Last Updated on December 20, 2021
As the year winds down, we look to 2022 with fresh eyes and a new perspective as industry forecasters are predicting big comebacks for traditional favorites—and some new ones—that are sure to color your world.
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations is excited to share the hottest trends in home décor that are new and “blue” for 2022. Read on to discover how our beautiful line of etherium® By E-Stone surfaces, gorgeous mosaic tiles, and classic cabinetry beautifully align with these timeless trends.
Classic blue was voted as Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2021 and it is still going strong as 2022 approaches. This dark blue hue is a true classic and a favorite among designers for its beauty and versatility. It’s the perfect choice when you’re looking to add depth and contrast to a space. And the best part about blue is that you can use varying shades and still achieve the timeless look you love. See how our gorgeous mosaic tile creates a stunning backdrop in this trendy bathroom.
Move over oak and maple—there’s a new (and blue) color on the block. Our dark blue cabinets make the ultimate statement in this classic kitchen and pair beautifully with our Statuario marble countertops. Whether you choose to go blue or choose another hue, colored cabinets are one of the hot home décor trends for 2022.
If you’re thinking that floral wallpaper may be “too vintage” for your taste, you may want to give it another look. Floral remains a classic pattern that has graced many walls over the past decades. So, what makes 2022 any different? You’ll be surprised to see how this beautiful trend is taking on a fresh look by utilizing bold colors, large images, and even metallic looks. For an elegant twist, see how our mosaic tiles can be designed into a gorgeous floral design on the walls of your home.
If you’re wondering where floral walls would look best in your home, experts suggest trying them out in a powder room, hallway, or even an accent wall in a bedroom or dining room.
Freestanding tubs are taking center stage in today’s bathroom trends, and they are playing a starring role in this room’s aesthetic. Once looked down upon because they were thought to take up precious floor space, today’s homeowners are soaking up the “Old World” look by updating their bathrooms with these elegant tubs. Here are some beautiful examples of freestanding tubs in bathrooms that have been renovated by Granite and TREND Transformations.
Antique and vintage pieces are finding their way into today’s modern homes in more ways than one. What was once considered old is now new again as these timeless treasures are sparking interest and excitement in rooms throughout the home. And we’re not just talking about furniture. Antique plates, bowls, vases, and family trinkets are now being displayed as modern-day centerpieces and objects that are sure to be the talk of days gone by.
Nothing says comfort more than a cozy blanket or comfy couch. And the weather doesn’t even have to be cold to enjoy the comfort factor of cozy fabrics. In fact, these soft and plush fabrics bring a sense of calm all year round—not to mention they warm up the space on days when you’re looking to snuggle up with your favorite book or beverage.
We hope our blog inspired you to try one—or more—of the home décor trends for 2022. Are you ready to spruce things up in your home? A kitchen or bath refresh can be just what you need to kick off the New Year. It’s all about getting to the “after” faster. Did you know that most renovations can be completed in as little as one day?
Contact Granite and TREND Transformations for your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. It’s the smarter way to renovate. Contact us today.
Last Updated on December 20, 2021
The holidays are here! It’s the season of giving and that special time of year for entertaining family and friends. After having had to distance ourselves from loved ones over the past year, many are excited to go all out this year to make it the greatest holiday celebration yet. With many still rebounding from the pandemic, however, how do you find the perfect gifts and be the gracious host without breaking the bank?
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations has made a list (and yes, checked it twice) of festive gift giving and holiday entertaining ideas that will make even Santa proud—while going easy on the wallet. Plus, we included some helpful tips to make it all as easy as pie!
Tips for staying on holiday budget
They say it’s better to give than to receive. After all, it’s the thought that counts, right? Before you begin your holiday shopping, you need to know who you are buying for and how much you’re spending. Here are some things you should do first:
- Set a budget—The first thing to do is come up with an affordable amount for your holiday budget—and stick to it. Second, write out a list of who you are buying for and set an amount you are allocating for each recipient. This will give you a solid starting point and keep you on track during the process. Who knows? If you’re a really good shopper, you might even have money left over!
- Set gift giving rules with your friends and family—We all have different budgets for holiday shopping. To make the gift exchange more comfortable for everyone, it’s best to discuss it ahead of time to get a sense of where everyone stands. To keep the expense down and fun factor up, you may want to suggest a “Secret Santa”—or Kris Kringle—gift exchange. That way, everyone receives a gift without having to buy for the entire crowd. And the fun part is that no one knows who the gift is from until after they open it!
Heartfelt gift ideas for family and friends
Home baked holiday favorites
If you’re looking for an easy and affordable gift idea that is not only appreciated but mouthwatering, this is the one. While you’re baking your own goodies, bake an extra batch (or two) of all of your favorite holiday treats and set them aside as special homemade gifts. Arrange an assortment of your treats in a festive tin or container and decorate with candy canes, ribbons, or bows. It’s a great way to spread the spirit of the holidays while sharing your family’s delicious holiday recipes. Not a baker? Not a problem! You can follow the same game plan with your favorite store-bought cookies, fudge, or even glazed nuts. They look amazing in a glass jar, too!
Passing down family heirlooms at the holidays can be one of the most memorable and nostalgic moments of the day. Grandparents and parents love to share their cherished memories with their children and grandchildren. This is a loving and inexpensive way to give a gift from the heart that will remain in the family for generations to come—not to mention being a wonderful way to open up conversation about days gone by.
With all the selfies and picture taking we do these days, so many great photos get lost on our phones. Today, you can put pictures on almost anything. Now is a great time to print out those favorite pics and give them as gifts. All you need is a frame and you’re good to go. Or, if you want to switch things up, you can have the picture put on ornaments, coasters, calendars, mugs—the list goes on and on. This way, you can select the gift option that best suits your budget. Check out Shutterfly.com for more inspiration!
Are you a crafter? Today’s crafters are designing amazing DIY gifts. If you have the time, a handmade craft is a one-of-a-kind present that will tug at their heartstrings, as they know you took the time to create a special gift just for them. And, it’s a great way to get the kids involved. Just be sure to keep the cost of the materials in mind so you stay within your budget.
Give of your time
Some of the best gifts are priceless. The giving of your time may be the greatest gift of all. This time of year, instead of giving a gift, consider offering a friend a night of babysitting, or spend some time with an elderly family member or neighbor.
Plan a fun experience
Instead of buying gifts for your group of friends, plan a dinner at your home so you can all be together (a “Friendsmas” if you will). Or, make it a game night with snacks and desserts. For the kids, plan a holiday movie pajama party and buy Santa hats or fluffy socks for everyone to wear. Bake or buy cookies and serve hot cocoa and snacks. Putting your money toward experiences is money well spent. The memories they bring will last a lifetime.
Affordable ideas for a holiday party
Who doesn’t love a party? And a holiday party at that! If you’re hosting this year’s shindig, we have helpful tips to make it a night to remember while keeping your budget on track. Here are some great tips for hosting a fabulous and stress-free holiday party:
- Set a budget—Just as we discussed when planning your holiday shopping, setting a budget is also key to planning a party. The key here is to write out your guest list so you can plan on the quantity of food, beverages, and paper goods (if you’re using them), and anything else you will need.
- Plan the menu—Deciding on the kind of party, and time of day you will be hosting it, will help you determine the kind of food to serve. For a holiday brunch, lighter fare will be on the menu as opposed to an evening soiree where you may be serving hors d’oeuvres and dinner. To keep costs down and the fun factor up, you may want to consider a dessert or cocktail party instead.
- Make it a potluck—There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help when hosting a party. In fact, most guests will be happy to make their favorite holiday recipes and show them off. Since you, as the host, will be providing the main course—such as the turkey or a roast—assign your guests specific things to make, which may include appetizers, side dishes, and desserts. For the culinarily-challenged, ask them to bring a dessert, beverage, or paper goods. The key to hosting a potluck is to keep track of who is bringing what, so you don’t end up with five apple pies (not that that’s a bad thing).
Set a festive table
Setting a beautiful table doesn’t have to break the bank. Start with your favorite holiday tablecloth and build from there. For a fun centerpiece, try this: If you have a real Christmas tree or any greenery outdoors, clip branches and arrange them in a vase or bowl. Then add a few small ornaments, pinecones, and candy canes. For atmosphere, arrange your favorite candles around the table. (Mixing up the sizes looks great, too.) Whatever your style, keep it simple and chic.
Create a beverage bar
Depending on the time of day, it’s best to offer your guests a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. A great idea is to serve a holiday-themed beverage, such as a festive holiday punch or cocktail. Just be sure to keep an eye on any little ones at the party. Setting up a hot cocoa station is a fun idea. Set out mugs, marshmallows, and candy canes and let them go to town—after you’ve poured the hot cocoa first!
“The Giving Tree”
It’s always a good idea to give back to the less fortunate—especially during the holidays. If you choose, ask your guests to bring a small, unwrapped toy and have them set it under your tree or on a gift table. The gifts can be brought to a community center, place of worship, or anywhere there’s a toy drive.
What are your plans for this holiday season? Whether you’re traveling to see family or hosting your own gathering, we hope you were inspired to try some of the ideas. And remember, sometimes your presence is the greatest present of all.
From all of us at Granite and TREND Transformations, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!