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Top 5 Battles in NC Kitchen Designs | Color, Tile, Cabinets & More

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors for the Kitchen

What are the top five design battles brewing over new home kitchen tile, paint, and cabinetry combinations?

  • Tans, browns, and beige vs. whites, grays, and espresso tones
  • Vertical mixed mosaic tile patterns vs. horizontal mosaic patterns
  • Painted vs. stained cabinets - in white, espresso, and maple
  • Ceramic vs. stone, metal, and other tile materials
  • Farmhouse vs. craftsman, contemporary, and traditional themes
See how these elements come together in these Five Top Kitchen Design Ideas, below:

(Click on the photos below to see floor plans and additional photos from these NC custom homes.)


Kitchen Design Idea #1: Beige Paint, Bone Tile, and Hickory Cabinets

While white painted cabinets and espresso wood stain remain popular selections for new homes, we're also seeing a return to hickory and maple kitchen cabinets with natural stains.

This country farmhouse style kitchen blends a range of natural materials and tones in the paint, tile, cabinet, and granite counter top selections.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 6108 Latte by Sherwin Williams

Tile splash: 3x6 "Bone Natural" Field Tile with a vertical mix mosaic above the range

Cabinets: Hickory cabinets with Chestnut stain

Granite Counter Tops: "Venetian Ice"

Kitchen Design Idea #2: Gray Paint, Red Tile, Two Islands with Antique Glaze

This expansive, two island kitchen blends natural tile tones with antique painted cabinets and delicious glazes on top.

The first island serves as a cooking, prep, and cleaning space while the second accommodates party platters and casual dining. (See a floor plan and additional kitchen photos here.)

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 7548 Portico by Sherwin Williams

Tile splash: 4x4'' diagonal set Noce Antique Field Tile with 2x2'' Adelaide Hills Blend with Cinnamon, Raspberry, and Vanilla

Cabinets: Lewis painted antique perimeter cabinets with a chocolate glaze and island cabinets with black glaze

Kitchen Design Idea #3: Gray Paint, Metallic Tile, Formal White Painted Cabinets

Classic, traditional elements flow alongside contemporary finishes throughout this NC new home kitchen.  Classic elements include white painted cabinets. Contemporary touches include metallic tile accents.

A window above the sink offers direct line of sight into the backyard, great for keeping an eye on kids playing outdoors - while getting down to business with the two-oven gas range.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: Benjamin Moore HC-105 Rockport Gray

Tile Splash: 5/8'' Falls Creek Blend Mosaic Tile

Cabinets: Maple wood with Antique white paint (the island cabinets are also Maple with Espresso stain)

Kitchen Design Idea #4: Beige Paint, Tan Tile, Espresso Cabinets

This luxury kitchen design features glass front cabinet doors, a stone frame around the main kitchen wall, and furniture style cabinets with a center bump-out.

Contrary to many open concept floor plans, this kitchen opens to the breakfast room, separate from the living room around the corner.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 7506 Loggia by Sherwin Williams

Tile Splash: 4x4'' Ivory Tumbled Travertine with 1x1'' Carmel Mix Hones Mosaic above the range

Cabinets: Maple with Espresso stain

Kitchen Design Idea #5: Beige Paint, Rustic Brick Tile, Slate Stain Cabinets

This island kitchen incorporates two types of cabinet materials and finishes: maple and oak wood with white paint and slate stain.

A raised eating bar opens interaction space from the kitchen to the living room, and hides the two bowl kitchen sink.

The gas range is perfect for those who love to cook complex meals with precise heating elements.

Popular Tile Backsplash Styles, Paint Tones, and Cabinet Colors | NC New Homes

This Stanton Homes custom kitchen design features:

Paint: SW 7512 Pavilion Beige by Sherwin Williams

Tile Splash: 3x6'' Walnut Tumbled Travertine in a brick pattern with 2x12'' Walnut Tavertine Chair Rail and 1/2 x 1/2'' Branch Mix Mosaics above the range

Cabinets: Maple perimeter cabinets with Antique White Paint; Oak refrigerator cabinet and island cabinets with Slate Stain

(See a similar brick tile in this version of the Christina.)


NC New Home Kitchen Design:

Which kitchen selection combinations stand out to you? Get more ideas for every room of the home, inside our Houzz Ideabooks, here.

Contact Stanton Homes at 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to learn more about building an NC custom home - with the help of an interior design expert throughout the selection process.


 

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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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Best Kitchen Countertop Ideas For New Homes | Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 @ 07:01 AM

Kitchen Countertops - What Kind of Countertops Work Best?

Kitchen Design Trends for New Custom Homes 

Stone, stone-look laminate, marble, concrete, tile or solid surface – compare and contrast today's most popular kitchen countertop selections.

Granite Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

What kind of kitchen countertop is best | NC Custom Home BuildersGranite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.

Granite is a more expensive countertop 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, and bevel – are available at no additional charge, while upgraded edges can include a full bullnose and ogee (graceful serpentine curve).  

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. 

Marble Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

Marble is another 100% natural product. 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.

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

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

Quartz, or Engineered Stone – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

What kind of kitchen countertop is best | NC Custom Home BuildersThis 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 very similar to 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 – Compare and Contrast Kitchen 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.  

What’s the bottom line on countertop costs?

What kind of kitchen countertop is best | NC Custom Home BuildersAll 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.

Read Best Kitchen Countertops Part I Here

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What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best? | Kitchen Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 @ 07:01 AM

How to choose the best Kitchen Countertops for your lifestyle

Kitchen Design Trends for New Custom Homes 

Stone, stone-look laminate, marble, concrete, tile or solid surface – here’s what you need to know before you tell your NC custom home builder what kind of kitchen countertops to install: 

What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best | NC Custom Home Builder TrendsLaminate Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

Modern laminate is durable and stain resistant. It comes in a variety of colors and textures, including a look that imitates more expensive materials like granite and marble. 

Laminate is one of the least expensive countertops because it can be shaped and molded fairly easily to match the dimensions of your kitchen cupboards. Laminate can also be customized, with hardwood for the backsplash and front edge, without a lot of additional cost.

One downside to laminate is that it can be scratched or burned, and the colors may fade with time. However, mold or bacteria growth isn’t a problem with laminate, so bleach and harsh cleansers aren’t needed for cleanup. 

Ceramic Tile Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

Ceramic tile costs more than laminate, but just how much you pay depends on type of tile, pattern, and decorative accents.

The versatility of tile can add personality to countertops, but the way the tiles are laid out can also make a difference in terms of how much labor is involved. A horizontal pattern is standard, but other patterns require extra cutting and skill. 

Another aspect of tile that makes it stand out is the grout that is used to hold the tile in place. Grout is available in a wide variety of colors that can accent the tiles, and is more stable and longer lasting than in the past. 

Tile is scratch and heat resistant, but grout must be sealed regularly to protect it from stains. Grout seal comes in aerosol cans and dries quickly, so it’s easy to apply. When properly sealed, the grout is almost as easy to clean as the tiles, which require only soap and water.

Solid Surface Countertops – Compare and Contrast Kitchen Countertops

What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best | NC Custom Home Builder TrendsSolid surface countertops are made of materials like resin, an acrylic or modified polyester, color pigments, a fire rating filler, and added particles to give the appearance of veins or textures. Corian is a good example of a solid surface countertop.  One nice feature of Corian is an option for an integrated, seamless sink.

These kinds of countertops are a mid-priced option, lately higher than granite but lower than quartz, and come in hundreds of colors and finishes that have varying rates of glossiness. Although they are generally resistant to scratching and are typically heat and stain resistant, solid surface countertops such as Corian can be scorched. 

Solid surface countertops can be wiped down with a soft cloth. Special cleaners are available that can restore glossiness, and many of these materials can be lightly sanded when scratches appear.

Read Best Kitchen Countertops Part II Here

 

What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best | NC Custom Home Builder Trends

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Kitchen Tile Ideas | Top 5 Kitchen Tile Backsplash Design Trends

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Dec 02, 2010 @ 06:12 AM

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for Backsplashes

Top 5 Trends for Kitchen Tile Backsplash Design

A full tile backsplash adds personality, color and easy-cleanup to any kitchen. Options come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Here are the top five most popular backsplash tile ideas for the kitchen that we’re seeing right now.

Kitchen Tile Ideas | Kitchen Backsplash Tile Picture #1:

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for Backsplashes 

In the tile backsplash picture above, a deep black granite countertop is even more dramatic when combined with a well-planned tile backsplash.

 

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for BacksplashesInexpensive tiles are set into a pattern that looks luxurious, with 4x4 light taupe tiles set in both diagonal and horizontal configurations.  

This cost-effective kitchen backsplash tile idea for the kitchen is centered around a dark glass mini-mosaic used as a listello accent, border, and medallion accent.

The dark grout adds to the art form, and allows for easy clean-up.

Kitchen Tile Ideas | Kitchen Backsplash Tile Picture Idea #2:

 Kitchen Tile Backsplash

In this kitchen tile picture, you’ll find your eye drawn to the smaller tile backsplash that emphasizes color.

These tiles come in 12x12 squares applied to a mesh backing, for easy installation.

The border is a pencil listello accent piece which pulls together the dark colors.

The darker approach to this kitchen backsplash idea works especially well in conjunction with oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

 Kitchen Tile Ideas | Kitchen Backsplash Tile Picture #3:

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for Backsplashes 

The classic white subway tiles(sometimes called “brick”) in this tile backsplash picture are designed to emphasize a more subtle decorating approach.

The white subway tiles work extremely well with lighter colored cabinetry and darker countertops, as well as your choice of black and stainless steel appliances. In this tile backsplash picture, the effect is even extended above the cooktop.

Tiles are set herringbone style for the backdrop, and incorporate a glossy black pencil listello. 

Kitchen Tile Ideas | Kitchen Backsplash Tile Picture #4:

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for BacksplashesAs kitchens become more of a gathering place, tile backsplashes like the one in this picture are designed more as conversation pieces.

The design consists mainly of 4x4 tiles in a great neutral. 

The centerpiece is behind the cook top, with this a checkerboard pattern of 4x4 metallic accent tiles set on the diagonal, and an extra wide, custom metallic listello picture frame style surround.

Something like this costs a little more, but it adds a personalized dimension that’s fun and practical.

Kitchen Tile Ideas | Kitchen Backsplash Tile Picture #5:

Kitchen Tile Photos | Kitchen Tile Ideas for BacksplashesNatural stone is usually a little more expensive than ceramic tile, but it adds warmth that feels comfortable and elegant.

The natural stone in this kitchen tile backsplash picture consists of 4x4 tiles – mostly set on the diagonal – with a few accent pieces that add character.

The spotlight behind the cooktop consists of 4x4 tiles set on the horizontal, with just a few diamond medallion accents, and a listello frame. 

Looking for kitchen tile ideas?

Talk to your builder or tile designer how to add personality to your home, with kitchen tile backsplash ideas that fit your budget.

 

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