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 continued our “All About” series– a set of articles that aim to shine a spotlight on the unique attributes of various stone materials. It may surprise you to find out that porcelain is not actually stone, but rather a ceramic material. Porcelain tiles are man-made, rather than natural– But they are often made to mimic natural stone. If you’re interested in learning more, we encourage you to check out our last article!

Today, we’ll be discussing kitchen design trends for 2022. Trends are always coming and going and there are always new and innovative design ideas popping up. Here at Stonehouse Countertops, we like to keep our readers on top of the latest trends! We’ll be taking a look at current trends that are sure to complement your stone countertops or inspire your new build or remodel, so if you’re interested, keep reading!

Color Contrasts

One of the biggest trends in kitchen design right now is bold color contrasts. For the more adventurous, this may have always been a trend, but it’s definitely getting its time to shine right now. To implement this trend in your kitchen, simply choose two colors opposite of each other on the color wheel for your cabinets and/or trims. These are known as complementary colors, and it may surprise you just how well they look together. Some great examples of complementary colors are blue and orange, yellow and purple, and red and green. You can also veer off from primary colors and go for shades in between, such as magenta and a deeper blue-green. And if red and green make you think of Christmas, it doesn’t have to be those exact shades– Think more of an apple-green and a darker shade of red. These combinations are both bold and pleasing to the eye, creating an energetic and vibrant look. No matter what color combination you choose, there is sure to be a stone that will complete the look. For example, white quartz countertops look great with almost anything!

Marble

Marble’s veined appearance is growing in popularity these days, and we can see why. This stone is making a comeback due to its luxurious appearance, and is a popular choice for kitchens not just for its looks but also due to its durability. It is timeless, yet versatile.  The bold veins that run through the marble create a statement and add contrast to the kitchen’s overall design. It often pairs well with other polished surfaces, metals, woods, and– of course– gold hardware. Consider adding floating shelves to your kitchen to keep your marble countertops the star of the show! We discussed marble and all of its beauty in our “All About” series, which you can read here!

Incorporating Tile

When thinking about tile, you most likely think of flooring. And you’re not wrong to think that– Tile is extremely popular for flooring in both kitchens and bathrooms. However, tile is having its moment this year for another reason: Incorporating tiled details into the kitchen. Strategically placing tile in your kitchen can not only draw the eye to a particular area, but can add another element of luxe to your kitchen. Consider adding a tile backsplash or a layer of tile to your window jam. There are many colors and designs to choose from, which means you’re sure to find something that fits with the overall theme of your kitchen and can add a personal touch to the design. Another bonus of tile is that it is extremely easy to clean!

Glazed Tile

Speaking of tile, a trend we are seeing this year is the shift from matte to glazed. This trend is most frequently seen as a backsplash to create an eye-catching wall. Not only is glazed tile extremely easy to clean– which is great for the kitchen because it is prone to spills– but the glossy effect of this tile will reflect light. This will give a stunning view no matter where you are standing in your kitchen, regardless of the color of the tile. The glazed look of these tiles as a backsplash can also create a beautiful textural contrast if paired with wooden cabinetry. 

Mixed Materials

For a long time, a trend for kitchen design was to keep everything uniform. This year, however, the idea of mixing materials is having its moment! Mixing and matching materials in the design of your kitchen can create a gorgeous blending of styles. Consider a blend of natural stone, wood, and metallics, for example. Different shades of wood and metallics can complement your natural stone countertop. Another great way to mix materials is to consider the layout of your kitchen. For example, do you have a countertop, sink vanity, and an island? All three of these could be mixed with different materials to create the allure of different spaces. It creates different “zones” within the room and allows for multifunctionality while being aesthetically pleasing at the same time. 

Dramatic and Moody

Traditionally, kitchens have been pretty bright, featuring light colors. This year, there has been an influx of dark, dramatic, and moody vibes within the kitchen. This means dark colors, such as blacks and grays. If black isn’t your thing, you may opt for a deep, dark, emerald green or a midnight blue. These colors combined with pristine, white walls can create a beautiful contrast of dark and light shades. Or, you can opt for dark cabinets and white stone countertops to create contrast. Additionally, relying on natural light in your kitchen can create a dramatic, yet crisp atmosphere. Pairing dark shades with a brighter tile backsplash can also add depth and energy. There are also a variety of natural stones out there that come in darker shades and can add a pop of mystery to your kitchen. For example, black soapstone or black pearl granite paired with black-painted cabinets and silver or gold hardware can help you achieve this look.

These are just a few of the kitchen design trends we are seeing this year. Pops of color and vibrant contrasts are in, as well as the use of mixed materials, tiled details, glazed tiles, and dark and dramatic kitchens. We are also seeing the return of marble to the forefront of design! Just remember, you can make anything a trend– So go forth with your wildest imagination! We hope you found this article informative. If you have any further questions about kitchen design or the incorporation of stone countertops, 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!