Last Updated on May 30, 2018

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s especially true for kitchen styles that have stood the test of time. As homeowners continue to update their kitchens, many turn to timeless kitchen trends which have proven to be both beautiful and functional.

Here’s a look at some lasting kitchen trends:

Single-Level Islands

Single-Level Islands

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, know that single-level islands have become a must-have for today’s homes. They not only expand your counter space and storage but can double as an eating and entertainment area. Whether you stick to a traditional island or go all out on a unique shape and design, the result is a beautiful hub that brings family and friends together. This is one example of kitchen styles that last, if only for the close-knit feel it brings. The kitchen pictured above features Portland White quartz island and Liberty Diamond mosaic tile backsplash behind the sink.

Mixed Countertops

Mixed countertop materials

If you’ve ever shopped for kitchen countertops, then you know how hard it can be to choose between some of your favorite styles. The mixture of complementing colors and patterns adds character and interest to any room, making this a unique choice of kitchen trends that will last. Additionally, you get to enjoy your favorite colors and styles without having to settle on just one! Pictured in the kitchen above is a Portland Silver quartz island in the foreground and Portland White quartz countertops in the kitchen area.

Quartz Countertops

King Ivory quartz countertops

Quartz countertops are quickly becoming a lasting trend and are notable both for their beauty and durability. While granite remains an extremely popular choice for countertops, quartz is quickly on the rise as one of today’s most popular and sought-after surfaces. The kitchen above features King Ivory quartz countertops with a beveled edge, and RTF Renaissance Flat cabinets in Chocolate Maple.

Subway Tile

Subway Diamond mosaic tile backsplash

Subway tile was introduced over 100 years ago when it was applied to the walls throughout the New York City subway system. Over the years, this traditional 3″ x 6″ tile made its way into homes and has become a lasting kitchen trend. The look of Subway tile has been embraced by homeowners from all walks of life. Today, Subway tile is available in exciting new looks which have kept the integrity of its shape with modern touches that are both beautiful and inspiring. Granite and Trend Transformations offer a vast array of Subway tile colors to suit any kitchen design. Featured in the picture above is Subway Diamond with White Star recycled glass countertops.

Deep Drawers

Deep drawers

Incorporating deep drawers with convenient shelving and partitions in your kitchen is a great alternative to lower cabinets – especially near the stove. This smart idea saves time while prepping meals and also prevents you from straining your back. Deep kitchen drawers represent a functional kitchen trend that keeps what you need, where you want it, when you need it. Among kitchen styles that last, deep drawers are a practical choice to include in the design.

LED Lighting

LED lighting

Thanks to technology, LED lighting is – literally – shedding a new light in today’s homes as a kitchen trend that will last well into the future. LEDs are a great cost-effective alternative to halogen and fluorescent lighting, and they provide a beautiful way to illuminate your space. Cool and futuristic, LED lighting will likely remain a mainstay of timeless kitchen trends for a long time.

Contrasting Colors

contrasting colors in kitchen

Contrasting colors, like black and white, are a classic combination that never goes out of style. Whether you mix it up with upper and lower cabinets or choose to show off your bolder side with a black and white floor or mosaic tile backsplash, the use of contrasting colors is a genuine showstopper – regardless of the colors you choose.

Open Concept Kitchens

Top Kitchen Trends

Open concept kitchens continue to be a frontrunner among timeless kitchen trends, as homeowners continue to embrace this trend to accommodate their busy lifestyles. An open concept kitchen is the ultimate family-friendly layout, allowing the cook to be a part of the action with family and guests, all without feeling isolated.

Grey is Here to Stay

Grey kitchen design

As you’ve seen in nearly every high-end kitchen design on Houzz or interior design websites such as homedit, grey is almost always incorporated in some way. Grey has become the go-to color for cabinets, walls, countertops, backsplashes and more – it’s versatile, looks great as a focal or background color, and in our minds, is definitely here to stay.

Can your kitchen stand the test of time? Where can you find kitchen styles that last? Granite and Trend Transformations offer an extensive line of beautiful cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, and so much more. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and make the timeless kitchen of your dreams a reality.


Last Updated on August 12, 2021

There is no denying how white cabinets are a popular favorite among homeowners and remain a classic choice in today’s kitchen designs. But what’s the best way to kick up the color against that pure white palette?

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations reveal some inspiring ways to bring out the beauty in your white kitchen. Here are some gorgeous kitchen color schemes with white cabinets to inspire the designer in you.

Rustic Charm

Rustic kitchen with island sink and white cabinets

This striking kitchen has elements of country charm with a modern rustic twist. The golden Liberty Ochre mosaic tile backsplash is a gorgeous backdrop against the white cabinets and complements the brown tones in the Terra Ombra granite countertops.

All White

White cabinets with dark wood flooring and white marble counters

Dark espresso-colored floors are a unique design winner in this almost all-white kitchen. They provide a beautiful balance of radiance and calm, tying the room together. The design above features Hydra White quartz countertops and gorgeous white shaker cabinets.

Classic Black and White

Kitchen island with double basin sink and white marble counters

This timeless color combination is a showstopper for the ages. Here, white upper cabinets are offset by lower black ones to create a contrasting, sophisticated look. The iridescent Metropolis Diamond glass mosaic tile backsplash is a great complement to stainless steel appliances, while the black Silgranit® double basin overmount sink and Portland White quartz countertops tie the look together.

Pop of Color

Brightly lit white apartment kitchen

This stylish backsplash in Metropolis Buxy boasts various brown, black, and grey tones adding just the right pop of color to this sleek all-white kitchen. The minimalistic look is part of today’s trend of simple lines and a clean design, and is an excellent example of how kitchen color schemes with white cabinets can be incorporated into the space.

Love the Accent

Floral wall tile display with wooden countertop island

Grey is one of today’s trending colors in interior design, so we couldn’t pass up showing off this amazing mosaic tile accent wall by TREND Group, paired up against sleek grey cabinets. Accent walls remain a unique and elegant way to add character and a pop of color to any room. They work beautifully in your bathroom, living spaces, and even near your fireplace!

Which color scheme has inspired you? The design professionals at Granite and TREND Transformations are ready to show you how you can turn your inspiration into a reality. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation.

Last Updated on August 13, 2021

Today, most homeowners have come to the realization that having the perfect sink for their kitchens can make all the difference when it comes to suiting their individual lifestyles. But with so many options to consider, where do you begin?

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations breaks it all down for you as we showcase some of today’s hottest sink trends. Not sure which one is best for your kitchen? No need to worry. We’ve made it easy. Let’s get started.

What to consider when choosing a sink

Choosing the right sink for your kitchen begins with asking the right questions. First, let’s determine what factors are important to you when it comes to having a kitchen sink. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

  • What size sink will be best for my needs?
  • Which type of material would I prefer the sink to be made from?
  • What sink style will work best for my cooking needs and lifestyle?
  • Do I want an overmount or undermount sink?
  • What are the best sink choices for granite and countertops, as well as quartz countertops?

Once you’ve determined these answers, it’s time to think about your lifestyle. Here are some more questions to ask yourself:

  • How often do I cook at home?
  • Do I have a dishwasher?
  • Is the material durable enough for my lifestyle?
  • Is it easy to clean?

That part was easy. Now, let’s get to the fun part. It’s time to decide on how many basins you need, which sink style you prefer, and the material that works best for you. Here’s how it breaks down:

Sink style

Single Basin Sinks

Single basin stainless steel sink with white counter and walls

Single basin sinks are a great choice for smaller kitchens, since they not only offer more space inside the sink but also free up limited counter space. That extra space comes in handy when cleaning larger items such as roasting pans and cookie sheets. Single basin sinks are available in a variety of sizes and mounting options that include overmount and undermount. And since there is no divider and few crevices, single basin sinks are easier to clean.

Double Basin Sinks

Double basin sink with marbled granite

Double basin sinks are popular with today’s homeowners. That’s because these sinks do double duty when it comes to washing, rinsing, and draining. Double basin sinks work best in medium-to-larger sized kitchens, and are available in a variety of sizes and configurations. If you’re someone who frequently uses casserole dishes, cookie sheets or other larger items, you may want to rethink choosing a double sink since either side may be too small to easily accommodate these items. Check out this amazing BLANCO Silgranit® Diamond double basin sink pictured above. It’s the perfect pairing with our beautiful etherium® By E-Stone surfaces.

Today’s trends

Farmhouse Sinks Revisited

Farmhouse sink

Farmhouse sinks not only lend charm to the kitchen, but homeowners love them for their deep basins and exposed fronts, which make them extremely functional and easy for cleaning larger pots and pans. But don’t let the name fool you. Farmhouse sinks are becoming increasingly popular in today’s modern homes. Not only are they ideal for larger kitchens and busy households but new types of these apron-front sinks have also become popular for their textured fronts and beautiful selection of colors. Countertops may need to be specifically configured to accommodate a farmhouse sink. Not sure if a farmhouse is a good choice for your kitchen? Just ask the design professionals at Granite and TREND Transformations, who can assist with all your renovation needs.

Workstation Sinks

When it comes to kitchen sinks, the workstation design is one to keep your eye on in 2021. Today’s kitchens are busier than ever, and this multi-function sink pulls out all the stops when it comes to having everything in one place. From cutting boards to colanders, these sinks are equipped with sliding pieces and inserts that make “prep time” a piece of cake!

Integrated Sinks

Modern kitchen interior with stainless steel integrated sink

If you’re looking for a sleek and seamless look, an integrated sink is the way to go. These beautiful basins are made from materials that match your countertops. And since they are offered in a variety of colors and patterns, you can show off your personal design style—even when you’re washing the dishes.

Mounting Options: Overmount and Undermount Sinks

Overmount Sinks

Young father with a toddler boy cooking.

For years, overmount sinks—or top-mount sinks—were the only kids on the block. This traditional sink style gets its name from the way it is installed: Overmount sinks are mounted over the countertop and “dropped” into a space and then held in place by a lip that hangs over the countertop. If you’ve had an overmount sink in your kitchen, then you are aware of the unsightly collection of crumbs, grime and dirt that can collect around the rim. Although these sinks are easier on the wallet to install, they can be more difficult to keep clean around the edges, thus causing an unsanitary environment.

Undermount Sinks

beautiful undermount sink and faucet on a white granite countertop

An undermount sink is the perfect design partner for today’s beautiful countertops surfaces. Not only are undermount sinks among the most popular choices for today’s trendy kitchens, but they also offer a sophisticated look that keeps crumbs and water away from the countertop, resulting in a more sanitary environment. When it comes to installation, the process requires a support system to keep the sink secure. There is no need for a lip, unlike overmount sinks, which are “dropped into” into the countertop template. While some lighter sinks—like those made from stainless steel—can be installed with just glue and don’t require a support system, it should be noted that any Silgranit® or composite sink will require support.

Material Options

Stainless Steel Sinks

stainless steel sink

Stainless steel remains a popular choice among kitchen sink trends because of its durability and versatility. It is a champion against heat and stains, and can be installed as either an overmount or undermount sink, as well as a single or double basin. Stainless steel complements granite and quartz countertops beautifully and is also more cost-effective than other materials. The drawback to stainless steel sinks is they scratch more easily than Silgranit® sinks and can be more difficult to keep clean.

 Silgranit® or Granite Composite Sinks

Stainless Steel double basin sink with modern aesthetic

If you’re looking for a sink that works just as hard as you do in the kitchen, you’ll want to consider a granite composite—or Silgranit®—sink. This workhorse of a sink will give even the busiest kitchen a run for its money. Constructed from a combination of crushed granite or quartz (approximately 80 percent) and a resin filler, these sinks are tough, long-lasting and they “check off all the boxes” when it comes to durability. They are scratch, stain, and heat-resistant, as well as a breeze to clean. Additionally, this is the perfect choice of sink to pair with granite or quartz countertops. Check out the Silgranit® sink by BLANCO pictured above. And where can you find this wonderous sink? It’s available directly from Granite and TREND Transformations.

Fireclay and Cast-Iron Sinks

Fireclay cast iron white sink against white granite countertops

Image courtesy of BLANCO

If you’ve been looking for kitchen sinks, you’ve most likely come across these other two popular options—fireclay and cast iron. Here’s how their features break down:

Benefits of Fireclay

  • Nonporous
  • Fairly chip-resistant
  • Available in limited sizes and colors
  • More expensive than other sink options

Benefits of cast iron

  • Durable
  • Available in wide range of colors
  • Susceptible to stains
  • Requires support when installing due to its heavy weight

We hope this blog has answered some questions you may have had about choosing the perfect sink for your granite or quartz countertop. If you are planning on having a new kitchen sink installed in your home, and would like further information, give Granite and TREND Transformations a call. We also invite you to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. With many installations completed in as little as one day, getting your dream kitchen is closer than you think. Contact us today.

Last Updated on August 13, 2021

If you’ve been shopping for new cabinets, you already know you have a lot of decisions to make. There are two options out there: 1) wood, or 2) Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) with Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) finish. The second choice might sound like a mouthful, but MDF cabinets with an RTF finish can be a great option when you’re looking for a high-end look without the high price tag.

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations spells out the ABCs (see what we did there?) of RTF cabinets to keep you informed of your options. So, what is an RTF finish? Read on to learn more, and if they could be the best choice for your home.

Not All Cabinets are Created Equal

Wood cabinets, simply stated, are made from wood. No surprises there.

Cabinets that are MDF, on the other hand, are constructed from crushed-up wood particles and resin that are pressed together, resulting in a strong and more cost-effective cabinet. Rigid thermofoil (RTF) is composed of thin layers of vinyl that are bonded to the MDF surface through high heat and pressure (via a large vacuum press). The result is a beautiful and durable product with the high-end look of real wood. Keep in mind, however, that MDF alone is not an adequate material for cabinet doors and drawers, as it will chip, swell, and can’t be easily painted. That’s why RTF is an important component to strengthen, seal, and protect the door front.

Why Choose MDF Cabinets with an RTF Finish?

elegant bathroom

For years, homeowners have been praising the many benefits of RTF cabinetry, ranging from its durability to how good it looks. Granite and TREND Transformations offers a beautiful selection of premium constructed MDF/RTF cabinets that can be customized to any style, color, or finish that you desire. Here are some other featured benefits to help you decide:

  • Strong and durable
  • Beautiful in any décor
  • Easy to clean
  • Low-maintenance compared to natural wood
  • Smooth, uniform, and consistent color (free of knots and grain patterns)
  • Waterproof
  • Nonporous
  • Warp-resistant
  • Won’t twist or crack easily
  • Less expensive than real wood 

Affordable Luxury

modern kitchen cabinets

Let’s face it. Renovations can be expensive. When every dollar is budgeted, choosing RTF cabinets is easier on your wallet, and they can last many years. Wood cabinets are always a preferred option for high-end remodeling projects with higher budgets and, and they will generally last longer than RTF. If you’re looking to customize your cabinets with any add-on accessories, you’ll already be ahead of the budget curve to splurge for those upgrades you’ve always wanted.

kitchen island with sink

Here are some of today’s most popular add-on cabinet accessories that many cabinet manufacturers and cabinet refacing companies like Granite and TREND Transformations provide:

  • Upgraded hardware
  • Lazy Susans
  • Organizers
  • Plate racks
  • Wine racks
  • Drawer dividers
  • Tray dividers
  • Cookbook racks
  • Rollout spice racks and trays
  • Double pullout waste basket

Is your kitchen or bath ready for new cabinets? Our design professionals are ready to help you make the best choice for your home. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation.