There’s just something about a country kitchen that never goes out of style. Long gone are the days of the tired “rooster décor,” as farmhouse kitchen designs have turned the corner and become one of today’s hottest trends. Whether they’re rustic, dressy or elegant, farmhouse kitchens blend beautifully into any style décor and bring a warm and welcoming feeling to any home.
See how today’s homeowners are embracing these key farmhouse kitchen design elements into their homes.
Today’s farmhouse sinks are reminiscent of those found in country kitchens in the 1800s. They are deep, with an exposed front which allows for plenty of room and easy access to accommodate a busy household.
Wooden Farm Table
This long wooden farm table not only accommodates large family gatherings, but can double as a workstation for prepping meals. Its rustic appeal adds a touch of country to the space.
Open shelving is a favorite feature in a farmhouse kitchen design. Not only does it save on cabinets, but it’s a beautiful and functional way to display your treasures while having what you need within arm’s reach.
Classic Subway Tile
This farmhouse kitchen features a classic yet chic Subway Diamond mosaic tile backsplash from Granite Transformations. Lighter colored subway tile is a timeless look for classic farmhouse kitchens.
Adding touches of farm décor to your farmhouse kitchen design ties the room together, adding interest and whimsy. Mason jars and glass canisters on the countertops or vintage tins with flowers are a great way to accent your farmhouse kitchen design. You can also use farmhouse photos like the ones shown in the above kitchen, or go all out with antique décor and old farm equipment. There are so many ways to make it your own!
Other elements of signature farmhouse kitchen designs include:
Schedule a free in-home design consultation today, and see how Granite Transformations can bring your dream farmhouse kitchen to life.
Last Updated on December 9, 2021
While some consumers are searching for the best granite sealer for their natural granite countertops, the customers of Granite Transformations are enjoying their free time―and saving money in the process―by not having the hassle and worry over sealing their engineered granite countertops.
ForeverSeal® seals the deal
Sealing and maintaining natural countertops can not only be a hassle, but is also costly and time-consuming. Granite Transformations has eliminated all these factors as the only manufacturer to seal our engineered granite countertops with ForeverSeal®, a polymer resin used to help strengthen and seal its stone and glass countertops.
Peace of mind
ForeverSeal® is a proprietary ingredient for sealing engineered granite countertops which makes Granite Transformations’ surfaces stronger, more durable and easier to maintain than natural stone—which is porous and costly to replace or repair. With ForeverSeal® mixed right into the product made at our manufacturing facility in Sebring, Florida, customers have peace of mind knowing their countertops will look beautiful for years to come without the need to ever be sealed.
Making the granite comparison
The benefits of granite by Granite Transformations compared to natural granite speak for themselves. Here are some of the ways ForeverSeal® makes Granite Transformations’ countertops outshine natural granite countertops:
Granite Transformations proudly manufactures its countertops in the USA and backs them with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Granite Transformations offers a broad variety of granite, recycled glass and quartz countertops, mosaic tile backsplashes and cabinet refacing. Schedule a free in-home design consultation today to see how Granite Transformations can help you with your next home renovation project.
TREND Transformations’ Global CEO Andrea Di Giuseppe recently spoke to US News and World Report about small home improvements you can make to your home that will make a big impact if you’re planning to sell.
The Little Things: Small Decisions That Can Impact Your Home’s Sale Price
Prepare your property for sale with a few minor changes that will breathe new life into each space.
July 12, 2017 | By Devon Thorsby
Minor moves for a bigger payoff.
A lot of thought goes into preparing your home for sale, and most decisions depend on the amount of investment you’re willing to put in before the house goes on the market and how big your return will likely be. So it may come as a surprise that many seemingly minor changes can make a significant difference on your house’s sale price. Small updates won’t fix every problem spot, of course — as Andrea Di Giuseppe, founder and CEO of TREND Transformations puts it: “If you still have your kitchen giving you the vibe of the ‘Golden Girls,’ well, maybe you need to refresh it completely.” The following little decisions may help you appeal to potential borrowers.
Real estate information company Zillow released its 2017 Paint Color Analysis in June, which found that blue hues had the most positive overall impact. Homes with blue bathrooms, in particular, sold for $5,440 more, on average. However, homes with a blue living room typically sold for $820 or less. Red dining rooms have a negative correlation, with homes selling for $2,031 less, on average. Homes with a light brown or beige living room sold for $1,809 more on average, according to the report.
A simple way to refresh key rooms in your home is to update the hardware – cabinet door handles, drawer pulls and interior doorknobs – with something that might look a little newer. “You can dress up a cabinet – in a kitchen or in a bathroom – very easily just by replacing the hardware,” says Marcia Dorolek, a real estate agent from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Pristine in Bonita Springs, Florida. She adds that it can be particularly effective if the current hardware is builder’s standard because it may be simple or dated.
If your cabinets have seen better days, you could make a slightly larger update but still avoid redoing your entire kitchen or bathroom. “You could very simply reface your cabinetry and change your countertop,” Di Giuseppe says. Refaced cabinets, which includes applying fresh veneer to the cabinet structure and adding new matching doors and drawers, can remove the scuffs and nicks your kitchen may have suffered over the years.
Behind Closed Doors
One cost-free update you should not avoid is decluttering – and more specifically, decluttering your cabinets and closets. “Buyers are very interested, and they’re going to open the closets; they are going to open the cabinets,” Dorolek says, noting a crammed pantry, fridge or closet will make it look like the house lacks storage. No need to completely empty every nook and cranny, but make it sparse to give off the feel of ample space.
You don’t necessarily have to toss your unattractive armchair out on the street, but you should take note of the pieces of further that could be improved to better the sell the space. If you’ve got an upholstered chair or sofa with worn cushions or stuffing breaking out, consider a slip cover in the right color to complement the rest of the room. “You can do a lot things with a throw cover,” Dorolek says.
Another moderately minor renovation is focusing on the surfaces of the room. You should steam clean carpet that’s in good shape, consider restaining scuffed hardwood and potentially replace a dated countertop if you can still salvage the rest of the kitchen or bathroom. Rather than going for granite, which hit its peak in popularity a few years ago, Di Giuseppe recommends quartz or similarly engineered stone as a keyword that will stand out in a listing. “[Engineered surfaces] are very long-lasting, they are easy to maintain and for sure give you the highest return,” he says.
Flowers and plants
Inside and out, accent color from a floral arrangement can give your home the pop it needs to make a buyer feel welcome. A well-maintained lawn is key with bushes and shrubs where appropriate outside, plus some colorful plants by the door. “Flowering plants are there to give it some color,” Dorolek says, adding that flowers on a table or counter inside are also a nice touch. Use other plants inside where it makes sense, but avoid blocking walkways or cluttering any space with too many plants by keeping them on a table top or in a corner.
Other little decisions are often based an the location and condition of your home, and if your real estate agent hasn’t given you a checklist of small changes or updates you can make, it may be a good idea to speak with a home stager or other professional to get tips customized to the home you’re selling. Di Giuseppe recommends always working with a consultant over a person connected to selling you materials to ensure you’ll get an unbiased opinion. “A salesperson will tell you need to change everything. A consultant will understand what level of investment you want,” he says.
Last Updated on July 10, 2017
Mirrors make statements in rooms all around the house, and they reflect more than just your good looks. Today’s designers are finding unexpected places to hang these alluring accessories, which add glamour to the room while creating a larger, lighter and airier feel to the space.
Here are some brilliant mirror decorating ideas that will have you doing a double take for your next home renovation or upgrade:
Outdoor Covered Area
This antique-style mirror makes this covered outdoor patio area feel more like a room and works beautifully to reflect lit candles and backyard foliage.
It’s probably one of the last places you would expect to see mirrors, but these mirrored cabinets work wonders to make this small kitchen look and feel larger. Plus, they add a touch of old-world style and charm.
Mirrored Wardrobe Panels
Framing the mirror panels makes this wardrobe look like its own dressing room. And who doesn’t love a full-length mirror? Plus, it shows off the beauty of the bedroom in all its splendor.
Mirrors on Windows
Mirror, mirror…on the window? Sounds strange, but it works well in this bathroom to combine function and beauty.
This gilded oversized mirror doubles as artwork in a dining room, replacing the traditional breakfront while at the same time adding depth and beauty.
To learn more about Granite Transformations and how we can help you upgrade your favorite space, visit granitetransformations.com.
Last Updated on August 13, 2021
If the rooms in your home are screaming for attention, an accent wall may be the perfect answer. Accent walls are taking on a new twist these days, as savvy homeowners and renters alike are creating unique ways to jazz up their rooms.
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations has some great tips and ideas about accent walls to help you choose the perfect walls, materials, and even colors to make your rooms pop with interest.
Choosing the right wall
Since every room is different, you’ll want to determine one wall as a focal point and go with it. Fireplaces, headboards, and vaulted ceilings make the decision process easy, but for rooms with little architectural interest, you may want to consider either painting the ceiling (along with one wall) or focusing on a unique piece of furniture to create an eye-catching backdrop.
Selecting the perfect material for your space
Although paint is still the go-to option for an accent wall, today’s home décor enthusiasts are embracing other materials to make a statement. There are many options on the market today, because it’s all about choosing the right material based on a particular room’s décor and feel. Read on, as we walk you through some popular accent wall material options.
Yes, wallpaper is back and better than ever. Beautiful textures and bold patterns can create a “wow” factor in more ways than you’ve ever imagined. And with today’s removable options, it’s the perfect choice for renters who are looking to make the space their own without the hassle of removing traditional wallpaper, or for homeowners who don’t want the long-term commitment. Also, there is a wide variety of wallpaper on the market today that does not “look” like wallpaper. Some types of wallpaper even look like a painted or textured wall.
Glass mosaic tiles are the crown jewels when it comes to creating an accent wall. Granite and TREND Transformations offers an exquisite palette of mosaic tilesthat can add a touch of luxury and elegance to any room in your home.
Stone can be one of the best-kept secrets for an accent wall, as it can bring a touch of the outdoors inside your home and add a rustic elegance to your room. Notice here how lighting plays a leading role on this stunning stone living room wall.
Paneling and recycled wood
Paneling and recycled wood are gaining popularity as interesting and rustic options for accent walls. And with today’s removable reclaimed wood paneling choices, you have even more possibilities for trying something new. Using wood paneling allows for a variety of different combinations in color and style due to the amount of selections to choose from. Whether you are looking for tongue and groove, beadboard, flat panels, or more, wood walls and paneling can fit any home.
Paint is the easiest and most economical way to create an accent wall and it also offers virtually endless color selections. And, paint is also a quick way to switch up the look of a room by adding depth and a splash of color with little effort. Experts suggest choosing colors that inspire you and which bring peace and harmony to your home—like this bedroom painted in watercolor. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go all out. Bold and vivid colors work well in small areas, like a powder room. And if bolder colors move you, then go for the larger wall.
Photo gallery wall
It may sound simplistic, but a cleverly arranged montage of photos can provide a room with an artsy feel and reveal your personal taste. Whether you use your own personal photos or choose a theme, a photo gallery is a fun and easy way to create a personalized accent wall that can change with the times.
Whether you choose to paint or use another material, creating an accent wall is a great way to add another level of sophistication to your home.
Which walls in your home are screaming out? Contact Granite and TREND Transformations today to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. A glass mosaic wall may be just the design inspiration you’ve been searching for to add that special flair to your home.
Last Updated on August 13, 2021
Don’t let your backsplash get lost in the background. Today’s backsplashes are becoming the ultimate kitchen design accessory, giving character and personality to what was once considered dead space.
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations has captured this latest trend with a spectrum of exquisite mosaic tile and design ideas to make your kitchen backsplash a real conversation starter. Looking for some inspiration? Check out some of our latest backsplash design ideas for your kitchen that will make your home the talk of the town.
Make your kitchen backsplash the ultimate statement piece. This clever backsplash design blends the best of both worlds. We started with our beautiful etherium® By E-Stone surface in Hydra White as the perfect backdrop and added our trendy mosaic tile to play center stage as a striking accent. This is the perfect combination if you’re looking to show off your artsy side while adding a creative flair to your home.
Old-world tradition never goes out of style. For centuries, marble has been the cornerstone of some of the world’s most famous works of art. Today, you can bring a touch of history into your home with the look of marble, as seen here with our classic Statuario. It’s one of today’s hottest backsplash design ideas for kitchens that will bring timeless beauty to your home.
We took the classic neutral tones of today’s trendiest styles and ramped them up to create this fun and showstopping backsplash. This classic color combination beautifully complements the white cabinets and adds a level of luxury and warmth that will have you loving your kitchen for years to come.
White kitchens continue to top the charts as a design favorite. So, why not up the ante on this classic look? This opulent white tile backsplash in Liberty Diamond adds glamour and just the right amount of bling to this all-white kitchen, creating an eye-catching backdrop that will have your guests doing a double take.
Are you ready to take your kitchen from drab to fab with a new backsplash? It’s time to get inspired. Contact Granite and TREND Transformations today to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. You’ll be amazed at how fast and easy it can be.