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!

 

 

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!