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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Mad About Minimalist Kitchens

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As much as we love the bright pops of color, prints, and decorative elements that are so on-trend today, we still have a sincere appreciation for a more minimalistic approach to kitchen design. Clean lines and solid colors will always be in style, and minimalistic doesn’t have to be boring. Here are a few unique minimal kitchens we are feeling particularly inspired by.

This rustic wooden accent wall is an unexpected touch in a minimalistic kitchen. The floating wooden shelves and complementary wood floor really warm up this otherwise white space. 09-floating-shelves-for-a-sleek-minimalist-kitchen-in-white-echo-with-a-cypress-wallPhoto: DigsDigs
The textured backsplash wall and tile floor give this monochromatic look some nice texture. And we love how the modern L-shaped light fixture moves with the counter top and helps define the kitchen in this very open concept layout.
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This minimalistic kitchen mixes fun materials to keep the feeling totally today. The different metals, combination of wood and natural stone countertops, and funky wooden drawer fronts make this simple design feel very unique.10-Thornsbeach-rd-4-1600x1067Photo: These Four Walls
This kitchen with floor to ceiling glass is absolutely amazing. You feel like you’re outside and the beautiful views mean you don’t need any extra decoration.white-minimalist-kitchen-20-designs-for-a-unique-atmosphere-6-805Photo: Of Design

 

This kitchen design isn’t just unique for a minimalist kitchen, it’s unique for any kitchen. There are so many cool design elements happening here, and we are obsessed with all of the counter space. This huge, open kitchen would be an absolutely amazing space for entertaining.wood-clean-lines-big-kitchen-designPhoto: HomeEdit
How cool is this ultra modern minimalist kitchen? The bright orange with wood and white feels almost futuristic and the wall of windows keeps the space from feeling dark.under-staircase-dark-orange-kitchen-cabinet-with-brushed-nickel-track-lighting-and-laminate-floor-in-modern-minimalist-kitchen-design-1-615x410Photo: Kirin Design Studios
This minimalistic design feels both old school European and modern minimal at the same time. The hexagonal neutral toned  tiles focused behind the main work areas in the kitchen are a really fun twist on a backsplash and make the light wooden table top fit with the matte black of the cabinetry.
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These kitchens prove that minimal can absolutely feel luxurious.  With the use of high quality materials and a few luxe touches, these kitchens all make less look like so much more.

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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!

Interesting Islands

Large or small, everyone loves a kitchen island. The kitchen is the heart of the home and people love hanging out there. In your home your kitchen island can be whatever you want it to be, and serve whatever purpose you want it to. It is with that thought in mind we share with you some really cool examples of unique kitchen islands.

This ultra-modern horseshoe island works beautifully with a workspace level and lower glass half-circle dining level. You could also easily pull up bar stools to the upper level on the outside edges to create more seating while entertaining.Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-37Photo: Mendelday Kitchen
We love this triangular island with it’s gorgeous curves. It also incorporates the mixed materials trend we talked about last month by combining natural stone with a built in cutting board space. This design allows for seating on two sides, with a separate workspace area, maximizing its functionality.unique-kitchen-island-shapes-trends-with-enchanting-pictures-ideas-and-styles-cartPhoto: Eckti
Everything about this round island is gorgeous. From the granite counter top to the the walnut inlaid cabinetry, this custom piece is a stunning addition to this amazing mid-size kitchen.unique-kitchen-design-round-kitchen-island-walnut-cabinets-modern-kitchens.jpgPhoto: Nicholas C Johnson
This T-shaped island is a great choice if your space allows for it. The potential uses for so much counter space are really unlimited.t-shaped-kitchen-islandPhoto: DecorPad
This huge S-shaped island is a beautiful mix of granite and wood. The organic curve of the wood juxtaposes beautifully with the sharp edges of the granite counters and round stainless steel sink.22a727e8e5fe87a629ee51b06a52d746.jpgPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island is the perfect example of how using an irregular piece of granite can work for your small kitchen. It shows how much extra storage and workspace an island can create.
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This boat-shaped island is amazing. It feels both classic and modern, a total showstopper that perfectly complements the beachy vibes of the home around it. Kitchen-Island-Trends-2018-15Photo: Uhozz

Regardless of how you choose to design your kitchen island, 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!

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!

Extreme Kitchens

We see a lot of kitchens here at Prestige, so it’s kind of hard to surprise us with a truly unique design. But it still happens, and we always try to learn something from it. Though we could never choose a favorite, here are a few of the unique kitchens we really love.

You know we’re partial to natural stone here at Prestige, but this lego island is definitely a colorful alternative. This island was the brainchild of Parisian design duo Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti and consists of 20,000 lego blocks.legokitchenPhoto: Wills Company
Interior designers Branimira Ivanova and Desislava Ivanova call this innovative design “Cubism in the Kitchen”. Their goal was to create a kitchen that was both functional and artistic. The result is a beautiful space with a uniquely modern twist.

 

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It doesn’t get much cooler than this kitchen island/giant aquarium combo. But how do you maintain your aquarium? Not only does this island have hidden storage, and plumbing for the built-in sink, there is a mechanism that raises the entire top at the push of a button. Aquarium-kitchen-island-brings-in-the-wow-factorPhoto: Gizmodo.com
It might be hard to believe that this Arabian-themed space is a kitchen, but it is. The ornate design might be too much for most people, but it absolutely makes a statement.11464Photo: Ideal Home
We love everything about this open concept kitchen with a staircases divider and island with a built-in fireplace. The clean lines, mixing of different materials, and muted design colors make this design feel both trendy and timeless at the same time.open-staircase-design-partition-saota-1.jpgPhoto: Trendir

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!

 

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!

 

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!