The “New” Laundry Room Now has Kitchen and Bath Status!

Laundry rooms may be hardworking, but that doesn’t mean they have to be void of style.  The once lowly utility room has been elevated to kitchen or bath status; many are downright beautiful, and some are even quite luxurious. Modern laundry rooms are often multi-purpose, incorporating areas for other tasks such as work, crafts, and even dog-washing. Here are some eye-catching rooms, both large and small, that prove that the home’s most common multifunctional space can be both beautiful and efficient.

Pastel colors, bead board, farmhouse sink and natural stone countertops give this beautiful laundry room a coastal vibe. And we love those pull-down drying racks!

Garden Hills Residence
Floor to ceiling cabinets with moldings and plenty of drawers give this laundry a sophisticated feel; but the cheerful blue hue keeps it from being to serious.
Ultimate Laundry Rooms
Photo by Electrolux US

What better place for your dog wash than the laundry room! May as well have a dog bed in there, too. The to-the-ceiling cabinets in on-trend gray are classically beautiful, with the bright turquoise door adding a touch of whimsey.

dogs dream
This spacious laundry would be anyone’s dream laundry. Love the waterfall surround on the washer and dryer.
Milton - Addition
This room may be narrow, but the 10′ countertop more than makes up for the width.
Georgian Residence New Canaan
Who wouldn’t be jealous of this huge laundry room? So. Much. Storage.
NKBA Award-Winning Laundry Room
The pull-out drying rack drawers in this stunning laundry room are the bomb!

Total Spaces Design

Taking multitasking to a new level! Who wouldn’t mind working in this laundry room!
Snug Harbour
Nope, this isn’t a kitchen with laundry area. It’s a fancy laundry room/mud room with a kitchen nook!
Beverly Hills Kitchen, Nook, Mud Room, Laundry Room & Garage Addition
This small laundry room isn’t short on style. And there’s still plenty of space to take care of business.
Laundry Room
Even if all you have is a laundry closet, there’s no reason not to make it beautiful.
Beverly Hills
The ultimate laundry room/butler’s pantry! The open shelving is so smart, making it easy to assess what you have at a glance.
Holley Residence
For more fabulous laundry room ideas, check out our Pinterest board!
If you’re considering a laundry room remodel, you’ll want durable and easy to maintain, as well as beautiful, countertops. We invite you to stop by and browse our indoor showroom and speak to our knowledgeable staff about the best choices for your space. Homeowners, designers, architects, and contractors are all welcome!
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Don’t Make these Kitchen Design Mistakes!

9 Common Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Renovating your kitchen is a big project with a lot of variables to consider. Here’s a look at the most common mistakes people make when redesigning a kitchen – avoid them, and you’ll be sure to have the kitchen of your dreams!
 1. Ignoring the workflow
Your kitchen’s busiest areas are the sink, stove and refrigerator. Make sure they are in an efficient location. Respect the work triangle!

Urban Kitchen

2. Too little counter space
This one is close to our hearts! But truly, counter space is one of the most important elements in your kitchen, so don’t settle for less. Make the most of your space by carefully planning for maximum counter space. You can even extend the work space by adding decorative corbels for more counter top.

Garrett Park

3. Not enough electrical outlets
Think about your all your appliances, phone and tablets and you’ll realize that there is no such thing as too many outlets. Be sure to include them on your kitchen island and even in a drawer or two!

Quail Creek Kitchen

4. Forgetting about the trash
The trash receptacle is easy to forget, because it’s just not sexy compared to countertops and backsplashes. But don’t forget to consider its placement lest you you be stuck with a big ugly trash bin in the middle of your beautiful kitchen.

Formal white kitchen with blue island - Mullet Cabinet
5. Choosing appliances last
If you’re going for a major reno, choose your gadgets and appliances first. It’s easier to choose cabinets and countertops to fit your appliances rather than the other way around.
Mai

6. Skimping on cabinet storage solutions
Don’t miss out on optimizing your kitchen storage. Pull out pantries and and storage features like drawer dividers and inserts, lazy susans, etc. offer a lot of bang for your buck, helping you to get the most out of your cabinets. (Plus they are much more costly to add them later!)

Classic Beach House

7. Playing it too safe and not having fun
While it’s prudent to think about resale and not being dated in a few years, don’t play it so safe that the result is boring. Our advice: Choose what makes you happy and live a little!

AFID

8. Not enough types of lighting
Technically, a good kitchen design has three types of lighting: overhead (for general illumination), spot (for specific tasks), and accent (for looks and drawing attention to design elements). Don’t forget to add under cabinet lighting to show off those gorgeous stone countertops!Trimble Road

Photo by Allard Ward Architects

9. Not consulting a professional
Even if you are a DIYer, make sure to consult a kitchen design expert to help fine-tune your plan and offer tips and advice. Kitchen design mistakes can be costly and a professional consultation is well worth the price.

Photo Credits: Click on images to view sources.

For kitchen countertops, marble and granite remain the premier choices among the varieties of natural stone, due to their dramatic beauty and seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns. Prestige Marble & Granite offers the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by the Prestige Marble & Granite showroom and browse any time.

Prestige Marble & Granite Looks at Kitchen Design Details: Countertop Edges

The renowned architect and designer Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” This couldn’t be more true than when designing a kitchen. It’s the details that make a kitchen unique. Each little choice you make integrates to create the finished design. If you have endured a major remodel, you know the small choices can be agonizing – selecting an edge profile for your countertops can be one of these difficult choices.

While the machinery and tools available in modern fabrication shops allow for many unique edge designs, here’s a quick look at some of the options available in each of three major categories, straight edges, curved edges, and fancy edges.

Straight Edge Profiles

Straight edges are great in any style kitchen and are especially appropriate for clean-lined and simple designs. All straight edges are actually slightly eased or rounded in order to reduce the sharpness of your countertop and to help protect the stone from damage. The amount of rounding you choose can significantly change the look. The top edge can be very rounded and the bottom squared as in the Radius edge. Or it can just barely have the edge softened.

Countertop edge profiles: straight

Note the extra thick straight edge countertop on the island below. It is likely a standard 2cm or 3cm with a mitered frame around the sides, making the slab look much thicker.

Traditional Kitchen
Traditional kitchen with straight edge countertops

Curved Edge Profiles

Curved edges can be plain or they can get quite fancy.  They soften the feel of the room and work just as well in just about any design style. Curves are easy to clean and are also safer option options if you worry about little heads getting bumped!

Curved countertop edge profiles

 

Rounded countertop edge
This rounded edge detail is a timeless classic, great for traditional kitchens.

Fancy Edge Profiles

 

Use a fancy edge if you really want to make a statement with your countertops. Because fancy edges are so attention grabbing, they are usually reserved for islands that are designed to be a focal point. Fancy edges are beautiful but remember less is sometimes  more – fancy edges can become overwhelming if overused.

Fancy edge profiles for stone countertops

Fancy edge countertop
The double ogee on the curved island makes for a beautiful focal point!
These are just some of the many kinds of countertop edges out there! Come visit our indoor showroom and speak with our staff to learn about the different edge profiles available.They can also help you make the right choice for your design and for your lifestyle!