Tips For Creating The Perfect Two Tone Kitchen

We are currently finding ourselves obsessed with the two-tone kitchen cabinet trend that is showing up all over the place these days. Kitchens have been at the forefront of home design for awhile now and homeowners looking for new and different ways to make a statement in their kitchens are really gravitating to this cool look. And we are here for it. If this is a style you’re thinking about going for, read on for ideas about how to make it work for you and your kitchen.

Pick A Focal Point

There are multiple ways to use the two-tone trend to create a focal point in your kitchen.

The purple cabinets in this minimalistic kitchen instantly draw your eye with this unexpected jewel tone. Using the same cabinets, in two different colors with the same hardware, is a great way to keep the continuity throughout your space. We love the open wood shelving above that reinforces the notion of this wall being the focal point.cabinets-purplePhoto:JNordWolfe
This kitchen makes the island the focal point by doing it in opposite colors from the rest of the kitchen, which is a common design theme. This space takes it to the next level with the black and white and contrasting countertops, in addition to the contrasting cabinetry. We love how the glass drawer pulls on the island are so distinctly different from the industrial rustic feel of the rest of the kitchen hardware.two-tone-kitchen-cabinets-black-and-white-picture.jpgPhoto: Trendir
As if this gorgeous distressed icy blue island wouldn’t stand out enough against the flat black of the surrounding cabinetry, they amazing pendant light fixtures further illuminate this beautiful focal point island.

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Go Light On Top, Darker On Bottom

Whether you’re creating a focal point or keeping the design consistent throughout the cabinetry, you will want to keep the darker tone on the bottom. This will have the effect of grounding the space, as well as making it appear larger by naturally drawing the eye upward.

One way to go out about this is to use a bright pop of fun color with white on top. This look manages to feel both classic and fresh, especially with the gorgeous white countertops and white tile backsplash.cabinets-greenPhoto: Tradewinds General Contracting
If you prefer neutral tones to bold hues, you can still absolutely make this look work for you. The gold hardware on all of the cabinet fronts tie the two disparate cabinet styles together and the contrasting marble and wood countertops add a very natural, organic feeling to the space.

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We love how luxurious these creamy colors make this kitchen feel. The subtle color difference between the top and bottom cabinets creates an ombre-like effect that is simultaneously upscale and inviting.3316e248c6c10360873e26a3505d1030Photo: Ugly Duckling House

Mix Materials, Not Just Colors

The two tone trend isn’t just about having different color cabinets. Thoughtfully pairing different wood, natural stone countertops, and textures is a great way to organically achieve this style in your home.

This kitchen uses a tile backsplash to tie together white and wood cabinetry with both wooden and a dark stone countertop. The backsplash that incorporates all of those colors makes what would otherwise be really disparate elements into a really cohesive look.two-tone-kitchen-cabinets-16Photo: Design First Interiors
This mix of wood and white cabinetry feels super sleek and modern with the thick marble waterfall countertops.
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Don’t Forget Coordinating Elements

These are the details that will make your two tone kitchen feel like a cohesive space, not just a random mishmash of colors and materials.

This cheery kitchen uses stainless steel and industrial style silver handles as coordinating elements. The fact that the cabinet/drawer pulls are all the exact same, varying only in size, creates a sense of unifying calm with the appliances, stainless hood, and matching light fixture. Two-Tone-Kitchen-CabinetsA-Concept-Still-In-Trend12Photo: NVS Kitchen & Bath
This kitchen uses gold fixtures and accents as a uniting theme. Even the stove has gold accents, and the marble backsplash contains small brown and gold colored flecks. Gold has been coming back for kitchens this year, and we don’t think the trend is going away anytime soon.27880783_190592884867344_5380731777138556928_nPhoto: Real Simple

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!

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But What Have You Done For Me Lately?

It’s been a busy couple of months around here at Prestige Marble & Granite. We are all moved into our new, completely indoor, heated AND air conditioned showroom space, located at 2494 Park Plus Drive in Columbia Tennessee.

We are so excited about our ability to provide our customers the chance to peruse our massive selection of stone year round, regardless of weather conditions. We almost never think it’s too hot or too cold to check out the most beautiful and exotic stones around – now you won’t either!

Just one section of our awesome new showroom space – packed with a variety of natural stone slabs, of course.42521683_1864840666918534_3872770112427655168_nPhoto: Prestige M & G
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We love how these amazing blue quartzite counters turned out. Blue quartzite is an extremely versatile stone that is practical for both indoor and outdoor use thanks to its beauty and incredible durability. Quartzite is an extremely hard natural stone, created when sandstone is put through high heat and pressurization processes deep under the earth’s surface. Blue quartzite is a popular choice for those wanting more than just white and gray out of their natural stone.

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A gorgeous slab of Blue Quartzite. It is important to note that with any natural stone – No two slabs will be exactly the same. 61530Photo: The Stone Gallery

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This Blanc du Blanc granite turned out fabulously for this kitchen remodel. Blanc du Blanc is a creamy white colored stone with light to dark brown veining, quarried out of Brazil. It is a beautiful bold neutral that can compliment a variety of design and color schemes.

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We love how beautiful these Bianco De Vinci marble counters look in this brand new white kitchen. They add a polished element to the country chic cabinetry. The customized edges really elevate the whole look and give this space a slightly more luxe feeling.

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Sparkle White Quartz was the perfect choice for the counters in this gorgeous gray and white kitchen. It’s hard to capture in photos, but the Sparkle White has icy and silver flecks throughout that give an extra flair to whatever space its in.

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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!

Countertop Trends for 2018

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Your countertops are a vital component of your kitchen, ultimately, they are where the action happens. And if you’re remodeling or looking to buy a home, countertops are probably on your mind. But you don’t want to start life in your new kitchen with dated decor. Here’s what is hot right now in the world of countertops.

Neutrals, Neutrals, Neutrals

Neutral tones like beige, gray, and tans are seeing a huge resurgence in popularity in home decor in general, but especially in the kitchen. And don’t think neutral has to mean boring! Modern kitchen design is focusing on highlighting the individual components of the room against a softer colored counter.

The yellow and green decor accents really pop against this santa cecilia granite, which complements the light, airy feeling of this kitchen perfectly. The neutral palette will also easily accommodate a variety of color or design schemes.neutralPhoto: Memorable Decor
The neutral gray island counter keeps the focus on the midcentury modern design elements dominating this space. This kitchen completely reinforces the idea that neutral colors can be fun.102335341.jpg.rendition.largestPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens

Integrated Sinks

The integrated sink is a huge trend for 2018. Integrated sinks are made of the same material as the countertop, creating a seamless, modern look. It’s important to be aware that not all materials are suited for the purpose of a sink. Stainless steel, quartz, concrete, and marble will all endure being a sink.

We love the double-level element of this integrated sink. One of the most functional aspects of this sink style is how easy it makes clean up; this design takes that to the next level.sarah-blee-claudio-silverstrin-sinkPhoto: Remodelista

Patterns & Veining

Homeowners today are gravitating toward more unique countertops. Veining is in, and materials like quartz are being offered with more realistic swirls and patterns that look more natural than ever.

The beautiful gray veining of this kitchen island makes it an absolute show stopper.Which-Wood-Is-Best-For-Kitchen-Cabinets-Aqua-Glass-Tile-Backsplash-Using-Granite-Tiles-For-Countertops-Portable-Kitchen-Island-Breakfast-Bar-Gerber-FaucetsPhoto: Erbria

Textured Surfaces

Stone countertops have long been polished and shiny, and while that look will never go out of style, today’s homeowners are gravitating toward counters with a bit more character. You can check out our post, Finish Options for your Granite Counters, to learn more about the different textures available for your counters.

A leathered finish creates an almost water-washed look for your counters. This design takes it a step further with a rough edge as well.040Photo: Anchors Rest

Quartz

Quartz isn’t new this year, but its popularity has never been greater. And it doesn’t seem like this trend is going anywhere anytime soon. Quartz is non-porous, making it extremely resistant to staining, and very hygienic. It’s also super durable and available in a huge number of colors and patterns. Read Quartz vs Quartzite: What’s the Difference, to learn if quartz might be right for your kitchen.

Quartz works with any design aesthetic and makes a beautiful surface in any kitchen.
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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!

 

 

Prepping for Your New Countertops!

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You’ve picked out your new countertops and are already envisioning your dream kitchen come to life. You’ve met with the contractors and your installation is scheduled. What now? While certain aspects of install prep fall on the installation crew, there are some things you can do to ensure your counter install goes as smoothly as possible before they even arrive.

Is Everything Where You Want It?

Once your space has been measured and a template cut, changes can be extremely costly and will obviously take additional time to correct for. Make sure your appliances, outlets, and sink are all where you want them to be in the space when your contractor comes to initially take measurements. If you’re purchasing a sink from a separate source, make sure you have that available as well.

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Is the Rest of Your Home Ready?

This isn’t an issue in new builds, but if you are replacing existing counters you want to make sure they are completely free of stuff when installers come to take measurements. And for the day of the install, make sure there is a clear path from where your granite will come in to home and where it’s going. This doesn’t just mean furniture. Rugs, wall hangings, etc. should all be removed. In a renovation, it’s also important to make sure the openings from the kitchen are properly sealed off from the rest of the home to keep dust and debris in.

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Have You Scheduled Other Necessary Professionals?

The majority of installers don’t have licensed plumbers or electricians as part of their crew. So while they will install your sink, they will not be able to actually hook up the plumbing. As such, you will need to coordinate schedules with the professionals who can perform these jobs. It may require extra organization on your part, but in the end will be totally worth it when you’re not having to wait to use your beautiful new kitchen!

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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!

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Fabricator

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Countertop choice is a huge part of any home design or renovation process. Homeowners spend a lot of time deciding exactly which slab makes the perfect statement for their space.  Equally, if not even more important than choosing the right slab, is choosing the right fabricator. How is this possible?

The right fabricator will be able to help you choose the right material and slab for your needs. They will be able to explain proper maintenance to insure your counters stay beautiful. While this seems like an obvious part of the job, many fabricators simply don’t take the time or have the knowledge. Founded by Aaron Cook, Prestige Marble & Granite has over 15 years experience in fabricating the highest quality natural stone countertops, earning the company a fabulous reputation as the premier marble and granite business in the region.

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There are several different things to consider when choosing your fabricator, some more obvious than others. Here are some important questions to ask to ensure you are completely happy with your final choice, and ultimately your countertops!

What kind of Certifications does the fabricator have?

An established and professional fabricator will be certified. It’s as simple as that. Fabrication and installation certification programs establish industry-wide standards for training and provide measurable proof of knowledge about both the process and products. Prestige Marble & Granite is a member of the Marble Institute of America, which is an instrumental force in setting the standards of quality for stone fabrication and installation. Prestige is also a member of the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee and the Stone Fabricators Alliance.

 

What options do they offer?

Countertops today are made from a wide range of different materials. Are you looking for something that will need to stand up to daily use or are you more interested in creating a specific look? An ideal fabricator will be able to help you choose the best option for your usage, budget, and aesthetic desire.  They will be experienced with multiple materials and offers a wide array of choices: granite, marble, quartz, etc. Also, it’s important to be aware of the fact that no two pieces of stone are exactly the same. For that reason its important to find out if you will be able to choose your actual slab, or have to make your decision based on a small sample.

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What kind of equipment do they use? And do they have in-house installation teams?

Top professional fabricators throughout the U.S. use the latest in digital stone cutting technology. This is important when simple mistakes can be costly, cause delays, and negatively affect the final look of your beautiful counters. At Prestige we use state-of-the-art CNC stone cutting machines, routers, and digital templating for quality fabrication and on-time delivery. With digital templating, we can account for the undulation of your wall and ensure the counters match up perfectly.  From your vision to computerized CAD drawing to installation of your countertop, your project will receive state-of-the-art craftsmanship and the attention to detail it deserves. We also never use subcontractors and invite you to come see how we operate anytime!

This is our CNC saw, the GMM Intra. The Intra allows us to either program on the floor or import a CAD drawing. The Intra can cut parallel, perpendicular and diagonal arcs and circumferences. This machine allows Prestige to cut a wide range of materials quickly and with absolute precision.
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The Luna 740S is an automatic edge polisher which has been specifically designed to produce straight, slanted , bullnose, and a variety of other edges. This machine is capable of profiling  granite, marble, and engineered stones quickly and efficiently.
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The fact that we at Prestige are completely involved in the entire process, from design to fabrication to installation, helps ensure your counter tops turn out exactly as you imagine.

 

Do they provide references? Can you see examples of their finished projects?

A reputable fabricator will be able to provide references of recent projects. If you can visit one of their job sites and/or showroom, that’s also highly recommended. This allows you to ensure the quality of their finished work meets your standards. This requires a bit of extra research and work on your part, but will absolutely help provide peace of mind about such a big investment into your home.

Do they provide a warranty on their work?

When making any kind of large purchase it’s nice to know the company you are working with will stand behind their work. At Prestige we offer a lifetime warranty on all stone and sinks. We are passionate about making your installation a success and are dedicated to the level of customer service required to ensure your happiness for the lifetime of your counters. Prestige’s commitment to customer satisfaction has earned us an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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Whatever project you can dream up,  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, fabrication, and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom and bring their ideas and questions with them anytime!

 

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.

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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.

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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.
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 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.

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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.

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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.)

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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!

Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your New Kitchen

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Todays kitchen is often the main hub of activity for a home, with many activities taking place there, often simultaneously. Whether cooking, eating, socializing or working, the kitchen needs to be as functional as it is beautiful. Regardless of your kitchen design style, it’s essential to have an efficient and functional layout. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when planning your new kitchen in order to achieve a practical, as well as aesthetically pleasing, kitchen design.

Inefficient or Wasted Storage Space

One of the biggest design mistakes is not including enough storage. Almost every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be minimized with adequate planning and forethought. Consider installing extra-tall upper cabinets for extra storage space, and always install cabinets over the refrigerator; not utilizing this area is a real waste of space (this is a great place to store baking pans, racks and trays).

 

kitchen-fillersIf you are using modular or semi-custom cabinetry, you will likely have fillers between some cabinets. These areas offer the opportunity to add clever storage solutions such as these filler pullout organizers from Rev-a-Shelf.

Poor Lighting Design

The kitchen is definitely one area that you can’t afford to have inadequate lighting. In the kitchen it is not just a matter oaf design and esthetics, it’s a matter of safety too.

Most rooms generally need three types of lighting: general lighting for overall illumination, task lighting and accent lighting.  Evaluate the work areas of your kitchen and focus on providing each area with the light it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main work areas.

Use pendant lights to provide general lighting and enhance the overall look. Pendants look great above kitchen sinks, while a series of  smaller pendants work well over breakfast bars and kitchen islands.

Install under-cabinet lighting to ensure that the counters have sufficient lighting for common kitchen tasks.

Omitting the Backsplash

If budget constraints are causing you to rethink the backsplash, think again – because omitting this feature will cost you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Water and steam can cause damage, and it’s much easier to clean grease off a backsplash made of stone, ceramic, metal or glass than paint or wallpaper.

Not Enough Counter Space

Inadequate counter space is one of the top kitchen design complaints.  You’ll want to outfit your kitchen with as much open horizontal surface area as possible. Remember, there is no such thing as too much counter space! Adding an island, peninsula, or breakfast bar is a great way to increase countertop area.

Inadequate Ventilation

Smelling last night’s dinner is a sure sign of poor ventilation. Cheap range hoods just circulate dirty air, while higher grade equipment will improve the indoor air quality, keep your kitchen cleaner, and extend the life of your appliances. Avoid scrimping on your ventilation system – a good one will make your life easier and more pleasant, especially if you have an open kitchen plan.

Forgoing Professional Design Service

Designing your own kitchen renovation to save money is a common mistake that is often a costly one, wasting time and energy, to boot. Professional designers have the latest ideas and information to help you identify your needs and translate them into an efficient, aesthetically pleasing plan that will fit your taste and budget.

Prestige Marble and Granite has the countertops you need to help make your new kitchen plan a success. We offer an exciting selection of designer natural stones, as well as a large variety of core colors, to complement any design project and any budget. We invite homeowners, designers, contractors, and builders to 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.