Updating Kitchen Countertops
If a walk through your kitchen area makes you feel like you are taking a trip back to the '70s, then it may be time to reconsider your decor. In addition to the cabinets and wall colors, you will also need to consider updating your kitchen countertops.
The island in the middle of the kitchen, serves as a center piece for people to gather, eat and drink, or just prepare a meal. With a new sink and faucet from ikea, and a built in dishwasher, it is a highly attractive and functional spot that is sure to be a busy spot. As seenon HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins".
In a large kitchen, designer Heather Hungeling prefers to create two smaller islands instead of one behemoth â a too-large island becomes an obstacle to get around instead of a boost to functionality. Here, one island is topped in granite and the other in warm, rich Iroko butcher block (an African hardwood). Photo courtesy of Heather Hungeling
After 10. In the old space, the old sink was a stand alone vanity, not leaving any space for other appliances. With the new cabintes, and sink, the Kitchen Cousins were able to put a new built-in dishwasher for the Grahams. This is a huge addition to the new kitchen. There was always room for a dishwasher, but no place to put one till now. As seen on HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins".
Neil and Heather Vandermolen's living room and kitchen after redesign by Host and Design Star winner Meg Caswell, as seen on HGTV's Great Rooms, season 2 .In this small kitchen, designer Meg Caswell pairs chestnut brown cabinetry with stone countertops for a traditional look. Lots of can lights combined with the natural light from the windows keep the space bright.
The kitchen area in the loft of Joel Thomas and Bryce Huguenin , after redesign by Design Star winner and Host Meg Caswell, as seen on HGTV's Great Rooms, season 2 . AFTER 1Zebrawood cabinetry brings visual texture to the streamlined design, while stainless steel tiles add reflective quality to the white subway tiled backsplash.
View of kitchen taken via film. Photo by Ralph Oswald of RVO 3rd Photography. Interior design by Gregory Augustine of August Interiors.Dark walnut cabinetry builds a modern foundation for this kitchen. Materials such as stainless steel, custom glass backsplashes and granite further the modern aesthetic while remaining elegant. Butter yellow hand-tipped leather stools add the perfect accent to a very monochromatic color palette. This kitchen is anything but cold.
Aside from its sleek, clean appearance, glass countertops have many benefits. Glass can be cut into any shape and texture and can be stained in any color. Even though it's a pricier option, it's becoming increasingly more popular because of its modern look. It's easy to keep clean and its non-porous surface makes it stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available. To make it more durable, choose glass that's at least 1 inch thick and tempered. Danenberg Design continued the sleek look in this modern Italian kitchen with lacquered kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen floors continue from the dining area. The galley configuration allows for the view through the kitchen to the garden room and the garden beyond. Stainless-steel countertops and backsplash reflect and maximize the natural light. Designed by Andreas Charalambous, Principal Architect, FORMA Design, Inc.
Although Sarah Barnard designed this kitchen for a Mediterranean estate, she avoided a stuffy Old World look by adding wow factor. The deep charcoal hood over the cooking station pops against the toffee-colored cabinets, and the embossed concrete backsplash and armless chair are transitional touches that keep the composition contemporary. Photo courtesy of Sarah Barnard Design
Detail of the glass bar in a million dollar kitchen at a condo in San Francisco, California, as seen on HGTVâs Million Dollar Rooms. The 180 degree view of the Bay Bridge and the surrounding downtown area makes the space uniquely charming and can be seen from the space that includes the kitchen and the open dining area, two other lounge seating areas and a media room that includes a desk area and a murphy bed, but closes off from the rest of the space with custom pocket doors. Venetian plaster is used in various places throughout the space. Hidden compartments, counters, etc., give the space even more storeage as well as a cool, contemporary feel.
Stainless steel appliances, hardware and accents make this kitchen feel fresh and contemporary. Recycled countertops give the space a pop of color and an eco-friendly touch.
Modern kitchen surfaces are available in a wide range of textures, colors and materials, including granite, Formica, glass, stainless steel and ceramic tiles. Granite is a durable, timeless and scratch- and heat-resistant countertop surface. It is easy to clean and solid throughout, making it the perfect option for a heavily used kitchen area.
Stainless steel is another top countertop choice that can be used to update your kitchen countertop. Since it's a metal and nonporous, it doesn't have to be sealed and is naturally antibacterial, making food preparation and cleanup a cinch. On the other hand, wood countertops can also be a beautiful way to update a kitchen countertop, serving as both a functional and decorative surface area. These countertops can be made from a number of wood varieties, including oak, maple and cherry lumber.
If you wish to simply update your countertop by resurfacing the one you already have, then you may want to consider painting it or using ceramic tiles to change out the overall look. Flat latex paint comes in a variety of colors, and ceramic tiles can be used to create one solid design or a mosaic pattern. Be sure to sand down the countertop before applying new materials to ensure a better end result.
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