Hello, readers! Welcome back to the Stonehouse Countertops blog! We’re pleased you’ve chosen Stonehouse Countertops for everything you need to know about custom countertop materials. We provide comprehensive deep dives into various aspects of the design and installation process, as well as helpful tips for choosing the best material for your home. Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to commission the perfect countertops! Stonehouse Countertops carries an array of granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, soapstone, silestone, limestone, travertine, onyx, glass, sodalite, slate, and porcelain materials in its inventory. In addition to countertops, we offer fireplace surrounds, patios, floors, and walls. Whatever your design goals, we’re happy to help you achieve your unique vision!
In our last post, we discussed how to get your patio ready for summer. Summer officially begins on June 21st, so it’s not too far away! Many of us will have friends and family over to soak up the sun in our backyards, hang out by the pool, or have barbecues. If you have a patio or other outdoor space, you’ll want it to look exceptional for guests! If you’re interested in learning how you can prepare your patio and outdoor space for the summer months, check out our last post!
Creating a Coordinated Kitchen
Today, we’ll be talking about how to create a coordinated kitchen. If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, you may be trying to come up with design ideas. Everyone has their own style, but you still want the look of your kitchen to be cohesive. This can be difficult, especially with so many options out there. But don’t stress– New builds and remodels should be fun! We’re here to guide you on how to create your coordinated kitchen, from flooring to cabinets and countertops. If you’re interested in learning more, stick around! Let’s get started.
First and foremost, you need to gain inspiration. Flip through magazines, research online, and look on Pinterest for design ideas. You can even browse our live inventory for natural and engineered stone! Take note of the colors and styles that you like the most. Are you drawn to darker colors or more eccentric ones? Do you prefer a classic, timeless look or a more unconventional one? Keep a running list of the colors you tend to gravitate to– This will come in handy later! All of these things will help you determine the overall style of your kitchen.
Once you have some inspiration, you’ll want to start with countertops. It’s generally easier to match your floors and cabinets to your countertops than vice versa. It may feel easy to choose a countertop based on looks alone, but there are other things you should factor in. For example, consider your lifestyle. Will you be using your countertops a lot? Does your kitchen tend to get messy? If you answered “yes” to both of these, you may want to factor that into your decision by looking at countertop materials with high durability.
When it comes to stone, granite is the most popular choice for countertops, particularly due to its durability. In fact, granite ranks as a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning it is extremely strong. Additionally, granite is minimally porous, which means it does not absorb liquid easily. This is great news for spills that occur often in the kitchen– As long as they are cleaned up promptly, there is little to no risk of staining when it comes to granite. On the other hand, a stone like marble is significantly more susceptible to staining than granite. Marble ranks as a 2 or 3 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it is certainly not as strong as granite. Taking a look at factors like this is extremely important when it comes to choosing a countertop material. If you want to learn more about different types of stones, we encourage you to check out some of our previous blogs, like our “All About” series. We have all of the information you need about stones such as quartz, granite, travertine, soapstone, and many more on our blog!
The next step to creating a coordinated kitchen is choosing a color palette. This will determine the overall style or theme of the room. A good way to start is by choosing two complementary colors. Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel and create a strong contrast when placed next to one another. These two colors will serve as the dominant colors in your kitchen. Some examples are blue and yellow or green and red. If you want simpler or more muted colors, you might opt for black and white– a timeless favorite– or copper and cream. Once you’ve found your two dominant colors, you’ll want to choose a third color to serve as an accent. If you’ve chosen a stone countertop like granite, your accent color should be one found in the counter. For example, if your countertop is dark with gold veins, gold can be your accent color. Make sure you look at the three colors you’ve chosen together before you commit to having them in your new kitchen!
When it comes to flooring, there are a variety of options, such as hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone tile, linoleum, and vinyl. Again, granite tends to be the most popular choice for kitchen floors– It’s not known as “the king of stone” for nothing! As mentioned previously, granite is extremely durable. Natural stone in general is great for kitchens because it provides good traction, making it a good option if you have kids or pets. It is important to note that your floors don’t have to match your countertops if you don’t want them to. However, the flooring you choose should still complement the cabinets and countertops when creating a fully coordinated kitchen.
The level of contrast between your floors and countertops will depend on the style you are trying to achieve. If your countertops are lighter in color, choosing darker flooring can help balance everything out. Lighter floors and darker countertops can help you achieve a more modern look. Dark countertops with dark flooring can help create the appearance of a warmer space, while light countertops with light flooring create a clean, airy feeling. Again, this all depends on the style you want to achieve– There is no right or wrong way to decorate your coordinated kitchen!
After you’ve finalized your choice of countertops, color palette, and flooring, it’s time to further personalize your kitchen with accessories and accents! Pick out pieces that reflect your personality, as well as your kitchen’s style. If the colors of your kitchen are more vibrant and fun, you might choose a whimsical light fixture or eccentric curtains for your kitchen window. If your kitchen reflects a retro aesthetic, you might want to incorporate accessories and appliances with a more classic or vintage look. Never underestimate the power of houseplants– Try incorporating plants into your kitchen to brighten up the space!
These are just a few ideas to create a coordinated kitchen. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to decorate! We hope you found this article informative. It’s never too late to start a new build or remodel! If you are looking to give your kitchen a refresh, we encourage you to reach out to us. We’d be happy to assist you. You can also check out our live inventory to see the wide variety of stones that we offer. If you’re thinking about the installation of stone for kitchen countertops or any other stone surface, remember: At Stonehouse Countertops, we are willing and able to work with you to your specifications. We offer a wide range of different materials and always have someone on hand to answer your questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation or for help forming a plan. We want to ensure your vision becomes a reality! Be sure to come back for upcoming articles! Until next time—thanks for reading!