Your Kitchen Countertop Materials Can Help Minimize Germs

How much counter space do you need

When it comes to dirty rooms in the home, most would guess that the bathroom is prone to be germiest of all the rooms. It turns out; your kitchen is a bigger germ magnate than your bathroom. Since we cook in the kitchen, there are some real health risks to allowing too many germs to build up. So, let’s look at the cleanest kitchen materials to make your kitchen less germy.

Germs in the kitchen

The kitchen is the most popular room in the house, so it’s no wonder that it can also become the dirtiest. Lots of people and perishable items are the perfect combination of germs to gather. You don’t have to be a germaphobe to want to minimize germs in your kitchen. If you’re in the process of remodeling, we’ve got a few tips to keep the germs at bay. The materials you use can help keep your kitchen cleaner and more sanitary.

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Wood is porous and will attract germs without being sealed and resealed.

Non-porous kitchen materials

The key to minimizing germs in your kitchen, besides a regular cleaning routine, is to use non-porous materials. Using materials that are non-porous means that germs won’t penetrate your counters. Since you are constantly exposing your countertops to things that can transport germs, it is important for you to choose countertop materials that will help minimize germs.

Wooden Countertops

Wood is wonderfully organic and beautiful, but when it comes to your countertops, look for something that isn’t going to allow germs to penetrate and fester. There are sealers that can be used to make wood non-porous, but they aren’t permanent. If you wait too long to re-seal, your wooden countertops may already be filled with germs.

Granite vs. Quartz

Quartz countertops
Quartz countertops are nonporous and germ resistant.

We’re always being asked about granite vs. quartz, but when it comes to the question of being germ-resistant quartz wins over granite. Granite is highly porous, whereas quartz is made with a resin and polymer bond that makes it nonporous.

Stainless Steel

The most common material in a commercial kitchen is stainless steel. It’s a classic and for a good reason. Stainless steel is non-porous and very easy to clean and disinfect after each use. Stainless steel is even finding its way into the modern and traditional kitchen design.
The Kitchen Showcase has over 40 complete rooms with the best brands in kitchen and bathroom design. Talk to design experts about the best materials to use in your kitchen to minimize germs and match your style.

How to Make Your Cabinets the Star of Your Kitchen?

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Kitchen storage should look good, make a statement, and be functional. Even the simplest cabinet can be a work of functional art. Here’s how to make your kitchen cabinets the star of your kitchen.

Choosing kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinetsTo make the cabinets the star of your kitchen you need to blend fashion and function. When cabinets are perfectly fitted to your kitchen and your needs, they will add calm and comfort to your kitchen. When things are custom built and fitted it will add to the positive energy in the kitchen. For odd spaces or special kitchen equipment, think about having some cabinets customized.

Adding layers and dimension

Use your cabinets to add layers and dimension to your kitchen. You want to play with size, shapes, and texture to breathe life into your kitchen. If everything is all the same, the kitchen will feel dull and two-dimensional. Using a variety of cabinets and storage spaces, as well as other types of storage like drawers and shelves will make it a more interesting visual.


Something as simple as unique and interesting hardware on your cabinets can make your cabinets the star of the kitchen. However, you don’t just want to choose hardware that looks good in your kitchen, you need to choose hardware that is also functional. Before you choose a pull or knob, make sure you get to hold and pull to ensure that it feels comfortable. Hardware can elevate the appeal of your cabinets.

Cabinet doors

A simple cabinet can be made extraordinary by choosing the right cabinet door style. Depending on the rest of the decor and architecture, there are cabinet doors to match every decorative style. You can also vary your cabinet doors, using some solid, and some with glass to further play with texture and dimension. Another popular trend is to have one statement in your kitchen and using a rustic, custom designed barn door instead of a cabinet door will really catch the eye and make your cabinets a functional piece of art.
Visit our kitchen showroom in Centennial, Colorado. Check out the latest and greatest brands of custom and semi-custom cabinets to match any style and budget.

Get Your Own Personal Design Expert When You Choose The Kitchen Showcase

Kitchen cabinets design

We are usually good at displaying our personal style, but when it comes to remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom – or any other room, for that matter – we could all use a little help from a design expert. When you choose The Kitchen Showcase for your next remodel project, we not only give you a lot of product choices and styles, but you get your own personal design expert to help guide you through the process.

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Our experts will guide you through the entire remodel project.
– Credit to Infinity Home Collection

A Designer Just for Your Remodeling Project

There are many small details that go into remodeling a kitchen or bathroom. It’s more than just choosing a color scheme and the right style of cabinets. Plus, with so many styles to choose from and so many different brands, making the right choices can quickly become overwhelming.
Because we’re talking about your home, the design process can also become quite emotional. Working with a personal designer can help you navigate the choices and the emotions, making sure that the final result is something that you will love for a long time.

Recognizing Your Design Style

When you work with a design expert, they can help you navigate all the different choices. Our experts will work with you to understand not just your aesthetic, but your lifestyle. How you use your kitchen, your bath, your dining room, and living room will affect the choices you make in terms of materials and design. Before we explore our showroom, we’ll sit with you to understand just what your needs are, and from there, we can narrow down your choices.
Before we explore our showroom, we’ll sit with you to understand just what your needs are, and from there, we can narrow down your choices.

Respecting Your Budget

Kitchen cabinets designEveryone has a budget that they would like the remodel project to stick to, and our experts will do their best to respect yours without compromising style and quality. Once we know what we’re working with, both in terms of the budget and the space that we have to work with, we’ll guide you through our showroom, showing you all the options that will work for you from cabinets to countertops to hardware and accessories.

Design Showroom in Colorado

We’ve got one of Colorado’s biggest and best showrooms with over 40 room displays. You can see, touch, and experience every product, material, and color before you make the final choice. We’ll create a space and design plan so that you fully understand what the final outcome will be.
Stop by The Kitchen Showcase in Centennial and let our experts help you design your dream home.

Designing a Rustic Country Lounge Area in Your Colorado Home

Design a rustic country lounge area

Designing a man cave for your home hasn’t gone out of style. What has gone out of style is thinking that only men want to have a man cave. Therefore, we’re going to talk about designing a modern-day man cave, henceforth referring to it as a rustic country lounge area, and everyone is invited!

Designing a modern day man cave
Take elements from your cozy country living room and incorporate them into your modern-day man cave.

Designing a Rustic Country Lounge Area

Turning your basement or the attic into a comfortable lounge area where you can entertain and relax is a great use of space. It’s like giving yourself a little hideaway. No computers to check your work email, no laundry, and no bills to pay. This room should be like a mini-vacation from the rest of your life.
To keep with the cave metaphor, you will typically try to keep the design rustic and country. Using warm natural tones, leather, and wood is a great way to create a cozy little cocoon where you can escape life.
It’s like having your own ski lodge lounge bar right in your own home. It’s inviting, it’s warm, it’s luxurious, it’s peaceful, and it’s the perfect fall/winter addition to your Colorado home.

Comfortable Seating

Every rustic lounge area should have comfortable seating. There should be couches and chairs that you can sink into as you cozy up with a good book and a hot cup of cocoa. However, the seating can’t be so soft and comfortable that you can’t also sit comfortably and chat with friends, drinking wine and cocktails and watching sports or playing games. Mix up the seating, creating a few different sections for people to hang out.


Having different types of lighting for the different lounge section will help create a relaxing ambiance. Of course, you don’t want it to be so dark that you can’t see where you’re going or what move your opponent just made. Play with the texture, shape, size, and brightness of your lighting fixtures and bulbs to create a little excitement in your design.

Reclaimed Wood

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Reclaimed wood is a beautiful design feature for a rustic lounge area.

Reclaimed wood is a great addition to a country lounge and entertainment room. Reclaimed wood floors are both trendy, eco-friendly, and beautiful. They add charm and personality to a room.

Rustic Bar

No lounge and entertainment room is complete without a bar. Take some of the same reclaimed wood and design details to make a bar area that compliments the rest of the design.
Using similar colors and a few textures throughout will bring cohesion to the room. You’ll also want some cool and comfortable bar stools so that you can hang at the bar and keep the bartender company.

Plumbing and Electricity

Make sure that you have access to water for your bar area. You will need a sink and maybe even a dishwasher so you’re not stuck washing dishes in your relaxing lounge room. You’ll also want to have the right outlets and electricity for a refrigerator and freezer.

Pool Table and Games

Designing a lounge area
Mix up your seating.
Photo Credit to Daydream Designs

The final touch to a lounge area is the pool table. Make sure there is enough space to move around, as well as good lighting over the pool table. You can also add other bar games, like darts. The classic chalkboard scoreboard is a must. Put various board games like chess or backgammon on some of the tables around the room.

Interior Design Inspiration in Centennial

We’ve got the largest kitchen showroom in Colorado. With over 40 rooms set up, you can come and get inspired by all the products available, and you can talk to professional interior designers that can help you design, decorate, and remodel any room in your home.
From the kitchen to the bathroom to the country lounge, our designers will guide you through the process, helping you turn your dream into a reality.

Design a Million-Dollar Home Without Spending a Million Dollars

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When we design a home, we want the best, but we don’t all have a million dollars to design a million-dollar home. Lucky, here at The Kitchen Showcase, our design experts can help guide you towards materials and styles that are within your budget, but still look luxurious and rich. Choose products that are practical and beautiful to design your dream home from top to bottom.

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Elmwood fine custom cabinets at The Kitchen Showcase in Denver.
Photo: Elmwood Series by Cabico, KBIS Photography

Having a design plan

Designing a whole home can be daunting. Where do you start? How do you make everything cohesive without feeling too boring? What are the practical aspects? Where can you be creative and fun? All of these questions become much easier to answer if you sit down and make a design plan. Of course, before you can come up with a plan, you need to understand your options.

Home design showroom

Our showroom is arguably the best kitchen showroom in Denver, but, we go way beyond the kitchen. We can help you design any and every room in the home, from the kitchen to the washroom to the pantry to the bedroom. When you visit our showroom, you’ll get to see, touch, and get the full experience of all of our products.
With over 40 room displays, you can check out all the different countertop materials and cabinets styles, eliminating surprises when your products arrive at your home. You can even test out every knob and pull, making sure you make the best decision for every part of your home design. The more you understand the products and materials, the better you’ll be at making the right decisions.

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Our showroom is arguably the best design showroom in Denver.

Expert guidance

Of course, letting you lose in our showroom by yourself would be like letting your five-year-old go to Disneyland unsupervised. To stop you from being overwhelmed, one of our expert designers will guide you through the process, answering questions about our products and the materials as well as helping you with the ordering process. We’ll also talk you through the installation and construction process so that you can get your life in order and prepare for the remodel project to begin.

Visit The Kitchen Showcase in Denver

Since 1984, we’ve helped thousands of customers. From cabinet planning and design to accurate ordering to delivery and installation, our professional staff will take care of you from start to finish and help you create a million-dollar home for a less-than-a-million-dollar budget.

HomeAid Service Day: Helping Homeless Families and Individuals in Denver

HomeAid for America

At The Kitchen Showcase, we’re fortunate enough to be invited into the homes of all of our clients. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home, and we don’t take our privilege for granted. That is why we are proud to partner with HomeAid for America to give back to our community, helping homeless families and individuals build a new life in a happy home.

Helping homeless in Denver
We’re proud to give our time to HomeAid for American to help homeless families and individuals in Denver.

HomeAid for America

Each year, more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness. These people are children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, colleagues, friends, and veterans who, due to various social and economic circumstances, are unable to afford a home.
HomeAid for America is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today’s homeless. Thanks to contractors, builders, designers, and good Samaritans who donate time, money, and materials, we are able to build affordable housing, as well as offer education, job skills, training, and much-needed physical and emotional support. HomeAid provides a given a hand up and a chance to change their lives forever, and TKS is proud to partner with HomeAid.

TKS HomeAid service day

Help change lives in Denver

We appreciate all that our customers have given us, and we’re proud to pay our good fortunes forward to those less fortunate. If you would like to help change lives in Denver, we invite you to come and serve with us. Give us a call and make a difference in your community.

The Kitchen Showcase: (303) 799-9200

It Pays to Remodel Your Kitchen Before Selling

Kitchen improvements before selling

When you move into your dream home, the kitchen is one of the first places that homeowners spend their time, energy, and remodeling budget. When you are looking to sell your home, potential buyers will also put a lot of weight into the state of the kitchen before making the decision to purchase. If you’re looking to make a few upgrades to the home before selling, making it more attractive to buyers, investing in a few kitchen upgrades can make your home much more likely to sell. Something as simple as replacing your old kitchen cabinets is going to bring a great return on your investment and help your home sell more quickly.

Kitchen cabinets in Denver
New cabinets can help your home sell.

Improving your kitchen before selling

When buyers come to look over the house, seeing a kitchen that is newly renovated with new cabinets and appliances will make your home stand out. Knowing that they can move into a kitchen that is already fully functional and efficient is going to be very attractive to potential buyers, and you may increase the value of your home if you make these improvements before putting your home on the market.

Kitchen cabinets for every budget

Putting in new kitchen cabinets won’t have to break the bank. At The Kitchen Showcase, we sell top brands in kitchen cabinets for any budget. Making these small improvements to your home will give a great return on investment. So, spending a little now could be well worth your money if the home sells for more money, and it sells more quickly. Buyers are willing to pay a little more for a home that is ready to be lived in, rather than knowing that they’ll need to make a bunch of improvements themselves.

Resurfacing your kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinets for every budget.
Resurfacing your cabinets will go a long way in making your home attractive to buyers.

Of course, if your cabinets are just looking a little old and worn, you could look into resurfacing your old cabinets instead of replacing them all together. Simply replacing the cabinet doors and the hardware could be a big improvement and make your kitchen appear new. Remember that a fresh coat of paint goes a long way to make your home more attractive to buyers. Replacing the faucets could also help make your kitchen look great, and increase the chances of selling quickly and for more money.

Kitchen Showcase in Centennial

If you’re looking to make a few improvements to your kitchen before putting your home on the market, stop by The Kitchen Showcase in Centennial and check out all the latest products. Our kitchen design experts can guide you towards the most cost-effective solutions for making a few small improvements to your kitchen.
See you at the showcase!

The Right Way to Design a Left-Handed Kitchen

Kitchen improvements before selling

About 15% of the population is left-handed, yet almost 100% of kitchens are designed to meet the needs of a right-handed person. If you’re remodeling your kitchen and you’re left-handed, this is your chance to customize your kitchen so that it suits your needs. After all, a kitchen should be a reflection of the person who will be using it, so if you’re left-handed, then let your kitchen designer know so that they can help you plan accordingly.

Left handed kitchen design
Place the dishwasher to the left of the sink.

Being left-handed in a right-handed world

Too often, people who are left-handed have had to make adjustments to fit into a right-handed world. Unless you’re left-handed, you never realize how awkward it is to work in a kitchen that has been designed for a right-handed person. Since the majority of the world is right-handed, many designers won’t even think to take your left handedness into consideration – until now.  If you’re left-handed, design your kitchen layout to make it flow with the natural movements of a left-handed person.

Designing for a left-handed person

When you custom design a kitchen, it’s the little details that make it perfect for you. A left-handed person will most likely reverse the “natural” order of things in a kitchen, making everything feel backward to a righty, but then again, for the lefties, kitchens have felt like they were designed backward for generations.

Reversing the flow of the kitchen

Getting custom kitchen cabinets is your chance to make sure that the cupboard doors open to the left, making it easier and more natural for you to open and close. The same is true for the kitchen sink. If you have a faucet with a side lever, make sure it is placed to the left. You also need to talk to your designer about making sure that there is extra counter space to the left of the sink, as that is most likely where you’ll place clean dishes to dry. If you have a dishwasher, place it to the left of the sink. Similarly, place pots and pans to the left of the stove will make it easier and more comfortable for a left handed person.

Left handed kitchen design
Let your designer know that you are left-handed so that they can help you design the perfect left-handed kitchen.

Custom kitchen design in Colorado

When you visit The Kitchen Showcase in Centennial, be sure to mention to the designer that you are left-handed and plan your kitchen remodel to meet your needs. If the main person doing the cooking in the kitchen is left-handed, make design choices that make it easy for that person to move about smoothly and comfortably. The right-handed people who visit your kitchen will just have to adapt, just like left-handed people have been adapting to right-handed kitchens in the past.
Visit our kitchen showroom and design your left-handed dream kitchen.

Efficient Bathroom Design in 2017

Batroom remodels in Denver by The Kitchen Showcase

The latest trend in bathroom design is to make it minimalistic, sleek, and efficient. That includes the countertops, the hardware, and the cabinets.

Bathroom design trends 2017
Sleek, modern, and high-efficiency bathroom design with custom cabinetry.

Minimalistic bathroom design

A custom designed bathroom will give you and your designer a chance to design cabinetry and counter space that is perfect for your bathroom. We want to give you enough storage space for everything that you want in your bathroom, as well as try to maintain as much space for you to move about comfortably.

What goals do you have for your bathroom

Do you have a lot of makeup, hair products, hair styling tools, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, brushes, hair ties, and hair clips? Do you need to store towels in your bathroom?
Make a list of all the things that you like to do in the bathroom, everything you wish you could do but don’t have the space to do it, and everything that you need to have in your bathroom. The more specific you can be about your vision and your goals for your new bathroom, the better your designer can help you make that vision a reality.

Custom cabinetry for your bathroom

We’ll look at the room we have to work with, and then we’ll custom design cabinetry and countertops to make the best use of the space in your bathroom. By custom designing cabinets, we can make them the exact shape and size that fits all of your personal items that need to be stored. We’ll help you organize and get uncluttered, making sure everything has its place, making much more efficient use of the space.

High-efficiency hardware for your bathroom

Bathroom design trends.
Contemporary, elegant, and trendy bathroom design in Denver.

Designing cabinetry that is efficient for your needs, as well as pleasing to your aesthetic, is one thing, but the real trend towards bathroom efficiency is hardware that will save water, saving our shared environment, as well as your private economy. When you are choosing hardware for your bathroom, make water conservation a part of your decision.
Faucets, toilets, and showers are smarter and more efficient than ever, and the right choice in hardware can make a huge difference of water you use each day. You’ll be happy to know that the style of most high-efficiency toilets, showers, and faucets will follow the minimalistic, streamlined, and ultra-modern aesthetic that is becoming so trendy.

Efficient and modern bathroom design in Denver

Whether you’re renovating a tired kitchen or creating the home of your dreams, there is no better feeling than knowing you made great decisions, selected the best products for your budget, and avoided costly delays. Learn how we can guide you on the way.

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K&B Design 2015: Kitchen & Bath Design Assistant / Jr. Sales

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The Kitchen Showcase Inc. is a family owned cabinetry business in Centennial, CO. We have been providing cabinetry and the installation of those products to homeowners, builders and interior designers for over 30 years.

“At The Kitchen Showcase, we believe deeply that the “right” people are our greatest asset.”

Due to our continued growth, we are seeking a full-time design assistant who is looking to build a long term relationship and career with our established company. The ideal candidate would be a highly motivated and energetic individual who is skilled in kitchen and bath design. In lieu of experience, an individual with a Kitchen & Bath Design certification will be considered. The qualified candidate will be an integral part of the design team and will be responsible for managing multiple projects and providing design and administrative support to lead designers to ensure a successful completion of each project. This is an opportunity to build a career with a strong company that has a reputation for excellence.


• Work with lead designers and customers in developing floor plans and design concepts
• Assist in preparation of design solutions that will include floor plans, cabinet plans and elevations, perspectives and associated details and specifications
• Develop pricing quotes/estimates
• Prepare and review order confirmation for accuracy
• Assist lead designers in providing project management for each job
• Order cabinetry and accessories
• Contribute to company goal of providing complete customer satisfaction


• 20/20 proficient
• Microsoft Office Suite proficiency
• Meticulous attention to detail
• 2 years of kitchen & bath design experience
• Must be able to handle multiple projects proficiently
• Excellent written and verbal skills
• Must be able to prioritize, work quickly, accurately and produce design projects within deadlines
• Highly motivated individual that is passionate about design, problem solver and success driven
• Full-time position, Hourly


We are a family orientated company that cares for our team’s happiness and professional growth.
• Health Insurance – 100% company paid option available
• Dental, Disability and Supplemental Insurance Options
• Paid time off and company paid holidays
• Company Profit Sharing
• Company sponsored team events

We want to meet you:

In your introduction, please answer these questions and email it, along with your cover letter, resume and salary expectations, to [email protected] with the subject line: “K&B Design-2015”. Entry level considered.
In your introduction, please answer these questions and email it, along with your cover letter, resume and salary expectations, to [email protected] with the subject line: “K&B Design-2015”. Entry level considered.
1) Tell us about your strengths and why they make you perfect for this job.
2) What lessons have you learned from challenges with technology?
3) What is the best thing about working with a team?
4) What are you passionate about?
We are very selective in hiring, so please be sure to put thought into your submission if you truly want to join our team.