Fall Wreath

Welcome Fall into Your Home with These Easy DIY Décor Ideas

Pumpkins, crisp leaves and a nip in the air can only mean one thing – fall is near and it’s time to add a touch of autumn to your home’s décor. Simple hints throughout the home can welcome a new season and bring a renewed sense of well-being.

Here are some fun and easy DIY fall decorating ideas that are sure to beckon family and friends and make your home feel cozy and welcoming.

Fall Under Glass

Fall decor: Fall themed bell jar display.

Create this cheerful fall terrarium by using a shallow terracotta bowl dish lined with moss and covered with a bell jar or glass cake cover. Fill with your favorite fall foliage or create a scene all your own. Pictured here are mini pumpkins and a sprig of oak leaves. This can be used as the centerpiece of your indoor or outdoor table, on a mantel, or on a side table in your living room.

Veggie Vases

Gourds and squash make for great flower vases during the fall season.

Show off the colors of fall in an unlikely vase. These unique bud vases can be made from gourds or squash by simply cutting a hole that’s big enough to hold a couple of floral tubes. (Just be sure the bottoms are flat enough so they can stand without tipping over.) Insert your favorite fall flowers and watch them become a conversation piece.

Wheelbarrow of Plenty

Fall Decor: Wheelbarrow filled with mums, pansies and other seasonal flowers.

Be the talk of your neighborhood with this creative outdoor fall display. Fill a sturdy wheelbarrow with soil and then loosely insert plants to create a beautiful fall arrangement. Or, leave plants in their containers and tuck them in the wheelbarrow, filling gaps with more plants. Mums, pansies and Russian sage are flowers that are sure to bloom during the fall season. This is a fun and easy way to welcome fall and guests to your home or for sprucing up your backyard for the season.

A Burst of Fall

Fall wreath made of Indian corn.

Create this stunning fall wreath in no time and welcome your guests to a sunburst of fall at your door. Simply unfold husks on the ears of Indian corn and arrange them so that they point straight out from the tops. Then, hot-glue the ears to a straw wreath and pull the husks in a way that resembles a sunburst.

Blooming Banisters

Tie bunches of wheat and lavender around your banisters for an easy fall harvest look.

Step up your game by decorating your stairway with fragrant bunches of grasses, wheat, lavender, eucalyptus or any combination of your favorites. Simply tie bunches with rubber bands and attach them to alternating banisters with raffia.

Now that fall is quickly rolling in and the kids are back in school, are you ready for your next home improvement project? Does a new bathroom or kitchen sound appealing – with fast, hassle-free installation and maintenance-free surfaces that are guaranteed for lifetime use? Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation and see the difference that Granite Transformations can make.

Photos Courtesy of: Midwest Living

2015 Granite Transformations Convention Keynote Speaker Vern Yip

Highlights from Vern Yip’s Presentation at the 2015 Granite Transformations Convention

Granite Transformations holds an annual franchise convention that is used as a platform for the franchise network to discuss new ideas and trends in the home remodeling industry, share strategies, network and celebrate success. At every convention, there is typically a keynote speaker, and at this year’s convention, it was celebrity designer Vern Yip. So, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the key design trends that he predicts for the very near future.

Vern Yip was the star of TLC’s Trading Spaces, NBC’s Home Intervention, and more recently, he starred in his own HGTV show  called Deserving Design with Vern Yip.  He was also host and judge on HGTV: Design Star. In addition to this already impressive resume, Vern has his own line of home décor products, is an ambassador for UNICEF, and is a contributing writer to HGTV magazine.

Vern focused his presentation on the primary design trends he sees for the future, which we will summarize here. He stressed that the home is the physical manifestation of the people who live there. It’s the biggest investment that most people will make in their lifetime, and it is where most important events in life take place. With that in mind, we’ll talk about design trends.


Colors used in interior design are moving toward saturated, rich and deep palettes of deep gold, warm orange, and soft blue (with a pairing of navy blue and deep orange as a rising color combination).

saturated, deep color palettes


There will be an increased popularity in the layering and mixing of patterns, which will be featured through the use of stripes, geometrics, abstract florals, and ethnic prints. An example of this might be the use of three different sized tiles in the same room that are pulled together by the thread of color.

Bathroom layering patterns

Style 1: Urban Warmth

Eclectic style will be mixed with warm materials like exotic woods to visually and physically texturize the space. The concept is about infusing warmer, softer materials into urban environments – harder lines juxtaposed with softer lines.

Urban Warmth

Style 2: Eclectic Transitional

Clean, classic lines are being mixed with global influences (such as accent pieces from Asia or Africa), which create a melding of the east and west. This style is presented in a modern way through curated, thoughtful style and graphic colors.

Eclectic Transitional Style

Style 3: Modern White

White will continue to remain popular (especially in kitchens), but will be contrasted with one or two key accent colors. We will continue to see white cabinets taking center stage; however, white will begin to move into the countertops and backsplashes more often, and even move into other areas of the home, balanced by warmer elements.

Modern White

If you are renovating your kitchen, Vern says the one thing you should not skimp on is the countertop. They get the most wear out of any other surface in the kitchen. Patterns can be layered through the backsplash, countertop, and floor and provide an element of continuity that tie them together (like color).

In North America, cabinets tend to be the neutral foundation of the kitchen, with color being used on the walls or in the backsplash. In Europe, colored cabinets are seen much more frequently. By 2017, Vern predicts that North America will catch up with Europe and start exploring more colored cabinets.

Vern also talked about the importance of meeting both functional and aesthetic needs when designing a space. You must think about how you will actually use the space, which will in turn dictate the type of materials that are best to use. And aesthetically, it’s often beneficial to look through a magazine, and pull images of things that appeal to you or make you happy. These could be anything from a favorite food, part of the world, person or even clothing. Any of these can be used as the basis of inspiration when designing a space in your home.

Don’t forget to sign up for a free in-home consultation with one of Granite Transformations’ design consultants – they can help make your dream kitchen or bathroom a reality!

Ourdoor living area

Backyard Design Trends that Bring Beauty, Comfort and Functionality to Your Outdoor Living Space

With summer in full swing and daylight lasting into the night, our backyards are the new hot spot for entertaining and family fun. Homeowners are embracing the hottest trends in eco-landscaping and backyard design by creating outdoor spaces with all the luxuries and amenities of indoors.

Here are some of the top trends in backyard design to make your outdoor space your favorite summer sanctuary:

  • Sustainable Plants – Today’s homeowners are rethinking their gardens by choosing plants that are tolerant to both hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. It’s a sound choice, both economically and environmentally. For example, Prairie blue-eyed grass, Arctic poppy, and lily-of-the-valley are perennials that can grow in cold and hot climates.

  • Keep Edibles Front and Center – Blending a garden with edibles and ornamentals allows homeowners to eliminate turf grass and keep their harvest of fruits, vegetables and herbs easily accessible. For urban areas, edible gardens are a great way to create community by sharing the bounty with neighbors.

Edible plants

  • Keep Your Cool – We may be enjoying the warmth of summer, but even the best of us need some shade. Enjoy your patio or deck even more by using retractable awnings, umbrellas or even planting mature trees around your outdoor space. For a more classic look, pergolas and arbors adorned with vines are a cozy and great way to escape the heat and still enjoy the beauty of your backyard.

Shaded patio

  • Cooking Al Fresco – Dining in our backyards is a welcome summer event, but all the trips back and forth from the kitchen to the patio can make us build up even more of an appetite. Today’s homeowners are adding outdoor kitchens to enjoy the experience even more. The best part is that you don’t have to build anything large-scale that might break your budget. If you have a grill with a side burner, then you’re already on your way. Consider adding a countertop for prepping food and closed storage to create a convenient cooking area. Adding a small refrigerator and a sink for easier prep and clean-up will round out your outdoor kitchen and allow you to extend your al fresco dining experience throughout the seasons.

Outdoor kitchen

  • Outdoor Living Rooms Created for Comfort, Style and Durability – Just take one trip to your local outdoor furniture retailer and you’ll be amazed at the choices of patio furniture, fabrics and accessories for outdoor living. Classic materials like wrought iron, cast iron and wrought or cast aluminum are still available, but new synthetic, weather-proof patio furniture and fabrics are taking center stage, as they offer homeowners the same comfort and style of their indoor living rooms.

Ourdoor living area

Granite Transformations provides quartz, glass and granite countertops kitchens, bathrooms and virtually anywhere in your home that features a countertop. Check out each of our kitchen remodeling services and schedule your free in-home consultation today.

2015 Pantone Color Styles Feature

How to Bring Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report into Your Home

Pantone's Spring 2015 Color Report

Pantone’s “Fashion Color Report: Spring 2015” is finally here – and this year, it is leaning toward a cooler, softer side of the color spectrum, with pale pastels and nature-like neutrals. We have picked a few of our favorite colors, and demonstrated how you can seamlessly integrate them in your home décor. All of the mosaic tile designs and countertops are available through Granite Transformations and/or Trend.

Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052)

Classic Blue is a strong, thoughtful color that contrasts nicely with yellows, golds and oranges. Below the Classic Blue tone is shown as the background on this unique mosaic tile wallpaper featuring an innovative bird design. This works well as a statement wall in a room with a simple layout and relatively quiet, one-toned furniture and accent pieces that pick up the blue, white or darker tones of the mosaic.

Pantone Classic BlueBird Mosaic Tile Wallpaper







Toasted Almond (Pantone 14-1213)

Toasted Almond is a versatile nude color that could be used anywhere in your home – from something as large as your walls to something as small as a table cloth, centerpiece or bed spread. The kitchen shown below features a Granite Transformations mosaic tile feature wall with hints of Toasted Almond tones which contrasts with the deep gray counters. Warm, natural tones blend beautifully with Toasted Almond – such as golds, tans, beiges and sands.

Pantone Toasted Almond Kitchen with Toasted Almond accents









Glacier Gray (Pantone 14-4102)

Glacier Gray is soothing, soft, and inviting, and is perfect as the focal color of your bathroom, office or kitchen. The image below features a white and gray mosaic tile wall which brings together the white top cabinets and countertop, and makes the brown cabinets pop.

Pantone Glacier GrayGlacier Gray Kitchen Backsplash











Marsala (Pantone 18-1438)

Marsala is a warm, rich, muted red color that’s perfect for an accent wall, rug, curtains, chair or pillow set in your living or bedroom. The image below features gorgeous custom mosaic tile wallpaper reminiscent of wrapped vines in a silky Marsala on a white tile background, giving it flare and pop.

Pantone MarsalaMosaic Tile Accent Wall with Marsala vine design











Pantone Custard (13-0720)

Custard may not seem like your style, but if you integrate it into your furniture (either as the upholstery color or on the accent pillows) it can really liven up your space. Shown here is the custard color used in a mosaic tile accent wall in an eclectic kitchen – you can see that the color blends well with the lighter wood-toned counters and cabinets.

Pantone Custard YellowKitchen with mosaic tile accent wall featuring Custard Yellow









Like what you see? Contact Granite Transformations today to set up a FREE In-Home Consultation and discover a whole new side to your style! Also, check out our broad selection of mosaic tile colors and styles.


Outdoor Privacy Solutions for the Homeowner

Privacy Solutions for Outdoor Spaces

Creating a Private Retreat When Your Neighbors are Too Close

Spending time in your backyard is one of the perks of enjoying the warmer weather. Relaxing on a hammock, reading a book, or spending time with family and friends are great ways to enjoy your outside space in the privacy of your own home – except when that privacy is invaded by peeping neighbors or open spaces. Today, larger homes are being built on smaller lots, leaving homeowners feeling as if they are living in a fishbowl. Homeowners searching for backyard solitude have discovered some unique privacy solutions (as well as some old standbys) to create a peaceful and private retreat.

Backyard privacy solution

Here are some ideas to beautify your backyard while keeping your space under wraps:
Privacy Planting – Property-line planting is a beautiful way to create a natural year-round fence or screening around your side yard or where space is at a premium. Privet hedges and fast-growing columnar evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae are perfect solutions for separating adjoining yards. For larger yards, mixing and staggering deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs and perennials is a creative way to conceal a neighbor’s view from a second-story or terrace.

Container Gardens – These are perfect for creating a natural screen around a raised deck seating area. Pots should be lightweight or raised on casters so they can be easily moved for parties or deck repairs. Mixing colors, textures and foliage types is a fun way to add flair and character to your seating area.

Fences – The quick fix when you need privacy in a hurry (like after installing a new pool, patio or playground), but this may require pulling a permit. Fences (such as the common 6-foot wooden board fence) may be the best solution in a side yard or where space is tight, since they require less space to install than planting trees or shrubs. Although board fences may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, they are available in different styles and can be stained to match or complement the color of your house. Planting flowering shrubs in front of the fence or adding an open lattice top can distract from the solid appearance of the fence and add more character to your outdoor space.

Stone Wall Topped with Fencing – This is a perfect combination of masonry and charm. A 2-3 foot stone wall is a great way to distract from sight lines, while the mounting of a shorter 3-4 lattice or picket fence on top adds extra privacy with a lighter feel.

Masonry Walls with Ornamental Ironwork – The placing of 5-6 foot masonry walls of stone or stucco can feel less oppressive by the inclusion of cutouts decorated with ornamental ironwork.

Panels and Pergolas – Small defined areas like patios, outdoor kitchens and decks are typically easier to screen than an entire yard. Enclosing them can recreate an intimate feeling of dining or entertaining indoors while still enjoying your outdoor space.

Lattice Wood Panels – Cozy corners can be transformed into a secluded haven by installing lattice screens or sections of ornamental iron.

Using Fountains to Buffer Noise – Even if you’re not in earshot of your neighbors, you may still be close enough to hear intrusive noises that range from traffic to loud AC compressors. Adding a fountain can mask unpleasant sounds with the soothing sounds of trickling water.

A view before the nine columns are placed.

Heinz Mack’s ‘The Sky Over Nine Columns’

The waters off the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy will be enchantingly illuminated beginning June 3 through November 23, 2014, as the installation of Heinz Mack’s ‘The Sky Over Nine Columns’ is unveiled to the public at the Church of San Giorgio. The structural ensemble consists of nine symmetrical columns, each standing 24.5 feet tall and covered with a golden mosaic of 800,000 tesserae bearing the sky. The tesserae, or small pieces of 24k gold-leaf Trend mosaic tiles, are used as instruments to reflect the light of the sun and moon onto the water. German artist Heinz Mack designed the golden mosaic as a tribute to the city of Venice, exemplifying the long tradition of local craftsmanship and early cultural relations between Orient and Occident. It is estimated over 15 million visitors will experience this amazing installation in Venice over the next five months.

The Sky Over Nine Columns’ made with Trend Mosaics

24k Gold Leaf Trend Mosaic Tiles

The Sky Over Nine Columns’

Trend Group, the parent company of Granite Transformations, is proud to be an integral part of this monumental artistic installation. For homeowners who are thinking about a kitchen or bath renovation ¬– you too, can have a piece of history in your own homes. Granite Transformations uses the same exclusive product in their backsplashes (although the golden tesserae were especially designed for this project). Let our team of experienced design specialists help you design the perfect kitchen or bathroom for your home. Contact Granite Transformations today for a free in-home design consultation.

For more information on ‘The Sky Over Nine Columns,’ please visit: mackinvenice.com.

Todd Michael, mosaic designer & artist.

Todd Michael Creates Modern-Day Mosaic Designs Using Old World Artistry

Blending the artistry of an ancient world with a modern twist has defined mosaic artist Todd Michael as one of the most sought after mosaic designers in South Florida. As a self-trained ‘mosaicist’ (a designer of mosaics), Todd has been transforming spaces into permanent works of art with mastery and beauty for the past 15 years.

“The process begins with my imagination as it comes to life after studying the space,” Todd explained. “It has to be a perfect fit, since mosaic installations become absolute and permanent.”

His latest work of art, ‘The View from Delilah,’ began in January when he was commissioned to design a space in the grand foyer of one of South Florida’s magnificent homes on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ft. Lauderdale. Todd first began translating his idea into an artistic composite, which was drawn to scale and then transferred and used as a full-size template. He then hand-placed 82,000 hand-cut pieces of Trend Mosaic Tile onto a flexible piece of mesh, ensuring that all of the glass tiles were in place, secured and ready for transport to the location. “The installation phase is just as important as the design phase,” Todd said. “This is where the craftsmanship comes into play.” Todd explains how precision, placement and the use of quality materials will ensure a flawless installation and guarantee a lifetime of beauty set in glass. “There are no shortcuts in mosaic,” Todd said.
Trend Mosaic Tile work done by mosaicist Todd Michael Trend Mosaic Tile Design

Mosaic Tiles from Trend Group for Todd Michael  Hand Cut Trend Mosaic Tiles

This large-scale project took two months to complete, with over 200 hours dedicated to the meticulous preparation and execution of the design. The end result is a magnificent 10′ x 15′ mountainous backdrop of a Mediterranean scene with a spacious terrace surrounded by native fauna. “I especially enjoyed creating ‘The View from Delilah,’” Todd explained. “I tapped several artistic factors to design the perfect balance of textures, color and flow.”

The View from Delilah by Todd Michael using Trend Mosaic Tiles

Todd says the use of Trend Mosaic Tiles in his designs is the cornerstone of his creations. “Trend mosaics offer me an artist’s palette of beautifully cut tiles in a variety of colors and textures that capture the beauty of gemstones.” In a time where being ‘green and clean’ is at the forefront of an environmentally-friendly world, Todd is proud to tell his customers that Trend Mosaics are made from up to 80% recycled materials. “I’m an artist who paints in glass,” Todd explained. “It’s a great feeling to know I’m creating timeless art with the best products on the market today.”
For more information on Todd Michael and his work, please visit http://www.mosaicsbytodd.com. You can also find exciting updates and posts on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mosaicsbytodd.

Create your own craft space with cabinets and countertops from Granite Transformations.

Empty-Nesters Find Creative Ways to Transform Their New Found Space

Let’s face it. If you’re a parent of a graduating high school senior, your emotions may be running high. Anticipation of “Graduation Day,” impending college expenses and knowing your family life will be forever changed can leave you on an emotional rollercoaster. With empty-nesters discovering their new-found freedom, they are also realizing their homes have just increased by one room (or sometimes more). Although some parents may rope off their son’s or daughter’s room as a shrine to their childhood, others are embracing the realization that although the kids are away at school, they will be back (and most likely bring friends).

Some of the more popular room transformations range from the designing of a man-cave for dad with a cool home theatre or media room (complete with full remote control access), to a sewing and crafting room for mom, or even a gym for both deserving parents to enjoy. With a free in-home design consultation from Granite Transformations®, your dreams for a new space are only a call or click away.

A home gym is the perfect way to transform your new found space.

Here are a few fun ideas to turn your new found space into an exciting and functional retreat:

Media Room/Home Theatre: Today’s homeowners are discovering media rooms as a multi-purpose space designed around a large, flat-screen television and outfitted with surround sound and cozy seating. Whether you’re converting a spare bedroom or transforming a larger space (like a garage or basement), your new media room will be the hot spot for entertaining friends and family, streaming music, or it may be your private sanctuary for escaping to watch a favorite movie or even getting lost in your favorite book.

Sewing & Crafting Room: With the kids off to college or moved out of the house, today’s moms are embracing their lighter schedules by finding the time to tap into their creative sides. With the expert advice of the design consultants from Granite Transformations, your new sewing and crafting room could be only days away. Beautiful cabinetry, granite or quartz countertops and even an island for those larger crafting projects make the perfect backdrop for your dream space.

Home Gym: Keeping fit and healthy can be challenging these days because of our demanding schedules. Having the convenience of a home gym leaves the excuses at the door, and opens up the possibilities of balancing the demands of work with staying healthy.

Embrace your new found space and consider a quick and easy remodel by contacting the experts at Granite Transformations for a free in-home design consultation.

Modern Swimming Pool Tile Design Advice

Modernize Your Pool with a Stunning Retile

Unveiling your pool can be an exciting family event, marking the beginning of summer and bringing with it the anticipation of countless hours of family fun and a splashing good time. One thing you might notice is that the pool’s tile may be looking a bit outdated. Retiling your pool with today’s modern designs is a chic and fashionable way to accessorize your backyard. Selecting the perfect tile combinations can create a stunning and welcoming oasis, while also adding a resort-style feel to your home.


Most pool tiles are ceramic or porcelain and are available in a variety of textures, ranging from smooth to coarse. Here are some important tips to consider when retiling your pool – keeping in mind safety, style and functionality:

Safety First – Choose tile for around the pool that is slip-resistant. This area will often be wet, so be sure to select a tile surface that can be treated to avoid slipping.

Budget – Establishing an affordable budget is a key factor when planning any renovation or improvement. The cost of most pool tiles generally starts at $1.50 per one square yard. You can use your budget as a guide to help keep you on track when selecting tiles or planning an intricate design.

Lifetime Guarantee – To protect your investment, select tiles that offer a Lifetime Guarantee against color fading and damage. You should also make sure the guarantee protects you against any manufacturing defects. (The last thing you want is to tap out your wallet by chipping the tile every few years.)

Choosing a Design – Just like choosing the décor of your home, choosing the right design for your pool should be a reflection of your personal style and backyard theme. For a leafy landscape, we suggest selecting glass mosaic tile and opt for rounded edges to prevent scraping against your skin. For a traditional yard, classic blue tiles or earth tones are the best choice. For a more eccentric look, some homeowners are going all out by using brightly colored tiles and designing creative patterns on the bottom of their pools for a more fun and fashionable look.

Floor Surface – The surface of your pool will be different than the tiles you choose for your wall and pool area. Most floor surfaces are made of slate, pebble or stone. But if you want a more beautiful pool, then selecting trend glass mosaic is the best option. Trend mosaic has color throughout the glass, so it will never lose its color. It is manufactured for wet environments (such as swimming pools), so with a proper installation system (like one from Laticrete International, Inc.) your pool will look like new for over 25 years. We recommend white or blue tiles for the pool, as they are calming colors and they reflect the light perfectly.

Cleaning and Maintenance – At some point, swimming pool tiles can develop build-up that may require the use of an abrasive cleaner. It’s a good idea to research which type of chemicals are required to clean the tiles you choose.

Getting a Sneak-Peek – Ask for samples of the tile before placing your order. Lay them around your pool so that you can get an idea of how they will look and if you need to make any adjustments.

Installation – As with any home project, you want to hire a reputable tile installer who will get the job done professionally, efficiently and within your budget.


Granite Transformations Beige Kitchen

Essential Elements of a Useful Granite Kitchen Island

A kitchen island is not only functional but decorative as well. The island makes preparing meals more convenient because you have additional surface space. It also helps direct traffic around the kitchen in an efficient manner, much like a round-about in a roadway. Islands also offer additional storage space, which is useful when the cabinets are not sufficient to hold everything you need. Most modern kitchens open up into other rooms and the island assists in this transition.

Size and Function

Kitchen islands can be set up to suit your personal tastes. There are multiple ways of doing this.

Hollow out one side of the island and place chairs there to create additional seating space if you often have large meal gatherings.

Add extra stove tops. This gives you more options when preparing your meals and speeds up the cooking and preparing process at the same time.

Use multiple levels. An island doesn’t have be the same height throughout. Have a lower area for people to sit at and a higher section for cleaning or food preparation. This helps families interact with each other more conveniently when meals are being made.

Size-wise, an island should be four feet long and two feet deep at a minimum but still provide ample space on all sides for people to walk by. The kitchen should therefore be at least eight feet deep and 12 feet long to consider island installation.

Decorative Design

Islands are often a mixture of wood and granite. Granite is durable, easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing, making it ideal for both island and countertop surfaces. It is also heat-resistant, which is important in any cooking environment to make sure your pots and pans won’t damage it. Granite can also be colored in various ways to fit the design of your specific kitchen.

The shape of the island is important to the kitchen design also. Shaping the island so it curves outward from the stove helps to create a defined cooking area while the curves help prevent people from hurting themselves on the edges. This also opens the kitchen up more that a traditional rectangle.

An island is the focal point of the kitchen because of its size and positioning so you can also place photos, fruit baskets, crafts and other decorations on the top of it to further personalize the room and help it blend in with the rest of the house. The woodwork on the island should usually match that of the kitchen cabinets so the island doesn’t call attention to itself unnecessarily.

Island Planning

Make sure the dishwasher and oven have plenty of room to open fully before installing an island to prevent annoying and costly renovations later. You should have enough room between the edge of the doors and the island to walk by safely to prevent tripping. The island should also have outlets for you to plug in small appliances. Small grills or sandwich makers generally are not permanent kitchen fixtures and only come out when needed so you need convenient places to set and use them.

If you have cooking surfaces on your island, you’ll also need proper venting, making a vent hood or a downdraft fan a must. If you use a downdraft fan, you’ll also need a second exhaust fan installed in the ceiling. It’s also important to see what you’re doing and ambient lighting isn’t adequate to light a workspace. Install lights directly above the island to both improve the working area and to also improve the island’s appearance.

Granite reflects light nicely and this helps make the island look more attractive from a distance. Special lighting is needed if the ceiling is more than six feet above the island surface because otherwise the light diffuses out instead of down and the island won’t be illuminated effectively.

Other Considerations

Always check local building codes prior to having an island installed to make sure all regulations are being safely met.

The stove, sink and refrigerator traditionally form the points of a triangle in the kitchen to maximum efficiency of movement for those working in it. An island can either disrupt or enhance this, depending on its placement and what you use it for.

Avoid using harsh cleaning detergents on a granite island because the stone may stain permanently. Mild soap or liquid dish detergent is usually enough to remove any dirt or grease that accumulates and this keeps your island in peak condition.

For more kitchen island design and construction tips, check out this great post on This Old House.

Author Bio: Donna M. is an interior designer and freelance writer for Insurance Providers. She enjoys offering her expertise to homeowners looking to go beyond the average designs below the average budget.