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From the design files of Heather B – Replacing Granite Countertops

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Design Question

Hi there…The countertops in my kitchen are granite. Two counter sections are fine but the granite counter between the stove and the fridge is pretty scratched up. Should I replace all of the countertops or just the one? And I don’t think I want granite again – if I wanted to replace all of the countertops so that they match are there any alternatives you would recommend?

Design Answer

Thanks for writing in. You might want to give replacing them some more thought. As a construction material for kitchen countertops, granite has more pros going for it than cons. It is a hard, nonporous stone, which makes it durable and heat resistant: you can take hot pots off the stove and place them directly onto a granite counter without having to use a trivet or a hot pad and being able to cut food on the granite itself eliminates the need for buying separate cutting boards.

As for the scratches, have you considered consulting a local retailer that features granite products? Because granite is so durable, often granite countertops, even severely damaged ones, can be repaired and restored. It might be less expensive than have to replacing all three countertops in your kitchen.

Should you need to choose new kitchen countertops, there are plenty of different types to choose from – one isn’t necessarily better than any other. It largely depends on personal preference. Three main factors to keep in mind when selecting a construction material for kitchen counters are: cost (how much you’re willing to spend; appearance (does it blend with cabinets and the other décor elements in the space); and lifestyle (you love cooking for friends or you can never remember to grab a hot pad when taking a casserole out of the oven).

Also take into account that each type of countertop material has its own set of pros and cons. Laminate kitchen countertops are economical and most versatile, but isn’t as durable as some kinds of stone counters. Stainless steel is very easy to clean but can be easily scratched if not sealed.

Come back next week when I will answer another one of your design questions. Don’t forget to keep sending them to. I don’t have a one-question rule; you can ask as many design question as you want; just remember to send one per email.

From the Design Files of Heather B – Countertop Color Dilemma

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Design Question

Hi Heather, I’m really having an issue with a color for my kitchen which I have not done anything with for 9 years but I’m ready to have it done before the Holidays. My countertops are Kelly Green and cabinets and wood floor are Oak. I have not changed appliances (not in the Budget) except the dishwasher which is stainless steel and fridge and stove are Ivory. What can I do?  Anything you suggest will be helpful. Thank You.

Design Answer

Thanks for including a picture – it makes it easier for me to visualize what’s going on.

I have a few suggestions for where you can start getting some color choice ideas.

The kitchen mat has colors in it that would be excellent matches for the kitchen island counter tops. For example, there’s a shade of lighter green that might be a good hue for your kitchen. Choosing a lighter toned green that works with the Kelly green is called a monochrome color scheme.

The second option is to choose a complementary color scheme. The complementary color of green is red. Selecting a very pale rose, pink or beige with pink undertones might also work in the space.

The third option is to pick a neutral color such as beige, cream or lighter earth tone shades. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, don’t forget to test the color out in the kitchen itself, just to see how it really looks. Some paint company websites have visualization tools that will let you upload a picture of your kitchen so that you can see what the color might look like.

Thanks for writing in. I hope this is helpful. Let me know how it turns out. Don’t forget to come back next Monday when I’ll be answering another design question.

Skip the Reno: Ways to improve your Kitchen

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you have a kitchen that is in need of a renovation that you just can’t afford right now, but it’s is driving you a little crazy, there are some inexpensive things that you can do right now to improve the space. You can get a lot of redecorating mileage out of simply taking inventory of your kitchen and making note of what needs your immediate attention. Particularly if the kitchen is small, include a “spring cleaning” as part of your inventory process – discovering what needs to be removed (permanently), replaced or recycled will free up cupboard and counter space, giving you more room to work with.

Think Color

Mix it up color wise. Bring as many different colors into the space as you can without making it feel “busy” or cluttered. A blue glass vase with yellow and white flowers in it sitting on a stone counter can add that perfect accent. A cheerful ceramic bowl displaying fresh fruit brightens up a kitchen while making it feel welcoming.

Think Upgrading

It doesn’t have to mean a major expense. When finding ways to give your kitchen a facelift without a major renovation, choosing one thing in your kitchen that you would like to change, for example the kitchen taps, will make a big difference to the look and feel of the space. Especially if something is outdated like the faucet or the kitchen cabinet hardware, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to upgrade one specific thing or area.

Think Accessories

When accessorizing, think practical and pretty. Curtains, decorative shelving or hanging baskets can convert a bland kitchen into a pleasant place to spend time, preparing a meal, making the kids a snack or just hanging out with the family.

Think Furniture

Particularly if it’s a small kitchen, avoid placing items such as a trash can on the floor. Not only does it use up valuable floor space but it can give the kitchen an untidy look. Pieces of furniture like the Venture Horizon Granite Top Butcher Bin Venture Horizon Granite Top Butcher Bin with Pantry that is multipurpose will add both functionality and style to any food prep area. The Winsome Drop Leaf Table with 2 Square Stools doubles as a breakfast bar and a kitchen cart, providing you with versatile, space-saving solutions.

Today’s kitchens aren’t just for meal prep any more. The modern kitchen is often the social hub of the house, whether you’re hanging out with the family, entertaining friends or need somewhere to finish your cup of coffee while completing the Sunday crossword. But it’s not going to be the heart of your home if you’re unhappy with the space. Without going through a major reno, try some of these ways to breathe new life into your kitchen without having to break the budget.

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