If you’re planning your first major remodel or complete renovation, chances are you don’t even realize how much you don’t know. While it’s certainly fun to set up a mood board and start finding cabinets, kitchen countertops, and hardware you love, the devil is in the details.
For one thing, you may not realize that there are standard countertop heights and they vary depending on the location and the purpose of the kitchen countertop. You’ll quickly realize this when you look into cabinets and discover a range of heights to choose from.
Several design elements must come together to create a cohesive and appealing living space. And in many kitchens, cabinets, countertops, and backsplash materials are the most visible design elements.
Although countertops in marble, granite, and quartzite are always in style, there’s no denying the growing popularity of engineered quartz, which can mimic many natural stone varieties. Emerging technologies create not only authentic-looking colors and patterns but also the depth, dimension, and luminosity of a range of stone types.
A full kitchen renovation can be daunting for any homeowner, with weeks or months of living in a construction zone and the many design decisions you have to make. Even selecting new countertops for a cosmetic update can seem overwhelming because of the wide range of materials, colors, patterns, finishes, and edge designs to choose from.
White marble is renowned for its ethereal, luminous quality and the feeling of lightness it brings to any room in your home.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, create a spa-like primary bath, or install a laundry room so nice you’ll actually enjoy fluffing and folding, Imperial White marble can provide the basis for a calming vibe in your design.
For some homeowners, a fireplace is a luxury item that creates a stunning centerpiece for the family room. For others, it serves as a very real and practical source of heat during the cold winter months.
Fireplaces may burn wood or run on gas or electricity. Some are merely decorative, giving off no heat but helping to create a cozy ambiance. Whether your fireplace is functional or cosmetic, it can be an attractive feature not only for prospective buyers down the line but also as the focal point of your interior design.
Within the Calacatta marble family, which tends to feature a white background with prominent gray veining, several variations may catch your fancy. In modern design, Calacatta Oro Extra marble offers distinct appeal.
While Calacatta Gold, Calacatta Oro, and Calacatta Oro Extra are often referred to interchangeably, there are some slight deviations.
You might have heard that quartz isn’t as heat-resistant as natural stone. While this is true, it can still withstand high temperatures, including the ambient heat from a fireplace. It also offers a slew of additional benefits; crushed quartz bonded with resins is not only strong and durable but also nonporous, and it never needs to be sealed, unlike natural stone varieties. … MORE
Italian marbles are famous for its luminous white background and expressive veining. Most people are familiar with the crisp gray veins of Calacatta marble and the soft, wispy strokes of Carrara marble. In contrast, Statuario marble varieties offer bolder styling with chunky, dark, gray-to-black veining in high variation patterns. … MORE
Unless you’re leaning toward the classic styling of a black-and-white kitchen, black probably isn’t your first choice when it comes to planning a remodel. However, with cooler neutrals dominating over the past several years, black has slowly crept in as a viable choice for cabinets, countertops, and entire kitchen spaces. … MORE