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Tiny House, Giant Trend

They say good things come in small packages. Buying a tiny house is becoming one of today’s latest trends among younger home buyers across America, as they are opting to live in considerably smaller spaces to reduce housing costs, enjoy more financial freedom, and live a more productive life (according to them).

Tiny House

Tiny houses are typically between 400 and 1,000 square feet and can be designed either for traveling on a tow behind a trailer, or for being built on a foundation (similar to traditional housing). They are not for everyone. It takes a certain type of person to adjust to living in such a small space. But at the same time, it’s the small size and smaller cost to run that are the reasons this type of home is becoming increasingly popular.

Tiny House

According to the online resource TheTinyLife.com, the average cost to build one of these micro homes is about $23,000. However, this price tag can get as high as $100,000 if the homeowner chooses to upgrade it with luxury amenities like quartz countertops and state-of-the-art appliances. This most often defeats the purpose of purchasing a small house, since the goal is to have little to no mortgage – which appeals to those who are looking to downsize, or for retirees seeking a turn-key lifestyle.

These self-contained living spaces can still have the comfort of a traditional home, but obviously on a much smaller scale. Kitchens will typically have only a two-burner stove with limited cabinet and counter space, and the bathroom consists simply of a commode and shower. The bedroom may be in a loft to free up living space downstairs, or in some cases the bed hides away. Having less space to maintain has great appeal for those who want to enjoy their free time and not be tied down with weekend chores and home projects.

Tiny House Design Interior

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Those wanting to live an urban lifestyle have come to realize that it is difficult to find affordable housing in a large city, which makes considering tiny houses more appealing. With rental costs increasing across the country, tiny houses are becoming a great alternative to high-rent apartments and high-priced homes. The city of Dallas, TX, for example, has the tenth highest number of tiny houses for sale in the country (and is tied with Irving, TX and Nashville, TN). Other places that include Aurora and Denver (in CO), San Antonio and Austin (in TX), Oakland, CA, and Seattle, WA are seeing a surge in the sale of tiny homes. Coined as one of the most expensive cities to live in the country (with the median home priced at around $1 million), San Francisco, CA has seen an increase in the sale of tiny homes. Portland, OR is considered the hotbed for tiny houses, since the median rent in the city is among the top 20 highest in the nation.

For some people, larger living spaces and creature comforts are a great trade-off to saving money and freeing up personal time to enjoy life. As we see the tiny house trend continue, don’t be surprised if you see them popping up in your city.

Granite Transformations can help you remodel your home (whatever its size) quickly and efficiently using high quality quartz, stone and glass mosaics. Find a location near you or schedule your free in-home design consultation today.

 

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Gray Inspires a Fresh Look for Kitchen and Bath Design

Gray has recently become a staple color to the interior design of homes. Designers are expanding their color palette and embracing the elegance and sophistication of varying shades of gray. Gray is becoming the hottest new color trend because it acts as a neutral hue and pairs beautifully with almost any color.

Gray doesn’t just mean cool tones. There are warm grays, light grays, dark grays and…well, you get the idea. Picking the right gray depends on the amount of natural light you have coming into your room. Do you have a lot of natural light when the sun shines in from the north? If you do, design experts suggest a warm gray to make the room feel cozy. To make sure you will love the color before jumping in, buy samples of the shades you like and paint small squares to see how it works with the natural light that hits the room during the day.

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Granite Transformations is staying ahead of the curve by offering five new gray Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) cabinet colors, as well as four gray solid wood colors to add a touch of class to your kitchen or bath, pictured below.

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Granite Transformations’ cabinet refacing offerings now include five gray cabinet colors: four solid grays and one gray wood grain. All four solid grays have a matte finish and will fit into just about any design concept. Portuna Carnaval, for example, provides a more classic textured wood grain pattern with a gray washed look.

Our solid wood colors include four attractive gray options. When ordered with a satin top coat, they will provide the warm and soft look that is becoming popular with homeowners. These colors will be offered in all solid wood door styles, along with all available moldings and accessories.

This kitchen blends the classic look of traditional style cabinets in gray with glass-front doors to create an open feel. The dramatic backsplash is made from imbedding a pattern into the stone with extreme heat and pressure. This particular pattern adds excitement and movement to the room and blends beautifully with the gray cabinets.

Below are some kitchen and bath renovations by Granite Transformations featuring varying shades of gray to help inspire your new look.

Gray kitchen with mosaic tiles

Gray and white are a classic combination that creates a crisp, clean look. The Metropolis Bronzite mosaic tile feature wall (on the right of the photo below) adds a touch of urban distinction to this suburban kitchen, while the gray island is a classic focal point that brings a touch of elegance to the room.

Kitchen with Pietra Del Cardoso countertops

Classic meets modern in this simple but elegant bath. A Carrara shower and vanity top with a classic mosaic backsplash is paired with dark wood cabinets to create a soothing spa-like atmosphere.

Bathroom Carrara vanity and showerGray and white combine beautifully in this bathroom. Here, the use of mosaic tile is carried throughout the room by cleverly adding a decorative border in the same material to create openness and continuity.

Gray bathroom

Learn more about our new color line from our Trascenda Collection. Find a Granite Transformations location near you and learn more about our new gray cabinet line.

 

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Selecting the Right Materials for Your Design Style: Modern

As part of our “Design Style” series, Granite Transformations will explore the hottest trends in modern design style and the best combinations to help you create the perfect balance in your home.

Modern Style

Modern design is becoming more popular than ever, as homeowners are embracing its clean, straight lines with plenty of polish and little clutter. Having started around the World War I time period, “modern” design was created as the opposite of “traditional” design (which used heavy textures, carvings and wood tones throughout the home), following the theory: “form follows function.”

Modern Colors and Decor

Modern Kitchen – Look #1

Modern Kitchen Design

Modern Kitchen – Look #2

Modern Kitchen Design

When it comes to designing a modern kitchen, think open, clean and iconic. Experts agree that taking the minimalistic approach is the best way to capture the modern element in the room by limiting decorative items and keeping small appliances hidden away. Less clutter means more workspace and increased functionality. Modern kitchen cabinets (like the ones featured above) have a sleek and simple design with flush doors and flat surfaces that have little or no hardware.

When it comes to choosing the right material, adding an element of surprise – like the mosaic featured walls shown above (Mysterious Mix in ‘Look #1’ and Metropolis Diamond in ‘Look #2’) – is a great way to give your kitchen a touch of elegance, while still maintaining the modern look. Sleek countertops (Lights and Shadows in ‘Look #1’ and Portland White in ‘Look #2’) are the way to go since they pull the look together without competing with the other elements. Rounding out the look is the flooring (Portland White in ‘Look #1’ and Bianco Reale in ‘Look #2’) to create a feeling of continuity and timelessness.

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Modern Bathroom Design

Modern Bathroom – Look #2

Modern Bathroom Design

Modern bathrooms focus primarily on efficiency and aesthetically pleasing designs. A seamless look, combined with form and function, is essential for achieving a modern and elegant bathroom without all of the frills and finery of a more traditional design. Here, the showers feature two elements that combine a solid background with a contrasting border (in ‘Look #1’) and a complimentary border (in ‘Look #2’). (The materials are Black Diamond with Sunset Beach border in ‘Look #1’ and Sunset Beach with Liberty Topaz border in ‘Look #2.’) The dividing wall is cleverly accented to offset the room with two distinct looks (Liberty Topaz in ‘Look #1’ and HEX260 in ‘Look #2’), while the flooring is dramatically different and changes the look entirely (Factory in ‘Look #1’ and Bianco Reale in ‘Look #2’).

You can achieve these looks (and so many more) by choosing Granite Transformations products. If you are interested, schedule a free in-home design consultation for a free estimate today.

Check out our beautiful new quartz colors from our Trascenda Collection here.

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Design Your Home for Your Myers-Briggs® Personality Type

In a world of uncertainty, one thing is certain: we all have our own unique personality traits. This month, we are highlighting design tips for creating the perfect space in your home based on your Myers-Briggs® personality type. Whether you’re an extrovert, introvert (or fall somewhere in between), you will find a perfect balance of creativity and design to make your home all your own.

Once you have an idea of what your personality type is (for example, ENTP or ISFJ), we will break it down letter-by-letter to see what each trait reveals about designing a space that’s best suited for you. Let’s get started!

How You’re Energized

Extroversion (E): If you’re considered an extrovert, or have tendencies to fall into this category, then you thrive on creating spaces for entertaining. Your desire leans toward creating a home with a welcoming and comforting atmosphere that will be well-suited for get-togethers and random drop-ins. Open layout designs that have plenty of seating make you the happiest. You also make it a point to have either a well-appointed guest room or a comfortable couch for those overnight guests who just can’t get enough of your company.

Bring guest room design with additional seating

Introversion (I): If you’re more of an introvert, then you most likely enjoy spending some alone time in a private retreat to recharge your batteries. When thinking about the perfect space for you, consider creating a special area of your home for reading or relaxing that is away from the action. Loft living is not the best choice, so if there is more than one introvert in your family, you may want to consider spaces with walls or mini-retreat areas.

Green and white sitting room

How You Gather Information

Sensing (S): This personality type tends to be very practical and is a present-minded thinker that typically doesn’t have too much stuff, so paring down is not usually a problem. If you find yourself weighed down with too many things, however, you might want to consider using a capsule wardrobe, or white, sleek, simple counters and cabinets (or other ideas designed for minimalist living). Form over function is the best concept for you when choosing the design for your space.

Minimalist and modern kitchen

Intuition (N): You probably know this already, but you always trust your instincts. Making decisions for yourself and not adhering to the norms or other people’s advice is the way you roll when it comes to doing what is best for you. Finding yourself questioning why you chose a certain paint color or where to hang a picture is not out of the ordinary for someone like you – who follows their intuition. You may tend to have unexplained satisfaction in knowing you indulged your wants – because it was the perfect choice for you.

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How You Make Decisions

Thinking (T): If you’re more of a thinker, you’re known for your analytical skills and being an ace at strategizing – always coming up with the perfect solutions. This makes designing an open forum, as you won’t conform to conventional ideas about room layouts or traffic flow. You, alone, are the best qualified to determine what designs will work best for you and your family.

Modern bathroom design

Feeling (F): You are guided by your feelings and most likely considerate of others. Gift giving, doing for others and performing acts of kindness are ways that direct your life path. So, when it comes to designing your space, you’ll keep all things in mind in order to make life better for everyone. If entertaining and baking are your passions, be sure to create spaces to support both.

Modern kitchen design

How You Approach Life

Judging (J): If you fall into this category, you already know that you live by routine and are extremely organized. You live by planning things in advance and following a step-by-step pattern. Having calendars and to-do lists on display and investing in home organizers is the way to go to keep everything that’s on your mind in plain sight and right at your fingertips. You also prefer spaces that are built for specific purposes and have ultimate functionality. So, be sure to create spaces that meet your specific needs, like this walk-in pantry.

Functional walk in pantry

Perceiving (P): You are known to most as a free spirit and one who likes to mix things up. Keeping your options open makes you feel uninhibited, since you like to make things up as you go along. This personality type likes to redecorate often. Try finding new ways to use old furniture and switch things up to keep your home looking fresh and different.

Eclectic open concept design

We hope you found this ‘design by personality’ exercise fun and informative. Granite Transformations is by your side to help create the perfect space that’s right for you. Schedule your complimentary in-home design consultation today and see how we can help you achieve a design that’s best suited to your personality. Our teams of dedicated, experienced professionals are ready to help you get started with a kitchen or bath renovation.

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Series: Selecting the Right Materials for Your Design Style: Contemporary

Tapping into your personal style of home décor can be an exciting endeavor. Granite Transformations makes the process seamless by helping you coordinate the perfect combination of cabinets, countertop and backsplash to create the beautiful space you’ve always dreamed of.

In this blog, we are featuring contemporary styles that showcase the perfect combination of products from Granite Transformations to reveal the look and feel you’re striving for.

Contemporary Style

Contemporary Design Style is the perfect balance of modern and chic. This style is expressed through clean lines and a fresh take on elegance. Keep in mind that “less is more” when trying to achieve a contemporary look. Smooth profiles and a strong emphasis on line and form are two essentials of good design. When choosing shades, experts say to go with undertones that add interest. (An example of this would be cream with a touch of green). Overall, contemporary design is all about what isn’t there as much as what is. Open spaces can take on a more sculptural quality and are well-suited for large-scale furnishings, art and accents.

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Contemporary Kitchen: Look #1

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Contemporary Kitchen: Look #2

Contemporary Kitchen Featured Products

One of the beauties of designing a contemporary kitchen is the freedom to use elements from varying styles. Most often, the look includes cutting-edge design and technology and the use of new trends and materials. Homeowners are opting for sleek, stylish designs with high-functioning electronics (like built-in coffee makers, high-performance hoods, and induction cooktops, as examples). When it comes to choosing the right materials, experts say “what’s old is new again” ­– with a new twist on functionality and the use of multiple, layered materials with pattern and texture. Quartz and glass countertops are among the hottest trends in kitchen design (without having to worry about maintenance concerns). Glass mosaic tile backsplashes are becoming a favorite with homeowners, who can now express their personalities through the use of different materials. (Some say it’s their new unique kitchen accessory that allows them to express themselves.)

Contemporary Kitchen Materials

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Contemporary Bathroom: Look #1

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Contemporary Bathroom: Look #2

Contemporary Bathroom Featured Products

When designing a contemporary bathroom, experts say to think minimalistic. Unbroken horizontal lines are the foundation to setting the tone. Cabinets and vanities will have sharp, clean edges, smooth surfaces, single panes and basic hardware – without moldings, face frames or any type of ornamental accents. Countertops are typically quartz. Asian themes work well for a contemporary look, and they follow a more stripped-down approach and leave the space feeling clutter-free. To add interest and drama, designers may use contrasting colors to create a “wow” factor. Overall, contemporary bathroom designs are for those who like everything in its place, lending to a clean, neat and clutter-free space.

Contemporary Bathroom Featured Products

You can achieve these looks (and so many more) by choosing Granite Transformations products. If you are interested, schedule a free in-home design consultation for a free estimate today.

Check out our beautiful new quartz colors from our Trascenda Collection here.

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Accent Colors Bring Visual Impact to Your Kitchen and Bathroom Designs

When it comes to spicing up a home’s décor, homeowners are using accent colors to do the trick. Experts agree that accent colors are the perfect accessory to liven up a room without going overboard with too much of a good thing.

Kitchens and baths are often neglected when it comes to using creative color. This is in part due to the innate functionality of these spaces. Here are some tips and suggestions to make your kitchen and baths stand out through the use of accent colors:

  • Use the Color Wheel: This is the best place to start when choosing the perfect accent color scheme for your space.
    • Complementary Color Scheme – Complementary colors are across from each other on a color wheel. This color combination reflects a more formal feel with separation of colors. Some examples are red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange.
    • Analogous Color Scheme – Analogous colors are next to each other on a color wheel. An analogous color combination is more casual and reflects a more restful atmosphere. Some examples are yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange.

Color Wheel

Here, the bathroom is decorated in an analogous color scheme using violet as the main color, and accented with a Liberty mosaic tile wall in darker violet tones.

Liberty Mosaic Accent Wall

  • Use Three Colors: The 70/20/10 Rule: This rule of three is as easy as choosing one neutral color, one rich color, and one accent color. To make this work, use the lightest color for 70 percent of the room’s décor, the second lightest for 20 percent, and the boldest for 10 percent. These create a design scheme that’s well-rounded in color.

In the bathroom pictured below, Carrara quartz walls line the interior of the shower and vanity with neutral gray walls that lay the foundation of the room as the 70% backdrop. Dark Italian Walnut cabinets and mirror frame represent the rich color serve as 20%. Finally, a touch of brightly colored hand towels with coordinating artwork are the 10% that ties the room together to create a cohesive design.

Neutral Bathroom with Green and Brown Accents

  • Back in Black: Experts agree that incorporating black will enhance all of the other colors in a room. The retro-themed kitchen featured below uses bold, custom floral mosaic tile wallpaper that extends the height of the wall, with white shaker-style cabinetry on either side of the hood. The black cabinets create a dramatic look while keeping the room classic and interesting.

Black and White Floral Mosaic Tile

  • Neutrals: Neutrals can also be used as accent colors. Using varying shades of a neutral color can reflect a sophisticated and classic look without being dull. Here, a striking coffee-colored mosaic tile mix shower wall lends visual impact to the room while a coordinating bath mat and towels pull the room together.

Bathroom with coffee mosaic tile and warm colored accents

 

Green mosaic bathroom with coffee and white accents

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with Granite Transformations today and see how we can transform your kitchen or bath with beautiful mosaics, countertops and cabinets.

Cararra Kitchen Countertops by Granite Transformations

Series: Selecting the Right Materials for Your Design Style: Coastal

Tapping into your personal style of home décor can be an exciting endeavor. Granite Transformations makes the process seamless by helping you coordinate the perfect combination of cabinets, countertop and backsplash to create the beautiful space you’ve always dreamed of.

This month, we are featuring coastal design styles that showcase the perfect combination of products from Granite Transformations to reveal a coastal design style that will make you feel like you’re on the beach 24/7.

Coastal Style

American Coastal Style is derived from a palette that is drawn from the beach, sand, shells and sky. Light, breezy, openness and a carefree atmosphere are the feelings that coastal spaces should evoke. Wood colors should remain light and weathered, like the blonde maple and bisque cabinets featured in the images below. You can bring natural warmth and texture with wicker furniture, touches of rope, sea grass or nautical ball pulls to round out your coastal design. Furniture should have an air of casual, weathered sturdiness.

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Coastal Kitchen Design

Coastal Kitchen Featured Products

The collection of colors and textures are reminiscent of the beach and oceanfront living. This is achieved through the use of deep, calming blues (the colors of the ocean and sky), sandy browns, “Mother of Pearl” shell (found in our gorgeous Metropolis Pearl mosaic tiles) and light maple that all come together to create a soothing atmosphere of relaxed sophistication. Our mosaic tile mixes, coffee mix with deep and light browns and charming mix of deep blues perfectly capture the essence of the sand and sea.

Coastal design colors and decorations

Coastal Bathroom: Look #1

Coastal Bathroom

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Coastal Bathroom

Coastal Bathroom Featured Products

Iconic coastal colors are reminenscent of coral, and shells you find when scouring the beach or the bright white tops of waves as they hit the shoreline. The Flourishing 1 mosaic tile wallpaper pictured in Coastal Bathroom: Look #1 above pervades a beachy vibe of the sun and creatures from the sea. Coastal finishes are often matte (with a chalky spin), as opposed to shiny and shimmery. Layered colors of beige, khaki and cream evoke feelings of shifting dunes, which are perfect for bathrooms. Purity and simplicity are the key for creating coastal color schemes.

Coastal design colors and decorations

You can achieve these looks (and so many more) by choosing Granite Transformations products. If you are interested, schedule a free in-home design consultation for a free estimate today.

Check out our beautiful new quartz colors from our Trascenda Collection here.

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Pantone Colors of 2016: Bringing Peace and Serenity to Your Home

The Pantone Color Institute has named Rose Quartz and Serenity as their two colors of the year for 2016, making this the first time the industry experts have given two colors the top spot. Pantone spans the world to discover how color influences various aspects of our lives – from home décor and fashion to sports and entertainment. This year, their choices reflect how Rose Quartz and Serenity express every consumer’s quest for mindfulness and a reflection of our culture’s increasing acceptance of gender equality.

Incorporating the two pastels into your home décor will depend on your individual style. Experts agree that whether you go all out or use just a splash of color throughout your home, the result will have a beautiful and calming effect on you and those you bring into your home. The experts also agree that although the two colors are beautiful when paired together, they can stand alone quite beautifully. Although each makes a perfect choice for a bedroom, both colors can lend a peaceful, serene, and comforting quality, just like a summer sunset.

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Industry experts have weighed in on how these two pretty pastels can be incorporated into any home. Rose Quartz can be beautifully paired with colors such as khaki, navy, chocolate, moss, lime and gray. West Hollywood interior designer, Natasha Baradaran, believes that pink is becoming the new neutral when it is paired with other colors since it doesn’t fight the combination and allows for color and warmth to take over. Annie Sloan, paint and color expert, says she would pair Rose Quartz and Serenity with a strong color (like a bright orange) to create a 1960’s modern-retro look. For a traditional home, interior designer Kirill Istomin suggests that Serenity would work best with a palette of ivory, pale gray and coral. Contrary to past opinion, these two pastel beauties work for both a masculine and feminine décor. With a few design tweaks, it’s easy to find a balance using these colors and still enjoy the calming effects they bring.

Here are a few suggestions for how to use Rose Quartz and Serenity in different rooms in your home:

Kitchen: Experts say these pastels will work beautifully in a white or gray kitchen. Whether you chose to paint an accent wall or use rose-colored accessories on your countertops, Rose Quartz and Serenity will add a sense of warmth to your bustling kitchen.

Bathroom or Powder Room: Rose Quartz is the perfect choice to use on powder room walls or anywhere women apply their makeup because the color is flattering to skin tones and offers a luminous glow to your skin. If you’re not ready to paint the entire room, try a mosaic tile accent wall around your mirror, as shown in the picture below which has a Serenity colored base with a light sheen of Rose Quartz visible from certain angles. You can also start by accessorizing with luxurious soft pink towels and beautiful rose-colored accessories which create a soft, soothing feeling, well-suited for a bathroom.

Blue Trend Mosaic Includes Hues of Serenity and Rose Quartz

Bedrooms: Both Rose Quartz and Serenity make the perfect choice for bedroom colors, whether used together or separately. They offer a sense of tranquility and serenity which is the ultimate goal when enjoying time in your bedroom. One of the easiest ways to test the colors in your bedroom is to accessorize with a duvet cover or accent pillows. This will allow you to live with the colors first – without spending time and money on a more permanent change (like painting walls). Our Trend standard mosaic mix collections are made of gorgeous recycled glass – Happyness, Sweet and Celestial are examples pictured below which are perfect bedroom options.

Trend Mosaic Celestial

Trend Mosaic Celestial

Trend Mosaic Sweet

Trend Mosaic Sweet

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Trend Mosaic Happyness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining Room: Upholstering dining room chairs is a chic way of adding a splash of color to your dining area. Don’t be afraid of using patterns like paisley or plaid to incorporate the colors. Creating a mosaic tile accent wall in a deeper shade of Rose Quartz or Serenity can add depth to the room while bringing a sense of warmth and glamour to the area. Trend Group’s mosaic wallpaper collections, Ethnic B and Murano 4, are perfect examples of how you can use patterns of deeper and lighter shades of blue and pink to create a soothing, natural, warm feel for your dining room space.

Wallpapers that incorporate hues of Serenity and Rose Quartz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room/Family Room: Accessorizing is the easiest way to add a splash of color to your living room or family room areas. By swapping out items like lamps and rugs, you can instantly transform the room and add another level of sophistication without breaking your budget. And, don’t forget the pillows. Pillows are a fun and easy way to liven up a room and can be swapped out to maintain your seasonal décor.

Granite Transformations is a leading home remodeling company in North America, with the goal of providing you, the consumer, with the most up-to-date design and home renovation industry news, information and trends. Keep our blog in your “favorites” so you can check back for new posts!

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2016 Kitchen Design Trends

It’s no surprise that kitchens remain “the heart of the home” and are the main focus for homeowners when it comes to remodeling. Whether they are considering a major renovation or a few trendy tweaks, homeowners are embracing the hottest new kitchen design trends forecasted for 2016 to keep their kitchens looking their best.

Gray is the New White in Kitchen Cabinetry: As white cabinets continue to top the color charts as a go-to favorite, experts say that gray is the shade to watch for bumping white out of the top spot. Another up-and-coming trend you’ll see is the combining of cabinet colors (like pairing soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood).

Gray Kitchen Cabinets

Granite Transformations Kitchen: Countertop: Portland White; Backsplash: 270H; Cabinet: Chocolate Pear

High Tech Cabinetry: Pulls and knobs may be the standard in cabinet hardware, but today’s homeowners have exciting new options when it comes to how their cabinets function. For kitchens with limited space, homeowners can choose a new generation of cabinets – literally at their fingertips. With a touch of a button, cabinets with hydraulic, easy-to-close doors fold up and move out of the way to allow for easy access. Now there’s no possible way to slam the cabinets.

High Tech Cabinetry With Hydraulics and Easy Close Doors

Colorful Sinks: Just as kitchen cabinet color is changing, so is the ho-hum standard of white or stainless steel sinks. Installing a colorful sink in your kitchen is an easy way to add a pop of color. You can also create a new focal point by using the same shade in your backsplash, or as an accent color somewhere else in the room to tie it together.

Colored Sinks Add A Pop Of Color

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Oversized Light Fixtures: Experts agree to not shy away from using large or oversized light fixtures, especially over a kitchen island. Not only do they add a sense of depth perception, but they create a great sense of drama (especially in kitchens with low ceilings).

Oversized or Large Kitchen Lighting Creates DramaCreating Drama with Mosaics: Some homeowners believe dark finish cabinets in a small area make the room look smaller. Experts are debunking that belief by pairing light and colorful mosaic backsplashes with equally light colored countertops. It’s a great way to create drama and add another level of sophistication to your home.

Creating Drama with Mosaics

Kitchen design and products by Granite Transformations

Inventive Storage Solutions: Storage seems to be an ongoing issue for those living in apartments or in homes where the kitchen is short on space. For those considering a kitchen renovation, experts suggest investing in multi-tiered drawers. This is a smart and inventive way to double your storage space in one place.

Multi Tiered Drawers

We hope these exciting new kitchen trends for 2016 have inspired you to take a closer look at how you can make your own kitchen even better. Schedule a free in-home consultation with Granite Transformations today!

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Women Create Their Own Space and Find Serenity in She Sheds

Today’s woman doesn’t have to look any further than her own backyard to discover the perfect space to escape from her day-to-day chaos and indulge in a haven all her own. Most women would agree that they are overscheduled and are in desperate need of some “me” time. She sheds have become the latest trend in transforming a backyard storage shed into a secluded retreat. Just as men have their man caves and kids have their playrooms, now is the time for women to claim their space and indulge in the private time they deserve.

Country Chic She Shed

(Photo courtesy of Hometalk and Country Living)

Getting Started

  • Choose a Purpose – Whether you want a place to escape to enjoy your favorite hobby (like yoga, dancing, meditation, crafting, sewing or gardening) or simply to relax, the possibilities are endless when you discover how you want to use your personalized space. Granite Transformations has the perfect products to transform your space into the room of your dreams. Whether you’re using the room for exercise, sewing, writing, or simply relaxing, GT countertops are the ideal choice. And for the dancer or yoga enthusiast, GT has flooring that will have you tapping your toes and stretching to the stars.
  • Choose a Design Theme – Make it all about you! Here’s your chance to have a room all your own, with the colors, patterns and fabrics you’ve always dreamed of. Plush seating, beautiful drapery and even crystal chandeliers can transform a once dingy shed into a majestic sanctuary for your own relaxation and enjoyment.

Make it Your Own

  • Paint – A fresh coat of paint revives any space and brings a sense of new life to the room. Experts agree to use light shades on the walls and floors.
  • Bring Nature Inside – Blend the beauty of the outdoors with your inside space by adding a feminine floral print to your décor to create an airy feel. Experts suggest adding live plants to your space to create a sense of warmth and nature.
  • Comfy Cozy – Here’s your chance to have it all. Pamper yourself with overstuffed cozy furniture and fluffy pillows, surrounded by the beauty of your favorite artwork or whatever brings you peace and joy. Making it your own and finding your serenity is the beauty of the she shed.
  • Make it Welcoming on the Outside – Hanging window boxes with pretty flowers adds the perfect welcoming touch to your she shed. Window shutters are also a great way to add a touch of charm to your haven.
She Shed With Lots of Windows

(Photo courtesy of Janis Nicolay and Country Living)

Granite Transformations can help make your she shed a place that reflects your true self with the perfect combination of granite or quartz surfaces, glass mosaic tile and cabinetry. Find a Granite Transformations location near you today and work with one of our design experts to make your dream she shed a reality.