Granite used to run the market for countertops; however, this is no longer the case. Within the past few years we have seen a spike in quartz manufacturing because of the high demand for the product. Quartz is a man-made surface made from quartz crystals, which is the second most abundant mineral on earth. Unlike granite, quartz is customizable because it is man-made and can be crafted in almost any color or pattern you can imagine. Another difference between the two materials is that quartz requires a lot less maintenance and does not need to be resealed every year. Quartz is also a harder material than granite therefore it is more durable. If you are considering a change in countertops, you might consider quartz as an option.
Having wood in the kitchen is very classy, but it just isn’t practical for everyone. The potential of water damage from the leak of an appliance or the sink is unnerving and can cause anxiety for some homeowners. If this sounds familiar then you should consider ceramic or porcelain tile for your kitchen floor. This is becoming a more popular trend and can mimic almost any look you want. Patterned, wood look, textured, marble or even concrete-like tile can all be used to update the kitchen. Herringbone floors are becoming more popular which can be achieved with wood or ceramic tile. If you are considering an update for your kitchen floor, tile may be the answer. Come check out some of our new patterned tiles by Imperial Tile at the Schmidt Custom Floors Showroom for inspiration.
Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets
In a large percentage of updated kitchens we are now seeing a two-toned theme. Homeowners are choosing either a different colored countertop on their island or a different stain color on the cabinet compared to the perimeter cabinets. In addition to the two-toned effect, we are also seeing larger islands in general. This gives more space to cook and prepare food and is a great space to seat guests when entertaining.
Contrasting backsplash has been a growing commodity recently, however, we are now seeing it extend up the wall. Generally it will go to the bottom of the upper cabinets, but sometimes we even see it up to the ceiling. Another commonality with kitchen backsplash is to change the direction of the tile under the range hood, or have a small accent tile in the middle. If you think your kitchen needs a little spunk, updating your backsplash may be just the answer!
No Upper Cabinets
In new and recently updated homes upper cabinets are being replaced with floating shelves. This makes the kitchen look more open and adds character. It also allows for you to extend the backsplash to the ceiling and give your kitchen a more modern look. Depending on the look and feel you want your kitchen to have, you can choose white or wood shelves. Using wood shelves will give your kitchen a more rustic look, while white shelves give you a more modern clean look.