3 Kitchen Island Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of

Transitional Kitchen by Marrokal Design & Remodeling

Other special features. Light green cabinets (matched to Grassland by Sherwin-Williams) with a charcoal glaze on maple. Reclaimed-wood shelves on iron brackets in place of the upper cabinets. Marble countertops with a hand-cut edge detail to resemble the look of when the stone was first quarried.
Designer secret. “Because the existing window in the corner of the room was so much smaller than the new window, the interior designer decided to basically ignore the window and run the reclaimed-wood open shelving right across that window,” says Gambacorta. “Unconventional, yes, but brilliant.”

“Uh-oh” moment. “When the decision was made to use a 60-inch range (a monster!) on the 13-foot wall, and then the homeowner wanted an extra-large fridge to be on that same wall, it really didn’t leave much room for countertop space on either side of the range,” Gambacorta says. “Since they’re avid cooks, that was a must-have. So, a compromise was made to separate the fridge and the freezer. They cook mostly fresh foods on a daily basis and don’t use a freezer much at all. So, a paneled 30-inch all-refrigerator was placed on the range wall, and a separate 24-inch stainless all-freezer was placed in the pantry with open shelves, giving it the feel of an English larder. This room is totally open to the kitchen area.”
Cabinets: flush flat panel in custom green paint, Bilotta Collection; hardware: iron; builder: Doug Slater of D.A.S. Custom Builders; project photos: Peter Krupenye
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3 Kitchens With Wonderfully Rustic Character

Wood, stone and other natural elements come together in these warm, inviting mountain kitchens


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2. Light and Airy

Designer: Paul Bertelli of JLF & Associates
Location: Big Sky, Montana
Size: 304 square feet (28 square meters); 16 by 19 feet

Homeowners’ request. A bright, clean, functional and family-friendly kitchen featuring materials with depth and interest.

Rustic palette. Hand-hewn reclaimed-oak ceiling timbers. Stone wall portions. “The material palette uses the same reclaimed-oak material in different ways to soften the space and make it feel inviting,” designer Paul Bertelli says.
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3. Sophisticated and Symmetrical

Designer: Laura Sullivan of ID.ology Interiors & Design
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Size: 266 square feet (25 square meters); 19 by 14 feet

Homeowners’ request. A large, open kitchen ideal for entertaining, with lots of light, a built-in booth, a large center island, a beverage center and a symmetrical design.

Rustic palette. Leathered-granite countertops. Wood beams and floors. Stone fireplace in nearby living room.
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Other special features. Shiplap backsplash. Molded walnut stools. Pop-up vent hood on island range for unobstructed views.

Designer secret. “Clean, symmetrical lines and understanding that the exterior beauty was a highlighted element that we were designing around,” designer Laura Sullivan says.

“Uh-oh” moment. “We went back and forth a couple of times on whether to paint the booth Peppercorn [by Sherwin-Williams] or white,” Sullivan says. “We ended repainting darker for more of a wow factor.”

Wall and cabinet paint: Extra White, Sherwin-Williams; trim and booth paint: Peppercorn, Sherwin-Williams; stools: Organic Modernism; pendants: Lamps Plus; designer-builder: Living Stone Design + Build

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Crowd-Pleasing Paint Colors for Staging Your Home

When prepping your home for sale, one of the most important tasks is giving your walls a fresh coat of paint. The standard advice from most real estate professionals is to keep them neutral with shades of white. But as a home stager and an interior designer, I prefer to take a more stylish approach.
Remember, the overall goal of home staging is to make each room feel fresh, inviting and neutral enough so that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living there. That doesn’t have to translate, however, to bland, boring and devoid of style. Sometimes white can work, but a greater concern is making sure the room doesn’t look too stark. These elegant, crowd-pleasing neutral paint colors can help you stage your home to perfection.
Please contact me for more free staging ideas!

What’s the Difference Between Quartzite and Quartz?

The subtle differences between quartzite and quartz seem to befuddle everyone from design-savvy clients to industry experts. Some people even use the names interchangeably, which is a huge mistake because it only adds to the confusion. Each material has its pros and cons, so educating yourself on the facts is important, especially if you are considering either of these beauties for your home improvement project. A quartz versus quartzite showdown is well overdue, so let’s dive in.

Your February Home Checklist

February is a time of year to indulge in home comforts like cooking big-batch meals, reading in the afternoon and watching movies with the family. Here are a dozen ideas to add to your to-do list this month, from the necessary (clearing sidewalks of snow and ice, say) to the just-for-fun (treating yourself to weekly flowers).

11 New Kitchen Cabinet Ideas You’ll See More of This Year

If you’re looking to update your kitchen style for the new year with something different, you might consider reworking your cabinets. These new cabinet ideas will likely be showing up more in 2018, but I’m betting you’ll be seeing them around for years to come.

While black is hardly new, we do find more and more clients being bold and asking to include some elements of black to bring a stately appeal to their kitchen, especially when used as part of a two-tone look.

Using black on the lower cabinets, or a pantry area, paired with black entry doors and even some modern black fixtures gives a room an effortless, fashionable look.



This article originally appeared on houzz.com

The 10 Most Popular New Kitchen Photos of 2017

End-of-island storage, dual barn doors and in-drawer charging stations are among the stars of this year’s top kitchens

The trend toward kitchens featuring colored cabinets and islands is gaining steam, but the appreciation for the classic white-and-wood look is hardly on fumes. The most popular kitchens cover a mix of traditional, contemporary and rustic styles, but no matter the look, smart storage solutions and functional layouts were definite crowd pleasers. Counting down, here’s a look at the most popular kitchens uploaded in 2017, as measured by how many Houzz users saved them to their ideabooks.

1. Take charge. Designer Tracey Stephens was tasked with creating a retro-style kitchen that features vintage furniture and checkerboard floors for a New Jersey family of four. But the requirements of the technology age were not lost on the design. The kitchen includes a drawer with a built-in charger, complete with regular and USB outlets. “It’s so nice not to have all of those devices out and dealing with cords all the time,” homeowner Jody Suden says.

Drawer charging station: Docking Drawer 18


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12 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Try these clever design moves to get more storage and create a roomier feel

This article is from Houzz.com’s Most Popular stories file.

A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks. Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are many other ways to create extra room in your kitchen, or create the illusion of a bigger space than you have, all without sacrificing a sense of personality. Here are 12 of my favorite ways to balance storage, style and long sightlines to get a functional layout with a spacious vibe.

8 Narrow Kitchen Islands With Function to Spare

Islands are workhorses in the kitchen. They offer an additional surface area, apart from the perimeter counter tops, that can be used for food prep, serving or as a place to perch and hang out with family and friends. Those with space-challenged kitchens often think there’s no way they can squeeze in an island, but you’d be surprised at just how compact you can go.
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9 Bold and Beautiful Back splash Designs That Will Transform Your Kitchen

Backsplash—it’s the design detail that can take your kitchen from blah to beautiful.

Of course, at its core, a backsplash is meant to be functional—a protective backboard to catch spills and prevent stains behind your stove or sink. But it’s also a blank canvas just waiting for your personal stamp. And boy, are homeowners having fun with it. Gone are the days of square beige tiles. Today, you have a whole host of backsplash design choices—each one brighter, funkier, and more impressive than the last.

If you’re looking for a way to make a statement and elevate the heart of your home, a new backsplash could be the answer. We’ve pulled together nine of the hottest design trends for you to swoon over.

1. Oversized tile

“One of the hottest looks for kitchen backsplashes is the emphasis on larger-scale materials, rather than smaller mosaics and subway tiles that had been commonly seen before,” says Gale Sitomer of G Sitomer Designin New York City. Installing big glass tiles, for example, means fewer grout lines to scrub, so the look is clean and the maintenance is much lower.

2. Single slab

A uniform look—using one type of stone or slate over the length of your kitchen’s surfaces and up the backsplash—is also hot in kitchen decor right now, Sitomer says. If your material has veining, it can even have an enlarging effect on the room, making your kitchen appear more spacious.

Of course, to get this look you’d have to change out your countertops, too. It’s definitely not a cheap endeavor, but it’s a kitchen renovation that will pay off if you have the means to take it on.

3. Black glass

Sheet glass, particularly in black, is making its way into kitchens. Not only does it look sleek, it’s also very functional, says Larry Patterson, owner of Glass Doctor in Dallas.

“A glass backsplash positioned across from a window will reflect natural light, plus it doesn’t mold or stain and is cheaper than a lot of materials, including marble,” Patterson points out. Dark shades and black are chic in the kitchen, especially when paired with white subway tile and stainless-steel appliances.

4. Reclaimed wood

Wood is warm and homey—and gaining fast in popularity, especially when it’s reclaimed from an old barn or floor, says Bee Heinemann, a decorating expert at Vant Wall Panels. “Repurposed wood has a very distinct look, though it may not be the best material for a high-use kitchen,” she cautions.

That’s because wood is less durable than tile or ceramic; it can nick easily (say, if you knock it with a heavy pot or cooking utensils); and it can show water stains if it isn’t sealed properly. Consider this rustic detail for a backsplash in a less trafficked spot such as the butler’s pantry or a wet bar.

5. Tin sheets

If you’re looking for a durable, easy-to-clean backsplash with fabulous patina and texture, give tin a try. Plus, upcyling something vintage is eco-friendly and on trend.

“When this material is reclaimed from those classic old ceilings, you can bring the same kind of beauty into your kitchen,” Heinemann says.

To find this coveted material, search estate sales, antiques shops, and flea markets. “And if you can’t locate it there, new tin plates are available with some of the similar feel of yesteryear,” she adds.

6. Chalkboard

Who doesn’t love to grab a fat piece of neon-pink chalk and doodle? You can do this all day long with a chalk backsplash behind your cooktop or kitchen sink.

“Chalkboard is a great trend to try, especially if you’re artistic or have kids,” Heinemann says.

And if you’re not really into drawing, you can write up the evening menu, keep a running shopping list, or spell out a recipe for your teen cook in training. Or just motivate/annoy the family with a new inspirational saying each day.

7. Brick pavers

Exposed brick walls are all the rage, but most homes don’t sport this feature. Don’t feel left out! Instead, try brick pavers on your kitchen backsplash.

Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design Co. re-created an entire cottage with a farmhouse feel—and bricks played a starring role.

“I used them in a herringbone pattern above the stove,” she notes. Just keep in mind that brick is fairly porous (water can seep in). So if you’re hoping to install them, speak with your contractor about applying a sealant to protect against moisture and debris.

8. Linear mosaic

Whether you choose stone, glass, or marble, a linear pattern is a more modern take on traditional mosaic backsplashes, according to Monica Mangin, host of Lowe’s DYI series The Weekender.

“This look is thin and sleek—and the multihues help to add texture,” she notes. Seek out specific tile lines with this type of pattern (allen + roth has one) or create your own by mixing and matching tones you like.

9. Wallpaper

“Wallpaper is definitely making a comeback,” Heinemann says. “It’s an inexpensive way to add color and pattern to the kitchen or bar area.”

To protect your design, choose durable self-adhesive panels or paper that can withstand some scrubbing. You’ll also want to buy a little extra to replace the strips that gets the most wear and tear. Or consider tile or marble on the lower portion of the backsplash, and save the paper for above.