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!

Seven Ways to Make Your Outdated Kitchen Feel Fresh & New

Is your kitchen beginning to feel like a blast from the past? Not only does an outdated kitchen feel dull and uninviting, it can make your entire home feel tired and worn. It can also lead to can lead to inefficient meal prep, high energy bills, and challenges selling your house.

But whether you are trying to sell your home, or you plan on staying in your space for decades to come, there are a number of  things you can do to bring your kitchen into the present. Here are some ways to make your outdated kitchen feel new and inviting.

Paint the Cabinets

If new kitchen cabinetry is not a viable option, painting your existing cabinetry can make a huge a difference. Whether you choose a vibrant hue, a modern dark finish, or stick with relatively subdued colors like white or gray, covering up outdated wood and dingy colored cabinets of yesterday will make a world of difference.

Heights Kitchen Remodel

Lose the Upper Cabinets

Walls filled with upper cabinets, especially in a small kitchen, can consume the eye and make the kitchen feel crowded. Consider removing some (or all) of them and adding open shelving to make the kitchen feel larger and more open.

Contemporary kitchen

Update Your Countertops

Countertops typically take up a large portion of real estate in most kitchens, so outdated surfaces (think tile-and-grout or cheap laminate) can really drag down the look of the entire space. Natural stone countertops are enduringly beautiful and will always stand the test of time. From marble to granite, to all the stones in between, such as limestone, soapstone, quartzite, there is something for everyone, and every budget.
Prestige Marble & Granite marble in kitchen
Prestige Marble & Granite marble in kitchen

 Add Kitchen Seating

For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home and tends to be the gathering place for busy families with children or when entertaining friends while cooking. From bar stools to banquets to tables and chairs, seating has become essential in today’s modern kitchen.

Cary Bernstein Architect Potrero House

Tear Down Walls

Many outdated kitchens feel boxed in and compartmentalized. Consider knocking out a non load-bearing wall (or two, or three!) to open up your kitchen to an adjacent dining room or living space.

Open Concept Kitchen

Go Green

Lessen your carbon footprint and save money, too, by replacing your outdated appliances withe energy-efficient models. Look for appliances and plumbing fixtures with Energy Star  and WaterSense labels. Saving water and energy are  good for the earth– and for your utility bills.

Don’t Forget the Lighting!

Oftentimes, kitchen lighting is an afterthought, but getting it right is an important part of a modern kitchen. An effective way to modernize your lighting is to illuminate in layers with ambient, task, and accent lighting. (Click here to learn more about the best lighting to enhance your stone countertops.)

Sea Cliff Hideaway

These are just a few of the cost-effective ways to change the look and feel of an outdated kitchen. We’d love to hear about some of your ideas in the comments!

When it comes to your countertops, 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!

Kitchen Design Trends in 2017

Kitchens, along with master bathrooms, continue to be the most desired areas for home improvement projects. With the current low interest rates and increased property values, most consumers believe kitchen and bath renovations offer a good return on investment. While we believe that any remodel should reflect the style of architecture and location of the home, as well as personal tastes and lifestyle, each years brings new design trends which might be worth considering. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for kitchens in 2017.

Is Gray the New White?

While white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is closing in and could be the top kitchen kitchen color in 2017. And combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that’s holding strong.

Gray kitchen
These gray cabinets are painted in Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore.
Gray and white cabinet combination with marble countertops.
Gray and white cabinet combination with marble countertops.

Sinks in New Hues

A colorful sink is a great way to pop in a small amount of color in a neutral kitchen or make it more of a focal point by using the same hue in the backsplash.
Elkay Sinks and Faucets

Architectural Lines

On the faucet front in 2017, keep things clean and minimal by choosing a linear silhouette. The architectural aesthetic will instantly update your look and works  with a wide range of styles.

Kohler K-7547-4 Purist Double Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Rotating Spout
Kohler Purist Double Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet

Bold Light Fixtures

Oversize light fixtures lend a great sense of depth perception and can be used to create drama in a room with a low ceiling.

Kitchens

Marble Mania

This classic countertop material took a backseat to granite and quartz because it is more vulnerable to staining, chipping and fading. But designers and homeowners are drawn by marble’s rich natural tones and timeless style and are returning to the material. (Find out more about what to expect with marble in the kitchen here.)

Calacatta Gold
Calacatta Gold Marble  – by Prestige Marble & Granite

Waterfalls

A growing desire for contemporary lines accounts for the popularity of waterfall countertops, as homeowners are opting for cleaner cabinet styles, simpler doors and less molding.

Waterfall countertop
Waterfall countertop in marble.

Patterned Tile

Funky patterned tiles might be taking the place of subway tiles in 2017.

Kipling Residence
When it comes to your countertops, 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!

O Christmas Tree!

Have you ever found yourself in a Christmas tree decorating rut? Not that anything is wrong with same tree you have put up for years. And years. That tree probably has a lot of special sentiment – in that case you certainly don’t want to replace it. But maybe it’s time for a new tree, not necessarily a replacement tree, but perhaps an additional one – just to shake things up a bit?

Here’s a look at some groovy Christmas tree ideas that run the gamut from glamorous and sophisticated to fun, funky, and cool.

This whimsical tree totally fun and funky, but it’s also perfectly posh in this chic pink and black living room.

Holiday

This tree in yummy confectionary hues gives off a Candyland vibe, while at the same time  exuding elegance and sophistication.

Frontgate
 A tropical fruit medley adorning this tree gives new definition to the word festive!
Tobi Fairley Holiday
An asymmetrical arrangement of traditional red and green puts a modern spin on this tree, and is a perfect fit for the comtempoary living room.
Homes for the Holidays 2012- Edmonton
 Definitely a minimalist tree, yet charming in its simplicity!
Holiday Decorating: Celebrating an Australian Christmas outdoors
Turqouise and gold accented with shells and starfish create the perfect beachy vibe for this South Florida home.
South Florida style christmas
Just totally glamorous!
Frontgate
Sometimes, less is more!
The sparkin
Blue and lime green decorations (plus feathers!) create a fun, edgy twist.
Cynthia Leigh Designs - Unexpected Interiors
 Completely and totally charming.
Scandinavian style on a budget in a small city apartment
Chic black and white with a Parisian theme – ooh la la!
Christmas Tree!
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with your decor, no matter what your style.  Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

Hue News: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery!

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Color forecasters at the Pantone Color Institute have declared “Greenery” as next year’s color of the year. Pantone explains that the vibrant yellow-green hue  is symbolic of new beginnings:

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Pantone, owned by Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corp., has a system that helps manufacturers define color precisely. The Pantone Color Institute provides color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development.

Every year, Pantone’s team around the world spends a good chunk of the year studying trends in fashion, consumer products, social media and technology. It looks for influences that best describe the current mood of society and picks a color to reflect those elements. Pantone tips off some marketing partners in advance, so consumers will soon see a variety of products, such as Sephora cosmetics, KitchenAid stand mixers, Keurig coffee makers, and even cars, in the new hue.

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Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. Pantone also created a selection of ten palettes pairing Greenery with neutrals, pastels, brights, deeper tones, metallics, and even the two 2016 colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product, and interior design applications.

Pantone color palettes for 2017

Pantone color palettes for 2017

Do you plan to incorporate Greenery into your interiors? Here are some examples for inspiration.

Traditional Bedroom
Annalisa at Mediterra
Los Gatos Townhouse
Art&deco
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

All About Limestone

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Detail of a limestone countertop. Photo by Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc 

Limestone is first and foremost a sedimentary rock. Sedimentary rocks are formed by sediment that is deposited over time, usually as layers at the bottom of lakes and oceans. This sediment can include minerals, small pieces of plants and other organic matter. Sedimentary rocks are deposited in layers as strata, forming a structure called bedding.

Limestones are composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams (single-celled organisms with shells), and molluscs. The main minerals in limestone are calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate. There are different kinds of limestone that are used for different purposes, but only the hardest and densest should be used for countertops. (When subjected to extreme heat and pressure over time, limestone becomes marble!)

As a sedimentary stone, limestone  is relatively soft and porous – to a degree. But not all limestone countertops are equally porous; some are extremely dense, and as such, liquids have a tough time penetrating.  To minimize staining, apply a sealer periodically; even if the limestone gets stained, you can almost always remove the stain by using oxygen bleach (such as OxiClean). Oxygen bleach won’t harm the stone and  will break apart the organic compounds that make up the foods and liquids that you commonly cook with (including red wine, grape juice, etc.). Like marble, limestone can be etched by acid, so don’t let mild acids such as vinegar or lemon juice sit for long periods of time. Limestone’s beautiful, almost creamy, appearance combined with thousands of tiny embedded fossils in it lead many to believe it is well worth the little bit of extra effort.

Here’s a look at some beautiful limestone countertops for your inspiration!

Richards Drive 1
Hacienda Kitchen
Oceanfront
Historic Master Bath Remodel (West Chester, PA)
Lake Residence
Bathroom
Hacienda Kitchen

 

It requires great skill to install limestone countertops, and you only get one chance to do it correctly. Make sure you hire a skilled fabricator experienced in limestone.

 

To see even more beautiful limestone countertops, click over to our Pinterest board!

 

Prestige Marble and Granite offers quality limestone, in addition to many other beautiful stone varieties. Whatever stone you choose, rest assured our experienced fabricators can handle the job!
 

Five Easy Ways to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets

Are your kitchen cabinets beginning to look dated? Are they boring, builder-grade cabinets? Do they make your kitchen feel closed in? If you answered yes to any of those questions, consider a cabinet upgrade. Easier and cheaper than a full-on renovation, giving your cabinets a facelift can make your kitchen feel fresh and new. Here are some simple ways to upgrade your cabinets.

Paint

If your kitchen has good bones, but just looks a little tired or dated, a paint job could make all the difference. Try mixing up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands to add dimension and richness.

Heights Kitchen Remodel

Lose the Doors

A closed off kitchen can be lightened up by removing some of the doors to create an open shelving concept. Tip: To make open shelving practical, fill those shelves with the things you use most often.

Ski House

Add Glass Doors

If open shelving is not your thing, adding glass door inserts can also create a more open look. And there are lots of options besides plain glass: etched, colored, crackled, and fluted are some alternatives.

Transitional White Kitchen with Apron Sink

Attach Crown Molding

Adding crown molding to plain builder-grade cabinets adds height (which can make the space appear larger), and is a easy way to achieve a high-end look.

New Kitchen in Historic Downtown Charleston, SC Townhouse

Change the Hardware

One of the simplest fixes for boring cabinets is swapping out the hardware. Updating your cabinet hardware can give you a fresh new look without spending thousands of dollars. Tip: If you’re switching from a two-hole pull to a one-hole knob, choose hardware with back plates that will cover the holes.

Kitchen

Replace the Countertops

And last, but certainly not least, new countertops can take a dated-looking cabinet from drab to fab in no time. Of course, we’re partial to this solution, but especially if you are going to paint or reface your cabinets, be sure to put the icing on the cake with beautiful natural stone countertops!

Alexandria Timeless Kitchen Addition
Whether you’re going for a kitchen refresh or a full-on renovation, Prestige Marble &  Granite is  your Middle Tennessee source for beautiful natural stone countertops. Stop by our Columbia showroom and browse our large selection of exotic, rare, and classic stones!