You may believe that the focal point of your new kitchen will be those beautiful, custom designed cabinets, and they might be. What many people don’t realize, though, is that the kitchen backsplash is also a central focus. Backsplashes provide the opportunity to highlight the theme and color scheme of your new kitchen, but your decision can backfire if you choose the wrong backsplash materials.
Know Your Materials
That gorgeous marble tile you saw on Pinterest may make you the envy of all the neighbors, but it also requires a bit of work to maintain. This is true of a number of popular backsplash materials:
– Marble: Marble is prone to staining from grease and acidic foods such as tomato, coffee and fruit juices when not wiped away immediately (though stains can sometimes be removed with peroxide).
– Stone: Natural stone is porous, so it can stain easily and be difficult to clean. For these reasons, this type of tile must be properly sealed. Sealing is done prior to installation, but the tiles must also be periodically resealed to avoid staining and allow for easy cleaning.
– Stainless steel: Stainless steel tiles can be discolored by acidic liquids such as tomato, fruit juices and coffee. You’ll also need to avoid abrasive pads and cleaning solutions that can scratch stainless steel surfaces.
– Ceramic: Ceramic tiles are popular choices for backsplashes, but they, too, come with upkeep requirements. Grout sealer should be reapplied to ceramic tiles approximately every six months.
The key is to install glazed tiles near stoves and sinks. Glazing provides stain resistance and makes the tiles extremely easy to clean. Get the best of both worlds by using marble, stainless steel and other materials to accent glazed tiles.
The visualizer tool and the expert designers at Kitchen Central will make sure you get the backsplash you want without the backlash you don’t.
When you envision the perfect kitchen or bath remodel, do you see simple yet sophisticated, warm and welcoming or maybe a combination? Let’s take a look at how Kitchen Central can help you achieve the kitchen and bath of your dreams with three common design styles.
In traditional designs, the emphasis is on authentic and historic design elements. Features such as woodwork, intricate designs, wood tones and rich colors are hallmarks of the traditional style. It incorporates Shaker elements, flat surfaces, louvered doors, distressed cabinetry and storage inserts. This is the warm and welcoming style that is virtually timeless, making it both a lovely and practical choice for your remodel.
This style is marked by smooth, clean lines and an uncluttered appearance. Contemporary design is sophisticated yet simple and it is constantly evolving. It incorporates whatever features that are popular right this minute. Some constants of contemporary style are mature, masculine and muted elements such as stone vessel sinks in bathrooms and glass doors on kitchen cabinetry. Mirrors, chrome and nickel finishes on fixtures and appliances, and monochromatic geometric patterns on flooring and backsplashes are also trademarks of contemporary style.
As the name implies, this style seamlessly transitions between elements of multiple design styles. Rustic-Modern is an example of transitional style. To effectively achieve this smooth transition between elements, transitional style utilizes lighter, more muted colors such as beige, tan, white, gray and cream. It also incorporates a mix-and-match strategy when selecting materials; for example, combining natural stone backsplash with matte-finished marble countertops. Transitional designs, like traditional, tend to stay in style for longer periods of time.
The design experts at Kitchen Central help you decide which design features best fit your vision. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary or transitional, our designers will work with you throughout the remodeling process to make sure your vision becomes a reality.
The most frequently remodeled rooms in homes today are the bathroom and the kitchen. While achieving a more modern appearance is one motivating factor in redoing these rooms, homeowners are also concerned with making bathrooms and kitchens more comfortable and accessible. To that end, many designers are focusing on three main ideas:
– Spa-like atmosphere
– Aging in place
Streamlining is all about function and flow. Kitchens and bathrooms both have specific functions, and streamlining takes that into consideration by providing easy access to the most used items. Because both rooms are high traffic areas, flow is also important. By eliminating hard corners on counters and islands and including a directional flooring (such as one with a diamond or herringbone pattern), traffic moves more seamlessly through the area. Essentially, streamlining removes bulk from living spaces to improve function and flow.
In today’s hustle and bustle environment, a few seconds of me-time in a relaxing setting is a sanity saver. Including simple, calming elements in your remodel can produce just such a stress-reducing environment. Warm colors in the kitchen and cool colors in the bathroom along with simple designs or patterns create a calming, restorative atmosphere that can prepare you to face another day of hustle and bustle.
Aging in Place
More and more homeowners are taking into consideration the aging process in their remodeling designs. Raising the toilet height and adding safety bars doesn’t mean an institutional-looking bathroom. Replacing an old toilet with a taller model and adding a ceramic grab bar to the shower or tub can help you retain a modern appearance without compromising safety in the future. Adding pull-out shelves to kitchen cabinets provides easy access to the items in the back for everyone regardless of age.
The experienced designers at Kitchen Central will help you visualize and create your perfect space for today and for the future.
When planning to put their houses on the market, many homeowners choose to update kitchens and bathrooms to increase the overall value of their homes. However, it is important to consider cost versus value when remodeling to increase the value of a home. According to Forbes, focusing on improving the right areas of the kitchen and bath can add $5,000 or more to a home’s selling price.
In the kitchen, the highest resale value comes from these elements:
– Wood flooring
– Stone, granite or quartz countertops
– Refinished/replaced cabinets
– Sinks and faucet fixtures
Experts also recommend adding an island and under-cabinet lighting to enlarge and brighten the room. Lighter colors are best, especially if the cabinets and furniture are darker colors. Stick with grays, off-whites, creams, beiges and tans when choosing paint colors.
Bathrooms increase home value when the remodel adds these features:
– Large walk-in showers
– Oversized bathtubs (soaking or Jacuzzi)
– Heated flooring
– Double sinks
– Extra storage
Updating sink fixtures and including a rain shower head in the shower are great ways to appeal to potential buyers. Bathrooms should also be done in neutral tones, with variations on white, such as cream, taupe, or off-white, being the most highly recommended. Unlike in kitchens, however, a touch of color in the form of very pale blue or very pale green can be successfully added in backsplashes or even in wainscoting.
The features that potential home buyers in 2016 wanted the most were hardwood or tile flooring, brushed nickel fixtures, and built-in organizational features like Shelf Genie pullout shelves for easy access. Remember that remodeling can consist of just a fresh coat of paint and new cabinet door hardware or it can be a complete overhaul of the existing space. Regardless of which, hiring experts like those at Kitchen Central ensures that you get the highest quality at the best prices.