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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!

Subway tile is a classic, beautiful backsplash style that will tie together any kitchen design.

Timeless Kitchen Design Elements

When it comes to kitchen design, homeowners rely on their personal styles to tailor their renovation according to their individual tastes. Turning to a more classic look can be the perfect balance of creating a timeless look with a personal flair. Granite Transformations offers a variety of options to custom design the perfect classic kitchen that will never go out of style.

1. Cabinetry: White or cream-colored cabinets define a timeless, classic kitchen style that will match nearly any countertop or backsplash.

White or cream-colored kitchen cabinets never go out of style.

2. Clean Architectural Details: Simple, classic details (like islands with legs, furniture-style toe kicks and crown molding) enhance a classic kitchen style and bring elegance to the décor.

Classic architectural details like crown molding will bring elegance and add value to your kitchen

3. Black Countertops: When it comes to classic color combinations, most would agree that two contrasting colors (e.g., white and black) is the way to go. Black recycled glass, quartz or granite countertops are excellent options if you are considering a classic black and white kitchen.

Contrasting black countertops with white cabinets are complementary in kitchen design.

4. Subway Tile: Clean and classic, light colored subway tile is typically 3″x6″ but can be found today in more modern sizes, including 2″x6″, 2″x8″ or 2″x4″. Changing the proportions can instantly add a new look and dimension to your kitchen. Subway tiles are available in a variety of finishes and can be beveled, square-edged, or even handmade to fit your space. Granite Transformations offers a variety of beautiful Subway Glass Mosaic Tile colors to choose from.

Subway tile is a classic, beautiful backsplash style that will tie together any kitchen design.

5. Door Styles: Keeping cabinet door styles simple and not too modern is another element of a classic kitchen design. Shaker doors with bead molding are perfect examples of this classic style.

Maintain a timeless, classic kitchen with classic cabinet door styles.

6. Neutral Color Palettes: Mixing neutral colors with white is a safe bet when you want a classic look with just a splash of color or character. Some homeowners choose a brown and white combination (like walnut cabinets with white granite or recycled glass countertops, or white cabinets with gray countertops).

Kitchens look better with neutral color palettes such as grays, whites and beige.

7. Adaptability: One of the main advantages of a classic kitchen is that you can completely change the look with just a few additions. Mixing in modern lighting fixtures or bar stools, for example, can easily bring a new feel to your kitchen – without taking away its classic look.

Accessorize a classic kitchen lighting fixtures or bar stools to create a new look.

Granite Transformations offers complimentary in-home design consultations with professional design specialists. Whether you’re considering a complete kitchen renovation or just a quick facelift, Granite Transformations can help make the process easy and stress-free. Please feel free to your comments about this post or if you have other ideas about a timeless kitchen and would like to share with us and our readers.

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.

Quartz Fireplace Granite Transformations

Keep Warm This Winter with These Gorgeous Fireplaces

Nothing announces the holiday season like a roaring fireplace. Whether or not there’s snow outside, warming up with a fire and a cup of hot chocolate makes a perfect evening. Check out the list below for some of our own dream fireplaces, and imagine cozying up with friends and family in front of your favorite design.


The Elegant Quartz Fireplace

For sleek design and sheer beauty, nothing beats quartz. More durable than granite, quartz also requires no polishing or reconditioning, making clean up a breeze. This beautiful white quartz fireplace offsets the wood overlay and black flooring for a stylish, modern look.     

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Recycled Glass Eco-Friendly Countertops

Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen – 5 Decorating Ideas

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

By now we’re all too familiar with the green movement and the growing trend to be more environmentally friendly. When we’re trying to add some “green” to our lives, one of the first place homeowners turn to is the kitchen. There are more ways to transform your kitchen into an inviting, eco-friendly haven than one can list, but if you’re looking to go green in your home, the kitchen is a great place to start.

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Modern White Kitchen

Get the Most Out Of Your Kitchen with the Right Lighting

With the continuing trend of open plan kitchen and family rooms there is no reason why your kitchen can’t be entirely functional and a statement at the same time; a room in which you can entertain guests and marinate the roast turkey at the same time.

Lighting is a great way to achieve this if chosen and implemented correctly. Lighting can both unite and divide the room depending on your mood. Whilst halogen down lighting can open up your space, avoid it if you want to avoid the predictable and be ahead of the trend. It has also come under fire recently for not being very eco-friendly and can be a drain on your electricity meter.

However if you are still keen on halogen lighting, place it in unusual places, choosing up lighting and cabinet lighting, to allow the light to bounce around the kitchen in an unexpected yet functional way. Lighting that can be dimmed can also be a great way to set the mood after dinner has been served and you’re on to the dessert wine. Ikea has some inexpensive cabinet and countertop lighting fixtures that will mean you’ll have some spare change left over for some of their famous Swedish meatballs!

If your kitchen has an island or a breakfast bar you can deliver the wow factor with art décor light fixtures. Scandinavian design is particularly on trend at the moment with the combination of clean lines and practicality. If you’re looking for inspiration take a look at MOMAs light installations. The Amsterdam based design company Droog’s 85 Lamps Chandelier which is part of MOMAs permanent collection and is a particular favourite. The 85 Lamps Chandelier consists of (you guessed it) 85 light bulbs roped together to form a chandelier. It is a stunning example of how simplicity, functionality and style can combine to really deliver.

Droog Chandelier

If you don’t have the budget to buy Droog’s light fixture after installing your kitchen there are other creative ways to get the wow factor. A friend, after installing their kitchen in their seaside holiday home, bought an old dinghy in a flea market, installed some low cost lighting and hung it over their kitchen island. Not only was it a fantastic statement piece put together on a budget, it also became a great conversation piece.

After installing your kitchen remember to pause for a moment and consider how you want your kitchen to be seen and used. Lighting can transform it from a functional space into so much more.

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Enjoy Choosing Under Cabinet Lighting To Show Off Your New Granite Countertops

Show Off Your Granite Countertops with Under Cabinet Lighting

If you invest money in granite countertops, you want to make sure they are displayed in their best light. Kitchen cabinetry can create dark shadows that cause your beautiful countertops to blend in with the backsplash. General lighting from the ceiling just doesn’t reach those countertops. Adding under cabinet light fixtures will illuminate your granite countertops, calling attention to the texture and colors.

Also, it will provide valuable task lighting for cooking/food preparation. You’ll enjoy it as another “layer” of light for your kitchen. Many homeowners even leave their under cabinet lighting on at night for a subtle night light.

Adding Under Cabinet Light Fixtures Will Illuminate Your Granite Countertops

The key thing to remember with granite countertops is that they can create a mirrored effect. It’s a beautiful, glossy surface; but you have to be careful with the type of under cabinet lighting you install. You’ll want to avoid a situation where the actual light fixture is reflected right onto your countertop. To get the lighting without the reflective light fixture, make sure you choose a light fixture that has a lens over the light bulb. This way, reflections will be minimized.

Another important consideration for under cabinet lighting selection is to think about the primary color tones in your kitchen.  Dark-colored countertops and backsplashes tend to visually suck up light.  Make sure your light fixtures give off a good deal of light output (called “lumens” in the lighting industry) if your counters, backsplashes, floors, wall color, etc. are primarily dark.

Think About The Primary Color Tones In Your Kitchen

When you start shopping, you’ll notice that under cabinet lighting is divided into two types in terms of the fixture style: puck and linear.  Puck lights are small, typically circular light fixtures that create pools of light on the kitchen countertop. If you go with puck lights, make sure to install one puck light for every six to ten inches of space.

Linear (also known as strip) under cabinet lights are the more common of the two. Linear light fixtures are long and thin, and distribute light more evenly across the countertop. They are designed to fill up the space beneath each cabinet cavity and are sold in standard increments of length. If you go with linear, you should try to select the longest light fixture that will still fit under your cabinet.

Enjoy choosing under cabinet lighting to show off your new granite countertops!

Emily Widle is a blogger for Pegasus Lighting, an online retailer that sells a wide selection of under cabinet lighting, among other unique lighting products for homes and businesses.

Granite Kitchen

Giving Granite the Respect it Deserves

 

When you use granite, be it in your bathroom or kitchen, you are sending a distinct message. This material more than vulgar marble or cold steel lends itself to a balance of practicality, wealth, and style. Too many home owners use granite in a way that does not fully capture the power and cleanliness of this wonderful stone. Here are a few tips on how to get the very best out of your granite surfaces.

Location, Location, Location

Granite is so attractive because it is versatile. Positioning it as a splash back is a practical application, as is using it as a floor or kitchen surface, but why not make the most of it. Granite aficionados will point out the beautiful seem, shading and composition of quality stone, and this is well worth showcasing. Kitchens lend themselves to bold statements with granite – broad horizontal stripes can expand your room and make it look unique. Create a statement piece with your granite instead of tucking it away and you will come to love the space for it.

Lighting is Crucial

Like most stone, granite takes on a different appearance depending on the way lights and shadows fall across its surface. One of the more unusual ways of drawing attention to your spectacular granite is to light it with lights that capture the drama of a piece. Every home has standard lighting on the granite, but why not use a shifting optic light, or perhaps some back lighting to create a sense of drama and uniqueness?  There is no reason why stone should fall into the background of your home.

Clash Colours

Adventurous colours are always great if you want to bring aspects of a space to the fore, but people do not ever think to clash natural material with bright colours. The result is dark rooms that are all natural, but end up looking flat. Rather incorporate a combination of natural stone (well-lit and positioned) against a splash of colour, like blood orange or electric blue. The contrast will add depth and interest, and finally you will get the stone popping out in the manner that it should. It sounds simple, but the difference is immediately evident and tangible.

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Home Robbery

Home Security Tips

The range of modern home security systems and the diversity of their components, can sometimes seem bewildering. They are designed to combat a wide variety of potential threats with appropriate countermeasures. When thinking about your home security requirements, evaluating these potential threats and carefully considering the countermeasures available can give you the optimal mix of solutions for long-term peace of mind.

There are a number of potential threats to your property to take into account:

Remoteness
If your property is in a secluded location, even if it is in an urban or suburban setting, it obviously adds to its need for enhanced security measures. Remoteness is a boon if you like your privacy, but is also a boon to a potential burglar. The thing that burglars least like is the prospect of being discovered or disturbed while going about their operations. Out-of-the-way locations, or approaches to a property which aren’t overlooked by someone who could report intruders, are just what they look for.

Ease of Access
Even in urban and suburban streets, some properties can help burglars by making it easy for them to approach the building unobserved. If entrances or windows aren’t visible from the street or neighbouring properties, often because they are in side alleys or are otherwise secluded, it makes a potential burglar’s task easier. If there are things such as shrubs or trees blocking a clear view of ways to access the property, or allowing a burglar cover while they attempt to force entry, it increases the vulnerability of the property.

Making it Obvious No One’s Around
If all the people in a property leave at around the same time and all lights are off and stay off, it can signal to a potential burglar that the property is empty and that breaking in is safer for them.

Potential Home Security Countermeasures

Locks on Windows and Doors
These should be premium quality and there should preferably be more than one per potential entry point. This makes it harder to force entry and also will make a burglar take longer to do so, something they don’t like. The longer it is likely to take them to gain entry, the more likely it is that they will look for easier pickings elsewhere.

External Lighting
Lights that come on when a potential intruder comes close to a property can be a great deterrent, as they draw unwanted attention to them. They can also force burglars to try their luck elsewhere.

External CCTV or Wireless Cameras
Cameras nowadays can be very small and can be located out of reach of anyone trying to disable them. They can be connected to recording devices inside the property to record attempts to break into or vandalise a property. Alternatively, they can be connected via a phone line to a specialist security company’s monitoring room, where their staff can identify a threat and alert the police to investigate potential incidents.

Intruder Alarms
These generally consist of a central control unit and various types of device to detect entry to a property. Devices can be placed on windows or doors and be of the type that detect vibrations, indicating attempts to force entry, or beams which trigger an alarm when crossed. They can also be area-detection devices, which fill a space with ultrasonic sound or infra-red beams to detect an intruder already in the property. Each of these would then be connected to the control unit, which would trigger various types of audible and inaudible alarms.

Audible alarms can be placed inside and outside a property: inside to disorient and frighten an intruder, outside to attract attention from people who can report the incident to the police. Inaudible alarms are remotely monitored by security staff, who would then alert the police. They can also be used in combination so that the inaudible alarm is activated before the audible ones to allow the police time to arrive.

Modern home security systems can comprise multiple modular components which together can provide a complete solution to your property’s security needs. They can be tailored to fit almost any circumstance and budget and they offer what most home owners want: increased peace of mind.

Kitchen Cabinet Lights

How to Install Lights under Kitchen Cabinets

Under cabinet lighting not only provides additional light for your counter workspace, it also creates a warm ambiance for the kitchen. Here’s how to install lights under kitchen cabinets.

There are a few options when it comes to installing under cabinet lighting. One of the simplest of the options is to install low voltage lights using a puck light kit. The kit includes small circular light discs you can install underneath cabinets. The power supply plugs into the wall so the installation doesn’t require any hardwiring or electrical work.

Purchase the under cabinet lighting kit with the level of voltage that works best for your kitchen. Tools you’ll need for the installation include Phillips and standard screw drivers, a hammer, pencil, ladder, tape measure and a drill.

Clear your workspace and remove everything from your countertops and the first shelf of your cabinets. This way you won’t have to be concerned about knocking things over or removing items are you work.

Plan and mark with a pencil where you’ll place the lights under the cabinets. Place the lights at least 12 inches apart for safety reasons. Put the lights close to the front of the cabinets so that you get the best lighting coverage for the countertop.

Plan where you’ll route your wires for the lighting. Choose a route where you can best conceal the wires and the power supply. Routing the wire behind the cabinets is an option if there’s space. If not you will need to drill holes and run the wires through the cabinets. You will ultimately route the wires to lead to the outlet behind your refrigerator. Don’t hide the wires behind the wall, otherwise you should opt for a hardwire installation instead.

Mount your lights into position under the cabinet using your drill. The wire on each light should face the back of the cabinet for routing. If the light has a lens cover remove it before you drill the light to the cabinet. You can snap the cover back on afterwards.

Put the power supply behind the refrigerator so that it’s concealed. This is where you’ll route your wires. Mount the wires along the route to the power supply. Use clips to hold the wires in place. Hide any extra wiring in the cabinet or in spaces in between. Connect all of your wires via wire plugs. Mount the switch or dimmer in a convenient location and connect it to the power supply so you can check out your work.

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