Countertops July 12, 2017. "Homeowners are putting in beautiful butcher block islands that you can actually cut on. Anytime we can incorporate recycled products into the home the better it is for the environment," Lindsay says. Recycled glass and recycled paper countertops are two products that satisfy both the designer's eye and the homeowner's conscience.
Countertops July 10, 2017. "Quartz may not be as durable as granite," she says, "but it comes in colors not typically seen in natural stone, like lime green and electric blue." For those who may not appreciate stone's natural pigment variation, quartz offers consistent color from top to bottom and side to side.
Kitchen Design Ideas July 19, 2017. Cooking supplies and implements are often featured prominently, whether in containers on countertops or hanging from antique racks. A common theme is relaxed elegance and lived-in luxury—Italian kitchens feel like spaces you'd be happy to spend long stretches of time in, as opposed to rushing in and out on the way to your next appointment.
Countertops July 15, 2017. And while marble, limestone and slate are great statement-making materials in the kitchen, consumers who aren't partial to stone may want to look into the warm, natural look of wood, whether it's reclaimed, butcher-block or bamboo.
Countertops July 18, 2017. Indeed, unique kitchen countertops add a "wow" factor to your home, and just might help increase its value. Customization is also key to creating a countertop that's as unique as it is artistic. Design-savvy homeowners might want to add color to concrete counters, for instance, by adding a crushed blend of recycled glass or shell remnants to wet concrete.
Countertops July 21, 2017. Concrete. It's at the top of the trend heap right now thanks to its clean, contemporary look, but choosing concrete’s not a no-brainer. Why? It's prone to cracking if not installed correctly. "When we do custom concrete counters we reinforce them with tensile steel," says Steve. "And you still have to worry about cracking." Finding an experienced installer is everything. If you do, you'll have virtually infinite range of custom color options, and can even integrate features like a draining board beside the sink. Concrete must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly.
Kitchen Design Ideas July 13, 2017. Accessories and other design flourishes can build on a modern kitchen theme. Cabinet doors may be replaced with frosted glass or a sleek laminate or wood veneer to create a modern look. Mixers, blenders, coffee makers and other accessories are available in bold colors and unique designs that seem positively science fictional. Cookware, utensils and flatware are all available with a modern twist, both in terms of design aesthetic and bold, up-to-date colors.
Kitchen Design Ideas June 05, 2017. Mediterranean kitchen design appeals to many homeowners, particularly those interested in adding a bright, sunny and relaxing style to their kitchen space. Lively colors are often used as accents or main themes, artistic tile work is common, and floors and walls often feature soothing, natural colors and textures that hint at the elegant and unhurried aspects of Mediterranean culture.