews & Harold Techel referred by Amy Trujillo


After establishing the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein lectured at universities accompanied by his chauffer, Harry, who always sat in the back row. One day Harry said, "Professor Einstein, I've heard your lecture on relativity so many times that I could deliver it perfectly myself!"

Einstein replied, "I'm going to Dartmouth next week. They don't know me there. You deliver the lecture as Einstein, and I'll take your place!"  So, Harry delivered the lecture perfectly while Einstein napped in the back row. However, just as Harry left the podium, a student asked him a question about relativity – one he couldn’t answer! Harry replied, "The answer is very simple! In fact, it's so simple that I'll let my chauffer answer it!"

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What year was the wall oven first introduced, and which manufacturer introduced it?

A: Amana 1947
B: GE 1958
C: Caloric 1960
D: Thermador 1955

The first correct answer faxed to 986.8323 or e-mailed to will be this month’s winner of 2 Movie Passes at Westates Theaters!


Portrait Kitchens will announce the winner and correct answer in next months newsletter.

2) Dangerous if left on without flame.



1) Less expensive up front purchase.

2) Can be very easy to clean on a smoothtop.

3) Boils water faster than gas.


1) Difficult to recognize that it is still hot.

2) Historically, electri cal rates fluctuate more than natural gas.

Though the decision between the two sources of power does have something to do with technology, most of the time the decision is based on the energy itself. The cost of energy changes so rapidly. So, as a preface to the following information, understand that many homeowners now run both natural gas piping and electrical supply to their cooktop, whether it is a range or a separate cooktop. We are focusing primarily on the cooking surface for this discussion.



1) Easily viewable heat source.

2) Immediate response to change in heat level.

3) Better for cooking at higher temperatures such as: stir fry, steaming, etc.


1) More difficult to keep clean.

New to the Portrait Kitchens Team

Branden Johansen is fond of saying: “If you can dream it, I can make it happen.” There may be others that boast that claim, the difference is that Branden delivers. He will make your dreams for customizing and individualizing your home a reality.

Branden’s passion for design is rivaled only by his love for his remarkable wife and 5 wonderful children.

His love of woodworking began in Junior High when he designed and constructed a jewelry box for his mother. His woodshop teacher was so impressed with his natural ability, that he asked him to build a night stand, which he entered into his first competition receiving second place. In high school, as President of the ‘VICA Club’ (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, NKBA: Skills USA) he moved on to competing; creating more elaborate projects often winning first prize.

After attending Utah Valley State College’s program for Cabinetry and Architectural Woodworking, Branden managed his own shop, and later moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina where he worked with one of the largest distributors of cabinets, countertops and appliances in the eastern region of the United States. Where he designed, built, and installed large, high-end, custom projects as well as single and multi family homes (apartments/ condos).

He is equally comfortable working with individual clients, their families and with other contractors and builders alike.

Branden’s kind, easy going manner immediately puts his clients at ease; coupled with 16 years of experience in all of the aspects of cabinetry and architectural woodworking, he makes the planning of your unique project a positive and enjoyable experience.


We believe in treating all of our customers like family, just ask any of our longtime customers. We are excited to welcome each of our first time Portrait Kitchens customers. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope to see you again very soon. Here are just a few of the new members of the family.

Jim & Jill Sevy of Santa Clara
Alan & Patty Cannon of Pine Valley
Carol Farnsworth of Cedar City
Wayne & Diane Earp of Washington
Paul & Lynette Wilson of Bloomington

Thank you and welcome to everyone who recently joined our Portrait Kitchens family

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Friends & Family
Referral Reward Program

Many of our customers “find” us as a result of word of mouth. This simple, yet gracious, act by our customers has allowed us to be successful. To assist our customers in spreading the word about our excellent service, we have provided this convenient referral page. To take advantage of this outstanding offer, simply present this portion of this newsletter, including your name and address, at the time of your first visit. That way YOU receive the great savings and your friend receives the recognition they deserve for sending you to us!

Company Address

193 S. Bluff Street
St George, UT 84770
Fax: 435.986.9566

*$100 Toward
A Kitchen Design Retainer

When you refer your friends, neighbors or family, you’ve helped our business grow. Offering you this reward is our way of letting you know just how much we appreciate your actions.

*Valid for one year from month of issue (see front page). Does not apply to product purchase or hourly design services. Discount is taken off the total initial design retainer at the time of contract and payment.

NEXT MONTH: What Are “Industry Standards” in Kitchen Projects?

Following Month:  Today's Disposable Kitchen

Last Tip: To Bidet Or Not To Bidet?

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Shad D. Johnsen, CKD
Certified Kitchen Designer
Owner & Principal Designer

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