New Home Tips, Trends, and Ideas - Raleigh Custom Home Builders

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

Best Sizes for a Kitchen Sink - How to Choose Between One or Two Bowls

Get up to speed on the debate over one versus two bowl kitchen sinks - with a few of the most common "pros and cons" of each style.

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

 

Single Bowl Sinks

Single bowl sinks are perfect for those who love to cook with large pots, pans, and baking sheets - which require deeper and wider sink spaces. 

The three most popular colors/finishes for kitchen sinks are black, white, and stainless steel.

In this version of The Avonstone Manor, an under mount black one bowl sink contrasts with the white, black, and grey granite counters.

kitchen sink one or two bowls

While single bowl sinks come in a wide range of shape and sizes, many are designed to fit in a 36 inch base cabinet.

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

Apron front (farmhouse) sinks, like the one pictured here, are usually designed as a single bowl sink. (See photos of a white apron front farmhouse sink here.)

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

Double Bowl Sinks:

For many home buyers, the allure of a double bowl sink boils down to one primary design functionality: Each bowl can be dedicated to serve a different purpose.

One bowl can hold dirty dishes, while the other can remain open for use. Typically, dual bowl sinks come in ratios of 50-50, 60-40, or 70-30.

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

When working with two bowl sinks, one bowl (usually the smaller one) can include a garbage disposal. This helps keep small items separate (and away from the disposal).  A disposal may not be available if your home includes a septic system - a very common occurance in North Carolina. 

And one bowl can hold fragile items - such as delicate wine glasses - while the other holds sturdier dishes.

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

You can fit a dish drying rack into one bowl, and keep the other clear.

Kitchen Sink Sizes | Single or Double Bowl?

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Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets - Popular Styles for 2017

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Raleigh Custom Kitchen Color Trends: Light Cabinets, Dark Countertops

Posted by Penny Hull on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

New Home Kitchen Trends: Most Popular Color Combinations

White Cabinets and Black Countertops

 

We're starting to see another shift in North Carolina new home kitchen design trends. 

While many kitchens opt for dark espresso cabinets and light cream-toned backsplashes and granite countertops, more home buyers are requesting the opposite: light cabinets and dark countertops

See this kitchen trend reversal in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham custom homes by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 1: White Cabinets and Black Countertops

White and black kitchens will always be a classic home design choice.

See how Raleigh home owners are mixing things up, though, with these contemporary two-tone selections.

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

We're seeing more kitchens like this - from a version of The Rossi - that feature white cabinets and black granite countertops. These mix-and-match designs alternate tones in the main wall cabinets and island.  In this case, the island cabinets and granite contrast the traditional perimeter.

What's a good rule of thumb for where to add light and dark tones?

We think balance is key. Remember that your floors and walls can also make a big impact on the overall feel of your kitchen. So if you love dark cabinets in a large kitchen, don't feel restricted to white countertops. You can also lighten things up with a creamy paint and light flooring

Kitchen Color Trend Example 2: Light Cabinets and Dark Countertops

The extra long island topped with black granite offers a casual dining space perfect for morning breakfast and afternoon homework.

This black and white kitchen photo is from a version of The Carwile near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Columns wrapped in white wainscoting and a neutral tone hardwood floor keep the room light - and prevent the black granite from dominating the room. 

Kitchen Color Trend Example 3: Natural Maple Cabinets and Dark Countertops

Kitchens with natural maple cabinets (and custom natural tone maple flooring) keep the room light and bright.

Touches of white in the dark granite countertops prompt the black backsplash tiles to align with the welcoming tone of this kitchen.

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Kitchen Color Trend Example 4: Light Oak Cabinets and Black Medley Countertops

This kitchen is centrally located, tucked between the breakfast, dining, and family room. An angled eating bar offers twice the seating in the casual dining area.

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Are dark counter tops harder to clean?  The natural pattern, rather than color, of your granite counter tops will more likely impact how visible kitchen spills are.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 5: Light Cabinets and Dark Countertops

In addition to kitchens that mix white and black or black and brown elements, we're also seeing home buyers opt for different appliance colors. 

While stainless steel appliances are still the most popular choice in new home kitchens, don't be surprised if you start seeing more white and black refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens.

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Kitchen Color Trend Example 6: Brown and Black Kitchen

While we've seen a trend towards contemporary style kitchens with a heavy contrast between features in the past few years, we're starting to see a resurgence in designs that focus on the use of tans and browns - with medium wood cabinetry (including some oaks). 

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Raleigh kitchens often pair these tans and browns with white, black, or grey elements.

An example is this version of the Azalea Park - popular on Houzz - which features a finish in the middle of the natural range cabinetry and black granite.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Color Trend Example 7: Brown Cabinets and Black  Countertops

This version of the Gershwin is another example of kitchen designs that incorporate strong browns and blacks.

A beige tile backsplash and soft walls even out the color contrast in this kitchen.

Kitchen Design Trends | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

What design elements will we continue to see most in 2015 kitchens? Follow Stanton Homes on Houzz, and see all the latest in custom home design.

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Getting the Most out of Kitchen Countertops | NC New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

What Kind of Kitchen Countertops Work Best?

Kitchen Design Trends for NC New Homes 

Granite, marble, concrete, tile or solid surface – compare and contrast the most popular kitchen countertop selections for North Carolina new homes.

And get an idea of how to calculate the cost of your kitchen countertops, in a North Carolina new home.

Granite Countertops – Which Kitchen Countertops Work Best?

Granite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.

Different Types of Countertops | Granite CountersGranite is a higher-end home counter top option, with prices starting at about 3-4 times the cost of laminate.

Because this is a natural material, selections are not made from a color chart.

Buyers can select from samples representative of a type of granite, or choose a unique individual slab from which their countertop will be carefully cut.

There are a variety of edges – including bullnose, radius, straight, bevel, and ogee.  See a chart of counter top edge styles here.

Granite is fairly resistant to heat and scratches. If damaged, it may be possible to polish the countertop, since it is made of the same material throughout. The material must be resealed about every five years to protect it from stains, and careful attention must be paid to the natural stone seams. 

If you use granite in the kitchen, you'll want to consider tile back splash options. One of the best ways to add designer appeal to your kitchen without spending a lot of money is adding a tile backsplash above your granite tops - see 5 popular tile designs here

Should I install granite in the master bathroom? Since the cost of granite has gone down over the past few years, upgrading to granite in the master bath may be more reasonable than you might think.

Marble Countertops – What is the best type of Kitchen Countertops?

Like granite, marble comes in slabs that are always different because they come from a natural source. 

In this NC new home kitchen, White Carrara Marble countertops are paired with a light blue island.

Marble Kitchen Countertops | White Marble Countertops

It is not as popular as other kitchen countertop materials, because it’s lime-stone base makes it less resistant to stains from oils and acids.

The cost of marble is a little higher than granite, and the seam and sealing processes are identical. 

Quartz, or Engineered Stone - Kitchen Countertop Trends

This is one of the newest countertop products, and is becoming increasingly popular. Quartz is actually a quartz composite, made of quartz, colored pebbles, polymers, and epoxy. About 97% of the composite is quartz. The other 7% is pigments and resins. Natural granite is only about 50% quartz, which is very high on the hardness scale – only diamonds, topaz and sapphires are harder!  

Quartz comes in many more colors than natural stone and has a more even pattern.  

The cost is higher than granite.  It doesn’t need to be sealed, and is more resistant to stains, scratches, and other damage. Seams are less noticeable due to the consistency of the pattern.  

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel is also becoming a popular option in higher-end homes. It is one of only a few countertop materials that can be safely bleached, and heat will not hurt it.  

Brushed and/or textured finishes are available to help hide scratches. In some cases, the sink can be created with the countertop for a totally seamless one-piece installation. All this comes with a price tag – steel countertops cost about twice as much as granite.  

Tile Countertops

Tile was a big design feature in 1980's and 90's kitchens (along with wood counter tops).

While we don't expect to see a wave of tile kitchen counter tops again soon, homebuyers have begun to request tile counter tops in the bathroom. Click here for photos and design ideas for tile bathroom counters.

What’s the bottom line on countertop costs?

Different Types of Countertops | Granite Counters

All countertop pricing is determined by square footage.

Most standard countertops are 2 ¼ feet wide.

To find out how much countertop you need, take the length of the countertop and multiply by the width.

Then multiply the total square footage by the cost per square foot for the desired material. This will give you the starting point. 

But there are additional considerations as well.  

The cost of backsplashes depends on material and style, as does the edge of the countertop – which can all be customized in different materials.

Even the type of sink makes a difference in countertop cost. An under-counter mount requires a more finished edge around the sink, which raises the cost for some materials. Additional sinks or other cut outs can add to labor and installation expenses, as well.

Custom home builders like Stanton Homes can walk you through the costs when you plan your home, so you can decide what kind of countertop you want to live with.

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Single or Double Kitchen Sink? | Raleigh New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Kitchen Sink with One or Two Bowls?

Get up to speed on the debate over one versus two bowl kitchen sinks - with a few of the most common "pros and cons" of each style.

One Bowl Sinks

Single bowl sinks are perfect for those who love to cook with large pots, pans, and baking sheets - which require deeper and wider sink spaces. 

The three most popular colors for kitchen sinks are black, white, and stainless steel.

In this version of The Avonstone Manor, an under mount black one bowl sink contrasts with the white, black, and grey granite counters.

kitchen sink one or two bowls

While single bowl sinks come in a wide range of shape and sizes, many are designed to fit in a 36 inch base cabinet.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

Apron front sinks, like the one pictured here, are popular in new home kitchens with single bowl sinks. (See photos of a white apron front farmhouse sink here.)

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

Two Bowl Sinks:

For many home buyers, the allure of a double bowl sink boils down to one primary design functionality: Each bowl can be dedicated to serve a different purpose.

One bowl can hold dirty dishes, while the other can remain open for use. Typically, dual bowl sinks come in ratios of 50 -50, 60-40 or 70-30.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

One bowl (usually the smaller one) can include a garbage disposal. This helps keep small items separate (and away from the disposal).  A disposal may not be available if your home includes a septic system - a very common occurance in North Carolina. 

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

One bowl can hold fragile items - such as delicate wine glasses - while the other holds sturdier dishes.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

You can fit a dish drying rack into one bowl, and keep the other clear.

Single Bowl Sinks | Double Bowl Sinks

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Kitchen Design Trends: Wall Oven or Range?

Kitchen Design: Which is Better, Gas or Electric Cooktops?

2014 Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

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Kitchen Appliance Tips: Wall Oven or Range?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 06:09 AM

Which is Better, a Wall Oven or Range with Cooktop?

When looking at kitchen layout options, a common home buyer question is, should I choose a range or a separated oven/cooktop combination? 

What is a kitchen range?

A kitchen range refers to an oven and cooktop designed as a single appliance

Adding a range to your kitchen is generally less expensive than a wall oven/cooktop combination, making it appealing to many home buyers. 

Kitchen Range Styles | Gas Range with Ovens

A range combination can be a better choice for families with one main cook or fewer occasions requiring multiple dishes.

Typically, a microwave is placed directly above the range - see an example in this country style two story Raleigh home: 

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

More home buyers are requesting a microwave located in the island or lower, rather than upper, cabinets. See an example of a kitchen with oven/cook top combination, with the microwave in a lower cabinet: 

Gas Range | White Kitchen Appliances

Wall Oven Ideas

What is a wall oven? A wall oven appliance is separated from the cooktop and installed within kitchen cabinets.

Wall ovens are very popular in Raleigh new home kitchens, where homebuyers are always looking for ways to maximize their kitchen spaces.

Single wall ovens offer a second workstation area - making it easier for one person to sauté  vegetables at the stove, while another bakes in the oven.  

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Double wall ovens can be ideal for large dinner parties, holidays, or occasions that require several different dishes to be cooked at the same time.

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Double wall ovens offer twice the twice the baking, roasting, and prep space, without taking up additional square footage in the kitchen.  

Wall ovens with higher mountings can also eliminate the need to bend over the oven. 

Double Wall Oven Kitchen

Wall ovens are generally electric rather than gas, and come in a width of 24, 27, or 30 inches.

Some home buyers opt for one regular oven, with a warming oven above. 

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

Accessible kitchen designs can incorporate a wheelchair-height wall oven and microwave combination. 

Wall Oven Layout | Wall Oven with Microwave Above

Separate wall ovens and cooktops also enable you to place one appliance in your island, and another on the main wall. 

Kitchen Appliance Tips | Raleigh Custom Home Builder

 Houzz Ideabook of Kitchens with Single and Double Wall Ovens

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5 Kitchen Design Trends | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:02 PM

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends 

The top 5 kitchen design trends for homes are all about details, according to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

The NKBA identifies the latest designs and trends in kitchen and bath design across the United States and Canada.

More than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, providing information about popular design specifications including materials, product types, and styles. 

Here are the fastest growing trends for 2013 kitchens, according to these design experts:

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #1: White Painted Cabinetry

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhite painted cabinetry is the number one kitchen trend going into 2013.

67% of NKBA respondents said they use white painted cabinets in the kitchen.

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, custom home builder Stanton Homes is starting to see more requests for white cabinetry. The approach can lighten a room, make it look bigger, and provide a clean and fresh look.

 

 


5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

There is also still a very strong desire for classic stained wood cabinets, with cherry wood the optimal choice for durability. 

The percentage of NKBA respondents who prefer light, medium and dark finishes can be seen here, along with some examples:

Light: 30% 

Medium: 54% 

Dark: 55%

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #2: Glass Backsplash

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

 

While ceramic and porcelain tiles remain the most popular tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, glass backsplashes are growing more popular, with 64% of respondents saying they use this design approach

 

Natural stone tile is another growing trend. 

 

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #3: LED Lighting

The use of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting increased to 77% of designers in 2013. LED has become an extremely popular type of energy efficient lighting, and is especially prevalent in many certified green homes.   LED lighting is still much more expensive than standard lighting, but some buyers consider this a must-have splurge in important areas like kitchens and baths.

NKBA Kitchen Trend #4: Touch Activated Faucets

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhile touch activated faucets showed the highest growth in popularity by users, pull-out faucets and pot fillers are also becoming more popular in 2013 homes.

 - Touch activated faucets are used by 32% of member designers in the research group

 - Pull-out faucets are used by 94% of member designers

 - Pot fillers are used by 33% of member designers

 

NKBA Kitchen Trend #5: Satin Nickel Finishes

Polished nickel and chrome have lost some of their shine; satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze have taken the lead in growth in popularity.

60% of respondents use satin nickel finishes in the kitchen, with 50% using bronze/oil-rubbed bronze. 

 

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Kitchen Trends | Are Bronze Appliances On Their Way In?

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 16:02 PM

Which Style Will Replace Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances?

Is Oil Rubbed Bronze the Next Big Trend?

 

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea":

What's the next Raleigh custom home trend after stainless steel appliances? I see some oil rubbed bronze in Jenn Air, but it looks almost brown. My friend's mother has goldish bronze appliances from the 60's and are nice looking. Will these bronze colored appliances become popular in new home kitchens?

 

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea has to say:

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Thank you for your question regarding color trends for major appliances in the home.

You mentioned the bronze appliances by Jenn Air - those were actually launched back in 2006. 

Jenn Air was obviously hopeful that these appliances would be a big hit running alongside the popularity of the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish for plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and bath, door, and cabinet hardware.

However, your remark that the bronze appliances look almost brown to you, coupled with the fact that they remind you somewhat of some older appliances from the past - specifically it sounds like you may be referring to appliances from the era of the Harvest Gold appliances that were first actually introduced in the late 1960's (along with Avocado Green) - precisely pinpoints the reason the bronze appliance launch has not really caught on.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Although the idea was new, the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish was designed and introduced into the marketplace to be a compliment to the many decorating looks that became popular through the 1990's and into the first decade of the 21st century.

These styles include Old World looks, French Country, English Country, and so on, which were designed to look old or antique in nature.

The most popular styles are often modern versions of styles from the past.

The Oil Rubbed Bronze concept is sometimes appealing when it comes to free-standing ranges and decorative hoods, but generally, we want our appliances to look new and up to date as this also gives the perception that the kitchen has been updated and that every appliance will perform with the speed, accuracy, and convenience that we as consumers demand more and more of with every passing decade.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances


So, will we see more Bronze appliances and will we see a return of Harvest Gold? I have not seen that on the horizon from the Appliance Council Of America, nor have I seen that rumor from the Color Association of America.

Although we may find comfort and sometimes glamor in Bronze and gold finishes throughout the home, the theme of modern convenience coupled with the Professional look and feel of stainless steel will continue to be the leading themes in residential appliance finishes.

At Stanton Homes, 24 of 25 new homes slated to complete this year have already selected a stainless steel appliance finish.

Thank you for your thought-provoking question - please don't hesitate to call on us again for decorating advice or opinions."

Have a kitchen or interior design trend question?  Ask Andrea, and she'll let you know all the latest in custom home and design/build trends!

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Click Here for More Answers to "Ask Andrea"

 

 

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Design/Build Custom Homes in Raleigh | Interior Design at No Cost

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 05:02 AM

Interior Design Ideas

Designing Your Custom Home Kitchen 

 

When you build a new home with Stanton Homes, you can sit with our in-house design team and we’ll sketch up ideas for your kitchen together.

Custom design work and sessions with an exceptional, experienced interior designer are included in your custom home package at no extra cost.

See how kitchen design ideas can flow together in the sketches we made for real people building real homes here, and contact us to talk about your own special layout.


Designing Your Custom Home Kitchen - The Lowery

Kitchen design renderings are provided by an experienced interior designer, to help homebuyers determine kitchen layout options, cabinetry dimensions, special features like backsplash designs, open walkway space and more.

Your personal interior designer will help determine:

 

Design Build Homes | In-house Design Services | 2012 Custom Kitchen Design

 - Type and style of premium cabinetry

- Location of crown moulding and other details

- Design, color, and style of custom tile backsplash

- Design, color, and style of custom tile inlay above range

- Location and layout of Pantry

- Best location for oven/range to fit your lifestyle

- Best location of sink and dishwasher to fit your lifestyle

 

The Lowery - Completed Kitchen

Design Build Homes | In-house Design Services | 2012 Custom Kitchen Design

What makes this custom kitchen functional and beautiful? 

 - Dark cabinetry contrasts with a custom tile backsplash of neutral tans and browns.

 - The angled breakfast nook walls bring plenty of natural light into the large island kitchen.

 - A custom tile inlay above the gas range blends the darks and lights of the room perfectly.

 - Satin nickel hardware highlights the stainless steel appliances.

 

The Lowery - Custom Drawn Kitchen Floor Plan

Custom Kitchen Floor Plan

 

 - The large island includes a 60/40 undermount sink

 - A raised eating bar includes tile backsplash below

 - The kitchen looks out to the breakfast and keeping rooms

 - The laundry room is in easy reach, just off the kitchen and keeping rooms

 

 

 

 

See your imagination come to life in the hands of our experts – designing real homes for real people.

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Mixed Mosaic Tile Backsplash - 2012 Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

Interior Design Tips for your Kitchen:

Transitional Mixed Mosaic Tile Backsplash

We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea": 

"I have off-white maple cabinets with hazlenut glaze and dark chocolate cherry cabinets with a White Spring granite countertop. I like transitional look. What backsplash will go with it? Glass or stone/travertine tiles or a mosaic blend?

Second, should we get the 4" granite backsplash and then do tile over that or just do tile everywhere? My husband only likes the tile in the cooktop area going over the custom hood to the ceiling and plain 4" backsplash everywhere. What is the design recommendation on doing different style of backsplash in different areas of the kitchen?"

And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea recommends:

Kitchen Cabinet Dual Finishes

 

First of all, let me say that I love seeing a mix of cabinet finishes in a kitchen--what a great look with the White spring granite.

You have asked several good questions regarding tile choices for a back splash however since you said that you prefer a transitional look, I am going to make some specific recommendations.

 

Make Use of Your Design Space

Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Firstly, since there is not a lot of area to tile in a backsplash in the first place, you are kind of working against your look if you have both a 4" splash and then tiles above it to the cabinets.

I would go without the granite splash and just install tile from counter to cabinet to make the most of your design and the impact it will have on the kitchen.

Secondly, since I work with married couples all the time who have different preferences at times, I always try to recommend a compromise--in most cases this means a blend of both preferences.

I think the best way to enjoy your home is to make decisions together and that the decisions, where possible, should reflect both tastes. How better to create harmony?

Mosaic Tile Range Area

Mosaic Tile Glass Backsplash

 

In this case, I think that either a glass mosaic or one of the transitional mixed mosaics would be a good choice for the range area.

There are some very beautiful mosaic blends available that incorporate natural stone, glass, and metal all in one mosaic.  They are truly works of art all by themselves.

 

 

Mosaic Tile Backsplash

Rectangle Tile Backsplash

Then, for the rest of the back splash area I would recommend using a large rectangular tile in a dark, rich, earthy hue. I think this would off-set the granite very well.

There are some rectangular shaped tiles now available in more irregular sizes such as 4 x 7, 4 x 9, 5 x 9, etc.

The traditional 3 x 6 brick design (the subway tile) has stood the test of time for well over 100 years, and now tile artisans are spicing it up and making it transitional by breaking into larger sizes of all sorts and by using very rich colors.

By mixing both a large brick tile for the main back splash areas with a mixed mosaic for the cooking and hood area, I think you will have a transitional look and will have created something that caters to the preferences of both you and your husband.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

 

Finally, don't forget under cabinet lighting to make the most of everything you have done. 

 

  

 

Custom Home Design Series by Andrea Enns

Stanton Homes continues to offer the information you're looking for.  Check back for more interior design trend tips!

Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.

Andrea Enns is an on staff design expert at Stanton Homes, offering FREE professional design selection services to custom home clients as part of Stanton Homes' exclusive custom home packages. 

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How to Design a Kitchen with an Island | Kitchen Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:11 AM

How to Plan Your Kitchen

Top 5 Kitchen Island Aspects to Keep in Mind

 

Kitchens with islands, when designed correctly, offer more counter space, additional storage room, and a convenient place to tuck appliances. What's not to love?

Before you settle on a new home floor plan with a kitchen island, make sure you take into consideration several important aspects:

1. LayoutKitchen Design Trends 2012

How big is the island, compared to the rest of the kitchen? Remember the difference between an island and a peninsula, and the pros and cons of each, based on kitchen size.

How open will your kitchen be, and what do you want the island to look out to?

A great room with lots of windows and a fireplace so you can have a cozy conversation with family and friends?

A living room with a TV so you can watch the game while working?

2. Walkways

Is there enough room left over in the kitchen for everyone to easily navigate the island?

While islands provide plenty of counter and storage space, they also take up floor space.

3. Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Do you want to include an eating bar with seating?

Island height and position can effect seating area possibilities.

It's recommended that you have a 10-12 inch difference between the island countertop and stool height. For example, a 42" island works best with a 30" stool.  

 

 

4. AppliancesIsland with Sink

Do you want the island to contain a sink, dishwasher, range, trash bin, or microwave?

Keep in mind - efficient working space requires easy access to the refrigerator, sink, and cooking range.

BUT, it's best to separate these three items into a "work triangle" for greater efficiency and ease of movement.

5. Outlets

Plan ahead - ask your builder where to add electrical outlets into the island, and include plenty of them. Don't try to stretch cords across a walk way!

 

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