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!

Beautiful Backsplashes

Whether you’re looking to add a touch of whimsy or wanting to modernize your kitchen, the backsplash is the perfect place to start. While we are definitely partial to counter tops here at Prestige, the backsplash is an integral part in defining the feeling of your kitchen. Here are are a few amazing backsplashes we love to inspire you in your own home.

This Moroccan tile makes an absolutely beautiful backsplash.  The design makes it a real statement, perfect for giving an otherwise minimal kitchen that extra pop. Using it to frame the range, as shown below, makes it look like a piece of modern art.img-5770-1531412686.jpg/-+*Photo: Scout Design
This calacatta marble looks gorgeous continued from the counter tops to the backsplash. The cut out curves that follow the lines of the French kitchen hood make this look a total showstopper.steel-french-vent-hood-curved-calcutta-marble-cooktop-backsplashPhoto: DecorPad
This fun kitchen is totally on trend for 2018 with the open shelving, farmhouse sink and brass accents. However, it’s the gorgeous deep blue-green hexagonal tile backsplash that take this look to the next level. The bright white grout matches the natural stone countertops and really make each tile pop. And we are obsessed with the whimsy of the scalloped edge design element.10-kitchens-where-the-backsplash-is-the-main-event-kitchen-backsplash-tile-ideas-58ff532d014a5e20454de119-w620_h800Photo: Domino
This framed mosaic tile backsplash beautifully complements the marble counter and white cabinets. It’s multi-hued neutral tones mean that it will match perfectly with a variety of natural stone countertops and color schemes.101895115Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
This geometric-patterned tile looks beautiful with these green, combination open and closed style, Shaker cabinets. The carrara marble countertops and island lend a touch of elegance to this minimalistically rustic kitchen. mel-yates-house-3oct14_pr_b.jpgPhoto: House & Garden
This large pattern tile gives this traditional white kitchen a real dramatic flair. The dark floors and rich red rug are the perfect accents to tie the whole look together.19732986184_9f0ab18f2d_zPhoto: HiSugarPlum
Could this integration of the trendy mosaic design motif with the classic subway tiles be more amazing? The color scheme feels both trendy and timeless, and the mix of light and dark tiles give this backsplash the feeling of a three dimensional piece of artwork.

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Prestige Marble & Granite is always 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!

Mixed Material Countertops

We love the mixed materials trend that is so hot in kitchen design right now. There are almost innumerable ways to incorporate this look into your home, one of our favorites is by combining multiple materials for your countertops. While we at Prestige will always be partial to natural stone, we get that sometimes people want to mix it up a bit. Here are some of the dual material kitchen countertops inspiring us right now.

The idea of using a piece of wood to connect two separate pieces of stone seems so simple, but it makes a big impact. This is a really understated way to experiment with a mixed materials countertop in a truly unique way.d1a8d28d768818fafdfdfc692987ad7cPhoto: Pinterest
We love the combination of wood and limestone on this kitchen island. There are so many different textures and finishes in this space, keeping the clutter to a minimum allows the eye to focus on the individual elements without becoming overwhelmed. 58471909Photo: Chicago Tribune
This combination of light stone and dark wood work beautifully in this modern kitchen with its neutral colors. Not only is the shape of this island unique, the stark contrast in the light stone and dark wood make this kitchen centerpiece a true showstopper. And how fabulous is that sink?modern-kitchenPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island was created by topping a pair of architect’s drafting tables with glass. It adds a modern twist to this otherwise traditional kitchen. The glass beautifully complements the classic Carrara marble in a really unexpected way.glassPhoto: House Beautiful
We love the yin and yang vibe of this stark white stone next to the dark wood of the upper level bar. This two tone kitchen look has been gaining in popularity in the last couple years and we don’t predict the trend will be going away any time soon.ca7c5a8c64543ddc98c4c93f7908dd2cPhoto: Houzz
We love how the wood centerpiece of this large stone topped island not only breaks up the space visually, it also defines the different areas by function. We love how the pops of blue in the room really pull that color out of the predominately gray granite.1400989063342Photo: HGTV
This stainless steel island lends an industrial feeling to this contemporary white kitchen with it’s perimeter stone countertops. The hardwood floor really warms up the space, keeping it from feeling too stark.countertops-for-kitchen-elegant-in-white-with-a-modern-stainless-steel-island-great-countertop-photoPhoto: Globaltsp

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!

 

The New Rustic: Tips for Creating a Modern Country Kitchen

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Few design themes create the cozy warmth associated with the country kitchen. The very idea evokes the memories of baking cookies with grandma or enjoying large Sunday dinners with the entire family. It’s a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style, especially here in the South. One of the fun aspects of country design is how many different ways it can be achieved. Whether you want to go all-out country, or just want to flirt with a few rustic touches, we’ve got some great tips on how you can achieve your dream modern country kitchen.

Texture

Your kitchen is the room in your home where your senses most come alive. Adding visual and tactile sensory experiences to the smells and tastes that naturally occur in your kitchen really help make it the heart of your home. Texture adds depth and different levels of interest to any space. An easy way to add impact to your country kitchen is through the use and mixing of different textures. Elements like wood and stone are obvious choices when trying to create a rustic feel, but there really are so many different options. You can go as simple or as big as you want with texture, it’s really all about the juxtaposition.

The rough, simple wooden shelving is a stark contrast to the polish of the clean white marble with gray veining. The copper and wood accents create additional textural elements in this kitchen.bethkirby.jpgPhoto: Beth Kirby
The abundance of textural features really makes a huge impact in this updated take on the classic country kitchen. A painted pine ceiling, exposed brick fireplace with wooden mantle, polished marble, white subway tiles, copper accents, and timeworn, rough soda shop stools all play with texture in a bold way. Additionally, the use of matte black paint really allows the textural elements to pop.
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Color

While you can never go wrong with white in the kitchen, color is a fun way to lend a country feeling to your space. If you are going to use whites for your rustic kitchen, you definitely want to go with the creamy, warmer tones that will help create the feeling of coziness reminiscent of the style. Softer, muted versions of almost any color are appropriate when creating a country feel for your home. The boldness of the colors you use will help determine how modern your space feels, with lighter, warm tones creating a more rustic feeling and bright, intense colors lending a more modern air to the room.

Red and yellow are a classic country color combination. They make an an even bigger impact when paired with the neutral wall color, backsplash, light wood floors and marble counter tops. The large, brightly colored chicken tile really pulls all the different colors together and creates a fun focal point.betterhomesPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
The calming effects of lighter shades of blue make them the perfect choice for a country kitchen. This painted kitchen island really adds a touch of lightness to a space that is otherwise dominated by wood. Glamorous Rustic Country Kitchen Paint Colors Blue Island Inside Country Kitchen Color Ideas On HomePhoto: SHDECOR

The Farmhouse Sink

Little evokes the image of the classic country kitchen like the farmhouse sink. It harkens back to a time when there was no indoor plumbing. When water had to be physically hauled in to the home and sinks had to be drained manually. Today they are popular because their combination of form and function makes them the ultimate utilitarian kitchen focal point.

This sink’s double basins are a unique feature. Traditionally the farmhouse sink has just one extra large basin.627f13586026ff3c8ac41d0650c444be1c445cd2Photo: Apartment Therapy

A Dutch Door

Dutch Doors are divided horizontally, so that the bottom half can be left closed while the top half is open. This design originated from a need to keep farm animals out of the home while keeping small children in. Additionally, it allows for extra light and air flow throughout the space. Dutch doors are also extremely versatile, their multi-door design allows for a plethora of window, screen, and decorative options.

While not practical for every space, a dutch door is a really charming way to add a decidedly country flair to your kitchen.mycountryliving  Photo: My Country Living

 Cotton Boll Bouquets

Nothing says classic southern country decor like an arrangement of cotton boll stems. It’s a small detail that can’t help but feel both stark and lush at the same time, not an easy look to achieve. Bringing the outdoors in is a huge part of designing the country kitchen, and this is such a whimsical way to do it.

A tall cylinder glass vase modernizes the look. A bouquet like this is a standout on its own and also a perfect complement to any rustic collection.
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Galvanized metal accessories

Using repurposed antique farm implements as wall storage is both functional and decorative.
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A three tier metal caddy is a great way to organize and display your smaller kitchen essentials.industrial-hardware-spinner-displayPhoto: Kelly Elko
We hope you have enjoyed these ideas for creating your perfect modern country kitchen. For more kitchen design inspiration, check us out on Pinterest.
You can always 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 knowledgeable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!