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!

 

 

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.

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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!

Kitchen Design Trends: Black is the New White

There was a time when wood tones and white were the popular color choices for kitchen cabinets and kitchens in general. But like all things interior design-related, kitchens go through trend cycles every few years and colors have gotten bolder and more dramatic.

If you’re considering an update for your kitchen, black just may be the new white. There’s no denying that black kitchens can have a real wow factor if done right. Untraditional and unique, black kitchens are becoming a fashion statement, and proving to be a noteworthy kitchen color in 2016. Here, we’re sharing a few of our favorite black kitchens to get you inspired.

Bosch Kitchens
Rich black cabinets are accented by sleek silver toned elements and elegant marble countertops. Plenty of natural light and wood flooring add warmth.
Vallejo Street Highrise
Taxicab-yellow counter stools to add a playful dash of color to this sophisticated black kitchen.
St. Charles Residence
This black kitchen is a beautiful balance of color, with the granite-topped island contrasting with and complimenting the wall of elegant black cabinetry.
Marchvale Kitchen
White marble countertops are the perfect counterpoint to the rich black wood, with a gray backsplash and wood floors adding balance and warmth.
Rocky Ledge Kitchen
The black marble on a black island here is stunning! The bright silver fixtures, stools, and range, along with a white blacksplash contribute the perfect amount of light reflection to keep the space from being to dark.
TRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE
Nothing says elegance like a combination of black, gold and marble!
JADO DECOR CHRISTINE TSINGELIDIS COLE STREET
Glossy black cabinets, minimalistic lines and black stone countertops are striking in this modern kitchen.

 

For more black kitchen inspiration, head over to our Pinterest board!

 

Whatever color you choose for your kitchen, be assured that we have your counters covered!  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!

Prestige Marble & Granite Looks at What’s New in Kitchen Design in 2016

With holiday entertaining just barely behind us, this is a natural time of year for people to assess their home with a careful eye and ask themselves if it’s time for that renovation they’ve been dreaming about. And when it comes to remodeling, the heart of the home (aka the kitchen) remains a main focus for most homeowners. While kitchen design trends are generally a little slower to change than general interior design, there are always some refreshing new looks that are worth considering. Here’s a look at what to be aware of this year among top kitchen design trends.

Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry
While squares and vertical rectangles still reign, horizontal cabinetry is on the rise. As cabinets get wider, there is less of a need to stack them, making access much easier, and giving your kitchen a cleaner, more refined look.

New Appliance Finishes
Move over, gleaming silver! Sleek black stainless is the newest appliance finish and just might be the trend of the future, according to some experts. In reality, the demise of stainless is predicted very time a new material hits the scene, but none of them have really come close to supplanting traditional stainless as the appliance go-to. But black stainless is an interesting new alternative if the look of conventional stainless steel doesn’t appeal to you, or if you’re tired of fingerprints and smudges.

KitchenAid's new suite of smudge and fingerprint resistant black stainless steel appliances.
KitchenAid’s new suite of smudge and fingerprint resistant black stainless steel appliances.

Mixed Materials
Instead of incorporating only one or two materials for the perfect, polished look, homeowners will be turning to a variety of materials for a more eclectic vibe. Mixing materials, such as the wood, metal and stone here, can make a kitchen look modern, luxe and classic all at the same time.

Softer Color Palettes
While white cabinets will continue to be the go-to favorite, experts say that charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels and tinted whites will be the shades to watch for bumping standard white out of the top spot. Another up-and-coming trend you’ll see is the combining of cabinet colors (like pairing soft gray cabinets with rich wood tones). Bold, primary colors will be placed on the back burner in 2016, while muted blues, greens and soft yellows will be used as accent colors.

This creamy kitchen does a great job of playing with muted blues in the soft window treatment, upholstered barstools, shelving and counter accents for a cohesive look.

The gray painted cabinetry pairs beautifully with the rich wood tone of the island.

Classic Black and White
As styles evolve, the look may change but the appeal of a black-and-white kitchen seems timeless. The look for 2016 is all about high contrast — this design juxtaposes black cabinets and white marble but also benefits from the tension between rustic and modern. Warm hardwood floors in a herringbone pattern are an effective counterpoint to the sleek high contrast black and white scheme.

Metal Range Hoods
Metal will assume a more dominant role in kitchens as it overtakes wood as the range hood of choice in 2016. Whether copper, brass or bronze, a metal range hood is a great way to introduce contrast to your kitchen.

Smart Kitchens
The kitchen of the future is here, so get ready for a hi-tech makeover. More kitchens will have hidden charging stations, as well as state-of-the-art smart appliances that can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth. Click here to see some really cool (and smart!)  kitchen devices.

Wherever your kitchen remodeling takes you, Prestige Marble & Granite can provide you with the perfect natural stone surfaces to complement your personal style. We offer a large selection of exotic and rare natural stones that are sure to provide your design project with a one-of-a-kind look. Stop by our indoor showroom anytime; we’re here to help you every step of they way – from selection and layout through fabrication and installation.

Prestige Marble and Granite Looks at Kitchen Design Trends

Prestige Marble and Granite kitchen
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!