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One Kitchen, Two Ways | Island Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 14:09 PM

Two Ways to Design the Same Kitchen Floor Plan:

What major - and subtle - differences do you see in these two kitchens? The floor plan is identical, but the selections are custom.  Scroll down to see the same kitchen layout, two ways.

The first has many contemporary design choices, while the second is much more traditional.

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Side-by-Side Photos of the Same Kitchen Floor Plan:

Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

 Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

Kitchen selections (e.g. cabinets, counter tops, light fixtures, faucets, appliances, and flooring) can make even the SAME kitchen look completely different.

Kitchen Design #1: Espresso cabinets, stone backsplash, white granite

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Kitchen Design #2: White and espresso cabinets, brick back splash, black and white granite

The door located just past the fridge leads direclty into the garage. This kitchen layout is on the traditional side, with the kitchen facing into the breakfast room and sun room (rather than open to the great room).

Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

 Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

 

Kitchen Design #1: Wine Rack above the Fridge

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Kitchen Design #2: Wine Refrigerator in the Island

What's your cooking style? Both kitchens include double wall ovens for maximum baking space. What else matters in your routine? Gas heat for the range? Pot filler for easy fill-ups at the stove?

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Kitchen Design #1: Gas Range with stainless steel hood

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Kitchen Design #2: Electric Cooktop with pot filler and microwave above

What would you change in this kitchen? 

You can re-arrange your kitchen floor plan when you design/build with Stanton Homes. 


 

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.


 


More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Dining

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8 Examples of White Kitchen Cabinets with Black Granite (Photos)

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 12:08 PM

 


Best Light Cabinet and Dark Granite Kitchen Color Schemes

Mixing white kitchen cabinets with dark granite

Check out these custom white and black kitchens, in photos of recently-constructed Raleigh new homes. Each kitchen has white cabinets, black granite counters, and elements of gray, brown, or beige. 

 


 

White Kitchen Design #1: Espresso Cabinets, White Island, Black Granite

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

When mixing dark and light kitchen counters and cabinets, it's all about creating balance.

Kitchens with espresso cabinets along the perimeter walls generally require larger layouts, lots of windows, or other light colors (in the white island cabinets, tile backsplash, lighting fixtures) to off-set the dark stain and open up the room.

 

 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

The white island cabinets open on the range / cooktop side, for easy reach storage.

White Kitchen Design #2: Wood Tone Island, Black Granite, White Cabinets

This two tone kitchen has black granite on the island and perimeter walls. The brick tile backsplash runs to the ceiling along the cooktop wall. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #3: Gray Island, Black Granite, White Cabinets

This gray, black, and white kitchen is an example of black granite for the island, and white granite with the white perimeter cabinets.  

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #4: Gray Island with White Granite

This kitchen also uses black and white counter tops, in the opposite order. A white granite island is at the center of black perimeter counter tops. The red sink faucet, pendant lights, and windows are contemporary style finishes. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #5: Grey and Silver Tones

The mixed, linear mosaic tile backsplash brings together black, white, and gray tones. The cabinets are white, with black granite countertops.

This kitchen is a great example of a cabinet alternative to the stainless steel range hood:

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #6: Single Wall White Kitchen

Inside this kitchen, the perimeter cabinets, brick tile backsplash, and island top are all white. The gray island uses a white granite top for the full two-tone look. (Check out the herringbone tile backsplash above the gas range.)

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #7: Two Color Kitchen with Brown and White Cabinets

While many kitchens pair a gray island with alternating black and white counters, this kitchen uses brown cabinets with white granite. The rest of the kitchen uses white cabinets and black granite. There is an additional counter top in the pantry of this kitchen (behind the door pictured).

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

White Kitchen Design #8: Black and White Farmhouse Kitchen 

Here's a photo of a classic white farmhouse sink paired with black granite counter tops and white cabinets. 

Practical tips to create a better kitchen | Mixing white kitchen cabinets with black granite

Get more ideas for two-tone kitchens that mix cabinet colors and finishes, here. 

Can I mix a bronze faucet with stainless steel sink? See how - here.

What is the standard height for kitchen counter tops and raised island bars?

Is a walk in pantry or built in cabinet better for my kitchen storage?

 

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Black and White Kitchen Countertops | Two Tones vs One Color

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

Two Different Countertops - Kitchen Design Ideas:

Which is better, one or two counter top colors in the kitchen? Is it better to have a different countertop on the island?

Take a look at these kitchen designs, and see where you land on this home design debate.

 



Should I use two different color countertops in my kitchen?

Each of these kitchens use white, black, and gray motifs, to give you an "apples to apples" idea of one-color and two-color kitchens designs.

White and Black Granite Countertops - Idea #1

The island top is black granite, while the counters are a white granite with hues of lavender. There are two tone cabinets in this kitchen, with a gray island and white perimeter.

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White and Black Granite Countertops - Idea #2

This kitchen also uses black and white counter tops, in the opposite order. A white granite island is at the center of black perimeter counter tops.

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White and Black Granite Countertops - Idea #3

An L-shaped kitchen uses black perimeter counter tops and white cabinets to keep the small space brighter. The white island top draws the brightness towards the open concept great room and breakfast.

The mixed mosaic tile back splash brings together the black, white, and gray tones.

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White and Black Granite Countertops - Idea #4

Inside this kitchen, the perimeter cabinets, back splash, and island top are all white. The gray island uses a white granite top for the full two-tone look.

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White and Black Granite Countertops - Idea #5

 In each example, the island cabinet colors are also different. While many kitchens pair a gray island with alternating black and white counters, this kitchen uses dark, soft brown cabinets.

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All Black Countertops

For comparison, here is a white kitchen with only black counter tops.

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And another kitchen with all white counter tops:

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Get more ideas for two-tone kitchens that mix cabinet colors and finishes, here. 

Can I mix a bronze faucet with stainless steel sink? See how - here.

What is the standard height for kitchen counter tops and raised island bars?

Is a walk in pantry or built in cabinet better for my kitchen storage?

 

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Raleigh New Homes:

What Raleigh new home floor plan elements are most important to you? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to build it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.

 


 

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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.

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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.

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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.

New Home Kitchen Design Trends

Choosing between a wall oven and kitchen range - why the trend is moving towards wall ovens

Kitchen oven styles - how to choose the right one

Why choose a gas cooktop? Top reasons homebuyers think gas powered ranges are better

What is a kitchen "work triangle" - How to design a kitchen floor plan

What Kind of Kitchen Countertop is Best?

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

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