Last Updated on January 3, 2020

 

Are you hosting holiday gatherings this year? Do you feel like your kitchen doesn’t quite look presentable? Well Granite Transformations has some quick and easy makeover updates you can do to your kitchen to brush it up and make it look and feel like new again. Even the smallest touches can make a huge difference. So start now – the holidays are right around the corner!

Here are some festive and functional kitchen makeover updates to help you prepare for the busy holiday season:

 

1. Get New Countertops: With Granite Transformations, you can update and enhance your kitchen with a beautiful new countertop – it bonds over your existing countertop, so there’s no messy demolition, and installation is done in as little as one day. So…you can have a new countertop in time for your next holiday gathering! Your family and friends won’t believe it was done so quickly, and you can rest assured that you will enjoy it for years to come because it’s backed by a Lifetime Warranty. Function, durability and beauty in your kitchen – what more could you ask for this holiday season? www.granitetransformations.com.

Beautiful new kitchen countertop

2. Replace Cabinet Hardware: Replacing your outdated handles, pulls and knobs on your kitchen cabinets with more sleek and refined styles is a great way to make them look like new without dipping too deeply into your holiday budget. There are so many different finishes and styles to choose from, and they are very easy install – you can do it all yourself!

Kitchen cabinet hardware replaced with new stylish pulls and knobs

3. Add Under-the-Cabinet Lighting: Installing LED lighting under your kitchen cabinets can brighten darker areas and help show off your backsplash and countertops. LED lighting is long lasting, compatible with dimmer switches for mood lighting, and easy to install. They can also burn cool, making them safer and more energy efficient.

Kitchen cabinets outfitted with the latest LED lighting.

4. Add Storage in Creative Ways: Ease your busy holiday and baking routine by adding a magnetic knife rack and additional shelving to hold your spices, cooking oils and other go-to items for easy access. Utensils can be hung on a rod, a reclaimed wooden rack can be mounted on the wall to store wine bottles and glasses, and pots and pans can be hung from the ceiling on a rod for easy access. You can also maximize unused space by adding additional corner or open shelving for storage. This is a functional and easy way to make space for items that are used often (such as cookbooks, dishware and utensils).

Creative kitchen storage including magnetic knife rack, and kitchen shelving with spices and cooking oils.

5. Change Seat Cushions: Reupholstering your chair cushions with a fun new fabric can add a splash of color to your kitchen and instantly boost your décor to a new level. For chairs or stools with loose, tie-back cushions, the purchase of fun, bold colored cushions is a subtle way to add some holiday cheer to your dining area and make everyone feel at home around your table.

6. Add a Beautiful Area Rug: The placement of an area rug is one of the easiest ways to warm a room and bring instant color to your kitchen. Flat-weave or indoor-outdoor rugs are good choices to protect your kitchen floors and are easy to clean.

Kitchen area rug

7. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint: Whether you paint your kitchen the same color or become adventurous and try something new, nothing freshens up a room like a fresh coat of paint. It will make it feel new, cleaner and more inviting for your holiday guests.

8. Window Dressing: Switching out your standard curtains or valances with floor length sheer curtains can help to tie the space together and give it cozier feel. A small detail such as the tieback or holdback style you choose can really complement the curtain design and add to the overall kitchen décor.

Floor length sheer curtains in remodeled kitchen.

9. Display Cherished Holiday Heirlooms or Accent Pieces: Dust off your cherished holiday keepsakes and display them on a country hutch or open shelving. Not only is it a special way to share your memories with friends and family, but it gives you the chance to enjoy them throughout the season.

Happy Holidays from Granite Transformations!

Last Updated on January 2, 2020

According to findings from the 2014 Houzz & Home Survey, remodeling trumps moving – homeowners would rather remodel their homes than buy a new one, and if they embark in a remodel, it means they are there to stay. This is due in part because remodeling gives them the control to make their homes function exactly how they want. The strengthening of the housing market is fueling the remodeling industry.

With all of this optimism in the housing market and the remodeling industry, there are certain design trends in kitchens that are expected to continue and increase in popularity in the upcoming year. Industry experts conclude that the top kitchen design trends for 2015 are all about striking a balance between a classic, timeless look and a simple, modern flare.

Here are the top suggested kitchen design ideas for 2015 to keep in mind if you’re considering a kitchen renovation:

 

  1. White Kitchen Cabinets: Various shades of white colored cabinets will continue to stay popular, but gray is the shade that leading designers are betting on to break white’s lead next year. Another growing trend is combining cabinet colors – having predominantly white cabinets that contrast with one large cabinet with a richer stain has been seen more frequently. It is important to take into consideration the color of your appliances when choosing a cabinet color. Granite Transformations offers cabinet refacing which is often less expensive than replacing them – check out the wide variety of colors and styles.

Almond colored kitchen cabinets in newly remodeled kitchen

  1. Glass Backsplashes:Today’s homeowners are becoming increasingly design-savvy and are proving to be open to new ideas, as glass tile backsplashes are becoming a popular option over the standard tile or stone backsplash. Granite Transformations offers a wide variety of beautiful glass backsplash options to highlight your kitchen décor and raise the level of elegance in your home.

Glass mosaic tile backsplash in a newly renovated kitchen.

  1. Warm Metal Fixtures: Although stainless steel remains the standard in kitchen fixtures, designers and homeowners are turning to warmer metals to accent their kitchens, giving the room a more inviting feel. Brushed nickel has taken the lead in finish options, followed by pewter, polished chrome and oil-rubbed bronze. Designers are raving over pull-out faucets and ditching the separate side-spray. The integrated unit is not only more convenient, but it is more aesthetically pleasing and offers a touch of class to any kitchen.

Oil-rubbed bronze finished kitchen faucet.

  1. Open Floor Plans: One of the biggest design changes for 2015 (as predicted by designers and home builders) is that kitchen space as we know it will change dramatically. Open living spaces are surging in popularity with ‘great rooms’ that combine kitchens, family rooms, living rooms and dining rooms to create a more relaxed space where everyone can be together. By blending these rooms together, designers suggest harmonizing the décor of each room to create an atmosphere of consistency.

Open kitchen floor plan

  1. Color Trends: Choosing the right color story for your home is a personal choice, but the current color trends are showcasing softer, more neutral palettes with hints of color like gold, lavender, blue, green and raisin (essentially moving away from the stark whites). In homes with open floor plans, integrating similar color tones is a great way to add character to your space while creating harmony and flow from room to room.

Newly renovated house showcasing 2015 color trends

  1. In addition, we have seen an increased investment in “special function” rooms (such as outdoor living spaces, mud rooms and home offices). As the population ages, there is an increased focus on accessibility in homes; for example, ramps, elevators and first-floor master bedrooms are becoming part of home design on a more frequent basis. And finally, home automation is driving changes to living spaces with features that include automated lighting and heating controls, wireless telecommunications systems and solar panels.

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