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Tips On Choosing Granite For The Kitchen

Wed. 25

Granite is absolutely beautiful. It’s functional, too. It can elevate the look of any kitchen instantaneously.

But, before you plunk down a load of cash and embark on what might be a long and involved renovation, consider whether or not granite is the right material for you. Granite really does look great with any design style – traditional or modern. Practically every kitchen photo shoot appearing in magazines features granite (or some other kind of natural stone). If that’s the look you’re after, stop for a moment and consider these tips.


  • Granite is a very strong, natural material. Please don’t assume that it’s indestructible! But, with normal, daily use, granite is sure to last for a very long time indeed.
  • Granite can withstand high heat. Although I wouldn’t recommend that you place a hot pot directly on a granite counter as a regular course of action, if it does happen, the granite won’t be damaged.
  • Do you love to bake? Then you’ll love granite. This natural stone remains cool to the touch. Go ahead and roll out that delicate pastry.
  • Granite comes in a variety of striations and colors. Choose the design that suits you and your kitchen best. Even if everyone on your block installs a granite countertop, that variety ensures that your kitchen will still be unique.


  • Cost is probably the number one drawback. Granite is not cheap. If you find sold for considerably less than comparable retailers, beware. This is a natural product. So, it must be extracted from the ground and refined in a very particular way. If you find a cheaper version, your granite may not install properly, look as beautiful, or last as long.
  • Maintenance can be a bit of a chore for some people. Granite will need to be sealed and resealed periodically to ensure that stains won’t damage it.

Do you have a granite countertop in your kitchen? What pros and cons can you add from your own experience?

Monthly Pick – 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

2017 will bring us many of the same trends we’ve been seeing over the last few years. Stainless steel remains as popular as ever. Natural materials, like wood and stone, also maintain their top position.

We can look forward to some changes, though. That’s definitely good news. As beautiful as stainless steel appliances are, they do present owners (and prospective owners) with some challenges. The fact that stainless steel seems to attract finger prints is enough to drive the more meticulous among us around the bend. Any accidental nicks and scratches are also glaringly visible. There’s also the fact that stainless steel appliances are more expensive than those with regular finishes.

The good news is if you want your kitchen to be in style, but you don’t want the hassle or expense of stainless steel, you’re in luck.

Here’s what we’ll see in kitchen appliance design through 2017.

Go French. Say good-bye to ordinary, boring doors. This year, you’ll see more French doors on ovens. French doors are basically double doors (check out the picture above). You can open one side with one hand. But, if you want to open both doors at the same time, you’ll need both hands.

Digital magic. 

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

I’m not sure why it’s taken appliance manufacturers so long to design this feature into their products. We’ve been using it for ages on our various computer devices. I’m talking about touch-and-swipe controls. Instead of turning a knob or pressing a button, you’ll swipe over a designated area.

Cool and clean.

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

Stainless steel may not be on everyone’s wish list. So, designers and manufacturers have teamed to bring the best of the past and the present together. Welcome, white. This isn’t just any old white, though. This is a streamlined, glossy, easy-to-clean white that won’t show the finger prints or dents like stainless steel does.

High tech.

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

Bluetooth technology is just about everywhere … even in the kitchen. Welcome to the modern world where your oven can sync with the clock, the microwave, and any other appliance you might need to prepare a meal.

Which of these trends would you love to install in your own kitchen?


Monthly Pick – Kitchen Backsplash Trends 2017


Whether you love it or hate it, having a backsplash lining the kitchen wall behind appliances, the stove, and the sink is absolutely necessary. Paint, even the high-gloss, easy-to-clean variety, will still require a whole lot more elbow grease to keep it looking its best. So, in preparation for 2017, we thought we’d take a look into the future at some of the best kitchen backsplash trends.

Go all the way up. Most backsplashes go as high as the bottom of the wall cabinets and the bottom of the range hood. This year, you’re going to see a lot more designers and renovators extending the backsplash all the way to the ceiling. It has the effect of making the wall seem taller and the kitchen bigger.

Gray looms large. 

shutterstock_529867228A stone gray backsplash is neutral so it will match easily with your existing cabinets, countertops, and furniture. If you’d like the gray to match your countertop, take one color that’s found in the countertop and find gray backsplash that replicates it.

Faux is back.

Photo: HouseBeautiful.com

How do you feel about faux? In 2017, look for wallpaper decked out (as in the picture above) with the brick wall look. It certainly has its upside, right? You don’t have to worry about all that dust that inconveniently attaches itself to real brick. You won’t need to worry about bits of mortar or brick potentially drying out and breaking off onto your clean countertops.

What do you think about this trend toward the faux?

Kitchen Decor Trends 2016


Photo: houzz.com

Photo: houzz.com

There are so many kitchen design possibilities open to us now. All you need to do is flip through television show after show on HGtv or walk through any home hardware store. You can choose to paint your kitchen in one of literally hundreds of paint colors. Backsplashes for countertops come in all kinds of colors and materials, like tile, glass and even mirrored glass. There was a time when we could have chosen between paint and wallpaper. Colors and designs would have been limited to the few style trends of the time. Now, anything goes. You can follow a trend or make up your own path.

Having endless possibilities from which to choose is great … until you have to choose. Stand in front of a wall of paint chips for a while, and you’re bound to feel that pressure and indecisiveness creep into your decisions. All of a sudden, you’re not sure anymore about what you thought you wanted.

Don’t worry, though. There’s an easy fix to that.

Although you certainly don’t have to follow the going trend, you can use it as a guideline. Trends can help you decide what you like and don’t like, what you’re willing to live with, and what you’re willing to spend.

Here are a few of the popular trends so far this year:

  • Muted neutrals. Apparently, we aren’t tired of neutral colors yet. I think the reason they’re still going strong is that neutral colors go way beyond the browns and beiges. Greys, yellows and blues can be neutral. Punching up the design with a splash of red, orange or purple makes those neutrals more appealing.
  • Smart technology. From a home for the laptop in the kitchen to refrigerators that feature in-built screens and wi-fi, smart technology makes the kitchen the hub of the home. It’s where you’ll find a charging station for your device, where you can follow a cooking class via YouTube, and where state-of-the-art appliances will help you cook your meals.
  • Metal surfaces. Stainless steel appliances aren’t going anywhere soon. Instead, the trend this year is to bump up the metal even more. Range hoods made from copper or bronze will be hot. Install matching metal faucets, lights and cabinet handles, too.

What do you think of this year’s trends? Are they inspiring your own kitchen design?

Creating a Luxury Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and as such, it’s becoming more like a living room than an enclosed space to prepare food. The kitchen is a seat of togetherness, where families talk during the day and during meals. It’s also a space for entertainment.

There’s a world of difference between a poorly designed kitchen and a well-designed kitchen. A luxury kitchen design is made up of many components that come together to create a unique and special space for an individual home. These components include appliances like range hoods, ovens and refrigerators, and interior décor like cabinetry, paint, countertops, lighting and back splashes.

Continue reading to learn more about each component that makes up a luxury residential kitchen.

Appliances for the Kitchen

Every modern kitchen needs up-to-date appliances that offer the latest technology, whether they are concealed in the kitchen or not. The following goes over some of the trends in modern kitchen appliances popping up in contemporary home kitchens.

Ideally, every new appliance should be easy to clean and have a long life. They should also be compatible with the person using them. Someone who does not cook often may not need the latest, state-of-the-art oven.

One trend is to have more than one oven on hand for clutter-free cooking and reheating. The latest ovens use convection steam, which allows for faster preheating; faster cooking; and capabilities for sautéing, simmering, boiling, baking and roasting in the oven.

MES301HP MasterpieceTM Steam and Convection Oven

MES301HP MasterpieceTM Steam and Convection Oven


The refrigerator emerges with a double-door and drawers that look like cabinetry. High-end models include smart features. A serious home cook may choose to install a walk-in fridge.

Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8” Wi-Fi Enabled LCD

Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8” Wi-Fi Enabled LCD


The range hood, which often becomes the focal point of a kitchen design, can vary in very simple and highly decorative styles. The mounting styles include wall mount range hoods, under cabinet range hoods or island range hoods.

Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2-30 30” Wall Mount Range Hood

Cavaliere-Euro SV218B2-30 30” Wall Mount Range Hood.


Dishwashers are becoming larger, and kitchens often feature more than one. Like cooling drawers, there are also dishwashers that look like drawers that blend in with the cabinetry and make the kitchen look seamless.

The kitchen range is becoming larger with multiple burners. Ranges that are 48” to 60” wide are becoming more common, and more ranges are being installed on the kitchen island. The range on the kitchen island takes the home cook away from the wall and allows him or her to socialize with the rest of the family. This is especially true if the kitchen has an open layout; the cook can face the living room and possibly a television that the rest of the family is enjoying. If the range is on the kitchen island, an island range hood will have to be installed.

48” Wolf Gas Range

48” Wolf Gas Range


False drawers hold convenient microwaves, cooling drawers or heating drawers. These streamline the kitchen and make it look more seamless by hiding these convenient tools. The warming drawers are perfect for keeping food for a large meal (like Thanksgiving dinner) warm. Some warming drawers come with trays that double as serving trays.

Microwave Drawer from SHARP

Microwave Drawer from SHARP


Other popular luxury kitchen appliances include wine dispensers, built-in cappuccino makers and wine refrigeration. Additionally, appliances are more likely to include smart capabilities that are controlled via cell phones and tablets.

Interior Décor for the Kitchen

We alluded to it earlier in the section about kitchen islands, but the kitchen is becoming an open space that becomes one with the rest of the home. The kitchen is no longer closed off from the other rooms and areas, and people working in the kitchen can interact with other people in the home. As a result, kitchens are becoming almost as luxurious as living rooms. The kitchen is also a seat of entertainment, and thus, people expect finely designed kitchens to match these needs.

In kitchen design, custom cabinets that reach to the ceiling create an elegant aesthetic. Kitchen countertops are often constructed out of natural stone, including granite and marble. More affordable choices include formica. Other popular choices include soap stone, stainless steel, wood, quartz and concrete.

In addition to looking good, the kitchen should also have ample storage space for equipment and groceries. A hanging kitchen pot rack can become the center piece of the room. Some families request larger pantries, and/or walk-in pantries, for stocking supplies.

Tuscan Kitchen


The above Tuscan kitchen design includes an excellent example of a kitchen backsplash. This one-of-a-kind back splash features a painting above the range of a vineyard. The back splash underneath the cabinets features a nice design of brown, green and white tile that subtly pops against the coffee colored paint on the walls.

Other trending choices for constructing back splashes include tile, metal, glass tile, wood, limestone, marble, chalkboard paint, river rock and recycled glass. Contractors may create a unique back splash above the range with a piece of leftover marble from the construction of the countertops. In the tile category, many back splashes are made out of mosaics, handmade tile or subway tile arranged in a herringbone pattern.

The Tuscan kitchen above also features a large fluted front apron sink. The white sink matches the back splash and blends into the kitchen. Large, apron front sinks are very popular in kitchen design. Stainless steel sinks are durable and affordable. Other home owners may choose a porcelain or cast iron sink. The home owner may also decide on a multiple bowl sink if it is needed in his or her cooking routine.

Kitchen Lighting Example


Interior designers know that lighting in the kitchen is of the utmost importance. Lighting can change the entire look of the room, including the color of the kitchen cabinets to the eye. Task lighting and multiple layers of lighting are also important for the kitchen. It’s important that the home cook be able to see what they’re doing in different areas of the kitchen and at different stations. Note the recessed lighting in the ceiling of the kitchen pictured above. Also note the hanging light fixtures above the kitchen island and the accent lighting above the range.

Kitchen Island Example


The kitchen island in the contemporary kitchen above has multiple drawers along the side that add to the kitchen storage. These drawers also have long handles that double as towel racks. This unique kitchen island opens up to create more counter space. The stainless steel countertops and island range hood create a clean and professorial look. The playful green paint on the ceiling helps make this space feel like a part of the rest of the home. Note the double ovens on the wall in the back and the hidden cabinet behind the sink. There is also an adjacent dining area for the use of a family meal or for entertaining guests.

Chalkboard Kitchen Example


The modern kitchen above is stylish and fashionable. The green/blue cabinets and the chalkboard cabinet doors invite a creative element into the space as well. Chalkboard paint can be used to make a back splash interactive or cover an entire refrigerator. It can also be used to paint an entire wall adjacent to the dining area for sketches, doodles, calendars, recipes and notes. The dining area in this kitchen is inside of the kitchen itself, which encourages families to spend time with each other as they prepare food in the kitchen. Oftentimes, an interior designer will place a couch next to the kitchen for a nearby area for relaxation. Other luxurious features in this interior design include a large fridge, oversized lighting and a kitchen cart on the right-hand side. The kitchen cart adds more convenient counter space and storage space.

White Kitchen Example


The majority of luxury kitchens are all-white. Recently, designers have begun to create darker colored kitchens, but white remains the most popular color choice. Note the multiple faucets located on the kitchen island in the kitchen pictured above. These decorative plumbing fixtures have a single handle. Chrome is the most popular material for faucets, followed by polished nickel, bronze finish, brushed nickel and pewter. Other faucet features in luxury kitchens include motion-less technology for ease of use and hygiene, spray arms, pasta arms, hot water dispensers and built-in water filters.

Black Kitchen Example


As mentioned in the previous paragraph, interior designers are creating more dark colored kitchens, which feature blacks, browns and grays. These colors create dramatic effects, which are quite glamorous in a luxury kitchen. The black cabinets, which cover the entire wall, with silver door handles, create a big impact and are the focal point of this interior design. This kitchen is also outfitted with a Viking fridge and two ovens. The kitchen island includes a sink with a beautiful faucet and stools for a spot to sit and eat. The adjacent dining table has matching black chairs with a unique design and a table runner printed with fun zebra pattern.

We hope this close look at the components of a luxury kitchen design has inspired you in your own home remodeling projects, whether you are completely renovating your kitchen or simply thinking about upgrading your appliances.