Kitchen Trends for 2018

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It’s that time when we’re saying goodbye to the current year and looking forward to the next. And at Prestige, when we start thinking about the year to come, we can’t help but think about what’s coming next for kitchen design. If we can judge by how our kitchens will look, 2018 is going to be a fun year!

Blue Everything

Blue is everywhere for kitchens in 2018, from cabinets to appliances. And for 2018 it’s all about rich tones, even the lighter shades don’t go all the way to pastel. Sherwin Williams predicts bright color palettes will be one of the biggest trends in all the different spaces in your home next year.

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Make a splash in any kitchen with bright blue appliances. With it’s retro-industrial design this hood and stove combo covers multiple trends and instantly adds a pop of freshness to the space.
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So Many Bright Colors

While blue is the trendiest right now, color is everywhere, on everything, right now. And we love it. Fun, bright shades make any space feel happier.

These sinks are available in a rainbow of shades.
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This bright yellow counter/sink/pantry unit looks amazing in it’s industrial, gray surroundings.  The contrast between the saffron colored unit and everything around it make it the obvious focal point of the large, open space.kitchen-color-trends-20.jpgPhoto: next125

Glass Front Cabinets

Glass front cabinet doors aren’t a new idea, but they’re all over for 2018. This style turns cabinetry into a display space for collectibles or pretty dishes. They also help create the illusion that your kitchen is larger by providing a sense of depth and openness. You do have to keep the contents clean and organized, clutter can’t be hidden away with these.

Adding designs to glass doors creates a more traditional look. This trendy green kitchen beautifully blends modern and farmhouse elements in a way that feels both current and timeless.Cabinet-Door-Styles-in-2018-Shaker-Cabinet-with-Glass-Door-Fronts-at-Better-Homes-and-GardensPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
Mixing glass front with traditional cabinet doors is a nice way to break up huge spaces of cabinets and creates a nice transition between cabinets and the ceiling. Some people prefer using glass in only a section of the kitchen’s cabinets, you can do whatever works best for your space.Cabinet-Door-Style-in-2018-Cabinet-Doors-with-Glass-Fronts-at-Centsational-StylePhoto: Home Art Tile

Statement Floors

Floors are taking center stage for 2018. And while classic hardwoods will never go out of style, this trend is all about creating an amazing look with standout tile. Big or small, brightly colored or a more subdued palette, the options are limitless.

The clean lines of this minimalistic kitchen allow the beautiful patterned floor to really shine.  The open shelving, gold fixtures and blue cabinets are all on trend for 2018.4117193d452b73d563ea3797a8ff35e4Photo: Sea of Sanctuary
“Rugging,” a floor tiling trend where patterned tiles are surrounded by plain ones in a block style that resembles a rug, will be huge in 2018. Personally, we think this is a super cool way to add interest in an unexpected way.
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Prestige Marble & Granite is here for you, regardless of what, if any, of 2018’s kitchen trends you want to try. We are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

 

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Making Your House a Happier Place

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The world can be a stressful place. Your home should not be. It should be your sanctuary, where you go to relax, and escape the chaos of it all. Whether you’re trying to become happier in general, or just looking for different ways to elevate your already good mood, the space you spend such important time in can easily reflect that. After all, your house plays an integral part in how you feel on a daily basis.

 Display Your Memories

This is an easy one. Remembering positive times and experiences makes us happy. It’s that simple. Put up cherished pictures, show off travel souvenirs, it’s all about what represents a happy time for you and your family.

This is a fun way to organize and remember your travels.img_2424.jpgPhoto: Mr Perkins ICT
A photo collage is a great way to take pictures off your phone and social media and put them up in your home. This heart shape is fun, but really your options are limitless.originalPhoto: We heart it
A coffee table with a glass top and hollowed out area underneath is a great place to show off tchotchkes and mementos. This is an especially good option for things you don’t want regularly handled. This rustic table does happiness double duty, with its fun pop of color.Coffee-TablesPhoto: Nature Inspired Crafts

Play with Color

There are entire studies devoted to the principle that colors can positively or negatively affect our mood. Some colors are scientifically proven to make us happy. Bold isn’t always better though, this is another aspect of design where your options are limited only by your preferences. If you want to go big you can do an entire room in a happy color. You can easily incorporate pops of color into a space to create impact as well.

Yellow comes up in every search as the happiest of colors. Yellow makes us think of sunshine and warmth and is innately cheery. When choosing your shade it’s important to know that it does reflect light better than other colors. This means you’ll want to consider the brightness level you choose, to ensure you continue to love the color for a long time.333f47a9d147428b8d829e8fb3c3058a-yellow-kitchen-cabinets-open-cabinets.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Red is another color that can get very intense, very quickly.  There are so many options with red, from the almost pinks to the more orange shades. You can make red work in almost any space you want it to. Decorating around red is important; it’s easy to get Christmasy or overly patriotic. If that’s what you’re going for, great! But if not, it’s something to consider.eclectic-living-roomPhoto: Houzz
Blue is proven to evoke feelings of  calm and relaxing. While it makes some think of sadness, blue is easily one of the most popular colors across all demographics. And with so many shades it’s easy to find one to fit your personal style.296cc05c9d8647dd3c6283d6552759d9Photo: Decor Me Happy

Lighting is Key

Any interior designer will tell you that lighting is key when it comes to setting the mood in any space. And for creating good vibes in your home, nothing works better than natural light. Let in the sunshine! It’s a proven fact that time spent in the sun automatically triggers good feelings.  And for spaces where light is scarce, or for winter months, go for bulbs that mimic natural light as closely as possible. And try to avoid fluorescent lighting; it’s been shown to raise anxiety levels.

Large windows let in an incredible amount of light and the paint color mimics the tropical tableau featured so prominently. The cabinet lighting helps beautifully display kitchen collectibles, and the recessed lighting is a nice touch for when its dark outside. iStock_000011988451_SmallPhoto: Crowd Build
Candles create an automatic feeling of warmth and coziness, which increases one’s sense of security. These are all important elements to feeling happy and at ease in your home.tumblr_mx54xrOGf91r7b56jo1_500Photo: Rebloggy

Make Your Bed

Turns out mom was right about this one. Making your bed is a three minute task that has been proven to positively impact one’s mood for the rest of the day. But it’s not just making your bed. Studies have shown that taking a couple of minutes in each room to bring them to “readiness” lowers stress levels. And lower stress levels equals a happier existence.

Making your bed is a great way to start off your day with a sense of accomplishment.2_gjj7wpPhoto: Domain Media

Prestige Marble & Granite is all about making you happy in your home. We are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updating Your Bathroom for 2018

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Your bathroom is where you spend a lot of intimate time in your home. It’s where you relax in the tub after a hard day, where you bathe your children, where you brush your teeth. And you deserve to feel good in there. Whether you want to do a full bathroom renovation, or are really just interested in a smaller project, there are so many ways to update your bathroom to help turn it into the space of your dreams. Here are a few of our favorite bathroom trends looking toward 2018.

Shower Plants

We’re not talking about a bouquet of flowers on the counter. Shower plants started trending in 2017 and don’t show any signs of slowing down. This is probably the most simple way to update and brighten up your space. The only limit here is your imagination; it’s all about having real, live plants in your bathroom. And while you can do whatever you want, the look tends to be more about greenery than flowers.

Don’t let the name fool you, the plants don’t have to actually be in your shower. Anywhere in the bathroom will do. The shower does provide the added bonus of eliminating the need to remember to water.4-bathroom-plantsPhoto: Cheshire Mum
The living wall is definitely a cool look, though maybe not practical for every space. Regardless of how many plants you use, you should try and choose ones that will help naturally purify your air.IiY5qYaiCYZlPhoto: Lonny

A Monochromatic Look

The black and white color combination is classic and will never really go out of style. Regardless, the color scheme is seriously trending upward for 2018.

Doing a bathroom in all black & white can instantly create either a vintage or modern feeling. The two toned look below manages to blend the two in a way that is very 2018. The round mirror and gold accents complement the trendy aesthetic quite nicely.
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While it’s true that the black & white color scheme lends itself quite well to a modern, industrial look, it can be made as opulent as you like. This luxurious bathroom is a prime example of how swanky the two colors can be, especially when paired with all the mirrors, crystal chandelier, and gorgeous marble countertops. Traditional-and-luxurious-bathroom-in-black-and-whitePhoto: Decoist

Gold & Brass Fixtures

Once thought to be a permanent reminder of the 1980s, gold and brass fixtures are making a huge comeback. Trends really are cyclical and if you wait long enough, it seems true that everything comes back in fashion. It’s important to note that the brass and gold fixtures of today are different than your childhood memories of the finish. Today’s brass is a little more understated, a little less shiny than your parent’s was.

The simple lines of these muted brass fixtures make a huge statement in this gorgeous bathroom. The brass complements the organic wood countertop effortlessly. The trendy black & white floor tile is an unexpected, but fun, touch.  12-2Photo: Luxury Bathrooms

Fish Scale Tile

Also called mermaid tile, this look, as with all things mermaid, is trending hard right now. This versatile look can be placed anywhere you’d use tile, but we are really loving it for the bathroom. It adds a whimsical touch wherever, and makes for a great accent wall or shower tile.

The most common color for mermaid tiles is this dreamy ocean-inspired aqua, though it is available in a number of other colors. thisonePhoto: Mercury Mosaics

Round Vanity Mirrors

One of the easier ways to quickly update your space is with a round vanity mirror. Designers are obsessed with the shape and it almost instantly gives your bathroom a current feel.

The modern shape contrasts beautifully with the rustic vanity.  Reimagining vintage and rustic pieces as bathroom vanities is another look poised to be big in 2018. The mirror creates an even bigger impact when paired with a square shaped vanity and sink as shown below.MG_0162Photo: Park and Oak

Regardless of how you choose to style your bathroom,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Decorating Your House for Fall

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Summer is officially over. And you know what that means. Pumpkins, falling leaves, crisper air, the holidays will be here before we know it. And while there are so many things to love about this time of year, one of our favorites is decorating around the house! There are so many ways to “Autumn-ize” your home; here are a few ideas we really love.

Pumpkin Everything

When decorating for fall, you can’t go wrong with pumpkins and gourds. And there’s almost no such thing as too many pumpkins when creating your look. Pumpkin decor has come a long way since someone first carved one and stuck a candle in it hundreds of years ago. Today, pumpkins can be incorporated into really any design aesthetic. There is almost no limit to what you can do with pumpkins, this is just a short sampling with some of our current favorites.

Wrapping white pumpkins with bittersweet is an easy way to make a big statement as a centerpiece or on a mantle. Some people are hesitant to use bittersweet inside, and while they’re not wrong, we think it’s impact far outweighs its potential for messiness.white-pumpkins-386x580Photo: Your Cozy Home
Stacking smaller gourds in glass cylinders of varying heights is another way to modernize your fall decor. You can use gourds of all shapes and colors. Putting a little water in the bottom and placing a short length of live pumpkin vine (pulled out and the root and then cleaned of dirt) really gives this display something extra.BHG155276.jpg.rendition.largestPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
Glitter is a really fun way to mix up your pumpkin decor. If you like the natural tones or want to go more outrageous with your design, it’s all up to you with this DIY project. It is important to note that the glitter and glue shorten the shelf life of a real pumpkin, so this may be one instance where faux pumpkins are better suited. 4400856_284854_GlitterPump2Photo: Sweet Paul
 Gold paint fancies up any size pumpkin. You can paint the gold directly onto the pumpkin, or paint it another color and and put gold on top of that. Either looks absolutely beautiful. Click on the link below the photo for step-by-step instructions on how to gild your own pumpkins.dekoraciya-kratunka-tikva-(11)-27122-500x0Photo: Country Living

Fall Foilage

Colorful leaves and fall flowers look beautiful in any home. These elements also add a fun textural element to your fall decor. Rich yellows, oranges, golds reds and browns dominate and are what you want to look for here. Whether you choose to use the real stuff or go for faux, it’s all about bringing the outdoors in.

These simple arrangements pack a huge punch in this kitchen. The tall branches also create a lot of impact with their height, ensuring the countertops underneath aren’t cluttered and still available to be used. The candles and gourds finish the look nicely.
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Faux fall leaves are used here to make these amazing wreaths and as the base of the mantle decorations. The pinecones and pumpkins complement the look perfectly. Putting the small twig pumpkins on the shorter candle bases is a lovely touch.
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Faux leaves are used here in conjunction with corn and small acorns to create a great windowsill focal point. This is a great example of the different textures you can achieve using multiple fall elements. Even though every cylinder is filled with something unique, they still create a cohesive look.
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Indian Corn can be used in a myriad of ways. You can hang it in bunches, or decorate a wreath with it. It also looks beautiful in a vase or incorporated into your mantle or centerpiece.decorating11Photo: Ten Thousand Villages

Regardless of how you choose to decorate your home for fall,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Creating More Counter Space In A Small Kitchen

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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends gather, where memories are made. It’s where food is prepared, and often consumed. The kitchen is imperative to the operation and running of the household. While huge spaces are great, a small kitchen can easily meet the needs of a busy family. One way to help achieve this is to create as much counter space as possible. There are several different ways to go about doing this.

Make Your Backsplash Do Double Duty

The backsplash in your small kitchen can be utilized in a number of ways to help free up extra counter space.

You don’t have to sacrifice style with your backsplash to create storage. This kitchen beautifully utilizes a single shelf at a level that doesn’t impede use of the counter underneath it. It also incorporates under cabinet lighting that makes reading labels easy and helps highlight a beautiful spice collection.spicesPhoto: Oceanic Realty
A pegboard can be used to create storage in multiple ways. You can hang your most used utensils on hooks. Shelves are easily put in and moved around. One of the bonuses of pegboard is how easy it is to move or change the way you use it. It also creates a really interesting design element in any size space.pegboard.jpgPhoto: HGTV
Get Creative With Your Cutting Board

A cutting board is a must in any kitchen to ensure the protection and long life of your counter tops. But keeping them on the counter top at all times takes up valuable space in your small kitchen. There are several different ways to get around this.

Custom stovetop covers that double as cutting boards is an easy and beautiful way to keep your cutting board off the counter. This idea also creates additional workspace in a small kitchen. You can go to The Kitchn to learn how to build the one shown below.
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An under counter pull-out cutting board is a great way to declutter your counter tops.a617d18e679179dfccd96a23e49867f8.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Utilize Corners and Gaps

Placement of kitchen appliances can create some awkward spaces in smaller kitchens. And corners are generally ignored in a lot of kitchen designs. But there are ways to use these spaces to either provide additional counter space or as a place to store what you’d usually keep on the counter.

This small apartment kitchen perfectly takes advantage of what could be completely wasted space by mounting butcher block in a previously ignored corner. Bonus points for creating the perfect spot to hide the kitchen garbage or a bar stool.e7258ad75d31f31ee952724ed420ed6fddbdb0b5.jpgPhoto: Door Sixteen
This tiny kitchen uses the large corners surrounding the sink to store and display a wide array of objects. Mounting your paper towel holder under cabinets or a shelf is another easy way to keep a necessary kitchen item off your counters. small-kitchen-with-corner-shelves.jpgPhoto: Decoist
You don’t need deep corners, as shown above, to install corner shelves. Regardless of their size, corner shelves are perfect for helping keep your counters clear.
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Regardless of the size of your kitchen,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Countertop Types: What Will Work Best For You

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Marble? Granite? Quartz? Natural stone or engineered? What does it all mean? Anyone who has built a home or done a kitchen remodel knows the number of different material options can be overwhelming. And it’s an important decision. Experts estimate you should plan on spending 10 to 15 percent of your kitchen budget on your countertops. Here are some thoughts on different types of materials so you can choose what’s right for you and your home. All prices mentioned are general estimates.

Granite

Granite is the number one countertop material for a reason. It’s beauty and durability make it a wonderful choice for almost any kitchen. It’s very nature makes it resistant to water and heat. That being said it is slightly porous. Most granites don’t need to be sealed, though it never hurts and will help block stains and liquids from eventually seeping into the stone. Granite’s inherent strength will also help protect it from scratches and etching. Because granite is a natural material there will be variation from slab to slab. While many people love the uniqueness this ensures, it can make matching up slabs difficult.

Expect to spend between $40 and $200 per foot installed.

Granite comes in a variety of natural stone colors and can be finished multiple ways.15-gorgeous-granite-countertops-title-e1503856458744.jpgPhoto: Home Epiphany

Marble

The demand for marble has certainly increased in the past few years. While a lot of marbles have gray veining running throughout, if you’re looking for a bright, more pure white slab, marble is definitely for you. It gives a high end, classic feeling to any space. Marble is more porous than granite and does require sealing; this means it does stain more easily than granite and some other natural stones. It’s also a softer stone, meaning it more readily scratches and nicks. While some marbles like Calacatta and Carrara are decidedly more expensive, there are plenty of options with a price point comparable to granite.

Expect to spend between $50 and $200 per foot installed.

The gray veining warms up this marble slab , which lends a polished feeling to this rustic kitchen.Advantages Of Marble CountertopsPhoto: Improvenet

Quartz

Quartz countertops are growing in popularity thanks to their many good qualities, and due to the fact they don’t have many of the weaknesses of natural stone. Quartz is a manufactured product and is also referred to as engineered stone. The manufacturing process for Quartz allows for an almost unlimited range of colors and can be finished in a luxurious way other solid surface materials aren’t. Quartz is just as durable as stone but more forgiving, so it won’t chip or scratch easily. It’s also nonporous, so it resists staining and will not harbor bacteria or viruses. Quartz doesn’t have many downsides, though it isn’t as heat resistant as natural stone.  It may be considered on the more expensive side, though it’s pricing is competitive with many natural stones.

Expect to spend between $50 and $200 per foot installed.

If you’re wanting a nontraditional countertop color, quartz might be just what your looking for.
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Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural material that has been used as countertops for literally hundreds of years. Today people love soapstone for its warm, rustic charm. Soapstone ranges from light to dark gray; the darkest slabs are almost black. Soapstone actually contains a certain amount of talc, which accounts for its milky look and somewhat powdery feel. This also accounts for the softness of the stone, but doesn’t mean it can’t stand up to daily kitchen use. Soapstone is nonporous so it is stain and acid resistant, though it does darken over time. It is recommended you treat soapstone with mineral oil to help achieve a more even look and deepen the color. It’s softness does make it slightly vulnerable to scratching, the mineral oil will help disguise these. Soapstone is extremely heat and bacteria resistant, making it a wonderful choice for any kitchen.

Expect to spend between $75 and $150 per square foot installed.

Soapstone is perfect for warming up what would otherwise be an all white kitchen. It also creates a sense of depth and additional dimension in this large space.decorpad.jpgPhoto: DecorPad

Limestone

Limestone is a beautiful choice, but not always practical for a busy kitchen. Limestone is an extremely versatile stone, available in a variety of colors and textures. Only the harder, denser varieties should be installed in the kitchen. Your fabricator should be able to help you choose the appropriate slab for your needs, should you choose limestone. Limestone is a calcium-based rock and by its very nature reacts with acidic substances in a manner that can create etching. It’s extremely porous and should be sealed regularly to help minimize staining, as it will soak up liquids quickly. Due to its softness, limestone also scratches and chips more easily than other natural stones. You also need to protect your limestone countertops from heat as it does have the ability to burn.

Expect to spend $50 to $100 per square foot installed.

Limestone looks great in almost any setting, though it requires a lot of maintenance. Many homeowners who want limestone choose to use it in a bathroom as opposed to the kitchen.
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Whatever countertop material you ultimately choose,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

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The first kitchen was really just a fire outside. And ever since cooking was brought indoors, people have been finding numerous reasons to take it back outside. The summer heat has always been a big factor in wanting outdoor kitchen space, especially here in the South. Before air conditioning, summer kitchens made the hottest, most humid months slightly more bearable for southerners everywhere. Keeping away smoke and lingering food smells have also always been popular reasons for wanting to cook outside. Today, the desire to entertain and create a fun space for your family and friends has pushed the outdoor kitchen to the next level.

American actress Jane Wyman with her portable bbq in press photos in the early 1950s.janewymanPhoto: Tumblr

Outdoor kitchens today are so much more than a grill and some patio furniture. Today’s outdoor kitchens extend the living space of your home and are considered a great investment in your property.  The average outdoor kitchen costs between 12,000 and 15,000 dollars. While you definitely don’t have to spend that much, you can easily spend way more. The options are almost limitless. Understandably, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But no worries, we’ve got a few tips to help out, regardless of your budget.

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Determine How You want to Use Your Kitchen

Be honest with yourself. How much space do you have? Are you going to use this outdoor kitchen for serious entertaining or will you be grilling outside occasionally? Will your kitchen be covered, even partially? These questions are important as the list of  possible amenities is long. And when designing your outdoor space you should keep in mind that certain appliances require greater levels of protection from the elements than others. And depending on your budget and plans for usage, it’s important to prioritize what appliances you choose. Some of the most popular outdoor kitchen appliances include grills/smokers, refrigerators/freezers, ice makers, and sinks.

A pergola is a great option for a smaller outdoor kitchen.  It helps define the space and allows for maximum airflow while still providing shade and protection from the harshness of the elements. If you have a green thumb a pergola is a great place to both grow and hang plants on.pergPhoto: Backyard Unlimited
Heaters, a fireplace, curtains and fans make this huge outdoor kitchen space an amazing year-round entertaining space.Beautiful-modern-porch-has-it-allPhoto: Decoist
Layout & Design

When choosing the site for your outdoor kitchen you need to think about how you’re going to hook up the utilities. You will probably want to run electricity and/or gas, and even water out to your space. Designing an outdoor kitchen isn’t that different from designing an indoor kitchen.

You’ll notice that the designs that incorporate the sink and refrigerator all do so in a way that creates the ubiquitous “kitchen triangle”. This is a design principle that says the most efficient kitchen layout is one where the cooktop, sink, and refrigerator form a triangle shape, with no leg of the triangle being longer than 10 feet.
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A functional outdoor kitchen should consist of four key areas or zones. First, the hot zone, where you’ll put your grill, smoker, pizza oven, etc. Conversely, the cold zone, where your refrigerator, freezer, beverage centers, etc. will be. Ideally, these zones won’t be right next to each other. Having hot and cold elements next to each other will force those appliances to work harder to function properly, wasting energy and potentially shortening their lifespans. The wet zone is where the sinks, ice-makers, kegerators, dishwashers, etc. are in the space. This is the area that really upgrades an outdoor entertaining area into a fully functioning kitchen. Lastly, you will want prep space. Prep space is not only the counters where you prepare food, but also cabinets and storage options.

This kitchen clearly lays out the four different zones. You can see that the separation between hot, cold, and wet zones naturally creates the “kitchen triangle.”ou.jpgPhoto: Pinterest
Choosing the Proper Materials

There are certainly a few different factors to consider when deciding what materials to use for your outdoor kitchen. Durability has to be considered equally to the style that matches your home and design aesthetic. Natural stone is a great choice for your outdoor kitchen countertops. While not really an issue here in Tennessee, it’s important to note that some stones don’t hold up to the possible expansion that can come with freezing/thawing as well as others. If you live somewhere with more extreme conditions you should always check with your fabricator that the stone you choose will work outside.

This design seamlessly incorporates granite, wood, brick, and stainless steel.presoutPhoto: Prestige M & G

There are other factors to consider when choosing which stone to use. Granite is an extremely popular choice thanks to its overall durability. Granite easily stands up to both regular use and weather. It doesn’t stain, nor does it absorb odors. With granite it’s recommended that you choose mid-range to lighter colors, as darker stones will hold heat and can become hot to the touch under sun.

This granite is absolutely beautiful outside. It blends wonderfully with the landscaping, nearby pool/fountain, and stainless steel appliances. It’s light color ensures it won’t absorb too much heat, nor will it fade in the sun.granite-countertop-outdoor-1Photo: MGSI

Soapstone is another durable option. Although your color options are limited to shades of gray and black, soapstone is stain, heat, and bacteria resistant. Soapstone does scratch more easily than other types of stone, those scratches are fairly easy to repair though.

If you want a darker countertop, soapstone is a great option. It doesn’t hold heat the same way granite does and is still polished and durable.soapstonePhoto: Urban Kitchen Design

Marble is always a beautiful option but is considerably softer than other stones. While it will last a long time, weather will eventually cause noticeable wear. For this reason it isn’t recommended that you use polished marble outside. There are other stone options you can discuss with your fabricator. Concrete and tile are also sometimes used as outdoor countertops.

While planning for hot and cold zones is important, in some smaller spaces your options might be limited. Here, a two-drawer, outdoor refrigerator maximizes space for cold food and drink storage. The brick used in this design is a great insulator between the cold refrigerator and hot grill. The large soapstone countertops are a great choice for a rooftop kitchen with minimal protection from the elements.
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Whatever outdoor kitchen you can dream up,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!