Tips For Creating The Perfect Two Tone Kitchen

We are currently finding ourselves obsessed with the two-tone kitchen cabinet trend that is showing up all over the place these days. Kitchens have been at the forefront of home design for awhile now and homeowners looking for new and different ways to make a statement in their kitchens are really gravitating to this cool look. And we are here for it. If this is a style you’re thinking about going for, read on for ideas about how to make it work for you and your kitchen.

Pick A Focal Point

There are multiple ways to use the two-tone trend to create a focal point in your kitchen.

The purple cabinets in this minimalistic kitchen instantly draw your eye with this unexpected jewel tone. Using the same cabinets, in two different colors with the same hardware, is a great way to keep the continuity throughout your space. We love the open wood shelving above that reinforces the notion of this wall being the focal point.cabinets-purplePhoto:JNordWolfe
This kitchen makes the island the focal point by doing it in opposite colors from the rest of the kitchen, which is a common design theme. This space takes it to the next level with the black and white and contrasting countertops, in addition to the contrasting cabinetry. We love how the glass drawer pulls on the island are so distinctly different from the industrial rustic feel of the rest of the kitchen hardware.two-tone-kitchen-cabinets-black-and-white-picture.jpgPhoto: Trendir
As if this gorgeous distressed icy blue island wouldn’t stand out enough against the flat black of the surrounding cabinetry, they amazing pendant light fixtures further illuminate this beautiful focal point island.

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Go Light On Top, Darker On Bottom

Whether you’re creating a focal point or keeping the design consistent throughout the cabinetry, you will want to keep the darker tone on the bottom. This will have the effect of grounding the space, as well as making it appear larger by naturally drawing the eye upward.

One way to go out about this is to use a bright pop of fun color with white on top. This look manages to feel both classic and fresh, especially with the gorgeous white countertops and white tile backsplash.cabinets-greenPhoto: Tradewinds General Contracting
If you prefer neutral tones to bold hues, you can still absolutely make this look work for you. The gold hardware on all of the cabinet fronts tie the two disparate cabinet styles together and the contrasting marble and wood countertops add a very natural, organic feeling to the space.

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We love how luxurious these creamy colors make this kitchen feel. The subtle color difference between the top and bottom cabinets creates an ombre-like effect that is simultaneously upscale and inviting.3316e248c6c10360873e26a3505d1030Photo: Ugly Duckling House

Mix Materials, Not Just Colors

The two tone trend isn’t just about having different color cabinets. Thoughtfully pairing different wood, natural stone countertops, and textures is a great way to organically achieve this style in your home.

This kitchen uses a tile backsplash to tie together white and wood cabinetry with both wooden and a dark stone countertop. The backsplash that incorporates all of those colors makes what would otherwise be really disparate elements into a really cohesive look.two-tone-kitchen-cabinets-16Photo: Design First Interiors
This mix of wood and white cabinetry feels super sleek and modern with the thick marble waterfall countertops.
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Don’t Forget Coordinating Elements

These are the details that will make your two tone kitchen feel like a cohesive space, not just a random mishmash of colors and materials.

This cheery kitchen uses stainless steel and industrial style silver handles as coordinating elements. The fact that the cabinet/drawer pulls are all the exact same, varying only in size, creates a sense of unifying calm with the appliances, stainless hood, and matching light fixture. Two-Tone-Kitchen-CabinetsA-Concept-Still-In-Trend12Photo: NVS Kitchen & Bath
This kitchen uses gold fixtures and accents as a uniting theme. Even the stove has gold accents, and the marble backsplash contains small brown and gold colored flecks. Gold has been coming back for kitchens this year, and we don’t think the trend is going away anytime soon.27880783_190592884867344_5380731777138556928_nPhoto: Real Simple

As always, 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, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!

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Styling your Kitchen Made Simple

Styling a space is the act of adding the personal pieces and artistic touches that turn a house into your home. While this may sound like decorating, there are differences. If decorating your house is like getting dressed, styling is the accessories you add to make the look complete.

One of the hardest spaces to style always seems to be the kitchen. The need to balance functionality and beauty can be tricky, but with a few simple tips anyone can have a kitchen that looks like it was styled by a professional. These ideas for styling your kitchen can be incorporated into any design aesthetic and don’t require a high level of DIY experience!

Add Plants

Potted plants are the perfect way to add color and life, literally, to your kitchen. Visit Gardening Know How for a list of plants that will generally thrive in your kitchen.modern-fall-decor-in-the-kitchen-white-carrara-countertops-white-carrara-herringbone-backsplash-brass-pot-white-pumkins-1.jpgPhoto: ZDesignAtHome
While we’re a fan of almost any plants that can survive in a kitchen being there, we must admit being especially partial to herbs. Not only are they beautiful, they smell amazing and you can’t beat the taste of fresh cut herbs in cooking.winterkitchengardenPhoto: Whole Foods Market

Display Your CookBooks

If you have the space and cookbook collection, this is an absolutely amazing way to show them off. We are absolutely obsessed with the easel with attached lamp, it’s an amazing accent that is also completely functional.BookDisplay9Photo: The Cottage Market
We know the idea above isn’t practical for every kitchen, but you certainly don’t have to go to those lengths, or need that amount of space, to display your cookbooks. We like the idea of putting them in a cute wire basket. j1129iztwjeijqmqaxncPhoto: Domino

Get Creative With Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are a beautiful, and functional, way to style your counters. When not in use, your cutting boards leaned against your backsplash are the perfect way to bring together the elements you choose to display.

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Use Unique Utensil Holders

How amazing is this large vintage trophy as a utensil holder?vintage-trophy-utensil-holder.jpgPhoto: Kelly Elko
This vintage water pitcher makes a perfect utensil holder and is sure to add just enough rustic charm to any kitchen.il_570xN.1594956408_n41sPhoto: Etsy

Use Trays To Group Items 

Random items on the kitchen counter can look like clutter, but grouped together on a tray disparate items appear to all go together.Ways-to-Style-Kitchen-Counters-5 (1)Photo: Love Grows Wild
If you don’t have any trays, or just prefer a different look, a cake stand works beautifully as well.  We love how this one keeps all your most-used spices close at hand.
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Put Out Pretty Hand Towels

Whatever your personal style, dish towels are an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen. Whether you want something seasonal, or are going for a specific color scheme, dish towels are a small way to make a big statement.
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As always, 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, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!

 

 

Fabulous Bathroom Vanities

When granite or marble counters are mentioned, most people instantly think about the kitchen. And we do understand, but we also know how beautiful and functional granite and marble each are as bathroom counters. Here are some amazing bathroom vanities we are loving right now.

This 3.5″ slab of Calacatta Gold Marble counter was the perfect choice to complement this luxurious nature-inspired space. This feels more like an expensive retreat than it does someone’s master bath and the only issue is how difficult it must be to leave this amazing bathroom.Contemporary-Bathrooms-Mountain-Retreats-02-1-KindesignPhoto: OneKinDesign
This gorgeous white and blue bathroom feels totally serene. The white marble with light gray veining is a beautiful match with the blue-gray hued walls. This master bath is a great example of how a room can simultaneously feel modern and classic.
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This master bathroom fits perfectly in the rustic Montana retreat it’s located in.  The natural stone is the same on the vanity, running between the blue tiles on the floor, and in the standup shower providing a real sense of continuity.contemporary-bathrooms-mountain-retreats-09-1-kindesign.jpgPhoto: OneKinDesign
How fabulous is this white marble waterfall style double vanity? We are drooling over how chic the open shelving looks with the low-edged open glass containers. This storage option is super stylish and keeps everything beautifully organized.design-ideas-wonderful-white-bathroom-decoration-using-white-marble-bathroom-vanity-including-marble-floor-tiles-and-oval-white-free-stand-bathtub-heavenly-interior-design-using-marble-fPhoto: Gogoigood
This master bath is the perfect mix of rustic and contemporary design.  We love how all the different natural stone textures blend together so wonderfully and are really set off by the dark wood cabinets, giving the entire space a real sense of balance without feeling overly effeminate.
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We love this freestanding bathroom vanity with dual sinks on opposite sides. This is a great option for a smaller bathroom, allowing homeowners to maximize functional counter space.
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This bathroom is proof you don’t need a huge space to have an amazing bathroom with a gorgeous vanity. The thick slab makes a real statement in a smaller bathroom and makes the need for a lot of extra decor minimal.55c151feb28acca368628935-w1000_h1000Photo: Domino
Counter space will never be an issue in this amazing bathroom with a floating vanity that runs the entire length of one wall. We really love the mirror above, especially because no matter what direction you’re facing in this space, you get to enjoy the gorgeous views provided by the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Prestige Marble & Granite is always 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!

Mad About Minimalist Kitchens

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As much as we love the bright pops of color, prints, and decorative elements that are so on-trend today, we still have a sincere appreciation for a more minimalistic approach to kitchen design. Clean lines and solid colors will always be in style, and minimalistic doesn’t have to be boring. Here are a few unique minimal kitchens we are feeling particularly inspired by.

This rustic wooden accent wall is an unexpected touch in a minimalistic kitchen. The floating wooden shelves and complementary wood floor really warm up this otherwise white space. 09-floating-shelves-for-a-sleek-minimalist-kitchen-in-white-echo-with-a-cypress-wallPhoto: DigsDigs
The textured backsplash wall and tile floor give this monochromatic look some nice texture. And we love how the modern L-shaped light fixture moves with the counter top and helps define the kitchen in this very open concept layout.
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This minimalistic kitchen mixes fun materials to keep the feeling totally today. The different metals, combination of wood and natural stone countertops, and funky wooden drawer fronts make this simple design feel very unique.10-Thornsbeach-rd-4-1600x1067Photo: These Four Walls
This kitchen with floor to ceiling glass is absolutely amazing. You feel like you’re outside and the beautiful views mean you don’t need any extra decoration.white-minimalist-kitchen-20-designs-for-a-unique-atmosphere-6-805Photo: Of Design

 

This kitchen design isn’t just unique for a minimalist kitchen, it’s unique for any kitchen. There are so many cool design elements happening here, and we are obsessed with all of the counter space. This huge, open kitchen would be an absolutely amazing space for entertaining.wood-clean-lines-big-kitchen-designPhoto: HomeEdit
How cool is this ultra modern minimalist kitchen? The bright orange with wood and white feels almost futuristic and the wall of windows keeps the space from feeling dark.under-staircase-dark-orange-kitchen-cabinet-with-brushed-nickel-track-lighting-and-laminate-floor-in-modern-minimalist-kitchen-design-1-615x410Photo: Kirin Design Studios
This minimalistic design feels both old school European and modern minimal at the same time. The hexagonal neutral toned  tiles focused behind the main work areas in the kitchen are a really fun twist on a backsplash and make the light wooden table top fit with the matte black of the cabinetry.
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These kitchens prove that minimal can absolutely feel luxurious.  With the use of high quality materials and a few luxe touches, these kitchens all make less look like so much more.

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Prestige Marble & Granite is always 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!

Beautiful Backsplashes

Whether you’re looking to add a touch of whimsy or wanting to modernize your kitchen, the backsplash is the perfect place to start. While we are definitely partial to counter tops here at Prestige, the backsplash is an integral part in defining the feeling of your kitchen. Here are are a few amazing backsplashes we love to inspire you in your own home.

This Moroccan tile makes an absolutely beautiful backsplash.  The design makes it a real statement, perfect for giving an otherwise minimal kitchen that extra pop. Using it to frame the range, as shown below, makes it look like a piece of modern art.img-5770-1531412686.jpg/-+*Photo: Scout Design
This calacatta marble looks gorgeous continued from the counter tops to the backsplash. The cut out curves that follow the lines of the French kitchen hood make this look a total showstopper.steel-french-vent-hood-curved-calcutta-marble-cooktop-backsplashPhoto: DecorPad
This fun kitchen is totally on trend for 2018 with the open shelving, farmhouse sink and brass accents. However, it’s the gorgeous deep blue-green hexagonal tile backsplash that take this look to the next level. The bright white grout matches the natural stone countertops and really make each tile pop. And we are obsessed with the whimsy of the scalloped edge design element.10-kitchens-where-the-backsplash-is-the-main-event-kitchen-backsplash-tile-ideas-58ff532d014a5e20454de119-w620_h800Photo: Domino
This framed mosaic tile backsplash beautifully complements the marble counter and white cabinets. It’s multi-hued neutral tones mean that it will match perfectly with a variety of natural stone countertops and color schemes.101895115Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
This geometric-patterned tile looks beautiful with these green, combination open and closed style, Shaker cabinets. The carrara marble countertops and island lend a touch of elegance to this minimalistically rustic kitchen. mel-yates-house-3oct14_pr_b.jpgPhoto: House & Garden
This large pattern tile gives this traditional white kitchen a real dramatic flair. The dark floors and rich red rug are the perfect accents to tie the whole look together.19732986184_9f0ab18f2d_zPhoto: HiSugarPlum
Could this integration of the trendy mosaic design motif with the classic subway tiles be more amazing? The color scheme feels both trendy and timeless, and the mix of light and dark tiles give this backsplash the feeling of a three dimensional piece of artwork.

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Prestige Marble & Granite is always 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!

Color Trends for Fall 2018

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As summer winds down, we can’t help but start thinking about about cooler weather, pumpkin everything, and of course, current fall decorating trends. With the beautiful new neutrals that have been everywhere this year, it only makes sense that bright pops of color are on the home decor horizon. The colors feel especially fresh as they’re not all the typical fall favorites.

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According to Pantone, the authority on all things color, Fall/Winter 2018 is all about bright, bold hues. “The Fall/Winter 2018 palette continues to show designers expressing the need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity though fashion,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press release. “As designers and consumers alike continue to transition away from cyclical trends, and instead focus on self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure, we are seeing very notable non-traditional choices.” 

Leading this fall’s Top 10 list are Red Pear, Valiant Poppy and Nebulas Blue, followed by Ceylon Yellow, Martini Olive, Russet Orange and Ultra Violet. Ranking eighth through tenth are Crocus Petal, Limelight and Quetzal Green. As you can see, most of these shades don’t feel traditionally autumnal. pantone-ftr-img3-copy.jpg

Designers are making big statements with a singular bright hue like never before, though if that’s not your style you can absolutely incorporate these shades into your decor in smaller doses. The real trend here is self expression, so do what makes you feel happy in your space. As always, trends will come and go, the trick is integrating them into your home in a way that fits your personal aesthetic. Here are some of our favorite spaces that incorporate the 2018 fall/winter palette to help inspire you!

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Prestige Marble & Granite is always 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!

Interesting Islands

Large or small, everyone loves a kitchen island. The kitchen is the heart of the home and people love hanging out there. In your home your kitchen island can be whatever you want it to be, and serve whatever purpose you want it to. It is with that thought in mind we share with you some really cool examples of unique kitchen islands.

This ultra-modern horseshoe island works beautifully with a workspace level and lower glass half-circle dining level. You could also easily pull up bar stools to the upper level on the outside edges to create more seating while entertaining.Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-37Photo: Mendelday Kitchen
We love this triangular island with it’s gorgeous curves. It also incorporates the mixed materials trend we talked about last month by combining natural stone with a built in cutting board space. This design allows for seating on two sides, with a separate workspace area, maximizing its functionality.unique-kitchen-island-shapes-trends-with-enchanting-pictures-ideas-and-styles-cartPhoto: Eckti
Everything about this round island is gorgeous. From the granite counter top to the the walnut inlaid cabinetry, this custom piece is a stunning addition to this amazing mid-size kitchen.unique-kitchen-design-round-kitchen-island-walnut-cabinets-modern-kitchens.jpgPhoto: Nicholas C Johnson
This T-shaped island is a great choice if your space allows for it. The potential uses for so much counter space are really unlimited.t-shaped-kitchen-islandPhoto: DecorPad
This huge S-shaped island is a beautiful mix of granite and wood. The organic curve of the wood juxtaposes beautifully with the sharp edges of the granite counters and round stainless steel sink.22a727e8e5fe87a629ee51b06a52d746.jpgPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island is the perfect example of how using an irregular piece of granite can work for your small kitchen. It shows how much extra storage and workspace an island can create.
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This boat-shaped island is amazing. It feels both classic and modern, a total showstopper that perfectly complements the beachy vibes of the home around it. Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-15Photo: Uhozz

Regardless of how you choose to design your kitchen island, 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!