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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Holiday Decor: Merry Mantels

The mantel is often the easiest place to add some instant holiday cheer. Look no further to find inspiration for your holiday decor.

This mantel is so bright and festive! Fresh fruit has a way of making any room inviting.

Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

This elegant mantel decor in traditional red, green and gold is perfect against the rich wood tones of this enclosed living space.

Traditional Living Room by San Diego Interior Designers & Decorators Robeson Design
This living room mantel is proof that Christmas decor can successfully include vivid, bold, nontraditional colors.
Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design
Fresh greenery, twigs and bright red accents give this farmhouse mantel a cheerful and inviting vibe.
Contemporary Living Room by Tacoma Interior Designers & Decorators It’s The Little Things…

Blue, white and silver feels as fresh and natural as a Christmas palette in this pretty space.

Contemporary Living Room

Again, proof that nontraditional Christmas colors can work beautifully, even in a very formal room such as this.

Mediterranean Living Room by Houston Interior Designers & Decorators Regina Gust Designs

Perfect holiday decor for a rustic family room!

Rustic Family Room by Gettysburg Media & Bloggers Mustard Seed Interiors
Avoid an overstimulating holiday season by opting for the clean, fresh look of white and silver.
Traditional Family Room

The birdseed wreath is a quirky twist on holiday decor, but it somehow fits right in with a mantel decked out in raditional greenery and silver mercury glass.

Eclectic Living Room by Charleston Interior Designers & Decorators Stephanie Woody

Understated Elegance – add unadorned greenery to decorative items like old books and urns for a beautiful, natural look.

Traditional Living Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Donna DuFresne Interior Design

While red berries are typically used as decorative “garnish,” wrapping them with a simple string of white lights, and pairing them with pinecones and white candles, allows the berries to stand on their own.

Traditional Family Room by Port Perry Kitchen & Bath Designers Sandra Howie

Prestige Marble and Granite Looks at Kitchen Design Trends

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Calacatta Gold marble from Prestige Marble and Granite tops the island in this beautiful kitchen.

Kitchens renovations are not inexpensive; they’re a long-term investment for most homeowners. While kitchen design trends tend to be slower to change than general interior design, there are always some refreshing new looks that are worth considering. Here’s a look at what’s trending in kitchen design.

Modern Traditional Style
Combining modern and traditional elements in kitchen design is a big look. Many homeowners are shunning ultra-sleek, contemporary kitchens in favor of spaces that are cozy and warm, and reflective of their personal styles.

 

This inviting transitional kitchen by Columbia Interior Designers & Decorators Tbektu Design + Development, LLC incorporates modern and traditional elements for a look that’s both modern and homey.

Universal Design
With more and more baby boomers wanting to age in place, the principles of universal design (designing space with aging users in mind) have really taken off. Drawer appliances such as microwaves, dishwashers and refrigerators are smart design in addition to allowing easy access for those with limited mobility. Faucets with motion sensors and handles on doors (instead of knobs) are also important universal design elements that are trending.

At first glance you might miss the universal design features of this open kitchen! Mid-century Universal Kitchen by Seattle Architects & Building Designers & ROM architecture studio

Natural Walls & Ceilings
Kitchens are embracing natural, raw materials in place of drywall and we’re seeing walls showing up in brick veneer, concrete and reclaimed wood, along with tongue and groove, wood plank and exposed beam ceilings.

This farmhouse kitchen by Harbor Springs Home Builders Cottage Company incorporates a very natural look with tongue-in-groove ceiling and walls, wood floors and granite countertops.

Island Countertops as a Style Statement
The kitchen island is a must-have. This is where people gather, eat, visit and share, and it’s typically the first thing a guest notices when they enter your kitchen. You’ll want to make it something stylish and chic, something to talk about! Still popular, timeless granite-topped islands are high on the list for being beautiful, durable and easy to clean. And marble is definitely having a moment in kitchen design. Whether honed or polished, elegant marble is popping up in kitchens everywhere. (Check out our article here  on what to expect with marble in the kitchen)

This marble waterfall island is a stunning centerpiece in this ccontemporary kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC

Wood Flooring
With the trend for natural materials strong, wood flooring continues to migrate to the kitchen, and plank preferences are getting wider. Dark wood flooring has remained strong, but medium to light wood flooring, often in off-whites to warm grays, are gaining in popularity for kitchens.

The wide plank wood floors are a show-stopper in this contemporary kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Bonaventura Architect

Warm Metals
While chrome, nickel and stainless steel have been the reigning kitchen metals for some time, warm metals like brass, aged gold, copper and bronze have become the hot metals to have. These modern, warm finishes are showing up everywhere in kitchens: taps, sinks, range hoods, hardware, light fixtures, even bar stools. Mixing metals is also becoming increasingly popular.

Brass panels and pendants add warmth to this contemporary Kitchen by London Interior Designers & Decorators Blakes London


Furniture-Style Design Features
As open kitchen design continues to rule, furniture style cabinetry and other elements have become a popular way to integrate the kitchen to your home’s overall style. The designs available celebrate the different elements of the kitchen as pieces of beautiful furniture, not just workstations.

Gorgeous furniture-style details and elements abound in this Mediterranean kitchen by Giffin & Crane General Contractors, Inc. of Santa Barbara

Open Shelving
Though kitchen cabinets have their place, open shelving is a rapidly growing trend. It’s fashionable to display almost everything – people want to show off their fancy cookery and crockery, and open shelving is the best way to do just that. It’s a great look and makes finding your things much easier, to boot.

Open shelves are an efficient way to store frequently used items and they look fabulous in this contemporary kitchen.

Jewel Tone Cabinets
If you are tired of white, cream or stained cabinetry, this is your time to shine. Designers are dressing up kitchens with custom cabinetry painted in rich jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby, accented with gleaming brass and chrome. For extra drama and light-reflecting sparkle, use a high gloss paint.

The emerald cabinets pair beautifully with glamorous brass accents in this mid-century kitchen by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Caitlin & Caitlin Design Co.
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For classic, timeless design that reflects your personal style, Prestige Marble and Granite offers a wide array of premium stone countertops, including rare and exotic varieties for making a one-of-a-kind statement. Custom fabricated from nature’s finest materials, a natural stone countertop from Prestige Marble and Granite will give your guests something to talk about!