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Beautiful, Easy and Budget-friendly Ways to Update your Kitchen

Today’s kitchens are so much more than just a gathering place for meals. This bustling hub is now doubling as a space for work and leisure, as many families have changed the term “home” to “home base.” This new lifestyle trend is making way for creating a space that is cozier, more convenient, and—dare we say it—less “kitchen-y.”

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations is featuring beautiful, easy, and budget-friendly ways to update your kitchen that won’t put a strain on your wallet. Here’s a peek into the latest design trends for today’s kitchens.

Touchless Faucets

touchless faucet

Today’s times call for a “hands-free” zone wherever possible. With families flocking to the kitchen throughout the day, keeping the spread of germs to a minimum is key. Touchless faucets are the way to go when it comes to keeping your hands (and germs) to yourself.  They make a great addition to your bathroom, too. Plus, washing your hands becomes more fun. Your kids will think these faucets work like magic!

Classic Hardware

kitchen hardware

Updating the hardware on your kitchen cabinets is an easy and budget-friendly way to elevate the look and feel of this room. Although brushed nickel still holds a place in the “popular column,” brass is making a big comeback, as this golden trend brings class and elegance back to the kitchen. And don’t forget your wall plates. Today’s designs are a far cry from the boring, plain ones. Are your kitchen wall plates painted over to blend in with the walls? You’ll be surprised to find a variety of designs and finishes that will add just the right amount of pizazz to your walls.

Lavish Lighting

kitchen lighting fixtures

Lighting sets the tone for any space. For kitchens, now is the time to think cozy, relaxing, and soothing. Your kitchen is most likely equipped with ample lighting for meal prepping, cooking, and dining. The addition of accent lighting for atmosphere and conversation is a beautiful way to transform your kitchen into a tranquil evening breakaway space where you can enjoy a late-night cup of tea or whatever soothes you. You might also consider purchasing small lamps to place on your countertops as an even more economical way to add cozy, indirect lighting.

Artwork on Display

painting of a cat

Today’s artwork is finding its way off of living room walls and onto unsuspecting places such as kitchen countertops and open shelving. As families spend more time in their kitchens these days, they are bringing more of their family treasures into this space for comfort and sheer enjoyment. And the best part? It won’t cost you a penny to use what you already own and love. Consider this a “picture perfect” trend!

Changing Hues

kitchen decor

Color is the ultimate mood booster. Did you know the Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 (a tie between “Ultimate Grey” and “Illuminating”), along with the color green, are setting the stage for this year’s hottest looks? If your kitchen walls give off a “kitchen-y” vibe, then it’s time to paint over the past and revive your walls with a hot new look. If you’re not up to painting the entire kitchen, try painting an accent wall instead. It’s not only an economical refresh, but you’ll be surprised at how switching up the colors in your kitchen will breathe new life into the room.

Tech Savvy Spaces

modern kitchen technology

Do you have a spare television that’s collecting dust in a guest bedroom or the basement? For the cost of a service appointment, you could put that TV to good use in your kitchen. Whether you enjoy watching your favorite shows while cooking or catching up on the day’s latest events, your family will love the convenience of blending the comfort of a living space into your kitchen.

New Countertop or Backsplash

kitchen countertop and backsplash

If your budget allows, splurging for a new countertop or mosaic tile backsplash, such as our Liberty Diamond pictured here, (or maybe both) can truly transform your kitchen. Did you know a kitchen renovation from Granite and TREND Transformations can often be completed in as little as one day, and with little-to-no demolition? It’s the smarter way to renovate, with no stress or mess. And, our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces are the only engineered stone product with 24/7 Microban® antimicrobial technology built right in!

We hope you enjoyed these beautiful, easy, and economical ways to update your kitchen. Does your kitchen need a refresh? Contact Granite and TREND Transformations for a free in-home or virtual design consultation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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