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!

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Mixed Material Countertops

We love the mixed materials trend that is so hot in kitchen design right now. There are almost innumerable ways to incorporate this look into your home, one of our favorites is by combining multiple materials for your countertops. While we at Prestige will always be partial to natural stone, we get that sometimes people want to mix it up a bit. Here are some of the dual material kitchen countertops inspiring us right now.

The idea of using a piece of wood to connect two separate pieces of stone seems so simple, but it makes a big impact. This is a really understated way to experiment with a mixed materials countertop in a truly unique way.d1a8d28d768818fafdfdfc692987ad7cPhoto: Pinterest
We love the combination of wood and limestone on this kitchen island. There are so many different textures and finishes in this space, keeping the clutter to a minimum allows the eye to focus on the individual elements without becoming overwhelmed. 58471909Photo: Chicago Tribune
This combination of light stone and dark wood work beautifully in this modern kitchen with its neutral colors. Not only is the shape of this island unique, the stark contrast in the light stone and dark wood make this kitchen centerpiece a true showstopper. And how fabulous is that sink?modern-kitchenPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island was created by topping a pair of architect’s drafting tables with glass. It adds a modern twist to this otherwise traditional kitchen. The glass beautifully complements the classic Carrara marble in a really unexpected way.glassPhoto: House Beautiful
We love the yin and yang vibe of this stark white stone next to the dark wood of the upper level bar. This two tone kitchen look has been gaining in popularity in the last couple years and we don’t predict the trend will be going away any time soon.ca7c5a8c64543ddc98c4c93f7908dd2cPhoto: Houzz
We love how the wood centerpiece of this large stone topped island not only breaks up the space visually, it also defines the different areas by function. We love how the pops of blue in the room really pull that color out of the predominately gray granite.1400989063342Photo: HGTV
This stainless steel island lends an industrial feeling to this contemporary white kitchen with it’s perimeter stone countertops. The hardwood floor really warms up the space, keeping it from feeling too stark.countertops-for-kitchen-elegant-in-white-with-a-modern-stainless-steel-island-great-countertop-photoPhoto: Globaltsp

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!

Make a Splash in the New Year by Giving Your Bathroom a Makeover

The bathroom is the space where most of us start and end our days. It’s also the most private room in the house and the place to relax and get away from the stress and pressures of work and every day life. While it may seem that the bathroom is not the most fashionable space in your home, doesn’t this make it one of the most important rooms in the house? Why not turn your bathing space into a place of style and beauty with these five brilliant bathroom design trends.

Smart Storage Solutions

A beautiful bathroom is an organized bathroom. Life is hectic enough without wasting time looking for your bathroom essentials. Cabinetry manufacturers are now offering many clever options for keeping everything you need organized and close at hand. Even the tried and true medicine cabinet is now becoming the command center for organization, with many new models featuring built in electrical and USB ports, TVs, and even refrigeration for your gels and creams (or your wine!)

Montclair Cabin

Natural Materials

This year will be marked by a emphasis on organic and natural elements when it comes to a bathroom design. Natural materials will not only add character and warmth to your room, but they’ll also help to soften the sleek lines of modern toilets, tubs, and sinks. Materials like wood and naturals tone will add organic coziness to clean colors and simple lines.

Oaks Residence

Floating Vanities

While floating vanities have been popular in Europe for some time now, they are just becoming trendy in the US. The floating vanity creates a sense of space and openness (great for small bathrooms), but they have practical advantages as well. They can be installed at almost about any height, which is great if you find  standard height vanities either too tall or too short. Also, the open area underneath makes for easy cleaning. The look is great for both traditional or modern designs.

Little Compton

Metallics

The metallics trend, which has been strong in other areas of the home, has finally made its way into the bathroom, with copper, brass, and rose gold making a big splash in bathroom design. Look out for faucets, mirror frames and towel bars in these soft metal tones that will add warmth to even the most contemporary design scheme.

Hamilton Terrace

Wet Rooms

This hot new trend includes a shower space and freestanding tub in their own glass enclosure separate from the sink and toilet areas. Opting for a complete wetroom will give your bathroom a glamorous, spa-like feel, but it’s important to work with professional designers and architects on a project of this scope.

When it comes to adding organic elements to your design, 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!

It’s Only Natural: Organic Materials Are Always Interior Design Winners

Organic design elements are made of materials which come from nature. The addition of natural, organic elements in our interiors can make us feel calm, at peace, and above all, welcomed. It is now known that using organic interior design elements to connect humans to nature nurtures health and well-being. Natural materials are also a healthier choice for interiors as they are non-toxic with little to no VOCs, thus ensuring better indoor quality. The use of organic elements in interior spaces is always a win-win. Here’s a look at some ways to bring organic elements into your interiors.

Natural Stone

Natural stone is one of the most popular, and enduring, organic elements used in home design. It lends a beautiful, organic vibe to any interior design style, and it is also inherently earth-friendly due to its recyclability, durability, enduring life-cycle, and ease of care and maintenance.

Calacatta Gold marble countertops in the kitchen produce an elegant look, but lend a warm, welcoming vibe as well.

Kitchen with Calacatta Gold marble
Photo by Prestige Marble & Granite

A dramatic all-white Carrara marble fireplace is the focal point of this quintessential modern living room.

Living Room

 Woven Materials

Woven elements offer a handmade quality with terrific texture. They can look rustic or modern and simultaneously graphic and natural.

These colorful woven baskets make a spectacular wall grouping, while adding a cheerful organic vibe.

Moroccan Modern
Woven rope furniture adds richness, texture and warmth to this living room.
Balnarring Beach House
Woven furniture and lighting combined with and natural-fiber rugs soften the crisp nautical scheme of this coastal style living room.
Kate Marker Interiors

 Wooden Elements

Nothing says organic like natural wood. From flooring to ceiling, to walls, furnishings, and accessories, wooden elements always lend welcoming warmth to any design style.

Lots of wood, natural stone, plus some woven elements combine with glass walls to bring the outside in to this rustic-yet-elegant space.
Christensen
How about a tree in the house for some organic style?
Santa Cruz Straw Bale House
Or, how about a cluster of artful tree trunk coffee tables? These one-of-a-kind accent tables really soften the hard angles of this contemporary space.
Hydeaway House

 Brick Features

What could be more organic than mud, clay and water?  The appeal of brick in modern design is unmatched.

Peeling back the layers to expose this brick wall reveals the past while complementing the present. The uniformity in pattern makes a gorgeous backdrop for this modern space as well as adding texture and color.

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Less brick is exposed here, but the design cleverly enlists a mirror to help the brick repeat visually, giving the illusion that it is more present in the full space.
Vanity/Mirror/sink
Already a big trend for gardens, herringbone brick floors can create a French rustic look.
San Clemente Remodel

Natural Sunlight

Bringing  in natural sunlight as a design element is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to incorporate one of nature’s most beautiful elements. Natural daylighting can make any room come alive.

Expansive glass walls will certainly allow plenty of natural light, but the light can be unbearable at times. This house makes a statement with folded perforated sheets that jut from glass walls to filter the sunlight entering the house.

Venice House
Skylights are an effective means of bringing additional natural light.
Cole Valley Hillside - John Maniscalco Architecture
Simple-technology solar tubes channel light to where it’s needed using highly reflective, flexible tubes. Here, borrowed light from solar tubes extend from the roof to brighten a dark dark bathroom.
Chatsworth
There are so many ways you can bring the outdoor in with the use of organic elements in your decor. Head over to our Pinterest board for more inspiration!
Let Prestige Marble & Granite help you select the most beautiful and enduring organic countertops for your home. Our highly skilled fabricators use the latest in technology to ensure precise cutting, fitting, and installation of your natural stone, for a beautiful look that will stand the test of time.